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Dream of Many Rooms - The Life and Thoughts of Zach

Dec. 17th, 2004

06:09 pm - Dream of Many Rooms

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I'm sick today so I decided to take a day time nap and I just had a crazy dream.

I was traveling around the US and at some point ended up at this really posh hotel where I had stayed previously. I had left some things there that were really important to me and I'd been looking for them for years. I was excited at the opportunity to get them back. They were a plastic action figure and some other mysterious thing that was really important to me but that I wouldn't mention in the dream because I feared anyone who knew about it would steal it for themselves.

So I wait around for a really long time while all these desk dudes are busy taking reservations and basically just blowing me off, to the point of asking the person behind me if they can help them. They're probably ignoring me because of how badly I'm dressed. I look around and realize everyone is hyper rich except me and I'm dressed _way_ down. Finally I lock eye contact with one guy who has been doing basically nothing and I say "look I stayed here before and I don't want to rent a room this time I just want to visit your lost and found". The guy perks up when he hears that I've stayed there before and suddenly he's super mega nice to me. And offers to walk me to the lost and found.

The walk to the lost and found turns into a tour of all the "weird" rooms of the hotel. First we go through this attic where all the hotel staff sleep. It is a single gigantic room with dozens of single beds. The floor is not level and there's a very definite sense that this building is VERY ricketty and that they have too much weight up here. It feels like if you were to jump that the whole floor would shake around like it was loose. I remarked something about the privacy being very lacking, what if the staff want to have sex or something. The desk guy just giggled and said that people don't worry about privacy here.

Next he showed me a series of rooms that you entered through a small hole in the ceiling of the room or through a hatch. All the rooms were entered from above. One room had a spider that had been building a web for 10 years. It was huge. The guy played a joke and locked me into that room and I thought I wasn't going to be able to get out. Each of the rooms I didn't just peak into, I climbed down into it, looked around, and had to be helped out by the guy. I was never quite sure if he was going to leave me stuck in a room but I also didn't know if I had the option of not climbing down into them, there was some sort of command/threat from this guy that I needed to do what he said.

I wish I could remember what was in the other rooms. They were all places of dingy beauty. There's be some weird person doing some crazy thing or some weird piece of forgotten dusty art or the aftermath of some weird activity.

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 18th, 2004 12:16 am (UTC)

THIS MEANS SOMETHING.

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I don't know what, though.
Rose
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From:cassiopia
Date:December 18th, 2004 12:38 am (UTC)
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Must have been the gardenera in that sandwich. ;-)

I wish I could remember my dreams as well as you do. I even have a journal by my bed to jot them down but when I wake up I'm not coherent enough to grab it and then I usually drift back off.
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From:skywind8
Date:December 18th, 2004 01:47 am (UTC)
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Wacky dream. I've had explore-a-castle dreams before when my brain was bored. But this isn't quite the same. :)

On the "this means something" line of thought, maybe it's something about going out on a limb, exploring odd new things and feeling uncertain about trusting it?

Or maybe it's just a dream from a wandering brain. I get weird dreams when I'm sick that seem otherwise pretty meaningless.
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From:sueg
Date:December 18th, 2004 04:37 am (UTC)
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As I've mentioned before in my journal, I like the theory that buildings in your dreams represent your life. The first part of the dream seems pretty straightforward - it's about your relationship to economic snobbery. I just realized I don't know what you do for a living, but I'm willing to make a bet that you're not a banker. Not being one of the fat cats, your privilege is limited. However, you find ways around this with a connection, and suddenly you find yoursel with access. You can recognize the shakiness of the system, and enjoy access to subcultures and aspects of the world that aren't on the news every damn five minutes. There is an element of coercion, though, that's really interesting. You feel obligated to explore every nook and cranny, to open yourself to risk in every "room", even if you don't have a particular interest in that room. So in relating this to real life, I'd wonder about your relationships to different subcultures and little-known groups, and whether you feel obligated to a kinship/affiliation with any groups because you feel pressured by something - if so, identify the something - so you can decide consciously whether you want to pursue those affiliations.
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From:zarfmouse
Date:December 18th, 2004 10:30 am (UTC)
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This is intensely clever. I have no idea if it's right but I like it.

I don't generally dwell on the meaning of my dreams, I'm content to just enjoy them as good movies culled from the randomness of my brain. But I do enjoy reading people's random interpretations. I'd say you've got an awfully good read on this for not knowing me at all.

The fancy hotel desk is definitely related to the nice hotel we stayed in in Washington DC recently, where I had to wear a suit while talking to all these politicians about my project.

The rickety house kind of reminds me of the anarchist squat that I stayed in in Philly a couple of years ago. It was beautiful in that all these punks had converted this condemned 4 story building that they'd bought for like $5000 in the middle of the worst part of town, into a livable communal space. But there were holes in the wall and it was winter and there was no dry wall and there was exposed electrical wiring and the smell of a natural gas leak and the staircase seemed like it could collapse and it was just generally grungy. The whole place was under construction but you got the impression that it'd never be much better than this. I loved it but I also was really uncomfortable and wanted to escape.

I never would have thought of connecting the dream to that experience if you hadn't mentioned the subculture thing.
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From:tugena13
Date:December 18th, 2004 10:11 am (UTC)
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weird thing one: as i was reading your dream, it seemed really familiar to me, like i had dreamed it myself.

i was interrupted by radio show type duties, only to come back to:

weird thing two, which was a feeling of total deja vu, like i had read this dream of yours on lj before.

i know there are common themes to dreams (like falling), but i wonder if there are common dreams?
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From:zarfmouse
Date:December 18th, 2004 10:31 am (UTC)
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woah.

If you find the other version, let me know!
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