Stranded and Awaiting Rescue

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.


Castaway Tom Hanks and his friend, Wilson

My Choices

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]


About Jeff Salter

Currently writing romantic comedy, screwball comedy, and romantic suspense. Fourteen completed novels and four completed novellas. Working with three royalty publishers: Clean Reads, Dingbat Publishing, & TouchPoint Press/Romance. "Cowboy Out of Time" -- Apr. 2019 /// "Double Down Trouble" -- June 2018 /// "Not Easy Being Android" -- Feb. 2018 /// "Size Matters" -- Oct. 2016 /// "The Duchess of Earl" -- Jul. 2016 /// "Stuck on Cloud Eight" -- Nov. 2015 /// "Pleased to Meet Me" (novella) -- Oct. 2015 /// "One Simple Favor" (novella) -- May 2015 /// "The Ghostess & MISTER Muir" -- Oct. 2014 /// "Scratching the Seven-Month Itch" -- Sept. 2014 /// "Hid Wounded Reb" -- Aug. 2014 /// "Don't Bet On It" (novella) -- April 2014 /// "Curing the Uncommon Man-Cold -- Dec. 2013 /// "Echo Taps" (novella) -- June 2013 /// "Called To Arms Again" -- (a tribute to the greatest generation) -- May 2013 /// "Rescued By That New Guy in Town" -- Oct. 2012 /// "The Overnighter's Secrets" -- May 2012 /// Co-authored two non-fiction books about librarianship (with a royalty publisher), a chapter in another book, and an article in a specialty encyclopedia. Plus several library-related articles and reviews. Also published some 120 poems, about 150 bylined newspaper articles, and some 100 bylined photos. Worked about 30 years in librarianship. Formerly newspaper editor and photo-journalist. Decorated veteran of U.S. Air Force (including a remote ‘tour’ of duty in the Arctic … at Thule AB in N.W. Greenland). Married; father of two; grandfather of six.
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11 Responses to Stranded and Awaiting Rescue

  1. This was a tough topic, I’ll tell you. I am not sure the spirit of actually being stranded appealed even for a moment to the other Foxes. Frankly, a nice, quiet beach and hopefully, either a way to write ideas down or some decent reading material and it sounds actually quite nice to me right now!
    Can’s live without? I have had to make so many adjustments in my life, I think that I can probably adjust to anything.It was hard, however, when I first had to give up on sugar,(mostly), since every artificial sweetener gives me headaches.Thank Heaven I found stevia for coffee and tea.
    I am going to take both paths with my post tomorrow, survival and fantasy.

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    • Jeff Salter says:

      I figured that someone with as much experience dealing with various foods, you’d have some interesting ideas. Looking forward to what the Friday Fox has to say.

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  2. jbrayweber says:

    I am going to make an assumption here that there would be fish since I’m on an island. And a source of fresh water, otherwise I guess I’d have to hope for rain to collect. So we’re talking food, here, right? Because I’d like to be stranded with Tom Hardy, Jason Momoa, and Chris Hemsworth. Those are three yummy things. But I suppose you mean real food. *sigh* Ok…
    I’d have to agree with you on chickens. Eggs are a great source of protein and will help in survival. Nuts are good, too. And citrus fruit, because…scurvy.
    But seriously, I’d be happy with Tom, chocolate, and rum.

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    • Jeff Salter says:

      yes, we’ve neglected the important issue of companionship. And once we populate this deserted space with others, we may have to take into account THEIR dietary preferences. Sheesh.

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    • Chickens is such a great idea. I did contempt having a cow at the cabin for milk and butter but didn’t want to be called out for cheatr. 😉
      Now, if we’re assume there are sources of fresh food (meat, veggies, fruits) where we’re stranded at of which we could harvest/butcher then we could have 3 prepared things I’d go with peanut butter cups, chocolate chip cookies, and hot cocoa.

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    • Jeff Salter says:

      oh, yes, Jenn. There would surely be FISH. Plenty of fish… and they’d be practically begging to be caught.


  3. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I could live with chickens, fruit and peanut butter. But I’d miss my green veggies.

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  4. Loved your three choices, Jeff. And your positive outlook on being rescued.

    I would agree about being on an island with a fresh water supply and the suggestion above of fresh fish. But I’d like to land on an island that produced coffee beans, cocoa beans, and bird eggs to provide other protein, stimulation, and pleasure.

    Having just recovered from a grueling four days at the ACFW conference in San Antonio, I’m afraid I missed the foxes blogs this week, and I’m still trying to catch up on my own work, but I’ll bet they were great.

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    • Jeff Salter says:

      hopefully, once you get caught up, you can scroll back and catch what Patricia, Elaine, and Angie had to say.
      Yes, coffee beans and cocoa beans would be lovely.

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