An inhibited engineer finally splurged on a luxury cruise to the
Caribbean. It was the zaniest thing he had ever done in his life. Just
as he was beginning to relax and enjoy himself, a hurricane roared
into the area, capsizing the huge ship as if it were 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 the same palm
One day, after several months had passed, a gorgeous woman in a small
rowboat appeared. 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
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
To be honest, I've just been sleeping on the beach, he
Would you like to come to my place? the woman
The engineer nodded dumbly. He went to her house, which
was painted blue and white. There she asked him if he would like to
shower. She also mentioned that as he had a beard, perhaps he'd also
like to shave. He climbed the stairs to the second floor not even
asking how she had running hot water. He showered and shaved and when
done he descended the stairs. There the lovely woman had drinks and
dinner ready. He was amazed. At the end of their meal he said that he
thought everything was incredible, she was a genius and there was only
one thing he desired. As they both had been on the island for quite a
while, she thought he meant that nature should take its course. She
said, Well, I imagine I can help you carry out your fondest
He then looked totally astonished and said, You mean you have a
way I can check my e-mail?