Wednesday on the Today Show, Savannah Guthrie interviewed endurance swimmer Diana Nyad who was pulled from the water Tuesday morning, prematurely ending her attempted Cuba-to-Florida swim for the fourth time. In vivid detail, Diana described a litany of dangers she encountered along the way, the worse part the pain after being bitten repeatedly by jellyfish, her lips and tongue becoming increasingly swollen overnight. There was hypothermia, sharks and other predators to consider, not to mention powerful waves, and lightning and thunder storms. For a woman in my age group, I don't know how she got as far as she did.
Diana is openly gay. On July 8, 2011, the U.S. gay sports website CompeteNetwork reported on her plans for the 2011 Cuba-to-Florida swim, writing that "the amazing Diana Nyad is a living legend in the swim world, and a role model for the GLBT community." In 2011, she told a reporter that, in contrast to her youth, her drive as a swimmer is no longer propelled by attempts to work through anger manifested from the sexual abuse she suffered as a teenager.
This has been a summer of athletes - some successful - others not - all training hard towards their goals, sacrificing much. Diana Nyad said today,
"Quitting was devastating. On the other hand, it's like life, isn't it? We don't always get what we want. All of our dreams don't always come true. If we dream big - a larger than life dream - the extreme dream - maybe we realize it can't be done. I just know that I can look back without any regrets."
As to Diana, her issues reflect the lives of many people around the world. I don't believe she is going to make the swim again, and who would blame her.
Speaking of Florida, there's a storm headed that way just in time for the 2012 Republican National Convention. That and the Akin fiasco should make life very interesting next week.
Diana Nyad Google Videos
Diana Nyad is an American author, journalist, and long-distance
swimmer noted for her world-record endurance championships.
These jellyfish are prolific. And, you know what? To me, there's no joy in that.
Diana Nyad - August 21, 2012
In my wake-up dream on Tuesday, someone was telling me to keep updated on the news, once we get to Virgo Transition on Thursday. It's never boring.
In college? back to school? Be sure your major allows you to find a job once you graduate.
The video on the economy was sent by Gabe and makes lots of sense. You can't live in denial that reality will fix itself - the zipper is opening........
The DNA Zipper Effect
Represents Time Travel to Me
Your brain is an electrochemical machine that processes with binary code
creating the illusion of linear time. This is the journey of your DNA.
DNA: The Molecule that Defines You
DNA: The Molecule that Defines YouNASA - August 21, 2012
Good video [Total time 3:05] -- DNA as a biochemical machine [Begins 1:50]
M. C. Escher
The brain (consciousness), spiraling DNA, and the art of Escher
Ancestor Syndrome and Genetic Memory