- Paddling down river
- Curves and loops
- Last corner see ocean
- Taste water – “It’s definitely the ocean, water is getting salty.”
- Make it to beach. Go swimming but keep accidentally getting PFD on.
- Swimming Pool Laps
- Race K
- Keep losing because my arms hit stuff, or lane is too narrow and arm hits pool “gutter”
- Band Girl Setting Up on stage
- “Weren’t you here this morning?”
- “Yeah, we were here to wait around to look at a house.” (which ended up turning into the river trip to the ocean.)
- Movie Premiere
- Couches are empty. “Journalists” out in lobby don’t take seats. Invite to Band Girl could would have been room.
- Fireplace has smouldering logs.
- Joke about how journlists will review the movie as awesome without having seen it “Food was great, as was the roaring fire! The at-capacity seating…”
I Am The One
- Two brothers in bunk beds.
- One declares “dude…I think I am the one.” (a la Matrix).
- As soon as he says that, a blue shimmery “force field” surrounds him.
- Other brother says “yeah right”.
- Brother one says “No, watch, I’ll prove it to you. I can fly. Push me off the balcony.”
- They both go over to the balcony which is a wooden rickety structure like the one in Life of Brian.
- Brother 2 pushed brother 1. As soon as he does the blue glow transfers to the brother who pushed. The other one tumbles off the balcony, not understanding what just happened.
- I realize what to do. So I touch the brother still on the balcony, and now I am The One!
- I take off flying and bomb around the city blasting through buildings and stuff.
- Computer game. The mission is to protect this woman from men who are trying to assassinate her.
- In this city where there are tons of people. Every once in a while a man dashes out of the crowd with a gun and you have to try to shoot him.
- After a while the security group goes faster and I can’t keep up, so I cut a corner trying to reach them, but miss.
- I am crossing a bride trying to get back to the group when on of the assassins rushes past me. He is too fast and I miss him. He can also run faster then me and I am unable to pursue.
- End Dream
This was a pretty cool one:
- In some sort of casino or possibly a mall with a Japanese girl, and we have apparently been friends for a long time.
- She has lost her job and is crying that she’ll have no money to live. She has to find a new job.
- She runs away and I chase after her. Only seeing glimpses of her as she rounds corner after corner.
- I finally find her in a restaurant (pretty sure it was a Friendly’s). She is kneeling on the floor in front of a booth containing a family of four. She is pleading for a job from them.
- I grab her to console her and walk her away and try to stop her sobbing.
- We make our way back to the hallways of this mall and she stops where a group of five or more people have also stopped and are looking at the ceiling.
- One of the tiles from the ceiling lifts away and a man’s head appears in its place.
- The crowd starts throwing money at him and in return he takes down notes on a pad of paper. The girl I am with looks at me with a mixed expression of fear and excitement and says “I have to!” She opens up her purse which is hanging around her neck and takes out the last of her money. She wads it up and tosses it up to the man in the ceiling.
- The tile gets replaced and everybody stands around waiting.
- After a short while the man returns and starts handing wads of cash to some of the people. Aha! I think to myself, this is some sort of strange way to gamble.
- A gigantic wad of cash is given to the girl, hundreds of thousands of dollars! This will set us both up for life!
- That’s fine and dandy, but first we need to make ourselves blend in and get away because what we just did was apparently highly illegal.
- I grab some food on a tray from a cafeteria and follow her over to some seats in an upper terrace.
- On the way our gambling receipt blows off my tray of food. This is not good.
- I try to track it down only to have it blow into a pile of other papers surrounding a trash can.
- Before I can find it someone else does. An old Japanese lady.
- The receipt has our names on it I remember.
- She begins pointing at the two of us and yelling. I can’t tell what she’s saying, but I already know. “Those two are the ones that won all that money! Get them. Call the police!”
- We dash around the corner trying to find a place to hide. We crash through some doors onto a balcony with a staircase leading down four stories to a road below. The stairway has no corners or kinks, just one long set of steps down against the side of the building.
