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Lately I've had a recurring dream that the car I should be driving is rolling away from me, and I have to run to catch it and get in to drive it. This morning, it was a white ten-passenger van that I somehow put in gear and then let it start rolling away without me. The anxiety comes in because, of course, a person doesn't run as fast as a car, so how will I catch up before it crashes or runs over someone? But I always do manage. This time, the van obligingly happened to steer itself into a driveway and I was able to get in. Then, I was driving it down a wooded road and I encountered my father, who got in. My father is not usually part of the recurring dream. That's about all I remember because the alarm went off.

I haven't consulted a dream encyclopedia yet. Perhaps it's a metaphor for something. Or maybe it's just a goofy loop.

In other news, the official low temperature for Detroit set a record last night of −15°F (−26° C, which I add mostly because it sounds even worse). Tonight is expected to see below-zero temperatures for the fourth consecutive night. The National Weather Service Detroit office says it's the worst cold snap we've had since January 1994, when at one point it got to −20°F in a stretch of four below-zero nights.



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Jan. 17th, 2009 12:08 am (UTC)
Trufax: songdog and I used to have almost identical dreams about being caught in a tornado, from when we were kids to adulthood. Most of mine were that we (meaning whoever happened to be in my dream at the time) had found a storm cellar and were watching the tornado on its path straight for us and waiting in the cellar for it to pass over us. Nobody was ever hurt, but it was really scary.

After we were adults songdog told me that she wasn't bothered by the dreams anymore because she told dream-self that nobody ever got hurt in these things so she didn't have anything to worry about. My reaction was oddly, "Oh, okay, I'll do that." And I did, although I have no idea how. It was a weird thing, how nonchalant I was that lucid dreaming is no big deal. Not to mention how weirded out I wasn't about two people having the same recurring dream.
Jan. 17th, 2009 02:45 am (UTC)
Wow. Dreams are... um, interesting. I can't say for sure I've ever tried or had lucid dreaming. But it would cool to experiment with telling myself to not worry about the car, say.
Jan. 17th, 2009 03:16 am (UTC)
The weird thing is, I didn't even try. The next time I had the dream, I just did it. Maybe I was dreaming I was dreaming? Hmm.
Jan. 17th, 2009 03:32 am (UTC)
I'm noticing an apparent pattern in these cold snaps. The current one harks back to previous records set in the period 1994-96, and reminds me of similar big chills in 1983-84. These all correspond to sunspot minima, one of which we are currently just starting to move away from.

Supposedly the "little ice age" of the 17th century corresponded to a long period of "no sunspots" though I've always suspected that the accuracy of sunspot counting and reporting at that time was dubious at best.

Of course, I'm hearing a lot of people saying it proves "there is no such thing as global warming" but it has nothing to do with that. The polar ice caps are still melting, and the evidence of that fact is undeniable.

Nonetheless, it is damned cold right now, or as my grandmother would say, "colder than a witch's tit."
Jan. 17th, 2009 06:06 pm (UTC)
I've heard the theory about sunspot lulls triggering cold spells. It could be right. This cold spell means nothing in the global warming debate; it's only a cyclical thing (whether sunspots are involved or not), it's not completely out of the ordinary. But of course the skeptics will seize on it as evidence global warming is wrong/overstated/dumb.

But yeah, cold cold cold. But we finally got to 16 just now! (according to my backyard thermometer)
Jan. 17th, 2009 02:31 pm (UTC)
You realize, of course, that this answers the age-old question..

"What happens when SongDogs chase cars... and CATCH them?"

Jan. 17th, 2009 06:14 pm (UTC)
Hm. I hadn't thought of that angle....
Jan. 18th, 2009 12:32 pm (UTC)
True! :D
Jan. 18th, 2009 12:34 pm (UTC)
It does sound kind of like a recurring stress dream, I guess. Except that you do catch it. Which I would hazard means you've nothing to worry about and you'll tame your wild broncos in the end, yessiree! *spurjingle*
Jan. 20th, 2009 01:27 am (UTC)
I do have a track record of stressing out about stuff and then said stuff working out in the end. Which makes me wonder why I've worked at a job with deadlines for twenty-three years ... maybe the stress makes me feel alive or something.
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