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Old 11-09-2008, 06:26 PM
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Do you have surreal dreams?

So I'm finally catching up on "The Sopranos." (Yeah, I'm late to the game.) In the first season, Tony talks to Dr. Melfi about a dream he had where a duck flies off with his penis. I just watched "Employee of the Month" where after being raped, Dr. Melfi has a bizarre dream where she walks into a room with a soda machine. She puts two pieces of dry rotini into the change slot. Nothing comes down. So she sticks her arm up into the soda machine, it gets stuck, and in walks the rapist. He begins to attack her and one piece of pasta falls down where the soda can should be. Introduce a rotweiler, who attacks the rapist. She later discusses the dream's significance with her psychotherapist.

As I was watching this, I was struck by the fact that my dreams are never surreal like that. I mean, they're surreal in the sense that I meet up with people who have died and places that are familiar don't look the same in my dreams as they do in real life, but they're never surreal in the sense that I put pasta into a quarter slot. Or hear "Wizard of Oz" music playing repetively in the background. Or listen to fish on ice confessing their betrayals.

So is David Chase simply exercising his active imagination or do other people really have these strange, surreal dreams (aside from hallucinogenic drugs)?

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Old 11-09-2008, 06:46 PM
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I often have very odd dreams. It is very common for me to wake up and say WTF? Where did that come from?
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Old 11-09-2008, 06:49 PM
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I once had a dream where I was standing in the middle of a parched landscape with cracked dry mud for miles in every direction, watching myself being climbed by what I understood to be aborted fetuses. They were cheap pink plastic baby dolls (not the realistic ones, the ones with no hair and almost no paint) wrapped in cellophane (their dessicated amniotic sacs) with dry twigs standing in for their dead umbilical cords.

I don't usually remember dreams but that one stuck in my mind. Most of my dreams are at least vaguely disturbing and they're always somewhat surreal, unless a person or pet close to me just died and I get a dream featuring them for one final goodbye.
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Old 11-09-2008, 06:56 PM
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Pretty much, by definition.
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Old 11-09-2008, 07:07 PM
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Well, yes, by definition dreams are surreal. But I always act fairly normal. I never fly, for instance. I kind of wish I did.
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Old 11-09-2008, 07:11 PM
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The Sopranos' dream sequences rarely feel like my actual dreams. The only exception is the long dream sequence in "Funhouse", the 2nd Season finale -- especially the talking fish, and the scene where Furio handed Tony a roll of toilet paper before driving away in a Smart Car...now that's what my surreal dreams are often like.
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Old 11-09-2008, 08:48 PM
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Mine are extremely surreal. For example:

Two weeks ago I dreamt that I had four-dimensional sex.

Last Friday I dreamt that I was at my friend's house. I woke up. I was still at my friend's house. I woke up again. I was still at my friend's house, only this time I was in bed in the computer room eating Chef Boyardee Beefaroni, only the noodles were slices of those mini-jelly-roll things, covered by the sauce. It tasted normal, though. Then I woke up again, and I was in my own bed.

Last night I was actually at this friend's house, and I had this amazing dream about going up the CN Tower, and being outside on the observation deck above a dense cloud layer, and sitting next to the edge and feeling the wind. The top of the clouds were frozen into ice chunks, and as the clouds flowed past the Tower, I could hear the ice grinding on the concrete where the clouds first hit the Tower, and piling up in front.

I've dreamed entire stories.
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Old 11-09-2008, 09:16 PM
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Yes, mine are usually surreal. The one I remember most is where I was being tickled by a huge floating granny in the sky. She stopped and I fell a long way through the sky, through the earth, and into a hellish clown factory. It wasn't as scary as it sounds, but it sure was weird.
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Old 11-09-2008, 09:49 PM
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Oh, fairly surreal...
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Got two for ya, thanks to an ex-boyfriend.

1)
Maggenpye "Shh, stop talking."
Ex, who'd been chatting, thinking I was awake. "Why?"
Maggenpye "You're scaring the fairies at the bottom of the bed."

Same set up as above - he was a talkative fella.
2)
Maggenpye, frightened: "I can't talk to you now!"
Ex, "Why not?"
Maggenpye, very seriously. "Because I'm a Salamander."

Because he woke me up both times to tell me these, I remember them with utter clarity. Victorian fairies and the magical fire dwelling Salamander.
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Old 11-09-2008, 11:54 PM
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I've dreamed entire stories.
I've dreamed new episodes from my favourite tv shows (with or without me in them) - and they were GOOD!

