Oregon Woman Becomes Mermaid
Mermaids are fictional creatures, right? Sure they are, but that hasn’t stopped 56-year-old Pauline Long from transforming herself into one for an afternoon and taking a quick dip in her neighborhood pool.
Yes, that’s right. Folks have been buzzing about this for a few days now after Long (who goes by Myst when she’s in mermaid mode) made her big debut earlier this week at Pier Pool in North Portland.
And as you can imagine, heads were turning.
“They were kind of looking like ‘uh, ok.’ ” Long said when we talked to her on Thursday and asked what kind of reaction she got that first time. “There was a little girl on the side (of the pool) yelling ‘mommy look – a mermaid, a mermaid!’ ”
“It was really cool, but somehow strange,” said Jonathon Penner, one of several kids at the pool who were fascinated, and perhaps a little perplexed, at seeing a real live mermaid (ok, someone dressed up as one) at the pool. “I didn’t know what was going to happen. It was kind of weird.”