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: Reality Check Moments
: pj April 22, 2008, 09:05:41 AM
This thread is to share things that happen that cause us to do a Reality Check.

Example:  Yesterday afternoon, I was driving through a city subdivision on the north side of Detroit and had to stop to let a huge, lumbering skunk stroll across an intersection.  I did multiple reality checks while waiting!
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: Burns April 22, 2008, 10:13:22 AM
My biggest reality check moment came on my birthday this year. I saw an ex boyfriend IRL who I haven't seen for about 8 years, who last I knew lived about 2 hours north of me, and who I occasionally have dreams about to this day (or, I should say, he was in them - they weren't about him).

I was at dinner with James and the ex recognized me and came over to our table. I was stunned, and immediately thought I was dreaming! Ever since that weird event, he's never appeared in any dreams again. Quite nice, actually :)
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: Vex April 22, 2008, 01:55:29 PM
Last week I saw what was very obviously a guy dressed like a female, stilleto heels and all. I did a double take and then bit my finger repeatedly to do a pain check. It hurt.
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: pj April 22, 2008, 02:01:37 PM
Depending on the guy, it could hurt more than that!
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: Emerald Wolf April 23, 2008, 01:01:45 PM
On my way to university one day I noticed one of the houses had a zero (the other digits had fallen off)  as its street number and was thinking that that was a mildly RC sort of thing. Then further on I noticed two other houses on my route also had "non-existant" addresses.
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: pj April 23, 2008, 01:30:15 PM
That's a funny one to notice!  It is also really observant.

I think it really takes a refined sense of observation to be a successful lucid dreamer.  Picking up on those RC moments is really key to successful DILDing.
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: phoenelai April 23, 2008, 02:08:23 PM
I was in the bath room, I heard really creepy industrial scratching like noises (straight out of horror flick) so I looked at my hands to make sure it wasn't the start of a nightmare.


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: pj April 23, 2008, 02:11:53 PM
And... what WAS it?

Or don't I want to know?
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: Soldier April 25, 2008, 02:39:00 AM
now this may not be a shocker but 4 minutes ago I walked into my bathroom and there was a HUGE picture behind me (I was looking at the mirror). I quickly did the hand check, light check and nose check. Im so used to walking into my bathroom with the plain wall being there and since my mom put it there without telling me, well I was shocked.
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: Mark April 25, 2008, 04:13:42 PM
well once on my way home from work I was walking along the street and I turned a corner onto a road with about 10 or more dogs on it! considering I hardly ever see dogs were I live I was totally having a WTF momemnt
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: Oneironaught April 26, 2008, 01:05:43 AM
Here's two examples that come to mind:

1) Almost a year ago I was sitting on my front porch re-reading Lucid Dreaming and saw a little boy walk down the road and in front of the post office. Something about him seemed strange and dream-like. I saw him walking without paying any attention to where he was going. He continued on and went to the little convenient store.

I thought to myself, "If this was a dream that kid would have probably gotten hit by a car." I read a few more pages then glanced up to see the boy on the ground partially underneath a pickup truck that had backed out of the post office parking lot and run him over. Next thing I know, a police is there. Then the boy's Mom pulls up. The stranger is hugging the little boy.

Then - as quickly as it began - everything cleared out like nothing ever happened  ??? I probably did 25 RCs in that three-five minute time span. But it was like I blinked and the commotion appeared then I blinked and it all disappeared. I somehow missed the intermediate stages completely.

2) The day I was invited to join MM (and about an hour after I signed up) I walked out of the shop to be confronted by the biggest, boldest, most clear in-your-face rainbow I've ever seen. A double rainbow at that. I stood there in awe and RC'd a number of times. Then I continued to do so for another half hour as I drove across town to run some errands.
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: Mes Tarrant April 26, 2008, 01:32:52 AM
I was sitting in a very serious lecture a few months ago (a political science course), and all of a sudden a bunch of students dressed in animal skins ran into the lecture hall and down the isles, screaming and shouting at the top of their voices. They made a full circle around the lecture hall and left as abruptly as they came. Yeah, did a few RCs there. :D
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: pj April 26, 2008, 11:23:12 AM
2) The day I was invited to join MM (and about an hour after I signed up) I walked out of the shop to be confronted by the biggest, boldest, most clear in-your-face rainbow I've ever seen. A double rainbow at that. I stood there in awe and RC'd a number of times. Then I continued to do so for another half hour as I drove across town to run some errands.

And that rainbow has become part of the identity of Mortal Mist.

I was sitting in a very serious lecture a few months ago (a political science course), and all of a sudden a bunch of students dressed in animal skins ran into the lecture hall and down the isles, screaming and shouting at the top of their voices. They made a full circle around the lecture hall and left as abruptly as they came. Yeah, did a few RCs there. :D

Did you find out what that was all about?
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: Mes Tarrant April 26, 2008, 12:35:23 PM
They were advertising some event related to the school, maybe a football game or something. :) I wish that would happen more often. Lectures can get monotonous.
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: Sunshine April 26, 2008, 12:57:01 PM
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: Mes Tarrant April 26, 2008, 03:29:10 PM
Oh here's a really recent one:

I had had a dream about bringing back cereal from the dream world into real life (it was a false awakening :( ), and it tasted incredibly good - it was sweet and salty at the same time, really yummy. Well a few days later, I was at a South Korea workshop, and they had Korean cookies there that tasted EXACTLY like my dream cereal! :lol: I definitely did some RCs there. I got chills all over because it was like I essentially succeeded in bringing it back after all.
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: Oneironaught April 26, 2008, 04:01:23 PM
Oh here's a really recent one:

I had had a dream about bringing back cereal from the dream world into real life (it was a false awakening :( ), and it tasted incredibly good - it was sweet and salty at the same time, really yummy. Well a few days later, I was at a South Korea workshop, and they had Korean cookies there that tasted EXACTLY like my dream cereal! :lol: I definitely did some RCs there. I got chills all over because it was like I essentially succeeded in bringing it back after all.

I read about that. I like your perspective of how it's as though you succeeded in bringing it back to the real world. In a sense it's true because if you hadn't already tasted it - to be able to recognise the flavor - then it would have been a completely new experience. But as is, it's like you got to revisit the dream cereal in real life. I don't think it can get much more real than that. That's awesome in a cool way.
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: Budster April 26, 2008, 06:32:43 PM
Midwest US, earthquake earlier this month. :o
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: pj April 26, 2008, 06:47:16 PM
And aftershocks as recent as yesterday!
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: Spart April 26, 2008, 10:48:35 PM
Saw an old teacher/nemesis at the grocery store today.  Had a blank stare for a few seconds before I RCed.
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: Lucidbulbs April 27, 2008, 12:45:30 PM
Well, when I'm extremely tired, I tend to reality check whenever someone starts to get too loud. Wishing that it was a dream.

I also once did a reality check when I found lost at the mall >.<

Nothing spectacular like that skunk of yours pj.

Oh yes, and sometimes I sneak a few in at school when the teachers are putting me to sleep, more of a hope that if I fall asleep I'll do one rather than being lucid then and there.
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: Toast April 27, 2008, 12:54:22 PM
OK this happened on Friday:

I was on my way back from playing in a concert in London, on a coach with some other people from the concert, when I went past a house with a sign saying "PJ" in big letters outside it. I immediately made the connection to here and did a reality check, but found I wasn't dreaming. I figured it must have just been an estate agents sign (it was quite dark and we were going fairly fast). After the first one, I went past two more of these PJ signs, and then past the PJ estate agent's headquarters :P. I must have looked pretty silly doing various different reality checks one after another. Having researched it, I'm pretty sure it was Peter James estate agents that I saw and this logo:
(http://media.primelocation.com/PTJMGR/logos/smallAgentLogo.gif)

:D
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: Sunshine April 27, 2008, 12:56:57 PM
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: Arby April 27, 2008, 01:03:10 PM
=O

PJ is everywhere! Cept perhaps in your dreams where you REALLY want him to RC you =P
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: pj April 28, 2008, 05:51:51 AM
(http://media.primelocation.com/PTJMGR/logos/smallAgentLogo.gif)

That's very cool.  I like it!
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: Sara April 28, 2008, 08:16:38 AM
Today: a fellow student is wearing a T-shirt with the text: "In my dreams I can fly"
I did an RC immediately when I saw it, but haven't got the guts to ask her if she knows about lucid dreaming or not...

Yesterday, I was participating in Europe's largest estafette run (with almost 10.000 students) I was waiting in my car at a certain checkpoint. I took a nap, cause it was about 4 am and I was really tired. When I woke up, it was 7:15 and everybody had left! I was totally alone, lying in my car and my team mates had forgotten me :(
I did several RCs, but unfortunately, it was NOT a dream :(
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: Kiza April 30, 2008, 07:31:18 AM
My family had a bonfire going on and I went to check on it. (Don't want it to run rampant.) When I got there a strange whistling came from the fire. The trees shook around me and the whistling got louder. I RCed about 10 times to no avail. After checking the fire I ran the hell away.
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: pj April 30, 2008, 07:59:01 AM
And what did it turn out to be???
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: Kiza April 30, 2008, 08:08:10 AM
And what did it turn out to be???

If you're talking to me, well, I never found out. I just got out of there as fast as I could. Maybe just a lot of wind?
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: pj April 30, 2008, 08:13:37 AM
Yeah - you kind of left us hanging there.

Interesting experience.  Thank you!
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: Mark April 30, 2008, 04:04:16 PM
yeah just had a real WTF moment walking across a zebra crossing some dick head chav came blasting down the road and nearly ran me over!! I actually had to jump back into the middle of the road!

I only remembered to RC about 5 mins later though  :oops:
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: Oneironaught May 01, 2008, 07:01:55 PM
Two nights ago I was online and had the TV in my bedroom on. Suddenly, the cable box went dead and the green LED digit display segments went into a circular chasing sequence for about 30 seconds. It was rather weird indeed. I RC'd but, nope, it was real. Somehow the box had crashed and went into its reboot procedure. 10 Minutes later it came up and worked fine.

Then I searched for almost 20 minutes for this thread but could never find it. It's not where I'd expect it to be at all.
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: pj May 01, 2008, 07:17:09 PM
Where do you expect it to be?

I've had two Reality Check moments today.

On my morning commute, I drive past a large food warehouse that supplies a lot of the west-side supermarkets, groceries and restaurants.  This morning I was driving right at sunrise, and it was a GLORIOUS orange affair.  The twin vertical stainless steel milk tanks sticking out of the food warehouse to my west looked like they had been decorated in vertical orange neon stripes, glowing brilliantly against the dark west sky.  I did a couple RCS as I drove past...

The second was coming home and holding in my hand a lovely gift that a gracious and thoughtful friend put a lot of time and effort into.  The thing is a small sculpture... boxes in boxes, all trapped in one another, with the smallest being almost impossibly tiny, all carved out of a single block of wood.  It is gorgeous, weighs almost nothing, and is absolutely surreal.  Multiple RCs there...

Then I had to RC one more time after reading the accompanying note which ends:

P.S.  You're Dreaming
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: Oneironaught May 01, 2008, 10:37:02 PM
Where do you expect it to be?

I forget in which order but, I scoured the following areas: Lucid Aids, Lucid Dreaming Techniques, Dream a Little Dream, General Lucidity Discussion and Experiences... Pretty much everywhere but here. I never said I had much sense :P I finally gave up and waited until it appeared in my new posts list.

Actually, I think I was looking for a different title so maybe I did check here but overlooked it (repeatedly).

: pj
Then I had to RC one more time after reading the accompanying note which ends:

P.S.  You're Dreaming

If only it were that easy in dreams.
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: Sunshine May 03, 2008, 07:43:51 PM
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: Oneironaught May 05, 2008, 10:24:28 PM
I have a friend, Joe, who moved to Missouri (from Florida) about 4 1/2 years ago. I've seen him about once since then (when he came to visit his daughter) but we talk on the phone about once a year. A few times twice. He's been my very best friend since 1991-92.

Anyway, I was at work today and looked up. What do I see standing there smiling at me? Joe! Just out of the blue, there he was. Now Joe has been a DC in many of my dreams but I never RC or consider it might be a dream. But today I RC'd several times while he was visiting. It turns out another of his daughters is getting married on Thursday.

The bad news: I wasn't dreaming.

The good news: It was really my best buddy in the world  :D

(http://media.primelocation.com/PTJMGR/logos/smallAgentLogo.gif)

Every time I see that image I think of asher; It's so similar to his avatar. Come to think of it, pj is MM's asher so it only makes sense  :paranoid:
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: pj May 06, 2008, 05:55:23 AM
Every time I see that image I think of asher; It's so similar to his avatar. Come to think of it, pj is MM's asher so it only makes sense  :paranoid:

Not only am I not playing that particular role, but we're looking at ways to make that role difficult or impossible to create here in the future.

Great news on Joe's visit and on his reason for visiting being a joyous one.  Enjoy your time together!
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: Oneironaught May 06, 2008, 02:24:15 PM
Not only am I not playing that particular role, but we're looking at ways to make that role difficult or impossible to create here in the future.

I thought that would get you going. I was only joking though.
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: Oneironaught May 11, 2008, 12:01:31 PM
I had another RC moment last night. I bought the movie "The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl" a few days ago. I bought it because I saw a preview a while back and most of it is in 3D.

Anyway, I finally watched it last night and what the movie is about completely caught me off guard. I didn't expect this at all: the movie is ABOUT LUCID DREAMING!!! And being in 3D made it that much cooler. In one of the earlier scenes, the main character, Max, takes his DREAM JOURNAL to school to read from for show and tell.

From there it became more and more about dreaming with every sentence. The word "dream" was spoken in the movie 1,500 times if it was spoken once. I RC'd a bunch of times.

I swear, if you ever get a chance to watch that movie do it. You won't be sorry.
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: pj May 12, 2008, 10:38:37 AM
Huh - thanks for the recommendation!
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: AspirationRealized May 12, 2008, 11:43:55 AM
After tossing and turning last night for hours past when I was trying to go to sleep, I looked up at my wall and there was a single spot of light. Because of the contrast with the rest of my room, it seemed to glow, this whatever it was.

I rose, thinking perhaps this was a false awakening with a hole in it, and there before me was the hole. I felt along the wall where the spot was, touching it, and found it was just light against a wall... nothing special. I did two reality checks, trying to put my finger through my palm and when that failed biting down on it and checking to see if it held up to my teeth and if it hurt as I bit down further. It did, I'm not dreaming.

Turns out it was just my blinds oepn slightly >.> I think this RC isn't as much a show of something odd happening in real life so much as wishful thinking on my part.
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: Oneironaught May 12, 2008, 11:04:13 PM
Yesterday was full of RC moments for me, especially at the supermarket.

I was standing in the Winn-Dixie supermarket at a buffet restaurant-style serve-yourself food bar. I suddenly wonder why the heck I'm serving myself chicken wings from a buffet bar in a grocery store and RC. Nope, there really was a chicken wing bar (with about 12 different types sold by the pound) that appeared since the last time I was there. I've never seen anything like it at a grocery store before.

(http://www.applebuffet.net/images/lunch_buffet3.jpg)

Then I got in the checkout line to pay for my stuff and the cashier was very weird in an hard to describe way. Something about her was just not right. I RC'd some more. Nope, not a dream. Suddenly she looked intently at the cashier on the other side of me and told her "Come here; I've got a code 2", as if she's communicating in spy lingo. Nope, still not a dream. (The 'code 2' ended up being some sort of error on her register. And she, well, she was very just weird.)

Huh - thanks for the recommendation!

Now it is a kid's/family movie. So don't expect a blockbuster. But if you can enjoy a lighthearted, 3D movie and the cool aspects of dreams and LDing it really is worth checking out.
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: Sunshine May 13, 2008, 07:25:14 AM
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: Toast May 20, 2008, 02:59:42 PM
Picked up NME at the train station, noticed the Raconteurs advert on the back cover. Logged onto facebook when I got home and the first advert I saw was for a Raconteurs' gig. I don't even know who the Raconteurs are by the way :?
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: annsie May 25, 2008, 01:36:50 AM

Please excuse me if I sound really dumb but what is the purpose of reality check ? I know we all have moments where we are unsure whether we are dreaming or not, and reality check can help tell us what it is. I just fail to understand the importance of doing this exercise. I have always considered this reality is like a dream itself, so what if the planes of different dream worlds cross over one another ?

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: pj May 25, 2008, 07:30:16 AM
This goes back to the basic methods to induce lucidity in dreams.  In brief, we try to recognize situations that are more typical of the type of dream we have at night.

Trying to pass a finger through the palm of your hand isn't likely to work for most of us when we are awake, whether we choose to call that "awake" state a collective dream, an alternate reality or whatever else we may have come to understand.  So it follows that if I see a naked man riding a unicycle through my living room that I might want to do a reality check.  If that reality check fails, I know then I am in that dreaming state associated with being asleep - and that creates awareness and, thus, lucidity.

This may be difficult to grasp for somebody who has no difficulty discerning the various states of consciousness - but for the vast majority of us it is one of the keys to learning how to discern.

I hope that helps...
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: annsie May 25, 2008, 09:54:18 AM

Thank you PJ  :)

Please correct me if I am wrong here, so as I understand it, reality check is an exercise to train oneself to become more aware of the surrounding environment at all time so that the brain will be more used to recognising a dream when in a dream ?

Its hard for me to grasp because with my psychic ability I often see both dimensions at the same time while wide awake. I have seen spirits and talked to them as clearly as I can see the computer screen right now. I would instinctively know that I was fully awake at that moment but at the same time, it was like I was dreaming because no one else could see what I was seeing and voices would be heard "in my head" more than by my ears. 

Are you saying that for most people it is difficult to tell if one is awake or dreaming ?

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: pj May 25, 2008, 01:36:55 PM
In a word - yes.  The whole purpose of this website and the community gathered here is to learn how to achieve lucidity in our dreams and to explore what happens when we do.  If most or all people were able to discern naturally, such efforts as this would not be necessary... though they would still probably be fun.
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: dallyup52 May 25, 2008, 04:53:12 PM
Posted by: annsie
Are you saying that for most people it is difficult to tell if one is awake or dreaming ?

To clarify.

Most people in our culture seem to think that they are in this "waking" reality all the time since they are so focused on this "waking" reality.  Even when they are in a  "dreaming" reality, no matter what happens, they are so focused on the "waking" reality. . I think that it is this culture we have grown up in.  Not all cultures are like that. 

Even these words that I am using to try to convey my meaning a steeped in duality. When we talk about getting "grounded"  That usually means that we have forgotten that "this waking" reality is the primary reality.  And that we should do something to re-reinforce that concept.

Posted by: annsie
I have always considered this reality is like a dream itself, so what if the planes of different dream worlds cross over one another ?

However, very few people, in this culture, have this awareness.  I certainly agree with you Annsie.  And these boundaries are crossed all the time.  Most choose to ignore it to maintain the cultural status quo.

It has taken me thousands of times crossing back and forth consciously to think of both as extensions of the same reality.  The programing is strong.
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: Lucidbulbs May 25, 2008, 07:42:38 PM
Well, we were driving through Lakeland today to go to Tampa, and I saw a sign with "GH" on it. Needless to say, I was shocked that the sign really said GH, that my hands were still the same, and I was actually awake.
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: Burned up May 26, 2008, 07:22:18 AM
Well, we were driving through Lakeland today to go to Tampa, and I saw a sign with "GH" on it. Needless to say, I was shocked that the sign really said GH, that my hands were still the same, and I was actually awake.

That's what I call a "WTF moment"
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: Oneironaught May 26, 2008, 10:29:34 AM

Thank you PJ  :)

Please correct me if I am wrong here, so as I understand it, reality check is an exercise to train oneself to become more aware of the surrounding environment at all time so that the brain will be more used to recognising a dream when in a dream ?

Not necessarily. The real purpose of doing RCs during the day is to get you into a habit of realising that - at any moment - you could discover yourself to be in a dream. It trains you to question and consider.

Most people never realise they are dreaming because they don't equate the concept of dreaming with conscious thought so... if you are able to think then you can't be dreaming <--- that's the fallacy. And that's why RCs are so useful.

Because dreams are normally indistinguishable from reality - even though they may be so far removed and dissimilar from waking reality as to make one embarrassed if they could peer upon it logically - that it doesn't dawn on most people that simply being 'conscious' does not mean you have to be awake.

So, RCs during the day help to drive home the idea that "Hey, this could actually be a dream right now." In other words, don't take "reality" for granted or it will deceive you every single time, because that's what dreams do so very, very well. They deceive. Dreams are the grandest deceiver to the Human mind. RCs help one to outsmart them and foil their plans ;)

Are you saying that for most people it is difficult to tell if one is awake or dreaming ?

Absolutely. By default, most people assume they are always awake because they are wrapped up in the here and now, without reflection or an understanding of the two distinctly different worlds they inhabit. The two worlds rarely overlap in a conscious sense (unless intentional effort is put forth - AKA: The reality check), so while dwelling in one world, the other doesn't even exist from their perspective. Remember, RCs can be as simple as thinking. It doesn't have to be a physical action.

Dreams: The grand deceiver.

Well, we were driving through Lakeland today to go to Tampa, and I saw a sign with "GH" on it. Needless to say, I was shocked that the sign really said GH, that my hands were still the same, and I was actually awake.

Too bad it wasn't me. Hey, I saw a girl in the back seat of a car - about two weeks or so ago - who looked a lot like you. I was hoping you she would look over so I could give a subtle 'dreamers' sign' and see how you she responds. I know you come through here periodically and always hope to see you randomly. No luck thus far. Maybe some day (just don't laugh too hard at me).

If you know where Combee Rd. is (I doubt you would), that's where the shop is that I work at. Bring Mes with you, please.
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: Lucidbulbs May 26, 2008, 11:28:00 AM
Too bad it wasn't me. Hey, I saw a girl in the back seat of a car - about two weeks or so ago - who looked a lot like you. I was hoping you she would look over so I could give a subtle 'dreamers' sign' and see how you she responds. I know you come through here periodically and always hope to see you randomly. No luck thus far. Maybe some day (just don't laugh too hard at me).

If you know where Combee Rd. is (I doubt you would), that's where the shop is that I work at. Bring Mes with you, please.
Yeah... poor timing, and I might be going through Lakeland more often, so if I do find that road I will find your guitar store... now the issue is getting Mes there....
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: Oneironaught May 26, 2008, 12:05:09 PM
Yeah... poor timing, and I might be going through Lakeland more often, so if I do find that road I will find your guitar store...

The music store is on Kathleen Rd. I work at a new electronics repair shop (same business owner) on Combee. Though I did have to work the music store yesterday (first time in about 2 1/2 months).

And don't worry about the other thing. You're just as cool as she is anyway :P
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: pj June 02, 2008, 02:18:49 PM
I had a fun one yesterday, early afternoon, while driving home from our shop.  I passed a parked pickup truck.  In the back of it were two rows of chairs, with a bunch of elderly folk all dressed in white shirts and blouses sitting him them.  They were arranged along the axis of the truck, all facing each other.  Just sitting there.

Weird.
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: Goldney June 02, 2008, 06:06:19 PM
The only recent "RC" moment I had was in the library at school. I was looking at random books out of boredom and had gotten to the "Pet Care" section, where on the shelf were 2 tubes of these totally bizarre Japanese sweets.

One was half-opened and the other was still sealed in its cellophane wrapper. Needless to say, I took them. They tasted weird as well, kind of like sweet grass/tea. They had a neat packaging trick to them as well. Those crazy Japanese.
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: dallyup52 June 02, 2008, 07:11:52 PM
Welcome Goldney.

Were you looking for a hug.   :D :hug:

Sorry I just couldn't resist.
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: Abra June 06, 2008, 09:59:13 AM
I've had a few RC moments, and the most recent involve fish. Dead fish, tanks suddenly covered in ostracods, etc. This morning, my pleco jumped out of the tank and hit the lid so hard that I woke up, turned on a light, and still saw the splash! Poor guy... I didn't check, mostly because my nose was so freakin' stuffy, and I was so angry that I had been awakened (For the past two nights, I've been waking up every hour due to this blasted cold).

As nerdy as it sounds, I reality checked this morning when I saw a shark shadow in Animal Crossing: Wild World. I didn't catch it, though. DX
Reality checking during videogame blips is actually becoming helpful for me.

My biggest RC moment was when I had a concussion with retrograde anterograde amnesia. My friends said I reality checked quite a few times (but I only remember once or twice). Lasted less than half an hour, but it was damn creepy.
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: pj June 06, 2008, 10:40:36 AM
Would it be OK to ask how you landed a concussion that brought on amnesia?
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: Abra June 06, 2008, 01:50:22 PM
Would it be OK to ask how you landed a concussion that brought on amnesia?
I was sledding with friends and family, and flew off a bump some idiot kid made at the bottom of the hill.

Oop, I put retrograde, meant anterograde.
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: pj June 08, 2008, 08:36:20 AM
We were coming home from a late movie this morning and there was a line of storms approaching from the west.  They were far enough away that we couldn't hear any thunder yet, but the sky was being lit dramatically by flash after flash, with an occasional bolt visible.  It was quite lovely and very surreal.
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: dallyup52 June 08, 2008, 09:54:25 AM
We were coming home from a late movie this morning and there was a line of storms approaching from the west.  They were far enough away that we couldn't hear any thunder yet, but the sky was being lit dramatically by flash after flash, with an occasional bolt visible.  It was quite lovely and very surreal.

I find that scene so very appealing. 
I grew up in D.C. and we had a farm out in West Virginia. 
On the land we had a small house with a tin roof.  In the summer there were many violent thunder storms. I loved to sit in a rocker looking out the door at the storm, listening to the rain beat on the tin roof with the gusts of wind bringing in the cool rain.
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: Budster June 09, 2008, 12:47:10 AM
An oddly colored sky before some storms hit... (http://mortalmist.com/forum/index.php/topic,826.0.html)
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: AspirationRealized June 12, 2008, 09:04:21 PM
I was going to sleep, or trying to what with all the noise from the living room. My brother and sister each had one friend over, and they were screaming and laughin all night making it hard to fall asleep.

I saw someone come in through my door (and I believe it was closed most of the way, which means they'd have to open it), then sneak in to my closet which was close to the door on the adjoining wall. One of the folding doors of my closet has recently became loose, so it leant loosely against the frame, just enough to permit my actual door to open and close. From the distance, in that light, and with my eye sight I had assumed it was either my sister or her friend, judging only from the height as it was just a figure to my eyes.

"No..." I said, slightly annoyed as I was. "Hide somewhere else, I'm trying to sleep."

The little girl pushed the closet door just enough for her to hide behind it. As she did this, her body language told that she had heard what I was saying but gleefully ignored the command (this being told by the gestures of her head). This was all common, as when their friends come over they like to play hide and seek and my room must be camouflaged or  something because they always use it as the secret hiding spot (unbeknowest to eachother, they all used it individually at some point).

I called to my sister by name, and told her to get her friend out of here, because she wasn't listening. My sister called back in a confused "what?" then promptly dismissed my words as sleeping gibberish.

I got up, and walked a few feet before I realized there was actually nothing behind my door. I continued walking, pulling the dislocated door back to take a closer look. I had imagined the whole thing, in its entirety, but the words had actually come from my mouth. I was talking to nothing the entire time.

I had just got finished watching the Eye recently, and stuff like this was all over in that movie. I consider this partly dream influenced by just watching that movie and hearing the giggling outside my door while I was falling asleep. But it definitely scared me for a moment.

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: Hazel June 13, 2008, 07:47:37 AM
My most recent one happened last night. Seemed like something from a freaky nightmare to begin with.

I was going on a walk with my mom at about 9:00 last night, hoping it would make my recall better. We saw something white go across the road and into the trees. "Did you see that?" My mom asked. I said that I did.

We got closer and saw somthing lying on the side of the road, in the ditch. "What is that?" My mom said. I shined my flashlight on it, but it wasn't bright enough to tell. "It looks like a person," she murmered.

I was thinking the same thing, and I was really starting to get creeped out. Suddenly, the thing grunted and moaned, and began to move. I screamed and grabbed hold of my mom, pulling her in front of me. (Something I am not proud of!) She screamed as well. I wanted to run, but my legs felt like they had turned to jelly. Suddenly another figure comes out of the trees, and we hear hysterical laughter.

It turns out, it was my friends Cheyene and Melissa playing a cruel joke on us.
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: dallyup52 June 13, 2008, 08:44:37 AM
I screamed and grabbed hold of my mom, pulling her in front of me. (Something I am not proud of!)

Very telling what our bodies will do without any prior thought.
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: annsie June 13, 2008, 08:48:25 AM

I am still not sure I fully understand the concept of RC properly. I recalled the the other day I was driving and I thought I saw a 3 legged dog. I quickly glanced back via the rear mirror and ascertained that it was just a normal dog with 4 legs. My eyes must have played trick on me. Was it a RC ?
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: Budster June 13, 2008, 09:50:00 PM
Annsie, a reality check is something you do to see if you are dreaming or not, such as trying to breathe while plugging your nose.

The situation you described might cause somebody to do one, though.

This thread is for posting those kinds of situations.
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: annsie June 14, 2008, 01:59:48 AM
Annsie, a reality check is something you do to see if you are dreaming or not, such as trying to breathe while plugging your nose.

The situation you described might cause somebody to do one, though.

This thread is for posting those kinds of situations.


I seem to always know whether I am dreaming or not, is that normal ?  ???
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: Oneironaught June 16, 2008, 09:59:26 AM
I seem to always know whether I am dreaming or not, is that normal ?  ???

No, that is not normal. That, annsie, is a very special gift you have.
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: Oneironautical1 June 16, 2008, 11:41:16 AM
An accidental reality check I encounter alot is breathing under water.  Just swimming along and then I'm like I haven't surfaced yet WTF??
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: Amethyst Star June 17, 2008, 02:52:01 PM
I seem to always know whether I am dreaming or not, is that normal ?  ???

It's a talent that most of us would pay to have.

Whenever I've used RCs in dreams, it's always been as a confirmation that I'm dreaming.  I usually, for some reason, just know that I'm in a dream, but to just to be absolutely certain, I plug my nose and try to breathe through it.  I'd rather take a second to do that than jump out of a window and find out shortly thereafter that I'm still awake.

A number of people practice using RCs with dreamsigns, so that when something familiar appears in their dream (ie. seeing someone you frequently see in a dream, flying, performing an action common in one's dreams), they can take a moment and see if it's really happening or not.  So RCs can be used to either realize you are dreaming or to confirm you are dreaming.

Speaking of RC moments, I was logging in and for some reason the combination of letters above the login area made me think it said something like "this site is no longer accessible."  I had to take a second look, but perhaps that's what I get for working on the computer all day.

(Don't scare me like that!)
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: pj June 17, 2008, 03:01:00 PM
That would certainly scare me too!
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: annsie June 17, 2008, 09:53:18 PM
I seem to always know whether I am dreaming or not, is that normal ?  ???

It's a talent that most of us would pay to have.

Whenever I've used RCs in dreams, it's always been as a confirmation that I'm dreaming.  I usually, for some reason, just know that I'm in a dream, but to just to be absolutely certain, I plug my nose and try to breathe through it.  I'd rather take a second to do that than jump out of a window and find out shortly thereafter that I'm still awake.


