IMG_8487The first dozen days of April were cold in New York City, and now here we are on April 16th and it’s both cold and rainy. It was cold and rainy yesterday, too. And windy. But you know when it wasn’t cold, rainy, and windy? Friday the 13th.

IMG_8267Friday the 13th will henceforth live in our memory as one of the luckiest days of the year. We woke up in the morning to the unaccustomed spectacle of sunny skies, and they just got sunnier as the day wore on.

IMG_8560rOut in Central Park, on the lawn at Columbus Circle, a group of men were playing football on the grass, some of them with no shirts on. Some of the spectators looking on were shirtless too — the male spectators.

IMG_8242But until we arrived, there wasn’t a woman in the place who had the temerity to take her top off. Well, temerity is our middle name. (Really, check our birth certificate, you’ll see.) So no sooner were we sitting down than our tops were lying on the grass beside us.

IMG_8443It was a chance to catch up with some old friends…

IMG_8940IMG_9141IMG_8761…and to meet some new ones, too. (We have a feeling our new friends will be old friends before the summer is out.)

IMG_8855rIMG_8587IMG_8619IMG_8625We were visited at one point by a beautiful dog, whose owner was in town from Florida, where she says she gladly goes naked on the beach. But she wasn’t quite ready to go topless with us here. Not sure why, since we were clearly doing it with no adverse consequences. But we’re glad she spent some time chatting with us, and maybe if she comes back to New York sometime this summer she’ll look us up again.

IMG_8811IMG_8774IMG_8790By the way, if you’re going to be in New York this summer and would like to join us, just drop a note to toplesspulpfiction@gmail.com. We welcome all women who would like to share this experience with us!

Also by the way: you don’t need to be an adorable puppy to get scratched behind the ears. πŸ™‚

IMG_8846All that talk of going nude on the beach in Florida may have inspired us, or maybe it was just the presence of beautiful yellow flowers in full bloom, but one of us decided she needed to experience nature au naturel. Temerity, remember.

IMG_8963IMG_8990IMG_9021IMG_9023IMG_9071IMG_9108Happily her naked moment conferrin’ with the flowers (yes, we’re Oz fans, too) didn’t cause any alarm bells to clang and we were able to finish out the afternoon bare to the waist.

IMG_8465IMG_8381How lovely it was! How salubrious and gleeful and, and…human. Even when the time came to get dressed again, we did it with big smiles on our faces.

IMG_9115IMG_9131Every man in the city should have the experience of walking bare-chested in the park on a beautiful spring day — and every woman, too. Men have been doing it forever, of course. But now? Now women are too. And we couldn’t feel luckier.

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