Sunday, November 25, 2012

Something Weird Happened...Really Weird.

SpriteVinny and I, as well as our significant others spent some time at a stunning resort in the tropics. The pools were designed by Gaudi and even featured underground organically shaped water slides. We decided to take a day trip to a small quaint town, while our spouses stayed behind to enjoy the pool.

We got to a small white-washed restaurant that served chicken sandwiches. Vinny and Sprite decided that they were going to explore the local outdoor market and left while I waited for my order.  My order arrived and I looked at my sandwich on the plate. I was about to pick it up, when I noticed that something was moving between the lettuce leaves.  A green head poked out and a groggy black eye looked at me. I was looking at a small parrot, a beautiful orange-beaked conure. He was drowsy, his wings clipped so he could not fly away. "They serve parrots instead of chickens here?" I whispered. He nodded. " I will get you out, but you have to be really quiet." He understood and immediately crawled into a drawstring pouch that I was holding open for him under the table.



I had to find Vinny and Sprite. I walked out of the restaurant into the sunny street and started to run....

Then I woke up.

WTH???? This was as strange and disturbing as it gets. Fellow bloggers whom I have never met had shown up in one of my dreams! No offense to the bloggers who were involuntarily involved, but that dream crossed my twilight zone traumatized for life creepy threshold.

I am a science geek; I have to figure out why my brain does the things it does, especially when it does incomprehensible and disconcerting things.

Scientific theory:

Dreams are no more than our brains staying active while sleeping, usually digesting events and emotions of the day. If we happen to wake up during REM (dream stage), we "remember" the dream. Dreams during daytime naps, which is what I was doing, are particularly vivid, bizarre and frequently disturbing.

Precipitating events and numbered thoughts:

1. I got home. Tired. Made a healthy sandwich with greens, tomatoes and goat cheese on organic rye.
2. On my way home, I daydreamed about a desperately needed vacation, preferably in the tropics, sketching birds, taking photographs.
3. Read the news, came across a certain parrot species, which was going to be my first post and is still sitting in draft. Gotta finish that. I want a conure.
4. Different cultures eat strange things. Anthony Bourdain, Jane Goodall...
5. Quick alphabetical blog rounds. Read Sprite's and Vinny's posts, decided that I am too tired to leave any coherent comment.
6. Take Nana nap. [See Sprite: "Daytime nap"]

Interpretation:
This explains green parrot sandwich, as disconcerting as it may be.
The parrot communicating with me is "normal" in my dreams. I have been rescuing wildlife and animals ever since I was capable of picking them up. Dreaming that they would understand that the big scary ogre is there to help is wishful thinking.

Conclusion:
Strange dreams lead to interesting thoughts about social media.
To be continued...right after I take another napzzz...

28 comments:

  1. DAMMIT! Sprite! The spell's wearing off. He's starting to remember. I told you we should have used drugs.

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    1. Who are you?
      Flowers.Pretty.Butterflies.Flap flap.
      *goes back to sleep*

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    2. Okay... looks like he going back under. PHEW! That was close.

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    3. We may need to Ant-nap him Vinny..

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    4. We need to do something! Remember what the old man in the market said. If he remembers everything about the caves, it's not just the parrots that are in danger, the whole world could be doomed!

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    5. What happened? What old man? What happened in the caves?
      Where am I?

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  2. Dreams are hard to "analyze" in any sense. They are not linear, most people do not remember them accurately and their evolutionary purpose probably does not lend itself to meaning in the way that you propose.

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    1. I shall change it to "scientific theory" then. I agree that dreams are not linear. Curious, what do you think is the evolutionary purpose of dreams? Current theories postulate what I wrote above.

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  3. I always have very odd dreams, last night I had one where a man was attacking me in Tesco's and then stole my bag...x

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  4. I do not speak or understand much Japanese, but last night, the only dream I remember was in Japanese. All the signs I saw and anyone that spoke to me in the dream, Japanese. I think it's because all day Saturday, we sat at a Tae Kwon Do event and then a friend asked if it was hard to live here and not know the language.

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    1. You're probably right and you might find it difficult not speaking it.

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  5. Wow, weird. I knew it was a dream from the very first line, but I was not prepared for how freaky it would get.

    I think your list of precipitating events seems very plausible. Although, still, does not really explain the "why" or the purpose for having that particular dream.

    I love vivid and weird dreams, btw. Really gets my brain going for the rest of the day.

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    1. What gave it away?:)
      Saved the bird, woke up, freaked out, relieved that it was a dream, it's all good. I am burdened at times with remembering them to well, some I quite enjoy, others not so much.

      It's usually something we are thinking about, don't think there's really a "why".

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  6. I like the way you analyzed your dream. Will have to start doing that with the rash of odd dreams I have been having lately.

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    1. Not sure they can or should be analyzed. Then again, this one was a little to bizarre for my liking.
      But as long as I saved the bird...I guess it turned out well;)

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  7. you do not see me hovering over your bed... you are faaaast asleeep....
    *WACK*!!! hits Ant over head with fairy wand..
    "Vinny! I've got him!"

    couldn't you have waited a bit longer before waking up.. I wanted to see what I bought at the market.

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    1. Good. Let's hope he stays out long enough for me to go cave diving this time.

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    2. I could go for a bit of spelunking to. :)

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    3. @Sprite, BOL!
      I don't know what you bought, I was busy rescuing a parrot.
      @Vinny, this could be a really good technoscifimagicfiction thriller.

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  8. You put Vinny and a BIRD in the same post?! Whoa.

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    1. At least it wasn't a grackle. As far as I know parrots don't really have anything against me.

      ...I think...

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    2. @dbs, HA! *clap*
      @Vinny, no worries, got your back, even the dream kept you separate from the B-i-r-d.

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  9. I would take naps if I thought I could dream like this. :-)

    Pearl

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  10. Damn! So I can't get a Parrot Burger?? Okay, leftovers again.

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  11. @Pearl, I am not sure about that.

    @Al, I am certain they serve them somewhere.

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  12. Our Los Angeles suburb and others nearby have flocks of wild Amazon parrots, a la THE WILD PARROTS OF TELEGRAPH HILL. I have stopped even attempting to find meaning in my dreams which are frequent and detailed. Before knowing you were describing a dream, I was surprised and fascinated by Gaudi-designed pools, envious of time spent there. I did go just now and found this link: http://www.behance.net/gallery/Gaudi-Inspired-Swimming-Pool/1970121. I know your pools were far more truly Gaudi-esque. For those of us who have chosen to be storytellers, I see dreams as little tales we get to tell ourselves.

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    1. Marylinn, just saw your comment. Saw and enjoyed the documentary. I still recall the emotion of amazement at the Gaudi designed world in my dream. Thank you for the link, I will have to view it. It is incredible to me that we have not continued Gaudi's pleasing organic shapes in architecture.
      As to dreams, they do make good stories, don't they?

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