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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 3, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas Herald-Zeitung g Sunday, August 3, 1997 a 3*Couple confronts stark reality during weekend at nudist club Dear Abby: I had to laugh at the letter from “Happily Surprised in Minnesota,” concerning her visit to a nudist club, but she didn’t explain the “non-reaction” of the members. Imagine a nudist club and male and female supermodels parading around, enticing all. That was my husband’s fantasy, .so I let myself be talked into a visit. My first sight, as we drove down to the club’s office, was a man at least 80 years of age jogging down a trail stark naked, except for his running shoes. It was so unexpected that I burst intp fits of hysterical laughter. Much to my husband’s displeasure, the giggles continued while we were in the office registering. City, business leaders blame sales tax rebate drop on wet weather By ABE LEVY Staff Writer City and business leaders said to blame it on the weather when looking at this month’s sales tax rebates. Sales tax rebates fen* the month of July show a decline of 2.07 percent compared to last year. The monthly total, about $460,000, reflects purchases made in May when rainfall was plentiful in the area. .“There was a lot of rain. A lot of businesses suffered, even the city’s park system. It hurt everybody,” said Sharon Day, city finance director. Bill Cone, president of Norwest Bank in New Braunfels, said the decline was expected but not significant when looking at several years. “These are really small changes. If you look over the last five to six years, we’ve had some significant increases,” Cone said. “With two years in a row of water-related problems, we have to expect a little bit of softening.” Still, Day said the city’s sales receipts are almost 2 percent higher for the year to date when compared tty last year That was the result of businesses working together, she said, such as outfitters on the Guadalupe River, whose flow has been too high to tube. They worked out deals to shuttle their patrons to the lower-flowing Comal River this summer. Michael Meek, president of the ■ New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, said the sales tax depended on an active tourism promotions campaign that brings in visitors to spend money locally. The low total for July should be compared across several years, he said, before coming to conclusions about the local economy. He said other cities along the Interstate 35 corridor, such as Seguin and Austin also experienced a lower rebate this month. “That’s just one month and you can’t draw too many conclusions from that,” Meek said. “You have to look at them over a long period.” Texas Comptroller John Sharp, delivered a total of $153.7 million in monthly sales tax payments to 1,086 Texas cities and 117 counties. The payments to date represent an overall 5.7 percent increase of the same period last year. Sharp reported.    mh<m    » ■J -I TI HAVE QUESTIONS? Call KRAFT M0BILETEL and wa can customize a DIGITAL or CELLULAR package that's right for you... <4 I* SI*** RATS PLAN PNM mar Wireless Services — MI    — mi FMS MICHTS & WEKKCMDS Frau AT AT Wire leu Services MI * TOLL-FREE TEXAS Witt IWtmmfo Digital Mm MOBII-ETEL. Your Communications Specialists 071 S. Seguin 620-7406 MOUni SwWcr •Ie order kl i^Mstafy as toll-free. (fee cell I I w Austin, Sue Auhuhu, Vituwtu I HEMMIS Cultus Christi. Iremkt. BruwnsvtMc, McAfee. TX IS, TX IV. md TXJ0 Calls that un* normal Um$ distaste chargee. Ie usder lu duality sushi* brrr within 'Ut atule ut Tem It die cull asse out astr ut that area writ twas toll Tret:, the call mist also ___ lerauealcs Ie another state, ewaaai Umg diateece cheries will safe Calls must he diesel dialed ie usder kl duality fur ISc kdl-ftee lung dtatuecc Calls that ale placed through a calling cand will incur normal Iii I was informed that if I felt uncomfortable, I could wear a bathing suit the first day. So we went to sit at the pool in our bathing suits. There we discovered that a nudist club is real life, not fantasy. It’s made up of appendix and gall bladder scars, stretch marks, beer bellies and everything from grossly underweight to grossly overweight. We discovered that sitting clothed while a hundred others are nude brings out the same feelings you’d have wearing jeans and a T- shirt to a formal, black-tie affair. You realize you stand out like a sore thumb and become very uncomfortable. Within a few hours, we removed our suits. Not once during the entire weekend did I see any reaction to the nudity of others. No one seemed interested in the bodies of others at all, which is the “non-reaction” your reader mentioned. You begin to realize nude is just that - nude. Nothing is left to the imagination, there’s no interest in even looking. I understood this, but my husband seemed terribly disappointed. A word of caution, however. Areas of the body that have never seen sunshine must be heavily protected with sunscreen. I couldn’t wear a bra for a week because of the sunburn. My macho husband was in agony for two weeks because he was too “tough” to heed my suggestion about using sun lotion on his buttocks and frontal area. He never mentioned visiting a nudist club again. 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