December 18th, 2004

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Animated and Show Dreams

I'm not sure but I think this may have been my first ever cartoon dream. I dreamed an entire episode of the Venture Brothers. (Oddly, I haven't seen Venture Brothers in about 3 or 4 weeks). I think my character may have been one of the brothers. It was at times kind of a mix of Venture Brothers and Futurama.

There was this guy who started out in the dream as Utah Phillips. We had to protect him from this giant flying cone thing. The cone would ram into space stations with it's tip and breach the hull and try to devour Utah Phillips. I spent most of the dream being kind of dumbfounded that I was in the presence of Utah Phillips.

At one point we'd hauled ass through space to a remote space station where we thought we were definitely safe. There was a sort of manhole with a screw top that was the entrance to the space station bridge that we were all standing on. We were all joking around when suddenly the cone thing showed up. We locked the screw top on the manhole and Brock stood guard over it to make sure no one opened it. It turns out that we left Bender behind, locked down below and in danger. He was whining to let him in. Brock wouldn't let anyone open the hatch though because the cone thing could kill us all. But then Utah Phillips walks up and says he's going to open it. When Brock threatens him we are all amazed as Utah bests him in hand to hand wrestling and opens the hatch. It turns out that not only is he Utah Phillips, he is also Sean Connery and is the strongest man in the world. As soon as the hatch is opened the cone devours him and then disappears, sated. It turns out that all it wanted to do was eat the strongest man in the world and then it was full and had no interest in us.

(There was some kind of interlude that was non-animated where I was in a carved wood canoe with some old timer who was pointing out how much modern freight trains sucked because when you looked at them they didn't have Utah Phillips riding in them.)

Oh! I also had a dream about doing sound for an Opportunists show. It was in some kind of ballroom and I got pulled in at the last minute to do sound. The whole system had already been set up, I just had to run it. The board was totally different than the one I am used to running. I faced two main problems. First was blending Meghan's voice which I was able to do with some EQ adjustments. But as soon as I made her voice sound awesome she shyly noticed that it could be heard and backed off the microphone. Second was fixing something about Arun's drums. There was this one weird frequency that kept really ringing out every time around would hit the toms a lot. I couldn't figure out if it was some weird desired sound or something I should fix. I couldn't figure out how to fix it. I was listening in intently to the drums on solo on the headphones and then suddenly the set was over. I'd wasted too much time and failed to pay attention to anything else in the show.

As a team of volunteers rushed in to break down the equipment, I tried to mute all the channels (to avoid that loud popping noise when someone unplugs a live microphone). But this board had a "feature" where when you mute one channel it unmutes all previously muted channels. So I had to sit there trying to guess/remember which channels went with which microphones and to watch and try to mute just exactly as someone looked like they were going to unplug a cable. But that mean I couldn't help with breakdown and people thought I was a slacker because I was just sitting at the sound board. I kept trying to simultaneously press all the relevant mute buttons to try to get around the limitation/feature of the board but I had only limitted luck.

I remember thinking it was weird that the soundboard had a 1-octave piano keyboard attached to it for sending reference tones to the musicians, I guess.
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Final Dream - Hot Water

So then I went back to sleep and had another dream. I think it really is the Gardinera. Normally I keep Gardinera around as a staple and I eat tons of it and normally I have lots of dreams. I haven't been dreaming for months and months. Yesterday I eat some Gardinera and I'm dreaming all night!

In high school I used to purposely eat spicy sandwiches to bring on awesome dreams.'s another hotel dream. This time me and my sister are on some kind of roadtrip or quest or something. We're staying in some random hotel on the way. Some woman that we know but who is definitely annoying us is sitting in the room telling some story. Her story is about how some other women ("bitches" I believe was the word) were wrongfully mad at her because she had shut off the hot water at the bathroom sink. It turns out that the only way to turn off the hot water at the faucet is to turn it off under the sink. The knobs on the faucet were broken. So this woman was just doing her part to conserve. She'd even put up a sign about it but that had gone missing.

While she's telling this incessantly boring story, I have a flash of inspiration. I think that maybe the hot water in THIS room has been on the blink and that I can fix it by playing with the shutoff valve under the sink. As soon as the woman leaves our room I go over to try to fix the hot water. But my sister is Pissed. We get into the kind of sibling screaming tantrum that we haven't had since I was like 13. She says she needs to use the shower and that I'm going to break everything. I say it might already be broken and I'm going to fix it!

But I'm not even sure that it is broken. I'm having a hard time testing my theory. The control for all the water stuff are interrelated and confusing. For some reason the water seems to be affected by the controls on the sink AND in the shower. It flows through some overly complex plumbing. And it takes forever to get hot. So I have to devise a series of complex experiments in order to figure out which valves affect which variables.

In the process I open what is either a small refrigerator (like dorm size) or a cubic hot water heater. I open a door on the front and it is full of water. There is nothing holding the water in, it just spill out. But the water just stays there as if an invisible wall was holding it in place. I stick my hand through the water barrier and it still doesn't spill, I have to reach through the water in order to reach some valve or something in there. I don't have time to wonder about the strange water behavior, assume that there's some bit of surface tension science that I didn't properly remember and that if I could remember it would explain this.

In the end, I fix the hot water. It works correctly and gets hot right away. My sister shrugs, doesn't believe it was ever broken, and kicks me out to take her shower.