Why dont you trust your "knowing" that you are in a dream ? Have you hurt yourself before doing something thinking that you were in a dream but you were not ?

I had always thought everyone is like me, ie know all the time instantly whether one is dreaming or not, just like I thought everyone LD because I could naturally. Yesterday I talked to my mother and found out that she often could not tell whether it was real or not and had had to do RC occasionally too. She told me that once she even wet the bed accidentally because she dreamt that she was on the toilet but she wasnt !  :P

There must be something wired wrongly in my head  ???
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: Clairity June 17, 2008, 10:02:01 PM
There must be something wired wrongly in my head   ???

I'd love to be so mis-wired!  ;)
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: dallyup52 June 17, 2008, 11:21:51 PM
once she even wet the bed accidentally because she dreamt that she was on the toilet but she wasnt !

I did this as a child.  Didn't you?  i had to teach myself not to wet the bed.
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: annsie June 18, 2008, 01:51:32 AM

I have no idea how I was toilet trained, but apparently I was complete dry both days and nights by the time I was 18 months old. I can not remember wetting the bed as a child.
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: Amethyst Star June 18, 2008, 12:19:54 PM
Why dont you trust your "knowing" that you are in a dream ? Have you hurt yourself before doing something thinking that you were in a dream but you were not ?

I had always thought everyone is like me, ie know all the time instantly whether one is dreaming or not, just like I thought everyone LD because I could naturally. Yesterday I talked to my mother and found out that she often could not tell whether it was real or not and had had to do RC occasionally too. She told me that once she even wet the bed accidentally because she dreamt that she was on the toilet but she wasnt !  :P

There must be something wired wrongly in my head  ???

It's rare that I "know" that I'm in a dream, so I just want to be certain before I do something that would be harmful in real life.  Also, by getting that extra confirmation, it makes it easier to remain lucid.  Even after four years, I've still only had about a dozen lucid dreams, none of which lasted more than a minute or two.  I've done well with not getting frustrated over this, but heaven knows I'd love to have more.

And don't think you're wired "wrong."  You're just wired differently.  Similarly, every person (aside from naturals such as yourself) achieves and maintains lucidity differently.  For some people, they are able to notice things out of the ordinary and realize they're dreaming.  Some people (such as Clairity) can go from an awake state into a dream (WILD).  You're one of those lucky people who just know. :)
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: pj June 18, 2008, 08:22:25 PM
I had an amazing RC moment today...

I set up a Yahoo Messenger client on one of my Linux boxes.  The moment I logged in, there was somebody there typing, "Pete!  Oh my God!"

I asked who it was - and it turned out to be a long lost friend who moved to France years ago.  We've been out of touch for years.  She's not doing so well, unfortunately, but it was great catching up.

I'm still not sure how she found me like that, and so quickly!
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: Sunshine June 18, 2008, 09:28:49 PM
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: pj June 19, 2008, 05:49:45 AM
Nope - you would have known it immediately if it was.

I actually did some searching on her yesterday, with no luck.  She showed up yet again in a micro-fragment from the night before last.  The only thing I remembered about the dream was she was in it.
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: Lucidbulbs July 11, 2008, 04:07:15 PM
>.> Today, I grabbed a pitcher, certain it was the water one, and offered to pour a customer a drink. Luckily, I looked right before the liquids plunged into the glass. It was iced tea O.o I did an RC after profusely apologizing and grabbing the right pitcher, too bad, I'm awake >.<
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: Vex July 11, 2008, 05:15:37 PM
A couple of days ago I was sitting under a tree writing in a journal. An orangy gold dragonfly landed right on the tip of my pen as it sat idle between my scribblings. I inhaled and willed myself to float up off of the ground. I didn't. The dragonfly took off a couple of seconds later. Was a nice little moment though.
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: The Cusp July 11, 2008, 06:21:11 PM
There is a very realistic stuffed monkey jammed in the trees on my way to work.  After having spent all winter in the swamp, it looks even more lifelike now.  The footing is perilous, and I have to watch the ground carefully as I go by the monkey or risk falling into the swamp.  Being so focused on the ground, I usually forget about the monkey, but always catch it in my peripheral vision as I pass.  When turn to look, there is this monkey right in my face. 

Startles me almost every day, but good for a reality check.  The monkey actually went missing today, but he'll probably be back.   
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: dallyup52 July 11, 2008, 07:05:08 PM
Startles me almost every day, but good for a reality check.  The monkey actually went missing today, but he'll probably be back.   

Maybe reality went missing today?
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: Lucidbulbs July 11, 2008, 07:07:23 PM
Maybe reality did go missing O.o That monkey was kidnapped!
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: Oneironaught July 12, 2008, 09:53:22 AM
>.> Today, I grabbed a pitcher, certain it was the water one, and offered to pour a customer a drink. Luckily, I looked right before the liquids plunged into the glass. It was iced tea O.o I did an RC after profusely apologizing and grabbing the right pitcher, too bad, I'm awake >.<

You're a waitress? Last weekend I went to BD's Mongolian Grill in Lakeland and there was a (cute) waitress that a swear looked like you. A lot like you. I RC'd a few times over that one. She was in a different section and never came near our area or I would have commented to her how much she looks like some one I know.

: Vex Kitten
A couple of days ago I was sitting under a tree writing in a journal. An orangy gold dragonfly landed right on the tip of my pen as it sat idle between my scribblings. I inhaled and willed myself to float up off of the ground. I didn't. The dragonfly took off a couple of seconds later. Was a nice little moment though.

I had a dragonfly land on my finger one time. I didn't even think to RC. It's weird how trusting those things can be sometimes.
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: Lucidbulbs July 12, 2008, 11:06:59 AM
You're a waitress? Last weekend I went to BD's Mongolian Grill in Lakeland and there was a (cute) waitress that a swear looked like you. A lot like you. I RC'd a few times over that one. She was in a different section and never came near our area or I would have commented to her how much she looks like some one I know.
Aww, that's okay GH, if it were me though, that'd have been cool. I don't think you'd find me working while you're eating unless you're willing to drive all the way to Orlando for some sushi.
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: Oneironaught July 12, 2008, 11:22:57 AM
Aww, that's okay GH, if it were me though, that'd have been cool. I don't think you'd find me working while you're eating unless you're willing to drive all the way to Orlando for some sushi.

I knew it wasn't you and that you're in Orlando. After she caught my eye though, it took me a few minutes to realise 'Hey, she looks almost exactly like the pictures I've seen of LB.' She even looks about your age, maybe early 20's at the most.

I don't care for sushi though. So I doubt I'd ever see you where you work even though I do pass through Orlando every few months or so. Last time was two weekends ago. I'm not surprised to hear that you work at a sushi place. I know you love your sushi *cringes*
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: pj July 12, 2008, 03:46:26 PM
Mmmmm. 

Sushi.
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: Lucidbulbs July 12, 2008, 04:33:40 PM
I don't care for sushi though. So I doubt I'd ever see you where you work even though I do pass through Orlando every few months or so. Last time was two weekends ago. I'm not surprised to hear that you work at a sushi place. I know you love your sushi *cringes*
Haha, it's okay GH, they serve cooked food too XD Like curry, and fish, and other stuffs XD

Mmmmm. 

Sushi.
Yay Pj! See GH? This is how normal people react to sushi XD [Just kidding, ya know we love ya]
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: dodobird July 21, 2008, 04:36:50 AM
I have 2 amusing contributions, that happend quite recently:

A while ago I went to the beech alone at about 6 or 7AM. I took off my hearing aids ( I have 2, one for each ear ), put them in a pocket of my trousers that I took off, put the trousers next to my bag, and went into the sea to bath.
After a short while, I got out of the water, and noticed the trousers are quite wet.
I looked in the pocket and, lo and behold, both my hearing aids were gone. I looked around but couldnn't see them.
Now these hearing aids cost a fortune, plus without them I am quite helpless because I can't hear anything at all. My wallet was still there so I didn't think they were stolen, so this was one of those disaster moments I get in dreams sometimes, and I did multiple RC's.

Then I saw one of the hearing aids on the sand about 2 meters from my bag. I looked around, and after about 10 minutes managed to find the other one buried in the sand nearby.

They got stuffed with sand and sea water. One of them worked for a while, and the other didn't work. I felt so lucky I found them both, that I did even more RC.
I had to get them both fixed at the hearing aid store, which luckily did it for free.

My explanation of what happened: Near by to where I put my stuff, there was a woman with some dogs. I guess that one of the dogs picked up my trousers and pulled it into the water, and the woman must have taken it from him and put it back next to my bag.

Second story:

I took the car, and drove to a park a few minutes drive from where I live, to meditate. I parked my car in a shaded place under trees, and decided to meditate in the car, because I enjoy the comfort of the driver's seat. I partly opened the windows, took off my hearing aids and glasses and put them beside me, closed my eyes, and meditated.
After a while I heard muffled knocking sound close by. Muffled because I was without my hearing aids. I opened my eyes, and saw two cops with drawn guns standing on both sides of the car, peering at me through the windows.
I could not hear what they were saying, so I slowly and calmly put on my glasses and hearing aids, while they patiently waited, and then I could hear one of them say. "Police!", and showed me the badge.
Cop: "What are you doing here?"
Me: "Doing meditation"
Cop: "Doing meditation?"
Me: "Yes"
Cop: "Have you ever been in custody?"
Me: "No"

Then the cops left, and I did RC's.
I think they must have thought that I was some junkie who stole the car or something...

The second was coming home and holding in my hand a lovely gift that a gracious and thoughtful friend put a lot of time and effort into.  The thing is a small sculpture... boxes in boxes, all trapped in one another, with the smallest being almost impossibly tiny, all carved out of a single block of wood.  It is gorgeous, weighs almost nothing, and is absolutely surreal.  Multiple RCs there...

That sounds just like GH's work.







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: Sunshine July 21, 2008, 07:46:56 AM
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: dodobird July 21, 2008, 08:05:48 AM
Those are funny, Dodo.   I bet you're right about the dogs taking the pants. 

It seems like the cops should have been more concerned that you were all right, rather than had stolen the car.  Who steals a car, then parks it and falls asleep in it?  :shakehead:  Well, I'm sure it's happened before, but not usually!

Well, they did have their guns drawn... This park is in not such a good area, with some junkies about... Maybe they though I got stoned and fell asleep :p

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: Awoke July 25, 2008, 07:24:58 PM
A couple months back a few water pipes burst under my neighborhood, I walk outside and there's water spitting up from the groud, bringing up a lot of sand and mud, and swirling them into crazy patterns. definitely required some reality checks.

Last week we had a huge storm, that lasted about 10 minutes but was strong enough to knock down a few trees in my neighborhood. One tree in particular was huge, and fell onto an apartment building, with all it's branches laying across stone steps. looked almost like ancient ruins. had to check then too.
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: Oneironaught July 28, 2008, 01:27:57 PM
I did plenty of RCs Saturday while playing softball for 5 hours. It's been many years (circa 1984) since I've played softball (during PE - 5th or 6th grade) and I'm still not sure why I agreed to go play. I did well and enjoyed it. I guess. But it was something completely out of my realm of normal activities.


That sounds just like GH's work.

:paranoid:
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: Lucidbulbs July 28, 2008, 01:31:22 PM
That sounds just like GH's work.

:paranoid:
I would so RC if I ever got my hands on anything like your works GH~
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: Oneironaught July 30, 2008, 05:23:10 PM
While playing Dragon Warrior VIII last night, I let my party sleep at an inn. The Princess Medea came to the main character in his dream (dream sharing) and asked him "Are we dreaming?" That's the first time it's happened in the game. I RC'd but wasn't dreaming.

That sounds just like GH's work.

:paranoid:
I would so RC if I ever got my hands on anything like your works GH~

I think it was the enclosed letter that got him to RC. It 'lied' and said something like "P.S. You're dreaming." :green:

Unfortunately, I don't think my carvings have such profound powers when it comes to pretty women. I've tried, believe me.
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: Toast July 30, 2008, 05:31:50 PM
Today, I was shopping by myself but was meeting people at 7:15. So I was in a shop at about 6:30, and I got some stuff, tried it on, and was queuing up to pay when I looked at my watch and it said 7:00, so I was thinking I would have to be pretty quick to get there on time (was walking). So I walked fast out of the shop and was walking down Picadilly when I looked at my watch again, and it said 6:45. I did two or three RCs, but decided I wasn't dreaming. So I slowed right down, so I wouldn't get there early. Then about 5 minutes later, I got out my phone to check something, and saw that it said the time was 7:11. I did another couple of RCs, but again I was not dreaming. I confirmed with my iPod that it was 7:11, and started rushing again :P.

I think my watch must have caught on something, and the time changed. Definitely pretty confusing. Got there only a few minutes late btw :P
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: ExoByte August 09, 2008, 01:31:07 AM
I work at a movie theater, and was working concession the other day. There were small line ups, so most of us jumped off our tills and assisted those who stayed on. There were about 2 or 3 of us running for one person.

We got new displays as well that we put on the ceiling above the concession bar. They display our popcorn bag sizes and drink sizes. This display happened to be right above the till we were all at. Well, at the till a customer came and asked for a large popcorn. Just then as the customer finished asking for the large popcorn, the large popcorn bag from the display fell right to the counter.
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: Budster August 09, 2008, 02:55:15 AM
Now that's service! Crazy.

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: Emerald Wolf August 10, 2008, 02:44:20 PM
Sometime last week I was walking home from varsity when I see this guy throw the plastic lid of a coffee cup at the car next to him and pull away down the street, which just struck me as being rather random (not sure if he meant to hit the car or not).

A few days after that I was once again on my way home when a husky comes running past me (must have escaped from it owner's yard), which would normally not be that strange except I had a dream about our dead husky sometime after her passing away so it freaked me out a liitle at the moment.
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: Serith August 15, 2008, 07:03:09 PM
Last year in painting class an alien took one of the other students.

It was short, with a purple robe, and a glowing scepter.  It just walked in, and lead one of the students away while we were painting.  I still don't know what that was about.
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: Vex August 15, 2008, 07:12:14 PM
Last year in painting class an alien took one of the other students.

It was short, with a purple robe, and a glowing scepter.  It just walked in, and lead one of the students away while we were painting.  I still don't know what that was about.

An illegal alien or an ET alien? And more important, did you reality check when it happened?
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: Serith August 15, 2008, 07:19:19 PM
ET alien, although I suppose it could have been the other kind of alien as well, since I couldn't tall who it was under the rubber mask.  I don't remember if I reality checked, since it was a year ago, but the answer is probably yes.

I love my high school.  Not only do plenty of strange things happen to provoke a reality check, but the people are nice, and the classes are good.
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: dodobird September 23, 2008, 01:02:14 PM
Ha ha, I just read this site of an organic farm in Washington state. (I may come to the area next year ).
Well, look at the caption under the picture of the goat...

http://users.sisna.com/blacknettle/tolstoy/community.html

I did a few RC's, but it appears that I'm awake :p
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: Oneironaught October 13, 2008, 07:34:20 PM
Ha, that's a good one. I wonder who's who. The caption makes it sound like they are referring to two goats but there's only one. I've never heard of "Chrysalis" as a person's first name but I suppose it could be.
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: Sunshine October 13, 2008, 08:20:41 PM
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: dodobird October 14, 2008, 09:24:13 AM
Ha, that's a good one. I wonder who's who. The caption makes it sound like they are referring to two goats but there's only one. I've never heard of "Chrysalis" as a person's first name but I suppose it could be.

Maybe moonbeam is also there, but she is only visible at night on a full moon :)
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: eencrypt October 14, 2008, 03:13:50 PM
Ha, that's a good one. I wonder who's who. The caption makes it sound like they are referring to two goats but there's only one. I've never heard of "Chrysalis" as a person's first name but I suppose it could be.
Haha, I live near this commune and I'm thinking it may be a pseudonym for the man in the photo, because the farm that grows most of their CSA produce is called Chrysalis Farm, and many artists and dreamers live there as well.. :)
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: dodobird October 14, 2008, 04:58:19 PM
If I will live there next year, which is a solid possibility, I'll sure say hi to Moonbeam and furl her hair a little ;)
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: Sunshine October 14, 2008, 08:38:35 PM
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: dodobird October 15, 2008, 03:35:45 AM

:lol:  I don't know exactly what "furling" is, but it can't be bad.
 

Damn English... I don't know the right word to what I meant, but you are right it's not bad :p

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: pj October 16, 2008, 11:32:00 AM
Furl:

To decrease the angle of attack and reduce drag.

To gather into a compact roll and bind securely.

To gather at the mast.

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: Amethyst Star October 16, 2008, 12:05:20 PM
Furl:

To decrease the angle of attack and reduce drag.

To gather into a compact roll and bind securely.

To gather at the mast.

(http://fc62.deviantart.com/fs7/i/2005/227/e/1/_spew__by_Zikes.gif)  Yeah for context!
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: dodobird October 16, 2008, 02:49:20 PM
Ruffle! That's the word I meant! : D
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: Sunshine October 16, 2008, 10:32:40 PM
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: Alex Lou October 17, 2008, 12:32:11 AM
A flock of wild parrots landed in the ash tree in the front yard.
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: pj October 17, 2008, 04:10:18 PM
That would INDEED be a Reality Check moment!
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: Budster November 15, 2008, 10:36:11 PM
I've been using the same alarm clock for... I don't know, a few years...

I just noticed the name of it is "Dream Machine". (Which is ironic, as it wrecks my recall sometimes.)
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: eencrypt November 16, 2008, 06:27:20 AM
I've been using the same alarm clock for... I don't know, a few years...

I just noticed the name of it is "Dream Machine". (Which is ironic, as it wrecks my recall sometimes.)

Ah, bizarre, I just noticed I have the same one here in this bedroom I'm currently in.. oh, and my finger stayed firmly on one side of my hand, so I'm pretty sure it's not a dream. :P
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: Oneironaught November 18, 2008, 11:35:19 PM
I have two clocks side by side on the wall at work. Yesterday while at work, I looked up to see what the time was. Both clocks were at different times. One was at 3:35, one said 2:10. That threw me at first, especially when I looked over at my computer and it displayed 4:33.

Three clocks - three different times. I did an RC. Apparently, the computer at my bench was never adjusted for daylight saving time and one of the wall clocks had a weak battery.

The only clock that was correct (3:35) was the Mortal Mist clock.
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: Sunshine November 18, 2008, 11:48:24 PM
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: Vex November 20, 2008, 12:23:04 AM
Wow Moonbeam, that elevator thing really does sound like a DC encounter moment.


Did a few RC's Monday.

Driving at about a quarter to 6 am  (still very dark),I wondered when the next meteor shower was. I knew the Nov shower was soon. About five seconds later a HUGE blueish-green meteor streaked down the sky and split into several pieces before fading away. I slowed down and thought, 'did that just happen?' Quickly did the finger bite check and then imagined the truck levitating up off of the road. Neither RC worked and I realized I'd seen the most gorgeous meteor I'd ever seen in my life.

Later found out that the meteor shower peaked had peaked that morning.
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: Serith November 20, 2008, 08:34:46 PM
When I was younger, one of my dreamsigns (though I didn't recognize it at the time) was having to drive somewhere alone in the middle of the night.  Since I learned how to drive and got my license, I hardly ever have those dreams anymore, but because I've driven at night more often in dreams than in reality, night driving feels very dreamlike to me, so I always end up doing many reality checks whenever I drive anywhere at night.
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: Sunshine November 21, 2008, 12:18:57 AM
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: Seeker November 22, 2008, 08:13:03 PM
If I hadn't been delayed at Wal-mart, I wouldn't have seen the meteor.  Both RC moments.  I try to remember that.

Anyway, that's always cool to see.

So Moonbeam, at any time did the thought of the meteor hitting the old lady ever enter your mind???  :)

Wal-Mart is a wonderful place to learn patience, almost Zen-like
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: Sunshine November 22, 2008, 11:04:47 PM
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: Merlock November 23, 2008, 04:54:26 AM
Driving at about a quarter to 6 am  (still very dark),I wondered when the next meteor shower was. I knew the Nov shower was soon. About five seconds later a HUGE blueish-green meteor streaked down the sky and split into several pieces before fading away. I slowed down and thought, 'did that just happen?' Quickly did the finger bite check and then imagined the truck levitating up off of the road. Neither RC worked and I realized I'd seen the most gorgeous meteor I'd ever seen in my life.

Later found out that the meteor shower peaked had peaked that morning.

I wonder if this was that same meteor...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Os9FrsVMZew

O_O
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: Sunshine November 23, 2008, 05:09:56 AM
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: DrTechnical November 24, 2008, 09:20:24 AM
Moonbeam reminded me of a good reality check moment I recently mentioned in my journal. It happened in RL but was motive for a lucid goal I had:

I'm at the gym talking to a hot friend of ours who is married. In my dreams, I've conjured her a few times since there's some obvious sexual tension between us. We get on the topic of girl-girl sex when she mentions "yeah, I tried making out with another girl about 6 monoths ago". She then admits to a few prior events as well. I got the sense it might have been more than a little kissing.

Now theres a MAJOR reality check moment.
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: annsie November 24, 2008, 04:08:45 PM

I'm at the gym talking to a hot friend of ours who is married.


I know this is off topic but what an interesting way to think of a friend, I dont think I have ever thought of any of my friends as a "hot friend". Am I the odd one out ?  :P
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: dallyup52 November 24, 2008, 04:55:12 PM

I'm at the gym talking to a hot friend of ours who is married.


I know this is off topic but what an interesting way to think of a friend, I dont think I have ever thought of any of my friends as a "hot friend". Am I the odd one out ?  :P


Maybe you don't have any "hot" friends?    :D
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: annsie November 24, 2008, 05:45:11 PM


Maybe you don't have any "hot" friends?    :D


That must be it !!!!! Oh no, I feel so deprived !!!  :morecry:
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: pj November 24, 2008, 06:41:31 PM
I certainly have some hot friends; male and female, married and unmarried!
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: Sunshine November 24, 2008, 07:51:06 PM
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: dallyup52 November 25, 2008, 09:59:09 AM
  Annsie is HOT!
 (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/zthinking2.gif)
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: DrTechnical November 25, 2008, 02:38:46 PM
As fate would have it, I still have the libido of a 16 year old. So yes, I have hot friends and not so hot friends. Especially obvious at the gym in relatively more revealing clothing  :D
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: Amethyst Star November 26, 2008, 01:40:28 PM
Yesterday while waiting at a red light, there was a woman crossing the street to my right and had her dog with her.  I thought it was limping because of the way it was walking, but upon closer inspection, it was missing a back leg. It's not a super, out of the ordinary coincidence, but it's still not something you see every day.

And then when I was driving home, there was a white cat crossing the road and had this strange gait that I couldn't quite point out, as if it was too long for its own good.  I think even its back was ever so slightly concave.

Strange animal Tuesday... I wonder what today will bring!  *keeps eyes open*
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: Alex Lou March 02, 2009, 05:42:12 AM
At my parent's house I look out at the ocean from their second-story window.  I see a huge ship on the water.  I lived at that house from the ages of 4 to 18 and can't ever recall seeing a boat that size.  Plus, because of the haze it looks like a ghost ship:  pale lavender-blue without visible details.  It also has an outline that is far too angular, with lots of pointy things.  My mom tells me it's a stealth ship.
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: dodobird March 02, 2009, 07:04:27 AM
At my parent's house I look out at the ocean from their second-story window.  I see a huge ship on the water.  I lived at that house from the ages of 4 to 18 and can't ever recall seeing a boat that size.  Plus, because of the haze it looks like a ghost ship:  pale lavender-blue without visible details.  It also has an outline that is far too angular, with lots of pointy things.  My mom tells me it's a stealth ship.

Did it have a flag with a skull and bones? :)

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: Hazel March 02, 2009, 10:30:14 AM
I definately had one yesterday morning (and surprisingly I failed.) I was standing outside in the rain, trying to fix the underpinning of my house since my dog kept tearing it out and escaping. Suddenly I heard what I thought was someone calling out my name. It happened several times, and I soon realized that it was my cat meowing. But it sounded EXACTLY like she was saying my name.
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: Sunshine March 02, 2009, 10:39:22 PM
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: Hazel March 03, 2009, 07:53:54 AM
:chuckle:  That's weird.  Sometimes I think my cats can talk too, but they only answer yes or no questions, no names.

I like your new avatar/sig combo, very attractive. 

It makes you wonder what they would say if they could talk.

Oh, thank you! I spent a while fiddling around with this program I have, and those happened to be the result.
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: eencrypt March 04, 2009, 01:25:52 AM
This one actually happened a couple of weeks ago, but I was walking home from classes and I just happened to look to my left at the house I was passing, and saw two perfectly identical pure white cats sitting on opposite sides of the roof, both looking at me. Unfortunately, I've lately fallen out of practice in terms of lucid dreaming and such, so I forgot to even do an RC.. :P
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: Sunshine March 04, 2009, 08:38:45 AM
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: Amethyst Star March 04, 2009, 01:41:58 PM
Oh no, I don't even want to hear that.  I have a feeling I wouldn't like my pets as much if they could talk.

I see elements of myself in my cat.  If she could talk, It would be a strange conversation to say the least.

Yesterday, it was sunny and warm in the afternoon (after weeks and weeks of cloudy and gray), and then about two hours later it turned dark and turned into a torrential downpour!  I was surprised how quickly it changed but didn't think to do an RC.

Also, someone in the office said "Whispering Pines called" and my mind went straight to that sub-forum over at DV and I was wondering what on earth they were talking about.  Then they mentioned it was some meeting facility or something.  That triggered an RC.  :P
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: Amethyst Star March 04, 2009, 07:55:15 PM
Um, Walms is in chat twice... I'm sure it's just a glitch, but still...

*plugs nose and tries to breathe*  Nope, still awake...
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: dodobird March 10, 2009, 06:23:11 AM
Today I saw a woman walking 2 identical medium sized beige dogs. While I was driving past, I saw both dogs sitting side by side, next to one another, to poo in an identical posture.

Also another minor one: today the lights in elevator at my work place flashed as neon lamps do when they are about to stop working.

In both cases I RC'ed, not that it helps me, as in my dreams the craziest things will happen, and I won't RC :p


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: eencrypt March 10, 2009, 10:29:38 AM
Today I saw a woman walking 2 identical medium sized beige dogs. While I was driving past, I saw both dogs sitting side by side, next to one another, to poo in an identical posture.

Ahh, it's quite interesting that we both had RC moments with identical animals doing identical things.. :P
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: dodobird April 23, 2009, 04:45:21 AM
Last evening at about 10PM, I went out for a walk.
I came across a tree with little leaves, and out of this tree grew a brunch of a different kind of tree, ficus tree. And then the tree next to it, was also the same kind of tree, and out of it also grew a brunch of a ficus!
I forgot to reality check, and walked around the neighborhood, and decided to get into the mall, that I haven't been in for ages.
All the shops was already closed, except for some coffee shops, and the place was almost deserted, and I just walked around thinking and relaxing.
A deserted mall is such a common dream sigh, and still I didn't do a reality check! : p


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: pj April 23, 2009, 07:12:50 AM
Malls are very common DSs for me - rarely deserted though.  In "real life" here in Detroit, it is easy to find deserted malls now, and they are surreal.
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: Alex Lou April 23, 2009, 09:57:34 PM
I arrive home just after sunset.  There are four hummingbirds in the front yard and about 10 moths the size of hummingbirds, all going from flower to flower.

Last evening at about 10PM, I went out for a walk.
I came across a tree with little leaves, and out of this tree grew a brunch of a different kind of tree, ficus tree. And then the tree next to it, was also the same kind of tree, and out of it also grew a brunch of a ficus!
Are you saying you saw tree trunks with a bunch of different species of tree coming out of it?  Like some crazy grafting experiment?
(http://i339.photobucket.com/albums/n461/julieandcandy/3064017084_635b4abf12.jpg)
That would be worth a reality check, indeed!
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: dodobird April 24, 2009, 02:54:06 AM
Yes
I arrive home just after sunset.  There are four hummingbirds in the front yard and about 10 moths the size of hummingbirds, all going from flower to flower.

Last evening at about 10PM, I went out for a walk.
I came across a tree with little leaves, and out of this tree grew a brunch of a different kind of tree, ficus tree. And then the tree next to it, was also the same kind of tree, and out of it also grew a brunch of a ficus!
Are you saying you saw tree trunks with a bunch of different species of tree coming out of it?  Like some crazy grafting experiment?
(http://i339.photobucket.com/albums/n461/julieandcandy/3064017084_635b4abf12.jpg)
That would be worth a reality check, indeed!

Yes! It was a ficus growing from a trunk of another tree, and next to it another tree of the same kind, and out of it also grew a ficus branch!
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: Vex May 07, 2009, 08:04:21 PM
A couple of weeks ago I was walking in a mall and above the zombified drone of mallgoer voices I heard, "REALITY CHECK!! REALITY CHECK BAYBAY!!"

So I did. I tried to levitate and then did the finger bite thing. I wasn't dreaming and I still wonder what the hell made someone yell that out. I also wonder if he was another lucid dream practioner. Luckily the person with me knew why I suddenly stopped and then started gnawing on my finger.

I'm also considering yelling that out once in a great while just to scan a crowd for triggered dream reality checking. It'd be great to catch an RCer in the act.
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: pj May 07, 2009, 08:54:46 PM
Luckily the person with me knew why I suddenly stopped and then started gnawing on my finger.

How precious is the friend you don't need to explain THAT one to!

And how weird was that?  Too bad you didn't catch up with the shouter.
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: pj May 08, 2009, 10:42:16 AM
I was walking the dog Sunday morning, as the sun rose.  Walking along a sidewalk near a neighborhood park toward the east, the sun cleared the houses and the dew-laden tall grass on both sides of the sidewalk exploded into the refracted light from uncountable water droplets.  The moment took my breath away, and the remainder of that block of walking was utterly surreal.

I was not dreaming. . . but this is a spot I have been in while lucid dreaming in the past.
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: Vex May 08, 2009, 02:04:10 PM
That sounds totally amazing, pj. I'd love to see such a scene.

Oh yeah, I do have a couple of people who know about me and the quest for lucid dreaming. They think it's weird but put up with me and my 'eccentric' reality check behaviors. I still wonder what in the world made some person randomly yell out Reality Check!! Hmm, maybe my friend got someone to yell it out just to see how I'd react. He'd do something sneaky like that.
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: Alex Lou May 09, 2009, 01:57:20 AM
That's definitely a curious situation, Vex Kitten.

Yesterday me and my husband go to the beach just after sunset to try out a kite he made.  There was a nearly full moon.  The bright reds and yellows of the kite against the desaturated blue-purple of the sky before the first stars came out reminded me of my dreams.
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: Tsunami May 09, 2009, 10:53:28 AM
Had a weird RC moment yesterday.

I got asked to do a Job by someone, to go to an office about a 5 minute walk away and ask for somebody, I went to do it, as I was walking out I was thinking about if he walked around the corner, visualizing it actually, then came out the room as I was thinking it he walked around the corner just like I was thinking he was, wearing the clothes he normally wears that I was thinking of similar to passive control in dreams. It was creepy because he was walking like I was thinking he was going to walk, for a second I thought I was dreaming, had to do 5 reality checks just to make sure.

