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Re: Dreams (not those crushed by the weight of unfulfilled life)

Post by Jennifer » 25 Jul 2018, 22:13

For awhile I've had this thing where my dreams have been coming in two parts: part one is a typical surreal, impossible dream, but in part two I wake up (or dream I do, anyway), get out of bed and do almost ordinary everyday things, except there's always one or two weird details wrong -- like the time I dreamt there was a dog-door in my apartment's front door, and the neighbors' kids kept crawling through it and interrupting me when I was trying to do various tasks.

But the other night, part two started with me waking up on the living room couch back in northern Virginia -- and I knew I was still dreaming, because I remembered Jeff and I'd actually been living in Georgia for two years. But it wasn't a lucid dream or anything -- it never occurred to me to try doing something cool and impossible like flying. Instead, I went upstairs to use the bathroom, and when I was halfway done I worried "Maybe I shouldn't have done this. What if, when you go to the bathroom in your dreams, you go in real life too, and I wet the bed?" (Spoiler: I did not.) Then I went into my office, planning to get some smokables out of my desk, but when I tried turning on the light it didn't work. Jeff told me it wasn't supposed to work, because I was flipping a switch but it really has a motion sensor. Then he said he had to do a Skype job interview, and I told him not to bother because I was dreaming all of this anyway -- we moved out of here when you got a job two years ago. He asked if it was the California job he was about to interview for, and I said no, we're living in Georgia these days. Then we went downstairs and none of the lights there worked either. I told Jeff "This dream is getting very annoying," and then I woke up for real.
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Re: Dreams (not those crushed by the weight of unfulfilled life)

Post by Ellie » 09 Aug 2018, 22:34

I've had the weirdest day. I planned a "sick" day to get a bunch of stuff done and then actually didn't feel well enough to get out of bed all day. (This is the sort of thing that could make a person believe in signs from the universe.)

Anyway, I pretty much slept from 9am-3pm and then 5-7pm and had one vivid dream after another. They were either horrible nightmares full of kidnapping and cruelty, or dreams where I was playing the same game of Tetris over and over but it was somehow super hot and sexy and turning me on. I am so discombobulated by now. AND I'm still exhausted and ready for bed.
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Post by Ellie » 16 Aug 2018, 11:17

HORRIBLE nightmare where the kids and I got kidnapped by Neo Nazis and I was trying to protect the kids so every time one of them advanced towards us I would bite one of his fingers off.

I don't believe in dream interpretation but I would still love an analysis of why I have so many dreams where I'm trying to bite people's fingers off. :?
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Post by Hugh Akston » 14 Dec 2018, 20:38

I nap-dreamed that I was having a phone conversation with Nick Offerman about the feminism of Hugh Hefner.
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Post by Ellie » 14 Dec 2018, 23:51

What was his position on the the topic?
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Post by Hugh Akston » 15 Dec 2018, 01:24

He seemed to be pretty pro-Hef from a man's-man POV. I was just explaining that by mainstreaming erotica, Hef helped to kickstart the sexual revolution. I woke up before I got to the part about carving out alternatives to the restrictive male gender roles of the 50s.
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Post by Hugh Akston » 18 Dec 2018, 19:06

Maybe I need to give the Americans a rest. I'm pretty sure this is the second time I've pulled Stan Beeman's head off with a wound up towel. But at least this time I got to celebrate afterwards by driving a truck in the demolition derby.
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Post by Jasper » 23 Jan 2019, 13:59

Had a good, then melancholy one last night.

It was the holidays, and I was 'coming home' for Christmas to my family, although where I'd been was unclear. It was also odd that the 'home' wasn't a house I recognized, but I still felt comfortable there. My mother was also there, and it was so comforting to see her again. It really was Hallmark Family Movie vibe going on, and I was digging it. I went downtairs, and there was a nice pile of gifts for me to open. My siblings had already opened theirs, so they were back upstairs having a good time. But some other stuff caught my eye, so I went over to look, and it was a bunch of stuff I had made in elementary school, report cards, toys, photos, all kinds of memento stuff from my childhood and family trips. And I turned around and my mom had come down the stairs too, and was just smiling at me.

