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If You Were Stranded Alone On A Deserted Island...
If You Were Stranded Alone On A Deserted Island... - and- while all of your immediate needs for food, water, shelter, fire were being met- you faced the reality that you would not be rescued for several weeks, what ten (10) items would you like to have with you in order to pass the time or save your sanity?
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| I Think I'd Be Rather Happy That My Immediate Needs For Food... ||Sep 6th. at 2:29:03 pm EDT|
|Silver (calgary, Alberta CA) ||Age: 21 |
I think I'd be rather happy that my immediate needs for food/water/shelter would be met :)
But, my ten things would be... (in no particular order)
1. a good computer
2. a working internet connection
3. a selection of my fave cds
4. my favourite human companion
5. a good long book
6. another good long book
7. a bottle of jack daniels
8. a bottle of coke
9. a nice glass
10. some ice
| Well, Let's See. Three Books: Interview With The Vampire, Book Of Shadows... ||Sep 6th. at 3:00:48 pm EDT|
|Journey walker (Covington, Kentucky US) ||Age: 17 |
Well, let's see.
Three Books: Interview with the Vampire, Book of Shadows and My Personal book of shadows, oh hell, let's also say teen witch and maiden mother crone
Three cassettes: Sarah McLachlan's funbling towards ectasy, tori amos little earth quakes/under the pink and korn follow the leader and also mybe some manson and dave matthews
plenty of writing paper and a pen
plenty of peanut butter, cheese, salad, and of course all the margueritas I could drink
david boreanaz or angelina jolie
a stereo and that's it.
| Things That I Would Take With Me To A Deserted IslandÉ 1... ||Sep 6th. at 6:37:38 pm EDT|
|Fire Horse (Winnetka, California US) ||Age: 35 - Email |
Things that I would take with me to a deserted IslandÉ
1) My Cats
2) Any and all toiletries
3) A cell phone with unlimited everything, including battery
4) A Pentium 6 computer with unlimited space & internet access
5) Generator w/unlimited fuel (to run computer)
6) My Book Library
7) All the healing herbs that I would need. (and Catnip)
8) A cast Iron stove (CanÕt do nothin with out cast iron)
9) Cooking things like cast iron pots, pansÉa chefs knife and accessories and wooden dishes (so they donÕt break.)
10) Oh yah and my Husband and/or Robin Williams
Ok, the computer is important to keep up to date with WV. The cell-phone so that I could call my Mom to tell her, ÒIÕm ok, I just donÕt know where I am or when I will be backÓ (CanÕt have Mom worried.) I was going to list a bus size RV with expandable sides and all the amenities but then I remembered that food, water and shelter needs where being met.
| 0) Girlfriend 1) Toilet Paper 2) Writing Instrument(s) 3) Writing Paper... ||Sep 7th. at 12:15:03 am EDT|
|enki (Phoenix, Arizona US) ||Age: 29 - Email |
1) Toilet paper
2) Writing instrument(s)
3) Writing paper
9) Drugs (for purely medicinal purposes, of course)
| 1. A Good Knife 2. Sticks/twigs 3. Some Dry Leaves (palm... ||Sep 7th. at 1:34:04 am EDT|
|Tanais (spokane, Washington US) ||Age: 20 |
1. a good knife
3. some dry leaves (palm leaves would be nice)
4. duct tape
5. deck of cards
6. sun screen or heavy coat depending on where this island is
7. a rock
8. shark repellant(can't be too careful these days)
10. a coconut radio would be cool but I'm sure Gilligan would break it
maybe an explanation is in order. I want the sticks and leaves so I can make some torches and just conduct my own private plays at night. the sand I can make a bed and pillow out of, and the rock and coconut radio were really just fillers since I couldn't think of anything else I really needed.
| 1. My Two Cats 2. Tablets And Pens 3. My Runes 4... ||Sep 7th. at 8:35:36 am EDT|
|Gay Palmer (Alpena, Michigan US) ||Age: 50 - Email |
1. My two cats
2. Tablets and Pens
3. My Runes
4. All manner of books
5. Candles and Matches
6. Fishing Pole & Tackle
7. Sun Screan
8. Inscect Repelent
9. Ice Tea
10. Large Brimmed Hat
As you notice, the key work here is alone. I love alone, no computer, no phone, no company. My idea of a great vacation!!!!!