Yeah, I have very vivid and/or surreal dreams all the time. I'm a fairly lucid dreamer, too, and have extremely creative, very fun dreams (like the time I was sitting and cracking jokes with Hugh Laurie). Dreaming rules.
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Old 11-10-2008, 12:02 AM
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Two weeks ago I dreamt that I had four-dimensional sex.
Only four dimensions? Only SpaceTime? Amateur...I've had M-Theory Sex.

My dreams tried to kill me once. I was having a lucid dream where I was flying around mountains and valleys and beautiful canyons, and eventually I wound up in this place of Perfect Order, a balanced grid of interstate highways and freeway signs. It was the most Perfect, Timeless place I'd ever visited while lucid dreaming.

Then a voice spoke to me: "What are you doing here? You shouldn't be here! This place is off-limits!"

I said: "But I like this place! Why can't I stay here?"

The voice replied: "In that case...why don't you JOIN US..."

Suddenly, I felt a violent tug on my soul. The vision ripped away, and I woke up -- and even as I woke up, I felt another violent tug on my mind. It wasn't until I physically stood up out of bed that it stopped.

And that's how I learned certain parts of my Dreamworld were forbidden to humankind. (Recently, I dreamed of mounting an army which invaded, conquered and pillaged that world, so it's all good now.)

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Old 11-10-2008, 12:07 AM
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I suspect I must have the dullest dreams in the world. Often I'll have dreams in which I pretty much just go through with my daily routine. Then after I've woken up that day, I'll think something to myself like "I have to be at that appointment at 7. Wait a second, what appointment? Oh, huh, that doesn't really make much sense. I guess that was a dream."

Then again, I have had several dreams with multiple false awakenings. One time as an undergraduate I was taking a nap in the department library as a break from studying for a test. I dreamt that I woke up and resumed studying. Then I realized I was still asleep, so I thought to myself "okay, time to wake up." And so I did and resumed studying. Then I realized I was still asleep. This process repeated for something like six or seven times until I finally woke up. For the next hour, I kept double checking to make sure I was actually awake. I've had other similar dreams, but that was the most vivid and had the most false awakenings. I suppose that qualifies as surreal.
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Old 11-10-2008, 12:16 AM
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Last night I dreamed that the crew of the Firefly stole Parliment wigs from a Renn fair and used them to disguise themselves so Cylons wouldn't recognize them. Is that surreal enough?

Seriously though, my dreams tend to be an odd mixture of all the crap that goes into my brain combined with whatever I'm currently neurotic about. So things will be surreal compared to real life, but they won't be surreal in a truly random way. My dreams probably wouldn't be as original in it's bizarreness as Naked Lunch, at least not if I had never seen Naked Lunch.
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Old 11-10-2008, 12:25 AM
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I have surreal dreams whenever I get more than six hours' sleep. (As I understand it, the first few hours' dreams have to do with problem-solving. Anything after that is pure imagination.) It's been a long week, but I have tomorrow off, so I get to sleep in -- whoopee! I look forward to surreal dreams!

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Old 11-10-2008, 12:33 AM
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Two weeks ago I dreamt that I had four-dimensional sex.
Yea, I tried that Tantric stuff. It's ok.
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Old 11-10-2008, 01:02 AM
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When I was 6.

1st dream. I grew up on a house boat in Marina Del Ray, CA. I was dreaming that I was walking down the dock. I approached a white refrigerator. Inside were a bunch of fish organized like a vending machine. I was talking to the fish but I don't recall the conversation.

2nd dream. I used to go to a park not far from the boat. It was for young kids. I was dreaming I went to the park and was on the merry-go-round. One of the smaller ones that spins super fast. There were a bunch of kids spinning it. It finally got so fast I could no longer hold on to the middle and was finally hanging on for dear life with my legs straight out. I couldn't hold on anymore and let go. I flew over the entire marina and before I landed on Fisherman's Wharf I woke up.

More recently.

The other night I was dreaming that me and a team were killing off zombies underground somewhere in the middle east. Felt like I was in a video game.
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Old 11-10-2008, 01:58 AM
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Just had one today. I dreamed that I was a magician performing tricks in front of an audience with paperclips but secretly know that another performer is Ad Advis, evil wizard!

