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Jun. 11th, 2003

10:09 am - Last night's ill remembered dream

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A group of people on a road trip decides to orchestrate a drag race on the interstate. Lots of details in the set up with other oblivious cars whizzing by. Of course just when I think I'm all ready when it comes down to the race I go and when I'm done I realize I didn't know all the rules. I get separated from the group and have to figure out how to make my way back to the starting line (can't drive backwards on the interstate). There's some discussion about a rule whereby cars can only change lanes to the left. This makes it colossally unfair to anyone in the leftmost lane who gets cut off. It also makes the course different lengths depending on whether the curves go left or right and which lane you're in. Only after the race did I realize how unfair this was.

There were at least two other great dreams last night thatI woke up thinking I should definitely document but they've disolved from my brain.

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From:spillshercoffee
Date:June 11th, 2003 08:27 am (UTC)
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The possibilities of interpretation on this are endless.
I'd consult Jung first. But then, what did he really know about drag racing?

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From:zarfmouse
Date:June 11th, 2003 09:22 am (UTC)
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I don't put a lot of truck in traditional dream interpretation systems. Minds are so much more complex than. I don't think dreams are trivially analyzable and I don't think there are universal dream symbols which have the same meaning from mind to mind.

"put a lot of truck"....is that even a phrase? Did I make that up? What a weird thing to say. It felt so natural though. It looks like 9 people in the history of USENET have used the phrase and one person on the entire web has used it. Huh. I suppose the correct phrase is "put a lot of trust".

Mostly I think this dream had to do on the small scale with my fears of this July 4th IMC Festival being too big a thing to organize on this short time scale and on the large scale my fears that my plans to fundamentally change the structure of my life in a few months are completely illconceived. It was a dream about jumping into things that I don't understand.

Throughout my life this has been a fundamental character trait. I think it is a strength. Every great thing I've ever done started out with taking a major risk, jumping off a cliff and building my wings on the way down. Sure the great failures come from the same habit, and the habit generates plenty of fear and angst but it's worth it.
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From:spillshercoffee
Date:June 11th, 2003 10:06 am (UTC)

Re: "Put a lot of Truck..."

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I like it. Makes perfect sense to me. I might just have to use it now.

As for dream interpretation, I completely agree. I don't actually buy into Jung (I was being facetious), but he's definitely an interesting read. I think a lot of the universal symbols has to do with simple societal norms, but who the fuck is "normal"? And god knows when the last time those "norms" were updated, anyway.
There's also the whole collective consciousness theory, which has some theoretical (albeit optimistic and weird and moderately implausable) merit, but as for dreams... you can't get more esoteric than dreams. I do believe that they definitely reflect the goings on in our heads in one way or another.

I do however enjoy trying to figure out what they could or couldn't mean. And at the very least pondering them and thinking to myself "dude, that's fucked up!"

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From:zarfmouse
Date:June 11th, 2003 01:10 pm (UTC)
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Yah after looking into it a bit I think perhaps the issue is that most people don't "put truck" but rather they "have truck". But it certainly seems to have made sense to several people so it is hereby part of the language (or at least my idiolect).
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From:folkyboy
Date:June 11th, 2003 08:48 am (UTC)
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i love how cognizant you are of your dreams. i am SO the same way. i remember details and everything
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From:goytoy
Date:June 11th, 2003 08:59 am (UTC)
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I once kept a dream diary to help out my sister w/ one of her classes. As I recall, I not only wrote down what happened, but who was in the dream, what actions I did in the dream, what emotions I felt in the dream, and what colors I remembered. It was interesting but not particularly helpful at the time. But, just as w/ a regular diary, I could look back on it years later and pick up SO much (repressed feelings about this or that person, concerns I wasn't allowing myself to think about.) It was fascinating, especially since I kept it along w/ a regular diary.

Might be fun to try if you aren't doing it already
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From:zarfmouse
Date:June 11th, 2003 09:31 am (UTC)
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Yah for a long time I just woke up and wrote my dreams on whatever scrap of paper was laying around so that I could remember them. I found that once I wrote it down I remembered it for a lot longer even if I never looked at the paper.

Someday I'll gather all those scraps of paper and archive them electronically.
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From:marezcharz
Date:June 12th, 2003 04:59 am (UTC)

Just do it!

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Do I owe Nike money for using that phrase?

Seriously, I've been doing the slips of paper thing for years. I even have several journals partially filled with dreams and art project planning as well as a few tapes that could use being put in visual form. I love to find the papers when I go thru stuff. It brings everything back. Unfortunately, I have a holy grail of a dream paper that involves an insect-turned-bat creature in my hands. The feeling I have from it, I can't describe, but I miss it. The dream was exquisite. I hope to find it someday.
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From:zarfmouse
Date:June 11th, 2003 09:07 am (UTC)
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I'm always surprised that some people aren't. I love dreams. I love nightmares. I love simple stress dreams. Some of my friends have nightmares that they wake traumatized from but I just wake up thinking "glad that wasn't real!"

I just love watching what crazy ass stuff my brain does when I'm not at the wheel. Makes me think maybe there's some creativity in there that I could tap sometime. Like, "woohoo, I'm not boring, I knew it!"
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From:folkyboy
Date:June 11th, 2003 09:23 am (UTC)
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omg i love nightmares too! it's SO fucking helpful! yes yes yes!
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