And now I miss her, terribly.
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Post by JasonL » 23 Jan 2019, 14:17

I've had a couple of weeks of pretty nasty nightmares. Got a good solid something something flying around with my flaming sword one last night. Think I might have won over the girl? Unclear. Was at the end.

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Post by lunchstealer » 23 Jan 2019, 14:47

Now I miss my mom, too.

I had one of my more disturbing-but-not-nightmare dreams where I accidentally convinced a bank teller that I was trying to rob the place and so I had to rob the place because something something, and then for reasons that were equally unclear it was necessary to then rob another bank because if I didn't some other bad consequence something something. I hate dreams where I do something that I would be horrified to do in meatspace. One I got in a fender bender and 'had to' kill a witness, then kill a witness to that killing, then kill someone else to throw the cops off my scent. I woke up wondering if I was secretly a serial killer and just didn't know it.
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Post by Hugh Akston » 06 Feb 2019, 10:37

My parents and I were at our old place up in the mountains and nature was getting pretty aggro. We were visited by mice, birds who preened my head for tasty parasites, some large rodents like muskrats or something, a whole bunch of dinner plate-size green crabs out on the patio table, and what I thought at first was a large porcupine but was actually a warthog with porcupine quills who forced his way through the screen door.
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Post by Andrew » 06 Feb 2019, 19:23

Hugh Akston wrote:
06 Feb 2019, 10:37
My parents and I were at our old place up in the mountains and nature was getting pretty aggro. We were visited by mice, birds who preened my head for tasty parasites, some large rodents like muskrats or something, a whole bunch of dinner plate-size green crabs out on the patio table, and what I thought at first was a large porcupine but was actually a warthog with porcupine quills who forced his way through the screen door.
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Post by Tuco » 07 Feb 2019, 06:31

A couple of weeks ago, I dreamt that someone I know in Nevada called to say he was coming down to visit soon. Not a good dream. Way too mundane. So two days ago, I got to wondering when he was coming, so I called him to ask. That was a bizarre conversation.

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Post by Ellie » 23 Feb 2019, 18:48

I dreamed I was watching Schitt's Creek (which I don't watch in real life) and there was this running joke where the main female character would go to the movies a couple times a week, always with a different guy. Colin Firth played the guy who had the seat next to them, and he would give hilarious reactions about her being such a floozy dating all these different dudes.

Then in the dream I woke up and started to make a post on Facebook like, ha ha, I should have known it was a dream, you don't get season-ticket-style assigned-seating at the movie theater! But I became completely stuck trying to remember the term for Colin Firth's character -- as someone who is not part of the main cast, but appears in every episode.

Then I woke up for real and thought, "That was dumb." But shared it with you anyway :lol:
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Post by Hugh Akston » 26 Feb 2019, 18:24

I was watching a "Farm Family" short with Bridget Nelson and Mary Jo Pehl, but like the family were live onstage, and one of the girls looked really awkward in her 40's cabaret outfit of a white corset and stockings. There was also a low-rent Starsky & Hutch involved. I only got one good riff in when a rusted out 80s Astrovan appeared and I said "In 1979 an elite special forces unit went to jail for a crime they didn't commit. They escaped to the rural Wisconsin underground..."
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Post by Warren » 16 Mar 2019, 10:34

I was hanging out with Carol Burnett. We were walking and talking. I was telling her how great her show was back in the day when we rounded a corner and came upon Vicki Lawrence, as you do. I just sort of acknowledged her presence with a head nod and said to Carol "... except for Vicki whatshername, she was awful" and Carol quipped back "That's why we put her in all that old person makeup" and we kept walking. I wanted to tell her that I knew she had a lot of personal issues to deal with but that seemed to be a prerequisite for comedy. That it had been a long time since she was funny, and it was time for her to be funny again. But the aliens attacked before I could mention it.
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Post by Hugh Akston » 30 Mar 2019, 02:30

I was taking a final exam for some college course, and the prof sprung an extra page of questions on us. There were 10 or so multiple choice and two short-answer/essays, both of which dealt with Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I don't recall what the first question was, but the second was "Discuss Willow's Hair," and came with a helpful visual aid of Willow's various hairstyle from different seasons.

