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Well, of course, we all have a dream. The one about lots of good absinthes being legal in the USA.

 

But while responding to an email from a member here who said they hoped to meet me one day, I remembered that I actually had the strangest dream about you all last night. I dreamt I was walking near my home, and saw a big camper van stop, and members of the WW Society started to climb out. First of all, Hiram, followed by hundreds of you (well it seemed like hundreds). Of course you all came home and we had a "jour vert." Because I only know most of you by your two dimensional avatars, you all moved in a very odd, cartoon-like way and those I have skyped had very tinny voices.

 

Now this was only a 2 glasses of Brouilly dream. Nothing to do with absinthe. But it was a good dream and it was great to meet you all at last.

 

Does this dream mean I have been spending too long here? Anyone else dream of the Society and its members? Or do you have any relevant dreams suitable for a public airing?

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I have been touring Parisian cafes with the likes of Manet, Renoir, visiting Louvre with Cezanne, and drinking absinthe of the heyday with Lautrec himself long before I had actually tasted pre-ban. But I have remembered the taste (as I usually do in dreams) and must say it was incomparable, the very essence of extrait d'absinthe; and Henri was painting on the street some brothel scene. When I awoke, I have sketched what I saw, but never realised it either on canvas or on paper.

Great dream, Alan :cheers:

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Does this dream mean I have been spending too long here?

 

Depends... was I wearing a corset?

 

Seriously though, I have the odd dream of all getting together on a nice absinthe event... but it's usually at someone's home, and not some nifty camper/tour-bus

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I have a photo album dream of a European tour:

a drink with PB and his motorcycle gang.

a drink with Alan as he is introducing me to Claude-Alain.

a drink with Thomas in the North country (where is Thomas?).

a drink with Mindshifter on a coast or in a field of wormwood.

in front of Luc's shop.

a glass of mead with gertz.

a drink with a French sock puppet on a lovely outdoor table (is that Mahogany or Redwood?).

and on and on it goes...

 

I hope Maggie wins that lottery soon. This will not be a cheap vacation.

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Depends... was I wearing a corset?

 

That two-part sentence contains two totally incongruous segments, and I can't imagine that the former could possibly relate to you, beautiful lady.

 

Unfortunately, I'm far more familiar with the first than the second. :devil: ;)

 

My absinthe reverie is really a simple one...just a small gathering in stunningly beautiful Heather Meadows (halfway up Mount Baker), and an open bar featuring Berger, Edouard Pernod, Pernod Fils, and about fifteen other, less popular pre-ban potables. That venue is close enough to home that I might even show up for my own dream. :)

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T73, that sounds like a fun tour. Can we form a procession as you stop and pick us up? Oh, and the good thing is you have almost the same chance of winning the lottery whether you buy a ticket or not. ;)

 

Speaking of the bikers, tonight may be a nightmare for me. One new birth and one birth anniversary being celebrated tonight at the clubhouse. Could get messy. I'm thinking of whipping up a sangrita for the guys. Could get very messy. And tomorrow the family is off to Germany for a visit. Ouch.

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I'm relieved to know I'm not the only one here who has these dreams. I've always assumed it just means I spend way too much time here. Similarly, in mine, all of you are your avatars. Or some anthropomorphized version thereof, which I assume means that at least some of my dream versions of you look a lot like you do in real life (looking at you, Absomphe).

 

T73, don't forget to stop off in NYC before your jump across the puddle.

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"...(looking at you, Absomphe.)"

 

If you don't stop it, you'll turn to stone, Martin. ;)

 

P.S....No, the preceding was not a paid promotion for Gorgon Blanche. :devil:

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in stunningly beautiful Heather Meadows
Wasn't she in Russ Meyers' pornlike classic "Beneath the Val de Travers"?

 

My absinthe dream is one in which I'm skydiving over Paris. When I pull the ripcord, my pack opens and instead of a parachute, out fly autographed 8x10 headhots of all the WS members, smiling and uncaring as I crash through the roof of the great Paris operahouse...

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in stunningly beautiful Heather Meadows

Wasn't she in Russ Meyers' pornlike classic "Beneath the Val de Travers"?

 

 

:laf: :laf:

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What interesting dreams! I myself have been reading "The Book of Absinthe: A Cultural History" right before I go to sleep. I hate the cover because I work "in the industry" and I am sure someone specified a "louche green" and the book ended up with an "80's album cover teal". Anyway, I digress.

 

Dreams of late have been the usual three... I am working too much, and of course I code in my sleep ("did I close that bracket?") and the usual other two... I run into an old high school girlfriend who still looks the same, but alas I am my 40-something paunchy old self. And the old classic: I am walking around in public, and suddenly I realize I have no pants on. (I attribute this to 12 years of Catholic school, harsh potty training, or not enough absinthe.)

 

Thanks for sharing, Alan!

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I hardly ever dream. It's the weirdest thing, but I only recall my dreams, or even really feel I'd been dreaming, maybe once every 2 months. When I do dream, they are extremely vivid and confusing and it takes me a good while to understand I'd only been dreaming. I know that's common, but I mean really disorienting.

