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Leah Cauthron

Okoboji, a family destination?!

Posted Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at 11:10 AM
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  • How about you just do your job as a parent and protect your children from the horror that is nudity, and let the adults have their fun?

    -- Posted by JeffScott on Wed, Apr 25, 2012, at 9:24 AM
  • While I think JeffScott's response is rude, I concur to a point. I've been coming to Okoboji since I first came with my parents as a child. As a matter of fact, my parents had a mini-honeymoon there in 1968, stayed at the Inn, rode on the Queen, before they went on their real one to New Orleans a few months later. I loved going there as a family, but I never thought of it as a family destination exclusively as it has always been in part a playground for the rich and in part a party place for anyone who parties. There have been bars and drunk boaters and wild house parties straight out of "The Great Gatsby" since the 1920s.

    It's possible to stay on the family side of things, not attend the places where the partying is most pervasive, and still have a good time with the kids. Eventually our children will have to coexist with all forms of humanity, including those who don't share their values.

    As far as nakedness? It's behind closed doors and tinted or non existent windows. Yes, I think it objectifies women and blah blah blah, but it's market driven. If women will take their clothes off, men will watch, and it's all consensual - I'm not sure what my part is in it but to stay away.

    -- Posted by AmyPeterson on Thu, Apr 26, 2012, at 6:37 AM
  • @JeffScott - People like this will never let "adults have their fun" with out putting their two cents worth in! The Stepford wife types are always worried about what is going on behind closed doors and how they will save the "others" from themselves. I have a theory that it is due to a deep seated interest in the dark side! LOL But I digress.... If the bible ministry right next door to the strip club can some how keep a proper image and remain in place for as far back as I can remember. I do believe that some how the entire lakes region can manage to (by some miracle) be able to be both a family and an adult destination! I am sure most of the people reading this are preparing their "morality", "breaking down the family" and other clique arguments but sex has been selling since long before any of us were born and will continue to do its job for many years after we are all gone. And I for one will continue to do my job to support the fine arts! :D

    -- Posted by deweyh on Thu, Apr 26, 2012, at 8:51 AM
  • the Lakes have always been about fun, some family, some adult. many have learned about adult fun at the Lakes, many more will..sorry naked girls and booze are a drag to some, history and common sense have made the case otherwise''''

    -- Posted by Cookster on Thu, Apr 26, 2012, at 7:16 PM
  • I'm not opposed to "adult" fun...that's between you and God but do it in the privacy of your own home. Why does it always have to spill out into public? The ad I was referring to for "Fantasy Cleaning" talked about boats and cars which are in public view. If you wanna be a skank, do it behind closed doors.

    -- Posted by Leah Cauthron on Fri, Apr 27, 2012, at 11:58 AM
  • I agree it's stupid there is a night club right across the street from the middle school, but there is also a bible camp right next door and other shops that can easily cater to kids that age and a little older, and the night club isn't open at any hour when the school is in session or there is some activity there, at least not that I've ever seen. Plus all the bars and clubs have strict ID rules and anything "adult" is behind closed doors, and not really out in the open or in "public." And I guess I don't see the problem with someone copying a common car wash idea. Women in swimsuits can readily be seen at any and all of the public and private beaches and pools anywhere. It's not really scandalous in my opinion. A family going on vacation or spending the day in boji aren't typically confused about what is supposed to be "family" appropriate and what is not.

    -- Posted by jlees on Fri, Apr 27, 2012, at 3:24 PM
  • @Leah how is it that you can call these young ladies who are just doing a job a skank. Didn't we just address the whole name calling thing?

    What these ladies do is their bussiness. If you are taking the stance on this and how skanky women are in tight little bikini's then lets start at the swimming pools, beaches, or anywhere that these ladies can and do wear these things at. I think thong bottoms are not appealing but there are some girls or women that can pull it off. Now where I get disgusted is where women or girls who should not be wearing these (cuss it does not complaiment their bodies by any means) suits. So where do we find the comprimise? You can't you just have to be a smart parent and not bring your kids around it.