Weird, never had this before, bit of dream control in real life there to summon him  :P
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: moE May 09, 2009, 07:02:47 PM
Since we're all discussing moments that necessitate a reality check, I have a quick question

My dreams tend to be of mundane plots. Sometimes there is an unexpected (unrealistic) twist, but the deviation from real life would be mostly the dream characters. And maybe the things people do in my dreams. i.e. a friend will get a new car (a friend who I possibly have never met beforehand, but he's my friend in the dream), it would be a car that seems to be too-good-to-be-true, yet not impossible.. it is plausible enough to prevent be from being in complete disbelief. When I drive the car, the controls are all off. The gas/break works fine, but the steering wheel + gears are usually wayyy out of whack.

Initially my dream-brain convinces me that its just the car; Im not used to it, and the way the car is responding is because of my driving (ironically, in real life.. I am an adept driver). When I wake up, after the car crashes into something... Ill realize that the car wasnt working right because I was dreaming.

Ive had various "dysfunctional car" dreams, and cant figure out how to force a reality check in real life.. so that I get used to it recognizing a dream.

Also, I occasionally dream of 'movie-like' plots, but the story is usually feasible and doesnt not prompt a reality check... even though when I think about it in real life - it sounds absurd.



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: pj May 09, 2009, 07:34:46 PM
So. . . what is the question?  I don't seem to be picking that bit up.
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: Alex Lou May 09, 2009, 10:03:51 PM
I can't drive in my dreams either.  The car will swerve all over the place and not respond.  Actually, a car crash made me lucid recently.  I don't see any way to do an RC for this while awake.  Instead, I rely on putting the pieces together:  if I can't drive, I should know I'm dreaming.
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: moE May 10, 2009, 05:39:12 AM
So. . . what is the question?  I don't seem to be picking that bit up.

Sorry, I tend to do that ; Ill have an idea going.. and my thoughts fire off in tangential directions, distracting me from what I was initially doing.


Is there a way to deal with the situation I described above, as in, a way to get used to reality checking..even the mundane moments; since my dreams are mostly such.
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: Josh May 24, 2009, 07:31:18 PM
MoE, really the best thing to do for that is constant awareness checks. It's just a habit you have to get into, and not really an easy one to develop. Especially since it needs to, ultimately, be more than a simple habit, if you know what I mean? I have dreams where I'm driving and the brake doesn't work, all the time. Since I don't have my full license yet, and don't drive much, every now and then I find myself applying the brake way early when I need to stop, subconsciously, as in my dreams I always have to literally stand on the brake pedal to get any sort of use from it. I've tried to come up with ways to either stop these dreams or get lucid from them, but haven't figured it out yet, other than trying for constant awareness.

I had a couple of RC moments today. I slept in till nearly 3:00pm, then we decided to go driving through Callaway Gardens, so I got a shower and went to get dressed. In the shower, the song Honky Tonk Man was running through my head, so I started to sing the Dwight Yoakam version. I decided to hook up my MP3 plaer to my speaker system and play that song as I got dressed, so I turned on my MP3 player... Now, I'd left it on random shuffle least played last time, and so it picks a new song every time I turn it on, if one wasn't playing when I shut it off. This time the song that it was on was none other than Honky Tonk Man, by Dwight Yoakam. Reality Check!

Then I went to pull on my pants, and they only had one leg. O_o Reality Check! Turns out one leg had somehow gotten stuffed inside the other, but in such a way that at first glance it looked seamless.

There were other moments throughout the day as well, but those stood out, one immediately after the other.
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: Alex Lou May 31, 2009, 02:20:15 PM
While I'm swimming with friends my husband somehow gets his kite stuck on a shingle of a three story house.  As in, the handle that the string's wrapped around is on the roof.  The house is under construction.  All the doors and windows are locked and nobody's home.  So it's up the ladder to the scaffolding I go, barefoot, in my wetsuit, and dripping wet.  I try the small ladder first and do my first RC about halfway up.  I do my second as I step out on the narrow plank of wood that bows beneath me and is faded to the color of driftwood.  But from there, there's no way up.  So I descend again,  walk around the house, break into the yard, and face the ladder that leads to the third-story scaffolding.

Looking up is as bad as looking down.  The ladder wobbles and creaks beneath me.  I stop in the middle of the ladder momentarily to panic internally and do a few more RCs.  The wind off the ocean meets me up on the boards.  So many dream signs:  being up in the clear sky, strange circumstances at the beach, all the muted colors of blue, tan, and gray, the bright object floating above me, and the cold wind that doesn't make me cold as it dries my hair.  Plus, the adrenaline is pumping, making it all seem unreal.  And then I climb out onto the steep roof.


Also went the California Adventure the other day.  None of the rides were nearly as scary as climbing that ladder at the beach, but I did do some RCs.  Soarin' Over California felt exactly like one of my dreams.  But I couldn't figure out a way to RC in my usual way during the ride since there was nothing of the usual to fixate on visually.  Decided that I didn't care if I was dreaming since lucidity wouldn't improve the experience any.
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: pj May 31, 2009, 02:23:27 PM
That almost sounds like the script for  Harold Lloyd film from the 1920's.

Too bad nobody was video taping!  That could have been an instant MM Classic.
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: Alex Lou May 31, 2009, 02:30:45 PM
Lol.  Had to look up Harold Lloyd, but now I see (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ByFWiv5rhmc).
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: Hazel May 31, 2009, 03:45:55 PM
I had a weird experience in Wal-Mart today. There was a man that looked a lot like Morpheus from The Matrix wearing a dark black suit, walking around with a little old lady with very pale skin and a bright white suit. I did several reality checks, but I was definately awake. The contrast of light and dark seemed so surreal, though...
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: gagaku May 31, 2009, 07:33:31 PM
yesterday morning a goat escaped from the neighbors' yard into my yard. I heard it outside and went to the window to check. I did an RC, but I was not dreaming.
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: iadr June 05, 2009, 09:44:27 PM
I had the perfect opportunity to do several reality checks today and almost convinced myself that I was dreaming because it was so unusual.

While riding this giant wooden roller coaster at an amusement park I got shaken a bit too hard and banged my elbow into the side of the cart which caused my elbow to start bleeding.  So I take the ski lift to the front of the park to see about getting some medical attention for my arm.

As the gal at the information office just hands me a band aid, I go to look for a restroom to wash my elbow and put on the band aid.  I was hoping to get some kind of medical attention from an attractive young nurse.  ;-D

I walk a few buildings down and find a restroom that has the door partially closed that says MEN on it, so go in to take a piss and clean my arm.  I am the only one in here.  The restroom looks a bit unusual as there are no urinals, just a bunch of stalls, about 10 to 12 of them, I think the most stalls I've even seen in a restroom before.  

I pick a stall and go in and take a piss, after which I come out and wash the blood off my elbow in the sink.  I take the band aid out of my pocket and take the wrapper off.  Before I can put it on my elbow though it gets stuck on itself.  I think about going back for another band aid but manage to get it pulled apart so put it on my elbow.  As it is uncomfortable the way I have it on, I take it back off and put it on facing a different directions.

I look in the mirror and see this young gal who works at the amusement park walking by me headed back toward the stalls.  I'm thinking it's a bit odd that she would be in the Mens restroom, but figure that she must be there to check something out.  I get the feeling that she is thinking that something is strange about me being in there also.  I walk toward the door and notice that the sign on the door says WOMEN.  The WO had been somewhat hidden by the way the door had been partially shut when I looked at it.  It wouldn't be so bad except that there are two middle aged women getting ready to enter the restroom who are now looking at me as if I'm some kind of pervert.  Good thing they don't read my dreams. :chuckle:

I do several reality checks and begin repeating to myself that I am dreaming over and over.  I'm still trying to figure out if this really happened or if I just dreamed it, but I think it probably happened.  Either that or it is a heck of a long dream that I am still dreaming while I am posting this.  I should get a trophy for this one.  ;-D
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: Sunshine June 05, 2009, 10:44:11 PM
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: Luminous June 06, 2009, 05:24:44 AM
Wow, I just had a strange RC moment about an hour ago. I have an RSS feed set up for lucid dreaming questions on Yahoo Answers. When I check the feed, there are usually no more than 10 open questions, and there was not more than that when I checked it before bedtime last night.

I checked the feed again this morning, and what do I see? Over 30 additional questions on lucid dreaming has been asked for the last 10 hours!  O_O I found myself checking for unstable text... And then I started answering them. :P I've been answering questions for about an hour, but there are many more that I can contribute to left! Needless to say, I leave links to MM in most of them. :P
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: Lucidbulbs June 10, 2009, 10:40:17 PM
Today someone left a $38 tip for a $59 bill, I had to check to be sure at first that they already paid, but they did!!! On credit card, and the tip was in cash O.O I had to give a nice good check after that, then a little victory dance :)
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: Caradon June 11, 2009, 12:11:50 AM
Today while driving home from work, I saw a teenage girl riding a bike while wearing a blue bucket upside down on her head.
The handle of the bucket was under her chin. It looked quite odd, and I definitely RC'd when I saw that.
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: dodobird June 11, 2009, 03:17:22 AM
Today while driving home from work, I saw a teenage girl riding a bike while wearing a blue bucket upside down on her head.
The handle of the bucket was under her chin. It looked quite odd, and I definitely RC'd when I saw that.

Ha ha! I think it must be a dream... : D

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: Lucidbulbs June 11, 2009, 08:36:22 AM
Today while driving home from work, I saw a teenage girl riding a bike while wearing a blue bucket upside down on her head.
The handle of the bucket was under her chin. It looked quite odd, and I definitely RC'd when I saw that.

Ha ha! I think it must be a dream... : D
XD I'd have to double RC to that. That's just bizarre for an IRL run in.
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: Hazel June 11, 2009, 04:13:48 PM
OK, this was really weird....I went to join a forum, which I got to from another forum I'm on...and the last introduction post was from somebody that I am 99% sure is a member here...(this has nothing to do with dreaming.)

I'm still doing RC's.  I wanted to post in her thread to freak her out but I hadn't been activated yet! 

Wow, let us know if it's who you think it is.

Today while driving home from work, I saw a teenage girl riding a bike while wearing a blue bucket upside down on her head.
The handle of the bucket was under her chin. It looked quite odd, and I definitely RC'd when I saw that.

O_O That is really odd. I wonder if she was using it as a helmet...?
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: gruffydd June 12, 2009, 08:04:48 AM
Today while driving home from work, I saw a teenage girl riding a bike while wearing a blue bucket upside down on her head.
The handle of the bucket was under her chin. It looked quite odd, and I definitely RC'd when I saw that.

Safety before style! ...Kinda O_O

Last night I went to the top of a multi storey car park and found a beach. There was a sea (pool), sand everywhere, hammocks, even palm trees! As soon as I got up there I tried to RC so hard I practically broke my finger against my palm.
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: Zhon June 12, 2009, 08:23:06 AM
[Edited]  Oops, never mind.... Thanks for the heads-up, Moonbeam.
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: Sunshine June 12, 2009, 08:32:34 PM
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: gagaku June 13, 2009, 08:32:10 AM
Yesterday I saw a friend that I haven't seen in three or four years. The reason that this is a reality check moment is that missed my friends from back then an have had several dreams about meeting them again, so would be a dream sign exept that it turned out to be real!
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: Alex Lou June 15, 2009, 09:21:33 PM
Yesterday I saw a friend that I haven't seen in three or four years. The reason that this is a reality check moment is that missed my friends from back then an have had several dreams about meeting them again, so would be a dream sign exept that it turned out to be real!
I would have been reality checking like crazy!


I'm startled awake by my husband who is scrounging around next to the hotel bed.  When questioned he tells me that he's looking for tools.  When I'm like "WTF?!"  He tells me, "Never mind, I just have to pee."  And stumbles out into the hall without any clothes on.  To my surprise, I am not the one who is dreaming.
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Josh June 16, 2009, 06:18:52 AM
I was sitting at the library reading a thread on Dreamviews on my laptop, laughing to myself, when an older lady comes up to me and asks what's so funny. I just shake my head, and say, "Ah, it's nothing."

She then says, "Ah, it's something you can't repeat?" As it was just silly stuff, I nodded. Then she says, "It's too dirty?" just like that. I was, of course, a bit flabbergasted, and assured her that it was nothing like that. She went on to say how nobody ever sent her anything funny anymore, and sat down to check a bandage on her leg. The whole conversation, though, was just random and surreal, not to mention extremely awkward.

I remembered to do a reality check an hour later. *facepalm*
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: pj June 22, 2009, 09:44:36 AM
I'm just wrapping up a rather wonderfully full weekend that had a few Reality Check moments.

- Dealing with my 91 year old dad is always surreal.  That encompassed much of my day on Saturday.  (Don't get me wrong. . . he's a fun old codger - just a bit frustrating at times.)

- Getting up north and finding my wife and kids had already done the vast majority of the work I was expecting to be spending my Sunday morning doing in preparation for leaving the tractor there.

- Seeing our old Ford 2N tractor finally in the shed I started constructing for it a couple years ago.  It was late dusk when I parked her in there.  The shed is built almost entirely out of reclaimed materials and half-log sided.  The tractor and shed together could have passed for an image from the 1940's.

- Mowing the grass up north in the dark.  (I've always wondered why they put headlights on riding lawnmowers!  It's FUN!)

- Sunday morning, seeing all the tent bug webs brought out by the combination of dew and morning sun burning through the mist hanging over the valley.

- Watching my friend's new black puppy in our river, swimming like an otter.

- Driving to work this morning and seeing a dead deer along the north-bound Southfield freeway, just north of the I-96 intersection.  (This is in the heart of the city. . . there aren't supposed to be deer there!  If it was hunting season, I would have thought it fell off of a truck or something.)
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: Caradon June 23, 2009, 11:11:36 PM
Today, while out walking the dog. I had a coyote come out of the woods and onto the trail, pretty close by. Definitely an RC moment for me.
 
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: pj June 25, 2009, 07:16:05 AM
Coyotes are surreal even under the most banal of circumstances.
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: Lucidbulbs June 25, 2009, 09:34:58 PM
So my RC today was on Micheal Jackson, I'm not mad over him but when you go serve a customer one moment and you here he's in a coma

"oh he'll push through"

and come back to the TV in about an hour once more customers leave and find him dead... it's failed wishful thinking or a dream >.>
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: pj June 26, 2009, 07:16:35 AM
You aren't the only one who RCd at that one.  The news came rather out of the blue.  I was online and watching a couple news feeds, and the reports were all over the place at first.  Definitely RCd a few times in there.
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: Hazel June 26, 2009, 10:50:49 AM
I didn't RC about that, but I did find it EXTREMELY weird that both him and Farrah Fawcett died on the same day.
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Josh July 02, 2009, 08:13:53 PM
My last good RC moment turned out to be a dream, but today we were driving to my sister's new house, with my niece and nephew in the car, and went over a small bridge over a creek. My mom told the kids to look down, that they could see the creek, and habitually I glanced over to my side . . . and saw a couple skinny-dipping. The kids couldn't see out my side of the car, and they were in to their shoulders, but it was quite obvious there were no swimming suits involved.

Needless to say, I RC'd at the oddity of that moment.
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: pj July 26, 2009, 08:28:04 PM
Just got back from another weekend up north - one that was sort of a last minute decision.  There were a few reality check moments, and even a lucid dream this morning.

I woke early yesterday morning to a hazy sunrise, took the dog for a walk and then went into the woods picking wild blueberries for pancakes.  While I was picking, we could hear thunder in the distance and the dog was becoming really agitated with me because I wouldn't let her lead me back to the car.  She wandered up the trail and I turned my attention back to the blueberries.

Suddenly a small deer burst out of some nearby brush, about ten feet from me.  The dog was only a couple feet behind - the closest I've ever seen her to a deer.  They blasted past and were gone into the woods.

Lucky came walking back a few minutes later, smiling big and panting like a locomotive.

Later in the morning, I was driving back from town and saw a gorgeous buck with a huge rack standing in a clearing with the sun shining behind him.  It reminded me of the Forest Spirit from Princess Mononoke.
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: DrTechnical July 27, 2009, 05:28:22 PM
I just had a pretty good reality check moment.

I walk into the bedroom and my wife had set up all of her video lighting equipment around the bed. For a moment I thought we were going to make a "special" home movie. In this reality?

Turns out she is going to photo her product on the beige bedsheets as a backdrop and just needs some really even lighting.
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: pj July 27, 2009, 06:38:48 PM
Ha!
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: Sunshine July 27, 2009, 07:48:26 PM
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: DrTechnical July 28, 2009, 04:16:34 PM
Well, Doc, as long as the equipment was there...?


No matter how you cut it, home sex video = porn (in my wifes mind). My wife is very down on porn. Does that answer your question.

You don't need to convince me that its healthy to do something different from time to time to keep it interesting. You would be preaching to the choir.

Ironically, this is the "main" reason I got involved in lucid dreaming. So I do have her to thank for that.
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: Sunshine July 28, 2009, 07:39:12 PM
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: Sunshine July 29, 2009, 10:43:55 PM
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: DrTechnical July 30, 2009, 03:22:05 PM
Well those guys know how to get attention anyway. Credit where credit is due. But where the hell do you go with it? I can imagine a few directions, but I don't think it's even getting on Swedish TV.
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Vex July 30, 2009, 04:50:22 PM
Swedish people are weird.

http://vodpod.com/watch/1548742-sweden-got-talent-naked-guys-dancing (http://vodpod.com/watch/1548742-sweden-got-talent-naked-guys-dancing)
Weird is an understatement. Made me laugh though. Funny weirdness is good, usually. Bet I'm going to dream about those guys tonight... :chuckle:


I fell alseep outside on the patio at work yesterday. A door slamming woke me up. I was groggy and disoriented and immediately started biting on my pointer finger realizing I had just awakened. I realized I wasn't dreaming but still tried to levitate away from the evil grip of work (just in case it was a very realisitic dream). No dice. Was happy that I'd remembered to RC upon waking though.
On another note, I hope no one saw me pass out on the paito.  :paranoid: I'd rather quit than be fired.
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: Sunshine July 30, 2009, 07:42:47 PM
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: pj August 01, 2009, 09:16:54 AM
Let's see how this comes off.  This is an attempted recount of the experience I phoned Moonbeam about last night.  It was just sooo weird, and I was laughing and there wasn't a soul there who would have understood.

I was sort of working a show last night.  This is a venue where I often run sound, which includes getting the PA and monitor systems set up in advance, getting the EQ squared away, testing everything in advance and then showing up early for sound checks and manning the board through the performances.

In this case, I got the "setup and shake-down" portion done the day before.  I showed up way early for sound checks and preps, and found that the main act had brought his own highly capable sound man, who had graciously agreed to take care of both performances.  (They even brought their own mixing board - just plugged into our board and had at it.)

I had anticipated this possibility, so I brought a book that Moonbeam sent me - "The Conscious Exploration of Dreams".  I grabbed the book and my reading glasses and headed out back to an awning area set up for smokers. . . and found it occupied by a group of old hippies.  They were passing around a fattie and discussing various hallucinogens and other recreational drugs.

I sat off to the side and read.  They finished their joint and most of them wandered off to the camping area or back into the barn.  One guy remained behind, nursing a beer.  He studied me for a couple minutes and then spoke:

"Whatchya readin'?"

I showed him.  He recited slowly, "The Conscious Exploration of Dreams."

"Do you know what lucid dreaming is?"  I asked.  Nope - he didn't.

"It's when you are dreaming and know you are dreaming, and you can do pretty much anything you want to."

His eyes glazed even more than they already were as he looked off into the distance.  "Oh," he said.  The conversation was clearly over.

I tried going back to reading but was giggling myself silly, but there was no way to explain it to anybody who wasn't a lucid dreamer, and they seemed to be fresh out of those. 

So I got up and walked around the barn, deciding to phone Moonbeam to tell her the story while it was still fresh and funny.
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: Sunshine August 01, 2009, 09:24:22 AM
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: Re: Reality Check Moments
: DrTechnical August 01, 2009, 04:44:47 PM
You may have taken the wrong approach here PJ, if you wanted anyone to take interest.

There are many ways to describe lucid dreaming. For that audience (even if it were only one guy) the description goes something like this:

"Lucid Dreaming is the ultimate hallucinagenic trip. You can walk on the moon, fly through the clouds, it's like Acid meets Mandrake Root meets DMT".

OK, we are in the Den folder, right?  O_O
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Lucidbulbs August 01, 2009, 11:29:32 PM
And then it was an RC for me, when I walk in the door and Tom tells me there is a message for me from a crazy guy!  I started laughing as soon as I heard who it was. 
LOL I forgot you two know each other in person >.> Sort of woke me up here.

And XD Dr. T Sounds like a smart description.

Okay my RC moment for the day:

A police woman comes into the restaurant to eat dinner and the first thing my boss does is run out the back door O_O Last time I checked she didn't have anything to fear with police.

(Turns out she was scared her autistic son slipped out of the house again >.>)
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: pj August 06, 2009, 01:34:28 PM
Last night, looking through the Detroit Metro Craig's List free stuff.  Somebody was giving away. . .

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A SENSORY DEPRIVATION TANK.

My wife wouldn't let me go get it.
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: Sunshine August 06, 2009, 06:53:23 PM
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: pj August 07, 2009, 09:43:48 PM
What!?  But we haven't tried the effect of sensory deprivation on dreaming yet!  Please, pj, talk some sense into her!  I'm sure you can find room for it somewhere....push the bed over?

Nope - no go.  She just doesn't see the reasoning - in the midst of trying to divest ourselves of tons of stuff, move tons more stuff into our garage and basement, and sore the tons of stuff remaining up north.

Which leads to another Reality Check Moment. . . but I'll save that for another post.
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: pj August 07, 2009, 09:55:48 PM
Soooo. . . today is my wifeling's birthday.

It has been an odd one.  I bought her present and cards just before midnight last night.  I worked the day, came home to haul about a ton of scrap to the recycler, then took her and the kids to dinner with the money from the scrap.  We decided to return to the restaurant later for Happy Birthday deserts.

I came home, loaded a heavy mill in the trailer here, drove to the shop and loaded another machine and an engine.  (I'm taking all of that up north tomorrow morning.)  Came back home, spent some time chatting with my drummer who stopped by with his kids, then cleaned up and packed the family up to go have dessert.

As we pull into the restaurant parking lot, our son remarks;  "That's funny.  There's a lady who looks like Ronald McDonald's wife."

As we approached the door, a lady clown was returning with a camera.  "I'm just trying to hide," she says.  I hold the door for her and the rest of our clan, and our son holds the inside door for her.  She heads to her table. . .

. . . which is occupied by seven more clowns.
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Lucidbulbs August 07, 2009, 10:55:03 PM
LOL Now that is interesting RC moment. I take it that your wife will not soon forget that birthday either with such an odd sight.

And I wonder what sensory deprivation does to a dream too!
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: Sunshine August 07, 2009, 11:42:56 PM
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: DrTechnical August 08, 2009, 06:19:20 PM
I've always kinda wanted a float tank. They get really pricey. If I recall, you can buy versions which are like little personal houses, with wood exterior, soft lighting and sound inside, and of course the float area in the middle. They're pretty big, and maybe upwards of 15-20K if I recall.

Yeah, I can see why someone (i.e. - your wife) would feel this impractical. Check out the wiki page on the subject.
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: pj September 09, 2009, 01:01:31 PM
It's still tough to type, so I'll keep this shorter than usual.

I spent many hours in a kayak over the weekend and saw many breathtakingly beautiful sights.  It is amazing how silent a kayak can be.  Each of those moments was a reality check, but the big one was a bat flying out of the entertainment center I brought inside after leaving it out the night before.  I didn't know what it was at first, and then I had to get it out.
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: pj October 05, 2009, 08:14:37 AM
I've spent the past two weekends working on an odd project up north - a geodesic dome storage shed.

As we continue collapsing our little factory, we are finding a tremendous need for storage space.  I had intended to build a new shed up north, and came up with the crazy idea of using all these short pieces of 2x4 and 2x6 to build a geodesic structure.  There are tremendous advantages to this form; strength, economy of material usage. . . and short structural members.  After inventorying the accumulation of available material, I designed a 20 foot diameter three-frequency dome.  It stands about 13' high inside at the center, allowing a 7' ceiling in the lower level and a full 6' in a loft.

This thing has been crazy fun to build.  It is just the weirdest thing in the world, especially when it is encountered after driving our 1/8 mile driveway and taking the final turn into the cleared yard.  It is round, of course, and comprised entirely of triangles.  I just grin when I look at it - and RC, because it still feels like it belongs in a dream.

You can see a picture of it here: http://mortalmist.com/forum/index.php/topic,1244.msg64929.html#msg64929

In that image, you can see a couple sections of extension ladder standing up inside.  These were supported by some 12 foot 2x4s just jammed into the structure in a couple places, which were then tied together with others temporarily screwed to them where they crossed.  So long as the ladder was leaning in a way not to dislodge the supporting 2x4s, it was fine for what needed to be done - which was to reach the highest parts of the structure.

I was up on top of one of those ladders, working right near the top, when something shifted.  I had just a moment to drop the drill motor in my hand and grab the nearest strut.  A split second later, my ladders and the entire network of ladder-supporting timbers was laying all over the ground. . . and I was hanging there, swinging gently back and forth.  I just swung my feet forward and climbed down the inside without any problem.  I was amazingly calm - considering that I battled a mortal fear of heights and falling for over 10 years after falling off a cliff in the mid 80's.

I got to the ground, looked around, noted how calm I was about it all, and did a reality check.  I wasn't dreaming.
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: DrTechnical October 05, 2009, 09:03:13 AM
Nice job PJ, so far anyway.

I really respect the old fashioned approach of "do it yourself". It's become too easy to stop by home depot, order something and show up for the delivery. The end result is an weakening of mind and body.

I came from a real "do it yourself" blue collar family. Nothing wrong with being able to roll up your sleeves and get a job done. Plus, you have the added cool factor of the dome design.
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: pj October 05, 2009, 10:00:29 AM
Nothing wrong with being able to roll up your sleeves and get a job done. Plus, you have the added cool factor of the dome design.

Math truly CAN be fun.

And incredibly powerful.
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Alex Lou October 05, 2009, 12:52:09 PM
pj, that looks amazing! :)  I love it that you made a shed into something worth looking at.


My reality check:  There's this little farm between two local freeways.  I always forget that it's there and wonder about it when I see it since west Orange County is all suburbs, malls, and business districts otherwise.  Yesterday, me and my husband are driving down the freeway from which the farm can be seen, and I'm surprised to see a cow grazing.  Then I notice behind it, pumpkin patch with lots of bright orange pumpkins growing! O_O  I am looking for those in my dreams . . . had just dreamed about it the day previous.
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: Sunshine October 05, 2009, 07:14:35 PM
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: Namaste October 07, 2009, 11:11:51 AM
That's quite some shed - I am sure there would be quite a market for such things - certainly very interesting :D
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: pj October 19, 2009, 07:31:40 AM
Another weekend up north was full of RC moments for me.  Here are the highlights:

My wife and I dropping a machine in our garage while loading the trailer and preparing to leave.  (Nobody got hurt, but the machine was pretty well destroyed.)

Waking up Saturday morning to 16 F.

Returning to our place Saturday night after an evening with my Amish friends, to look up into a dark, clear sky the likes of which I have never seen before - and we usually enjoy superb sky watching conditions up there.  The Andromeda galaxy, which I have been able to see before without aid of binoculars or telescope only after locating its position and using averted vision, looked like a bright cloud to the north east.  It was breathtaking, and I got to see a very bright meteor burn its way into our atmosphere while I was out looking.

Waking Sunday to 12 degrees F.  (In OCTOBER????)

Finally (and safely) getting the geodesic dome's basic structure completed, with the assistance of a proper and safe ladder.  (That thing is still a constant reality check, every time I see it.)

And, last but not least, our daughter went out on her first date Saturday night.  Woah.
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: Sunshine October 19, 2009, 11:35:20 AM
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: Namaste October 23, 2009, 06:32:30 AM
I went out for a meal with my wife last night to a quiet family type restaurant that is on the outskirts of the city - its not a local pub restuarant as its hard to get to without a car - its gets most of its business from the hotel next door.

When I went to order the meal there was a new girl behind the counter - we go there quite a lot so I notice when there are new staff.

She was quite short but quite attractive - on her name badge was the name 'Lucifer'

So that was a reality check moment!  I wasn't dreaming though.  I wanted to ask about it but if she really was called Lucifer
she would probably get pretty damn tired of people asking about it - I didn't want to get a curse or a poorly tummy from dinner
so I didn't ask eventhough I really wanted too ;)

Have you ever heard of a person who has been named Lucifer?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucifer

It made me wonder if you were named Lucifer whether you would be predisposed to be evil or a little naughty!
There are people who do jobs that relate to their names - I was contacted once by a police detective named 'Sherlock!'
I thought with that last name he could hardly be anything else!

Maybe the girl was having a joke with their name badge but Lucifer doesn't necessarily have evil connetations - it means
Fallen Angel - so maybe her parents were trying to say she fell from heaven but that has got to have backfired at school!
Or maybe it just made her more popular with the boys!!!

: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Josh October 23, 2009, 10:06:19 PM
Actually, it was probably a new staff thing. At the upscale restaurant where my sister worked, wearing your nametag was mandatory, you got in trouble if you left it at home. However, they kept a few behind the bar just in case, and so if you forgot your own, you got whatever name was in the basket. I bet your situation was similar; probably the manager had a bit of a dark sense of humor. My theory, anyway! :D


I went to see Where the Wild Things Are earlier this week. Man, that movie is so surreal... I did reality checks all throughout the movie, sometimes thoroughly surprised I wasn't dreaming!
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: pj November 01, 2009, 07:35:44 AM
I went to see Where the Wild Things Are earlier this week. Man, that movie is so surreal... I did reality checks all throughout the movie, sometimes thoroughly surprised I wasn't dreaming!

That movie was sure ripped by the critics.  Was it worth the time and money to see it?
: Reality Check DAY
: pj November 01, 2009, 08:11:39 AM
Yesterday ranks right up there with some of the weirdest I've ever head.

The day started after a failed night of CWILD.  The night before, I had finished up a job and loaded our 18 foot car hauler with a Cincinnati grinder and a project car that isn't likely to get worked on any more this year, to haul both up north.  The plan was to hit the road early, be up there by mid-morning and be home before dark.

I overslept, waking to the howl of 45mph wind gusts out of the west.  I quickly made coffee, grabbed something for breakfast and headed out.  The change overnight from our full Technicolor Fall display was pretty dramatic - the trees had all been stripped bare by the wind and rain overnight.  First RC right there.

After checking to make sure the lights and hitch were right and that nobody had messed with the straps during the night, I hit the road.  Just going down the surface streets toward the expressway was challenging because of the wind and rain - the truck was very unstable and bucking horribly.  (Unfortunately, the last guy who had borrowed the trailer had disabled the trailer brakes because of a wiring problem, so that added to the tension of hauling all that weight in these conditions.)

