What 3 Things Shall I EAT?
By Jeff Salter
Here’s another topic attributed to me which I don’t remember submitting. Mind you, it does sound like something I’d suggest… it’s just that I don’t recall suggesting it. No matter.
The actual topic is:
You’re stranded on a desert island (or someplace deserted). There are only three different things to eat/drink and that’s what you’re stuck with until you’re rescued. Which three items would you choose?
Firstly, I’m glad I get to choose. I’d hate to end up on the deserted spot where only Brussell’s Sprouts, Calamari, and Eggplant were flourishing.
Secondly, I’m pleased that I’ll presumably be rescued — sooner rather than later. I’d hate to spend five years yakking with a volleyball, like Tom Hanks did when he was a Castaway.
Thirdly, if I did actually propose this topic, I don’t think I intended it quite as literally as some of the Foxes (so far) have assumed. I mean, we’ve practically developed a seminar here on survival strategies. That, however, can certainly be useful… so, in the spirit to which the topic has evolved, I’ll try to treat my reply as a survivalist might. [Rather than say something snippy like M&M Peanuts, Root Beer, and Hershey Bars.]
Fourthly, in this altered “survivalist” sense of the topic, I’m going to assume that my deserted location has its own source of fresh, safe water. I’m sure some will accuse me of “cheating” but — hey, it was supposedly my topic.
So what, in addition to the fresh water, would be my three choices?
- I’d like a supply of chickens (and food for them to produce nice big healthy eggs). I’d coddle the layers until they exceeded their egg-laying timeframe… and then I’d use them as fryers. The feathers might be useful for bedding or clothing.
- I’d want a tasty and healthy fruit that’s easily edible – and doesn’t require a lot of labor to harvest – and it’s a tossup between apples and bananas.
- I’d like a supply of something like peanut butter, which is tasty in itself, and can be used with honey or jelly (should I locate any of those items).
Lastly, I wish I’d asked for more than three items, I wish coffee could be on the menu, I hope the rescue folks find me quickly, and I hope there’s a book deal waiting for me with a big NYC publisher. In the movie, Brad Pitt can play me.
What three things could you NOT live without? [which is actually a better question than the one I supposedly phrased here].
[JLS # 456]