It’s That Time of Year!

Does anyone love National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation as much as I do? Probably. If not, why not???

Even though this movie came out in the late 80’s, it never gets old! It’s such a classic! I could watch it any time of year but it’s just traditional to watch it anytime in December. I actually haven’t watched this movie at all this year, but I feel tonight is the perfect night! I’m so stoked!

So, tonight is the new moon, the retrograde period of Mercury ends and I’m going glamping for the first time just to experience it because I’m curious. It’s also raining today. In fact, for the couple of weeks I’ve been here in Austin, today is the first time it’s rained.

Of course, it all seems just so cozy and perfect, but I do keep that Stoic premeditatio malorum in mind, just so I can stay balanced if things go less than planned.

So cheers to this movie and all the abs that will be worked on while I watch it.

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Photo: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation via IMDB

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My Experience At A Nudist Resort

I came across a few things lately that reminded me of my time as both a guest and a bartender at a nudist resort in Palm Springs, California several years ago. This place is nothing like most people think other than clothing is optional.

But first, as I was enjoying a Coffee IPA at the Texas Oasis Brewing Company on the patio overlooking Lake Travis, I look to my right. I was curious to see if there were any parks in that area where I could hike and venture around. I decided to check on google maps and found out that the park I spotted is called Hippie Hollow Park, which is a clothing optional park. I just laughed, thought about “visiting” but decided not to….it’s too cold outside! Lame excuse right?

Finding out about Hippie Hollow Park reminded me of the reason I came to visit Austin, I kept getting “signs” in threes. However, I’m not sure what to do about this one. Ha!

I had received an email from the resort not too long ago about the upcoming New Year’s Day bash and I just happened to stumble across a Facebook post recently in regards to someone that recently passed away, who was actually the general manager who interviewed and hired me at that resort. RIP Michael Williams.

So the place I bartended at is called Desert Sun Resort.

I worked there as a morning bartender for about 6 months and I have to say, it was an interesting place to work but I left because I ended up going to school full time and could only work in evenings. I applied for the job as a second job and just had a feeling I was going to get the job because I visited the resort as a guest several times to work on getting rid of my tan lines and to enjoy the mountain views in the pool areas. And well, I landed the job the same day.

Even though I visited the resort as a guest, I was fully clothed as a bartender. It’s a health code for obvious reasons and to be honest I would not want a nude bartender making my drink or delivering my food. There’s just something gross and strange about that.

I’ve met all sorts of people there from bartending and yes, I’ve seen it all! However, as the months went by, I became accustomed to the environment, so nothing came as a surprise to me anymore.

When I would visit as a guest, I wouldn’t pay attention to anyone besides the few people I came across in one of the many pool areas the resort has to offer. But when I was bartending, I couldn’t help but pay attention to everyone. But overall, it’s very chill and definitely not some kind of swinger resort. I actually interviewed at one of those places not knowing what I was getting myself into and it was a bit overwhelming for my taste so I declined the offer for the job.

Desert Sun Resort is actually a sophisticated resort, so pervs and such are not welcomed there. They take privacy very seriously and want you to feel comfortable. You have to go through a mini interview to gain access to the resort, which is nice. I highly recommend the resort and maybe one day I will go back to visit again as a guest.

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Photo: Hippie Hollow Park resides in this photo…somewhere 😉

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Photo: The Coffee IPA from Texas Oasis Brewing Company that I enjoyed as I tried searching for parks to hike at.

 

Ex Machina and the La Brea Tar Pits

A couple of months ago I rewatched Ex Machina and visited the La Brea Tar Pits.

You wouldn’t think these two had anything in common but I was able to link something random and interesting to me.

The La Brea Tar Pits is an area in Los Angeles that have these groups of “tar pits” where animals from the Ice Age became stuck and died. There’s many different ideas of what lead the animals to the tar pits, but what interested me the most was how many of the animals who got stuck were just trying to rescue the ones who were already stuck. Hmm….

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Dear Fellow Bloggers

You guys are awesome! Really, you are!

I’ve been back in Southern California for about a week and I’m ready to leave again!

Southern California, in its essence, is great. However, I’ve come to realize that there are way too many people here and the energy from all the people who take this place for granted have been super rough on me. I’ll blog about all that shit some other time. Maybe when I finally get my ass up to Montana!

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Happy Independence Day!

Today, I celebrated the entire day in a city I’ve been wanting to visit for over a decade: Boston, Massachusetts! It’s also the furthest east I’ve ever traveled in North America.

I did not plan to visit Boston for the 4th of July as Kal and I originally planned to head west but the way in which things worked out brought me back east towards Boston on this day. The day was awesome and it was the best 4th of July I’ve celebrated in a very VERY long time.

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