When Eric Ducharme slips into his handmade fin to explore the crystal clear waters of Florida’s natural springs as a merman, he says he’s mentally transported as well.
So is the unique, eye-catching life of this Florida man who says he eats, sleeps and breathes mermaids while physically looking and acting like one as often as time allows.
‘It’s a lifestyle. It’s a path in life that I have chosen,’ says the 22-year-old from Crystal River who’s one of the latest characters to appear on TLC’s My Crazy Obsession.
Though as bizarre of a ‘lifestyle’ activity as it is, it’s one his family and even boyfriend have accepted – it not without initial astonishment.
‘When I first met Eric, I was introduced to the subject of mermaids, on our first date,’ Ducharme’s boyfriend Matthew Quijano opens up on camera. ‘Your jaw just kind of drops and you’re just like, “wow.”
‘When we go swimming I don’t even see him because he swims off to his own little corner, it’s all about getting away from the rest of the world,’ he says.
‘Eric is obsessed with mermaids,’ his mother Candy Ducharme shares on the program. ‘We have our own passions. That’s Eric’s life.’
Since Ducharme was a child he says he’s been fascinated with mermaids.
At the age of 16 he put on his first show while swimming as the mermaid prince in Weeki Wachee Springs Little Mermaid show in 2006.
Seems that in these days of political correctness, all one has to do to justify odd or deviant behavior is to call it a “lifestyle”. We have touched on this subject before when we noted the mass amounts of political activism and media coverage of gay marriage when there are twice as many licensed gun owners in the state of Florida alone than there are homosexuals in the US (and those numbers are based on information from gay rights “activists”).
I chuckled when I thought of what two members of previous generations of my family would have thought – my dad and my grandfather.
No doubt this would have been greeted and immediately dismissed with a “that’s the damn stupidest thing that I have ever seen” kind of comment but with the application of some additional, more colorful 4 letter prose.
You see, my familial predecessors participated in and survived WWI, the Great Depression, WWII, the Korean War and Vietnam. They were serious, literal men who would have had a lot of trouble conceptualizing the “merman lifestyle” and why anyone would even spend any more time discussing it than it takes to say, “What a dumb shit…”
It would have been dismissed as unimportant, a waste of time. No oxygen would have been given to an “issue” that was not worth caring about.
It is clear to me that one of the great losses in this world filled with political correctness, cultural Marxism, post-modernism and the worship of diversity is the simple ability to call the ridiculous exactly that – ridiculous. This is an important distinction because today, we are expected to accept everything as being equal in import and seriousness and that means that being a “merman” must be treated with equal reverence as being a doctor or an engineer.
Notice how the Mail inserts the item that our “merman” has a boyfriend, thereby signifying that he is gay. I assume that is to add another layer of armor against criticism…as if being gay makes this any less deviant and strange.
What has been allowed is the filling of our time with crap that doesn’t matter. We are under 24 hour a day, continuous, relentless assault by 200 channels of gauzy filler. I was observing last night that outside of real time events (like the weather or local news, the Olympics or live sporting events) there is truly only about 10% of what is on cable TV that could be classified as having real, useful or educational content.
I really could care less about how pregnant the fat ass unspeakable Armenian, Kim Kardashian is or by whom…but thanks to modern media, at least one of the 15 or so websites or newspapers that I read every day will have at least one picture of her enormous ass in it. I think Duck Dynasty was interesting for about the first two shows of the first season but now it is a “scripted” reality show that is just a waste of time.
In my grandfather’s day, the unspeakable Armenian would not have been elevated to being a “star” to allow her to make millions off her “celebrity”, she would have been dismissed as a shameless slut, an offense to society and simply declared not worth wasting time on. She is pregnant by Kanye West even as she is still legally married to NBA star Kris Humphries – and yet it is treated as a plot twist for her “reality” show instead of a disgrace.
There are only so many hours in a day and the greater percentage of the time can be occupied with these dumbshit, frivolous, wasteful pursuits, the less time there is to be spent on recognizing and solving true problems. That doesn’t mean that we should never seek fun and diversion but as my granddaddy would say, “mind your knitting, son and hands to task, son…hands to task.”
Our primary function as a people and responsible citizens is not to seek diversion.
These days, being serious is seen as ridiculous while being a “merman” is a lifestyle.
Bread and circuses instead of being a serious society…
Yeah, let’s do that…because that worked out so well for Caligula’s Rome.