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I haven't been dreaming for the past two months. I'm finding it disconcerting. So, I've complained about this to a few dear ones, and I wonder if the Universe has responded by showing me dream-like images in my waking life.

It's a very drizzly day, so that makes a good backdrop for the odd. I was stomping around near Commerce (they have lots of liriope and impatients planted there) when I saw a strange squirrel. He was very light in color. I've seen one or two albino squirrels down here before, but this guy almost looked like he was some kind of Elder Squirrel who had survived way past the years of normal squirrels. His standard issue squirrelly brown had given way mostly to silver streaks, and half his tail was gone. His eyes looked kinda, I don't know, psychotic? Some suit walking near me eyed him and got out of his way, so I know I wasn't hallucinating. Rabid? Demon squirrel?

So I walked on, and came to Pershing Park where I used to ice skate as a kid. The big fountain that serves as the skating rink in winter has been allowed to get all full of algae. There's this wild patina of greens on the bottom, and the water looks an almost Lovecraftian shade of fluorescent yellow. Hard to believe it wasn't photoshopped. Then there were all these perfectly normal looking ducks just floating around in there, with their bills tucked under their wings, sleeping. Like they weren't floating in something from another planet.

I've sometimes thought that when I see wildlife, I'm having some kind of truth revealed. I'd like to think that I'm on the right track today.

Finally, as I neared my office, I looked up over Farragut Square, and there was that ghostly white blimp that's been up there since at least this weekend.

This is like, a day directed by David Lynch or something.

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fenriss
Sep. 29th, 2004 12:53 pm (UTC)
Re: providing audio track...
Bwah! The Blue Velvet drinking game...
_blackjack_
Sep. 29th, 2004 01:40 pm (UTC)
Re: providing audio track...
That ain't oxygen...
moldavite_sofa
Sep. 29th, 2004 12:48 pm (UTC)
Cool day - very Neverwhere withuot the cast of homeless...

If you want to try kick starting the dreaming - bring some fresh Rosemary into the room. Even a sliver of freh stuff squeezed between the fingers and sniffed will be helpful. But fresh is key.

Cautionary note - tend to cause vivid dreamscapes not unpleasant just vibrant and a touch prophetic.

fenriss
Sep. 29th, 2004 12:55 pm (UTC)
Kewl. I have a little Rosemary plant Kitty and Steve gave me for a housewarming present. I will bring that into my room tonight. I really *need* vivid dreamscapes! The lack of them in my sleep seems to be making them creep into my wakefulness.
rednikki
Sep. 29th, 2004 01:26 pm (UTC)
The blimp is real - I posted an article on it today in nikkinewsnet.

I have had strange days like that - I had one day where I saw amputees pretty much everywhere I went. So I understand where you're coming from.
fenriss
Sep. 29th, 2004 01:31 pm (UTC)
Well, yeah. We all saw it floating over Crownsville on Sunday, and while you and I were a little worse for wear, E and L saw it too. It's just funny to look up and see it again, 3 days later in an entirely different place!
_blackjack_
Sep. 29th, 2004 01:42 pm (UTC)
You should try a little absinthe before bed.
fenriss
Sep. 29th, 2004 05:59 pm (UTC)
You offerin'?
_blackjack_
Sep. 29th, 2004 08:02 pm (UTC)
sure. one of the few things absintheurs agree on, in terms of what effects absinthe may or may not have, is that it give you vivid dreams.
fenriss
Sep. 30th, 2004 08:06 am (UTC)
Well, you're welcome to drop by some evening if you like (with or without absinthe, of course). You haven't seen the new place yet. I'll email you the number :)
mirandakali
Sep. 29th, 2004 03:40 pm (UTC)
Ignore the blimp. The blimp is doing nothing. The blimp likes you, it is your friend. It is very harmless and only doing routine govornment monitering of terrorist duck ponds.
The owls are not what they seem. The smiling bag holds a clue.
lilkender
Sep. 29th, 2004 03:58 pm (UTC)
I just saw it today. I noticed it was unmarked. It was almost perfectly camouflaged against the gray sky.
fenriss
Sep. 29th, 2004 06:01 pm (UTC)
Oooooh, I don't know. I don't think I trust the blimp. And I'm not entirely confident it won't mistake me for a terrorist duck...
rikibeth
Sep. 29th, 2004 06:14 pm (UTC)
When I was on Zoloft it suppressed my REM sleep something fierce. Then if I missed a dose, I would get Industrial Strength Nightmares.

I switched to St. John's Wort, not too long after.

Your day sounds positively surreal.
fenriss
Sep. 30th, 2004 06:13 am (UTC)
Hey there! You know, I am pretty sure the reason for the lack of dreams is that I went off my meds two months ago.

How does the St. John's work for you? I've been considering it.
mirandakali
Sep. 29th, 2004 06:20 pm (UTC)
Sweet Bodica's Tit's. I just read the artical that Nikki posted. BB is watching. Orwell had it right,just 20 years early. A blimp, yet. How.....third reich. Alles fur der Hauselande. "sorry", Hitler would have said, "Faterlande". Bush uses "Homeland"
fenriss
Sep. 30th, 2004 06:15 am (UTC)
Yeah, interesting choice. A zeppelin would have been a little too on-the-nose.

Oh, and while we're on the subject of Shrub... Virginia voters! The deadline to register approaches. Don't be uncounted!
tworiversgirl
Sep. 29th, 2004 07:48 pm (UTC)
What lyrical images, dear daughter. You know I always wanted you to be a writer, and now, it appears, you are!

Mom
fenriss
Sep. 30th, 2004 06:15 am (UTC)
:) Thanks, Mom!
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