I think this place is to blame for this. I thought this dream had been exorcised, but there it was again last night.

*****

I'm trying to get to a place on a bicycle. There's lots of water, and the water has tiny bits of gravel in it. The wheels keep getting clogged up with the gravel. I get to a street and some car almost runs me over. The two guys in the car stop, roll down the window, and say, "You know that girl you dated last year? She's dating those creeps now." (I know exactly who they mean. The girl is the Metal Firecracker and she's been dead now many, many years.)

I finally get to this house, and there's some sort of party going on. And then she walks up behind me. I turn around, and she's just as lovely as ever. That sort of wild, young Marilyn Monroe, slightly unkempt type of lovely. I'm re-smitten, of course.

She's trying to tell me something about what's going on, but there's too much noise and too many people. I take her arm and we move to another spot. But there are these two really loud and foolish girls talking loudly and looking at us. They are listening to us, aren't they? And they were just over there where we came from, weren't they?

I see a door to a room nearby and she and I go into the room. I'm aching with love and longing, but I know it's no use to confess that to her. She's no longer mine. She is very close to my face as she says, "I really don't want to hurt you."

I say, "Well, it's not a hurt like you were marrying someone else. Or a hurt like you were having someone else's baby. Or a hurt like you were.... dead."

And that's when I stagger backwards and say, shakily, "But, you are dead." The horror of that epiphany racks my whole body with shudders, and I can hardly stand up. Her face becomes horrible with long yellowish teeth and she's trying to reach out and... grab me? Hurt me? Beg me to help her?

*****

Just talking about this dream will not help them stop. I only write this as a log to refer back to and try to understand why, after so long, it would happen again. I know it's this place, which begs me to remember every detail of my life. A price to pay, I suppose.

I was riding in the car with someone when, all of a sudden, I just jumped out and ran into the woods. Whoever it was driving the car drove on. As I wandered deeper into the woods, the leaves turned to autumn colors even though it was summer.

Suddenly I saw a bunch of men in military camouflage uniforms running along a ridge in front of me. All of them were carrying spears. They didn't notice I was there. The ridge sloped downhill to my right toward a large metal hoop. As they ran down the hill, they started throwing their spears toward the hoop, as in some sort of target practice. A tiger then jumped out of a grove of trees behind the hoop. As if this was what they were training for, they started throwing their spears at the tiger, but they all missed, and the tiger ran through the hoop up to the ridge and started eating them alive.

I get the feeling that I should have been disturbed by this dream... but I wasn't. Instead I was amused by the absurdity of it all.

I lie in the grass staring into a fractured sky. A dark liquid pours out of the shattered moon, as tar envelopes the clouds. Slowly it spreads, hiding the immortal stars behind it. I turn into the grass, clutching onto it for security. I close my eyes.

Something is changing... My haven is receding. The grass turns brown, and withers into the ground. The soft flesh of the earth turns from brown to grey, as it hardens into concrete. I scan my surroundings for comfort. I find none. As I lie motionless, I stare into the absolute blackness of the sky.

A foul stench fills my nostrils, as I gather myself from slumber. Still, I lie alone, in a desert of stone. I begin to run, searching for the cause of the odor. I stumble, but never land.

... Its 12:17 P.M. my dog has shit next to my door, and next to my computer, and I... I am lying on the ground, two feet from my door. My dog, on my bed, asleep.

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1.
I was taking a cruise along a tiny river. Not in a boat nor a ferry, but a bus capable of floating. So when we hit a very shallow area we just kept going. There also was an another bus right ahead of us, and somebody commented on it going too fast.
In real life there is no river at the place this happened in, but a railway. I had travelled to Helsinki on a train the day before this dream.

2.
A group I had listened to as a kid (I think it was De la Soul) had released a brand new album. It was released on one CD, one 12-inch vinyl and a package of two 10-inch picture discs. Each with different tracks. I was standing in the record store wondering how I could afford all of them.

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