Nude swimming in the United States

  The following is a reprint of a blog post I made in July of 2010.  It was posted on my TypePad blog.  Some of the links below may not work.  They are seven years old.

I posted in ShowMeBlog back sometime ago about nude swimming at the YMCA.  That blog post gets a lot of traffic each day.  It has had a lot of comments.  Many of the people comment that it never took place.
It was normal and standard for boys swimming at the YMCA to swim nude.  It was also normal at many schools all across the United States.
Many people today just can not believe that such a thing took place.
It just shows how crazy things have come now in the United States with sex, nudity, sin and religion.

I just notice that Wikipedia now has an article “Nude swimming.”
If you want see the post from ShowMeBlog :  Swimming Nude in America and that was from April 23 of 2008.

The following from the Wikipedia article:

“…Before the YMCA began to admit females in the early 1960s, swimming trunks were not even allowed in the pools,[6] and high school swimming classes for boys sometimes had similar policies, citing the impracticality of providing and maintaining sanitary swimming gear and clogging swimming pools’ filtration systems with lint fibers from the swimsuits. These practices were common because of the perception that there was nothing wrong or sexual about seeing members of the same gender in the nude, especially in these indoor contexts among equals in ‘birthday suit uniform’.

In some English schools, Manchester Grammar School for example, nude swimming was compulsory until the 1970s.[7] This was also the case for some U.S. junior high schools.[8] A 2006 Roper poll showed that 25% of all American adults had been skinny dipping at least once, and that 74% believed nude swimming should be tolerated at accepted locations.[9]…”

I never did nude swimming when I was young.  Hell, I do not know how to swim.  Plus I am not sure I was ever at a YMCA.  I had a cousin that was a year younger and he did swim nude at the YMCA near his home.  I knew it at the time but they were poor and until a few years ago I was thinking that the YMCA just did it there because poor kids could not afford swimming suits.  Then a few years ago I read on the web about nude swimming back in the “old days.”  Smile

That would be an interesting poll for a TV station.  Go out on the street and ask people if kids every did nude swimming at the YMCA and at schools years ago in the United States.  I would be interested in the results.

The old days – My TypePad Blog

  I had some the other day say that I had not been logging as long as I say.
The other day I just happen to get a link to an old post on TypePad.  I used TypePad as my blog hosting site from 2003 until 2012.  
  I used TypePad for a lot of years but it was not my first blogging site.  Well, the first blogging site was my bulletin board system in 1982!

God, I been doing this a long long time.  No wonder I am so tired.

Man accidentally shot himself

DallasFW Newshub:

Breaking from Dallas-Fort Worth Newshub

NBC DFW reports that police said a man accidentally shot himself in the leg during an attempted burglary at a Fort Worth home Friday morning. Fort Worth police said three men broke into a pickup truck in a driveway in the 5300 block of Westhaven Drive at about 2:30 a.m. The homeowner came outside and startled the men, who ran from the scene, according to police. One of the men was armed with a handgun that discharged a round into his thigh. Police said they caught the three men shortly after. Officers applied a tourniquet to the wounded man, who was transported to a hospital in stable condition. No further details have been released.

No Internet service from Spectrum

Not a good start for October.  Spectrum had an “outage” affecting the Southeastern states, Texas and California.  I am in Fort Worth (TX) and I think it was off for over eight hours for us.
Hulu had a weekend special and it was free HBO from Friday night to Monday morning.  Darlene, started watching Game of Thrones.  She wanted to watch all of the episodes on HBO.  I did not think she could make it before we lost Internet.  Now, I am sure she will not see all of them.
I am not sure who she will blame.  She may blame President Trump or me.  I will try and get her to blame Spectrum.

Darlene will not be the only one blaming Spectrum.
The outage area is below.

Spectrum Outage.jpg


HIGH blood pressure

  If I do almost anything my blood pressure will shoot up.  If I bend over to put on my shoes or if I have to try and pull on socks over my swollen feet my blood pressure goes up.
  I took a heavy item out to the trash tonight.  For the first time, I took my blood pressure when I got back to the apartment.  I knew it was high.  I can tell.  But this time I took my BP.  It was 222 over 98.  The heart rate of 89.

I took my BP about 30 minutes later and it was 172/83.

Normal BP for me runs;  162/76, 147/68, 163/79, 145/66 and that is about normal for.

Hay fever time for me

The pollen count in Fort Worth (TX) is high.  The pollen count today, September 23, is 11.4 and Sunday are going to be 11.4 and Monday 11.5 and Tuesday down to 9.5.  Wednesday will be 5.7 and this is medium (4.9 to 7.2).
 Hay fever hit me late in life.  I was in Kansas City (MO).  When I left KC in 2000 and went to Orlando (FL) it was not as big a problem.  So, I have good years and bad years.  This is a bad year.
At my age, I do not want to just sleep away my life.  So, I cannot sleep until the count goes down.

Sunday I got a Western Digital Caviar Blue 320 GB hard drive getting here.  I need to install that in a box.  You will see me doing that in a video soon.