I finally got onto the highway and accelerated.  The winds were terrible, and any time I got much over 45mph (the minimum speed for I96 here in Michigan,) the truck was almost uncontrollable.  At first I blamed the wind, but soon realized the real problem was in the way the trailer was loaded.  The car had been pulled up backwards, behind the machine, leaving most of its weight hanging out well behind the rear axle.  It was apparently not enough to counterweight the machine near the tongue, leaving me with negative tongue weight - a very dangerous condition with a long trailer.

I limped the truck off the highway soon after realizing all this, pulling into a bank parking lot.  Out there in the rain and wind, using a come-along to move the machine as far forward on the trailer as possible, I was really regretting not having grabbed my oilskin winter coat.  Out there in the rain and wind and morning darkness, moving a machine on my trailer and re-strapping it, wearing a very inadequate lined sweatshirt. . . Reality Check.  Unfortunately, I was not dreaming.

After getting everything strapped back down, I drove right past the north-bound ramp to I-275 and had to drive surface streets north to the next chance to enter.  I got on the highway and accelerated, and almost lost control of the truck.  It was worse than before.  I barely managed to get off at the next exit, which was the last chance for many miles, and limped the rig slowly back home on surface streets.  Walking back into our home, wet and cold, two hours after leaving and having gotten nowhere except cold and wet. . . Reality Check.

My wife was up, so I had a cup of coffee as we discussed options.  Reload the trailer?  Leave either the car or the machine behind?  Rewire the trailer brakes, which can be applied independently to straighten things out when they get out of hand?  We decided to reload the trailer, turning the car around and repositioning the machine to assure a reasonable positive tongue weight.  Once that was done, I took another hour to properly rewire the trailer harness, giving me back my beloved trailer brakes.  And I hit the road a second time - at about 11:00 AM.  The sun was shining.  Reality check.

The rig was stable now, though the wind gusts were still making it a white-knuckle drive keeping within my lane.  The trailer is wider than a car or normal truck, and when the wind hits it hard from the side there is enough leverage to steer the truck out of the lane - so I was constantly compensating for that.

I finally made north-bound US 23, which leads to I-75, the highway where most of my ride north would be spent.  I drove carefully north, keeping it to about 55mph, driving through alternating bands of rain and sunshine.  An hour into the drive, as I approached Flint, I suddenly driving right into. . .

The End Of The Rainbow.

Remember this thread?  - http://mortalmist.com/forum/index.php/topic,1757.msg48588.html#msg48588

In it, we pretty much concluded that the physics were impossible.  Well, I'm here to tell you that it is NOT impossible.  The rainbow was lower and coming from the opposite direction of the one in that image, but it clearly ended right in front of me and in FRONT of everything beyond it.  The colors were brilliant.

By the time I grabbed my cell phone and got the camera turned on, the road had curved a bit and the intensity was much faded.  It was now ended just off to the right side of the road, but still clearly ending right there and in front of everything else.  Attached at the bottom, you'll find my un-retouched or cropped lousy cell phone image, taken through the wet windshield with one hand while driving.  Look carefully at the point where it touches the ground - you'll observe that the rainbow is in FRONT of the overpass and small trees right there.

Major Reality Check - so much so that I tried calling Moonbeam.

Man. . . this is long already - but it doesn't end there.  I'll continue in another post, so as to break this up a bit.
: Reality Check Day continued. . .
: pj November 01, 2009, 08:41:44 AM
Continued from previous post. . .

The remainder of my drive north was uneventful.  I stopped at the next rest area and sent that rainbow image to my wife, then drove straight through to our northern getaway, arriving about 2:30.  Everything to be unloaded there went easily, and I placed and photographed a special object in the middle of the geodesic dome shed frame.  Reality check.

Then I went north into Amish country, where the machine was unloaded and our smaller trailer was loaded on the big trailer for the ride home.  Towing two trailers?  RC!  I spent a little time visiting with my friends there, but decided not to wait for the venison chili.  I accepted a traveler mug of coffee and hit the road just a bit before six o'clock.

There are three traffic lights on M33 heading south toward I-75 - one in Mio, one in Rose City, and a most awful one on M55 which is controlled by cameras.  When hauling a load and trying to time lights, that one is the worst because it is controlled by cameras and a computer, and you never know if it will stay green for five seconds or five minutes.  I was focused on that light, trying to anticipate and not get caught trying to quickly stop my rig, when BAM.  I caught a glimpse of brown and an antler from the corner of my eye.  The shock pushed the truck off to the right - it was a big, solid hit.  No steam. . . truck's rolling OK - pulled it off to the shoulder and turned on the flashers.  Reality check.

Laying in the north-bound lane was a massive 8 point buck.  Somebody else had stopped, so we pulled it off to the side of the road.  Reality check.

Where it regained consciousness.  Reality check.

It was badly injured though.  It struggled to its feet, but was bleeding out of its mouth and nose.  It tried a step, but wasn't capable of walking.  I called the police as my companion left.

The State Trooper arrived about 15 minutes later.  He took out his .40 Sig and shot the buck behind the ear.  It stood there, staring at us, unfazed.  Reality check.  Two more shots to the same area finally brought it down, but it was still breathing.  "Don't worry - he'll bleed out pretty fast," the trooper reassured me.  I felt awful that this was so far from a clean kill and the animal was suffering so.

I called my Amish friend and asked if he would like the buck.  He arranged a ride to meet me in the next town north - Rose City, as soon as possible.  I sat with the very nice trooper in his squad car (reality check) as he wrote up the permit, and then we chatted for almost 45 minutes while the deer still breathed on.  He was the nicest guy. . . we talked about us closing our shop down and why I had a trailer on my trailer, and about where he lived less than a mile away and about how he had one deer in a collision that took four shots to kill.  He talked about how they used to carry 9mm handguns and how they were useless, and how they changed to the larger caliber and to the full double-action weapons in use now.  I told him about my Beretta .40, and he remarked that there are troopers who still prefer them to the Sigs and Glocks. 

Then his wife and kids pulled up behind us, bringing out cameras to photograph the STILL ALIVE buck.  Reality check.  I walked back to my truck and checked it for damage - none at all.  No hint of the collision!  Reality check.  I turned the truck around and parked it near the deer so we could load it on the trailer. . . as soon as the thing died.  Which it apparently had no intention of doing - it had somehow gotten BACK ON ITS FEET and was standing there again, watching us, panting and bleeding.

The trooper went to his trunk for a 12 gauge, loading it with a slug.  While he was doing this, the buck fell over on its back, still panting and kicking.  I asked the trooper to please put it out of its misery - whatever it would take.  All it took was one shot to the neck with that cannon.  Yippee - I'd bagged my first deer, and in the most ignoble, un-sportsmanlike and undignified way imaginable.

It took all the two of us had to drag that buck onto the front of the car hauler trailer, in front of the smaller trailer.  I strapped it down and drove back to Rose City, where I found my Amish friend waiting at a gas station.  It took all three of us, struggling mightily, to drag the buck off of my trailer and into the pickup truck.  My friend was ecstatic over the size of the deer - this thing is going to feed them for a couple months at least.  My friend handed me a wrapped sandwich and a mason jar of the chili his wife was making when I was there, and I hugged him.  And so we parted ways - finally putting that saga to rest.  I was again driving home at 8:00 PM on Halloween night, after having participated in the gruesome murder of an innocent buck.  Reality Check.

My cell phone rang just before 10:00.  It was my Amish friend, who had just finished dressing out the buck.  He said it was every bit of 200 pounds - a truly huge beast.

I made it home before 11:30, without further incident.

Reality Check.
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: Josh November 02, 2009, 12:21:34 AM
I went to see Where the Wild Things Are earlier this week. Man, that movie is so surreal... I did reality checks all throughout the movie, sometimes thoroughly surprised I wasn't dreaming!

That movie was sure ripped by the critics.  Was it worth the time and money to see it?

It certainly was to me. I really enjoyed it. I liked that it didn't try to be happy, uplifting, overtly cheerful and fanciful, and neither did it waste time on needless exposition and explanation. It was what it was. It was kind of dark at times, a bit cynical and sometimes unsettling. Well-suited to us lucid dreamers, I think.

It sounds like yesterday was just plain crazy for you, Pete! Being hit by a 200lb 8-point buck, and it not leaving a scratch on your truck? Yikes!

We hit a fawn on the way to town one day, clipped her with the bumper. She still had her spots. We went up the road to a pallet company and had them send someone down with a rifle to put her out of her misery. It's not a pretty thing, nor a fun thing. At least your friends got some good meat out of it.

Time before last that we went over to the Waffle House a few miles from our home, it was just after dark, and there was a man finishing up cleaning and dressing out a small deer a friend had hit with his truck. He was cleaning it on the tailgate of his pickup, which had a chest freezer strapped in the bed, as he sold meat for a living! He offered us a shoulder from it, and that was the best barbecue roast I've had in years. That whole scenario was a reality check moment for me.
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: Alex Lou January 09, 2010, 01:56:40 AM
As I was approaching my home city after school yesterday, I saw from the distance that it was covered in a gray haze.  At first I thought it must be a fire; I didn't think it possible for there to be so much fog on a warm, sunny day.  But it also isn't fire season.  So I did the first reality check for being confused.  

It was fog:
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4045/4257929811_1fd39717c2.jpg)

It was very strange because it was only on one side of the river; enveloping one coastal city and barely touching the other.  There were dense bits of it flying over the ground from the marina.

So I took a detour from my routine, and followed the river to the beach:
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2789/4257929895_86f1cc7658.jpg)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4053/4257929999_eb93576642.jpg)

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2751/4258796968_0d33de0d0e.jpg)

Strange beach scenes are a major DS for me.  And while walking in the surf toward the pier a man stops me to start a brief conversion about how magical it is.  Very DC-like behavior, but a reality check reveals that he is not.
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: The Littlest Leaf Dragon January 09, 2010, 04:16:30 AM
How weird.  That definitely sounds like something from a dream, but I guess you'd know by now if it was.  :D
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: pj January 09, 2010, 09:29:13 AM
Wow, Alex!  What a beautiful and ethereal time that looked to be.  Thanks for having the presence of mind to photograph and share it with us.

Our northern getaway is on and in the Ausable River basin.  Cold air and warmer water make for the most amazing mists and fogs.  That one image you liked the color of was taken on just such a morning.

And I'm doing a reality check right now, as I prepare to do something for a friend I wouldn't do for myself. . . go work on his car's exhaust system.  In Flint.  In an unheated, drafty garage with a damaged roof.

*sigh*
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: Sunshine January 09, 2010, 12:50:51 PM
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: pj January 09, 2010, 08:40:27 PM
Success, and it wasn't as miserable as I thought.

It did bring out an odd problem that is getting worse as time goes by. . . but that's a different conversation.
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: Bro January 09, 2010, 10:06:16 PM
So I took a detour from my routine, and followed the river to the beach:
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2789/4257929895_86f1cc7658.jpg)

This really is a surreal, dream-like image...(as are all the others too) caused me to do a Reality check just a moment ago after viewing it. Thank you.
Fantastic images...

Strange beach scenes are a major DS for me.  And while walking in the surf toward the pier a man stops me to start a brief conversion about how magical it is.  Very DC-like behavior, but a reality check reveals that he is not.

I've had an instance or two like that in waking life...people will act in patterns similar to DC's. A friend who I recently helped have her first lucid dream routinely approaches me (I'm the dream go-to guy for her apparently) saying "Last night I dreamed the weirdest thing"  (trying not to steal your DJ title Moonbeam :p)..or the rare "I realized I was dreaming!". Each time I try to force myself to RC.
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: Sunshine January 09, 2010, 10:10:43 PM
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: Vex February 16, 2010, 02:04:24 PM
I always try to RC when somebody mentions dreaming,

I do that too sometimes. With music as well. If you listen to the radio a lot you'll start to notice dreams, nightmares, etc are mentioned quite a bit. I got stuck nearly gnawing my finger to a nub when Dream On by Aerosmith was on the radio one time. It may be time to adopt a new RC.


I had a Valentines Day RC moment. I pestered my niece into giving me some of the remnants of her school V-Day party candy. She cracked open a pack of pill like candies and gave me about five. I ate all but one. I was about to pop it in my mouth when she scowled at me and said, "Did you even read what's on them? They have messages."

So, I flipped over the little white candy that has a heart imprinted in it. In the middle of that heart was the message 'Dream On'.

I kept the candy. It's still sitting on my desk.
 :)
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: pj February 16, 2010, 02:35:12 PM
Wow.  Perfect.  And we'll never know what the others said. . . but we can assume.

Your finger gnawing RC is going the way my eye poking RC went.
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: Vex March 08, 2010, 11:06:59 PM
(http://i152.photobucket.com/albums/s172/Ro_Kess/dreamsuit.jpg)

*bites finger - plugs nose - tries to levitate* Aw damn.

If only my DCs would give hints that were that obvious then I might... just quite possibly might... get some DC caused lucidity.

...maybe

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: DownTheRabbitHole March 12, 2010, 02:27:57 AM
Recently, my brother has gotten interested in lucid dreams, and he's too lazy to google shit on his own, so today, I was sitting in his room, telling him about RC's and other stuff, and I looked up and saw this ceramic turtle(dream sign) he made in kindergarten and stopped talking to do an rc.
I was disappointed that it wasn't a dream, because so many time have I not become lucid in a dream while talking about lucidity.
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: miss_maya March 12, 2010, 09:07:23 AM

was bored and browsing lolcats website:

(http://icanhascheezburger.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/funny-pictures-cat-has-many-fishes.jpg) (http://icanhascheezburger.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/funny-pictures-cat-has-many-fishes.jpg)

lucid kitteh :3


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: DownTheRabbitHole March 30, 2010, 05:46:02 AM
=D
Today, my friend's sister brought home a turtle, and I looked at my hands right away.
The other day, I was CONVINCED that a guy turned into the wrong side of traffic, so I got really scared for him and then did an rc. Turns out I just was mistaking the paint on the ground. Whhhho~
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: pj March 30, 2010, 07:23:42 AM
Sounds like you're doing great with the turtles!

We see our share of them in the wild at our northern getaway.  I'm going to get into the habit of that one as well.  Driving up there for the first time last Friday I saw a male bald eagle perched in a tree by the road.  That was an RC moment.

I love the cat image, Maya!
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: Bumblebee March 30, 2010, 02:27:42 PM
Ooh I only just found this thread!

I've been getting a lot of RC moments in waking life recently.  Probably just because I'm so much more aware at the moment, I didn't realise how dream like RL could be!

The morning after I found this site, I popped to the shops and in the little grass area outside my house I saw a small, pure white tree in stark contrast to all the other greenery.  Serious RC moment, I had never noticed it before!  It's apparently always been there.  I RC every time I pass it now.

Earlier this week I went to the ladies room at work.  Under the counter there was an umbrella lying on the floor, open.  Went into a cubicle then though wait.. that's not right.  Even if someone left it there why would it be open?  ???  RCed...  Nope, don't seem to be dreaming.  Went back to my desk... still not dreaming.  Went back to the loos a bit later it was gone...  RCed... still not dreaming!  Was quite surreal.

Just outside my works theres a little wooded area I go for some fresh air.  2 RC moments there this week.  The first I saw some ducks across the grass area...  they were HUGE!  I've never seen ducks so big, they were like 4x as big as normal and the male looked like it was staring at me.  I got quite scared incase it decided to attack me, and went back inside RCing all the way in.  Another time I was standing looking at the little waterfall there and something made me do a 180.  As I did I saw a tiny, perfect white feather falling from the sky.  I RCed, then picked it up and put it in my bag.  Still have it ^.^
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: pj April 01, 2010, 06:44:50 AM
Any chance they were geese rather than ducks?  If so, you were right to be cautious - geese will defend their territory quite aggressively.  (Voice of experience.)

Good job on the general awareness.  Our worlds are often much weirder than we usually acknowledge, which is probably one reason why we are so gullible in our dreams.
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: Vex April 01, 2010, 03:22:38 PM
I had a duck RC the other day too. I was heading out to school and saw two oddly shaped birds in the trees. There were ducks perched on a branch together. Something I've never seen before. I had to RC.
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: Budster April 09, 2010, 05:30:04 PM
I swear the trees near my house never used to bloom white.   

>_>

<_<
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: iadr April 10, 2010, 07:41:11 AM
Saw a baby possum waddling across my bathroom floor the other day, but when we went to find him he was no where to be found, so thought that maybe I imagined it, and did a few reality checks. A couple of days later the wife saw him waddling down the hallway but we were still unable to find him. Guess he was hiding in the dryer. Put a live trap in the bathroom for him and after two days of him eating the cat food without triggering the trap, it finally went off and caught him. He's now a happy survivor in a woods about a mile from where we live.
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: Sunshine April 10, 2010, 08:28:46 AM
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: iadr April 10, 2010, 09:45:55 PM
:chuckle:  iadr!  How do you always attract all these animals!  The word has already got out at your new house about you!  
Must just be my animal magnetism.  :chuckle:

Speaking of animals, I have many more pets now. There are these wild ducks that land in the lake and then come walking right up into the yard wanting to be fed. And the fish in the lake just love bread. The turtles in the lake also love bread, although they have a difficult time getting it because the fish take it so fast. We have to distract the fish by throwing bread to another area in order to get some bread to the turtles. They're the funniest of all because they grab the bread and then swim down to the bottom to eat it to keep the fish from stealing it from them. Right now is spawning season for carp and there are at 7 or 8 good size carp within 10 feet of shore just floating around over their spawning area. It's like having a zoo in our own back yard.
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: Alex Lou April 11, 2010, 01:11:46 AM
I killed a man to watch him come back to life . . . yesterday.




Also . . . baby possum  :love:
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: DownTheRabbitHole April 11, 2010, 02:55:17 AM
My class partner was gone again, after saying she was really going to come this time (3rd time) So I rced.
One time, my brother was late/lost picking me up, and I was walking through a parking lot at night doing RCs and saying, "Oh, I wish this was a dream!"
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: pj April 11, 2010, 08:00:48 AM
I killed a man to watch him come back to life . . . yesterday.

Woah.
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: mu April 11, 2010, 01:18:18 PM
I killed a man to watch him come back to life . . . yesterday.

Woah.

 O_O  I hope you don't get stuck in Folsom Prison for that.
:lmao:  Damn it, I'm going to be laughing all day at this..  :goodjob:


iadr, that sounds awesome.  Thank you for feeding the nice animals.  :)
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: pj April 14, 2010, 09:08:46 PM
On Monday, my dad went back into the hospital with another bout of congestive heart failure.

Driving home on the expressway after leaving the hospital, I started catching up with a Pepto Bismol pink car with a silver stripe.  It was a compact, but I couldn't tell the make.

I got a bit closer, to the point where I could read the plate - it was "DUCTAPE".

As I passed the car, I observed that it was indeed duct tape.  Every square inch of the body of the car was neatly covered in duct tape - that hideous pink, mostly, and silver for the stripe.

I was not dreaming.
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: DownTheRabbitHole April 15, 2010, 02:16:29 AM
That's too bad, PJ. For your dad's sake, I wish it was a dream = (

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: pj April 15, 2010, 09:19:16 AM
That's too bad, PJ. For your dad's sake, I wish it was a dream = (

Thanks, Skye.

He's doing fine - expect him to be released today or tomorrow.
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: DownTheRabbitHole April 15, 2010, 08:07:28 PM
That's wonderful :D Glad to hear it.

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: Lucidbulbs May 06, 2010, 01:01:59 PM
Pouring water apparently is not safe anymore.

Take a normal instance of water refills:

I was just going to refill my water, happy there was a full pitcher for me to use. The water came with thick white suds. Definitely not there last time I got water... Ick. Not dreaming.
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: Zhon May 07, 2010, 09:06:10 PM
I just got out of college for the summer last Friday.  Every time I walk through my house, I get hit with a huge blast of "I'm HOME".  I've ended up RC'ing at least twice a day this whole week.
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: pj May 08, 2010, 08:20:34 AM
And lucid soon, hopefully!

My kid's back from college for the summer, but it seems as natural as can be for him to be back.  The weirdness was when he was gone.
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: chris31 May 11, 2010, 03:35:05 AM
Just got home from uni.  The day already looks wierd because of bushfires/backburning, so the sun is really orange and clouds a wierd dark brown/black/red mixture; but when i was pulling into the driveway, in a clear blue patch of sky i see this sort of stationary object.  I think it was a satellite maybe.  At first i thought it was a plane but it wasnt moving. 

Perhaps even stranger, after i put my bag in the house, i walked out to have another look and i couldn't see it. So the most obvious and logical conclusion is that it was an alien ship.
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: pj May 20, 2010, 08:28:36 AM
Driving in this morning and saw a Michigan license plate with the first three letters "BEE".

With all the BEEs we have around here now, I had to do an RC for that one!
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: chris31 May 27, 2010, 08:34:37 AM
Was reading a post from you pj when i thought i saw the dog picture wiggle its nose.  I was like 'wait what' RC'd, and waited to see if i just imagined it lol.  Nice avatar.
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: pj May 27, 2010, 08:40:18 AM
*blink*

My work here is done.
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: mu May 28, 2010, 01:10:49 AM
*blink*

My work here is done.
:wtf:  You didn't do anything!

(My dog would kick my ass if I took credit for something like that.  :paranoid:)
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: Budster May 29, 2010, 08:44:36 PM
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R????e???a??????l????i?????t????????y??????????? ????????????c??h????e????????c????k?????.????????????
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: Serenity June 03, 2010, 09:24:02 PM
So, at work, we have these new CCTV cameras on our computer that we have to watch, occasionally (I'm a Dispatch office/security guard)... These cameras monitor a particularly bad site of ours (known drug deal hot spot, etc). My physical location is WAY across town from this lot!

So I flipped over to the cameras and I noticed on one, there are two guys talking. I zoomed in on that camera and, as a joke, I waved to them, because they were both facing the camera. The guy on the right pointed to the camera I'm watching from and waved to it, right as I was still waving...

RC moment!  O_O
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: Sunshine June 03, 2010, 09:29:55 PM
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: Hazel June 10, 2010, 02:29:25 PM
Had a major one just a little while ago. It was way longer than a moment, it lasted over the span of about 2 hours. Probably one of the worst things that's happened in a while.

To begin, my friend and I have been emailing each other back and forth since school let out for the summer. We were mainly talking about her parents, since they are... well, not so nice. I was saying things the way I saw them, trying to help her in as unbiased a way as possible. (I was actually attempting to psychologically evaluate the situation, since I plan to be a psychologist, but that doesn't have anything to do with it.) Anyway, we both said some things that we clearly didn't want to be read by anyone else. She is spending the week with her dad, so before she left she changed all her passwords and deleted all of her messages.

Well, today I get a text message from my friend saying something about the DSS. I thought she accidentally texted the wrong person, because I didn't know what she was talking about. She told me that her mother said that the social services people came out and forced her to open our emails, so they read everything we had said about them. (I know she was lying about that... The DSS doesn't have the authorization to do anything of that nature without a warrant. Obviously she hacked into my friend's account.) She then changes the story, claiming that my mother read my emails and called the DSS on them. Then she changes it again and says that my mom spoke to her earlier this morning, telling her about the emails. (All of that is also a lie. My mom isn't the type of person to read through my stuff without asking for permission.)

By that point, I'm already majorly freaked out. My friend's mother is NOT the kind of person you should insult. As I'm responding to another of my friend's texts, I get a call from her house phone. But... she's not at her house. I knew it was her mother, so I didn't answer it. (All the while my dad is sitting beside me laughing, while I'm freaking out.) Sure enough, she leaves a voicemail telling me she wants to speak to me about the emails I wrote.

When I get home, I see that my friend's mother has emailed me using my friend's address. It's a very unpleasant, almost threatening letter, as I had expected. Then she sends me ANOTHER one, telling her that she's going to call my mother and tell her that I'm not allowed to be with her daughters anymore. When I don't respond, she actually comes to my house and starts knocking on the door. (You know a person's crazy when they're in their forties and they're going to confront a high school student about something like this.)

My mom is worried by this point, so she calls my dad and they both come down here and confront her. (It's the first time they cooperated on anything since their divorce.) They told me that she started ranting like a nutcase and even threatened to call the cops on them for harassing her. My parents don't blame me, of course. I showed them the emails, and they know that I was stating facts rather than trying to insult anyone.

The whole while I'm doing a million reality checks, wishing that this was all a dream. But it's not.
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: Budster June 10, 2010, 02:52:00 PM
That...
That really just sucks, Hazel.

I hope the situation improves.
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: Serenity June 10, 2010, 03:15:37 PM
 :hug: Hazel... I would be freaking out too. Holyyyy crap. I'm worried for your friend, as well :(
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: Hazel June 10, 2010, 03:30:55 PM
Thanks, guys.

I'm worried for your friend, as well :(

I know... She's not getting back until Saturday, so maybe her mother will have cooled down by then. I doubt it, though, really. I'm worried about what this might do to her, she was already a bit depressed...
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: StarSeeker June 10, 2010, 03:52:53 PM
That is really a complicated situation Hazel...  :sad1:

Good luck to you and your friend.
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: Pride June 10, 2010, 04:04:29 PM
Was riding in my buddies car, as we're coming up on a road intersecting to ares i see a semi coming. i get the thought its not going to stop and it will collide with us.
well turns out it didn't stop and we had to swerve really hard to avoid hitting it. did a RC moments later lol
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: pj June 10, 2010, 06:16:41 PM
Woah.
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: pj June 10, 2010, 06:19:35 PM
The whole while I'm doing a million reality checks, wishing that this was all a dream. But it's not.

Kudos to your folks for pulling together and supporting you, Hazel.
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: Hazel June 10, 2010, 09:20:42 PM
Kudos to your folks for pulling together and supporting you, Hazel.

I will always be grateful to them for this. I'm so glad that I have such understanding parents, as opposed to the way my friend's parents are. If anything, this has taught me to put things in perspective.
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: pj June 11, 2010, 09:13:02 AM
So yesterday I'm driving home from the office, on one of the Detroit area expressways - which, for those of you not local, are mostly sub-grade freeways with a lot of overpasses for surface streets.

I'm approaching one of those overpasses and I see a big yellow box truck driving BACKWARDS rather quickly across it.  I did a quick reality check - then, when closer, saw that it was being towed by a much smaller tow truck that wasn't visible below the barrier from the angle I was seeing it.
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: Kraftwerk June 11, 2010, 11:15:52 AM
Oh God Hazel. Thats terrible.

I had one of those moments when this huge guy was threatening to rape and murder me, really loudly, in a public pool. I kind of just stood there, hoping he didn't yell "WHAT YOU GRABBIN YO NOSE FO BOYY???"
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: pj June 11, 2010, 12:09:19 PM
"WHAT YOU GRABBIN YO NOSE FO BOYY???"

I know that must have been horrifying, but this really made me smile.
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: Kraftwerk June 11, 2010, 12:23:41 PM
"WHAT YOU GRABBIN YO NOSE FO BOYY???"

I know that must have been horrifying, but this really made me smile.

It was horrifying yes, but I was laughing the whole time, biting my toungue to keep a straight face. Talk about inappropriate laughter!
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: Serenity June 12, 2010, 03:37:55 AM
I had one of those moments when this huge guy was threatening to rape and murder me, really loudly, in a public pool. I kind of just stood there, hoping he didn't yell "WHAT YOU GRABBIN YO NOSE FO BOYY???"

Wait... WHAT, Kraft!?? :hug:

I didn't RC to these on the train tonight (I didn't really have to... the weather has been wonky, so I'm in a constant state of pain... I'm only 27 and it's like this! Makes a beautiful RC though. "Do I hurt? Yes. I'm awake." I seriously do this, in dreams. It's 100% foolproof, for me)... But I watched a guy, who I noticed was clutching a prescription bottle, proceed to lie on the floor of the train by one of the doors...

And when I got off the train, I watched this other guy literally dragging this girl off the train by her shoulders, cos she was too drunk to move.

I passed by transit security on my way off the platform and told them what I saw... they said they were actually responding to the drunk girl, so I was like, "They went that way!!" :D
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: Hazel June 14, 2010, 07:16:10 PM
Wow, Kraft.  O_O

These were from a while back, but I just now got around to uploading my pictures. Sorry they're so huge!

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Found this on the side of the house after a rainstorm. Instantly reminded me of a dream where I'd seen something similar.

(http://i45.tinypic.com/14jag5g.jpg)



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This landed on my window one night when I had some friends over. Bad quality through glass...

(http://i50.tinypic.com/6tcphu.jpg)


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: pj June 15, 2010, 07:10:20 PM
Just had a wonderful Reality Check Moment.

My 15 year old daughter asked me if I have ever heard of Blackmore's Night.  I had not.  It is a band she really likes, and she thought I'd like them.

Gave a listen. . . checked them out - and discovered that my baby girl is introducing me to none other than Ritchie Blackmore.  Then I had to tell her who he is - and that he first really hit the world stage when I was in 6th grade.

Reality check!
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: Sunshine June 15, 2010, 07:14:25 PM
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: Kraftwerk June 17, 2010, 12:17:15 PM
Today... A random kid came up to me in the hallways (Doing summerschool to get ahead on credits), and gave me a sheet of paper. I unfold it and it was instructions on how to make a bomb. I promptly reported it to the administration, while reality checking like crazy. I think I may just be a weirdness magnet.
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: Pride June 17, 2010, 03:48:59 PM
lol damn Kraft, hope the kid isnt crazy though, he'll know you turned him in
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: pj June 17, 2010, 05:31:09 PM
Is he still doing that?  I remember seeing him quite a while ago and he was talking about that; I think a project with his wife.  (He looked old then, and she was quite a bit younger.)

Apparently he is!  Didn't know that was his wife.  The old dog.


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Today... A random kid came up to me in the hallways (Doing summerschool to get ahead on credits), and gave me a sheet of paper. I unfold it and it was instructions on how to make a bomb. I promptly reported it to the administration, while reality checking like crazy. I think I may just be a weirdness magnet.

That's just freaky, Kraft.  What ended up happening?  In this day and age, I imagine the school being closed down and the entire surrounding area evacuated.
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: pj June 17, 2010, 05:48:21 PM
I have three that have happened to me in the past week.

First, while driving up north last week on I-75, on a section I rarely drive about an hour north of here, I came up behind a beautiful silver Saturn Sky Roadster.  The top was up.  The plate read "LONGHRS".  I followed it for several miles before it took an exit ramp and was gone.

Sunday evening, while driving home after several days up I noticed a silver roadster up ahead of me - a Saturn Sky.  Getting closer, which took a while because I was in pretty heavy traffic, I observed the plate - which read "LONGHRS".  Same car I had noticed several days earlier going the other way.  RC.

Yesterday, driving to out to pick up some lunch, (I'll buy if you fly,) I noticed something small and bright blue dancing in the street.  Catching up to it, I saw it was a surgical glove that had somehow inflated in the breeze and was sort of hopping up and down as if it was alive.  RC!

And then this morning. . . sitting right in the living room and looking across from me and saw a cardboard box sitting there, labeled simply "Other".

http://www.saturn.com/sky/
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: Sunshine June 17, 2010, 07:09:07 PM
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: Budster June 22, 2010, 02:33:54 AM
It's strange when you see someone that you only met a couple years ago...

not seen each other since...

and you both remember.


