"One Wild Crazy Thing"

Who says California has the market cornered on weirdness?

During the six years I lived in L.A., I came across some of the lovely weirdness that is particular to that region of the country. This included people extolling the virtues of colonics, people with fake boobs, fake lips, and fake pecs, the televised car chases, women who wear size 2 who worry they’re fat, a person sentenced to community service who told his friends to wave to him if they saw him cleaning up along the 10 freeway on their way to work, people who claim to hate L.A. but insist on living there anyway, and once I saw a guy on Sunset just up and shout “It’s tough being me!”

But nothing like what this man did down in Jackson County, south of where I live.

A man who was sentenced to 30 days in jail for taking his daily run while wearing only a stocking cap, gloves and reflective tape said that the nude jogging made him “feel alive,” according to police.

Russell Rotta, 49, told police that he had been running naked since he was a teenager and that he generally woke up each day around 4 a.m. to conceal the activity from his wife.

Rotta reported running in the nude six miles a day every day, weather permitting.

Yes, nude jogging. A one-man-fad.

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