- Unfortunately we can already see police starting to congregate looking for the illegal gamblers. there is no escape down that path.
- We turn and go back inside and see a bunch of men running into the men’s room. We recognize some of them from the same group that we gambled with.
- “Comon!” I say.
- We both enter the bathroom and she runs for a stall to hide in.
- I talk to the doorman at the front of the bathroom. “Do you have any hair dye?” I ask. “Something to change black hair into something else?”
- “Sure any of these” he says while passing his hand over this odd-looking panel of buttons. “Or you could just use the soap. That works too.”
- I call for the girl to come over. She exits the stall and joins me at the front of the bathroom.
- She starts putting the soap in her hair, and it sort of works, but there are only highlights appearing, not the desired total hair color change we were looking for.
- She asks me to do it for her, and I oblige. But I must have used too much because her hair goes completely white and then starts to melt and fall out. I watch in horror as her once long black hair falls in clumps to the ground and starts smoking. “What is this stuff?” I think to myself.
- The clumps on the floor actually start to burn from the heat of the chemical reaction happening.
- The doorman seems unfazed, as if this happens every day (“It probably does.” I think to myself). All he does is grab a hose to try and put the fire out, but since it is a chemical file it does little but to spread the flames around.
This is where the dream ended. If I were to turn this into a story I would back up a bit and continue with my first thoughts after I woke up. In this revised ending:
- The hair dye works perfect and we get the light brown or whatever color we were looking for. I also use a pair of scissors to cut her waist-length hair up past her shoulders. It’s not a great haircut, but it will serve our purposes. (Edit: I suppose I need to do something about my looks as well, perhaps I also dye my hair, or shave it off or something).
- As soon as we finish trimming her hair we hear police closing in. We need to hide. The doorman sweeps away the hair into a wastebasket and we both dash into one of the stalls together. We put down the seat on the toilet and both climb on top (to hide our feet from police should they peer underneath).
- The police start searching the stalls one by one, and we hear them check the one next to us. When they finish (we hear the stall door closing), we silently get down, crawl under the middle divider to the stall they just checked and perform the same feat of getting up on the toilet seat cover (thankfully the seat was already down in this one).
- Ahh, I forgot to mention, there is fairly loud music playing in the bathroom, this helps us crawl under the stalls without the police hearing.
- The police finish their search, satisfied that “the gamblers” are not in here, and leave to search the rest of the building.
- We wait a while, exit the stall, give the doorman a gigantic tip, and slip out into the crowded mall.
The journal for this trip really begins shortly after last year’s fall run to Charleston. Eric Baruzzi (Officer in Charge, USCG Station Point Judith) mentioned he hadn’t seen my journal (still haven’t finished it) and while talking about the trip Eric commented he’d really like to join the crew. I figured it would probably never happen but lo-and-behold June 2nd rolls around and the two of us are on a Southwest flight from RI to Baltimore and then on to Charleston, SC.
Our B 50&51 boarding passes produce two seats in the last row of the plane and the flight is uneventful. On the connecting flight we have slightly better passes and as we walk up the isle I spot a row with an attractive woman in a window seat with the isle and center seats open. “How about here Eric” I say. “Let’s just go to those same seats in the back” says he. As we settle in we realize there are a total of 5 babies/toddlers surrounding us. “Want to go back”? Eric remarks. But the seats have been grabbed so we hope for the best. Turns out not one of those kids cried, screamed, whined, coughed, needed changing or sneezed. Totally amazing.
We make it to the Betty Ann at the far end of the Charleston City Marina Mega Dock before noon, meet Archie, stow our gear and I take Eric on a tour of the boat. Salty Mike’s bar is closed so we have lunch at the restaurant above then return to finish preparations for getting underway the next morning. By 3 PM we are ready for liberty in Charleston and, as is our habit, start at The Blind Tiger Pub. After a couple of rounds the rest of the crew arrive (Jim Geib and his daughter Stephanie) and we finish a few more rounds along with some fried green tomatoes, fritters and artichoke dip appetizers, then head off for a quick tour of downtown.
