Monday, January 9, 2012

Robert Manni Stuck On A Desert Island

How would Robert Manni fare on a Desert Island?   First though, a bit about Robert: 

Robert Manni is President of advertising agency Agent16 in midtown Manhattan. For the past two decades he has watched, played and succeeded in Madison Avenue's relentlessly changing game. A true devotee of New York City, Robert is inspired by and remains in awe of its people, energy, attitude, and romantic backdrop. He is a world traveler, Reiki Master and teacher, certified advanced clinical Master Hypnotist, graduate of the Jose Silva Method/Life System, NYC Marathoner, and a bona fide 'Guy's Guy' who somehow survived twenty years of single life in the big city.  THE GUYS' GUY'S GUIDE TOLOVE is Robert's debut novel. He is currently working on his second book.

If you could only have one book with you, what would it be? 
That depends on how much time I’d be spending on the island. This is not ‘what is your favorite book’? This is about what book you’d choose to hunker down with. So, I’d probably want something meaty to chew on like Atlas Shrugged or maybe a book about escape and breaking boundaries like, Journey to Ixtlan by Carlos Castaneda. If I knew I’d be away for a year or so, I’d go for a big, whopping religious text like the Old and New Testaments to really see what the fuss is about, or The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche, which I’ve already read, but is worth a second look.

What one luxury item would you want to be stranded with?
Hmm, luxury, eh? Maybe a bottle of the finest aged, dark rum from the Caribbean.

What is the one practical item you would want to have with you to use?
Well, moist wipes would make the short list, but antibiotics would come in handy as would something to make fire or a sharp knife. Or a pen and a pad.

Would you enjoy the solitude, even briefly, or would it drive you crazy?
Yes, and yes. That said, it takes two to be alone. In this case, I’d have nature, the sea, and the fish and birds to connect with so I really would not be alone.

If you could be stranded with one other person, who would you want it to be?
My first thought was my wife, but when I asked her she told me that under the same circumstances that she would not want to put me through the hardship of being stranded and taken out of my life. So, plan B includes the opportunity to have a good long talk with Jesus or Moses or Siddhartha Gautama. However, a native islander (preferably female and gorgeous and wild) could help me build shelter and find food, etc.

What modern technology would you miss the most?
Ice would come in handy, but who can live without the clapper or a snuggie?

What food or beverage would you miss the most?
Does it have to be non-alcoholic? Maybe organic peanut butter. I crave it.

How many days do you think you would cope without rescue?
Whatever it takes. I’m a survivor and this is the ultimate challenge besides riding the C train in August.

What is the first thing you would do when rescued?
Watch an episode of ‘Gilligan’s Island’ from Manhattan, my favorite island.

What would be your first Tweet or Facebook update upon your return?
“Only in a crowd can you feel so alone”, which is from the song, Before They Make Me Run, by the Rolling Stones.

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