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April 11th, 2005


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03:04 pm - Off all the odd dreams....
Normally, I dream either very disconnected stuff, or else convoluted plots with many varied characters, either ones my brain has conjured up itself, or fictional ones. That's been the case lately.

Till last night, when I myself figured strongly in the dream, and its central motif was that I was going to become a cop. Go to the police academy and everything...I even remember being given my first uniform, and trying it on. Then I wore it somewhere with my family--perhaps it was actually an assignment of some sort, as there seemed to be danger, as well as me learning Latin dancing. I tore my uniform shirt while dancing.

Very odd.
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From:izhilzha
Date:April 12th, 2005 12:44 am (UTC)
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lol. I seem to remember enjoying it, when I wasn't Looking Out for Danger. I also seem to remember not being that good at it.
:-)
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From:reveilles
Date:April 12th, 2005 04:14 pm (UTC)
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There was one time that I woke up, certain that something I had just dreamed was important, so I wrote it down on a piece of paper and went back to sleep. Turned out that I was convinced that in order to do sky-diving off a very high cliff, it was vitally important that I had honeydew melons attached to my feet.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 12th, 2005 04:58 pm (UTC)
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Of course, there's the classic story of a woman (often described to be Dorothy Parker or some other such literary notable, but who was most likely an unknown) who dreamed she had discovered a fundamental truth of human existence, something that would change life on earth forever. She wrote it down, half-asleep, and in the morning, trembling with excitement, turned to read what she had written:

Hogamus Higamus
Men are polygamous.
Higamus Hogamus
Women, monogamous.


-JD
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From:reveilles
Date:April 12th, 2005 05:35 pm (UTC)
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My Google search on this phrase turned up some most interesting links. I was getting all nicely steamed up reading an article about how "traditional patriarchal inequities" abound throughout the global culture.

:)
From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 12th, 2005 05:41 pm (UTC)
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I had to Google to find the correct wording of the poem, and found it has been attributed to a *lot* of different people. I first saw it in a Reader's Digest humor compliation I have that was printed in 1945, so it's been around a while.

-JD
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From:reveilles
Date:April 12th, 2005 05:42 pm (UTC)
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And it's total B.S.

:)
From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 12th, 2005 05:43 pm (UTC)
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Really?

-JD
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From:reveilles
Date:April 12th, 2005 07:45 pm (UTC)
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oooh, he baits me! :)
From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 12th, 2005 07:52 pm (UTC)
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Well, you do have a fish icon.

-JD
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From:reveilles
Date:April 13th, 2005 01:29 pm (UTC)
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:)
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From:izhilzha
Date:April 12th, 2005 05:27 pm (UTC)
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Ahahahahaaa... That's awesome. :-D

Though what's really weird is when one dreams something that's actually rational--I wrote a Sentinel fic in a dream once, woke up, and still had the words of the last paragraph in my head.
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From:reveilles
Date:April 12th, 2005 05:36 pm (UTC)
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Do you ever find yourself struggling to remember what happened in your dream because you're sure that it would make a really good story?
From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 12th, 2005 06:17 pm (UTC)
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Maybe not a story, but a couple of times I've dreamed myself in "Whose Line is it Anyway?" with the usual actors, doing skits so freaking funny I woke myself up laughing.

Then it all disappeared, as ephemeral as a soap bubble.

Dangit.

-JD
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From:reveilles
Date:April 12th, 2005 07:47 pm (UTC)
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I've never woken myself up laughing, but I have with crying. There was also one time that I was ecstatic that the scroll I was carrying through my dream had materialized in the real world after I woke up, only to then realize that I was clutching a rolled up bit of blanket. :)
From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 12th, 2005 07:54 pm (UTC)
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Oh heck yeah, physical dream artifacts are yet another fun aspect of dreams.

I do remember as a child dreaming of flying in a hot air balloon, which used a little wind-up key to activate it. On waking, I still felt the key in my hand, for a good few seconds. But when I lifted the blanket, the feeling dissolved and I was holding nothing.

Weeeeird.

-JD
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From:izhilzha
Date:April 12th, 2005 08:47 pm (UTC)
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Physical dream artifact, not something that happens often to me.