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: Kraftwerk June 22, 2010, 05:58:33 PM
Is he still doing that?  I remember seeing him quite a while ago and he was talking about that; I think a project with his wife.  (He looked old then, and she was quite a bit younger.)

Apparently he is!  Didn't know that was his wife.  The old dog.


Today... A random kid came up to me in the hallways (Doing summerschool to get ahead on credits), and gave me a sheet of paper. I unfold it and it was instructions on how to make a bomb. I promptly reported it to the administration, while reality checking like crazy. I think I may just be a weirdness magnet.

That's just freaky, Kraft.  What ended up happening?  In this day and age, I imagine the school being closed down and the entire surrounding area evacuated.
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I actually never found out. I came to summer-school yesterday, and everything seemed fairly normal. I guess they dealt with it swiftly.
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: pj June 22, 2010, 08:36:21 PM
I was just offered a spot as an extra in a movie filming in the historic Highland Park Ford Plant.  Tomorrow.

I turned it down.  I'd love to see the inside of that plant, but I have no interest in being involved in movies.

I did do an RC though!

(http://faculty.virginia.edu/hius341/images/objects/fordhighlandparkplant.jpg)
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: Sunshine June 22, 2010, 10:06:38 PM
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: pj June 23, 2010, 11:05:32 AM
Sounded pretty close to my definition of Hell, actually - being involved as one of hundreds of extras, without a cell phone and stuck there for an unknown amount of time. . .

I would love to see the building, certainly - but under different circumstances.
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: Sunshine June 23, 2010, 04:56:50 PM
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: pj June 23, 2010, 06:43:28 PM
No - it's not crazy.  It's just me.  I don't like crowds to begin with, and the rest of it just makes it worse.  I know lots of people who would have jumped at the opportunity to be an extra in a movie.  I'm a bit of a freak in that regard.

Besides - I can't tell if you aren't perhaps being the slightest bit sarcastic or not.
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: Sunshine June 23, 2010, 10:22:32 PM
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: feist June 30, 2010, 05:50:08 PM
Was just watching Lost, the episode where Sayhid is captured by The Dharma Iniative and treated as a hostile.
Little Ben brings him food and a book to his cell, the book is by Castaneda!
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: Serenity June 30, 2010, 07:16:18 PM
Possibly RC moments, but funny slip-ups, nonetheless...
Part of my job is to perform hourly check ins on the guards during my shift (I work at a dispatch centre for a security company). I first check messages left on the voice mail, and then I call the guards who didn't leave a message. I was in the middle of checking the voice mails, when I get a call from a guard, who was calling in late. I tell him,

"No worries, I was just in the middle of doing my reality checks..." *5-second pause* "Did I just say reality checks?"
"Yep," he says.
"Oh... Haha!! I meant check-ins!" *reality checks*

Secondly, again at work, I answered the phone, "[Company name] dispatch, [Serenity] sleeping..." *pause again* "Ahem! Speaking!"
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: Hazel June 30, 2010, 07:47:13 PM
Possibly RC moments, but funny slip-ups, nonetheless...
Part of my job is to perform hourly check ins on the guards during my shift (I work at a dispatch centre for a security company). I first check messages left on the voice mail, and then I call the guards who didn't leave a message. I was in the middle of checking the voice mails, when I get a call from a guard, who was calling in late. I tell him,

"No worries, I was just in the middle of doing my reality checks..." *5-second pause* "Did I just say reality checks?"
"Yep," he says.
"Oh... Haha!! I meant check-ins!" *reality checks*

Secondly, again at work, I answered the phone, "[Company name] dispatch, [Serenity] sleeping..." *pause again* "Ahem! Speaking!"

:lmao: That's hilarious!

Sounds like you really had dreaming on the mind, which is a good thing. :D
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: StarSeeker July 01, 2010, 03:21:01 AM
Possibly RC moments, but funny slip-ups, nonetheless...
Part of my job is to perform hourly check ins on the guards during my shift (I work at a dispatch centre for a security company). I first check messages left on the voice mail, and then I call the guards who didn't leave a message. I was in the middle of checking the voice mails, when I get a call from a guard, who was calling in late. I tell him,

"No worries, I was just in the middle of doing my reality checks..." *5-second pause* "Did I just say reality checks?"
"Yep," he says.
"Oh... Haha!! I meant check-ins!" *reality checks*

Secondly, again at work, I answered the phone, "[Company name] dispatch, [Serenity] sleeping..." *pause again* "Ahem! Speaking!"
Freud calls that failed acts  :chuckle:
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: Sunshine July 06, 2010, 07:37:35 PM
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: Serenity July 06, 2010, 10:04:25 PM
I got back to work today after vacation.  I had these two e-mails (amongst a bunch of normal ones) and...I remembered to RC!  :D

1)  Subject:  perpetually and forever the clod and the pebble

perpetually and fore ver

2)  Subject:  into the dangerous world i leapt

into the dangerous world i leapt:  where the travellers journey is done. for the eye altering alters all; he shall follow his sheep all day yours? he laughd at my proposal: but i by force  suddenly caught insanity.  I collected some of their pro verbs: thinking that as the poet like an acrobat
How odd!
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: Sunshine July 06, 2010, 10:14:54 PM
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: pj July 07, 2010, 12:32:29 PM
So spam does serve a useful purpose!

For lucid dreamers who remember to RC, anyway.
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: pj July 07, 2010, 12:40:11 PM
(Checking in from the Great White. . . er. . . Hotter Than Blazes North. . . )

I just had the most amazing experience - and this following a lucid night!

The trail to the river on our northern property is close to 1000 feet.  With the hideous heat wave we've been experiencing, I've been working until I don't feel so well, then walking down to the river and spending a few minutes up to my neck in it - which is about all I can handle, and the only reason I can handle that is likely because I'm half Finnish Eskimo.  The river is about 37 degrees Fahrenheit - it is all spring fed.  It sure cools you off fast though, and you stay cool and comfortable for a good long while afterward!

I walked down there just before taking my afternoon break.  The sun was shining - it was scorching hot and humid, and the usual summertime forest biting flies and bugs were congregating around me. 

Just as I was ready to get into the river, it started raining.  Pouring.  The sun was still shining brightly though, and it didn't go away!  I got into the river and stood there, waist-deep in the freezing cold, with warm water from the sky pouring down from above.  In the sunlight, each drop hitting the river resulted in an explosion of reflected sunlight.  It looked like I was wading in a lake of sparking fire.

And in the rain, the bugs were gone.

I did multiple RCs.  I wasn't dreaming. . . and am kind of glad I wasn't.  That was about as magical as reality has been for me in quite a while.

Wow.
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: Sunshine July 07, 2010, 02:35:35 PM
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: mu July 07, 2010, 03:02:46 PM
pj:  That sounds exactly like one of my favorite types of "dream effects."  It must have been just mind-blowing IRL..
And yeah; it's hotter than blazes alright.  37 degree Fahrenheit river..  :drool:

MB: Wow..  That's as scary as pj's was beautiful.  I especially like (well, not like, because it was so scary, but you know what I mean) the way the lights didn't work just like in dreams.  It really sounds exactly like how some of those early lucids start.  :shock2:
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: Alex Lou July 07, 2010, 09:24:25 PM
Wow, pj!  Rain on a sunny, warm day is so rare and magical.  I envy the heat and the rain and the cold water too.


So a couple days ago I was thinking about the earthquake task, and wouldn't it be interesting if there were an earthquake in reality, almost as if my intent had caused it (with some imagination!).  And so, today:  earthquake.  With such a gentle sway that I wasn't sure it was really happening at first.  I'm so physically/emotionally exhausted that it could have just been me.  But no, it was real, and not a dream either.  It felt more odd because I was outside.
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: mentalenforcer July 09, 2010, 09:26:49 AM
I've had an instance or two like that in waking life...people will act in patterns similar to DC's. A friend who I recently helped have her first lucid dream routinely approaches me (I'm the dream go-to guy for her apparently) saying "Last night I dreamed the weirdest thing"  (trying not to steal your DJ title Moonbeam :p)..or the rare "I realized I was dreaming!". Each time I try to force myself to RC.

That's OK, I stole it too.  :)

I always try to RC when somebody mentions dreaming, because the subject comes up more in dreams than IRL. 

And from a good song!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgfOmJlIs8I

I've been noticing lots of references to dreaming in the waking world lately.  They're almost teasing, as if to say the waking world is a dream too.
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: Zhon July 09, 2010, 12:07:13 PM
I was walking my dog this morning, and as I neared a corner there was a loud screeching sound somewhere down the street.  A car horn went off, followed by the roar of an engine.  Suddenly a blue car tears down the street right past me, with only the driver in it - and she's got solid gray hair! O_O  She turned at the corner - away from our house, thankfully.  A blue passanger van - going at a much more reasonable neighborhood speed - followed the same path a few seconds later, the driver of that one being somewhere in her late 20s/early 30s.  I couldn't decide whether she was trying to follow the woman or if it was just coincidence. 

Either way, I RC'd several times on the way home.
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: pj July 14, 2010, 09:22:50 PM
The past  days have been totally surreal for me.  I'm home now and exhausted. . . but I'll be trying to get caught up here in the next couple days.

The ride home had two BIG RC moments.  The first needs a bit of background.

A year or two ago, I noticed a bizarre billboard on Southbound US-23 about fifteen miles north of Brighton, Michigan.  I did a massive double-take when I saw it, and may even have posted about it somewhere here on MM.  Later, when I tried showing it to my family, it was gone.

I was passing the same place today while talking to my wifeling on the cell phone. . . and THERE IT WAS!  I got off at the next exit, drove back and took pictures.

(http://mortalmist.com/storage/pj/billboard.jpg)

And then, at the intersection of I-275, M14 and I-96, I passed the Oscar Meyer Weinermobile.  (This one is not my photo, but it appears to be the same one.  There have been many over the years - one is in the Henry Ford Museum.)

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3279/2400361013_3c18f1d8f2.jpg)

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: Sunshine July 14, 2010, 11:03:09 PM
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: pj August 05, 2010, 04:16:04 PM
The billboard is again gone.

So I'm driving home today, southbound on I-275.  I drive from sunshine into a storm, slowing way down, then right back out of it and back up to speed.

I come up behind a red Cherokee.  The driver's side front wheel is leaning at a funny angle, but it seems to be driving OK.  I get a glimpse of the other side. . . and there is no tire!  The guy is driving on a bare steel rim at 70MPH in the high speed lane, with sparks flying.

And I wasn't dreaming.
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: Serenity August 05, 2010, 05:29:21 PM
Ohhhh not fun, pj :(
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: Sunshine August 05, 2010, 07:01:42 PM
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: IndigoGhost August 11, 2010, 06:33:53 PM
Wake up, look out of window, brother is flying. Pause, reality check, realise brother is on trampoline, abort attempt to turn arms into wings.

So Gold'en.
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: The Littlest Leaf Dragon August 11, 2010, 06:46:02 PM
Hah, that's a good one.
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: The Littlest Leaf Dragon August 17, 2010, 05:34:20 PM
I looked out the window a few minutes ago to see a clear sky with a few fluffy white clouds.  I look back to my computer, then look back up again, and it's pouring rain, but the sky is still clear.  Since I'm posting this I'm not dreaming (if the post goes through), so I guess it's just one of those 'you know you're in Florida when' moments.
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: Pride August 18, 2010, 08:42:38 PM
I sit down at my computer, then i get back up a couple seconds later and a penny flew off. nose RC'd
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: pj August 18, 2010, 08:51:53 PM
A couple good ones for me from the weekend, and two of them from the freeways.

Heading up, a grungy old minivan passes me up.  Being an avid kayaker, I can't help but notice the pair of Pelicans strapped to the top.  They look like 12 footers.  The van is probably doing 80 mph, as I'm doing a bit over 70.  It gets maybe 100 feet in front of me, when BOOM! . . . both kayaks explode off the top of the van!  One misses me to my right, and the other to my left.  Both land just off the highway, on the shoulders to either side.  Nobody was hurt.

Coming home, I'm behind a semi truck that is doing about 70, when BOOM!  One of the trailer tires literally explodes into hundreds of pieces.  One of the big ones sails way up into the air and I drive right under it.

The others from the weekend were moments observing wildlife (sadly without my camera) that were just stunning in setting, lighting, timing, etc.  One of these was a fawn standing ankle deep in a marshy area next to a river I was kayaking.  It was eating from the waters, and lifted its head to watch us pass silently by in the morning light.

Around another bend the same morning, we roused a Great Blue Heron that flew up to the top-top of a cedar tree and stood there posing like a statue on a pedestal as we went by.
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: The Littlest Leaf Dragon August 18, 2010, 09:06:39 PM
Wow, pj, that all sounds awesome, especially the part about the fawn.  (http://www.mortalmist.com/forum/chat/img/emoticons/surprise.png)
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: pj August 19, 2010, 09:16:01 PM
Almost forgot a big one!

That same trip with the fawn and the heron, a couple hours later. . .

We're paddling along through one of the few stretches that are private property in this section of river.  It is mid-morning now, sunny and gorgeous, and we're just taking it easy, waving at an occasional cabin dweller, chatting a bit and enjoying the trip.

John, my companion, suddenly says, "Woah.  I just saw some money back there."  He turns his kayak around and paddles back up against the strong current for about 50 feet and reaches into the water.  By now I've turned around and am heading back upstream toward him.  "Optical illusion?"  I ask him.  "You tell me."  he replies.  As we pass, he shows me a bill in the palm of his hand. . . and Ben Franklin is looking at me.

And I did remember to do a Reality Check.  He's not a lucid dreamer, but he was sure he was dreaming.

He bought us all dinner that night.
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: Sunshine August 19, 2010, 11:19:35 PM
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: Bro August 20, 2010, 12:26:46 PM
both kayaks explode off the top of the van!  One misses me to my right, and the other to my left.  Both land just off the highway, on the shoulders to either side.  Nobody was hurt.

Oh my...I can't imagine what that must have looked like.

I was sitting on my deck the other night with my dad. We'd heard a there was a meteor shower coming...I think it was for about 2 days at its peak. We didn't see it for long but when it was visible, it was surreal, over here the sky turning reddish, a kind of eerie glow and very much like something my dreaming mind would conjure up. Watch and nose RC'd a good many times.

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: pj August 20, 2010, 12:42:07 PM
That wasn't a meteor shower you saw, Bro, it was the Northern Lights!

The Perseids meteor shower peaked a week ago Thursday night, but was visible a few nights in either direction.  You see meteors streaking through the night sky for that.  It was pretty cool too.
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: Bro August 21, 2010, 02:22:48 PM
Really? I didn't know the northern lights were visible from here. I guess I assumed a meteor shower because someone had mentioned it. Beautiful, nonetheless.

Glad you saw that shower, one of these days I'm sure I'll get that luck, and reality check numerous times in the process.
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: pj August 21, 2010, 03:45:24 PM
They are rarely seen much south of the 45th parallel, but on rare occasions such as occurred over the past week or so they can be seen almost to the equator in areas with clear skies and low horizons.

We had a mass plasma ejection from the sun wash over us.
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: mu August 26, 2010, 11:47:39 PM
Awesome Bro..  Northern Lights!  Makes mine here seem mundane.

I was in a weird frame of mind, and the weather was very still and dream-like.  I had to take my mom to a doctor.  The parking lot is surrounded by woods that sink very deeply and suddenly in the middle; ditches in which were growing very strange plants I've never seen..  Looks a lot like woods I see in dreams.

Inside, the waiting room is bizarre--it looks like a combination of someone's living room, with comfortable couches and odd-colored lamps, and a museum, with strange colored sand and shell sculptures and a really odd painting of a shore that looked very familiar (I always get strong feelings of deja vu and so forth in dreams; not usually IRL)--all contrasted by two very bizarre women behind glass; one speaking so low and the other so high that I couldn't understand either.  Neil Young is playing on the radio; it's not unusual for me to have his or similar music in the background in certain types of places in dreams.

The doctor is a very old Filipino dude who never stops laughing and smiling, and starts immediately offering my mother a large assortment of drugs (she has, or we think she has sciatica.)  He appears he might be on some of them himself, but he's very nice, and very DC-like.  He seems like one of my profound wisdom-type DCs, who are sometimes known to offer me substances.  The room we're in now looks like a very small storage room with models of spinal columns hanging all over the place, charts about all sorts of drugs, and even a water heater in the corner.

So here I am in this closet with my mom and this old dude offering my mom drugs, listening to Neil Young and with bones hanging from all over the place, while two women are talking incessantly and incoherently outside in strange voices.  Then.. for some reason is a framed magazine cover on the wall that says in odd writing, I quote, "P.J. kids make dream room a reality."
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: Serenity August 27, 2010, 12:51:36 AM
:bored: mu... :bored:

That's a hell of a lot of dream signs in one place!!
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: mu August 27, 2010, 01:29:25 AM
:bored: mu... :bored:

That's a hell of a lot of dream signs in one place!!
I know!  That's why I'm confused so often.  ;-D  :stillnorecall:   :)  :shakehead:
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: Sunshine August 27, 2010, 07:32:24 AM
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: pj August 27, 2010, 08:59:46 AM
I quote, "P.J. kids make dream room a reality."

Woah.
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: Bro August 27, 2010, 05:02:21 PM


Awesome Bro..  Northern Lights!  Makes mine here seem mundane.

Um, no; no, it doesn't.  That was one of the weirdest experiences I have ever read, and this part tops it off...

"P.J. kids make dream room a reality."

I agree.

Indeed lots of dream signs in the same spot...Those kinds of situations make me feel like something's toying with our minds. Or maybe we're just more attentive to detail.

A very strange account.
: Ants
: pj August 29, 2010, 09:44:00 PM
We have red ants in abundance on the high ground up north, and some truly huge ant hills with smaller, darker ants down in the valley.  The red ants bite - not miserably, but you wouldn't want ten thousand bites.

I took a long, very slow walk yesterday at sunset.  My path was down a road leading to the south-east - a county road, but small, sandy and rarely traveled.  Unlike my usual walks and runs, this was a quest for quiet - mostly from the noise between my own ears.

I walked, deliberately de-focused, trying to just soak in everything at once - sights, smells, sounds. . . I moved very slowly and in near silence.

About a quarter mile down the road, I spotted a swarm of red ants along the side of road.  They were streaming in and out of several holes just off the road bank.  Their comings and goings were along the side of the road, to the south.  Those returning were carrying body parts of other red ants.

And so I followed their trail. . . feet, yards, blocks. . . a full half mile, to where I found their raid target - another red ant colony just off the same side of the road.  It was a fierce battle, which the south-most colony was either losing or had lost.

How did the northern colony even know of the southern colony's existence?  How big is an ant compared to a human, and how far is that half-mile to them?

I am still in awe.  That wasn't the first or last reality check of that little expedition, but it is one that still has me wondering.
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: iadr August 29, 2010, 10:01:01 PM
We have red ants in abundance on the high ground up north, and some truly huge ant hills with smaller, darker ants down in the valley.  The red ants bite - not miserably, but you wouldn't want ten thousand bites.
They have these ants here in Florida that are called Fire Ants, that are just downright mean, as the little bastards will attack anyone who gets close to their ant hills and start eating right through their flesh. I bought this stuff that is supposed to kill them and spread it all over the yard, which has gotten rid of most of them now.

When I first started trying to get rid of them I put the stuff on their ant hills and then scalded them with very hot water. Only problem, it not only killed the ants, but it also killed all the grass where I poured the water. So after that I just bought a bunch more and spread it over the whole yard, as we were also having a huge flee problem with flees being all over the cats, as the flee treatment that worked so well in Nebraska did not even affect these mean little flees here.

Living in a climate that is warm all year round does have certain drawbacks as the flees and ants don't die off in the Winter months like they do in places where it gets cold in the winter months, which allows them to become super bugs that are immune to almost everything one would try to kill them with.
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: Pride September 04, 2010, 01:24:27 AM
(http://img716.imageshack.us/img716/6176/awesomerainbow.jpg)
Picture above found online from someone in oklahoma

We had a storm that rolled through Oklahoma the other day. it  dropped a lot of rain in only  30 minute's time.

After it went away,the sun came out a little, giving off the most dream like yellow hue, so beautiful!.    :o
I literally sat outside and RC'ed for the entire lifespan of that rainbow, lighting kept spider webbing throughout the entire sky. man it was just breathtaking..... a small rain cloud even got in front of one of the ends, kind of like on the homepage of this site.  I couldn't believe it tbh


if you guys want to check out a video heres one i found on youtube!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLfjHN1hxtQ&feature=related
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: pj September 04, 2010, 07:25:19 AM
Amazing, Pride.

I can almost see a hint of a third rainbow inside the arch of the primary!
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: Sunshine September 04, 2010, 08:57:00 AM
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: Pride September 04, 2010, 09:52:59 AM
It was pretty bright, specially one section of it got particularly bright
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: Serenity September 05, 2010, 12:15:03 PM
O_O  That picture and pj's comment brought back a dream fragment to me--I looked up in the sky and saw some double and then triple rainbows, then everywhere I looked in the sky there were rainbows, hundreds of them.  I thought the conditions were right for a real rainbow the other day, but there wasn't one, so I guess that's why I dreamed about them.

In the video, it looks like that rainbow was so bright, brighter than they usually are.

I had a dream about a triple rainbow last month :D

RC moment from yesterday...
We were driving home from a baby shower, and I see these two guys in what appeared to be bright red wet suits skateboarding down the side walk. The head bit of the suit looked like it covered their eyes, too... Seems like the random kind of crap that my brain would produce in a dream.
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: pj September 08, 2010, 06:22:04 AM
Yep - sounds pretty random to me!

Here's mine for yesterday:

Took my dad to a tool store.  Shopping with my dad tends to be pretty surreal anyway - he's 92 and has always been a little "out there".  In the sore I see this skinny little girl walking around with a unicycle.  Then I see her join two older kids - a guy and a girl - each pushing around their own unicycles.  As they leave the store, each gets on their unicycle and rides in line out into the parking lot in a neat line.

Multiple reality checks, no dreams.
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: Burned up September 17, 2010, 03:25:57 PM
The Pope in his PopeMobile at the end of my street. RC!
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: Sunshine September 17, 2010, 05:27:14 PM
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: DrTechnical September 18, 2010, 04:54:02 PM
I forgot to post this last week and remembered when I was doing some BBQ today.

Last Saturday, Sept 11th, my neighbors put up their Halloween decorations.  ??? RC time!
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: Alex Lou September 18, 2010, 08:23:56 PM
As they leave the store, each gets on their unicycle and rides in line out into the parking lot in a neat line.
That's a good one.  Also, I can't believe that billboard of yours is real.

The Pope in his PopeMobile at the end of my street. RC!
Really? o.o
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: briezyy September 20, 2010, 01:44:08 AM
I have a Cheshire cat (Alice in Wonderland for those who don't know of it) poster in my room at college. I swear the Cheshire cat blinked. Double take on that one just to "see" the cat breathe.

quite interesting if you ask me.
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: Burned up September 22, 2010, 12:38:28 PM

What a nightmare! 

It was for traffic.

Really? o.o

Yes, really.  Not for long, though.

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: Caradon September 27, 2010, 02:28:19 AM
Weird reality check moment today. I was at the grocery store and I see two little girls pushing little tiny carts. They had food in their tiny carts.  Each of the girls carts had a tall flag pole, with a hard plastic flag at the top. On the flags were the words "Customer in training."  :lol: I kept staring at them hardly believing what I was seeing. No one else even seemed to notice them.
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: Oneironaught September 30, 2010, 10:27:09 AM
One of my techs and I were delivering a repaired big screen TV on Tues evening. After we got it all hooked the guy went into the other room to grab his checkbook. I sat down on his couch and noticed a gaping hole - about 3 1/2 inches long (the hole, not what it almost revealed ;) ) - in the crotch of my jeans. It must have happened when I climbed up onto the back of the van to untie the TV from the bracing we secure them to. I stood up real quick, before the customer came back in and saw it. It's good thing I always wear underwear (briefs, that is)

I didn't RC immediately. But I did about 5 minutes later when I realized that I should have. Eh, I'm trying to get back in the swing of things. I've been RCing again for a few days now. Ever since I make my "just visiting... again" post.
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: pj September 30, 2010, 10:32:10 AM
Pretty classic scenario there, GH!  And you caught it. . . more or less.
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: skysaw September 30, 2010, 12:56:06 PM
Recently, my capped tooth broke. No pain... it just sort of fell out of my head. I was REALLY hoping it was a dream, but no such luck.

The next evening, my car battery died while I was out to dinner with my wife. No warning, it just was 100% dead when we came back. We looked at each other for a second, then we both looked at our hands at the same time. Classic moment!
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: Twoshadows September 30, 2010, 02:28:23 PM
Skysaw--your tooth experience is one of my most common dream signs. I'm sorry that yours was for real.

Gh--That's kind of funny.

I wish I had a good one to share. Little things happen somewhat often. And a few weeks ago something happened that I no longer remember. But I was so sure that I was dreaming that I was running/jumping through my kitchen trying to fly.

But here is a pretty good one from a little while back. I was in Walmart. I saw a lady with a dog near the DVD section. A few minutes later as I was walking through the clothing section I saw a couple of ladies with a kitten. Then I walked over to the produce section..... and saw a lady with a goat on a leash.  That was all soooo typical for a dream. But real life can also be full of surprises, I guess.
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: skysaw September 30, 2010, 02:32:44 PM
LOL at the goat, TS! I would have been all over my RCs!

And the tooth thing is pretty common in my dreams as well. It was a very surreal moment doing the RC then. My brain was simultaneously telling me "This couldn't possibly be a dream" and "This HAS to be a dream."

I was actually surprised when I verified that I was awake.
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: pj September 30, 2010, 06:36:16 PM
I had a crowned tooth break off just like that a couple years back, and couldn't believe I wasn't dreaming.

Two years and about $2500 later, I have a tooth there again.

The goat on a leash. . . I'd have been just leaping into the air to fly without even doing an RC.
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: Serenity September 30, 2010, 06:55:01 PM
Reading these posts about crowns coming off scares me :) Although mine is quite new (less than a year old), it's not fun thinking that when I'm 50 it may come out :?
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: pj September 30, 2010, 07:06:11 PM
To make it even less comfortable - my crown didn't come off. . . the crowned tooth broke clean off at the gum line.  For no apparent reason at all.  And it was a live root.
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: skysaw September 30, 2010, 07:25:40 PM
For mine, it was the underlying tooth that broke as well. The crown was only two years old!
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: Serenity October 01, 2010, 12:54:19 AM
To make it even less comfortable - my crown didn't come off. . . the crowned tooth broke clean off at the gum line.  For no apparent reason at all.  And it was a live root.

For mine, it was the underlying tooth that broke as well. The crown was only two years old!
That really sucks! Sympathy winces went out to you, both.
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: Twoshadows October 02, 2010, 09:53:10 PM

LOL at the goat, TS! I would have been all over my RCs!


The goat on a leash. . . I'd have been just leaping into the air to fly without even doing an RC.


But here is a pretty good one from a little while back. I was in Walmart. I saw a lady with a dog near the DVD section. A few minutes later as I was walking through the clothing section I saw a couple of ladies with a kitten. Then I walked over to the produce section..... and saw a lady with a goat on a leash.  That was all soooo typical for a dream. But real life can also be full of surprises, I guess.

:wtf:   I think you actually were dreaming.

You know sometimes it's actually kind of cool when you see something strange, and you find that you actually aren't dreaming. I've had a few dreams where I was experiencing something really remarkable and did an RC and was disappointed that it was all a dream. (One that comes to mind is when I was taking pictures of owls all over my front yard. It was so amazing to see so many owls so close. It was like..."Oh please don't tell me this is just a dream..."
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: Sunshine October 02, 2010, 10:51:45 PM
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: Oneironaught October 08, 2010, 01:08:53 PM
I am usually not so clumsy as to rip the crotch out of my pants or have other less-than-savory episodes occur on service calls (or in general). However, yesterday evening, at another service call, I had another RC moment.

I had gone all day with no knowledge of this. Neither did those around me. But at about 7:30 PM at a customer's home, the customer pointed out that I was, in fact, wearing two different shoes. We all had a good laugh that lasted for the rest of the house call and our ride back to the shop. And more laughter ensued this morning as we told my other tech of the situation.

It was funny as hell  :popcorn:

Too bad I didn't think to RC until we had gotten in the van to head back to the shop. And too bad it was not a dream
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: pj October 08, 2010, 01:24:11 PM
You should RC every time you make a delivery, GH.
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: Toast October 31, 2010, 08:36:26 AM
I watched Donnie Darko yesterday, and then Moonbeam changed her Avatar to the costume that Frank wears in it... pretty weird coincidence, but coincidence nonetheless apparently..
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: Sunshine October 31, 2010, 02:27:09 PM
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: Alex Lou November 20, 2010, 12:50:37 AM
I got an email from Obama titled "DREAM".

I saw DownTheRabbitHole and Serenity's posts next to each other.  Plus my avatar is now rabbit-centric.  Too many bunnies!

briezyy's profile says that she has zero posts (one page back in this thread).
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: Caradon November 23, 2010, 03:46:21 AM
Got my hands on a copy of the Blu-ray 3D version of Avatar today. And watched Avatar in stunning 3D in my home.

Still not completely sure I'm not dreaming.  :P
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: pj November 23, 2010, 09:35:13 AM
That's a high recommendation!
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: Caradon November 25, 2010, 12:46:08 AM
That's a high recommendation!

Yes, it's a quite a thing of beauty.
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: dodobird November 25, 2010, 01:05:44 AM
Didn't see it yet! :p
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: mu December 18, 2010, 12:25:54 AM
Today I was standing outside with my dog at about sunset, when I suddenly got the feeling that there was something.. big next to me, that I hadn't noticed before.  Now, this was already a weird sky--the sun still hadn't set, but the moon was high and large in the sky, nearly full.  It was like night and day at the same time, and the sky was all sorts of awesome colors.

Anyway, I get this strange feeling, turn slowly, almost with dread..  Right there, almost like I could touch it, was a huge, completely nondescript, whitish-grey airship taking up half the sky--very, very close, and pointed downwards, moving very quickly like it would crash.  Besides that, there were a number of planes that looks like comets, cone-like tail of smoke behind them, shooting every which way.  The airship was heading towards the setting sun, which made the front look like it was red and melting.

Eventually it leveled off and sailed away.  Even my dog was like O_O and watched it leave; it was there for some time.  I don't know how common these things are elsewhere, but I've never seen one like this.  Here's about how it was:  http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/a/a3/Blank_ship_in_Flight.JPG  Also this is a few miles from the site of the Hindenburg disaster.

And here's an extremely crappy picture of the event:

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: Sunshine December 18, 2010, 12:45:54 AM
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: mu December 18, 2010, 12:48:23 AM
:chuckle:  I wan't sure if I should put it in that I Can thread.
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: Sunshine December 18, 2010, 12:51:10 AM
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: pj December 18, 2010, 07:21:34 AM
Wow.

