Today’s Daily Prompt asked: A classic question, revisited: what are the five items you must have on a deserted island?
I’m going to assume that this deserted island won’t have any electrical power and that AT&T’s 3G coverage will not extend there. (I knew I should have switched to Verizon!) If those assumptions are true, my iPhone would be of very limited use.
I’ll also assume that it would be cheating to have my five items be a raft, a motor, a navigation system, shark repellant, and a month’s supply of food and water. So I’ll try to play fair and go with these five things instead:
1. A notebook – I’ll probably have a lot of time to think while stranded on the island. In fact, if this island is truly deserted, I’ll likely be doing almost nothing but thinking. (At least when I’m not busy romancing a volleyball.) I figure that at some point, a few deep or important thoughts will come to me, so it would be nice to be able to write them down.
I’d also be able to keep a journal of my time on the island, which would probably go a long way towards keeping me sane. Who knows? Maybe I’d get rescued, and I could work my notes into a best-selling book.
2. A pen – Because it would suck to have a notebook with no way to write in it.
3. A knife – I’m not the most outdoorsy person, and I am not especially optimistic about my chances for survival if left in the wilderness. Yet, I’d like my chances more if I could at least have some sort of useful tool with me.
4. A towel – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy tells us that a towel is the most important thing that a person can bring with them, and who am I to argue with the galaxy’s best-selling book? Even if it wasn’t HHGTTG recommended, I’d probably think it was a good idea to have a towel on hand. I figure that if I’m on an island, I’m going to be spending a decent amount of time in the water. It would be nice if I could dry off afterwards.
5. A picture of Mrs. Cutter and the Cutlet – Even if we were separated, I’d still be comforted by being able to look at them every day. Of course, after a month or so, I’d start to drive myself nuts by wondering if Mrs. Cutter had “given up on me” and moved on to another man.
I know, it would be ridiculous to think that. She’d give it at least six months.
So how about you guys? What items would be your “must haves” on a deserted island?