Had a good weekend, went to a couple spas, learned two things:
- If you have gas, don’t get a massage.
- If you get a massage anyway, don’t doze, no matter how relaxing and soothing it is, because you’ll spend the rest of your day wondering whether you farted in your sleep.
I was also reminded of another thing: naked people are great. At first I was reluctant to go to a spa because only old people with joint problems go to them. Then I remembered that I’m an old person with joint problems. Also, a whole spectrum of people go there, not just limping fat old people. Here is one of the places we went.
Various pools indoors and out, some with little bridges over them, under which I lurked, cool architecture, relaxing, great. Best of all was the big naked area with several different saunas. The naked area, or Zona Nuda as the multi-lingual signs said. Full of all sorts of people, all naked. And all beautiful. Short, tall, fat, skinny, young, old, beautiful.
I’m not saying everyone was attractive. But I was reminded of something Studs Terkel said once, that women look best naked. Men, eh, not sure. Maybe in a classic, dark two piece single-breasted suit. I don’t mean this in a sexual, sexist way, don’t misunderstand me. I don’t know what to think of Studs Terkel, but people are beautiful. Imperfect, but beautiful.
It takes a while to get used to the nakedness. It is a shame that people are led by the media to have this narrow picture of human beauty, though, you know? I realize I’m once again stating the obvious, but someone has to. You’re beautiful.
Don’t believe me? Take off your clothes and look. Look slow, not fast the way you look at some airbrushed fashion model. You are.