Mom and dad’s event-filled first day of school


I dreamed that my wife and I had dropped our daughter off at her new school for the first time, and I made a wrong turn and ended up going the wrong way. We got off at an exit for highway I-5, and the on-ramp turned into a two-lane highway hundreds of feet in the sky. To keep people from going too fast, the road rolled back and forth: First it tilted to the right, then to the left, and so on. (Imagine your hand making the "so-so" gesture.) You just had to drive carefully.

The road dead-ended at a building, so we parked the car and got out. It was a tiny gift shop with puppets and marionettes. The attendant came out and thanked us for volunteering at the North Bend library.

We watched a women's doubles volleyball match between a US and Chinese team. Two players per side, playing on a volleyball net stretched across a basketball court. The US narrowly won the first set, but dominated the second, and the Chinese pair stopped trying. Serves fell laughably short of the net or sailed wildly out of bounds. (Even worse than those badminton players trying to lose.)

After the match, there was a group photo of the two delegations. There was a traditional photo, and then a Harlem Shake photo. Conspiracy theorists would later analyze the two photos for clues to the political climate between the two countries.

After the match, there was a discussion of organic farming techniques, like "How much radiation does a chicken give off when it is sitting on a fence as opposed to on the ground?", and then it was time to go home. While my wife went to sign out of our volunteer duties, I unlocked the safe that had the control panel for our car and started loading our things for the drive home.

I hope my daughter enjoyed her first day at school.

Comments (5)
  1. Mordachai says:

    I wonder if a child's first day at school is about as confusing and non-sequential as your dream?  I bet it's a bit of a trip for little ones to suddenly be dumped into this very different power and time structure. :)

  2. Jesse says:

    So it was essentially an intentional Tacoma Narrows bridge?

    [Well-put. Thanks for describing it better than I did! -Raymond]
  3. Ron says:

    Sounds like one of those days when you drink alcohol but it have a longer than normal delayed before taking effect which makes you drink more and the after math you get more drunk than you planned to.

    World is spinning like a badly written physics game. Your thoughts gets more and more strange. You suddenly develop extreme multitasking having the ability to talk while thinking on other things at the same time. Your limited short-term memory having a hard time keeping track of both tasks while also trying to keep the world from spinning +90 to -90 than it jumps back to +90 and repeats while having a wobbly, sort of water shader effect on.

    The next day you feel sick the whole day and do not return to feeling normal until the day after that.

    I bet it is the sulfites in the wine that cause the longer than normal delay before you feel the alcohol.

    The trick is to drink lots of water and not sleep until the spinning have stopped but when it is spinning all you want to do is lay down or sit down.

    Recording yourself is even more fun, you wonder the next day who took over my body, is that really me or an inferior genetic copy lookalike?

    According to quantum physics the world is always wobbling, like that bridge, well more like a very fast vibrator, we just do not notice it. That's the theory anyway.

  4. Helen says:

    You have some weird dreams!

    I used to come here to read about the Windows programming topics, now I'm mainly here for the dreams.

  5. Man, you are too smart for your own good.

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