How many things are wrong with that?
Whereas Atlanta has its Purple Dress Run, Portland has The Naked Bike Ride. The Purple Dress Run is an annual event sponsored by the Atlanta Bucks Rugby Football Club. It’s actually a pub crawl, and their website touts it this way:
“Put the Atlanta Bucks in purple dresses and run them from bar to bar, and it’s no prim-and-proper Southern cotillion. The burly Bucks and their supporters don their gay apparel Saturday for one of the rugby team’s two biggest fundraisers of the year.”
Photo taken from my Sun Room Window in Atlanta
So you get it. Burly gay guys dressed in purple dresses and careening from pub to pub to raise money for AIDS awareness, etc. Although often in sequins and boas and size 14 stilettos, they are clothed, at least mostly.
Then on to Portland's Naked Bike Ride. Here’s some info about the latest one:
"The World Naked Bike Ride took to the streets of Portland Saturday night, exposing the city to a reported 13,000 cyclists who in turn were exposing themselves to the city. In spite of a cool evening, cyclists rode with little or no clothing, staying warm with exertion and camaraderie."
Still lots of alcohol involved and a good cause, this one to protest against society's reliance on automobiles and Big Oil.
I can see myself taking part in the Purple Dress Run (as long as I didn’t have to run). I’d actually be one of the better looking participants, trust me. But as to the Naked Bike Ride, please see below for just some of the ways this is wrong:
- It was only 50 degrees the evening described in the article I cited.
- At my age, there's no telling what body part might get stuck in the spokes.
- I can't ride a bike sober so .............
- You know the adage about being the lead dog in a sled race and how if you aren't the lead dog, the view never changes. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be the lead dog in this race, and, if I remember correctly, don't people stand up from their bike seats when they accelerate or start up a hill?
- Speaking of the bike seat, who's in charge of cleaning that after the race?
- Do the participants go naked into the bars too?
- Can you imagine where the scrapes might be if you fall off?
- What about chafing?
- Where do you keep your credit card and phone? How about your identification for when they find you naked, drunk, and dead in the gutter?