My summer daytime returns to a normal routine of solitude this weekend as my friend, Jay, flies back to his home tomorrow. It was terrific having him here this week and the time passed much too quickly for us both. We did manage to read three of the four of John Grisham’s books on our list – “A Time To Kill,” “The The Pelican Brief,” and “The Client.” We didn’t have the time to read “The Firm” so last night we went to a local bookstore and we each bought a copy to read this weekend – me, bare, riverside and Jay while flying home.
Aaron, my spouse, plans to treat all of us to dinner tonight as it is Jay’s last night in the area. We’re going to eat at a Middle Eastern restaurant that was Jay’s favorite when he lived in this area. Their food is outstanding and is prepared fresh for each individual order. Aaron and I eat there a couple of times a year and thoroughly enjoy the meals and the atmosphere. The service is superb!
Tomorrow, Aaron resumes his regular schedule at his job. He’s a nursing supervisor at a local hospital’s trauma unit and he’s been working daytime for the past six weeks to help cover staffing needs as several of the nurses he supervises have been away on vacation. He is looking forward to resuming his afternoon-evening shift. It was fortunate that he was off every evening while Jay was here. I’m very lucky in that both Aaron and Jay are extremely compatible.
As today is Jay’s last full day here in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and supposedly a very hot and humid day, we decided to forgo or riverside beach excursion and ride the subway into the national capitol and do some random sightseeing. Jay wants to visit DuPont Circle, D.C.’s very famous same gender loving (gay) neighborhood and look around and see what’s new and what’s moved. It has been almost six years since he relocated away from this area and he’s somewhat curious.
I don’t believe that I’ve visited the DuPont Circle neighborhood since last summer. It should be an interesting experience for myself as well. When Lambda Rising, the Washington gay bookstore closed years ago, there has really been no reason for me to travel there on my way home from work in the afternoons/early evenings. I used to frequent the area at least every two weeks before the store closed.
Although I do miss the Lambda Rising bookstore, I realize that the availability of online shopping has now forced the closing of many businesses. The progress of most commercial enterprises in being accessible and pleasing to all consumers is by far more important than the singular focus that so many shops and stores represented.
This article is not intended to imply or suggest that I have even the slightest aversion, disdain or dislike of the advantages and benefits of social nudity. Nothing is further from the truth! I enjoy the clothes freedom environment and always eagerly anticipate the companionship of being with other bare practitioners! There is always fun with being nude among others under the sun!
However, I do appreciate the freedom to read books without distraction and having the luxury to achieve that pleasure, even for a few hours each day, always manages to be one of the great pleasures of not working during this time of the year! Personally, that is one of the major reasons why the season of “heat and humidity” is my favorite time of the calendar year!
The majority of those who regularly visit the riverside “bare” beach and who know me understand this and respect the time that I’m involved in a book or a magazine. They’ll leave me alone until I take a break from the printed word and engage with them. In turn, I’ll sometimes bring along with me some of the baked treats that Aaron creates as a small token of my appreciation of their thoughtfulness!