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The one-second dream

November 5, 2010

I spent last night turning over at about 45-minute intervals, as alternate hip and shoulder protested to brain that they didn’t want to be slept upon, with occasional complaints from other joints and muscles. But finally it was 5:25 and my alarm goes off at 6:00. Any sensible person would have said “to hell with it” and just gotten up. I didn’t. I tried to doze.

Then I heard my alarm – my iPod makes a sound like crickets – and came fully awake. But it wasn’t making the sound – there were no crickets. My watch showed 5:40.

Does it matter if the reality is inside or outside your head? I had dreamed the sound of the crickets, and that being a signal to wake up…

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  1. November 6, 2010 at 18:23 | #1

    I seem to have dreams like that rather often – there’s a knock at the door, the phone’s ringing. Only problem is, it’s a time of night no one would be knocking on the door, and the caller ID doesn’t think anyone’s phoned.

    I hate those dreams.

  2. November 7, 2010 at 12:55 | #2

    I like strange dreams that cause me to think about how the brain works. I don’t know why. It’s not as if I wouldn’t think about that anyway. Maybe when a dream gets me thinking about how the brain works, there’s more to chew on?

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