Category: Dreamland

Rough Night

Dreams were rough and tumble. A homeless dude decided there was a lot of money in my bag and he wanted it. There was no money in my bag so instead he wanted my water. I carry an 8oz. bottle everywhere in case I need to take a...

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Three of us

Only two of us were in the bed. So I knew it could not be her standing over us, reaching down and grabbing our shoulders in repeated attempts to throw us out the door and into the neighbor’s back yard. I woke up, startled...

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One-Eyed Jackie

I spotted Jackie Kennedy somewhere in New York. She knew me, a little bit. We made chitchat before...

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181 Reclaim

Reclaiming my 181, the PO Box that was my permanent address for 30+ years. I went to visit it at its previous location, finding that no one had rented it out, and that the post office peeps were using it as storage for some...

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Mockery of Many

Sunday, February 12, 2023 – 7:37:01 AM I fell asleep at work, intentionally, thinking it would be acceptable or that I could at least get away with it. At a desk on what I thought was an otherwise unoccupied floor (16?) I...

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Crag and Cray

I washed my hair but forgot to rinse. The soap suds expanded and grew, unknown to me until they started to cover my face and obscure my vision. A mirror revealed the ungainly truth. In search of a shower I quickly found one, but...

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Made it Through

Made it through to another morning. Cloudy, overcast, a bird squawking outside. I crushed my first spotted lanternfly a  couple of days ago. I thought I got it on video but I did not. I first spotted one on Amsterdam Avenue,...

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Screaming Empty Space

I woke up, barely, thinking I needed to pee. Guess I did not have to go too bad, as I went right back to sleep. I dreamed that I had gotten up to pee but the toilet was gone, with no trace of it ever having been there. I...

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Dream Scream

At present I am watching video of myself sleeping. Listening, actually, more than watching. I woke up screaming from a dream last night, and I am curious to hear what it sounded like. In the dream someone pulled a knife on me. I...

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Showerless

No hot water. No shower yet. 12 noon. This hasn’t happened in a long time, save for the annual boiler cleaning, when a planned lack of hot water is announced days ahead of time. My daily shower, sometimes showers, became...

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Dislocation

I have not remembered much of my dreams lately. It’s been months since I added anything to...

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Hellbenders

Weird dream that I was in an auditorium or a conference room where a disturbed homeless person started pestering me, saying I could make a lot of money or find a lot of happiness if I went with him to some place. I don’t know what the place was but it sounded like a trap. […]

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Who Are You?

Woke up screaming today. It was a dream in which the first floor of the house I grew up in in Tampa was in a basement. I went down there after someone stole my desk. As I moved toward the kitchen I saw a thin, short, dark-haired woman moving around quickly, washing dishes and moving […]

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Weird Unisphere Dream

Had a crazy dream in which the Unisphere had gone missing from Central Park. That, of course, is not where it is in reality. The Unisphere is at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, the centerpiece of my recent 15 mile walk from here to there and back. But that doesn’t matter in dreamland. In my dream that […]

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Wake Up Feeling Filthy, and the Woodside Bombshell Remembered

I spent half of yesterday feeling filthy after waking from an especially brutal and bizarre dream. It started off on a high note: L. and I decided to get back together, a signal I should have seen that this dream was going to morph into a nightmare. She was actually happy and smiling about our […]

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Broomstick

I woke from a strange dream last night. In the dream people who saw me try would to disguise their horror, but in their fascination they asked me how I got this way. Clumps of grass, the people claimed, had grown thick across parts of my neck and face. Mushrooms had taken root across the […]

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Merciless Music

Music nonstop. All through the night, until unfortunate sunrise. Now I am certain it is real. I have not been hearing music from another apartment, or from a car parked outside. At times it sounded like Levon Helm hurling “Evangeline” into the San Francisco Opera House. At other times it was a nondescript vamp of […]

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Sleep

Getting to sleep and staying there is almost always an adventure for me when I decide not to drink, but the last couple of days and nights have been exceptional. Wednesday I was up at about 8:30, still drunk, when I decided it would behoove me to act like I had to be somewhere. I […]

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PPs

The dream had something to do with my panic pills. That’s what I call the anxiety pills that I have to take once in a while: Panic Pills. I usually wait too long to take them, since the escalation of symptoms is subtle. So I waste some hours of the day walking it off, waiting […]

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Harry and Bruce

New stuffed animals are here, one is a Smurf named Bruce, the other a monster from Where the Wild Things Are named Harry. I don’t like either name and might change them. Bruce was an alternative to Bernie, which I took a pass on since Bernie was the name of a creepy dude who called Apology […]

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Talk

I read about Descript, a new robot that its makers claim will transcribe your spoken words with 95% accuracy. Unless you speak extremely clearly and deliberately I do not believe that is possible, but even if it is I question if it is even desirable. As I’ve been recording my ramblings the last few months […]

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Steps

I do not know my two step-nieces very well. I spent some time with them here or there years ago. We all got along well enough, but there was never time for us to establish any kind of rapport. So it was strange when one of them appeared in my dream last night, bringing back […]

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Dreamland

Someone stole my stuffed animals. Incidents like this have happened before, where a bag goes missing or someone steals my mind. At those times it felt like someone had yanked my heart out of my chest. It was a horrible, deathly feeling of loss which fills my dream state like a tidal wave but I […]

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Stuffed Animals Stolen

Dreamed last night that someone stole my stuffed animals. I’ve had dreams like this before, where a bag goes missing or someone steals my mind. In those dreams it felt like someone had yanked my heart out of my chest. It was a horrible, deathly feeling of loss. In last night’s dream my reaction was […]

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Dream of Meatloaf

Dreamed last night that an underappreciated skill was hunting live meatloaf. Most people, I learned from this dream, were unaware that meatloaf roam the wilds of lightly forested regions of South America and in Oregon. They are 4- and sometimes 5-legged creatures which, on account of their half baked constitution, survive mostly on their smarts […]

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Sorabji at the Club

I was hired to play piano at a strip club on 9th Avenue in Manhattan. I got the gig by chance, through a violinist who I got to know through his dismissive assurances that I should not worry about waiting to fill in my performance resumé with one concert at a time. He assured me […]

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Congratulations!

