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Posted on 07/31/2020 4.00 AM

Kosh's Shadow 7/26/2020 12:20:15 PM

Posted by: Kosh's Shadow

Occasional Reader 7/31/2020 6:56:46 AM

Good morning.  I recall reading years ago that one of the most boring things you can do to a person is inflict a retelling of last night's dream on him or her.

So... here goes!

Part 1 of the dream, I'm sitting in as an observer on a Georgetown U. freshman Honors English class [which, in real life, I did when I visited GU for Early Admissions Weekend or something along those lines as a high school senior].   The professor asks one stereotypical jock-meathead where he had heard a certain concept he just mentioned (she's seemingly skeptical he came up with it on his own), and he points to another student and says "from the little Jew".   The professor immediately punches/slaps the jock across the head so hard he falls out of his seat.  I'm thinking: 1) Wow, no matter what he said, this is probably the end of her job here, you're really not allowed to hit the students; 2) it's particularly startling that she's willing to call this sort of attention to herself, considering that I've heard she's under investigation for sexually harassing male students; 3) it's amazing she managed to knock Meathead Jock clear out of his seat, because she's quite petite; 4) in fact - I then notice - she's Priscilla, who in real life is a colleague (and who did in fact attend GU); 5) and that's even more surprising, because Priscilla doesn't have a temper like that; 6) not to mention, Priscilla is quite attractive, so I wonder how there were any complaining students about that whole sexual harassment thing?   I also look over at the kid that the jock was referring to, and yeah, he's really amazingly "little" indeed, in fact he looks to be about 7 years old.  I wonder if that's some sort of genetic disorder, or if he really is a super-advanced 7 year old who's in college; either of which makes Meathead Jock's remark even more ignoble.

The dream then jumps seamlessly, and with some apparent connection (I have no idea what), to a sort of movie I'm watching and kind of directing.  It's about an American serviceman in the Pacific theater in WWII, who, after engaging in hard fighting and battlefield heroics (which are not part of the dream, more the understood prologue), grows sick of the war, goes AWOL, and opens a hotel on a small, beautiful Pacific island.  (The hotel looks like a  bigger, fancier version of the clubhouse of a boat club in my hometown.)  And he lives there happily, until one day in the 1970s, he looks up and sees an Oceanic Airways 747 passing overhead, that's in distress, with an engine on fire.  (It's kind of amusing that my subconscious picked "Oceanic Airways", because, well....  So he jumps into his seaplane, and takes off to render assistance to the stricken airliner (er, somehow?).  But as he climbs, and the dramatic/mournful music swells, we see that his seaplane, too, is catching fire; including the little mini-seaplanes that dangle from its wings as sort of escape pods, so no hope for him there; and as the mournful/dramatic music reaches a crescendo, we realize he's doomed, as is the Oceanic Airways plane.

The "movie" then cuts to a sort of epilogue, which is being narrated by someone who might be Meryl Streep.  The camera sweeps across the sunlight-dappled entrance to the hotel, while the narrator informs us that the hero's ghost is often spotted by guests who stay there, but that he seems calm and at peace; and also, reunited with his beloved wife, who had predeceased him by several years.  "She's with him, now," the narrator says.  And... roll credits!  And I wake up.

JCM 7/31/2020 7:33:18 AM
Good personal news in Frontier.
lucius septimius 7/31/2020 7:52:49 AM

Reply to Occasional Reader in 1:

Interesting.  The first one makes a good deal of sense given all the stuff about campus culture.  The second one ... a certain level of despair?  Cinematic movies are always interesting.

I had dreams about being on hand for the death of my paternal grandfather (who passed away in 1952). Clearly brought on by visiting the family graveyard.  The dream included a number of details of life 70 years ago, including me having an experience of segregation and being appalled. For some reason I kept going back and forth in the dream between being college-age (hence I had driven to Nashville in a bitchen' red Lincoln convertible) and being about 5.  The dream involved a bunch of cousins of whom I have no memory.  They were very nice. The death itself was grisly -- my dad's father died of a very strange illness when he was only 53.

lucius septimius 7/31/2020 7:58:29 AM

Reply to Occasional Reader in 1:

Any particular reason you think Priscilla was in there?

Occasional Reader 7/31/2020 7:58:59 AM

Please don't objectify sex robots

/hat tip: Insty

Occasional Reader 7/31/2020 8:13:30 AM

In #3 lucius septimius said: The second one ... a certain level of despair?

