Welcome to my World of Wonderment

Our planet is a neat place, full of weird and unusual people doing weird and unusual things. One oddball thing I like to do is geocache. What other activity is there that makes people travel hundreds of miles to climb a mountain, wade a river, and fight a Bigfoot, just to be the first person to sign a piece of paper rolled up in a 35mm film canister stuffed in the knot hole of a tree? I can't think of any other sport that has such a great mix of technology and the wonderful outdoors. A lot of geocaches are placed in a beautiful setting, or hidden in a challenging or unique way, or in a historical setting. Geocaching allows the finder to share in some of the hiders favorite places, and along the way you get to meet some interesting characters, and occasionally learn something new. While this blog is primarily a geocaching blog, I also use this place to post the occasional funny video or weird news story, or as a platform to rant or rave about something I really have to share. But for the most part this website is about you, the weirdo walking around in circles, talking into your GPS unit like it's a phone, pretending your taking pictures of a phone booth to find find the tiniest micro-cache, or circling your car around and around a light pole in a parking lot trying to retrieve a cache without even getting out of your car.


French Nudist Filtered by Blacklist

French resorts that cater to nudist can now ban certain guest based on hygiene, and whether or not they wear clothes.

From The Guardian:

One of France's most popular naturist resorts was revealed yesterday to be keeping a blacklist of "undesirables" who break the rules and sully the pristine environment.

The René Oltra centre, known for its sandy Mediterranean beaches in Languedoc-Roussillon, has been authorised by the data protection authority CNIL to keep a file of people who breach its regulations, which include "respect for the naturist ethic" and "obligatory nudity".

The exclusion list came to light this year when an unidentified naturist was refused access to René Oltra and contacted the CNIL to find out if it was illegally discriminatory.

Inspectors found the resort had a list of "indelicate" clients whose offences ranged from non-payment of bills and making too much noise to lack of personal hygiene and the wearing of clothes.

After its investigation, the CNIL said it had given René Oltra permission to continue, provided it informed potential and existing clients of the blacklist's existence. Naturists charged with an "objective" offence could be banned from the resort for up to three years.

Such "exclusion databases" are common in French resorts.

I wish the US would allow these "exclusive databases". I used to have the unfortunate duty of working from time to time in a local nudist camp. I would have to go in and check a pay phone for money, or troubleshoot someone's internet connection, etc... Anything phone related. When you get there all you can see is an unmarked gate with a buzzer. You press the buzzer and announce yourself and your business, and someone would let you in. Inevitably, I would pull up to the gate and press the button to get buzzed in, and as the gate would slowly slide open............BOOM, there would be some 75 year old man's wrinkled up ball sack staring me in the face. Every time, every single fucking time I have been there I ended up with Papa Smurf's junk being etched into my brain.

It was always fun to take a new hire down there though. You wouldn't tell the newbie where you were going. And they would always ask when we got to the gate, "What's up with the gate?" And I would say, "Be careful, these people are a little strange. This is a bunch of conspiracy theorist, right wing, militia nuts. They run around all day with their guns half cocked. So watch out.... and do not..... I repeat.... DO NOT LOOK ANYONE IN THE EYES!" One of the toughest things I have ever done in my life was to not crack a smile while that gate was slowly sliding open. (If there is one thing you want to do at nudist colony full of old people, it's to be sure and look everyone in the eyes)

Another fun joke to play on the new guys once we got inside the nursing home for nudist was to say that the nudist colony required us to go around nude also. I would slowly get out of the truck, fumble with my belt and jeans, maybe unbutton a few buttons on my shirt, and watch their eyes get as big as saucers. "It's not to bad," I would tell the new one, "I usually wear my climbing belt with the tool pouch hanging in front. Unfortunately I just have one climbing belt, you want the safety cone? Oh, and watch out for splinters"

One thing that I will never be able to delete from my mind, is the image of an old man working on his lawn mower. He was laying down, under the lawn mower with just a shirt on, but no pants what so ever. Now being a nudist is one thing, but come on, naked, working on your lawn mower!?!

1 Comment:

Anonymous said...


בית מלון [url=http://www.kfarbair.com]כפר בעיר[/url] - אינטימיות, [url=http://kfarbair.com/services.html]שקט[/url] . אנחנו מספקים שירותי אירוח מגוונים כמו כן ישנו במקום שירות חדרים הכולל [url=http://www.kfarbair.com/eng/index.html]אחרוחות רומנטיות[/url] במחירים מיוחדים אשר מוגשות ישירות לחדרכם...

לפרטים אנא לפנות לאתר האינטרנט שלנו - [url=http://kfarbair.com]כפר בעיר[/url] [url=http://www.kfarbair.com/contact.html][img]http://www.kfarbair.com/_images/apixel.gif[/img][/url]