I'm a bath house virgin. I've been near many, stayed next door to one before in Montreal as well as Chicago, but never took the steps to go into one. I've chatted with friends before about their visitations to bath houses, but the conversations did not get too colorful, maybe because I was not too interested and maybe because I didn't want to know about all the penetrating details. I see those visits as being my initiation into the world of the gay bathhouse— one new school, one old school. Although I thought I knew what I was venturing into, it was still a fairly surprising experience. The ambience and the concept was exactly what I was looking for.
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