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How did I get here?

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I have toyed with lucid dreaming in the past. And I went on a good run of spotting my dreams, then manipulating them -- more often than not for sex -- I was eighteen.

So, last night I had a dream. And in it, I left work at lunch, sold a CD, and while sleepy, and not paying attention, I hit a pedestrian.

I hit the breaks and stopped.

But not in time to avoid hitting her. There were kids in the road, too. I didn't hit those, as far as I know.

What followed was a series of investigations -- the cop investigating me, and me investigating what happened. One thing to note is after the car was cleared and towed, we went back to the house I lived in when I was eighteen and the cops investigated me there.

I kept wishing it didn't happen, wishing I could just go back and change it. But, I couldn't. I also briefly asked myself if I was dreaming and used the Inception line, "How did you get here?"

I was able to clearly point out how I got there - wake up - work - CD Warehouse - then I was on the way to Sonic for a coupon discounted meal - then later, clear across the city, to meet up with friends (I guess I intended to play hooky that afternoon?). And in all this, in the dream, I was certifiably able to say, "Yes, this is real." Just as I type this, I am able to say, "Yes, this is real." I look around and everything I see, I know and I feel, is "real."

Never before in a dream have I walked away with that answer. Usually when I start questioning the reality of a dream I start to spiral into a revelation that it is, in fact, a dream. I am dreaming! And I then immediately start running around trying to get laid before I wake up. Which, I usually failed at. The faster I acted the faster I woke up.

So... what is a dream? I feel betrayed. Deceived, the dream was a dream. Even though all I wanted in the dream was to be out of it, out of the manslaughter charge.

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Updated 27 Jul 2010 at 01:57 AM by Doc Holliday



  1. Advocate's Avatar
    Dreams are freaky sometimes. I used to have dejavu dreams. And more likely than not it happened years later.

    I need to see Inception.
  2. kingoffighters's Avatar
    Did you go back to bed and reach another level and then die so you are in TNL limbo?
  3. kingoffighters's Avatar
    Did you go back to bed and reach another level and then die so you are in TNL limbo?
  4. Tones's Avatar
    I always have the most engrossing dreams between six and seven AM, right when I need to get up for work. Every time I hit the snooze button, I immediately return to the convincing dream state. After a few times the alarm simply becomes background noise, like a siren.

    A little over a year ago, a day or two after returning from a trip from Peru, I dreamed that I was passing the acrid smell of a fertilizer plant, where there was some sort of alarm going off. In the area where I traveled, this was a reality. Well, I finally woke up, and found myself actually gasping for air. In the kitchen, the stock I had on low overnight reduced to nothing, the black remains smoldering with plumes of smoke bellowing out of the stock pot. The fire alarm was going off, and my eyes burned immediately. I don't want to know how much CO2 was in the air.
  5. Doc Holliday's Avatar
    Holy Shit!

    ...and was that a dream within a dream?
  6. Korian's Avatar
    Deep stuff Doc.


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