I feel it necessary to be able to swim a mile due to the film War Games.
I mentioned this while talking to four other women the other night. None of them had heard of the movie because they were too young.
(I couldn’t find a clip so here’s the dialogue.)
[David and Jennifer attempt to find a way to get off Professor Falken’s island to prevent NORAD from launching a nuclear attack]
David Lightman: I think I saw one…
[runs ahead for a moment and stops]
David Lightman: What kind of an a**hole lives on an island and he doesn’t even have a boat?
Jennifer: Maybe we can swim for it. How far do you think it is?
David Lightman: No. It’s uh, two, three miles at least. Maybe more.
Jennifer: Well, what do you say? Let’s go for it!
David Lightman: No.
Jennifer: [starts to remove her shoe] Come on!
David Lightman: No!
David Lightman: I can’t swim.
Jennifer: You can’t swim?
David Lightman: No, I can’t, okay? Wonder Woman, I can’t swim!
Jennifer: Well, what kind of an a**hole grows up in Seattle and doesn’t even know how to swim?
David Lightman: I never got around to it, okay? I always thought there was gonna be plenty of time!
David Lightman: I wish I didn’t know about any of this! I wish I was like everybody else in the world, and tomorrow it would just be over. There wouldn’t be any time to be sorry… about anything.