Closest thing I can recall, in fact, is this: I was dreaming that I was at the beach, playing in the waves. For some reason I fell and couldn't get up. So I was in shallow water, but couldn't breathe, and was desperately trying to hold my breath till I got up into air. Finally I couldn't hold it any more and breathed in, knowing I was going to get a lungful of salt water...and I breathed in air, and woke, completely out of breath, because I'd been holding it in my sleep.

O_O
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From:reveilles
Date:April 13th, 2005 01:36 pm (UTC)
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I think I've done that to myself before too. Sometimes when I was younger, in a scary dream, I remember calling out for my mother and being frustrated that I couldn't make my voice very loud. I woke up feeling like I'd strained my throat. There have also been dreams when I was angry at some figure in my dream and I would try to punch and hit them--feeling more and more frustrated because I couldn't move my arms far enough or fast enough to make more than gentle contact with their body. I learned later that when you go into some of the deeper sections of the sleep cycle, your body paralyzes itself so that you can't hurt yourself while dreaming.

There was also one time--when I was 8-10ish, I think--that I had to go to the bathroom while in a dream, and somebody in the dream told me I could use their bathroom, so I saw the toilet, went over, and sat down on it. The relief was immediate, but I woke myself up because I suddenly felt warm and wet. ::embarrassed::
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From:izhilzha
Date:April 12th, 2005 07:10 pm (UTC)
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Yes! Quite often. There was one with a house by the seashore, old, crumbling under crazy high tides; and I was a spy, and my parter and I had to get in, find some important papers, and get out before being trapped. There were all these bad-guy complications, too...
From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 12th, 2005 07:20 pm (UTC)
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Hmmmmm.....

"The Torment of Tantalus", anyone? :-D

No, that sounds like a story in itself.

-JD
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From:reveilles
Date:April 12th, 2005 07:51 pm (UTC)
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I'm still storing up one sci-fi idea for a possible future short story exploration. Maybe it'll mature and grow a bit more before it's really ready to be written. It's somewhat macabre though, so I'm not rushing to go write it quite yet.
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From:reveilles
Date:April 12th, 2005 05:44 pm (UTC)
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One of my X-Files fics, Parasite, was based on a dream that I wrote down as soon as I woke up. Of course, that sort of writing method works in the XF universe. :)
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From:izhilzha
Date:April 12th, 2005 07:12 pm (UTC)
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Oh! I knew I'd forgotten something--to write you and say how much I liked that story. I really thought it was a clever idea, and you wrote it in a way that kept me guessing (and what a freaky opening scene).

Of course, that sort of writing method works in the XF universe. :)

Indeed it does. :-) Dreams are even connected with reality in XF canon (see "Paper Hearts" for one example). Creeepy.
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From:reveilles
Date:April 12th, 2005 07:47 pm (UTC)
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Glad you enjoyed it! :)
From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 12th, 2005 04:51 pm (UTC)
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Dreams are the best form of entertainment. Infinitely customized and oh so accessible. I can clearly remember perhaps two really bizarre dreams from the past, the second only because I woke up and immediately wrote it down.

What's the best is when you get a sequel dream, that is, going through a dream and realizing you're following basically the same dream from weeks, months, or years before. Sometimes they're exactly the same, but you know exactly what comes next, and sometimes you're visiting a dreamplace some "time" after you last visited. I don't know if this only happens to me, or if I'm only imagining I had the dream before, but it's basically awesome.

-JD
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From:izhilzha
Date:April 12th, 2005 05:28 pm (UTC)
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You stink. I haven't had sequel dreams since junior high. *is cross*
From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 12th, 2005 05:31 pm (UTC)
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I only get them verrrrry rarely, which makes them all the more exciting.

I do think that dream about a bunch of teenagers aboard an orbiting spaceship saving the world from catastrophic poisoning of the oceans at the hands of a maniacal computer named Brinks has promise, though.

