Once upon a time, an engineer decided to vacation on a cruise ship
in the Caribbean.  It was wonderful...the experience of his life!  He
was waited upon hand an foot.  But, alas, it did not last.  A Hurricane
came up suddenly.......and the ship went down.

The man found himself, he knew not how, swept up on the shore of an
island. There was nothing else anywhere to be seen.  No person, no
supplies, nothing.  The man looked around.  There were some bananas
and coconuts, but that was it.  He was desperate, and forlorn, but
decided to make the best of it. So for the next four months he ate
bananas, drank coconut juice and mostly looked to the sea mightily for
a ship to come to his rescue.

One day, as he was lying on the beech stroking his beard and looking
for a ship, he spotted movement out of the corner of his eye.  Could
it be true, was it a ship?  No, from around the corner of the island
came this rowboat. In it was the most gorgeous woman he had ever
seen.....or at least within the past 4 months.  She was tall and
tanned, and her blond hair flowed in the sea breeze, giving her an
almost ethereal quality.  She spotted him also (since he was waving
and yelling and screaming to get her attention).  She rowed her boat
towards him.

In disbelief, he asked, "Where did you come from?  How did you get

She said, "I rowed from the other side of the island.  I landed on this
island when my cruise ship sank"

"Amazing", he said, "I didn't know anyone else had survived.  How many 
of you are there?  Where, did you get the rowboat?  You must  have been
really lucky to have a rowboat wash-up with you?"

"It is only me", she said, "and the rowboat didn't wash up, nothing 
else did."

"Well then", said the man, "how did you get the rowboat?"

"I made the rowboat out of raw material that I found on the island,"
replied  the woman.  "The oars were whittled from Gum tree branches,  I
wove the bottom from Palm branches, and the sides and stern came from a
Eucalyptus tree".

"But, but.....," stuttered the man, "what about tools and hardware, how
did  you do that?"

"Oh, no problem," replied the woman, "on the south side of the island
there is a very unusual strata of alluvial rock exposed. I found that 
If I fired it to a certain temperature in my kiln, it melted into 
forgeable ductile iron.  I used that for tools,  then used the tools to make
the hardware.  But, enough of that,"  she said,  "where do you live?"

At last the man was forced to confess that he had been sleeping on the
beach. "Well, let's row over to my place, she said."  So they got into
the rowboat and left for her side of island.

The woman easily rowed them around to a wharf that led to the approach 
to her place.  She tied up the rowboat with a beautifully woven hemp rope.
They walked up a stone walk and around a Palm tree, and there stood an
exquisite bungalow painted in blue and white.

"It's not much," she said, "but I call it home.  Sit down, please.  
Would you like a drink?"

No thanks," said  the man, "one more coconut juice and I will puke."

"It won't be coconut juice, the woman replied. "I have a still; how
about a Pina Colada?"  Trying to hide his continued amazement, the man
accepted, and they sat down on her couch to talk.

After a while, and they had exchanged their stories, the woman asked,
"Tell me, have you always had a beard?" "No", the man replied, "I was
clean shaven all of my life, and even on the cruise ship".

"Well if you would like to shave, there's a man's razor upstairs in the
cabinet in the bathroom." The man, no longer questioning anything, went
upstairs to the bathroom. In the cabinet was a razor made from a bone handle,
two shells honed to a hollow-ground edge fastened to its end inside of a
swivel mechanism.  The man shaved, showered and went back down  stairs..

"You look great," said the woman, "I think I'll go up and slip into
something more comfortable."  The man settled in to wait, continuing
to sip his Pina Colada.  After a short time, the woman returned
wearing strategically positioned fig leaves and smelling faintly of

"Tell me something," she said, "We have both been out here for a very
long time with no companionship.  You know what I mean.  Have you been lonely?

Is there anything that you really miss?  Something that all men and
woman need?  Something that it would be really nice to have right

"Yes there is," the man replied, moving closer to the woman while
fixing her with a long, intense gaze.  "Tell me ... Do you happen to
have an internet connection, too?"