I have been in the US for more than 3 years now... and I thought, ok, this country cannot give me anymore culture shocks. (Some background about me: I am a 29 year old single guy... I come from a traditional Hindu family in India.) But this evening, got a jolt. I had signed up for swimming lessons at the local YMCA (yep I am one of those who never learnt it as a kid!). And I had to change in the locker room. This was my first time ever entering a locker room... I walk in, and lo and behold, there are unclothed men walking around everywhere. And there are five men in adjacent showers (no partitions, nothing) happily showering. This was such a jolt to me; suddenly embarrassing. Well, I just hummed and hawed, absolutely reluctant about joining this nude parade... but then slowly summoned up all the courage I had in reserve, and after coming back from my swimming lessons (with this really cute girl instructor) I managed to shed my inhibitions, and eventually, my clothes. (No 'did you drop the soap' jokes please )
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It never occurred to me that a man might not have experienced this before. I was watching Seinfeld the other night and Jerry and the rest of the boys are sitting in a sauna and talking about girls. My wife asks me if that what it's like in a sauna. I replied that it was except nobody wears a towel. My claim to fame: I saw Pat Boone naked in a locker room. Didn't see Debbie though.
Well, I was brought up in super-tolerant, anything-goes Holland, by parents who are very permissive, but there's no way you'll find me anywhere where I have to take my clothes of in front of strangers. (Except sometimes you don't know beforehand, as in Nanjangud's case. Yikes! indeed.) My parents used to laugh at me for the way I always desperately tried to keep everything covered when we went swimming or something but that is just the way I am.
I too had the same experience as Nanjangud's! Here in Dublin, Ireland, I just wanted to burn out some calories and visited a nearby college swimming pool! Forget �3/hour rate, I too had to be *enjoy* a nude-parade, but in fact I didn't feel embarrassed... May be I was expecting that and more from fun loving Irish people who spends more than 8 hrs in pub on a single visit!! Ashok. [ Any Irish blood around? Dont get me wrong! I really like this community and culture!]
I am glad I havent been to any Swimming Pools in London yet. But I guess after the first time, the inhibitions die down and Specially now that u have warned me , I can be prepared and it wont be such a shock. And I hope there are no Hidden Web Cams there(Big Brother style). Tintin
NN, didn't you previously claim to be a naturalist? Or did that just appply to tanning salons?
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posted 19 years ago
>I was watching Seinfeld Yep, I've seen that episode And I've seen some movies, I knew about this tradition. But being there for the first time was what jolted me. Today I was fully at ease, strutting around proudly like that emperor in the story 'The Emperor's New Clothes'. >I was brought up in super-tolerant, anything-goes Holland Super-tolerant would be having unisex locker rooms. Do they? >That is not fair. That was exactly the question I would have asked Sorry to disappoint you, but NO I didn't >didn't you previously claim to be a naturalist You mean, "naturist"? That's only practiced outdoors; no locker rooms there Today I actually began to focus on my swimming. Involuntarily swallowed some water... yech. Had water going into my nose, my ears... am having a big struggle. I can now swim short distances without using a flotation device
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The Rancher Formerly Known As Nanhesru Ningyake.
posted 19 years ago
> You mean, "naturist"? You previously claimed to mix the two terms up; I was translating for you.