That is a tough question, I'll have to come up with something carefully, since I'm not the Dukman. I'm sure that I would have to include that I can make from scratch or make work a number of useful tools or machinery parts, and spend less time thinking inside the box than the rest of the population combined. (gotta lay it on thick). I think the best interview I have ever read is from a Hugh Gallagher resume submitted to New York University, who he later attended.
"I am a dynamic figure, often seen scaling walls and crushing ice. I have been known to remodel train stations on my lunch breaks, making them more efficient in the area of heat retention. I translate ethnic slurs for Cuban refugees, I write award-winning operas, I manage time efficiently. Occasionally, I tread water for three days in a row. I woo women with my sensuous and godlike trombone playing, I can pilot bicycles up severe inclines with unflagging speed, and I cook Thirty-Minute Brownies in twenty minutes. I am an expert in stucco, a veteran in love, and an outlaw in Peru. Using only a hoe and a large glass of water, I once single-handedly defended a small village in the Amazon Basin from a horde of ferocious army ants. I play bluegrass cello, I was scouted by the Mets, I am the subject of numerous documentaries. When I'm bored, I build large suspension bridges in my yard. I enjoy urban hang gliding. On Wednesdays, after school, I repair electrical appliances free of charge. I am an abstract artist, a concrete analyst, and a ruthless bookie. Critics worldwide swoon over my original line of corduroy evening wear. I don't perspire. I am a private citizen, yet I receive fan mail. I have been caller number nine and have won the weekend passes. Last summer I toured New Jersey with a traveling centrifugal-force demonstration. I bat 400. My deft floral arrangements have earned me fame in international botany circles. Children trust me. I can hurl tennis rackets at small moving objects with deadly accuracy. I once read Paradise Lost, Moby Dick, and David Copperfield in one day and still had time to refurbish an entire dining room that evening. I know the exact location of every food item in the supermarket. I have performed several covert operations for the CIA. I sleep once a week; when I do sleep, I sleep in a chair. While on vacation in Canada, I successfully negotiated with a group of terrorists who had seized a small bakery. The laws of physics do not apply to me. I balance, I weave, I dodge, I frolic, and my bills are all paid. On weekends, to let off steam, I participate in full-contact origami. Years ago I discovered the meaning of life but forgot to write it down. I have made extraordinary four course meals using only a mouli and a toaster oven. I breed prizewinning clams. I have won bullfights in San Juan, cliff-diving competitions in Sri Lanka, and spelling bees at the Kremlin. I have played Hamlet, I have performed open-heart surgery, and I have spoken with Elvis. But I have not yet gone to college. -Hugh Gallagher-
Now I present this as a bit of levity, but the scenario the Joe posed is as serious a situation as any I can think. The thing that makes it more dangerous and more tricky than even a wilderness survival situation, is that nature isn't biased, at least you can count on that. With people making the decisions, you'll always have an insurmountable hurdle of attitude, emotion, and personal preference to deal with, and you will never know what it will take. So in sixty seconds, you have to realize what type of person you are dealing with, and decide how to communicate with him on HIS level, no matter how unsavory it might seem. You might even have time to make observation to this end while waiting in line, you can see the reactions and approaches of different people, and how they are treated. I read a book one time called "How to deal with people you can't stand" and it went into straightforward detail on how to recognize certain personality types, and how to interact with all of them so that you 'relate' to all of them without actually becoming them. Joe, thanks for this challenge, I think I'm going to revisit this book, because I tell you, a lot of my interpersonal skills are lacking, and that might be the reef that sinks my entire family if such an instance were to arise.