Right after his act (I think) he puts his plot into action and I chased him down a tower which consists of slopes instead of staircase. Finally I cornered him when a stupid aide of his pushed a lever which lower down a gigantic boulder, blocking the entrance. "You are trapped with me forever!" he gloated. Never mind, I can...

Load game!

(I swear the dialog box pops up in my dream).
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Old 11-10-2008, 02:16 AM
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The most surreal dream I ever had was this fever dream, in which I dreamed about infinity.
I didn't actually see or hear anything, it was just the feeling of... something being huge, and very rapidly increasing. Space maybe. It kept multiplying itself, so the growing was going faster, faster and faster, until I percieved it to be infinity. Or eternity. It was the worst dream ever.
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Old 11-10-2008, 06:50 AM
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Well, crap. I'm boring, even in my dreams.
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Old 11-10-2008, 06:59 AM
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Just last night, I dreamed I was about to attend Bristol Palin's wedding and scored some weed off of her husband-to-be. I'm not making this up, haha!
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Old 11-10-2008, 08:08 AM
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I had one on the night Bush the Elder was inaugurated. Tip O'Neil was peeping at me through the window as I slept so I went down the hall to another room where Ronald Reagan was staying in order to complain about Tip's behavior. There sat Reagan, with his secret service agents. However, before I could complain, I noticed I was half naked, with only a small sheet wound loosely around my middle.

I was so embarrassed all I could do was stammer "Reagan, do you know that I agree with everything you did?" (NOT true in real life). Later when I told my mother about the nightmare all she could say was "That really was a nightmare!"
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Old 11-10-2008, 09:05 AM
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I've dreamed new episodes from my favourite tv shows (with or without me in them) - and they were GOOD!
The other day, I had a dream where I was trapped in an episode of Mad Men ( a show set in the 60s). It was way more disturbing than you would expect it to be.

I fly in my dreams all the time, and have died in them too. Except that in my dream world, dying doesn't mean you can't still walk around and do things.

PunditLisa, you should teach yourself to lucid dream. That would probably make things a bit more interesting.
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No kidding - I've been killed in more than one dream now, and I've also been Queen of the Underworld (that was actually really cool). I've hit the ground from the falling dream many times, with varied results (none of which was me dying in real life). One thing I can't really do in my dreams for some reason, though, is taste things. I can't really read well, either, but I think that's a brain hemisphere thing.
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Old 11-10-2008, 01:42 PM
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The only dream I've ever had that wasn't surreal was a romantic dream between Natalie Portman and Hugh Jackman in scruffy Van Helsing getup--and it only lasted for something like fifteen minutes.

I really don't know what that says about me.
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Old 11-10-2008, 07:42 PM
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Beyond surreal.
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Old 11-10-2008, 07:54 PM
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Very weird dreams.

I had a sexual dream where I was with a man, but instead of a penis, he had a stalk of celery.

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Old 11-10-2008, 08:14 PM
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Very weird dreams.

I had a sexual dream where I was with a man, but instead of a penis, he had a stalk of celery.
Look. I explained already. It was weird accident during the circumcision. Please stop telling people about it!
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I also had a dream (or hallucination) where I was approached by the Kangaroo of Death. As it came bouncing towards my bed I reached out to take a punch at it--and wound up knocking my coffee cup off my nightstand.

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Old 11-10-2008, 10:58 PM
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I have strange dreams all the time, but naturally, I don't remember most of them now!

I do recall one from a few months ago where I was at school with a friend of mine, who happens to be a twin IRL. Only in the dream, I knew he had a twin brother, and knew them both, but they didn't know about each other, and it was somehow up to me to keep them from running into each other on campus (and they kept having close calls, obviously!) I think I remember that one so much because I have never seen two people closer to each other than they are! Very weird.
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My dreams tend toward the surreal. I recently dreamed of being locked in a mental duel with a psychic villain. The "physical" confrontation in the dreamspace was quite mundane, but it was overlaid with another layer of abstraction, a mindspace. The mindspace was a temple complex with Greek architecture and rooms that didn't connect in straightforward ways (shades of "And He Built a Crooked House"); it was filled with tangible memories. Touching them caused the memory to manifest. I didn't have any psychic powers to fight with, so I created false memories to use as traps and weapons.

