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Yep, you always remember your first … journalistic interview at a nudist retreat, that is, as today’s missive will recount.

What brings up topic of nudism? Well, a perusal of upcoming acts at local venues reveals that Christine Lavin – a very funny folk-music singer – will be appearing at the Birchmere in Alexandria in early October.

Back in our youth — hers and mine — I was a devotee of Lavin’s work, so when, in the 1990s, I was working in Martinsburg, W.Va., and she was headlining a music festival in nearby Paw Paw, I made it my business to go cover it.

It was at a nudist retreat, if that is the correct phraseology.

To be clear, Ms. Lavin was clothed, and I was clothed, so that did make us like ducks out of water in that crowd. But you weren’t going to get me out of my clothes in public, and while those who visit such places are probably more forgiving our bodily quirks/eccentricities than some others, I don’t think they would have been in love with seeing me in the altogether.

Anyhoo, it was a fun interview, and perhaps for old times’ sake I’ll snag some tickets to her Birchmere show. Maybe this time, she and I can be nekkid and the rest of the people clothed. Naw . . .

AND SPEAKING OF CHRISTINE LAVIN: One of her funniest songs from back in the day is “Cold Pizza for Breakfast,” which works in a reference to the then-in-the-news story of Madeira School headmistress Jean Harris shooting and killing her guy-pal, health guru Dr. Herman Tarnower.

As the song relates, why not go ahead and chow down on cold pizza for breakfast, warm Coke to wash it down? Dr. Tarnower wouldn’t have approved, the song acknowledges, but “Herman was healthy, but Herman is dead. And pizza surely didn’t do him in.”

(My synopsis doesn’t do it justice, but trust me, it’s a hoot of a song.)

– Scott McCaffrey

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