Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Stranded in an Unknown City with No Resources...

What would you do if you were stranded in an unknown city with no money or resources? How would you eat? Where would you sleep? What about the weather?

Let's assume, to make this even more challenging, that no resources meant no form of identification, in addition to no credit cards or access to any kind of electronic transfer of funds.

Here's what I would do to eat:

I used to have an acquaintance - this is true, let's call him Alan - who would pride himself on going into diners, waiting until a patron left the table, then quickly sitting down and gobbling up anything that was left on the plate...

I know, it's a little hard to stomach, but it beats starving to death, and I'm pretty sure it's not breaking the law (since the food was already paid for, and the patron left it, uneaten, on the table). I should also point out that Alan seemed pretty healthy, and never got sick from his diner poaching, at least as far as I knew...

Let's move on to sleeping. That's far easier. If the weather is warm, hey, you can find a nice quiet place in some park to sleep. (I once did this when I was a teenager - long story.) Deserted beaches would work well for this, too.

But let's say it's freezing cold outside? In that case, I'd recommend catching some zzzzs on a subway car - if you live in a city with all-night train service. Or maybe cuddling up with a good book deep in the stacks of your biggest public library, that you were able to quietly sneak into...

Of course, you could also easily solve both your food and sleeping problems by making friends with some nice person - but that assumes, for your safety's sake, that you are an excellent judge of human nature.

So ... what would you do if you were in such a predicament?

Starting June 28, Michael Weston, a CIA Operative on USA Network's new TV series, Burn Notice, will show us how he deals with a similar situation.

I haven't seen any of it, yet, but I certainly intend to.

Hey, you should, too ... USA Network's Burn Notice ... you never know ...

Think about what happened to Frank Converse in Coronet Blue...



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