In a freak coincidence, the past week has seen me floating on my back, toes pointed toward the sky, in *two* count 'em two oceans.
First: the Atlantic. Covering approximately 22% of Earth's surface, the Atlantic Ocean is second only to the Pacific Ocean in size.
Cultural significance: Moby Dick, The Great Gatsby, Hart Crane, The Pearl, The Old Man and the Sea, Jaws
Pro: always freezing cold, which is nice on the hottest, muggiest days of August.
Cons: Scary. When we went swimming on Fire Island, the swells were four feet and breaking close to the short. Strong cross-current = large chance of panic and drowning.
Second: the Pacific. Above, me at Santa Monica beach.
Cultural significance: Baywatch, Hawaii 5-O, Gauguin, Life of Pi.
Pros: bathwater warm, easy, rolling waves, lack of sharks (at least in L.A.)
Cons: too many people, slimy seaweed.