    Case in point is my son's graduation. I do not know how many of my friends expect booze to be at this party and get sad when I tell them that there will be none. This party or any of my kid's parties never had booze. For the simple fact is it is not about the adults it is about my kids having a good time and they did or do not need to see drunk ppl. Now I do not look down on parents that do have booze, not my place to tell them what I think. This is my morals, not theirs! So thus it should be the same when you are vacationing with your children. Not hard to say NO it is just hard to look different than others!

    -- Posted by acerdj on Sat, Apr 28, 2012, at 11:58 AM
  • Oh no! Women in swimsuits... on a boat! At a LAKE! Personally, I wear swimsuits that are in line with my body type, as do girls who can get away with bikinis. I find it a little offensive that you refer to these girls as "skanks"- unless you know first-hand that their sexual history warrants such a slur, you have no business throwing it around.

    -- Posted by notinia on Sun, Apr 29, 2012, at 6:22 AM
  • Sorry I should've used the term pervs as I have more of a problem with those who make these businesses viable. Read the ad on okoboji.com. Its more than just the random person washing a boat. Its about soliciting. The only difference between Fantasy Cleaning and Zippers is the building and the door. I don't have a problem with people in bathing suits in a resort area. I do have a problem with a business selling sex under the guise of something else and then having it in public view.

    -- Posted by Leah Cauthron on Sun, Apr 29, 2012, at 7:27 PM
  • @Leah I went and read the ad. I hope you report it to the administrative about it, I did. I think it is a very sleezy ad and should not be there. You do know that anybody can post on there and put anything with out so much as a blink of an eye. The ppl in charge put an attachment to these ads to be reported if inappropriate and that I did. I don't think this is an actual business that is being open, but an inside wink wink service. Look at the hours that are posted.

    With that said, you could have aproached this whole subject in a different manner. First releasing your anger before typing, cuss that did not help you. Next you should of copied and pasted or gave the url on where to read it and then stated your opinion. Cuss this has nothing to do with strippers, or girls in bikini's. None of that was stated in the ad. Just your guessing. But the ad does have a very sedutive suggestion that seems to have more than cleaning a house or such in mind. What company would allow cleaning girls to go till 10 pm? Unless in a business building. Sorry I think your approach was just wrong, but had good intentions.

    As far as putting Zippers and this company in the same category I don't think is fair. For one, stop taking the "God" approach. Not everyone believes and it seems that you are getting preachy on them. Second, Zippers is straight up on what they are and yes even your so called gentlemen do go to these places. This subject could be debated in many ways, but remember don't throw stones until you make sure you have no sin in your life. Do you agree with it, no, and you have a right to your opinion on this, but don't judge others on it. Be active, but be careful on how you word things. I just heard a quote that I even have a hard time swallowing myself.

    "Make sure your words are sweet...cuss some day you may have to eat them"

    -- Posted by acerdj on Sun, Apr 29, 2012, at 9:21 PM
  • Leah; I would like to say thank you for this blog! You made me realize that this skank/perv has not been doig his part to support the local adult industry. So I went up and had a great time at Zippers this weekend! And since you are such a fan of such colorful adjectives I would like to add one more thing. I dont mind being a skank/perv as I find it preferable to being condescending and pretentious :D

    -- Posted by deweyh on Mon, Apr 30, 2012, at 7:57 AM
  • "I don't like mudslinging or name calling so keep negativity of the personal nature to yourself. Enjoy and welcome to my opinion."

    This quote is taken from your personal description on the blog page. Might be time for you to rethink that whole philosophy.

    Why does it seem that the people who use church and religion to their benefit are generally the ones who are most judgmental. Its ridiculous. This is one of the biggest problems with small towns, is everyone's opinion, especially when it comes to how others should be living their lives. Its really too bad in our society that we have so many people like this. They'll spend their entire lives sitting amongst their peers poking, complaining, judging, and just thinking they are better then everyone else. It'll be a sad day when 20 years down the road you wake up and realize you spent your life complaining about everyone else's business.

    As for the topic at hand.....people, whether we like it or not, all these things are here to stay. Along with all the other negative crap in our world that we and our families are exposed to. Get over it!

    want to talk religion....here's one for you

    "Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye. "

    I hate getting involved in politics etc, but I read this and it ****** me off. Hell, we might as well go on a book burning spree and protect the children.

    -- Posted by Bansky on Thu, May 3, 2012, at 2:15 PM
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