The New York Times Magazine recently published a story titled "The Last Mermaid Show," that explained how the mermaids of Weekee Wachee Springs are struggling to remain relevant in a state mostly known for Disney World and other big-budget theme park attractions. Growing up as a child in Tampa, Fla., or visiting relatives in Pompano Beach, I remember those billboards and fantasized about living underwater. They seemed realer than Jesus (who also happened to have a sorta theme park in Sunken Gardens in St. Petersburg, Fla.), and, yes, I admit that as a young gay boy, I fantasized about being able to speak to fishes, breathe water, swim with dolphins (Flipper was my favorite show, naturally), and other super power skills worthy of Aquaman. But I grew out of it.
It seems, however, that not every guy gets over childhood obsessions. On an episode of TLC's My Crazy Obsession, Eric Ducharme admits that he dreams of being a merman. And his boyfriend is totally cool with it! Andrew Sullivan used the headline, "Are Mermaids the New Vampires?" Oh a boy can dream!
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