February 5, 2003

interpretation/quest

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at February 5, 2003 10:52 PM Many of my dreams follow a common formula: I'm faced with some sort of problem or obstacle, and every solution I try fails in some way. The feeling is like running a maze in which a barrier is thrown up every time the exit is in sight. Is this a common thing, or is it a twisted game my subconscious plays with me?

I had a dream last night of this type. It was a pretty mundane setting: a college dorm room (apparently mine), from which I was about to depart for class. The central dilemma was that I knew the name of the building where the class was to take place, but not its location. So I try to look it up on the school's website. (Yes, I have dreams about using the Internet.) I can't seem to find it on the online campus map. A group of people pass by and I ask them, learning only that they are going to the same class, and they don't know where it is, either. Their plan is to walk around and ask people. As they stand around I try Mapquest. (Why I thought this would work, I don't know.) When the website comes up I discover that Mapquest is now charging for their services; I will have to register with a valid credit card to continue. I give up and the others move on. At this point I decide to join them; remembering that I have a paper map of the campus, I grab it from a stack of papers on my way out. Once I exit the dorm, though, the group of people I was hoping to catch has disappeared. I look at the paper I've grabbed, only to find that it's the wrong one - my class schedule rather than the map. I have a vague recollection that the building's location was not on the map anyway; it was indicated only by an arrow pointing off the west edge of campus.

This is, now that I read it, a pretty boring example, but I would say that roughly half the dreams I remember follow this sort of formula. I have kept one detail for the end as a twist: the building I was looking for in the dream wasn't a university building, but a cathedral. The way I see it, there are a couple possible interpretations:

(a) My soul is trying to send me a message - I must seek spiritual salvation outside the bounds of academia. Or,

(b) It's a bit much to expect my dreams to form a logical, coherent narrative.

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Dreaming about the Internet????

I would say you need to get a life but my dream last night was about the business deal I'm working on so I guess I'm not one to be picking on you.

Posted by: Jeremiah Spur | February 6, 2003 2:20 PM

I choose B!

I still remember my dream from years ago about wrapping Death in a slice of velveeta and tossing him into the sea. Dreams are rarely logical.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 11, 2003 3:28 PM
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