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Only four dimensions? Only SpaceTime? Amateur...I've had M-Theory Sex.
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Old 11-11-2008, 06:43 AM
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Last night I had a dream that one of the guys who used to work for me and I went to get a hair cut. We were using a lot of Yiddish idioms when we spoke (OK, likely pseudo Yiddish, since I know little or no true Yiddish.) The fact that he is Peruvian makes this rather bizarre. His brother (a man I used to work for) came to cut our hair and he too was using a lot of Yiddish. (I don't remember much of the conversation, but I do remember Schwanze was used.) Since is brother is also from Peru and runs a software company, I can't imagine why he would be cutting hair and speaking yiddish.

Cut to me driving a car from the back seat in the U.K. Once I realize that I'm having trouble steering, I pull over and try to get in the front seat (but the wrong one for the U.K.) A police man sees this and comes over to check to see if I am drunk. He does this by putting a finger down my throat and then sniffing it to smell for alcohol - twice.

Not too interesting, but very weird.
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Old 11-11-2008, 08:07 AM
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The other night, I dreamt that I was late coming into the office so I went to the other office. What other office, I don't know, because I only have one office. Luckily, I had a cubicle at this fictional other office, too, so I sat there working. I was trying to get some projects done there before I went into the real office.

Then, a couple of people came to my cube, dragged chairs in there and started talking about work. After a minute or two, I turned around and asked them what they were doing. They said they were having a meeting. I told them that it was my cubicle, so why were they having a meeting? They said they booked it in Microsoft Outlook so they were going to have their meeting there. I asked why they chose my cubicle and, duh, it was because all of the conference rooms were already booked. They continued on despite my protests.

So, to answer, no, I don't have surreal dreams.
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Old 11-11-2008, 04:47 PM
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Well, yes, by definition dreams are surreal. But I always act fairly normal. I never fly, for instance. I kind of wish I did.
I had a dream as a kid that I remember well, kind of Twilight Zone-esque, surreal without flying and such things. In it, everyone had a watch that counted down the hours and minutes they had left to live. You could murder someone by putting the hands forward on their watch. Just as I was waking up I realised you could live forever by just putting the hands back. All this and not even ten years old.

During my teens I dreamt I had to chase a lizard creature through a maze of cubicle doors, just like a challenge from the game show The Crystal Maze. Having found it, I started to kill it by chopping it to pieces with a laser. It turned out to be a gentle creature and I knew this, but I kept cutting it, and it died a gruesome death.

Sometime later, I had a dream of which I only remember a fragment. Something about a fat man, whose skin split open and he fell out of it, in slow motion, into a perfectly smooth body of water. I had a sense of being in the middle of town, but somehow it was empty, and the town felt like it went on forever.

Then in a recent dream, I dreamt that I had to warn people that the Aliens from that movie, Aliens, were about, somewhere. Along the way, I had to find my daughter. I passed through a forest park, warning the people there and finally reached my destination, a rock festival. I told the people there, they believed me and were frightened. But they proceeded with that night's music, although afterwards everyone went straight to their tents and there was no revellry. I joined them in a tent of my own, emerging in the morning to find everyone gone. Looking back, I can't remember if they went off themselves or were taken. Either way, the Aliens never made their prescence known to me. After this, I went onto the dry and barren ruins of a city and stayed with a black family in the remains of a block of flats. I stayed overnight, and woke up the next day, shortly after which the dream ended. I never did find my daughter in the dream either.

Thing is, my mind can come up with this shit, but in my woken state I'm just the colour grey. Trying to throw myself at music, art or writing at school just brought up a blank slate
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Old 11-11-2008, 05:01 PM
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Warning. Some swearing ahead.





Do I have surreal dreams?

Fuck yes!


I have dreams that defy explanation and retelling afterwards. I often think through how I'm going to put this down on paper when I wake up, while I'm having the dream. I feel sorry for anyone who doesn't have, for want of a better experession - fucked up dreams.

They remind me that there might be something deeper in store for life than the mundane daily routine. They also let me know that my mind can be creative when it wants to be...


... If only that creativity would make itself known in waking life.
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Old 11-11-2008, 05:15 PM
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I often think through how I'm going to put this down on paper when I wake up, while I'm having the dream. I feel sorry for anyone who doesn't have, for want of a better experession - fucked up dreams.

They remind me that there might be something deeper in store for life than the mundane daily routine. They also let me know that my mind can be creative when it wants to be...
XKCD has quite a few entries on the subject like this and this.
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Old 11-11-2008, 05:16 PM
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My dreams are routinely bizarre, fortunately in a funny way. I often wake my husband up because I'm laughing in my sleep. Sometimes I'll even wake up myself. My son seems to have inherited my predilection for entertaining dreams - my husband and I often wake up to hear him laughing in his sleep.
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Old 11-11-2008, 05:24 PM
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Last night I dreamed that I was watching an all-night live movie fest of Asian movies, and Sharon Stone was there in person taking notes in Chinese (I watched her write some of the characters). That weird enough for ya?
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Old 11-11-2008, 05:25 PM
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XKCD has quite a few entries on the subject like this and this.