Eric recalls a prior visit, while on liberty from a USCG cutter, and a place where the back wall of the bar was a row of slurpy machines that served up different flavor margaritas. We happen to be right in front of Wet Willies bar, look inside, and that is the place! We did a quick tour of downtown then walked back to the now open Salty Mikes for dinner and drinks. A group of ‘locals’ provides some good eavesdropping entertainment. One guy is explaining that he can’t brush his teeth in the morning without gagging and the female in the group bursts out with some serious trash talk. All-in-all a good liberty call.
TUESDAY 03 JUNE
We are underway at 0700 with a full USCG sendoff!! (well I did have this great photo sitting around so why not push the truth a bit) Our destination is Point Judith R.I. and the plan is to go well off shore for a non-stop passage. This will be my third chance to round Cape Hatteras so I am psyched. The forecast is for a hot sunny day with light southerly winds; enough to fill the sails for motor sailing but nothing more. Eric starts an hourly plot of our progress which each subsequent watch faithfully maintains. Larry is not with us this trip, nor has he provisioned us with his frozen rib, chili, chicken and lasagna entrees. So what’s for supper? Archie pops open the freezer (which is struggling to maintain 22 degrees F during the hot day) and explains he bought a tray of chicken breasts, a bag of shrimp, a pork loin, two Willow Tree Farms chicken pot pies and some frozen mixed vegetables – the kind where you cook the bag in a microwave or pot of water. This is going to be like those cooking shows where the chefs are given a basket of ingredients and challenged to create a meal. I’m thinking Chinese chicken and vegetables on rice but there is no soy sauce. End up making a Thai type of sauce with milk, peanut butter, coconut rum and hot peppers.
WEDNESDAY 04 JUNE
Another hot day like yesterday with variable southerly winds. Jim G. tweaks the sail trim and we maintain about an 8 knot motor sail. Archie has acquired an asymmetrical jib and we’re all dying to try it but given the forecast we’ll be using the iron jenny instead. We dine on Archie’s sandwiches for lunch and then Eric and I break out fishing gear. There are only two lures in the tackle box so we put the small Kastmaster on the spinning rod and a tuna squid lure on the larger bait casting rod. Amid a bit of heckling we settle down behind the cockpit. Music from Eric’s phone, and even a cold beer, complete the setting. An hour or so goes by with no fish so we switch rods to change our luck but the fish are not cooperating and the heckling intensifies a bit. Eventually we reel in the spinning rig and secure the other rod to the inflatable.
I take the helm and while Jim and Stephanie are enjoying a dolphin show at the bow I spot a weather “super buoy” charted several miles ahead on the chart plotter. Hmmmm, a good spot for Mahi Mahi, so I alter course three degrees to port and after a bit tell Eric to man the rod. We take the buoy close aboard and after we pass Eric calls out “fish on”. I slow the boat while Eric fights the fish.
Even the doubters are on board now – they are even suggesting ways to cook it. But it is not to be. Eric gets it to within 50′ of the boat, it is a good sized Mahi, but it surfs down the face of the large following swell, spits out the hook and disappears. We try again at a large abandoned light tower off Hatteras. It is an imposing structure and Archie, who is at the helm, maintains separation and I come up empty so frozen shrimp replaces fresh fish on the dinner menu. But on the bright side I have now made it around the Cape. We should have implemented some sort of recognition ritual – a minor version of King Neptune’s Court for those that cross the equator.
THURSDAY 05 JUNE
As dawn beaks it is apparent the NOAA’s predicted west wind has not materialized and we continue to motor sail along our 038 M track with the same following breeze at 7-8 knots. A front was forecast to pass our area but we are now so far offshore the VHF weather stations are quiet. Out comes the users manual for the single side band radio. Hmmmm – complicated stuff – multiple daytime and night time frequencies to choose from, weather only broadcast at certain times (like the system we experienced sailing off the coast of France). Lots of squealing/howling type sounds but nothing useful.