-JD
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From:reveilles
Date:April 12th, 2005 05:44 pm (UTC)
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Actually, it does. :)
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From:reveilles
Date:April 12th, 2005 05:39 pm (UTC)
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Yes, I've had sequel dreams. Those are fun, because once I realize I've been here before, I usually think, "Ah! Maybe if I want to/think it hard enough, I'll be able to go flying--" and then I'm floating up over the dream-world, wandering around and ignoring whatever the narrative was supposed to be. I usually wake up happy after those dreams. :) I like flying.

I usually get the sequel dreams several nights in a row and then my mind gives up and moves on to something else. :)
From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 12th, 2005 05:42 pm (UTC)
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Several nights in a row? Dang! That's the dream eqivalent of "Groundhog Day."

-JD
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From:reveilles
Date:April 12th, 2005 05:48 pm (UTC)
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Sometimes I get to wondering if I'm supposed to learn something or have some deep insight before it'll stop returning. Usually not. I remember one where I kept chasing red and blue dragons around a corner. Never figured out the revelation in that one.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 12th, 2005 06:12 pm (UTC)
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*pops on Freud cap*

Ze conzept of zis dream ist not immediately chlear...ve muzt underztand vhat ze dragons reprezent...one's own preoccupation vith ze zeemingly inzurmountable metaphyzical problems of life, hein?

-JD
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From:izhilzha
Date:April 12th, 2005 07:16 pm (UTC)
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*dies*
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From:izhilzha
Date:April 12th, 2005 07:15 pm (UTC)
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reveilles--you're a lucid dreamer! How very cool.

I'm totally fascinated by this concept, probably because it's kind of rare (I've only met maybe 3 or 4 people that I *know* dream lucid), and because I'm totally incapable of it myself. I can't even wake myself up from nightmares, much less mess aroudn inside my dream, independant of its original narrative.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 12th, 2005 07:24 pm (UTC)
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I lucid dream only very rarely, about the same frequency as sequel dreaming, although sometimes they coincide. It's awful fun.

I used to use it quite often when I was much younger to wake myself from nightmares. The danger would be approaching, and I as my dreamself would shut my eyes, crouch down, and concentrate mightily to wake up. It usually worked. I almost never have nightmares now, thank goodness.

-JD
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From:reveilles
Date:April 12th, 2005 07:49 pm (UTC)
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I don't think Freud was right about flying being a sign for sex. I think I just like flying, being able to go higher and higher, escape from being earthbound and go exploring and enjoying the speed, height, and the wind in my face. I like being able to see a tall tree or some other obstacle and be able to make it over the top. :)
From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 12th, 2005 08:00 pm (UTC)
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Freud had sex on the brain, so to speak. I think it's as you said, a representation of needing to break bonds of some type, whether physical, mental, or spiritual, and soar to unexplored heights.

I used to dream at night of flying, and now I dream by day of traveling through time. First the bonds of gravity, now the bonds of eternity.

-JD
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From:reveilles
Date:April 13th, 2005 01:32 pm (UTC)
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I have a living hope! :) I'm expecting someday to be able to escape these bonds, but I'm willing to wait until that trip comes in its own time. :)
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From:izhilzha
Date:April 12th, 2005 05:59 pm (UTC)
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Okay, JD, reveilles, you guys crack me up. I'll come comment when I get a break at work--but this thread went from about 6 posts to 18 posts in the space of 10 minutes. :-D

Thanks. It's nice to be part of an interesting conversation when work is so vastly boring.
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From:reveilles
Date:April 12th, 2005 07:50 pm (UTC)
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I thought this was hilarious, too. Why haven't we mentioned our dreams before? This is a topic that could be milked for ages... :)
From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 12th, 2005 07:57 pm (UTC)
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Oh yeah, and there's only three of us talking.

-JD

You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one.
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From:izhilzha
Date:April 12th, 2005 08:49 pm (UTC)
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Oh yeah, and there's only three of us talking.

And that would be the scary part.

I should start a meme about dreams, see if I can get it to spread around LJ. :-)

What five interesting dreams/dream facts should I ask about?
From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 13th, 2005 04:08 pm (UTC)
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What we've been talking about, I suppose!

Dream stories.
Sequel dreams.
Lucid dreaming.
Dream artifacts.
Recording "vital" information from dreams.

-JD

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