A rather inhibited engineer finally
splurged on a luxury cruise to the Caribbean. It
was the "craziest" thing he had ever
done in his life.
Just as he was beginning to enjoy
himself, a hurricane roared upon the huge ship,
capsizing it like a child's toy.
Somehow the engineer, desperately hanging on to a
life preserver, managed to wash ashore
on a secluded island.
Outside of beautiful scenery, a
spring-fed pool, bananas and coconuts, there was
little else. He lost all hope and for
hours on end, sat under same palm tree. One
day, after several months had passed,
a gorgeous woman in a small rowboat
"I'm from the other side of the
island," she said. "Were you on the cruise ship, too?"
"Yes, I was, " he answered. "But where
did you get that rowboat?"
"Well, I whittled the oars from gum
tree branches, wove the reinforced gunnel from
palm branches, and made the keel and
stern from a Eucalyptus tree."
"But, what did you use for tools?"
asked the man.
"There was a very unusual strata of
alluvial rock exposed on the south side of the
island. I discovered that if I fired
it to a certain temperature in my kiln, it melted into
forgeable ductile iron. Anyhow, that's
how I got the tools. But, enough of that," she
said. "Where have you been living all
this time? I don't see any shelter."
"To be honest, I've just been sleeping
on the beach," he said.
"Would you like to come to my place?"
the woman asked. The engineer nodded
She expertly rowed them around to her
side of the island, and tied up the boat with
a handsome strand of hand-woven hemp
topped with a neat back splice. They
walked up a winding stone walk she had
laid and around a Palm tree. There stood
an exquisite bungalow painted in blue
"It's not much, but I call it home."
Inside, she said, "Sit down please; would you like
to have a drink?"
"No, thanks," said the man. "One more
coconut juice and I'll throw up!"
"It won't be coconut juice," the woman
replied. "I have a crude still out back, so
we can have authentic Pina Coladas."
Trying to hide his amazement, the man
accepted the drink, and they sat down on
her couch to talk. After they had
exchanged stories, the woman asked, "Tell me,
have you always had a beard?"
"No," the man replied, "I was clean
shaven all of my life until I ended up on this
"Well if you'd like to shave, there's
a razor upstairs in the bathroom cabinet."
The man, no longer questioning
anything, went upstairs to the bathroom and shaved
with an intricate bone-and-shell
device honed razor sharp.
Next he showered -- not even
attempting to fathom a guess as to how she
managed to get warm water into the
bathroom -- and went back downstairs. He
couldn't help but admire the
masterfully carved banister as he walked.
"You look great," said the woman. "I
think I'll go up and slip into something more
As she did, the man continued to sip
his Pina Colada. After a short time, the
woman, smelling faintly of gardenias,
returned wearing a revealing gown fashioned
out of pounded palm fronds.
"Tell me," she asked, "we've both been
out here for a very long time with no
companionship. You know what I mean.
Haven't you been lonely, too...isn't there
something that you really, really
miss? Something that all men and woman need?
Something that would be really nice to
have right now!"
"Yes there is!" the man replied,
shucking off his shyness. "There is something I've
wanted to do for so long. But on this
island all alone, it was just...well, it was
"Well, it's not impossible, any more,"
the woman said.
The man, practically panting in
excitement, said breathlessly: "You mean... you
actually figured out some way we can
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