| Hmmmm....what Would I Bring....*taps Finger On Lips, Thinking For A... ||Sep 7th. at 9:59:19 am EDT|
|Merry Arianrhood (West Haven, Connecticut US) ||Age: 40 - Email |
Hmmmm....what WOULD I bring....*taps finger on lips, thinking for a few moments* Okay. I would definitely bring a 200 page blank notebook with a waterproof cover (such as traveler/observers use) and a package of pens. (Does that count as 'one item' or am I cheating? Well if it doesn't, consider it one well-made, expensive pen with plenty of ink in it!) I would also bring a drawing pad and a box of pastels (one must have an outlet for one's creative side you know). Add a cat for companionship (being a mother of five I'd REVEL in a few weeks of solitude with only a cat for company!) and we have five items so far. As for the last five - it'd be books. I think I'd like to have Ms. Zimmer Bradley's company, so I'll bring along "The Mists of Avalon" and two other personal favorites, "Witchlight" and "Heartlight" (I could read these over and over and have as a matter of fact). As for my last two selections, hmmm....I think "Rochester: The Complete Works" for some laughs (and titillation), and "Letters from Africa 1914-1931" by Isak Dinesen to round out the whole. You'll notice that I did not chose to bring any of my sacred regalia - purposely. I think it would be a wonderful kind of moving meditation (as well as fun) to spend a great deal of time searching the island for objects that I could make INTO my athame and my wand and my chalice. Not to mention using my notebook to start another "Book of Shadows", using the sea and the sand and the wind for inspiration. *sighs heavily* Sounds like paradise to me!
| Hmmmm...i Would Think That Toilet Paper Would Be Included In The... ||Sep 7th. at 1:25:53 pm EDT|
|Secular Pagan (Minneapolis, Minnesota US) ||Age: 0 - Email |
Hmmmm...I would think that toilet paper would be included in the "basic needs" that are being met, but maybe I'm just a spoiled product of modern civilization. ;-) So, yes, I must include the T.P., along with a toothbrush and tube of toothpaste and pack of dental floss. (I could get by without deodorant, since there's no one around to smell my B.O., and I could bathe in the lagoon as much as I wanted so I wouldn't have any B.O. in the first place.)
Beyond that, here's what I would want: All of my notes for my still-unfinished novel, along with a laptop computer, a small box of diskettes, a few pens, and a bit of scribble paper. I would definitely NOT want any phone, Internet, or other people to distract me. Finally, I would want the ship to hold off a few more weeks before appearing off the coast of my island to rescue me, and in my lovely 6- to 8-week solitary sabbatical I would either finish my dang novel or get it close enough for jazz.
One more thing: I would NOT get the least bit sick during my lovely 6- to 8-week sabbatical. (Presently at home waiting out whatever the heck's been going around at work. Yippee.) My mind would be productive and sharp and at its best. Of course. ;-)
| 1. Blank Notebook -- Would Have To Be A Big One! 2. Pen... ||Sep 7th. at 4:57:13 pm EDT|
|Dyan (Potter Valley , California US) ||Age: 41 - Email |
1. blank notebook -- would have to be a big one!
3. my manuscript, to edit
4. My dog, Lacy
6. hiking boots
7. books -- 2 or 3 old favorites to re-read
8. duct tape
9. deck of cards
10. my partner, though he is not an "item"! (and if he were along, we'd need to bring about 100 more things! ;))
| The "riverside Shakespeare," Got To Have Something To Read. Make It The... ||Sep 7th. at 7:58:38 pm EDT|
|Lesa (Laporte, Indiana US) ||Age: 33 |
The "Riverside Shakespeare, " got to have something to read. Make it the best.
deck of playing cards: I could play free cell all day
a nice easy chair: Hey, I got to relax sometime
a guitar: Music to sooth the soul
yarn and knitting needles: keep those hands busy
paper and pen: I bet I could get some good pomes out
a carton of smokes: yes, one or two of us still do that
coloring book and crayons: loads of fun
the cozy afgan that my grandmother made for me
the latest stack of papers that I have to grade
| 1) My Glasses (i'm Blind As A Mole!) 2) My Leatherman 3... ||Sep 7th. at 9:28:22 pm EDT|
|Nine Habalou (Burbank, California US) ||Age: 23 - Email |
1) MY GLASSES (I'm blind as a mole!)
2) my Leatherman
3) a good pair of boots
4) socks to go with boots above
5) a deck of cards
6) The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare
7) a thick notebook
8) that miracle pen everyone keeps refrencing
9) a very complete herbal refrence book
ummm...ah.....that's all. I can't think of anything else I'd need. But to fill out my list I WOULD NOT BRING
10) my boyfriend: he'd be miserable without his cell phone
| 1.notebook To Write In 2.pen 3.box Of Crayons To... ||Sep 7th. at 11:47:59 pm EDT|
|Emily (St. Paul, Minnesota US) ||Age: 15 - Email |
1.notebook to write in
3.box of crayons to draw in notebook
4."Dandelion Wine" by Ray Bradbury
5."The Stand" by Stephen King(that'll keep me occupied for awhile)
6.star chart, so I could learn some constallations
8.batteries for the flashlight
9.my nice soft polar fleece blanket
10.my walking stick, i wouldn't want to have to find and make another one(although that might be a good activity)
I was thinking about a cd player, but it would be nice to have some peace, plus a cd player just doesn't fit with the deserted island image. Also, I wanted to include one of my friends, but I didn't want to characterize her as an "item".
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