Not really; it was an enjoyable dream, in a cinematic sort of way.

"Any particular reason you think Priscilla was in there?"

Other than the Georgetown connection... no idea. 

Occasional Reader 7/31/2020 8:15:23 AM

In #3 lucius septimius said: The second one

... was also definitely influenced by watching Windtalkers last night while eating dinner; and elements of it also remind me of Farewell to the King, and the beginning of The Thin Red Line (both, in terms of an American serviceman "checking out" from the war in the Pacific). 

lucius septimius 7/31/2020 8:19:52 AM

Reply to Occasional Reader in 7:

I watched Sink the Bismarck for the umpteenth time the other night.  It's such a good movie.  Even though you know the outcome, it still continues to maintain the suspense.

JCM 7/31/2020 8:34:31 AM

Reply to lucius septimius in 8:

New Movie release by Apple, Greyhound with Tom Hanks.

Pretty good movie about a Destroyer on convoy duty mid-Atlantic in '42.

Occasional Reader 7/31/2020 8:38:04 AM

Reply to JCM in 9:

it does sound interesting, but I think I’d rather see it in the theater. Oh, wait.

Occasional Reader 7/31/2020 9:29:48 AM

Reply to lucius septimius in 8:

Wasn’t Cinco de Bismarck a key moment in the Mexican war of independence from Germany?

Occasional Reader 7/31/2020 12:35:50 PM
Sheesh, it wasn't that bad a pun... 
JCM 7/31/2020 1:05:21 PM

Reply to Occasional Reader in 12:

It sank the thread!

buzzsawmonkey 7/31/2020 1:28:08 PM

Reply to JCM in 13:

Welcome to my world.

doppelganglander 7/31/2020 1:54:32 PM

Reply to JCM in 13:

Looks like Seattle is planning to self-destruct sooner rather than later. You can read the plans to dismantle public safety here.

Occasional Reader 7/31/2020 1:56:57 PM

So let's talk about... guns!  Of course.

The topic; carry holster options.  In my case, this would be for my Sig P365. 

I have an IWB holster.  The problem I see with it could be summarized as "sitting down".  I also have a "sticky holster" that could be used for pocket carry, but more for jacket-wearing season.  I'd love the idea of something I don't have to adjust/remove if I'm sitting down, and that would provide access similarly while driving; which would argue for a shoulder rig... but that also has disadvantages re: concealment.


Occasional Reader 7/31/2020 2:00:51 PM

Reply to doppelganglander in 15:

Progs have basically become domestic terrorists.  This is just incredible. 

revobob 7/31/2020 2:17:51 PM

Reply to Occasional Reader in 16: Access while driving is a complex problem. I think the best solution there may be one of the powerful magnetic types designed to fit under the dash.The only types of rigs I know of that offer decent access while seat-belted are shoulder and cross-draw. IMHO, neither of those is really optimal. The magnetic type appears to offer unhindered access if you are confronted by a carjacker or anarchist in the window. Some folks have suggested ankle holsters, but as 'cockpits' are increasingly snug around the driver I can't see that working.  Just my 2 cents.

buzzsawmonkey 7/31/2020 2:20:31 PM

---apologies to Petula Clark and "Downtown"

When everyone's locked at home by coronavirus
Your economy's---Downturn!
No matter how our work or ideas inspire us
The economy's---Downturn!
Just listen to the gloom and doom from mainstream media sources
They'll blame Donald Trump and they'll ignore the market forces
But you knew that
They all want to just keep you at home
And rely on the government, rely on a loan
When there's Downturn!
There is no GDP
When we can't productive be
They'll stick it to us and how...

Occasional Reader 7/31/2020 2:42:00 PM

Reply to revobob in 18:

Somehow I knew my post would magically make you appear. Thank you!

Occasional Reader 7/31/2020 2:43:23 PM

Reply to buzzsawmonkey in 19:

Now, now, there’s no need to get so Petula-nt...

Occasional Reader 7/31/2020 2:44:08 PM

In #18 revobob said: shoulder and cross-draw. IMHO, neither of those is really optimal

If you don’t mind, could you elaborate on why?

lucius septimius 7/31/2020 2:44:30 PM

Reply to doppelganglander in 15:

–”Trauma-informed, gender-affirming, anti-racist praxis”

I like it!  I can just see some white chick going up to gang bangers and saying "I affirm your gender!"

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