Box for hard drive



ShowMeVideo 001 – 09/21/2017

This the first video on this site having WordPress as the hosting site.  I am using their video hosting service.  So this is a test.  One problem I see is that this one video uses 3.4% of the 13 GB I am allowed with my plan with them.
The next upload of a video I will just upload to YouTube and then use the YouTube URL.  But, I suspect that WP will import the video from that URL and then store it here.  We will see what happens.

President Trump to make it unsafe to fly?


FAA Panel Delivers Sweeping Recommendations on Deregulation — Update

DOW JONES & COMPANY, INC. 7:29 PM ET 9/17/2017

A federal advisory committee’s sweeping deregulation proposals are roiling the world of airplane safety.

As part of President Donald Trump’s governmentwide drive targeting what he and aides call outdated or unnecessary restrictions, the panel of industry and labor representatives has delivered a report urging the Federal Aviation Administration to eliminate or roll back more than 50 longstanding air-safety rules.

Completed last week but not yet publicly released, the document recommends loosening controls over everything from pilot training to structural testing of new models. Several of the specifics are prompting opposition from some union groups, outside safety advocates and families of crash victims.

The panel, called the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee, in a prior report identified hundreds of other regulations it said were ripe for repeal or modification, according to one person familiar with the details.

The agency’s initial response was noncommittal, stressing that the recommendations “do not mean any action will be taken to modify or eliminate existing rules.” A statement from a spokeswoman over the weekend also said the agency intends to carefully review each item and determine next steps by applying “the FAA’s prevailing criteria to maintain today’s historic level of aviation safety.”

The recommendations set the stage for debates in coming years over loosening or entirely doing away with some rules that are integral parts of the FAA’s safety program but haven’t been amended or, in many cases reassessed, for decades.

Some of the proposals involve obscure or relatively minor irritants, such as redundant paperwork, duplicate regulations and outdated requirements for ashtrays outside lavatories dating back to an era when smoking was allowed on airliners. But others focus on big-ticket regulatory mandates that entail major costs for industry, including the way plane makers and the FAA determine the structural integrity and fatigue tolerance of large airplane parts or sections.

The panel, among other things, urged more flexibility by substituting computer simulations and inspections of older aircraft for more-expensive ground tests. The savings “could be hundreds of millions of dollars” versus full-scale testing, according to the report.

Two other recommendations urge relying on engineering analysis, rather than primarily flight tests, to determine vibration characteristics or strength of certain parts.

Critics contend neither FAA nor industry experts are familiar enough yet with the long-term structural strength of certain composite structures to ensure the validity of such computer-based analysis.

The committee also is seeking to revise certain reporting rules, echoing unsuccessful efforts in the past by industry officials. One rule submitted for modification deals with data collection about engine reliability, in-flight shutdowns, oil loss and uncommanded power changes for twin-engine airliners authorized to fly extended routes over water or polar regions. The changes appears designed to reduce certain FAA reporting requirements for this category of aircraft — as long as the problematic events occur during trips over land or shorter overwater flights.

In addition, the panel reiterated calls by other FAA-chartered committees and industry-backed studies to find new alternatives to requiring most co-pilots to have 1,500 hours of flight time before they can be hired to fly passengers. A Senate bill extending the FAA’s overall authority, which expires at the end of the month, includes a similar provision.

According to the report, reducing the 1,500-hour minimum is essential to prevent pilot shortages from reducing commercial service commuter carriers are able to provide rural communities. Pilot unions and other groups strongly oppose dropping the 1,500 hour threshold, contending it would erode safety. The report notes that alternate “pathways” to hiring new co-pilots “would only be approved if they were proven to enhance safety.”

Commercial accident rates across the U.S. have been at record low levels for years, with the last deadly crash involving a scheduled domestic carrier occurring in 2009.

Yet by challenging certain traditional safeguards — and advocating changes tied to potentially hundreds of millions of dollars in industry savings over the years — the report primarily reflects the desires of manufacturers, equipment suppliers, airlines and private aviation groups.

After months of internal deliberations with mixed results, FAA officials in April asked the panel to identify regulations that are outmoded, unnecessary or ineffective, “Inhibit job creation,” or “impose costs that exceed benefits.”

The Association of Flight Attendants, a union with nearly 50,000 members, officially dissented from the latest report. It argued that the package of recommendations amounted to “a grab bag of unfiltered wish lists submitted by individual” interest groups participating in the process.

Labor representatives also objected to calls for less-stringent pilot training rules increasing credit for time spent in simulators versus behind the controls of an actual aircraft. The union representing airline dispatchers dissented from a proposal lowering to 21 from 23 the minimum age for obtaining a certificate to perform such work.

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It is rare for me to fly.  I also made up my mind that I did not want to fly again due to seat size and other things about flying.

But I have a daughter that flys all the time.  I worry about her flying so much.  Now, I will be scared to death.
We do not need deregulation.  We need more regulation.  We know that industry and big business does not care about us.  They are only interested in making money.