Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Today's food for thought - The Chilean Miners, What Would You Do?

Okay BougieLand, open mic day - trapped for 69 days 2300 feet below ground with 32 co-workers in a tight, dark space. No TV, no internet, no cell phones, no family. (No Twitter?!) How would you react, what would you think, what would you ask rescue workers to send down?

If you haven't watched any of the rescues, you have to see this. THIS is reality TV at it's finest. From CNN:


And what's the first thing you do when you come up? You have a twenty minute ascent in a tiny steel cage to think on it.  Thoughts, comments, insights?

Me? I'm not claustrophobic but this would sorely test my limited patience. I don't want to dwell on the bathroom facilities dilemma. If they sent me down a pen and paper (and an iPod?); with food and water - I'd be okay. Not happy but okay. First thing when I got out of there? Head to toe spa and beauty treatment. Followed by surf and turf with a huge bottle of red wine. After I'm human again, I'll be ready for my close up. Seriously? Mining has never been on my list of probable professions. Thank God I had (have) choices in life.

33 comments:

Phyllis Bourne said...

I'm come out of there screaming, "GET ME SOME PIZZA!!!!".

Jesse said...

I would have asked for light, water and reading material.
After rescue - Cheeseburger and Fries.

SingLikeSassy said...

Well, I'm claustrophobic so I never would have been down there to begin with, but let's say somehow this did happen. I would have needed to dig out a little hole just for me because I need a lot of alone time. First thing out of there I need pampering. Days of it. And a long sleep in a really comfy bed with soft and luxurious bedding.

Violet Rose said...

Dear God, If I got trapped with my current co-workers - some of them might not make it.
I would run screaming. I don't want to talk to anybody, I don't want to be interviewed. I'm at the spa with you Chele.

Kimistry101 said...

I would have clawed my way out the first day. Just the thought of being in the dark like that coupled with having to ration food and the bathroom situation...

OneChele said...

I ain't mad at them. Let those folks get paid. Maybe they won't have to go back to work down there.

David Chase said...

Chele - did you see the story on HuffPo about how they were sent done prom stuff to wear coming out? Oakley sunglasses and Chile T-shirts? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/10/13/chile-miners-rescue_n_761259.html

David Chase said...

I hope they do get paid.

MochaMuffin said...

I can't even imagine! But thanks for posting the link - great to see something happy for a change.

Man's World said...

Two months with no music, no ESPN all of that would be bad but worse would be wondering about your survival every single day. After the first week, you would have to wonder if you would ever get out of there.

Grace said...

Ditto - empathic DITTO.

ConvertingMe said...

trapped for 69 days 2300 feet below ground with 32 co-workers in a tight, dark space. No TV, no internet, no cell phones, no family. (No Twitter?!)

I'll have four requests while I'm down there - reading material, light, air freshener and body bags.

After I'm out, first thing - call to my attorney.

Earthangel172 said...

I couldn't imagine 69 days, 2300 below ground without tv and internet. My level of patience decreases as I get older so this would be the ULTIMATE test of my will to live...LOL

The first thing I would do is hug my daughter and the rest of my family. Then it's off to the shower!! The next 48 hours would be spent nursing myself back to health.

Earthangel172 said...

*2300 feet, typo

MissThang said...

I would need food, water, light, reading materials, and a bottle of wine sent down to me. mater of fact, several bottles of wine. I would also need for my extra marital activities to remain hidden and not made common knowledge. Did you hear about the Miner whose mistress showed up to the site praying for him right next to his wife? Well she had the nerve to show up today to greet him. His wife was a no show.

Check it out: http://www.necn.com/10/13/10/Mistress-greets-freed-miner-wife-not-pre/landing_nation.html?blockID=330672&feedID=4207

SMH

OneChele said...

HOT Mess! He might have wanted to chill down there for another month or so.

FreeBlackMan said...

Okay now THAT's no bueno. He got rescued from the mine, who's going to rescue him from the wife?

FreeBlackMan said...

Pizza, Pillow-Top and that other p-word you'd ban me for spelling out.

VisitingBougieLand said...

Okay, minus the cheating-ass miner who got busted for the whole world to see... GREAT story.
After this experience, I would need a therapist, a masseuse, a bartender and a pastry chef.

thinklikeRiley said...

Hoes and hot wangs?
*sprints for the door*

GammasWorld said...

Can always count on Riley to speak his mind. Bless his heart LOL

GammasWorld said...

I am claustrophobic so they'd have to send me lots of Xanax to even calm down enough to grab me a little corner and be to myself. Light, pen and notebook and some reading materials, some wet wipes and deodorant. Afterwards, I'm hitting the shower, attorney's office, and psychiatrist. In all seriousness, I don't know how they did it. I can't imagine a job underground (I can't stand a traffic jam in a tunnel).

CorettaJG said...

This Chilean mine story is the best in so many ways. I was up in tears last night watching the first miners emerge. There are so many more things that could have gone horribly wrong or might not have worked and it is miraculous that everyone made it out safely.

Now that mistress business is NOT the business. Hopefully, the time spent staring death in the face and renewing their Faith will spark some house cleaning.

If I was stuck down there I'd definitely need some music, family photos, reading material and upon the return a hot bath, masseuse, some crawfish etouffee and collard greens and red velvet cake.

CorettaJG said...

"Marta Salinas, the 56-year-old wife of Barrios, said she is not interested in her husband's rescue." Ouch!

rozb said...

If I was stuck down there, I would not talk crap to ANYBODY! I would make sure that I skinned and grinned until I got out of there before popping off as to why I got stuck underground. After a fabulous steak dinner (yes, even a vegetarian might eat some meat!) and a good hot bath, I will be talking crazy ish about the company and that holy shiggity that caused me to be stuck for 69 days.

Then I'll take a nap with the windows open for fresh air. Surely I would be tired of breathing second-hand air and funk.

CaliGirlED said...

God is awesome!!!

baileyqc said...

Bath, huge bath. And then I want comfort food - chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans and cornbread.

I don't know - 69 days? I'd need some post-traumatic stress counseling on the real.

Steve said...

I'm an outdoor open space guy so that trapped underground thing would not have worked for me. Once out? Eat, sleep, and uh - cuddle. Of the hot chocolate variety.

AppleBerryMIA said...

Uh yeah - I would not have been there. God Bless them though.
After 69 days? I'm going home to Mom. She'll spoil me rotten for a few days and then say Okay, shake it off - get on out there and find some useful to do!

Rob said...

I see other fellas below have gone in on the bath, bed, beef, and booty scenario so I'll just say that once my initial cravings are met - I'd be about the business of figuring out how I NEVER had to go back down there again.

glamah@cococooks said...

I was surprised by how clean and fit most of them looked coming up. They were literally in he'll and came out in good shape. A miracle.

William Martin said...

That's real talk right there.

nubianqueenbeez said...

A wonderful real life story that shows even in next to impossible situations the power of hope and the spirit of innovation. Amazing that the foreman rationed 2 days of food among 33 men to make it last 17 days. WOW. The way that they banded and bonded together to keep their sanity. Apparently they had an underground spring for water, bathing, and shaving. They worked in shifts to keep debris under control from the rescue digging. Even during those tough times they handled their business. I am also amazed at the genius of the rescuers in creating the machinery and mapping out he process for the rescue mission. Wonderful, happy story.

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