What else is there to say?
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: Tsunami December 18, 2010, 08:09:47 AM
I had one of these a couple of days ago,

I was walking to school and happened to be thinking about what was happening in Moonlit Meadows at the moment, I started listing people's names in my head that were playing, and I looked up and saw a apartment building called Serenity. (I have never noticed this apartment building before either)

Also my dream sign has been walking to and from school in the past.

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: pj March 30, 2011, 09:31:40 AM
I had a great one this morning and wished I had a camera.

For all of you familiar with recursion in mathematics and programming. . .

I walked downstairs and found one of my colleagues using a vacuum cleaner to clean the vacuum he was vacuuming with.
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: mu March 31, 2011, 12:46:52 AM
Don't try this at home:
:
(defun vacuum (x) (vacuum x))
(vacuum #'vacuum)
The function vacuum calls itself on itself.  This will "suck" all your memory.

:D  Blame pj for encouraging me.
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: Caradon April 03, 2011, 07:31:07 PM
This morning I call the lottery number to check on Saturday nights Powerball drawing... There is no answer.  :?  Maybe I dialed the wrong number. I try again. No answer. been calling the number for years and this has never happened to me before. Sometimes busy, but never no answer.

After work I stop at the grocery store. Everything is completely reordered. It's confusing and annoying. With my tired foggy mind I keep trying to go to where the stuff I need is supposed to be. I keep getting lost, wandering around looking for what I need.  I realize this is exactly the kind of thing that might happen if I was shopping in a dream. I remember to RC.  I ask the cashier if they did this purposely to mess with my mind. She insures me that it's not an April fools joke. But she can not provide an explanation of why they would do such a thing.
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: Sunshine April 03, 2011, 10:16:43 PM
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: Caradon April 04, 2011, 01:18:10 PM
I think we all better get used to this sort of thing.

Why do you say that?

I'm going to try and follow this thread more in an attempt to use it as an Lucidity inducing tool. Anyone else here get Lucid from thinking about this thread in a dream?
I've come close a couple of times. Even going as far as looking for my computer in a dream to post something really odd that I saw.

Note to self. Anytime I see something I want to post in this thread I had better remember to actually RC.  :P
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: Sunshine April 04, 2011, 08:44:09 PM
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: Serenity April 04, 2011, 08:54:26 PM
Not a huge deal, but today I walked passed a train station musician who was playing Let It Be. It reminded me of a dream I had, where a busker was playing Yesterday, so it made me RC :)
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: Caradon April 05, 2011, 07:07:15 PM

:paranoid:  I can't actually remember what I was thinking when I said that.

Oh well. I was worried that you were going to tell me that this kind of thing was about start happening in every store that I go to lol. I hope not.

:goodjob:  Me too!

Good luck to the both of us.  :)

Not a huge deal, but today I walked passed a train station musician who was playing Let It Be. It reminded me of a dream I had, where a busker was playing Yesterday, so it made me RC :)

Sounds like a good enough reason to RC to me.  :)


My coffee cup was making some odd sounds this morning.  :?
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: Sunshine April 05, 2011, 07:14:31 PM
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: Serenity April 05, 2011, 07:55:47 PM
I was on patrol last night, walking around the second floor. I walked past this picture and had to stop/back-up... someone had a picture of a dog that looked exactly like pj's avy. Made me RC (would've been better if its nose twitched! :P).
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: arliatis April 05, 2011, 08:16:22 PM
just reading this thread noticed that breizzy has no posts, yet she posted on this thread?
http://mortalmist.com/forum/the-den/reality-check-moments/msg92255/#new
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: Sunshine April 05, 2011, 08:32:18 PM
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: Caradon April 06, 2011, 08:40:00 PM

:wtf:  And what is a normal sound for a coffee cup to make?

I don't know. But mine was making a kind of whistling bubbling sound.  
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: Caradon April 07, 2011, 11:17:08 PM
Cool. That looks like a nice little place. Those little diners usually have such good food.  
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: Sunshine April 08, 2011, 07:17:52 AM
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: pj April 08, 2011, 10:58:51 AM
 :teeth:
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: Caradon April 08, 2011, 09:13:04 PM
Sorry to hear your burger bar sucks Pj.  :P

I'm reminded of a dream I had a long time ago where I was in a Subway restaurant and I was surprised to see that hey had the Moonbeam sub on the menu board.
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: Sunshine April 08, 2011, 11:03:46 PM
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: Kraftwerk April 09, 2011, 09:22:29 AM
The other day in class, I could hear a sound that no one else could. I know it wasn't the ringing in my ears because it was more of an electronic buzzing.
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: Sunshine April 09, 2011, 10:06:38 AM
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: Caradon June 07, 2011, 07:55:12 PM
Narrowly avoided being attacked by a deer!

I was on my bike just cruising along the trail. There is a chain link fence to my right, between the trail and the railroad tracks. I see this tiny baby deer pacing in front of the fence on my side in a panic, as it cries. "Meh" "Meh." I stop my bike. To my surprise, when the little deer sees me, it turns and runs right up to me with this expression of happy relief on it's face. As if it was a friendly dog. (That was worth a reality check right there.) Not sure what I was going to do at that point. Might have actually tried to help it. But just then, I notice movement out of the corner of my eye.  I look up, and out of nowhere comes mama deer charging right at me full bore. Startled, I instantly jump onto my bike and ride for my life.   Lucky, when I jumped onto my bike it startled  baby deer, and baby ran off the other way. And mama chased after baby instead of me. But I know that deer had every intention of stomping me.  :chuckle: And yes, I remembered to RC.
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: pj June 08, 2011, 08:09:57 AM
I can totally see that happening.

You were in mortal danger, you know. . . glad you escaped unscathed!  I seriously doubt I would have had a clear enough mind to remember to RC in the midst of that.
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: Sunshine June 08, 2011, 11:39:55 AM
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: Serenity June 08, 2011, 03:44:34 PM
Sort of a small moment, but very much like the way things present themselves to me, in my dreams...

So I was putting some laundry away, when I look over and I see a security ID from one of my former co-workers (actually, she sometimes comes around the forums here, her name is Niorun). I'm staring at the card, trying to figure out why in hell do I have her ID card? How did I acquire it? Am I forgetting something really important, here? (My dreams do this too me a lot... I have some object and I can't remember how I got it).

I finally realized what happened. I recently traded my security shirts, because I've lost a lot of weight and I needed a smaller size... they gave me Niorun's old shirts, and they never checked her pockets :P

Totally didn't think of RC-ing until I was writing her a fbook message about it... well... at least I thought about RCing after the fact, so... sort of yay!
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: StarSeeker June 08, 2011, 04:43:27 PM
Oh I saw a mother bear and 3 pretty big cubs, all sitting in a row, just watching things.  I don't know if I told you that.  I think I RCed.  I hope I did.
Awww! So cute!
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: Sunshine June 09, 2011, 07:37:53 PM
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: Caradon June 09, 2011, 08:09:59 PM
I can totally see that happening.

You were in mortal danger, you know. . . glad you escaped unscathed!  I seriously doubt I would have had a clear enough mind to remember to RC in the midst of that.

Thank you. Yeah that could have been bad. I've seen video of deer attacking people and it doesn't look fun. It happened pretty quick. I didn't actually RC right when I saw the deer charging at me.  :P But as soon as I was in the clear I remembered to.  


Caradon all this time you've been worried about bears...but deer are really your enemy!  Good thing you were on your bike!  And you RCed!  The fact you remembered to RC is an RC-moment itself!


Well, lions, tiger,s bears, chipmunks, rabbits, mice. You name it, they're all out to get me.

(I like the "expression of happy relief" that the fawn had.  :chuckle:)

It really did. It seemed in such distress. And when it saw me it's eyes just lit up with relief. That surprised me. I just expected it to bolt right away.

I've heard of people being "attacked" by deer, but it always seemed accidental, except for that one moron who put on a deer suit and challenged a buck during mating season. I also heard that mother deers had very little protective instinct, and counted on their fawns to follow when they ran away.  I guess that's not right.  Thank you, not, deer-experts.   :?

One day I was watching this animal attack show and they were saying that deer attacks are becoming more and more common all the time. And they showed all sorts of footage of people being attacked by deer. Te funny thing  is,  just after watching that I went outside and there were a couple of deer in the yard staring at me lol.

A long time ago, I was walking my dogs once along a wire fence with about 4X4 inch squares.  The fence was around a reservoir by the MO river.  One of my dogs stepped on a fawn that was hiding in the grass, and the thing jumped up, started baa-ing (or meh-ing) like a sheep, and stuck its head in the fence between the wires.  It squeezed its shoulders thru, holding its front legs flat back at its sides, and went like a worm right thru the fence in just one or two seconds.  Then it ran to the water, jumped in, and swam across, behing loudly the whole time.  I was like, damn, I didn't know a deer was like a mouse, and can fit thru any hole its head fits in.  Now I'm glad the mother wasn't around to hear all that.


But I didn't RC, because I didn't know about lucid dreaming yet.   :sad1:

Wow, I didn't know they could do that either.  

Oh I saw a mother bear and 3 pretty big cubs, all sitting in a row, just watching things.  I don't know if I told you that.  I think I RCed.  I hope I did.

Yeah, you told me about that. That would  have been really cool to see.


Click me. (http://therevolvinginternet.com/)


Whoa, how did you do that?  
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: iadr July 11, 2011, 09:34:14 PM
The wife and us were coming out of this Golden Corral the other day when we heard this guy say that the jury just found Casey Anthony innocent on all of the murder charges. Got in the car and tuned into a radio station where they were broadcasting the same news that Casey Anthony had been found innocent by the jury on all of the murder charges. Did reality checks all the way to this plant nursery we were going to and then most of the day after that. Still wondering if this really happened or if we're just dreaming.
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: Alex Lou October 13, 2011, 01:32:45 AM
9 people were shot and 8 killed across the street from my bus stop, all of half a mile from my home.  In our little beach city.  

The police blotter in the newspaper is usually a comedy in how little the police have to do here.


Oh, but the news on MM in hieroglyphs cheers me up.
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: mu October 13, 2011, 04:59:29 AM
That's horrible, Alex Lou.  I hope the town can be strong, for the families.
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: Alex Lou October 13, 2011, 12:34:37 PM
I didn't think to RC when Armored Bore first called me about it (I guess he forgot my schedule and that I wasn't at home).  But while driving home I heard the story on the radio and it felt really weird.  That kind of thing doesn't happen here.  Major DS!

I thought that it might have made national news.  It's the largest massacre in county history, apparently.
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: Luminous October 13, 2011, 03:35:39 PM
It even made the news here in Norway. Sorry to hear about it. :(
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: mu October 30, 2011, 04:05:44 PM
For those in the NE US:  snow!  In freaking October!  :D

I'm dreaming of a white Halloween!  :)
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: StarSeeker October 30, 2011, 04:44:42 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/J9Lvb.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/oOvGT.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/P5UqF.jpg)
8 : YO :chuckle:


It was even more crazy the day before. I should have made a video then.
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: Sunshine October 30, 2011, 07:44:21 PM
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: pj October 30, 2011, 08:04:45 PM
I hope you did a whole lot of reality checks.

Funny. . . we just saw a screening of Nosferatu a few days ago.  Every time they showed that clock with the little skeleton striking the bell, I told my daughter, "I want a clock like that."
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: StarSeeker October 31, 2011, 06:22:20 AM
I want a clock like that!   ;-D
Hehe, it's broken. When I arrived home it was zapping through all kinds of number at random. Then it would rest on a weird one for a while, and start zapping again.
Then again, I also use a watch that goes counter-clockwise in my daily life...

I'm trying to figure out what that weird blue stuff it's sitting on...it looks like alien grass or something.  :chuckle:
It's the carpet of my room.

I hope you did a whole lot of reality checks.
I did. It was such a classic dream moment it would be hard to miss.
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: Alex Lou October 31, 2011, 05:42:43 PM
Awesome clock! 

Also, you have strange carpeting.
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: StarSeeker November 01, 2011, 06:07:45 AM
:wtf:  You must have some kind of weird aura, breaking all the clocks around you.
:) That one is working just fine. It is supposed to go counter-clockwise.
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: pj November 30, 2011, 06:00:20 PM
Ok - so I pull up next to my house after driving home from work yesterday, step out of the car. . .

. . . and this huge Siberian Husky walks up to me, gives me a sniff, and pushes me out of the way to climb into my car.

He had a collar and was returned home after a difficult time reading the tags and a convoluted journey into Detroit and back.
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: Rebel Seven November 30, 2011, 06:30:33 PM
I'm sure the dog appreciated your efforts to get him home. Enjoy your good karma, Pj!
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: iadr November 30, 2011, 07:06:24 PM
Ok - so I pull up next to my house after driving home from work yesterday, step out of the car. . .
. . . and this huge Siberian Husky walks up to me, gives me a sniff, and pushes me out of the way to climb into my car.
He had a collar and was returned home after a difficult time reading the tags and a convoluted journey into Detroit and back.
Definitely not the kind of thing that happens every day. He must have been able to tell after sniffing you that you were the kind of guy who would help him find his way home. Great job pj! :clap:
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: Alex Lou November 30, 2011, 10:30:14 PM
Wow, that's a really good one, pj.

Hmm, I don't RC when I see wild animals.  Guess I should!
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: Sunshine November 30, 2011, 10:43:30 PM
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: pj December 11, 2011, 09:03:47 PM
I had a job to run this afternoon, out in the garage shop.  One of those old style mechanical digital clocks is out there, but it is plugged into the light circuit so it only runs when I'm working.  The first thing I do (after lighting the furnace in the winter) is set that clock to my cell phone.

A while later, I checked the time, and it didn't make sense.  I checked my phone, and the clock was off about an hour.  I figured I screwed up the first time and re-set it.  It was right around 4:35.

A while later, I looked at the clock and it read 4:11.  (!)  I do an RC, pick up my cell phone and see that it reads 4:59.  I do another RC.  I stand there and watch as my digital clock ticks over from 4:11 to. . . 4:10.  I do another RC.

I unplug the clock, plug it back in, and watch as it ticks over from 4:10 to 4:11.  I set it and it works fine for the rest of the evening.
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: Rebel Seven December 11, 2011, 10:45:29 PM
XD you might need a new clock.
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: Yuffles January 12, 2012, 01:01:00 AM
Here's one I shared in chat earlier. It's like 4:00 AM and I'm standing in the hallway with the only girl I know in the building for winter break, basically just being goofy and making noise because nobody else is here. That's when I see this sign and do a double take. I'm not quite sure what language it is, but we guessed that it was chinese with some sort of phonetic translation to english characters on account of the fact that 10% of students here speak chinese. I think it's actually Hmong. There is a large hmong population in southern Wisconsin and I guess it's enough to get emergency signs put on the wall in university buildings. Strangely I've only ever seen this single sign with this language anywhere on campus.
(http://i43.tinypic.com/bfperp.jpg)
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: pj January 12, 2012, 08:17:55 AM
We have something like that happen here pretty regularly.  One of our network printers goes insane sometimes, particularly when printing lengthy PDFs.  It will start out fine and then the later pages are just bizarre gibberish - though formatted perfectly and with all the imagery, lines and whatnot.

I've never thought to RC to those before.  Now I shall.

**EDIT** No - not like that at all.  But it does remind me I need to RC!
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: Sunshine January 12, 2012, 08:38:52 AM
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: Yuffles January 13, 2012, 04:53:14 AM
:chuckles:  I thought it was a menu.

(Hello from fellow Wisconsinonian.  I've eaten at Hmong restaurants but I didn't recognize it either.  Not that that would make me an expert.)

Go Badgers! I think the only reason I thought of Hmong was I had to take an ethnic studies course that specifically covered ethnic minorities in Wisconsin. One of those was Hmong (and we got to watch Gran Torino and analyze how inaccurate it was).
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: Sunshine January 13, 2012, 09:43:18 AM
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: AspirationRealized January 28, 2012, 12:28:00 AM
(http://chzgifs.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/funny-gifs-hand-creature.gif)

http://www.dazeddigital.com/artsandculture/article/9510/1/tim-lewis-at-kinetica-art-fair
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: pj January 28, 2012, 08:29:41 AM
Ok - that's just disturbing.
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: AspirationRealized January 28, 2012, 09:51:10 PM
Ok - that's just disturbing.

My sentiments EXACTLY. I was hoping it wasn't real. But it is.
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: StarSeeker January 29, 2012, 07:54:21 AM
(http://www.dazeddigital.com/ImageStore/640/3/643499.jpg)
This one is no less disturbing, I think.
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: pj January 29, 2012, 08:38:17 AM
Gah!
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: Caradon February 04, 2012, 11:20:24 PM
I'm not sure what I've done. But the entire forum has shrunk to tiny proportions. My text is so small I can't hardly see the letters at all. Even the avatars are tiny. The forum is pretty much unusable in this manner. so weird.

Hmm, Not figured out the problem but switching browsers solved it for now. Happened while I was in the process of making a post in my journal. Everything just shrunk on me all of a sudden. And It's only the forum that has shrunk. Everything else I look at online is normal sized.
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: pj February 05, 2012, 09:58:49 AM
What browser are you using?  If FireFox, try hitting alt, then View>Zoom>Reset and see if that doesn't fix things.

Yes - a good RC moment!
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: StarSeeker February 05, 2012, 05:06:30 PM
I'm not sure what I've done. But the entire forum has shrunk to tiny proportions. My text is so small I can't hardly see the letters at all. Even the avatars are tiny. The forum is pretty much unusable in this manner. so weird.

Hmm, Not figured out the problem but switching browsers solved it for now. Happened while I was in the process of making a post in my journal. Everything just shrunk on me all of a sudden. And It's only the forum that has shrunk. Everything else I look at online is normal sized.
Use Ctrl + or Ctrl - to adjust the size of stuff. Or Ctrl and your mouse-wheel.
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: Caradon February 06, 2012, 05:35:40 AM
What browser are you using?  If FireFox, try hitting alt, then View>Zoom>Reset and see if that doesn't fix things.

Yes - a good RC moment!


Use Ctrl + or Ctrl - to adjust the size of stuff. Or Ctrl and your mouse-wheel.

Thank you both! Both methods worked perfectly.

Yeah, that was my FireFox browser that did that. Wonder how that happened in the first place.

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: pj February 06, 2012, 07:18:14 AM
There is some motion that makes it zoom when I don't want it to, using the touchpad on my laptop.  I think it is intended for use in touch devices for pinch-zoom or something.

It has been a nuisance to me, but fixing it has become routine.
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: Sunshine February 06, 2012, 08:39:54 AM
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: AspirationRealized February 06, 2012, 01:12:41 PM
The only thing I could think of, mooni, would be the ctrl button. If you happy to press "a" while the ctrl button is down, that will highlight all the text in the field, and your next letter will replace all of the text.

Most of the time ctrl+z will undo this and bring it back.

Of course all keyboards are different and you could very well be doing something else...
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: Sunshine February 06, 2012, 04:32:14 PM
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: Caradon February 07, 2012, 11:49:50 AM
There is some motion that makes it zoom when I don't want it to, using the touchpad on my laptop.  I think it is intended for use in touch devices for pinch-zoom or something.

It has been a nuisance to me, but fixing it has become routine.

Ah, that must have been it. Never had that happen with my old Dell, so it was a surprise. At least it's an easy fix now.  :)  




:chuckle:  That happens to me.  Sometimes I think my cat is doing it.  But I learned how to fix it.

Lol, now I have a funny visual of your cat messing with your computer when you're not looking.

I also have to pop all the buttons on the bottom row (around the space bar) because there is one down there that deletes everything you have written if you hit it.  I get so pissed I pop all the buttons off, since I don't know which one it is.

I remember you saying that before. I've had that happen to me a couple times, too. But thankfully it's not happened for a while.


The only thing I could think of, mooni, would be the ctrl button. If you happy to press "a" while the ctrl button is down, that will highlight all the text in the field, and your next letter will replace all of the text.

Most of the time ctrl+z will undo this and bring it back.

Of course all keyboards are different and you could very well be doing something else...

Thanks, I'll remember that too
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: Sunshine February 07, 2012, 01:51:01 PM
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: Yuffles February 16, 2012, 02:32:36 AM
I also have to pop all the buttons on the bottom row (around the space bar) because there is one down there that deletes everything you have written if you hit it.  I get so pissed I pop all the buttons off, since I don't know which one it is.

 :profound:
This is almost something I expect from my grandma. :D That's not quite as bad as what she does with her emails, though. She keeps capslock on (because she thinks it makes it easier to read) and uses random colors for every email she sends. But what really makes me go crazy is when she hits enter whenever the text in her edit box reaches the end of the line, rather than being normal and using word wrap.
The problem that causes ends up looking a
lot like this
where every other line is cut off because she
keeps her
edit box way more wide than I view my emails
within gmail.

Most people who see me using a computer think I'm some sort of wizard. Some people theorize that I actually possess the power of electro-telepathy and am able to simply bend machines to my will.
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: Sunshine February 16, 2012, 08:38:56 AM
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: Aeolar February 22, 2012, 05:33:13 PM
So today I got off the school bus to go back home, and as usual my door doesn't open and it takes me a few tries. I RC a few times in between, and normally I'm not dreaming. Now, after I went inside, I walk up the stairs, and there's another door leading to the second story. When I went to open this door, the doorknob fell off!!  :o I flipped out and did 5 different RC's. lol, I wasn't dreaming sadly.  ::)
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: Sunshine March 04, 2012, 09:43:03 AM
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: Serenity March 11, 2012, 02:15:11 AM
Tom was trying to a google a question starting with the words "Can you have..." and the top choice was "....sex in skyrim".  :wtf:

:coffeescreen: nice!
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: AspirationRealized March 11, 2012, 02:30:55 AM
Can you?

EDIT:

The answer would be, if all the things in that game that are trying to kill you would stop trying to kill you for a long enough time.
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: Sunshine March 11, 2012, 09:40:54 AM
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: Sunshine March 13, 2012, 10:36:50 PM
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: pj March 14, 2012, 09:55:16 AM
Please email me this file so we can host it locally and link in a way that people don't need to sign in to hear it.
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: pj March 14, 2012, 08:23:57 PM
Converted it to MP3:

http://mortalmist.com/004.mp3

Enjoy!
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: mu March 14, 2012, 09:08:16 PM
Awww. . .Moonbeam, that's awesome.  I love howling.  It's so cute; it's like they're singing.  :)
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: Sunshine March 14, 2012, 09:23:33 PM
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: Sunshine March 17, 2012, 06:28:19 PM
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: Zhon March 28, 2012, 11:59:42 PM
Check this one out.  It's a picture on DeviantArt by someone who almost certainly isn't part of MM, and yet this image is the closest I've ever come to seeing an actual vision of what the MortalMist tree looks like in my mind.  I RC'd several times when I found it.

(http://fc06.deviantart.net/fs70/i/2010/174/c/b/My_Dream_World_by_TheBroth3R.jpg)
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: pj March 29, 2012, 06:07:01 AM
That is gorgeous!
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: Serenity March 29, 2012, 05:49:12 PM
Wow! that picture is crazy gorgeous!
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: Sunshine April 01, 2012, 02:40:52 PM
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: Serenity April 01, 2012, 02:59:45 PM
Whoa, I love it.

Can we steal it?

*stealing*

New background on my desktop >.>
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: Sunshine April 01, 2012, 06:16:04 PM
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: Serenity April 01, 2012, 08:01:00 PM
Oh, good idea, if I can remember how to do that...

Usually you can just right-click the picture and it'll be somewhere in that menu, either, "using the image either on the desktop" or "as a background image" (the wording depends on the browser).
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: Sunshine April 01, 2012, 08:10:14 PM
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: Rebel Seven April 10, 2012, 08:47:27 PM
Man in a black suit and tie with black sunglasses showed up at our house with an FBI badge and asking for information on a family friend O.O


Turns out it was a background check for special clearance in the Navy, which is pretty cool. ^ _ ^
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: pj April 10, 2012, 08:54:30 PM
Pretty cool - yes.  Definite RC moment!
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: bluebird April 14, 2012, 12:23:29 PM
Not really a moment as it's just a picture, but still pretty trippy

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-NXpAX0Q409o/T4mjXhi8ekI/AAAAAAAA_jk/-hqGLL1dips/s489/OVnFV2.gif)
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: Rhapsode April 14, 2012, 03:51:18 PM
On a walk home from the beach with a tangerine colored sunset in the background, stuck waiting for a train of nigh-infinite length to slowly pass in order that I may cross the tracks. I did a RC and found that, yes, I really had to wait for the stupid train to go by and couldn't just walk through or jump over it.

Good thing I did an RC and didn't just make an assumption on that one.
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: Sunshine April 14, 2012, 04:08:14 PM
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: bluebird April 26, 2012, 11:25:48 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/eZh3O.gif)

It makes me wanna cry, but still good for an RC  :sob:
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: Serenity April 27, 2012, 01:32:32 AM
Whyyyy bluebird? :bored:
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: bluebird May 03, 2012, 07:47:04 AM
Whyyyy bluebird? :bored:

Here, maybe this will take the pain away

(http://i.minus.com/i0dNFqpMjLFv5.gif)

This one made me RC too
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: bluebird May 08, 2012, 06:27:09 AM
I'm not sure if I'm posting the right things in this thread, none of it is real life stuff but it's all still pretty cool

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-jcOpF47J4N8/T6giYWNBQYI/AAAAAAAAFUI/TUeoHjEYafg/s723/Beginning.png)

Funnily enough, the Google+ post containing this picture actually talked about dreams, metaphorically, and happened to say "People need a reality check". So, of course, I obliged.

source: https://plus.google.com/u/0/108487783243149848473/posts/25yqUiGbjXW
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: Sunshine May 08, 2012, 07:33:47 AM
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: bluebird May 11, 2012, 01:21:15 PM
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-OwlBYtoG68c/T61Di86IEMI/AAAAAAAAFVI/Guoh9TQbHQU/s495/I+believe.jpg)

(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-wCNYTWDmX5Y/T60_j5pd_aI/AAAAAAAAChQ/ZW4td-BCTXw/s1024/6361328465_4db18ce828_b.jpg)

I'm still probably posting these in the wrong place, but oh well
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: Jomid59 May 19, 2012, 08:55:46 PM
D100 san roll  ;)

All realities are real but I only have one headful of sanity.

If there are witnesses present I say "deja-vu".

Oops, my mistake, you mean a lucid reality check.......   :oops:

D100 san roll

All realities are real but I only have one headful of sanity.

If there are witnesses present I say "deja-vu".

Oops, my mistake, you mean a lucid reality lucidity check.......  8)

D100 san roll

All realities are real but I only have one headful of sanity.

If there are witnesses present I say "deja-vu".

PUSH BAR TO EXIT  :'(
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: iadr May 20, 2012, 08:42:24 PM
The wife and us are stopped at a stoplight waiting to turn left, when we see this middle aged man on a bicycle, with a cockatiel sitting on his shoulder and three other similar birds sitting on his handlebar on the other side of the road, waiting to come across the street. As we watch in amazement he rides his bicycle across the street and starts heading down the road.

We tell the wife, this didn't really happen you know, we just dreamed that it happened, because no one rides a bicycle down the road with a cockatiel on his shoulder and three other birds on his handlebar, to which the wife replied "why do you always think everything is a dream?" :chuckle:  As we were unable to float we finally decided that it must have really happened IWL. Guess he was just taking his birds out for a spin. That would have been a good one to have gotten a video of.
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: Caradon July 03, 2012, 06:16:36 PM
Today I went to see Spider-Man 3D which was great.

But before the movie started the projector messed up and the screen went dark. But then a 3D scene appears on the screen. It's kind of funny. It's supposed to be the projector room. And some guy has the guy running the movie projector tied up in a chair.  The guy says, "Don't worry the movie is fine." But then he goes on to talk about some irrelevant stuff about cell phones.

He finally says that he won't keep us any longer because we have a movie to watch. Then he says "Spoiler alert." Then he leans forward and whispers, "It's a dream."

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: Caradon July 20, 2012, 07:54:20 PM


http://news.yahoo.com/video/woman-films-interesting-encounter-wild-193000048.html (http://news.yahoo.com/video/woman-films-interesting-encounter-wild-193000048.html)
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: Sunshine July 20, 2012, 11:18:37 PM
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: DrTechnical July 21, 2012, 01:34:43 PM
Those cats are either very brave or very dumb.
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: johnb July 21, 2012, 01:50:19 PM


http://news.yahoo.com/video/woman-films-interesting-encounter-wild-193000048.html (http://news.yahoo.com/video/woman-films-interesting-encounter-wild-193000048.html)

Those cats aren't going to last much longer around there.
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: Snaggle July 21, 2012, 02:47:12 PM
Caradon that was an adult red fox in that woman's video not a baby one. Cool video. I wish I had a video of our two cats being chased by a cottontail that was a true reality check moment! About like this one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-BH3Pc91LQ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-BH3Pc91LQ)
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: Caradon July 24, 2012, 11:04:22 AM
Caradon that was an adult red fox in that woman's video not a baby one. Cool video. I wish I had a video of our two cats being chased by a cottontail that was a true reality check moment! About like this one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-BH3Pc91LQ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-BH3Pc91LQ)

Those alligators must have been well fed already.  What the heck is wrong with those people allowing that cat to get so close.  :angry1:
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: Caradon July 25, 2012, 08:03:45 PM
I suddenly realized I was wearing a hooded sweat shirt and stocking cap while walking down the street in the middle of a very hot July. And how funny that must look. (Didn't have the hood up though.)

 

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: iadr July 25, 2012, 08:59:38 PM
What the heck is wrong with those people allowing that cat to get so close.  :angry1:
Totally agree.  :goodjob:  Iadr would have been more interested in running that fox away from his cat than taking a video of a fox eating one of his cats. But then we wouldn't have this interesting video to watch would we? Lucky for that cat, that it was able to bluff that fox so well into thinking it was a mean predator.
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: Snaggle July 27, 2012, 01:15:25 AM
Caradon that was an adult red fox in that woman's video not a baby one. Cool video. I wish I had a video of our two cats being chased by a cottontail that was a true reality check moment! About like this one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-BH3Pc91LQ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-BH3Pc91LQ)

Those alligators must have been well fed already.  What the heck is wrong with those people allowing that cat to get so close.  :angry1:

Caradon gators and crocs are both cowardly and will generally back down if anything stands up to them. They really need surprise or fear to attack.  The people were aholes obviously.
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: Snaggle July 27, 2012, 01:19:55 AM
What the heck is wrong with those people allowing that cat to get so close.  :angry1:
Totally agree.  :goodjob:  Iadr would have been more interested in running that fox away from his cat than taking a video of a fox eating one of his cats. But then we wouldn't have this interesting video to watch would we? Lucky for that cat, that it was able to bluff that fox so well into thinking it was a mean predator.

