Monday, April 17, 2006
DREAMS, MEMES, AND OTHER THINGS
Ever dream about your own death? I did last week. Let me tell you, it is horribly unnerving. And the dream was so weird...
I dreamt I was lying in my casket at the cemetery, watching my own funeral procession. At first, I was my current age. I saw my kids, and my canoeing buddies drive by. Then suddenly, I was a small child. My grandparents and parents drove up in a car. My Grandpa Clarke was driving and the window was down. I jumped out of my casket, ran up to the car and gave him a big hug and told him I loved him. Then the dream got really strange.
Suddenly, I was cleaning up the burial vault with my mom. Some of my old clothes from college were laying around. My favorite hat was there, but it was moth eaten. But my American flag overalls were there and appeared to be servicable. My mom suggested they might help keep me warm. She than got very indignant and said she was going to "talk to these people", because if they were gonna make people stay overnight there, they ought to at least allow you to build a fire to keep warm. Apparently, I wasn't supposed to die till Saturday or Sunday, but because the cemetery was closed on weekends, I had to stay there until I actually croaked.
The whole dream has really spooked me. I have known several people who dreamed about their own death, and died shortly thereafter. So needless to say, I am a little phobic right now.
ON A MORE PLEASANT NOTE....
The lovely Nic has tagged me with very simple meme. Your 10 favorite simple pleasures:
1. The Granddaughters. A constant source of delight!
2. Watching Red Wings hockey on the big screen with my kids. It's almost Stanley Cup time!
3. My canoe, a meandering stream, a marsh. Nothing more awesome than scaring up a crane, egret or heron just after sunrise!
4. Breaking open the ice cold Old Milwaukee's on a hot day in the middle of a stream, and just letting the canoes drift while you swap stories and savor cold beer. Yes OM is the official beer of the Michiana Canoeguysandgals.
5. Hearty food... Jambalaya. Brats on the grill. A pork shoulder or brisket barbecued.
6. Great music. Current constant listens... new albums by Pink, Willie Nelson, Little Willies, Ray Davies (former Kinks frontman), KT Tunstall. I don't ever remember a month where so many really great albums have been released so close together. I can't say enough about these albums, especially the one by Pink, and the one by Willie.
7. Live Celtic music and a cold Murphy's Red
8. A hot summers day and a Lake Michigan beach
9. A warm summers evening, a cold Molsons, and a Lake Michigan sunset.
10. A stary night, a campfire, egg coffee, pudgie pies, and s'mores.
11. Saturday morning breakfast at Micky D's with Ron and Bob
Tagged, any and all of you, my dear friends.
BETWEEN A ROCK AND HARD PLACE
Rummy has obviously lost the faith of the military side of the Pentagon. He needs to go. We will never come up with a viable strategy to stabilize the situation in Iraq as long as the Rummy is running things. Problem is, he and Bush are so tied at the waste, Bush can't fire him without admitting his own failure. So we will just sit here and watch things deteriorate. Its only Dyngus Day, and April has already been the deadliest month this year for US troops.
Daniel Schorr had a great commentary on what happens when ideologues are allowed to run wars. Listen HERE.
Two peas in a pod we are it seems - LOL! (In an interesting way.)
If you ever make it down to Austin again I'll have to take you for the best beef ribs and Italian margs you've ever had!
Thanks on the compliment on my new profile pic. My ex that I emailed you about posted "anonymously" again last week and told me that I looked great and very sexy in that pic. *SMACK* What the H-E-Double hockey sticks is he thinking a married man with two kids? (Heh! I'm posting on it tomorrow)
Don't fret over your dream. Sometimes the worry of things causes us to bring it into reality. I'll say a prayer for you peace of mind and your safety. I know you don't believe in that stuff, but I do my friend.
Hugs and smooches!
(your beloved red wings are going down to the oilers baby!).
TJ - once again, you are the voice of reason. Thanks, my friend!
Karen - Egg coffee is coffee boiled in an open pot. You drop an egg in when it is done to settle the grounds. Pudgie pies are made by buttering the outsides of two slices of bread, On the inside of one you put your favorite pie filling, and top with the other slice. These go into a cast iron "pie iron", a hinged contraption that allows you to bake them over a campfire. When they are golden brown, you sprinkle them with cinnamon sugar. Delicious!
Wanna bet a couple of Loonies on the Wings/Oilers series?
VV - LOL, might have worked out, My daughter says I shoulda been a woman, or gay.
Your dream sounds way scarier than mine. I admire the fact you have the courage to get on a plane after that one!
Laura - I am definately concious of the self fulfilling prophesy thing. Have been trying not to dwell on it. But your right... it is creepy.
The did get me hassled by the cops a lot though.
I will be posting my list later tonight :)
* that roughly works out to approximately $1.75 USD. I don't take cheques.
Karen - make it two loonies. They look cooler than toonies.
ck - gottta be something deeply Freudian about continued violent death dreams.
VV - I am glad your other death dreams weren't nearly as memorable!
The pudgie pies sound wonderful!
Nice list.. that 'OM' beer has that gold ribbon it ya know for winning that blind taste test for lager beers when people give ya grief about it.
soon my camping and your canoeing season starts and life will be good again :)
Sure want a recount on that one...Maybe dreams are sent to us as messages so that we can still change the future course of events by our choices...
As for Celtic music, we have a band called "The Pub Scouts" that's quite good, that plays every Friday night in Chico at the local Irish pub. :)
No, I'm not Irish, but sure do love the Irish women.