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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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| 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".
| Five Of Those Items Would Have To Be Books. I Refuse To... ||Sep 8th. at 6:42:54 pm EDT|
|NightTiger (Liverpool, New York US) ||Age: 17 - Email |
Five of those items would have to be books. I refuse to live my life without books. The sixth would be a large notebook. The seventh a pen. I'd go nuts without being able to write down things. I hate it when I hvae this great poem pop up and then no where to write it down. The eight would be my penticle necklace. I tend to feel very insecure with out. And the tenth would be the blanket my grandmother made for me for Yule one year.
| A Good Knife--you Never Know When It Will Come In Handy... ||Sep 9th. at 1:51:15 am EDT|
|Sprite (St. Ignatius) ||Age: 26 - Email |
A good knife--you never know when it will come in handy, plus wood carving is a good way to pass the time.
"A Winter's Tale" by Mark Helprin--have to have a good book.
The tenth Wheel of Time book by Robert Jordan (I'll pretend it's been published already)--have to have a second book for when I finish the first.
A big notebook--we all need that, right?
And a pen.
A taiko drum
A bottle of very good tequila
A deck of cards
A good book of crossword puzzles and other word games
A picture of my family
I agree with most peopel. Sounds like a nice vacation to me.
| 1. "foucault's Pendulum" By Umberto Eco 2. Sunscreen (i Just Shaved Off... ||Sep 9th. at 4:27:03 am EDT|
|Clove (Salt Lake City, Utah US) ||Age: 22 - Email |
1. "Foucault's Pendulum" by Umberto Eco
2. Sunscreen (I just shaved off 36" of hair and my poor bald head is tender)
3. The hammock my brother brought me from Brazil
4. My woobie (the baby blanket my mom made while I was in utero)
5. The stray kitten my landlord won't let me keep.
6. A percolator (sp?) for my coffee
7. #6 necessitates that I bring plenty of coffee, in case it's not native to the island.
8. My journal
9. My calligraphy set
10. My work cell phone, Lucy. (A shortened version of Lucifer, as she was aptly named by my nearest & dearest.) No, I'm not neurotic. I want to sacrifice Lucy to Pele. Okay, maybe that makes me a litle neurotic - but in a fun way.
| Well, Being On A Deserted Island Would Be A Bit Lonely, So... ||Sep 9th. at 8:44:58 am EDT|
|Esmeralda (Perth, Western Australia AU) ||Age: 18 - Email |
Well, being on a deserted island would be a bit lonely, so the first thing I would bring with me would be my beloved, my other half, as I could not live without him! The other nine things I would bring are: my wand, my diary (which doubles as my magickal BOS) and a pen, my essential oils, my book collection, my necklace that my beloved gave me, cds and a cd player, my teddy (another item from the beloved's gift list), a sharp knife cause you never know when they would come in handy!! Okay okay so it isn't very imaginative, but hey, its the truth darling!
| Pencils, Paper, My 7 Dogs And 2 Cats....that About Covers It... ||Sep 9th. at 1:01:24 pm EDT|
|althea turtle dreamer (tishomingo, Mississippi US) ||Age: 45 - Email |
pencils, paper, my 7 dogs and 2 cats....that about covers it....!
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