I don't know if any of you watch the show 'Alone', but we've been kinda hooked on it since I stumbled across it last year.
Ten people left on various points on Vancouver Island - each with enough separation so they will never seen any of the others. They have survival tools and an emergency phone. The rest is up to them. They have to find their own food, make their own shelters, keep themselves safe, and find ways to keep their minds busy. This last thing seems to be the breaking point for a lot of contestants who otherwise have it under control.
The second season just finished. The winner was a guy out of Michigan. (Go Blue.) He stayed out there 66 days. 66 days in total isolation.
To some that would sound horrible. They miss their spouses. They miss their kids. They miss the outside world in general.
It sounds pretty awesome to Hubs and I. And, of course, the $500,000 prize at the end sounds awesome, too. Oh, sure, I'd miss him like the dickens. And he'd miss me. But five hundred THOUSAND dollars would go a long way toward soothing the aches of separation. It's not like it's forever.
Last year, the winner went 56 days.
I think I could do at least that many without human contact. I'd be like Tom Hanks in Castaway and make a friend to talk to. Wilson! I'd talk to the critters. I'd talk to myself. I do pretty good alone.
Now, if only I were younger and in better shape. And maybe knew how to build a fire by hand. I'd totally try out for the show. Next season they're supposed to be somewhere other than Vancouver Island, but they haven't announced the new locale yet. I wonder... Will it still be in Canada somewhere? I'm thinking they'll go east coast of Canada.
What about you? Could you do an extended stay in total isolation if they offered you $500,000? All you have to do is outlast 9 other people. Hell, one of this year's contestants went out the first day. I could definitely last longer than a day, even with this old, gimpy body of mine.