My friend RuthRE has been doing a lot of dreaming lately. And it seems to be catching, because I just had an interesting dream this morning – a morning when, by the way, my dog did not wake me up.
In my dream, I’m visiting City With Two Big Lakes, in northern Michigan, where I lived for about a decade before returning to Outer Podunk. City With Two Big Lakes may be four times the size of Outer Podunk…but that still makes it a pretty small city, one that I got to know well during my time there.
Anyway, I have in my hand a city map, with places of interest noted on it. And there’s a big red star, just a few blocks away from the downtown area, that indicates – well, darn it, when I woke up I could no longer remember what it indicated, but in my dream it’s a place whose presence in this city where I used to live stuns me, amazes me and then makes me downright giddy with delight. Who knew? I look at the streets; there are unfamiliar streets listed near this destination, ones I have no memory of existing during my sojourn in this city, but they provide a quick, easy route to the place.
“How could something like that be here and I not know that it’s here?” I exclaim to myself. “And when did they construct those streets? But – it doesn’t matter. This is so great! I can’t believe it! Wow! And it’s so easy to get to! I have got to drive there right now.”
So I get in my car and proceed to make what I think is going to be a quick trip to this wonderful, incredible destination. But for reasons I can’t explain I miss my intersection. And then I’m in the wrong lane, and have to make a last-minute correction, right in front of a county mountie sitting at a corner that vees into the main street, and I’m afraid I’m going to get pulled over. I don’t, but the sight of the cop car in my rear-view mirror rattles me. “I’ll just turn onto one of these side streets and backtrack, off the main drag,” I think.
So at the point of my waking up I’m jittery, and annoyed with myself, and incredibly impatient to get where I want to go.
Paging Joseph? Daniel? Dr. Jung?
P.S. Check out Ruth’s latest post. It’s a lot more exciting than this one: She’s getting headhunted by The CEO!