An adult house cat and red fox both weigh about 15 pounds and the cat is both faster and has claws so the cat was in no real danger. The eagles on the otherhand could of killed those cats easily. Hawks and owls do prey on house cats, but I'm uncertain of eagles.
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: Sunshine July 27, 2012, 08:11:28 AM
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: Snaggle July 28, 2012, 12:35:33 AM
TY for sharing Moonbeam cool stories. Another fun RC from youtube then on to some of my own animal RCs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57VbE0J9niw  (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57VbE0J9niw)

Bobcat I had pulled some traps from an unproductive creek delta where it flowed into a river. I was crossing a cornfield during sunset, felt a presence and looked down to see a "cat". I said "hi kitty" and started to move to pet it, but stopped as something about it did not seem right. The cat was sitting down in typical house cat fashion. We stared at each other for a couple of minutes, after which I turned and started to walk away and the "cat" ran in the opposite direction towards the tree cover of the river. It's running sounded like loud poundings- it was only then I realized it was a bobcat :-[ Most of them are around the size of a large house cat, say a Maine coon, but their legs are longer and their paws are about the size of human palms (built in snowshoes ;))

Mink  I was out fishing for Northern [pike] at a river bank, again felt a presence, turned and watched a female mink walk towards me. She had turned the corner at another creek mouth. She was daydreaming. I watched her walk 30 yards towards me until she was within three feet, when she  finally saw my legs and took alarm and vanish into some long grass. It was a true LOL moment when she realized how close she was to a human :D

 The cottontail I out still hunting a medium size woods (about 5.5 square miles), had stopped to observe (standard in all still hunting) when I saw a rabbit about 14 yards away also using the still hunting technique, it took it three more yards to notice me 8) and bolt like a bunny. Note: human "hunters" almost never figure out how to still hunt. I've only encounter two other still hunters and we stopped to chat because it's so abnormal to encounter a still hunter. Almost all the "hunters" are thunder feet who if they are lucky enough to actually encounter a game animal miss it three times with shotguns!


 The ruffled grouse

I was out grouse hunting in southern Minnesota, which terrain is made up of small hills that were pushed up by glaciers during the last ice age as southern Minnesota is as far south as they got. I heard and saw two more thunder feet and decided to still hunt behind them. They were working a woods that bordered an apple orchard. A grouse suddenly popped out of the undergrowth.  It walked towards me with it's head turned completely around towards it's back looking at the thunder feet with a look to utter contempt and joy. It was funny to see it sneering and laughing at them as it walked towards death. I shot it at 14 yards. Ordinarily I would not shoot an unaware and on the ground bird, but it's expression reminded me so much of my brother that I made an exception. If you have watched the Game of thrones my brother is just like Joffrey, right down to the blond hair :sad1:

 "the bird"  My sisters asked me for help saying "a bird is trapped" under some panels of the garage door that had been taken down and placed against the side of our garage (which was actually a carriage house, the carriage room serving as our garage). When I got there I heard something like a bird beating it's wings against the panels. I knew it was not a bird and told my sisters that it was not a bird, but still wanted me to lift the panels and let it out, so I did :angel: An irate woodchuck ran out from under them and chased my two sisters 8) Unfortunately for the woodchuck chasing my sisters got the attention of my my father who dispatched it with a souvenir french military rifle that had been brought back from WW I by our family.

 The bird I was out still hunting a grove of birth trees to reach a pond to surprise mallards :evil: when I heard a strange bird call that I had never encountered. It was flying towards me so I waited until I could see it. I saw a big black bird coming towards me and decided to shoot it to find out what it was. I shot it started to fall towards a small meadow that was really a tiny dried out pond. I patted myself on the back for making such a hard shot as I had fired when it was directly overhead (an extremely unstable shooting position for a 12 gauge). Suddenly as it reached the far edge of the dry pond and was about to hit the ground when it took off again. I was so startled by it's behavior that it got away. Note: I hunted almost everyday from September to spring for several years when I was a hardcore hunter and missed only one shot a year... so in addition to the turkey's cleverness I had a reason to be fooled by it's trick :-[ The wild turkey was a few hundred miles north of it's range, so there was also a reason for me not knowing what it was. Still it was a  :banghead: moment.

 The creature I was out fishing the Mississippi river with a friend when he spotted it and called me to look at it. It was a fish with legs! It was in shallow water and only about five feet from us, so we had a very good look at it. We were both hardcore anglers and seined for minnows, so had encountered the miniature versions of almost every type of fish in the Mississippi including the rarely caught ones like eels, northerns and sheepheads. We never caught a tiny version of this strange fish.

 Waterloo My old hunting dog (a beagle) were walking down a dirt road to do some pheasant hunting when a Doberman pinscher appeared. He at first ignored us, but my dog considered that road his and challenged him. The Doberman picked up my dog like he was a bell and swung him side to side and threw him several feet to to the ditch at the side of the road O_O  If you're wondering what a beagle was doing peasant hunting- he was the most intelligent dog I've ever encountered. Without training he would run ahead in the fields zigzagging back, chasing the pheasants into the air and towards me :D. I miss that dog he was so courageous and smart.

 I have plenty more RC moments with animals, but have already written too many. I hope I did not bore you too much.





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: Sunshine July 28, 2012, 09:01:59 AM
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: Snaggle July 28, 2012, 01:22:40 PM
Yes, Moonbeam the mink was funny, but I thought me about to pet a bobcat was the most funny or my sisters' "bird". It did not have the promoted tufts of fur on each side of the face that one associates with bobcats and lynx. I thought that youtube of a cat attacking a bear was very funny too.

Our cats have had a raccoon and coyote hunt them to the door, but the two it happened to were the same ones who were chased by a cottontail, so not the bravest of cats ;). Another cat who was brave had a possum try to come in the door with it. I had to grab a broom and chase it away from the doorstep

 Sorry about your loon, but real life is dangerous.
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: Sunshine July 28, 2012, 03:04:59 PM
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: Snaggle August 02, 2012, 06:48:27 PM
This is old, but still very funny http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/8258540/Fox-shoots-hunter-in-Belarus.html (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/8258540/Fox-shoots-hunter-in-Belarus.html)
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: Snaggle August 05, 2012, 02:34:08 AM
 Is this Arya Stark all grown up and doing a sword dance? http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=MOEBCEMLJLw (http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=MOEBCEMLJLw)

Fun prank RC http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=r_UIG5GTyA8&NR=1 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=r_UIG5GTyA8&NR=1)
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: Snaggle August 06, 2012, 07:32:28 AM
This is very funny, but one has to wade through an ad and a short introduction in Swedish, but so worth it. http://www.aftonbladet.se/webbtv/nyheter/samhalleochpolitik/ojvilkenvecka/article13777745.ab?start=1998 (http://www.aftonbladet.se/webbtv/nyheter/samhalleochpolitik/ojvilkenvecka/article13777745.ab?start=1998)

Monkey pool party http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=956_1249263959 (http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=956_1249263959)
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: Caradon August 18, 2012, 05:34:35 PM
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: Sunshine August 18, 2012, 10:17:55 PM
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: pj August 19, 2012, 07:00:43 AM
It's XHTML, of course.  You are probably so fluent in it you didn't realize you were writing it!
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: Caradon August 19, 2012, 01:35:18 PM
It's XHTML, of course.  You are probably so fluent in it you didn't realize you were writing it!

That must have been what happened.  :lol:
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: pj August 19, 2012, 06:04:43 PM
We could use you in the back room.  We need people fluent in PHP, styles and XHTML.  I think.
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: Caradon August 21, 2012, 08:16:00 PM
We could use you in the back room.  We need people fluent in PHP, styles and XHTML.  I think.

Wish I actually did know enough to help out behind the scenes.

Reality check moment

I see an over weight old man with a pink Mohawk walking down the street of a tiny country town.
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: Sunshine August 21, 2012, 10:28:59 PM
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: evergrass August 21, 2012, 11:40:58 PM
RC moment
I was at work and realized the Oscar Mayer wiener mobile was parked out in our parking lot.
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: pj August 22, 2012, 07:44:35 AM
US Drones: http://www.tech-faq.com/us-drones.html

You saw a Predator, which is really interesting because that is a weapon, not just surveillance.
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: Snaggle August 22, 2012, 09:02:25 PM
We really need these drones over America to protect the government from the people, it's unfortunate that they'll also cause so much more pollution both air and noise over our country. Of course the whole direction our government is taking is criminal in both the common and political senses :o I think someone needs to point out to our government, NATO and the UN and even Rand corporation a few mental facts that being completely irrational they don't know for themselves.

1. Law is a public power serving the public good, with the public made up of a community of equals with no one above or immune from the law. current grade of America, NATO and the UN- F on both parts of law.

2. The only legitimate governments are those who have both the popular mandate both for their authority and policies and whom also uphold political liberty. The second principle is vital to allow the the real public will to be know after debate and to protect political rights for groups that might otherwise be oppressed for holding beliefs contrary to the mainstream one, e.g. Jews in Nazi Germany, Papists/Catholics in Britain and colonial America. Grade of America- D rapidly moving towards F on both principles.

3. States not only have to have the popular mandate, they need to have the regional mandate, as legitimate governments are not formed by conquest open or secret and have only a right of self defense not conquest. There are no legitimate rights of conquest or intervention and the force that is used in war can't be directed at either the property or persons of civilians. Sorry to say it but America is both an imperialist and terrorist country, with our own CIA being the chief 'terrorist organization' in the world. One just does not have any right of violating the sovereignty of other countries and America is and has been a global bully for the life times of anyone born in the 20th or 21st centuries.

Morality is not subjective. It's both objective and eternal being the same for all men and societies, both of whom must be judged as to whether they're good or evil and obvious to the eye of reason. That  our planet is and always has been an asylum for the criminally insane is unfortunate, but at least we have almost unlimited room for improvement.

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: Sunshine August 22, 2012, 10:35:39 PM
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: pj August 23, 2012, 01:23:42 PM
http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2012/08/23/docs-law-enforcement-agencies-plan-to-use-domestic-drones-for-surveillance

It appears that there are versions of the predator in "civilian use" without the arms.
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: Sunshine August 23, 2012, 07:28:23 PM
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: pj August 23, 2012, 08:13:31 PM
Yeah.  That.
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: Snaggle August 24, 2012, 06:17:01 AM
Come  on the reapers and predator drones will not be armed at first, they need to get everyone use to them, then they will arm them, then they'll use them against Americans and claim that they were not used. Americans are suppose to be protected from unreasonable searches by the constitution, instead we have all phone records being handed over to the government and every cell phone wiretapped and recording even when off, spy cameras going up everywhere in America. Obama and congress voting in the NDAA ( National defense authorization act) and actual Americans assassinated by Obama again in violation of the constitution.
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: Sunshine August 24, 2012, 11:04:53 PM
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: Caradon August 27, 2012, 10:49:29 PM
Wow, that sounds bizarre.


I think I've found my next car! I really really want one of these! And everyone in my neighborhood that sees me in it will have reality check moments.  :lmao:

Either the one in this hilarious video.

http://www.peelengineering.co.uk/topgear.php (http://www.peelengineering.co.uk/topgear.php)


Or this one.

http://www.gizmag.com/peel-p50-trident-microcars/21869/pictures#16 (http://www.gizmag.com/peel-p50-trident-microcars/21869/pictures#16)



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: Sunshine August 28, 2012, 09:27:52 PM
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: Caradon August 28, 2012, 10:09:19 PM
Damn, I'll have to come back in google to see that; I can't see videos in firefox.

Oh, it's just a silly little micro car. I never heard of them before until I saw one on TV the other day. I looked it up. They are the tiniest cars ever made. I think he said it only weighs like one hundred pounds lol. The guy in the video drives it to work. Then he brings it right into the office building. He ends up driving it around the office, and even takes it into the elevator lol. It's great, I love it!  

I got one of these, which I wanted as soon as I heard about it.  It's an old-style basic rear wheel drive sports car, joint venture by Subaru and Toyota:

https://www.google.com/search?q=brz&hl=en&prmd=imvnsl&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=mm89UNTAN5P7yAGYw4CQDA&sqi=2&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAQ&biw=1280&bih=893 (https://www.google.com/search?q=brz&hl=en&prmd=imvnsl&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=mm89UNTAN5P7yAGYw4CQDA&sqi=2&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAQ&biw=1280&bih=893)

Wow, Moonbeam. That's an incredibly nice car. You Bought that? congratulations!





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: Sunshine August 29, 2012, 06:53:16 AM
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: Snaggle August 29, 2012, 08:01:30 AM
Caradon those minicars make gulf carts look like luxury sedans. They look like perfect first cars for kids, except if they got high or drunk they would be road coffins, but at least everyone else would be safe ;)
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: pj August 29, 2012, 01:12:53 PM
I told her I was going to feed some horses, and she said, "Oh, you!", and punched me in the shoulder!  So I slugged her right back!

(Just kidding, I didn't hit her back.  But it was funny how she did that.)

She probably figured you were going to do something more 1960's with them and that was just a cute cover story.
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: Sunshine August 29, 2012, 01:27:13 PM
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: Caradon August 30, 2012, 12:58:55 AM

I saw it now, that's hilarious!  He needs one of those big flags that used to be on kids bikes so he doesn't get run over.  At least you would stay dry if it was raining.  If you get one, you'll have to get a trailer for it, for your dog to ride in.  :chuckle:

Yeah, like one of those bicycle trailers for pulling kids.  Don't think I'll be able to get one.  Wish I could though.

I ought to drive over to MN and race you.  :D  (You would win.)  It's not incredibly fast, but it feels like it is.  Actually people are passing me all the time now, lol.  I'm not used to being so low to the ground, or something.

We could race on a course with a lot of tight corners so speed isn't as much of a factor as handling.

 I told Tom it's an investment, since I'll save a lot of money on gas not driving my truck all the time.  Plus I'll save miles on my truck.  Makes sense to me.

It's nice having both. My step Dad has a Chevy Avalanche he lets me drive when I need to. That thing is fun in it's own way, especially in deep snow.  Goes through it like a tank.
But after a while of driving that huge thing around, it always feels good to to be back in my car.



Caradon those minicars make gulf carts look like luxury sedans. They look like perfect first cars for kids, except if they got high or drunk they would be road coffins, but at least everyone else would be safe ;)

yeah, I know. Not any safer in a wreck than a scooter or motorcycle.  I bet a lot of fun to play around with. I could drive it around wearing a clown suite. :lol: I probably wouldn't drive it on any major roads. I'd love to show up at work in one sometime though.  :)  
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: Sunshine August 30, 2012, 09:18:46 AM
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: Caradon August 30, 2012, 06:15:57 PM

That would be fun.  But maybe a good dream-goal.

Then we could race on the moon!
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: Sunshine August 30, 2012, 11:34:27 PM
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: AspirationRealized September 01, 2012, 12:31:27 AM
Speaking of the moon... kind of...

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dpzhMMFk5U&NR=1&feature=fvwp[/youtube]
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: bluebird September 03, 2012, 04:08:18 PM
(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-RSY_vKBE3p8/TzhDcyZFijI/AAAAAAAAe6c/8QzkOB84qgA/s529/tardis.jpg)

Not my picture, but still...
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: Snaggle September 04, 2012, 06:48:24 AM
Wow I actually recognize one of them. Saw it here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtJwZjZGABw (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtJwZjZGABw)
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: Caradon September 04, 2012, 10:28:11 PM
I would definitely RC if I saw that on a truck.

- Today after work I stopped at Costco for lunch. I was sitting there eating a slice of pizza when  I could have swore I heard a cow behind me. "Mooooo." I turn and look around. No cow to be seen lol.

-Then I stop at the gas station on the way home to get some gas. As I'm adding gas to my car it suddenly dawns on me how strange it is that I'm watching TV! What the heck, there is a TV on the gas pump. It's a fairly new gas station, but I've gotten gas here quite a few times this summer, and at this very pump. But I've never noticed it playing TV before.  :chuckle:  Maybe This is normal in some cities, but it's the first I've heard of it.    
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: pj September 05, 2012, 11:06:39 AM
Most of the Speedway and BP stations here in the Detroit area now have them, which I find incredibly irritating.  At least back when they started installing those squalk boxes they had a mute button.  I might have to start carrying a hatchet or something.
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: Sunshine September 05, 2012, 11:07:19 AM
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: Caradon September 05, 2012, 10:03:15 PM
Most of the Speedway and BP stations here in the Detroit area now have them, which I find incredibly irritating.  At least back when they started installing those squalk boxes they had a mute button.  I might have to start carrying a hatchet or something.


I'll look forward to watching the caught on tape video of the crazy man attacking a gas pump with a hatchet, lol.
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: Sunshine September 05, 2012, 10:04:21 PM
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: Caradon September 06, 2012, 11:20:03 PM
Today I had an odd connection with a black bird. There were two large blackbirds together in a grocery store parking lot. I park my car, get out, and walk towards where the black birds are hobbling around. At my approach, one bird leaps up and fly's away. Then the other one is about to follow. The bird looks at me, and I look at it. There is a strange connection made that could almost be felt. The bird pauses, and visibly relaxes. Then I understand, that the bird understands, I mean it no harm. I walk within a foot of the bird and it doesn't fly off.  
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: Sunshine September 07, 2012, 06:35:58 PM
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: Caradon September 08, 2012, 10:42:03 PM
Caradon, the bird-whisperer.  I hope you use your powers for good.

Just a fluke. Next time I'm sure I'll be attacked.
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: Snaggle September 09, 2012, 07:00:18 AM
Caradon, the bird-whisperer.  I hope you use your powers for good.

Just a fluke. Next time I'm sure I'll be attacked.

Lol, your next encounter will be like this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-79qIvQgjz4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-79qIvQgjz4)

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: Caradon September 09, 2012, 06:02:43 PM
Lol, your next encounter will be like this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-79qIvQgjz4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-79qIvQgjz4)

Lol, That's pretty funny. That tiger really reacted. I actually had a bird attacking me once earlier this year while I was out walking. It was hovering over me and swooping down trying to peck at my head.
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: Snaggle September 10, 2012, 09:02:51 PM
You guys really need to see this one. It's a true reality check moment http://www.aftonbladet.se/webbtv/nyheter/utrikes/article12155578.ab (http://www.aftonbladet.se/webbtv/nyheter/utrikes/article12155578.ab)  It's in English. a cat with a snake stuck up it's nose.
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: Caradon September 11, 2012, 02:09:33 PM
Wow, that's really weird. Poor cat. Glad they got it out easily enough. I bet the cat was very relieved.
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: Snaggle September 13, 2012, 06:20:09 AM
 That cat was exceptionally unfortunate and is still leaving me wondering how it even happened.

I saw this  and had to laugh, I hope you guys do too. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6suhk7hMNs&feature=related (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6suhk7hMNs&feature=related)
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: Estelore September 21, 2012, 04:03:20 AM
It's pretty standard to do our RC gesture (snapping our fingers and verifying the sound and sensation) upon switching somebody into the front, since the first thing done upon fronting is to confirm that we're plugged into the senses and motor functions correctly.

We also RC when we've been driving the car a long time and catch ourselves being so zoned-into driving that we've failed to mentally document the passage of five minutes or more.

Finally, we RC when our fiance makes a complete non-sequitor relating to something that happened in Skyrim. "Wait, where did the dragon go?" Is a pretty common prompt for RC, nowadays. :P
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: Snaggle September 22, 2012, 07:22:15 AM
Estelore fun RC.

More fun animals. Pig saves goat http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=07c_1348140785 (http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=07c_1348140785)

Goat rides horse...sort of http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=336_1303757967 (http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=336_1303757967)
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: Caradon December 08, 2012, 09:28:02 PM
I was just taking the dog outside before going to sleep and saw the strangest thing. A group of bright orange lights flying together but somewhat scattered.  Not that high up, and not that far off. Not moving super fast, but not at all slow either. They were cruising at a good speed across the sky from my right to left. I counted about thirteen of them. Might have missed a couple. The strangest part was that there was no engine sound. I was trying to listen for jet or helicopter engines but could hear nothing, and it's quiet outside. Never seen anything like that before. Was like something off one of those UFO sightings shows, lol.  Actually thought about running into the house and grabbing my video camera. But I'm pretty sure the battery isn't charged. Don't know if it could have actually captured them in the dark anyway. So I just watched as they flew along and out of my view trying to figure out what it could be with no sound. Balloons? but they were all moving too fast in a steady direction. And there wasn't much wind. Pretty calm out there.  Well, I'm not jumping to the conclusion they were alien space craft, lol. There must be an explanation. But unless I find out what exactly it was I'll probably always be wondering. It was certainly an RC moment.

Maybe I'll get abducted tonight and be taken on a journey to some distant galaxy. That would be sweet!  :chuckle: 
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: pj December 08, 2012, 09:42:16 PM
Woah.  That is a reality check moment!
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: Snaggle December 08, 2012, 09:51:59 PM
  Caradon that is certainly a reality check.
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: Sunshine December 08, 2012, 11:34:50 PM
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: bluebird December 09, 2012, 06:39:18 AM
I hate to be a killjoy, but it sounds like Chines lanterns

(http://www.halsteadgazette.co.uk/resources/images/1433615/?type=articlePortrait)
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: pj December 09, 2012, 10:19:45 AM
Caught in the jet stream?
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: Sunshine December 09, 2012, 11:13:15 AM
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: Snaggle December 09, 2012, 12:55:32 PM
I hate to be a killjoy, but it sounds like Chines lanterns

(http://www.halsteadgazette.co.uk/resources/images/1433615/?type=articlePortrait)

That's a nice theory, well except: there is no China town or Nip town in the twin cities; nor are Chinese lanterns flown there to my knowledge and the Twin cities (Minneapolis and Saint Paul) are not very windy, typically have wind 15 mph or lower.

  There's heavy snow in Minneapolis today- yay http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62RwHHFuf14 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62RwHHFuf14)....wait reality check I'm in the Mid West too and am like this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cpLoC6Raq8&list=UUXYX3JctUyM5TSSBFktBNtg&index=70&feature=plcp (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cpLoC6Raq8&list=UUXYX3JctUyM5TSSBFktBNtg&index=70&feature=plcp)

I hope Caradon is not a quitter like Jesse Ventura ;)

Bluebird sorry I was trying to do a red Dwarf Kryten imitation, but I think I blew it and was just rude.
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: Sunshine December 09, 2012, 05:09:04 PM
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: Caradon December 09, 2012, 08:13:16 PM
Chinese lanterns? Interesting. Did a little browsing on Youtube and saw that there has been some hoaxing with those things. Seemed like what I saw was moving too fast to be something like that. That's why I pretty much dismissed the possibility of some kind of balloons with lights right away.  I was probably only watching them for a minute or two. That's all the time it took them to travel the distance that I could view and disappear out of my range of sight.  That's pretty fast for something propelled only by air currents to be moving on a night with little wind. It was very nice out last night, actually, before the snow began. But who knows...  

 There's heavy snow in Minneapolis today- yay http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62RwHHFuf14 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62RwHHFuf14)....wait reality check I'm in the Mid West too and am like this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cpLoC6Raq8&list=UUXYX3JctUyM5TSSBFktBNtg&index=70&feature=plcp (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cpLoC6Raq8&list=UUXYX3JctUyM5TSSBFktBNtg&index=70&feature=plcp)

I hope Caradon is not a quitter like Jesse Ventura ;)

Lol, the creators of of those videos apparently don't care much for snow. I feel sorry for those that can't appreciate the beauty of winter, especially after a fresh snow like today. It's becoming one of my favorite times of the year. I like the spring and the fall but hate the heat of mid summer.

It's just starting here. (northern WI.)


You might get more than us. I got the snow blower going, yay. Going to have fun playing in the snow tomorrow.  :)
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: johnb January 04, 2013, 03:46:36 PM
This would make me do an RC:

http://arthurmag.com/2012/12/

Would also be fun to do during an LD. Or IWL.
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: iadr January 04, 2013, 07:40:57 PM
This would make me do an RC:
http://arthurmag.com/2012/12/
That was great johnb. It was especially funny when he fell down while going across the wall, and when he fell into the fountain at the end.
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: evergrass January 04, 2013, 08:17:34 PM
http://arthurmag.com/2012/12/
Would also be fun to do during an LD. Or IWL.

Yeah it would be! (New goal)
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: johnb January 04, 2013, 09:21:30 PM
This would make me do an RC:
http://arthurmag.com/2012/12/
That was great johnb. It was especially funny when he fell down while going across the wall, and when he fell into the fountain at the end.

Yes. The part where the policeman dances with him was good, too. That website has some interesting material, such as this discussion of Dali's method of experiencing and remembering HI:

http://arthurmag.com/2010/06/25/diy-magic-dropping-the-spoon-by-anthony-alvarado/

But it also has a link to a site that sells this LDS, which doesn't seem like it'd be useful:

http://www.aemenbell.com/tincture/lucid-dreams.html

Possibly not even safe.
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: Sunshine January 04, 2013, 10:10:43 PM
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: johnb January 04, 2013, 11:46:39 PM
The ingredients sound kind of weird.  But only $10.....

I'll let you try it first!  :cheers:
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: Vex March 26, 2013, 10:13:41 PM
Heard its Steven Tyler's birthday today. He turned 65.  :o I did a RC because I could not bring myself to believe he is that old.
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: Vex March 26, 2013, 11:58:04 PM
Holy Heaven, Hell and everything in between! This had me RCing like crazy just now.
It's for the tv show Wilfred. If you haven't watched it, you should. It's full of dream references and rc moments galore. (though a bit on the raunchy and dark side, which I love)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Wy8vojQQto&feature=youtu.be[/youtube]

Heheheheh. Elijah Wood speakeded to me.
 :dance:
I mean...
 8)

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: pj March 27, 2013, 06:23:23 AM
I just completely don't get it.  Which is RC worthy, of course.
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: Vex March 27, 2013, 09:37:55 AM
It's about Ryan (Elijah Wood) who sees his neighbor's dog, Wilfred, as grown man in a grey dog suit (Jason Gann) while everyone else just sees a normal dog.  I don't completely get the show either because I cant' tell if Ryan is bat shit crazy or dreaming. I suppose that's part of its allure for me. That and I have a demented crush on Wilfred (the dog). I was really hoping Gann would answer but I suppose its right for Wood to answer because his character is the one who sees Wilfred as a man.
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: pj March 27, 2013, 09:41:02 AM
Thank you for that.  I think.
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: Vex March 27, 2013, 09:49:19 AM
Yeah... I now realize that my answer may reveal more about me than it does the show.  :ashamed2:

You know what I just realized. This video is the universe effing with me. One of my lucid goals for a while now has been to get the One Ring from Lord of the Rings. I came to the lucid conclusion recently that to find the ring I have to find Frodo. I didn't find Frodo in that dream. And now here's this video by the guy who played Frodo and he has a ring from the movies. Coincidence? I think not. I'm being taunted. I think the universe has taken a personal interest in screwing with me. Yeah. That's it. That's totally it. I'm onto you, universe! You can't stop me! No one can! the precious will be MINE. *shakes fist at the sky while slowly slipping into the soft arms of utter madness*

Just kidding. Or am I? Yeah. I'm joking. Maybe. I'm not nuts...then again, only crazy people say that. Nah. I'm okay. Perfectly fine. I think. Mostly. Sure you are Vex, you're the sanest person I know. Thanks Vex, but I wasn't talking to you. Well excuse me. Shut up! Shut uuuup!
:wussfight:




Also, on another note, dreamed of birds that screamed like people last night. This morning went for a walk and heard a bird that sounded like someone getting killed. That was a RCer for sure.

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: pj March 27, 2013, 06:42:06 PM
Did it have human teeth?
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: Vex March 27, 2013, 08:41:04 PM
I... I don't think so.  :paranoid:
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: Vex April 10, 2013, 01:38:06 PM
Yesterday I saw a smart car in the back of a pick up truck. Triple taked and RCed.
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: Vex April 29, 2013, 12:11:41 AM
I was going to post a stupid RC story from this weekend but realized it might incriminate me... or at the very least have me put away into one of those pretty, puffy rooms in the hospital.
:whatever:

I will just say this, I saw what I thought might have been a celebrity and had to RC.

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: johnb May 13, 2013, 02:23:10 AM
Playing BrickBreaker recently, the ball passed straight through a brick without altering the brick in any way. The next day the ball went straight through a steel brick. I've played BrickBreaker for years and never had either of those things happen. Gave me a strange feeling.
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: johnb May 13, 2013, 02:31:33 AM
Went for a walk this evening with my wife. She found something on a dirt path and asked me what it was. It looked like dog poop. But taking a closer look I could see it wasn't. It looked more like a coiled-up brown rubber snake. I touched it with my hand. It moved a little bit. It definitely was alive. I touched it again and it moved a bit again, but never tried to slither away. I think it was a type of snake that hides from its enemies by disguising itself as poop. Wish I'd had a camera, but neither of us brought one.
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: johnb May 13, 2013, 02:37:37 AM
Driving home from the grocery store tonight, I thought I had left a different grocery store. I turned where I normally turn from the other store. My daughter asked why we were going that way. I said that's the way we always go. But nothing looked familiar. I realized I had no idea where we were. But she said she knew where we were, because her school bus goes home that way. She told me where to turn, at which point I finally realized where we were. But for a while it was like being in a Twilight Zone episode.
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: johnb May 13, 2013, 02:50:33 AM
Had dinner last night at the home of a married couple we met recently. After dinner we were in their living room. They asked us if we were familiar with the painting hanging over the fireplace. I said it's so beautiful, it must be by someone famous. She said it wasn't. It was something she painted in art class in the 4th grade. Her mother saved it and gave it to her many years later. She's an accountant, not an artist. But the painting is better than a lot of well-regarded modern paintings I've seen. Better than most of Picasso's paintings, for example.
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: dreamraffer May 13, 2013, 05:37:04 AM
Went for a walk this evening with my wife. She found something on a dirt path and asked me what it was. It looked like dog poop. But taking a closer look I could see it wasn't. It looked more like a coiled-up brown rubber snake. I touched it with my hand. It moved a little bit. It definitely was alive. I touched it again and it moved a bit again, but never tried to slither away. I think it was a type of snake that hides from its enemies by disguising itself as poop. Wish I'd had a camera, but neither of us brought one.


There was a joke, that is somewhat alike in this scene...

there were two drunk men walking way home, on the street, they saw there was a dog poop.. one drunk man said, "hey men, there's a poop!" but the other one said, "no! it wasn't"

"o c'mon, it was"
"ok, let's take a closer look"
"now, do you believed me?"
"not yet, we need to confirm."
"then how will you do that?"
"let's taste it!"
"that's a great idea!!!"

then, the two drunk men tasted it... and both shouted and laughing "yeah right! it's a dog poop!!!"  O_O
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: Sunshine May 13, 2013, 05:47:53 AM
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: pj May 13, 2013, 07:31:15 AM
Quite the run of RC moments for you there, John! 

Yeah - seconding what Moonbeam said.  Embrace the adventure, man.  You'll be having more of them.
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: johnb May 13, 2013, 01:33:48 PM
There was a joke, that is somewhat alike in this scene...

there were two drunk men walking way home, on the street, they saw there was a dog poop.. one drunk man said, "hey men, there's a poop!" but the other one said, "no! it wasn't"

"o c'mon, it was"
"ok, let's take a closer look"
"now, do you believed me?"
"not yet, we need to confirm."
"then how will you do that?"
"let's taste it!"
"that's a great idea!!!"

then, the two drunk men tasted it... and both shouted and laughing "yeah right! it's a dog poop!!!"  O_O

I remember hearing that one! Wasn't it a Cheech & Chong routine?
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: pj May 13, 2013, 01:48:52 PM
Yep - Cheech and Chong!  Good memory.