Strange and elaborate dream. My big dreams usually involve myself walking through an expansive structure, a series of interconnected buildings with open and covered areas, doors to fully enclosed sections and elevators rising up or down into areas under Interstate highways or unthinkably narrow spaces between tall buildings. The architecture of the compound leans toward […]

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Zoop Tests

To make some actual money a friend said I should give Zoop Tests this weekend. Zoop tests do not exist, nor does this individual, who anonymously but enthusiastically appeared in a dream from which I woke earlier this day. Zoop Tests are fun, easy, and delivering them pays well, according to the non-existent friend who […]

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Incarnations

Strange, stupid dreams this a.m. In one I am reading a Ben Katchor comic in which two men are standing at a window, watching a truck approach. They watch and watch across 4 or 5 panels, exchanging words which Katchor crafted to be forgotten. The men continue to stand in place as the truck plows through the […]

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Magical Keys

I dreamed my mother was kicking a soccer ball across the front yard of a house she lived in as a child. In life I never saw her kick a ball or engage in any outdoor sports, though I heard talk of a softball league in Vientiane, and she was active in a bowling league […]

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[email protected]

Sometimes I wake up from dreams with fully-formed chunks of information fresh in my mind. One time it was a street corner in East Elmhurst. The street corner was at 23rd Avenue and 92nd Street. Within an hour of waking from that dream I was on my way to 23rd Avenue and 92nd Street to […]

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And I Dreamed I Was Dying…

Nothing like this ever before in the annals of my dreamescapes. It has bothered me for days. I had to go to Walgreen’s to get a bottle of vitamins. The vitamins were unusally large capsules mostly comprising exquisite hair samples from South American animals and plants. The capsules contained about 80% hair. When ingested the […]

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Wake Up!

I hate being predictable, but as Mother’s Day approached this month my dreams flooded with images of my mother. In one dream I stood in the kitchen and heard someone opening the front door of this apartment. I asked myself “Who has a key to this place besides me? Who is allowed in?” Through that […]

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Sausage

Dreamed I was on a houseboat. The boat was large, with 3 or 4 families living on board. Most of the people were adults but I walked toward the back and found a couple of 5 year old girls playing on the floor. They told me “Go look at the bathroom.” I stepped into the […]

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Synaptic Theater

Lucidity keeps poking up out of my dreams lately. I wake up part way to ask: Where did that come from? I hear someone say something in a way that I’ve never heard in my real life, and I ask how something could be here if I never experienced it? How can people say things […]

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Boatyard

My dreams have had sourness about them this year. A dour, depressed tincture of humiliation and disdain, but the source and the target of the disdain are unclear. Wandering around a boatyard I happened to see an ex-girlfriend from when I first moved to New York. In reality I used to see her once and […]

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Enemies

I dreamed I saw my face from various angles. I was bearded in most of the angles, and better looking than in reality. I looked like Robert Creeley in appearance and in substance: Like Creeley I was self-confident and famous for publicly yet sensitively trimming words from stream-of-consciousness effluvia and making them sparkle. In the […]

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High

I dreamed last night I was sleeping in a bed on an airplane that rose to 165,000 feet so as to avoid bad weather at 30,000 feet. I was in First Class (obviously) and was presented with a line graph illustrating how the plane’s ascent moved us close to the firmament and to God. Cabin […]

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Cardboard Telephone

I just woke from a dream and I want to write it down before I forget it. My father called to complain about some mundane matter regarding his apartment. I studied his voice, authenticated it, made sure it was real. I listened for his unique southern drawls and hillbilly flourishes. I said little as he […]

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A Dream About K.S. Sorabji’s Opus Clavicembalisticum

I dreamed I was at a concert hall where a pianist was scheduled to perform Sorabji’s complete Opus Clavicembalisticum. I was unaware of the pianist’s name or identity, but I assumed it was going to be Jonathan Powell, whose performance of the O.C. I attended on June 20, 2004, at Merkin Hall. The dream was […]

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Bi-Pillar Towers of Connect!

A repeat dream I’ve had for years, but which I never wrote down until this morning, is simple: I receive a Christmas/holiday greeting card from a couple of old friends. The nature of their relationship is unclear, but the card bears a picture of both of them. In the picture they are standing and waving […]

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Hideki Matsui

recurring dream about yankees outfielder hideki matsui. in the dream an unnamed batter from an unnamed team hits a fly ball 860 feet into the air. hideki matsui, replacing bernie williams in center field, races up invisible platforms in center field to make the catch. he scampers upward 30 and 40 feet at a time […]

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Garbage In

I dreamed the other night that a reader of this web site tried to murder me. In the dream I replaced this entire web site with a message “AS YOU MAY KNOW, A VISITOR TO THIS WEB SITE ATTEMPTED TO MURDER ME AT 6:18 PM ON…” As I explained to a friend (and before you […]

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