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Lessons Learned From Movies -  “The Ballad of Cable Hogue” (1970).
 

After he is abandoned in the desert without water, Cable Hogue (Jason Robards) wanders for days until he finds a supply of water in a muddy ditch. Determining that the spot is the only spring in the area, Cable decides to start a business offering water for sale to passing stagecoaches, and digs a well.

This is the only water for 60 miles, and he does well, watering horses and passengers on a regular basis, in both directions. He also provides meals from the desert, which he makes into a stew so the passengers cannot tell the sources, and serves the food in large prospectors gold panning “plates”, nailed to tables, under an awning, behind his ramshackle stagecoach building.

Now here is the point I think True Tom will appreciate …. As the passengers finish their food, a woman sees the nails, and notices she can’t move her plate.

She asks Cable Hogue how does he clean the dishes? Cable explains that after everyone has eaten, he tilts the tables on their side, the dogs lick the plates clean, and the desert sun kills the germs!

Viola!

 


(pronounced wah-LAH!)

 

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I did many treks in africa and my husband was trained in survival as a soldier.  We went up into the mountain without water - and caught some in a plastic sheet... and we just wiped our plates with paper.  There is a lot one can get by without modern amenities

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In Africa we do not have bears or Tigers.... and running speed don't help much for those.... but we have quite a number of other dangerous critters..... even baboons are dangerous.

The only beast i really fear is the python. I would not like to wake up and find one in my sleeping bag twirled around me. Other snakes usually move away, except for the lazy adder. 

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