 

I remember reading Werner Herzog say the same thing: that he NEVER dreams.

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Even if you don't recall your dreams, everyone dreams during the REM stage of sleep which occurs several time per night, and increasingly makes up a greater portion of your sleep time the longer you've been asleep. This is why people typically remember the dreams they've just had before waking up in the morning.

 

If a person's dream stage of sleep is prevented, such as in experiments when researchers wake a person every time they see dream stage brain waves, on subsequent nights the person will move into the dream stage of sleep more quickly. Although there are many competing theories on the purpose of dreams (i.e. working through the day's activities, solving problems, random neural firings), research consistently demonstrates that we all need dream sleep to be fully functioning and healthy people. Those who are consistently deprived of this phase of sleep suffer both physical and mental problems as a result.

 

I personally think that dream interpretation is cool, and have done it with clients who are interested in it. I find that asking someone what each element of the dream represents to them, and what they think it might mean is the best way to figure out any messages that might be contained in the dream. Also, I believe that priming yourself to dream about a problem or question by thinking about it just before sleep can be one approach to resolving the issue.

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I very rarely remember my dreams, except for that weird one where my spirit animal chose me. No, it occurred before my absinthe drinking, thank you very much. One vivid dream every few years is about it. I thought Alan meant "dream" as something we were looking forward to accomplishing someday but then the Doctor had to go all clinical on us. ;)

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My dreams have developed to where they're not like the dreams I had when I was younger, which were vividly visual. Now they're more like my waking thoughts. And I always wake up feeling like I've been partially awake or thinking hard all night.

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I have a photo album dream of a European tour:

[...]

a glass of mead with gertz.

[...]

I hope Maggie wins that lottery soon. This will not be a cheap vacation.

Come on - the mead will be on the house ...

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Also, I believe that priming yourself to dream about a problem or question by thinking about it just before sleep can be one approach to resolving the issue.

Makes perfect sense. "priming" for lucid dreaming is a common method of increasing the likelihood of lucid dreaming.

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I used to have dreams where I could actually fly. I've not had one of those in quite some time now and hope to revisit it (it revisit me?). Not sure what it means but damn, they were fun!

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You can have those dreams again, if you prime yourself before going to bed by thinking about flying and the feeling you had in those dreams.

 

Not to be a Debbie Downer, but drinking alcohol before bed does inhibit the dream sleep phase, as well as deeper restorative sleep phases. Maybe that's why some of us are having more trouble dreaming these days. ;)

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I used to have dreams where I could actually fly. I've not had one of those in quite some time now and hope to revisit it (it revisit me?). Not sure what it means but damn, they were fun!
I used to have ones like that when I was young (5 to 10 years old). It wasn't flying per se, I could jump for anywhere from a few feet to miles and could change directions easily in mid-air just by turning my body. They were very vivid and lucid and always fun as hell.

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Recalling dreams seems directly proportional to the amount of sleep I've had. Since I have gradually clipped my sleep down to 5 - 6 hrs/night, I rarely wake up in a dream cycle. If I indulge on the weekend and get 7 - 8 hrs, I have a better chance of recalling any dreams.

 

Absinthe and/or the WS have not featured in any dreams, as I can recall anyway. Maybe the "priming" option can be attempted in the near future.

 

As for historical dreams, I used to have awful nightmares as a kid. While in college, I tended to sleep more and had many detailed and disturbing dreams. I kept a dream journal for a while (though never set about interpreting them), but this has lapsed. Dreams of flying (and falling) were common when I was young. I don't ever remember "hitting" the ground, but do remember bouncing back out of the Grand Canyon once. :)

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Bouncing back from the Grand Canyon? wow.. Human bouncy-ball

 

Hmm.. recent odd dream was where I died in a plane crash, where I woke up as the plane itself exploded.

 

Then again, I did fall asleep while watching 'seconds from disaster' on National Geographic channel

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Absomphe can quote posts effectively, darn it.

 

Damn these blonde tresses!

 

or

 

Damn these blonde tresses!

 

 

When editing a post to adjust what's quoted, the quote is initiated by a left bracket "[" immediately followed by the word "quote" then a right bracket "]". This tells the stupid computer, "Hey! PTFA! This is a quote!" Display in the appropriate manner. This is called "open quote".

 

To end the special quote display, the stupid computer looks for the following:

 

left bracket "["

forward slash "/"

the word "quote"

right bracket "]"

 

This is called "close quote".

 

If you hit reply, you'll see the code that produces properly displayed quotes.

 

 

I tried to show the two main problems people have with their quote structure, but the stupid computer could figure out how to display the correctly formatted quotes correctly. Alas, another post...

 

 

The key thing that I see in botched quotes is either missing the "open quote" altogether so it looks like this:

 

Damn these blonde tresses!

 

 

or using the "close quote" at the opening so it looks like this:

 

Damn these blonde tresses!

 

Hopefully, your quote problems will be solved, once and for all.

 

 

Kewl! The stupid computer did something smart and merged my posts together so the good quotes and ill-formed quotes display properly!

 

Remember: The Computer is Your Friend. :devil:

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