December 31st, 2012

Playing catch up....

I just realized that its been over a year since I posted here.  Its been quite a year, so much has happened and kept me extremely busy...  Looking back I guess the last time I posted was before Hurricane Irene and that crazy snow storm that came before it.  That snow storm brought down ALOT of branches from trees in our yard, mainly in the front.  Irene brought alot of rain and the water table was already a bit high, so we got some flooding in the basement, which is where my office is.  I spent a good part of a day and night when we discovered the water was coming in soaking it up and using the shop vac to suck up the water.  Still, enough came in that damaged the wall and made the carpet completely unusable.  It took me about 6 months to get all that cleaned up and rebuilt.  I was able to move back in in the spring, and we now have a sump pump and can more easily monitor the water table.

All that also meant that my private yoga studio became more of a storage room so no yoga, no massage work... nothing.

I did find the time to take up a new hobby that I had long been interested in, r/c helicopters.  I have some very nice birds now, more on that in another post.  Oddly though I haven't had the time to fly any of them lately and I just got an r/c monster truck working again.  Flying is hard to do when the wind is strong so I have to try to time my flight time with the weather.

We also bought a new travel trailer, a Jayco X23B and a Yukon XL Denali to pull it.  More on that later too but for now I'll say that it was a big help while we had no power from Sandy.

My day job has been utterly crazy this past year.  I'm not sure how I survived it... maybe I didn't.... anyway, I've lost a few people this year that I need to replace.  I especially need a very strong developer in the Northern NJ area.

The Naturist Journal

The Naturist Journal (www.naturistjournal.com) is the site I ran along with my wife for many years. We would post news stories and other short articles and even answer questions about family oriented naturism. The site used to be based on slashcode, the software behind Slashdot, which is great for posting articles, taking comments and managing users.
Since those days many other sites now find great news stories and there are a variety of naturist bloggers that provide great content on naturist related news and topics. There are so many in fact that its hard to list them all, however I will note a few to take note of:

Nudiarist
    Chet Kresiak is probably the most prolific poster of both news stories and a wide variety of nude photos. I can appreciate that by posting so many photos he attempts to make naturism seem more normal. I would be more selective in my choice of what naturism means by way of photos than he is, but that is probably more my idealism. He also posts news stories to his twitter feed.
Lady Godiva
    While she has been a naturist for a while she came to the attention of many by participating in OneAndOther and sitting on the Plinth nude, on a rocking horse. Since then she has gathered quite a following, helping to promote naturism on a very positive way.
Samantha Lynn Gilmour
    Samantha is very new to the naturist blogging world and seems off to a good start. She posts from her own personal perspective and not intentionally about promoting naturism, though she does anyway. We need more people like this posting stories in this way.
Like I said, the above is a sample - there are so many out there. Many use tumblr now and quite a few are on twitter.

For my part I do plan to post more in the coming year, both on naturism and other topics - just with my own twist on things. I use twitter for the most part, feel free to follow me there.