Late in the afternoon I suggest we kill the engine for at least a bit of sailing and for one hour we do glide along quietly enjoying nature’s free power. But then the front comes through. Wind goes calm, fire up the engine, reef the main, wind and seas pick up, oops – Jim and Eric deal with a parted mainsail outhaul.
Then a truly insane experience cooking dinner. I’d planned pan seared pork loin with peach salsa and mashed potatoes and managed to pull it off. But while rocking and rolling, slipping and sliding in the galley with a pot of boiling potatoes and a sizzling frying pan next to me as I’m dicing peaches and vegetables I was thinking P&J sandwiches would have been a wiser menu. Stephanie wasn’t feeling up to a full meal but chowed down on some mashed potatoes. Jim also passed so there was more than plenty for Archie, Eric and me.
The rest of the night was reminiscent of a Twilight Zone episode. When I came on watch at 0200 Eric asked me to check his last two hourly plots. I plotted the two GPS fixes on the chart and came up with near identical positions as his. “Then we have a problem” says Eric, “we’re heading straight toward Jones Beach”. The chart plotter showed our heading parallel to the coast, compass course was fine and we were well offshore so we weren’t concerned, just very puzzled. Throw in a couple of 180 degree wind shifts and a missing sea buoy and the hairs started rising on the back of our necks. We agrees we were too fatigued to figure out the plots so put that off to tomorrow.
FRIDAY 06 JUNE
My favorite way to wake up – “Anyone want egg sandwiches”? asks Stephanie. And she delivers some excellent ones on grilled English muffins. Eric and I return to the plotting question and conclude since the only chart we could use that far offshore was the small scale chart covering Cape May to Cape Cod, our plots had been skewed.
It is obvious to all that the weather has kept us from making a hoped for stop at Block Island so we settle down motor sailing in a pleasant Northwest breeze and plan for a late arrival at Point Judith. Stephanie has had enough for one trip and makes arrangements for a pickup when we tie up. The rest of the crew celebrates another successful trip with beer, rum and whatever else is found in the Captains liquor locker.
- College dorm
- ground floor
- one entire wall is a window
- window continues underground so that I can see the dirt and stone below, kind of like a giant ant farm.
- snakes everywhere falling through from the grass above in front of the glass and then disappearing into the building foundation. “I should get someone to look at that”, I think to myself. There are copperheads and even a giant yellow python that goes on forever as it slithers by.
- There are also channels with water from recent rains (was raining this night for real). They go up, down, mostly at right angles, and are flowing with a stream.
- all kinds of critters use the water channels for transport including a school of yellow fish that I see go fluttering by.
Not much to report on here:
- Went to the moon with friend from work
- Special new kind of craft
- A bunch of other people on it, I think it might have been a public vacation” type deal
- On the lunar surface we come upon the remains of an alien
- It looks like some sort of reptile, or at least it used to.
- The body is “deflated” and all that remains are the bones underneath the spacesuit which is now hugging the bones like a ziplock hugs the food inside after being purged of air
- The rest of the alien’s “fleshy parts” are strewn in front of the suit in what was clearly a violent explosive decompression of body through the suit. They’re still red and pink but frozen solid.
- We all get uneasy and crawl back through the portal into our spaceship to return home.
Big Dream #1
My cousin and her husband, a musician duo, were invited to open for some Hollywood comedy awards show. The three of us arrived in Hollywood and went to the venue (one of those theaters that they do awards shows in).
They played a couple songs and then said “Thank you everybody, that’s all for us, but stick around because there’s a lot more show coming up.”
So while they go off stage I talk to Jack Black for a while, and someone else…maybe the guy that plays Ray Ramanoe’s brother. Anyway, the second act starts and it’s Teller (from Penn and Teller) and Seinfeld doing this back and forth comedy bit where one guy sets up the joke and the other finishes it.
They start off slow but start getting smoother and smoother. The back and forth jokes switch to more of the same lines said over and over. Then suddenly it starts to sound musical which is my cousin and her husband come back on stage and join in.
Haha! Surprise everyone! Crowd goes wild while the four of them play this song together.