When I woke up I was kind of disappointed because I'd like to actually take the course where that is a question.
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Post by Ellie » 10 Apr 2019, 16:25

Last night I had two totally separate dreams where I was still working at Midwestern J Peterman, but suddenly realized I'd forgotten to go to work for a few days, so I went into the office and discovered my computer was gone so I must have been fired without knowing it.
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Post by Jennifer » 20 Apr 2019, 16:17

Of all annoying categories of dreams, I think the worst might be "My dream-self has to deal with the consequences of some thoroughly stupid, if not downright evil, actions which my real-life self would never EVER do."
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Post by Warren » 20 Apr 2019, 16:33

No the worst is dreaming you're at work, then the alarm goes off you wake up, first to the relief that it was only a dream, and then to realize that you have to go to work and you're not getting paid for the shift you just pulled. Not even the overtime.
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Post by Jennifer » 20 Apr 2019, 16:34

Warren wrote:
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No the worst is dreaming you're at work, then the alarm goes off you wake up, first to the relief that it was only a dream, and then to realize that you have to go to work and you're not getting paid for the shift you just pulled. Not even overtime.
Technically, that's not the worst "dream" so much as it is the worst "waking up FROM a dream."
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Post by lunchstealer » 20 Apr 2019, 19:01

Jennifer wrote:Of all annoying categories of dreams, I think the worst might be "My dream-self has to deal with the consequences of some thoroughly stupid, if not downright evil, actions which my real-life self would never EVER do."
I was a little worried I was the only one who had those and that they meant I was secretly way more capable of murder or whatever than I thought.
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Post by Jennifer » 20 Apr 2019, 19:19

lunchstealer wrote:
20 Apr 2019, 19:01
Jennifer wrote:Of all annoying categories of dreams, I think the worst might be "My dream-self has to deal with the consequences of some thoroughly stupid, if not downright evil, actions which my real-life self would never EVER do."
I was a little worried I was the only one who had those and that they meant I was secretly way more capable of murder or whatever than I thought.
The only reason I never had such concerns is that for the majority of such dreams I have, the whatever-I-did was so ludicrous and over-the-top, even at my most anxious and insecure I know there's zero chance I'd ever do such a thing. Because it's almost never shit like "My dream self is on the run from the police, with no money or resources, because before this dream started I snapped in a fit of rage and killed one person" or "My dream self wrecked her marriage because before the dream started I slept with one guy-I-consider-hot"; it's usually shit like "Every law enforcement agency on the planet is looking for me because just before this dream started I was the leader of the fundamentalist-religious terrorist group that set off nukes in 50 world capitals, and also, due to some stupid dream-logic reason I cannot even cut or dye my hair to alter my appearance" or "My dream self wrecked her marriage, and also wrecked any future chance of any sane and decent man asking her out, after making an internet video so thoroughly revolting I'm too embarrassed to even describe it."
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Ellie wrote:
10 Apr 2019, 16:25
Last night I had two totally separate dreams where I was still working at Midwestern J Peterman, but suddenly realized I'd forgotten to go to work for a few days, so I went into the office and discovered my computer was gone so I must have been fired without knowing it.
It has been 26 years since I was fired from the Toronto-Dominion bank, but I still occasionally have nightmares about working there.
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Post by Ellie » 20 Apr 2019, 20:35

lunchstealer wrote:
20 Apr 2019, 19:01
Jennifer wrote:Of all annoying categories of dreams, I think the worst might be "My dream-self has to deal with the consequences of some thoroughly stupid, if not downright evil, actions which my real-life self would never EVER do."
I was a little worried I was the only one who had those and that they meant I was secretly way more capable of murder or whatever than I thought.
I have those a lot, but I've never had a murder version.

Before we actually bought our house, I had frequent dreams that I'd bought an expensive house and now was on the hook for an outrageous mortgage payment. I'd be sitting there in the dream going, "Why did I do this stupid thing? It's like something I would do in a dream. But this is clearly real life!"
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