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During the 1991-92 school year, 4 girls, friends of my housemate Dave, lived on the third/top floor of the college apartment building immediately downhill/below ours. Those 4 girls liked to go out on their deck/balcony, and sunbathe nude [in my post below about Sophie B. Hawkins, I mentioned this]. When I visited them, and went out on their deck, what did I see? The rail of our deck. The gutter along the edge of our apartment. The parking lot way downhill. The trees in the distance. Thus, the only glimpses of the girls' deck were (a) a sharp angle from our deck, and (b) the birds flying at a 45-degree angle. Coupled with the abundant sunny, dry, and warm weather that school year, no wonder the 4 girls spent so much time on their own deck. It was private, had a wide view, and caught the afternoon sun.
Indeed, one fine Saturday during the Spring '92 quarter, I was over at the 4 girls' place. Their living room TV was on, and MTV was playing the video for Ugly Kid Joe's "Everything About You." Featuring an inflatable love doll at a Santa Barbara [the band hailed from Isla Vista] beach, this video was well-known. Appealing to metalheads, the left-handed guitar had a Pushead design. Pushead was famous for designing Metallica's artwork found on t-shirts, and singles.
Apparently, the taller dark-haired girl liked "Everything About You." She sang along to the video, but without any conviction. Then, to no one in particular, she said, "Nah, I don't hate anything about you."
She opened the sliding glass door leading to the deck, pulled her shirt over her head, then stopped. She put the shirt back on, pulled a 180, and, perhaps under the influence of the beach scenes in "Everything About You," suggested that we all go to a nude beach instead.
-Lummy The Loch Monster
Did you go to the nude beach- Lummy?
Okay guys, are you ready for the kind of information you want ? Then let me break the ice, and give you this San Franciscan's perspective of nearby nude beaches.
When we were growing up in S.F., we understood that Baker Beach (well, the north half, anyway) was clothing optional. If you look on a map, spot the Golden Gate Bridge. Then trace the coast to the southwest. Bingo.
What we weren't told was that, first of all, the state of California did not allow public nudity. However, Baker Beach was on Federal , not state land. Supposedly, the Feds did not have anti-nudity laws. Or if they did, they generally did not enforce them at Baker Beach. On the rare fog-free and warm/hot day, north Baker Beach was and now will be teeming with mostly nudists, and of all ages.
Baker Beach is one of the few spots in urban America, when you can go in the buff.
During the 1991-92 school year, my housemate Dave introduced me to the secluded Bonny Doon Beach . It is just south of the tiny coastal town of Davenport, in Santa Cruz County. There are no bathrooms, and you'll have to make your way down (and back up!) a narrow trail. But you'll be greeted by a spectacular bay. The north end, beyond a big rock, is where the nudists congregate. Though Bonny Doon Beach is on State property, law enforcement generally doesn't like to come down, and intervene with nudists.
Okay. Dave and the 4 girls introduced me to what was known as Santa Cruz's "2222 Beach." Now, why was it called that? Because it was the equivalent of where 2222 W. Cliff Drive would be. See, if you walk along that street, you'd be elevated, some 20-30' above the shore. However, if you make your way from Natural Bridges State Park, the first cove on W. Cliff is 2222 Beach. You'll have to trudge down the narrow trail, but you will come upon a tiny cove. Because it is a cove, the waves usually aren't that rough. Also, the relatively calmer water allows clumps of kelp to float offshore, further slowing down the waves.
As I learned from Dave and the 4 girls, 2222 Beach was not your stereotypical middle-age-only dump. It was very popular among college-age kids.
Just like Baker Beach in San Francisco, 2222 Beach in Santa Cruz is one of those urban anomalies. If you're one of the myriad walkers on W. Cliff Drive, you'd never know 2222 Beach was there. Yet, if you do, it's the rare urban public place where nudists generally aren't harassed.
Now that I have introduced you guys to Baker Beach, Bonny Doon Beach, and 2222 Beach, (a) look them up, and (b) go there!
The 4 girls had diverse personalities. Consequently, they also had variegated musical tastes. But one song which they all liked was Toad The Wet Sprocket's "All I Want."
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