I dreamed that I was in an alternate-universe Samuel L. Jackson movie


I dreamed that I was part of the crew of an underwater spaceship, and we had to deal with an alligator that got on board. How the alligator got on board was never explained, but now is not the time to ask questions because, you know, alligator.

The plan was to flood the ship and wash the alligator out. There were only enough air pills for the female crew members. The men would have to hold their breath and hope for the best, with the expectation that not all would make it. But before we could execute the plan, the door caved in and the ship began to fill with water.

At this point, I transferred to another dream in which I discussed cookbook organization techniques with a friend of mine. "Do you organize alphabetically by title? By main ingredient? By frequency of use?"

None of the cookbooks had any alligator recipes.

Comments (16)
  1. Gabe says:

    Did your second dream actually include searching the cookbooks for alligator recipes, or are you just making an assumption?

    [We didn't specifically search the cookbooks, but neither of us mentioned having an alligator cookbook either. So it's an assumption. -Raymond]
  2. Anon says:

    Frankly, I'm less interested in the alligator than the fact that it was an underwater spaceship. How does that work, exactly?

  3. ErikF says:

    Star Trek: Voyager had a water planet, and I believe that they had a shuttlecraft that went in; would that be a underwater spaceship?

    Personally, my cookbooks/reference materials are organized by topic, then frequency of use. That being said, the ones that I use are never actually on the bookshelf.

  4. cheong00 says:

    @ErikF: Well said. A book is only be put on bookshelf when you think you won't need it in a while. Otherwise it usually ends up on the book pile on the desk, probably buried days later.

  5. Danny says:

    AFAIK alligator tastes like chicken to some or like fish to others. Taste the alligator, see what it takes for you and then all the fish / chicken recipes can then use alligator instead.

  6. Steve says:

    I'm waiting for the Raymond psychoanalysis page to pop up.

  7. Steve says:

    This reminds me of a Futurama episode where the crews ship ends up beneath water, and somebody asks about the pressure the ship can withstand.

    The answer being somewhere between zero atmospheres and one.

  8. Random832 says:

    Did the dream ever explain how an underwater spaceship was materially different from a submarine, or was it just described as an "underwater spaceship" in your dream and you didn't question it because it was a dream?

    [It looked like the interior of a spaceship, rather than the interior of a submarine. -Raymond]
  9. Rick C says:

    Star Trek Into Darkness has a scene where the Enterprise is under water.  That makes it–at least at that moment–an underwater spaceship.

    (hopefully nobody will get upset about the trivial spoiler.  It doesn't give away any plot points.)

  10. John Doe says:

    Both space and ocean are rather unknown, good sources for fiction and imagination.

    Jules Verne wrote "From the Earth to the Moon" and "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea" almost sequentially.

    X-COM: UFO Defense is "invaders from outer space", X-COM: Terror from the Deep is "invaders from under water".

  11. Destroyer says:

    Did you deliver the "Enough is Enough!…" line in your dream?

  12. cheong00 says:

    I haven't tasted alligator meat before, but have tasted quite some crocodile meat instead. In the view of Chinese medicine, soup containing crocodile meat is good for curing Asthma.

  13. foo says:

    Slightly off topic, but here's a public radio episode about a guy who learned to lucid dream in order to end a 20 year recurring nightmare: http://www.radiolab.org/…/182747-wake-up-dream

  14. Sinusoid says:

    A Samuel L. Jackson movie involving an underwater spaceship? That wouldn't happen to be Sphere, would it?

  15. kog999 says:

    Apparently Raymond had had it with those m***** alligators on that m**** underwater space ship, and switched dreams.

  16. Thinking about it, underwater spaceships seem surprisingly common in sci-fi considering how silly it seems (as the Futurama line points out, of all structures, a spaceship is surely one of the *least* suited for underwater use!) Having said that, NASA do use a giant swimming pool for astronaut training (using buoyancy to simulate microgravity), and of course their early space capsules splashed-down on the ocean…

    I don't really have enough cook books to think about organising them as such, but I'd probably group by type first: Thai, Chinese, Indian, etc – it makes more sense to me than title or author in general.

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