What happens when a toaster salesman watches a movie on a plane heading to a work conference? Obviously, he decides to swim the English Channel. Even though Adam Walker grew up swimming 50-meter back strokes regularly, it was a far cry from the experience needed to swim the 34Km (22 mile) distance in near hyperthermic open waters. But why stop there when you can swim the Ocean’s 7…the seven toughest channels the ocean has to offer. We discuss the mindset it takes when medically advised to give up swimming, develop a new stroke technique so you can continue, and do so at a record pace in the water. When we talk about what makes people like us and being unique than the “average person,” the conclusion may surprise you.
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At 9 years of age, Jack Garcia’s parents fled Castro’s communist regime in Cuba to find a new life in the United States. Though NOT Italian, Jack was able to convince the Gambino crime family of the American Mafia in New York that he was Italian. Regarded as one of the most successful under-cover FBI agents, his near 3-year stint as a mobster led to the arrest and conviction of 32 Gambino family members. With a half of a dozen simultaneous identities while working several overlapping cases, even his daughter wasn’t sure of his real name. Just days before becoming a “Made Man,” the bureau unexpectedly pulled him from the case. In this discussion, I spend a little time in mob school with Jack and earn my mob name.