Tuesday, January 24, 2012

'cause The Sandman Wants To Know

Not long ago I left a comment of this guy's post about dreams. I trotted out the theory that we writers tend to have more graphic dreams and later recall those dreams than non-writers. I say this because after years of reading blogs and talking to writers I hear them report strange, weird and extremely graphic dreams way more often than I do from my non writing friends.

Today I offer up a trio of my recent nocturnal illusions as further proof of my theory.

Dream #1 Mary Lou Retton, resplendent in her patriotic leotard was teaching me how to pole vault. I stood there listening intently as she gave me instructions on how to do pole vault and I distinctly remember her saying, "I still have lots of contacts on the Olympic committee so you are a shoo-in to make the team.

Dream #2 My wife woke me up to inform me I was whistling a tune in my sleep. It was at that point I realized I'd been dreaming about a clay animation form of myself standing on the stage of the Jerry Springer show singing a song. I only wish I could recall the tune I was singing.

Dream #3 This was the most graphic and vivid dream of the three. I had a raw, festered splinter in either my hand or arm. I had a pocketknife and was trying to remove said splinter but with each attempt I cut a huge chuck of my flesh away. i remember the quarter sized pieces falling away and me nonchalantly going back to work on the splinter which remained untouched at the center of an ever growing and bloody crevice in my body.

I am lucky to have an eclectic group of readers so I'm going to take an informal poll. Please weigh in with your answer.


tornadoalleycrossfit said...

At first, I thought, "Nah, I don't have those kinds of dreams." Then I thought, "Wait, oh man...wait, yes I do." Now, I'm not sure they are as interesting as yours...but I can recall a few vivid and "colorful" dreamscapes. :)

Anonymous said...

Travis' wife says:

Your both crazy

Hilary said...

I think your wife nailed it. ;)

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Mary Lou Retton . . . pole vaulting . . . O RLY?

Old Kitty said...

Dream 3 is AWESOME!! WOW!! You sure you didn't have salad before bedtime!??! Crikey!

Take care

Charles Gramlich said...

Absolutely, man. Cool poll. Thanks for the link as well! I've had some good uns lately that I haven't had time to describe.

Travis Erwin said...

Debra- What would Freud say about that?

Kitty - No salads for me anytime.

Charles- I look forward to reading about them.

tornadoalleycrossfit said...

I just noticed that the clay animaiton "Travis" has glasses just like mine! He has great taste! :)

Expat From Hell said...

Just a wandering by, and found your blog. Loved the topic, as I do have my share of odd dreams. You would do some psychotherapist a lot of good, my friend. I'll be back again soon. Great stuff here. EFH

Phats said...

Mary Lou!! YES! that is great. Was she teaching your pole vault or vault?? I would pay money to see you do a gymnastics vault

Lynn said...

Seriously - Mary Lou Retton? That's the kind of random thing that makes dreams fun.

Thanks for stopping by my blog - it was good to see you.