* Name was changed.
Lucid dreams – one I actually focused on remembering:
I remembered being around the Short North near a restaurant with peeling gray paint. It was daytime. The sign on the restaurant said it was called “The Rent” (maybe it was “The ‘Rents” as in parents/home cooking). I said something about it allowed to remember it.
There were a couple of people at an outdoor table eating chicken. I grabbed a piece (it was on the bone) and took a bite. It was covered in barbecue sauce, which I usually don’t like, but this sauce was similar to the sauce at Des Essenhaus in Shreve, Ohio, that was ketchup and horseradish and it tasted delicious!
I remember random parts:
There was a part where I was with my family going through a box of DVDs and were trying to figure out which ones to get rid off. They wanted to watch each one. I said that would take too long and that we should go through and get the ones we know we absolutely want first, then go through the rest.
Later, we went to some two-story high school to be a part of a role-playing game. I remember the stairs were metal and only went half way, then turned into a ladder. I was frustrated about this, so someone found some more metal stairs on wheels to complete the staircase.
My mom had to go to another room. My dad and I went into a room, but we had to walk through shops. One of the shops had raven statues and figurines that I wanted to go back for.
We got to a room with two strangers – a guy and a girl. I reached out and shook the hand of the guy, introducing myself, but he was already in character – some lady dressed in blue. The others actually dressed in costume and I was pissed that I didn’t try to come up with a costume in time.
I remember our character descriptions were on yellowed index cards with handwriting in pencil. My character was some girl that had to be a suspect in a murder, but she was innocent.
Later, there was a scene were a YouTube video showed my mom and aunts in the 70s. I was going to link it to the family tree, then realized the songs they sang in the video were modern. I kept telling people the video was fake, but it was well done.
There was a random scene outside a grocery store – Kroger, I think, maybe a Giant Eagle – where Charlie * somehow fit on the left side of a shopping cart (that small, folding part) and there were two large softback books (like textbooks) that had orange elements in the middle, then a young child on the right.
I had bought a bag of what looked like coffee beans, but they were chewable gum-like things that were supposed to provide nicotine as well as take away the smell of cigarette smoke from your breath. I handed it to Charlie and told the child, “This is for Dad-ems.” I felt a little weird about that because, in the dream, that child wasn’t mine, it was Charlie’s from another girl and I was only Charlie’s girlfriend.
I remember buying the coffee bean things because he and I were staying at my parents house for a while and I didn’t want him to smoke in the house, but I assumed he’d smoke outside in the mornings anyway.
Later, I had some kind of device that “projected” spaces, but I was able to interact with the spaces like a dream. Knowing it wasn’t real allowed me to explore.
I touched everything and opened up cabinets, which made a creaking sound. I even picked up a dusty wooden cat figurine. It was surprisingly light. I thought that it was due to being a projection and that it must be heavier in real life. There was a rectangular opening with glass in the center of the wooden floor that looked down to a textured mirror. I looked down and saw a distorted, blurry reflection of myself. I wondered how that worked and how it was designed to reflect the wearer of the device. Later, two people walked in. I thought I’d be invisible since it was a projection, but the two people stopped and asked what I was doing there.
* Name has been changed.
“My alarm just woke me up from a crazy, but entertaining dream. I was at a COSI-like place with a fun stranger and we were making fun of the presentation of a story. Made for kids, the names of the characters was “Zucchini” and “Tomatobatch” and my fake name for a “game show” was something-munch. The into to this 3D show even had the words, “The best 20 min. of your life!” Lol”
— Hope Moore on Facebook
I remember being in a COSI (a science museum here in the city) -like place with a 3D projection of some story. Some man hired another man and tested him. His test was to organize some crayons into rainbow order on this wooden plank that had grooves cut to fit the crayons. The new hire’s voiceover of his thoughts talked about dexterity. I thought, I could do that without dexterity. Take out the ones that are out of order and sort them and put them back into the ones with the correct order!
The new hire failed and because he failed, it triggered a bomb of some sort that dealt with some liquid in a rectangular box. The old man and the new hire laid on the floor and covered themselves with fleece blankets – one was navy blue and one was orange.
The room began to shake and the plaster ceiling began to crack and fall. Something hit me on the back of the head. I thought, they should warn people about that.
A hole opened in the ceiling and it showed a night sky/space and there was a 3D TV show opening. It was light-hearted and even said, “The Best 20 Minutes of Your Life!” and I thought, “I’d beg to differ…”
It turned into a game show and another stranger was there as another contestant. She was friendly and hilarious. She pointed out to me the names of the characters were Zucchini and Tomatobatch. I told her that I thought Zucchini was a legitimate last name spelled “Zucceny” or something like that.
When I got a trivia question correct, the chair I was in would move around like a ride and I could reach out and grab Wendy’s fries. They were delicious. I’d also think of things to talk about, like if I could put this on my resume. My character’s last name ended with “-munch”.