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The World Naked Bike Ride blew through Madison on Saturday. Went right in front of my vending table. The biking part was a plea to reduce our dependence on oil and the naked part was just people wanting to be naked, I guess. Why not? It was happy. No one was martyring themselves for the cause by inciting the cops to beat them. It wasn’t that kind of a protest.
So, in case you’re wondering how much nudity you can get away with at the Farmer’s Market, it’s more than you’d think. From what I saw, any guys who were exposed but covered their shame didn’t get a ticket. I didn’t see any gals with their tops off get ticketed, nor did I see any of them cover up. It’s quite possible toplessness is legal here. If it isn’t, it may be more trouble than it’s worth to enforce, particularly by male officers in front of a crowd. If you were naked and speedy, the cops let you go.
The naked guy with blue hair was prepared. When confronted by police he went beyond minimum compliance and put on a full set of scrubs. This is all conjecture on my part, but, based on that action, I don’t think he wanted to be naked at the Farmer’s Market all that bad. That’s a perfectly normal and perhaps preferable way to feel, especially if you’re getting on in years or you’ve lived here for a while.
Apparently, the only way to get a ticket during this event is to be naked and remain that way after the cops stop you. Blonde guy got a ticket. What was weird was that he was standing naked in the street for at least 15 min. while the cops wrote him up and dozens of people took pictures with their phones, all the while thinking about our dependence on oil. He probably didn’t have any ID on him. But if the polices’ goal is to have fewer bare asses for less time at the Market, they probably should have just let him keep riding, you know? I don’t know. I think that would have been ok with everyone. Another confusing chapter in my life. The event broke the monotony, anyway.
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