Desert island, not *dessert* island, sadly.

I think if I could give five items to a friend of mine stranded on a desert island, I’d be more practical than comical.

  1. SPF 100+ sunblock
  2. A solar still to desalinate water
  3. A small toolkit
  4. Collected works of Shakespeare
  5. Solar-powered electronic of some kind, possibly a radio or cell phone (do those even exist?) OR Matches (if they don’t know how to start a fire without them)

My reasoning behind this is rather simple.  I want my friend to eventually be rescued, so I need them to be alive when that happens.  Hence the solar still so they can have potable water to drink.  The toolkit can be used not just to build a crude shelter, but to clean/eat any fish so they’ll have food.  If there are fruits and vegetables found on this island as well, more the better.  The book is obviously to keep their mind occupied so they have something to do other than just state out at the water. If the solar-powered electronic is not possible for whatever reason, I’ll give them matches in the event of them not knowing how to start a fire without them.  That can help with not only heat if it gets cooler at night, but to cook the food because unless you like sushi, raw fish won’t be very appetizing.



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  2. ngobesingromanus · December 1, 2014

    I think you are brilliant. Well thought out. Bravo!


    • Beth · December 4, 2014

      I don’t know about brilliant, but I appreciate the compliment all the same. Thank you.


      • Ngobesing Romanus · December 4, 2014

        Thanks for your comment. Do you know? I am a broadcaster and I am the last person to like my own voice. Many people compliment me for it but I do not believe myself that I have a good voice. Often we are the last to see the qualities we have; so I fully understand you. But judging by what I read, you sound brilliant to me and please, keep shining.

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  3. movingtowardsthelight · December 1, 2014

    This is an excellent response, I sure would want you as a friend in case I ever got stranded. My poor friend got sent all her pet animals and myself to drive her crazy. I’ve never read Shakespeare (maybe Romeo and Juliet at school), isn’t it quite hard to read? I love the fact that you chose Shakespeare and not just random books!


    • Beth · December 4, 2014

      I don’t think Shakespeare is hard to read, but I know others who find it an absolute challenge to get through. Part of the reason why I chose it as opposed to something else is because it’s not something you can get through in a day, even if you’re a fast reader, so it’ll last a while.

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      • movingtowardsthelight · December 8, 2014

        Good thinking, for some reason I only saw your reply now. Maybe I should make it a goal to read one – something for the new year 🙂


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