Patience Dolder is just the type of person that I thrive off of. See, I am an energy vampire. I walk around tourist hot spots like the Santa Monica Pier feeding off other people's excitement. To most of them, the whole experience is new. They haven't seen the crashing waves, smelled the fetid fish guts, heard the starving street performers, or felt the cold gusts of wind blowing off the Pacific (one day I will get a microphone wind screen). I have been here for many years, and I still love the filthy place. Visit Santa Monica, bring your enthusiasm, but please don't stay and jack up the rent.
Patience Dolder had never been in the ocean. I could sense her fear. The great thing is that she wanted to conquer her fear. They say you can't be brave without first being afraid. In the end, she swallowed some saltwater, but also gained some self confidence.