Thursday, January 22, 2009
NUDE BOOKSTORE OWNER, QUARTZITE, WOE, LOST CAMERA
Hey, folks, it may surprise or shock you what this ole' grandma is doing in the desert at Quartzite... frolicking with a nudist! Paul Weiner is a nudist and he has owned the Book Oasis for twenty years. He has had his picture taken with 1000's of customers. The people of Quartzite accept him as he is, a browned, tan man, who by law has to wear a thong during business hours. When we arrived he was clad in a sweater plus the thong because it was a chilly morning. Before we left the book store he had shed his sweater. I took a picture of him on my camera, but then lost my camera. O, woe. The cat is Paul's. We went for the day so Jim could do the commercial for his speaking engagement at the Library on Jan. 29th. He gives a talk and has a book signing there on his latest book about RVing through Central America, about which he is an expert. He is also an expert on Central American History.
This gathering in Quartzite is the largest RV show in the world. The local paper estimated that 750,000 people attend this event with two million RV's puling into Quartzite each year.
We parked on a knoll and as far as the eye could see was a desert full of RVers. We visited several of Jim's friends, who are parked in a Singles Area. Different groups claim their spot and tend to return to the same area year after year. There is a Nudist Area; an area of Gays and Lesbians; Senior RVing Clubs both single and married. Other RV groups are defined by activities, such as kayaking or hiking. Other attendees are individuals with no connections. It is quite a gathering in any case. We walked through the vendors tent and my Birkenstock sandal came undone and one vendor gave us a free roll of Rescue Tape, which is a NASA product and very effective on high pressure leaks. Amazing stuff. Tomorrow, I'll include Jim's commercial that I caught on his cell phone.