"In the Same Boat"
1 - Joe, I donít know how much more of this I can take. Weíve been in this stupid boat for days!
2 - Thirteen, to be exact, Bert.
1 - Iíve lost track of the days. It seems like forever.
2 - You got that right.
1 - When will it all end? Thereís got to be some other ship on this ocean which could float by and save us.
2 - Itís a pretty big ocean, Bert.
1 - I know itís a "pretty big ocean," Joe. But if something doesnít happen soon, Iím going to go bonkers.
2 - Itís only been thirteen days. We could be out here for weeks, months, even a whole year.
1 - NOOOOOO! (goes on for a while, as if stark raving mad)
2 - Get hold of yourself, Bert. Snap out of it. (Slaps Bert, who returns to reality)
1 - Thanks, Joe. I needed that.
2 - Any time, Bert.
1 - Itís just that Iím at a breaking point. Nothing against you,
but too much more time in the same boat,
2 - Weíve been friends since tricycle days.
1 - Yes, we have. But weíve been spending altogether too much time in the same boat lately.
2 - I suppose youíre right. Too much of a good thing.
1 - "Too much of a good thing"? Are you nuts. This is not a "good thing."
2 - Maybe it depends upon how you look at it.
1 - Thirteen days stuck in this stupid boat... How else am I supposed to look at it?
2 - I guess if you put it that way....
1 - Besides, sooner or later weíre going to run out of liquid refreshment. What are we going to do then?
V - "If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. If
anyone believes in me, out of his heart
1 - Did you hear that?
2 - Hear what?
1 - That voice.
2 - What voice?
1 - The voice that just spoke.
2 - I didnít hear anything.
1 - You didnít hear that voice talking about "living water" for anyone who thirsts?
2 - No.... Youíre beginning to scare me now, Joe.
1 - Oh, man. Itís starting. First comes the voices in the head. It
must be the thirst. My last Mountain Dewģ
2 - Weíve still got some water.
1 - Can a man live without his Dew?
2 - Youíre gonna have to. I just hope thereís enough to last us until we get rescued.
1 - If we get rescued.
2 - Donít think that way, Bert. Try to think outside this boat.
1 - Outside the boat.
2 - Yeah, outside the boat.
1 - Thereís just lots and lots of ocean outside this boat. Probably full of sharks, too.
2 - No, thatís not what I meant. Think beyond the ocean and the sharks.
1 - (scans the horizon, then:) Iím having a hard time doing that.
2 - (pause, then dejectedly:) So am I. Thereís probably not going to be enough, anyway.
V - "If you only knew the free gift of God ... you would just
ask, and be given living water." (both
1 - Did you it hear it that time?
2 - Hear what?
1 - The "living water" voice.
2 - Unfortunately, I did. This is getting really scarey now, Bert. Weíre both delusional.
1 - Whatís next?
2 - I donít know. I once read about a menís soccer team from Peru
that crash landed in the mountains of South
1 - Oh, no. What happened to them?
2 - Some were eventually rescued, but they were so hungry they started eating each other.
(both look at each other in horror)
1 - I would never eat you, Joe
2 - Me neither.
1 - Besides, how could I build a fire on this boat to cook you?
2 - That was a joke, right?
1 - Of course it was!... I think.
2 - We still have some bags of chips. Iím not sure how long theyíll last, however.
1 - Small portions! Thatís the key. Eat just enough to get by. Make it stretch.
2 - You got it.
1 - Thinking about food makes me hungry, though.
2 - Maybe we should talk about something else.
V - "I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never
be hungry, and whoever believes in me
1 - Thereís that voice again. Where is it coming from?
2 - It must just be in your head, man.
1 - But you heard it, too, didnít you?
2 - Yeah. If weíre going psychotic, we must be doing it in sync.
1 - I donít know about that, but the voice didnít sound like it
was just inside my head. It seemed to come
2 - Youíre right. But if it wasnít just us, who or what was it?
1 - Maybe ... maybe it was God.
2 - God?
1 - Yeah, God.
2 - Are you starting to get all "religious" now that weíre stuck here.
1 - Well, you said we should "think outside the boat."
2 - I was talking about our rescue.
1 - God doesnít do "search and rescue?"
2 - Well ... I mean ... Yeah, he does, but ...
1 - So, the voice could be God talking.
2 - I suppose, if you put it that way, yes.
1 - Maybe thereís hope.
2 - Maybe.
1 - I donít know. It still seems like weíve been here forever.
2 - It could be a long time before we get out of this boat.
1 - Like a year.
2 - Or at least until next summer.
1 - I donít know if I can make it that long. The school year has only just begun. June is so far away!
2 - Weíve done it before.
1 - But itís different in high school. Back in elementary we had
recess. Now weíve got Algebra and English
2 - Donít forget "Health Education."
1 - Donít remind me... Then thereís all the other Ďstuff í
that comes with being a teenager. Sometimes it all
2 - Yeah - like an ocean surrounding us with no shore in sight.
1 - And here we are, you and me, stuck in the same stupid boat just floating aimlessly on this crazy sea.
2 - At least weíve got each other.
1 - And God?
2 - Yeah, and God.
V - "Come to me, all you who are tired and have heavy loads,
and I will give you rest. Accept my
1 - With that voice, I think I can do this.
2 - Maybe weíre not crazy, after all. Maybe weíre just thinking outside the boat.
1 - Itís going to take a lot of thinking outside the boat to make it through this year.
2 - Speaking of which, whatís Mr. Kovac yelling over there?
1 - I think heís saying, "three more laps."
2 - (stands and yells to the unseen distant P.E. teacher:) Yes, sir. We were just taking a breather.
1 - Back to the grind. (is helped up by the other)
2 - Now, I really am thirsty.
1 - How soon Ďtil lunch? My stomachís starting to growl.
2 - Not for three more laps, at least. (the two then jog off)
V - "Listen! I am standing at your door, knocking; if
you hear my voice and open the door, I will
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