Open-door policy

I am generally loath to hang stuff around the door, except for things you really, really need to see — the city alarm permit comes immediately to mind — but maybe I need to rethink this a bit:

[W]e have a sign hanging outside our front door stating this is a nudist household and if you are ok with that ring the doorbell one way, if not ring it the other way… makes confusion and embarrassment a non-issue. We actually bought a “Nudist Zone” sign from and put our own sticker on it saying, “Ring doorbell twice quickly if your comfortable with nudism and we won’t bother getting dressed”.

The downside to this is if someone is worried that they are ringing it wrong it can be a major issue for them. We had someone come by who was afraid of ringing it wrong so drove a couple of blocks away and called us. That’s when we added “Ring twice quickly” to help ease their concerns.

“Quickly,” after all, is fairly subjective.

Actually, this is not an issue for me: I keep a robe by the door, just in case. (There were these two Jehovah’s Witnesses that one time, but that was years ago.) As a general rule, I am disinclined to outrage the neighbors. That said, it must also be said that there used to be a woman around the corner who in two years saw me dressed exactly once: there has always been a small number of people who have given notice, one way or another, that they won’t be perturbed at the sight. The operative word, though, is “small”: I don’t think there’s ever been more than four or five names on the list, and most people just call first so I’ll have time to feign decency.

(Via Nudiarist. Both of these links may have trouble with your workplace filters.)


  1. backwoods conservative »

    19 December 2013 · 7:30 pm

    I don’t wear much when I’m laying around the house by myself, and never have. As one article I read said, when you live alone the whole house is your room. I keep short pants and a t-shirt handy for when I have to step outside or if company comes. I try to avoid exposing myself to the neighbors. It isn’t worth the risk of going to jail.

    I dream of having a large chunk of land out in the country where I could walk around in complete privacy, but unless I can beat the long odds of a lottery ticket It’s not likely to happen.

  2. CGHill »

    19 December 2013 · 8:57 pm

    It would simplify matters, to be sure.

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