Big Dream #2
I was up on an Island with family and my uncle was taking a bunch of people out on a boat for a joyride. My dad and I were in small dinghies down by the bow of the boat helping with the lines or something. My uncle went to nudge the stern of the boat away from the dock by using the two engines, one in reverse and one in forward, only to have the bow hit the dinghy I was in and wedge it against the dock.
I was in no danger, but this prevented the boat from rotating and it caused the stern to hit some rocks or something. The boat became disabled and floated out into some larger body of water where it became stuck in the sand and they had to wait for the Coast Guard or someone else to arrive and tow them back in.
My uncle came back while everybody else had to wait on the boat and said something like “Well if this isn’t just perfect. What a day this has been. Oh man.” He then set about moving stuff around in some storage shed, probably to fashion something to help get the boat unstuck. My dad and I found some tractors and started riding those around the pier. Troublemakers!
Pretty cool dreams. I also had dreams that:
- I was looking for a house in Colorado, but there were only four for sale in the entire state, and none were close to mountains.
- I switched apartments with two friends in my apartment complex, but forgot to move almost all my stuff or tell the apartment office.
- I recorded a song and then submitted it to some professional review site for critique. After implementing his suggestions (swapped out some chords and implemented the “Moibius Technique” whatever that is supposed to be) it sounded amazing.
School bus trip with a bunch of people, driver taking weird back roads with one of them flooded, but we make it through and down another steep hill. We finally come out of the woods we’ve been driving through to find it opens onto large swaths of soccer fields and football fields. Finally get there. Aha! It’s a high school.
We all pile off the bus and the camera switches to an interview of Andy from The Office. Oh, I guess this dream is going to turn into an Office episode.
Andy Interview: “I pretty much led them through the whole thing, so the only thing they heard for an hour was “turn here, turn here. So I’m, pretty sure I showed my leadership abilities there.”
Back to the first-person camera and we go sit in one of those plastic half-seats. Something is wrong, this is not the art class/exhibit we were supposed to go see. This room is full of high school students, leave. We see Jim in the main entryway of the school. “Hey Jim, what room are we in?”
Jim: This one.
We go back into the same room we just left.
Jim asks one of the kids: “Is this room 141?”
Apathetic kid just stares at Jim and shakes his head.
Jim: Comon…let’s go.
On the way out we see the room is “41”, not “141”
Jim: How was I supposed to know this was one of those buildings where room 101 is on the second floor?
We run up the stairs. on the way I say to Jim:
“I didn’t think that was an art class, it sounded a lot like history. I mean, I wasn’t 100% sure though, could’ve gone either way”
We are on the second floor running through a library when Jim stops as a table full of stuff. It’s all stuff donated by people for the library/school to sell. One is a large pink doll house.
Jim: Oh my god, this is my neighbor’s kid’s doll house. Cici would love this…look it’s just like my family!” Jim fiddles with some of the play people. “Wow, what do you say to that?”
Dwight arrives: I don’t know, how about “I’m sorry”?
Dwight tries to put Jim in a headlock but misses because Jim ducks to pick something up. Dwight tries again but misses when Jim starts to run through the library for the art show again.
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Joe and I were in a motorcycle race at a “super-speedway road course”. Twists and turns for 10 miles or something, but we could hold it flat out going 240mph the entire time. I pussied out on a couple corners though and let up on the gas and went on the high side of the corner.
About 2/3 of the way through the race/lap I realized I was wearing nothing but shorts, t-shirt, and no helmet. “If I wipe out right now this is not going to be good” I thought to myself. I tried to calculate how much of my skin would be removed while I slid from 240mph to zero. “Too late to think about that now” I say to myself and continue on.
We finish our lap and both pull into the pits. The rest of the field comes in behind us (we were #1, and #2 with Joe in first). Joe turns to me and says “I’m not gonna lie, two-hundred forty miles per hour on a bike might be a little fast even for me.” I agree and as the last of our field comes in, the second field leaves the pits for their lap.
We then all take our bikes to a field and bury them to hide them from the police. The race was “unsanctioned” and they’re looking for us. We have to wait until nightfall to come back and dig them up to get away.