I was born and raised in New York City, and there are two things New Yorkers are famously known for NOT knowing how to do; drive a car, and swim.
Yes, I have New Yorker friends who know how to handle a vehicle, and swim too, but they are not in the majority. I am in the majority. I didn't learn how to drive a car until I moved down here to South Florida. Now I can drive pretty much unruffled through any condition (although I don't like to drive at night). But, swimming? Nuh uh. Can't do it.
It took me years to learn how to float. It seems like an easy enough thing to do, but try telling that to an adult past their late 20's who doesn't know how. If I had three wishes to be granted, one of them would be the ease with which one picks things up as a kid.
I've taken swimming lessons before, too. When I lived in Philadelphia, I briefly had a wonderful personal trainer whose name I think was Sean. He was first-generation Irish, complete with the brogue.
Sean taught me a lot about physical fitness; he was also the first person who tried to teach me how to swim. We were making good progress; what little I do know now I owe to him. One day, he announced him and his soccer team were going to Brazil for a competition. He was straight, and young, and Caucasian. I've lived in Brazil, I know how Brazilian women would flock to men just like him; they'd treat him like a superstar.
I told him he'd fall in love with Brazil and never come back. He never did. My swimming lessons stopped. Now, more than ten years later, I'm at it again. This time it seems the instructor, Frank (who is also a lifeguard) is going to stay put and actually teach me. This is the second week I've been taking classes with him; so far he's taught me very well. I still feel like a frog with a rock tied on its back, but my technique is slowly sucking less.
Yesterday, Frank said something about how many hours of practice it takes for swimming to become natural. So far, I've dedicated about four hours to it. For it to become second nature, Frank says it takes about 50 hours of practice. I guess I know what I'm doing this summer.
Here are the most recent articles I've published with petMD:
The Hype of Hypoallergenic Pets
Unapproved Pet Shampoo Prompts FDA Warning
Pilot Whales Stranded in Florida Keys, Volunteers Needed
Pictures of Cat Injured by Arrow on Facebook Raises Money for Feral Felines
VCA Animal Hospitals Providing Free Pet Shelter in Disaster-Struck Areas
Here's the latest news article I wrote, published on Monday, May 9th, 2011:
PETA Fights 'Dog Wars" with Their Own App
I began working with PetMD (www.PetMD.com) about a month ago as a freelance associate editor. Since then, I've had quite a few articles and news features published. Click on the headlines below to be redirected to the live articles, and enjoy!
Over 130 Malnourished Horses Rescued from Maryland Farm
Pig Ears for Pet Treats Recalled Due to Salmonella Risk
Animal Rescue Organizations Provide Midwest Rescue Aid
Canine May Have Lent a Helping Paw in Bin Laden's Capture
Holistic Medicine and How it Can Help Your Pet
Non-Toxic Pest Control: A Green Alternative
I will be posting more links as they're published. Stay tuned!
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