Weird Dreams? I've Had 'Em! But THIS One… Whooooo!
I’ve had weird dreams before, but in the all-time Weird Dream index, this one’s in the Top 10.
I was walking through the woods in the dark trying to find the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, where I served as a Navy Corpsman from 1973-1974. I struggled up a craggy, rocky hill and found a railroad track. I figured if I followed the track, it would take me right to the medical center. Then my flashlight went out, and it was absolutely dark. I mean, no light whatsoever. That’s odd for a dream, to be dreaming and not SEE anything.
Anyway, I saw the light of a train approaching and used its illumination to find a crossing point on the track. The engineer jumped out of the train and started yelling at me about trying to cross the track, but I was having trouble making out what it was he was saying.
The train moved on, I crossed the track and made my way towards the medical center.
There was a small, green coin purse on the path. I picked it up and opened it and noticed there was an ID card, money and some photos. There was $75 — in the form of a $5 bill and a $70 bill. The $70 bill had a picture of Ben Franklin on it, but he had weird, cartoony eyes. I looked at the pictures, and as near as I could tell they were pictures of the woman who lost the coin purse. They were pornographic in nature, and resembled small paintings more than actual photos.
So I went to the lost and found at the hospital, which was in a huge room that I somehow recognized. In fact, I told the two ladies behind the counter, “I haven’t been in THIS room for a LONG time.” It seemed like the Patient Affairs office I used to work in 37 years ago was right down the hallway, although I couldn’t say for sure.
So, having turned in the coin purse, I made my way towards my room. My roommate, Ben Krech (who was my producer when I worked at XM Satellite Radio and is currently serving his country in the Army), greeted me in the hallway and rubbed a handful of black dirt on my white uniform. I asked him why he did that and he said, “You’ll see.”
I headed to my room and found a huge pile of the same black dirt and sticks on the floor in between the two beds. I looked at my bed, and saw it had new sheets on it — crudely drawn pictures of Ben kissing the same girl whose pictures I saw in the coin purse.
Then Raven, realizing it was almost 6 am, whined pitifully, nudged my bed, and brought me back to reality.