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November/December 2018

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20  NOVEMBER | DECEMBER 2018 WWW.HOUSEBOATMAGAZINE.COM y By Heather Magda Serrano Mermaid Sighting Mermaid Sighting Tami the houseboater & professional mermaid What young girl hasn't dreamed of being a mermaid, swimming around with a shiny tail and enchanting everybody around her? That's pretty much what Tami Baker does for a living alongside her human job at a property management company. She's what you would call a professional mer- maid, and for the past four years, Mermaid Tami has been making a splash in the Mansfield, Ohio, area, doing meet-and-greets and appearing at various events such as birthday parties and charity fundraisers. Just last year, Tami decided to take things to the next level when she and her husband Andy Baker bought a 1964 Drift R-Cruz houseboat so they could spend even more time on the water in the warm months of summer when mermaid requests are at their peak. Tami and Andy love living on the houseboat and Tami has had a blast decorating it with a mermaid theme. When Tami first started out as a mermaid her popularity came as a pleasant surprise because she did it as a personal hobby. Then as people continued to notice her and request her for differ- ent events, she realized she'd stumbled (or unknowingly yet gracefully swam) into something truly special. She decided to jump in with both feet (fins?) and chase her dream as a professional mermaid.

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