Very good!

Bookmarks->Bookmark this page.

Folder= Bookmarks toolbar.

Done.

In regards to the thread in general: Ironically the best are the ones that are incidentally not all that surreal: The ones involving the person you have a crush on.

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Old 11-11-2008, 05:53 PM
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I'm known as the 'last night I had a weird dream girl'. Almost everynight I dream and its always an odd dream. For example last night I dreamt that my mother had looped a length of string into a wool hat. This was to hide the string so she could strangle me with it. Apparently she was angry that Sarah Palin was not going to be President (please note my mother or myself have little to no interest in politics). She then tried to stab me with tweezers and I tried to do the same to her. After that I was suddenly sitting my driving test in an automatic ford focus. It was muddy and the steering wheel has really high up! Weird, huh? Fully explaining my weird dream on the way to work with my flatmate usually takes up the entire time it takes to get to work.
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Old 11-11-2008, 09:55 PM
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Always.

One of my most memorable was one where I walked into the kitchen and saw my mom next to the oven. I asked her what was cooking. She said - "Your father". Then she opened the door, and he came sliding out, like on a morgue table.
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Old 11-11-2008, 11:01 PM
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I once dreamed I was making an "altered book" (it's a paper arts thing, which I never have done and at this point have little interest in doing). I put some slices of cheese between the pages and stuck it in the microwave.
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After having read this thread yesterday, I dreamt I was watching cricket on TV (that's not the surreal part, you non cricket comprehenders, you...) and Australia were 6/1012, chasing India's 1204. Then I was living in a shipping container, by a railway line, near the locomotive depot I used to work at, and some bloke was discussing whether to set up the bar for the party in the depot canteen or in the locker room. Then I was driving (mostly on the wrong side of the road) a blue, late model Ford Falcon (large Australian car) around some unnamed hick town on the NSW south coast. I was navigating by satellite, which involved periodically floating up (in mind, I don't think I had a body at the time) from the car to a top-down point of view several hundred feet overhead. And every thing was blue tinged.

All this dream crud relates to stuff I've done or thought recently. I don't usually remember this much of it though.
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I think my dreams are always surreal, they can seem quite realistic up to the point I answer the phone and it's a banana or I suddenly shoot magic at somebody.

Just last night I was at an old house, it could have been my grandparents house in Kenosha. I was with people I work with and we were outside. I saw some pretty flowers that looked like black-eyed susans and decided to pick some. As I approached them I saw a lot of golden bees flying around them so I started to back off but then a coworker (whom I've had issues with before) yells "Bees! Everybody run!". Then this huge swarm of bees starts flying after me so I start running. Someone shouts out to head for water but there's no water anywhere so I try to think of alternatives. If I run into the house the bees would follow me into the house, so I wonder if I'll have time to run to the house and turn it on. I ran through a whole bunch of scenarios, they actually seemed to be happening each time but I would end up back where I started running from the bees, then I realized that my heart was pounding really hard and I thought "this can't be good for me, I should wake up" and I did.
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I hadn't remembered a dream of mine in years, but lately I've had some I do remember. The one this same week, in which I did fly (but in a sort of floaterplane) and see some real neat-o houses, for example: wish I had a movie of that one or the ability to make it, cos some parts were beautiful if I may say so myself!

I remember at one point, flying over a specific area where white houses with brightly-colored decorations surrounded another house, this one Escher-induced and built on pillars "gee, I didn't know Glasgow had such cool houses!" Apparently the presence of Escher's version of Miami in Glasgow didn't faze me one bit, as I continued dreaming for several more buildings, a landing, a banquet, a dance (a car chase involving muscle cars went through while we were dancing) and dusk.

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Old 11-12-2008, 11:37 AM
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Anyone have dreams in different drawing styles? Mostly my dreams are photgraphic, so to speak, but I have dreamed in animation, in 2D on paper, complete with paper texture and ink imprint. It was all moving though, and I'd love to be able to achieve the effect in real-life artwork.

I have also dreamed in French, in the LabView programming environment, and in smells.
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