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The Birthday Suit as Daily Wear
Requesting a table away from the window: These mostly straight guys think it's okay to be nude since it's in the Castro — they must think the gays won't mind, in fact, they'll like it ["Overexposed," Lauren Smiley, Feature, 12/1]. Well, most of us avoid looking at them for a reason. They are gross. Oh, and not while I'm eating.


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Children — watch out for prude, not nude, adults: I don't understand the issues people make about nudity and children. Until prudish adults indoctrinate them, kids don't even recognize the difference between clothed and naked. In a healthy society, people are able to be comfortable with their own bodies, because they can clearly see they come in all shapes and sizes and don't have to be hidden.


Vancouver, b.c.

Not everyone publicly naked is a nudist: I have seen plenty of nude individuals in public in San Francisco and other cities, so I am not particularly shocked by the situation. That said, I would much rather go to the beach to be nude than to sit out in some rinky-dink miniplaza all day. I think I can safely assume that many of the individuals parading around naked are not nudists so much as they are exhibitionists. Tasteful exhibitionism is okay, but I can also understand some of the objections to the display. Not wishing to see nudity, and in particular exhibitionist nudity, outside of the usual places one would expect it does not necessarily make one a prude or "anti-sex-positive." Plenty of well-adjusted and quite tolerant people don't wish to be thrust involuntarily into others' sexual fantasies (and I say those remarks about those who are more exhibitionists than true nudists). But, perhaps with dialogue and outreach between the self-proclaimed nudists and the neighborhood, all sides can come to a better understanding of where each is coming from, move past SF Weekly's silly attempts at titillation, and reach common ground.


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A Pizzeria Lacking Balance
If there's a line, come back Monday, or just don't come back at all: Jonathan Kauffman mirrored my experience [at Ragazza] from a couple of months ago, minus a horribly rude hostess who suggested people come back on a Monday rather than wait for a seat ["Focus, People, Focus," Eat, 12/1]. I refuse to visit a place that does not respect the customer. Her unprofessional behavior still resonates with me. The food is overpriced, the wine pours are horribly slim, and overall it is hype over substance. There are other places that serve great pie under less stressful circumstances!

Marco Gimalldi

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Blog Comment of the Week
In response to a blog post about fires and fines on Spare the Air days: Libertarians will sputter at this, but I think burning wood should be completely illegal in any large city except if it's a person's only source of heat (which is really unlikely) ["What's the punishment for burning wood on spare the air day?" Joe Eskenazi, the Snitch, 12/1]. It's ridiculously dirty and thoughtless. Every time some dumbass starts burning wood and stinking up the entire city block, I feel like turning up in front of his house and lighting a barrelful of tires on fire. But I'm a curmudgeon.


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The feature "Final Cut?" [Jonathan Kiefer, 11/24] stated that there are five functioning single-screen movie theaters in San Francisco, but two additional theaters were not mentioned: the Bridge Theater and the Red Vic Movie House. SF Weekly regrets the error.


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