UPDATE: Principal John McMorris got back to me. Maybe he wishes these students would just keep their clothes on and not get all us cranky grown-ups (envious of their free-spirited youth, no doubt) all upset anymore about their car washes! Anyway he said:
“Thank you for this information. We met with the cheer team and discussed this, it is now obvious we need to meet with all coaches. We will get the message out.”
BACK TO THE ORIGINAL STORY: Those Northgate kids apparently were at it again (right in a photo by Radar, posted on Claycord.com). A few of them were out this past weekend, at a major intersection in Walnut Creek, donning nothing but tiny swim suits to show off their trim, athletic bods, and to presumably entice motorists to buy their, uh–carwash–services.
It’s been all over Claycord and Mister Writer the past few days, how some Northgate students were once again, flashing some flesh while holding a car wash to raise money for their extra-curricular organization. This time, according to the Mayor of Claycord, it was a fundraiser for the boys’ water polo team. But once again, some members of an organization were trying to lure motorists in to their car wash by standing on the street corner, holding up signs while dressed in–not much at all.
In some ways, these boys were even more stripped down than a few of the cheerleaders apparently were during the last controversial car wash, put on by Northgate students.
So, I’m mulling some vexing questions over what is proving to be the latest suburban scandale–a controversy of such civic import that it might soon be coming to a TV news broadcast near you!
1. Okay, back in early September, Northgate’s principal, John McMorris told me that students at school fundraisers must adhere to a dress code. He said the previous controversial car wash– involving, according to Mister Writer, teen girls in bikini tops and short shorts holding signs and calling out to motorists–had prompted discussion regarding “appropriate behavior with all programs.” He said “the discussion is that all students will adhere to the dress code for these things, shorts, shirt, etc.”
2. So, why wasn’t this supposed new policy enforced, either by adult supervisors at the car wash or by the students themselves. Were the students, shown above in this photo, perhaps pissed off by their perception of adults going all moral and judgmental on them?
3. Were these kids, with this display, giving us cranky, puritanical bloggers and other grownups a figurative finger?
4. Meanwhile, the future of after-school sports programs in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District are in deep, deep trouble, according to a report on this blog, other news reports, and an e-mail I received by Walnut Creek City Councilman Kish Rajan. He says that “winter and spring sports are at risk of being canceled if the schools and the United Mt. Diablo Athletic Foundation are unable to raise enough money by October 27.” Rajan urges people in the community to donate money to the foundation, created specifically to keep after-schools alive at the district’s six high schools, including at Northgate.
5. Does this concern with the future of sports in the Mt. Diablo high schools at all play into this latest attention-getting effort by students to raise money for their sports program?
6. In this instance, can the students involved and those parents who condone this Speedo showcase use the excuse that it was a “really hot day” and that the kids just just wanted to strip down so they could stay cool and comfortable while they washed cars? That was one major explanation given by defenders of the Northgate cheerleaders in bikini tops–that it was a hot Saturday. Well, that is true, in that situation, back in early September. The cheerleaders were working on a weekend that fell during a heat wave. But this past weekend? Sorry, it was pretty mild, early autumn weather.
7. Finally, and, perhaps most importantly, what do you think about men in Speedos?
Okay, I’m superficial. But, I’m asking. I’m posing this question to ladies. But gents (of whatever gender identification and orientation) are free to weigh in.
7. Let’s get back to men in Speedos… I think there is an American aversion to men in Speedos, which I must admit I share. Tiny swim suits on men: it’s more of a European male fashion statement, right? And it is one shared, unfortunately, by big German men at Greek and Southeast Asian beaches.
On the other hand, I admit what I’ll call an aesthetic admiration for the form of a healthy, red-blooded, Olympic swim champion in a tiny swim suit. I will also admit both an aesthetic–and even a carnal–admiration for that famous–or infamous–shot of actor David Duchovny in a red Speedo, emerging from a swimming pool, when starring as FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder in the TV show The X-Files.
I got into watching The X-Files in reruns when I was pregnant with Soccer Son, and I developed a major crush on David Duchovny as Fox Mulder (the so-called “thinking woman’s sex symbol.”)