"Looks like dog sheeet. . . "
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: johnb May 13, 2013, 01:56:58 PM
:wtf:  How come I never heard of a poop-snake?

It's just a theory. But many animals do mimic other things. It might just have been a brown snake that wasn't trying to mimic anything. But why would it just sit there looking like poop, even after I had poked it twice? Might have been sick, but it looked healthy.

Here's a Cracked article on animal mimicry:

http://www.cracked.com/article_18746_the-9-most-mind-blowing-disguises-in-animal-kingdom.html

But for a while it was like being in a Twilight Zone episode.

:therethere:  You'll get used to this, now that you are getting older.

I am definitely getting older. :profound: Not sure that's the complete explanation, though. I've been preoccupied lately by a possible career change. So I was on autopilot.

Her mother saved it and gave it to her many years later.

That's pretty cool.

Yes. She had forgotten about it, so was amazed when her Mom gave it to her. She remembered it when she saw it, though. I'm going to ask them if they can send me a picture of it. I'll post it here if I get a picture.

then, the two drunk men tasted it... and both shouted and laughing "yeah right! it's a dog poop!!!"  O_O

After they touch it, and smell it, and taste it, they say, "Yes, that's dog poop--good thing we didn't step in it!"   But then again, they probably didn't know about poop-snakes.

That's right! That was Cheech & Chong's punchline. Glad I didn't step on the poop snake, too.
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: Sunshine May 13, 2013, 07:35:50 PM
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: johnb May 13, 2013, 08:52:26 PM
That was cool.  I love that Octopus.

http://www.cracked.com/article_18746_the-9-most-mind-blowing-disguises-in-animal-kingdom.html

Octopi are definitely amazing in many ways.

I am definitely getting older. :profound: Not sure that's the complete explanation, though. I've been preoccupied lately by a possible career change. So I was on autopilot.

That's exciting!  :)

May be, if it works out as planned.  :bigshock:
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: Vex May 14, 2013, 02:31:46 PM
In answer to Moonbeam, It didn't look like JD. If it did I'd probably be in jail for doing something stupid and stalkery.

No RC moments for me today, yet. But if you're reading this...

REALITY CHECK NOW!
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: johnb May 14, 2013, 03:28:13 PM
I usually don't remember to do RCs. For example, if I tell myself I'm going to do an RC each time I see an animal or picture of an animal, I almost never remember to do it. But I finally found one that I always remember to do. Each time I see a car that has something wrong with its lights, I do an RC. For example, a car with one headlight out or a car with unusually dim headlights, etc. It even works during the day, because brake lights, signal lights, daytime running lights, etc., can be out. For some reason, I always remember to RC when I see something like that. Not sure why. Hasn't induced any LDs yet, though. Seems like maybe 1 out of 20 cars around here has something wrong with its lights.
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: Vex May 14, 2013, 04:36:44 PM
That's a start, John. I'm horrible for remembering to RC too. At the very least when I see or hear or think the word dream (or variants of the word) I try to RC. Other things, odd things, may occasionally trigger me. Apparently I don't rc enough because in dreams I dismiss the strangest things as normal and don't even think to rc. Wish I had a better memory for it.
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: johnb May 14, 2013, 06:49:38 PM
That's a start, John. I'm horrible for remembering to RC too. At the very least when I see or hear or think the word dream (or variants of the word) I try to RC. Other things, odd things, may occasionally trigger me. Apparently I don't rc enough because in dreams I dismiss the strangest things as normal and don't even think to rc. Wish I had a better memory for it.

Yes. Dismissing the strangest things as normal. That's a big problem.
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: Snaggle May 15, 2013, 01:41:15 AM
JohnB

Here's a Cracked article on animal mimicry:

http://www.cracked.com/article_18746_the-9-most-mind-blowing-disguises-in-animal-kingdom.html

 I loved those "ants" even though I was counting eyes one fooled me :oops:

 No one always knows they're dreaming, even things that aught to tip one off sometimes don't, e.g. a couple nights ago I had a dream that was mainly in pink, with a pink monster shooting pink fireballs from it's mouth and still did not realize I was dreaming - at least I had a smile on my face when I did wake up 8)
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: Vex May 15, 2013, 01:16:11 PM
Pink? haha. Yeah, it's always funny to wake up after an entirely screwy dream and wonder how I didn't rc. Dream me is quite slow on the uptake.

EVERYONE REALITY CHECK NOW!
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: johnb May 15, 2013, 01:25:25 PM
I loved those "ants" even though I was counting eyes one fooled me :oops:

Yes. Definitely amazing that spiders could look almost exactly like ants. But, to me, the shape shifting octopus is the most amazing. How does that capability work, exactly? Does the octopus observe what other sea creatures look like and then consciously imitate them? "OK, I'm going to make myself look like a sea snake now." And how does it _know_ it looks like a sea snake? It doesn't have a mirror. I guess it can look at parts of its body to see if they look right. It can't look at its own face, though. Wonder if it can learn to mimic objects it's never seen before. If you put a coffee mug in a tank with an octopus, would it be able to make itself look like the coffee mug? Maybe the information regarding the shapes and colors of other sea creatures is encoded in its DNA, along with the physical ability to morph its body into those shapes and colors. But how could that DNA actually evolve? What evolutionary steps did the octopi's ancestors go through in order to develop that capability? And it would have to update its capability as the other sea creatures evolved. It wouldn't be useful to mimic extinct sea creatures.

No one always knows they're dreaming, even things that aught to tip one off sometimes don't, e.g. a couple nights ago I had a dream that was mainly in pink, with a pink monster shooting pink fireballs from it's mouth and still did not realize I was dreaming - at least I had a smile on my face when I did wake up 8)

Great dream! The part of the brain that questions things like that is mostly deactivated. Unfortunately. Or maybe fortunately. If it weren't mostly deactivated, then all dreams would be lucid. Dreaming would then become boring if you were lucid all the time. At least I think it probably would.
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: Vex May 15, 2013, 01:38:25 PM
Great dream! The part of the brain that questions things like that is mostly deactivated. Unfortunately. Or maybe fortunately. If it weren't mostly deactivated, then all dreams would be lucid. Dreaming would then become boring if you were lucid all the time. At least I think it probably would.

True. Then we'd all be striving for non lucid dreams instead.


I forgot, the main reason I'd popped in here earlier.
Went shopping the other day and I could have sworn the guy with me called me Elijah. (for those unaware I had a frustrating encounter with a couple of Elijah Wood's characters a couple of LDs ago). I spun on the guy and said, "What did you just say?" He backed up a step, I must have looked pissed. "What did you just call me?" I asked. "I didn't call you anything. I asked, 'You didn't find any, did ya?'"

Then I felt like a complete ass having to explain the whole situation and my apparent violent reaction to being called Elijah. lol. But anyway after everything simmered down I said, "I'm RCing anyway," and bit my finger right then and there. Yeah, I know, it's slightly sad and a tad scary. heheheheh
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: johnb May 15, 2013, 03:23:28 PM
True. Then we'd all be striving for non lucid dreams instead.

Yes! We'd have all kinds of elaborate methods for inducing non-lucidity. We'd say things like, "Imagine how amazing it would be to have a dream in which you don't actually know you're dreaming! Think how much more intense and meaningful dream experiences would be if you truly believed they were real!" The terminology would also have to change. Non-lucid dreams might be called reality-belief dreams (RBDs) because you believe what's happening in the dream is real. Or maybe reality-immersion dreams (RIDs). Lucid dreams would be called non-RBDs, non-RIDs, or just dreams.

I forgot, the main reason I'd popped in here earlier.
Went shopping the other day and I could have sworn the guy with me called me Elijah. (for those unaware I had a frustrating encounter with a couple of Elijah Wood's characters a couple of LDs ago). I spun on the guy and said, "What did you just say?" He backed up a step, I must have looked pissed. "What did you just call me?" I asked. "I didn't call you anything. I asked, 'You didn't find any, did ya?'"

Then I felt like a complete ass having to explain the whole situation and my apparent violent reaction to being called Elijah. lol. But anyway after everything simmered down I said, "I'm RCing anyway," and bit my finger right then and there. Yeah, I know, it's slightly sad and a tad scary. heheheheh[/quote]

Maybe he's just messing with you. He really did call you Elijah, and made up the part about saying "...did ya".
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: Snaggle May 16, 2013, 05:57:28 AM
: Johnb
Yes. Definitely amazing that spiders could look almost exactly like ants. But, to me, the shape shifting octopus is the most amazing. How does that capability work, exactly? Does the octopus observe what other sea creatures look like and then consciously imitate them? "OK, I'm going to make myself look like a sea snake now." And how does it _know_ it looks like a sea snake? It doesn't have a mirror. I guess it can look at parts of its body to see if they look right. It can't look at its own face, though. Wonder if it can learn to mimic objects it's never seen before. If you put a coffee mug in a tank with an octopus, would it be able to make itself look like the coffee mug? Maybe the information regarding the shapes and colors of other sea creatures is encoded in its DNA, along with the physical ability to morph its body into those shapes and colors. But how could that DNA actually evolve? What evolutionary steps did the octopi's ancestors go through in order to develop that capability? And it would have to update its capability as the other sea creatures evolved. It wouldn't be useful to mimic extinct sea creatures.

  Octopi are very intelligent. They're almost certainly imitating the creatures. Here's one doing a simple intelligence test http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kuAiuXezIU (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kuAiuXezIU)

 Speaking as a hunter, I've seen both incredible intelligence and stupidity in animals - just as in humans.
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: johnb May 16, 2013, 12:25:16 PM
Octopi are very intelligent. They're almost certainly imitating the creatures. Here's one doing a simple intelligence test http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kuAiuXezIU (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kuAiuXezIU)

Great video!

Speaking as a hunter, I've seen both incredible intelligence and stupidity in animals - just as in humans.

What are some of the things you've seen?
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: Vex May 16, 2013, 03:22:58 PM
John, Yeah, that guy probably was messing with me. He knows about the lucid ring quest so I wouldn't put it past him to say something like that. Also, I find the dream reversal thing intriguing. It makes me wonder how different we would be if lucid dreams were the norm and non lucids were rare.

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: johnb May 16, 2013, 06:27:40 PM
John, Yeah, that guy probably was messing with me. He knows about the lucid ring quest so I wouldn't put it past him to say something like that. Also, I find the dream reversal thing intriguing. It makes me wonder how different we would be if lucid dreams were the norm and non lucids were rare.

I wonder if there are people for whom that is the case. I think I once heard about someone who asked, "Aren't all dreams like that?" when someone described LDs to her. Turned out almost all her dreams were LDs. But that might be a UL.
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: Vex May 17, 2013, 12:13:31 PM
I went to this group last year were a woman claimed most of her dreams all her life were LDs. Thing was, she hardly ever has control in them. Wouldn't that be frustrating as all hell, lucid all the time but without any dream control.



EARTHQUAKE this morning in Ontario. RC moment for sure!
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: johnb May 17, 2013, 12:32:02 PM
I went to this group last year were a woman claimed most of her dreams all her life were LDs. Thing was, she hardly ever has control in them. Wouldn't that be frustrating as all hell, lucid all the time but without any dream control.

Definitely would be frustrating. But being lucid that much, she could probably develop control if she worked on it.

EARTHQUAKE this morning in Ontario. RC moment for sure!

Hope everyone's OK!
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: pj May 17, 2013, 12:33:57 PM
I went to this group last year were a woman claimed most of her dreams all her life were LDs. Thing was, she hardly ever has control in them. Wouldn't that be frustrating as all hell, lucid all the time but without any dream control.

EARTHQUAKE this morning in Ontario. RC moment for sure!

I saw that one come across the USGS wire!  It was reported as a 5 at first, then revised down to 4.4.

My wife is like that with lucids.  She hates them because she doesn't (and can't seem to) control them ever, even though she knows they are dreams.
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: johnb May 17, 2013, 02:33:02 PM
My wife is like that with lucids.  She hates them because she doesn't (and can't seem to) control them ever, even though she knows they are dreams.

Maybe she could learn to control them. But still seems like it'd be fun to have LDs, even if you couldn't control them. Don't think I'd hate that. But maybe they're unpleasant for her in some way. Lucid nightmares?
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: bluebird May 17, 2013, 03:27:56 PM
My wife is like that with lucids.  She hates them because she doesn't (and can't seem to) control them ever, even though she knows they are dreams.

Tell her you can still enjoy lucid dreams even if you can't control them :) just enjoy the ride and pay attention to the weird things which are going on around you
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: Sunshine May 17, 2013, 07:06:24 PM
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: johnb May 17, 2013, 07:58:09 PM
I don't have much dream control, but I don't mind.  It's just like IRL; you can pretty much only control yourself.  I don't think that makes them any less fun.

Yes. Sometimes can make them more fun, due to the surprise factor.
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: Sunshine May 17, 2013, 10:21:39 PM
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: johnb May 18, 2013, 02:14:24 AM
I have much more control IRL, when I think about it.  You rarely get that surprised, luckily.  It seems weird to me for peoples' dreams to be otherwise. 

Maybe dreams help satisfy our need to be surprised.
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: Sunshine May 18, 2013, 06:07:26 AM
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: Vex May 18, 2013, 09:04:25 PM
lol @ Surprise. I wonder what would happen if I put that as an answer on a psych test.

Today, saw a bright yellow punch bug sitting in the midst of a newly plowed field. Strange and RC-worthy and got to punch someone in the arm as an extra bonus.
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: Sunshine May 18, 2013, 09:33:29 PM
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: johnb May 19, 2013, 02:11:19 AM
:chuckle:   What is that hierarchy of needs again?   Water, food, shelter....surprise?

Sounds about right.
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: johnb May 19, 2013, 02:18:40 AM
lol @ Surprise. I wonder what would happen if I put that as an answer on a psych test.

Try it.  :D  If you are challenged, use us as a reference.  We need our surprises!

Today, saw a bright yellow punch bug sitting in the midst of a newly plowed field. Strange and RC-worthy and got to punch someone in the arm as an extra bonus.

Punch-bug like a VW?  In the middle of the field?  We used to say slap-bug when we saw one, highway game, first person to see one got to slap somebody, but then that escalated to punch-bug.

It's more correct to say "slug bug, no tag back".
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: Sunshine May 19, 2013, 11:33:33 AM
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: johnb May 19, 2013, 12:14:00 PM
It's more correct to say "slug bug, no tag back".

:wtf:  "Slug"-bug?  That's utterly ridiculous.  Who "slugs" a bug?  You "slap" bugs.  :shakehead:  I do concur that adding the "no tag back" is prudent, lest the same bug that you just saw is then re-used against you.

Must be a regional difference. Bugs are so big around here, we have to slug them. Plus, slug rhymes with bug, so it sounds better.
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: Sunshine May 19, 2013, 01:32:17 PM
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: Vex May 19, 2013, 02:35:36 PM
Punch-bug like a VW?

Yessir! We only ever call them punch bugs. See one you punch someone in the arm and say, "Yellow punch bug no punch backs!" If you fail to say the correct color of the car the no punch backs is null and void and you can punch the person back twice as hard. When I was a kid seeing a punch bug meant all out war cuz there were 6 of us kids all trying to punch each other at the same time.
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: Sunshine May 19, 2013, 06:01:43 PM
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: johnb May 19, 2013, 06:19:01 PM
OK then, did you play concrete monster, or cement monster?

I haven't heard of that. How does that work?
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: johnb May 19, 2013, 06:20:53 PM
Punch-bug like a VW?

Yessir! We only ever call them punch bugs. See one you punch someone in the arm and say, "Yellow punch bug no punch backs!" If you fail to say the correct color of the car the no punch backs is null and void and you can punch the person back twice as hard. When I was a kid seeing a punch bug meant all out war cuz there were 6 of us kids all trying to punch each other at the same time.

The same game, more or less. But different terminology.
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: johnb May 19, 2013, 06:23:33 PM
It's funny, we started out with slap-bug, but evolved to punch-bug on our own.  You and johnb started out with punch-bug and slug-bug, I imagine for similar reasons (your predecessors realized that a slap was not as much fun as a punch.) So the violence escalated. I wonder what kids today are doing, "roundhouse kick to the head-bug"?  "Stab in the heart-bug"?  :shakehead:

Probably totally non-violent these days. Hug-bug, or something like that.
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: Vex May 19, 2013, 07:07:28 PM
Probably totally non-violent these days. Hug-bug, or something like that.
I'd be so pissed off if someone took the punching out of punch-bug.  :boxer:
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: johnb May 19, 2013, 08:50:41 PM
Probably totally non-violent these days. Hug-bug, or something like that.
I'd be so pissed off if someone took the punching out of punch-bug.  :boxer:

Yes. Would be sad.
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: Vex May 20, 2013, 12:51:24 AM
Thought yall was kidding about the poop snake.  :o
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: johnb May 20, 2013, 01:47:53 AM
Thought yall was kidding about the poop snake.  :o

No, it's definitely real.
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: Snaggle May 20, 2013, 06:49:03 AM
It's funny, we started out with slap-bug, but evolved to punch-bug on our own.  You and johnb started out with punch-bug and slug-bug, I imagine for similar reasons (your predecessors realized that a slap was not as much fun as a punch.) So the violence escalated. I wonder what kids today are doing, "roundhouse kick to the head-bug"?  "Stab in the heart-bug"?  :shakehead:

Probably totally non-violent these days. Hug-bug, or something like that.

 There's only a small difference between "now a days" and "yesterdays" -the big difference has always been between pockets of violence and hobbit shires. Violence is always a surprise if you're not expecting it - silly hobbits!
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: Vex May 20, 2013, 10:14:23 AM
I'd be so pissed off if someone took the punching out of punch-bug.  :boxer:
Think about it:  this :hug: would be much more annoying to your siblings than this :boxer:. 

:evilchuckle:

Actually, my siblings would like hug bug because they like hugging. I do not. So it would only be much more annoying to me to play hug bug. They creep up on me as it is and wrap me in a bear hug just to hear me threaten them with a variety of different kinds of torments once I break free. They're such meanies.
 :'(


Silly hobbits...  :chuckle: *bites finger*
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: johnb May 20, 2013, 04:07:41 PM
Oh, the designated cement monster's feet have to stay on cement, and tries to get the other people as they run back and forth from the grass on lawns to the grass between the sidewalk and the street.  Some people call it concrete monster, some call it cement monster, depending on which block you live on.

I just realized, it's tag.

Yes. A form of tag. Not sure we have it around here.

Aw, hug-bug, I hope so.   :love:

Think about it:  this :hug: would be much more annoying to your siblings than this :boxer:. 

:evilchuckle:

Good point. Could also be called Love Bug, like the movie.

That poop-snake stuff was interesting.  I did not know that.  I guess they don't live where I've lived, so I never got to see one.

Right. Only have them out here in the West.

We do have hog-snakes which play dead and ooze and do repulsive things when threatened.  But I'd like to see the poop-snake hiding its head and sticking out its tail.

Hog snakes sound like fun.
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: Sunshine May 20, 2013, 09:20:32 PM
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: johnb May 20, 2013, 10:08:01 PM
Hog snakes sound like fun.

Especially when they play dead and start oozing this disgusting slime stuff.

Rubber boas can also do that:

http://www.rubberboas.com/Content/about.html

...if handled too roughly, they will musk the holder (excrete very smelly substance from their vent), but absolutely will not strike in defense. Upon being picked up, a Rubber boa will gently wrap around the holder's wrist for upwards of an hour or more before seeking to crawl around.

Also interesting that they can live a long time:

http://www.rubberboas.com/Photos/raab1/hiraab1overall.html
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: johnb May 20, 2013, 10:10:06 PM
Actually, my siblings would like hug bug because they like hugging. I do not. So it would only be much more annoying to me to play hug bug. They creep up on me as it is and wrap me in a bear hug just to hear me threaten them with a variety of different kinds of torments once I break free. They're such meanies.

That is pretty mean.
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: Sunshine May 20, 2013, 10:32:18 PM
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: johnb May 21, 2013, 12:41:36 AM
That is very interesting about the rubber boas.  I had never heard of them.

I hadn't either. Hoping I'll find some more when I go hiking there again.
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: Vex May 21, 2013, 12:58:39 AM
Actually, my siblings would like hug bug because they like hugging. I do not. So it would only be much more annoying to me to play hug bug. They creep up on me as it is and wrap me in a bear hug just to hear me threaten them with a variety of different kinds of torments once I break free. They're such meanies.

That is pretty mean.

It is. I found out the extent of my dislike for hugging when I took a short addictions info course couple years ago. At the end of classes they liked to do this stupid thing where we had to walk around in a circle and hug each member of the class. The first time I did it I felt physically ill afterward, hugging 17 complete strangers. They all thought I was kidding when I told them I couldn't do it anymore, said I'd get used to it. I didn't. I suggested that instead of me hugging anyone we could do a light punch to the shoulder instead, which was much less traumatizing for me. Eventually got the whole class punching each other. I thought the playful punching was more stimulating and comforting than hugging but I suppose part of it goes back to me and my siblings punching the crap out of each other playing punch bug.

I CAN hug people I know, but only if I have to or it seems like it's the appropriate thing to do. Yeah, I got issues...
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: Vex May 21, 2013, 09:57:27 AM
I'm pretty sure I have loads of things wrong with me but its too late to change 'em now. Well, maybe not too late it's just I'm too lazy to try.  :chuckle:

That class was pretty rough in its own way for me. I took it to learn about the biological reasons behind addictions and how to help others overcome them. Instead it was about spiritual and emotional healing things, mostly Native American tradtional methods, smudging, dance, etc. and emotional freedom techniques.

I was totally out of place and was in a continual state of passive argument with the class. I was surprised how closed minded these self proclaimed open minded and spiritually advanced people seemed to be. Bout midway through the classes I felt like they were trying to convert me to their ways. I was the 'lost one' and would find my way back to the traditions eventually, all because I stood by my belief that for a person to overcome anything they need learn the root of their issues, be they biological or not, instead of using religion or traditions or ceremonies as a crutch or mask. Suppose I was close minded in that regard but at least I entertained their ideas and participated in the ceremonies just to learn and experience them.

Anyway... enough of that. Methinks Vex is revealing too much about herself here.
Jedi mind trick wave *you will remember none of this*
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: Sunshine May 21, 2013, 11:03:53 AM
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: johnb May 21, 2013, 12:53:23 PM
It is. I found out the extent of my dislike for hugging when I took a short addictions info course couple years ago. At the end of classes they liked to do this stupid thing where we had to walk around in a circle and hug each member of the class. The first time I did it I felt physically ill afterward, hugging 17 complete strangers. They all thought I was kidding when I told them I couldn't do it anymore, said I'd get used to it. I didn't. I suggested that instead of me hugging anyone we could do a light punch to the shoulder instead, which was much less traumatizing for me. Eventually got the whole class punching each other. I thought the playful punching was more stimulating and comforting than hugging but I suppose part of it goes back to me and my siblings punching the crap out of each other playing punch bug.

I CAN hug people I know, but only if I have to or it seems like it's the appropriate thing to do. Yeah, I got issues...

I've always hated those forced hugging situations. That's a great thing you did getting them to switch to punching! Have to try that next time I'm with a group of people who are being pressured into hugging each other against their will.
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: Vex May 22, 2013, 09:07:20 AM
MB, I'll figure out some way for jedi kind to help you to the moon.

jb, If you manage to get people punching instead of hugging too I'd be impressed and use both our cases as proof that forced hugging is evil and should be replaced by friendly arm punches, fist or shoulder bumps. They're much funner and not as invasive as an all out hug.
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: johnb May 22, 2013, 03:20:24 PM
MB, I'll figure out some way for jedi kind to help you to the moon.

jb, If you manage to get people punching instead of hugging too I'd be impressed and use both our cases as proof that forced hugging is evil and should be replaced by friendly arm punches, fist or shoulder bumps. They're much funner and not as invasive as an all out hug.

Maybe we'll start a trend!
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: Snaggle May 23, 2013, 03:58:40 AM
  This thread has been pretty amusing on the whole hugging to punching discussion. Rather than hugging or punching why not say this

  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTn64Bizu2I (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTn64Bizu2I)  It's easy and your teachers likely will respect you for saying it.
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: Vex June 12, 2013, 09:12:04 PM
lol @ Snaggle & MB. I just may try that next time. And I can blame any chaos that ensues on the both of you.  :-*

The other day, I pulled some underwear out of my dresser and shook them out to put on... a rolled up $5 bill flew out of them. I don't know where the heck that came from or how it ended up rolled up in my underwear. Had to RC firstly because money was falling out of my unmentionables and secondly... me having money is a rarity these days.



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: Vex June 13, 2013, 12:11:42 AM
Must have been, I don't even remember it.  :o
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: Vex June 13, 2013, 10:53:48 PM
 :chuckle: That'd be something to hear, both ways.
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: Vex June 15, 2013, 03:58:47 PM
2:30ish am this morning, my lightsaber snap-hissed to life on its own, still in its box. I thought maybe I fell asleep so I rc-ed. I was awake. I had to go into the next room, open the box and shut it off. It wouldn't stay off! It kept making noises like it was being swung around. Had to take the batteries out to make it stop.  :eek2:
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: Sunshine June 15, 2013, 05:22:18 PM
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: Vex June 16, 2013, 05:38:59 PM
Dark side or light side, I wonder?
 :paranoid:
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: Vex June 18, 2013, 10:24:35 AM
Hopefully the light side. It has better looking followers.  :ohyahbaby:
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: Caradon June 18, 2013, 06:42:44 PM
  Yesterday morning I had a reality check moment when I was out walking the dog. I often see signs posted around about missing pets. I always feel really bad when I see these signs  because I know how I would feel if my dog just disappeared one day and I had to put up one of these signs. But anyway, I'm walking with the dog along this creek trail near my house when I see this sign posted on a tree. "Lost turtle, $25 reward" I'm like wow, someone lost their turtle and are putting up signs about it. And a reward even. That's weird. Okay, reality check time. I do an RC. I'm not dreaming.

I shake my head and continue on. A little ways down the trail I see another sign for this missing turtle, lol. I continue on. a Little ways further I come across even another sign, about same turtle. I'm like okay, this is really a reality check moment. I RC. No dream.

I continue down the trail.  A bit further, I find yet another sign about this missing turtle. This time there is a photo of the turtle, a description, and even the turtles name. "Baby" I laugh and RC again. I have this image of someone walking along calling out the name of their turtle. "Baby! here baby" or whatever. I'm wondering, if I see a turtle should I call out it's name? Will it come when I call it?

At this moment, to make things even stranger. I see this guy come walking along.  He is an older guy, older than me at 42. He has a wide brimmed hat, a tan vest, and a hikers walking stick.

I pause there. Waiting for this guy to come nearer. Because I want to mention how odd this whole turtle thing is. The man approaches. He looks at me, and I say. "Someone really loves their turtle." Then this man tells me that he is the one that put these signs up. He has been walking through the woods along this trail every day for days looking for this turtle.

This guy, he is a really nice guy. We talk for a long time. He tells me this terrible story about this woman who was driving with her family and was hit by a drunk driver. Her husband in the passenger seat was decapitated, her child in the back seat was killed. And the woman herself barely survived. She survived but has serious brain damage. So much so that she can't take care of herself. And this man is one of her care givers. This man is a very religious man, and served time in the military. He tells me about how he has been trained to kill, and how much death and suffering he has seen. He tells me about how he feels he has been given a purpose in taking care of this woman who has been in such a tragic experience.

He goes on to tell me about how he brought this woman this pet turtle. Something amazing happened when he brought her the turtle.  As odd as it sounds, this turtle and this brain damaged woman formed a bond.  The turtle would climb up onto her chest and lay there with her for extended periods of time. And the man said that this turtle  changed her. Making her so much happier.

Turns out this turtle was a female and had to lay it's eggs. I'm not quite sure about this part of the story. But I guess the man had the turtle outside to lay it's eggs. And for a short period of time he was not watching the turtle. Next thing he knows the turtle is gone. It had walked off into the woods and disappeared. Every since the man has been walking the woods searching for this turtle.

I tell him that it probably went into the creek and swam away to who knows where. He tells me that it would probably stick around the area because of it's eggs. At least that's what he is hoping. He asks me to take down his number in case I see the turtle. He says he lives near and will come running if I see it. We shake hands and part ways.  


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: Sunshine June 18, 2013, 07:45:30 PM
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: pj June 18, 2013, 09:21:11 PM
Wow.  What an amazing story, and what an amazing encounter!  Sounds like you two really formed a bond quickly, which says a lot about you.
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: Vex June 21, 2013, 12:53:08 AM
What an experience, Caradon. When older people walk up to me it's usually to yell at me for something I didn't know I did. Why they always yelling at me?  :'(


RC moment.
Season 3 of Wilfred premiered tonight, a tv show starring Elijah Wood  ::) and the opening scene was him standing in front of a board that had pix, notes and drawings tacked all over it. It was so freakishly much like the dream I had where he standing the exact same way inspecting MY dream stalking board that I had to RC.
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: Vex June 28, 2013, 02:02:38 AM
Someone burned food today and it WASN'T me! I had to RC that.
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: iadr June 28, 2013, 07:35:45 PM
Turns out this turtle was a female and had to lay it's eggs. I guess the man had the turtle outside to lay it's eggs. And for a short period of time he was not watching the turtle. Next thing he knows the turtle is gone. It had walked off into the woods and disappeared. Every since the man has been walking the woods searching for this turtle.

I tell him that it probably went into the creek and swam away to who knows where. He tells me that it would probably stick around the area because of it's eggs. At least that's what he is hoping. He asks me to take down his number in case I see the turtle. He says he lives near and will come running if I see it. We shake hands and part ways.  
Sure hope he finds his turtle. Iadr has turtles come up into his yard all the time to lay their eggs, and had to rescue one that got going the wrong way and ended up in the middle of the road the other day, that all of these cars kept driving by and scaring. We either carry them down and set them next to the lake so they can go back into the water where they came from, or at least get them pointed in that direction. One day we saw one of the babies. It was the cutest little thing, as it was only about the size of a quarter, and was moving its little legs as fast as it could. And yes, those were both reality check moments.
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: pj June 28, 2013, 07:43:16 PM
Passed a truck with "Zero Emission Electric Vehicle" boldly written all over it. . . broken down, on the back of a huge old smoking diesel industrial-sized tow truck.
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: greg lousy June 29, 2013, 12:47:51 AM
background - I need a black pen at work and a lighter because I smoke

... I get home from work and empty my pockets onto kitchen counter.  keys, wallet, then a clear body cheap plastic black pen

"that's weird," I think ,"I hate this kind of pen, why would I have one"

then I pull out another identical black pen.  Hmmm

then I pull out a cheap see through blue lighter

"also weird" I think, "I hate this kind of lighter."

then I pull out another identical see through blue lighter.  I stop and actually do a reality check.
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: Sunshine June 29, 2013, 09:41:44 AM
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: greg lousy June 29, 2013, 01:16:18 PM
... a subconscious criminal,  though another part of my subconscious is punishing me by only stealing things I hate
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: Sunshine June 29, 2013, 01:36:39 PM
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: pj June 29, 2013, 01:47:42 PM
Both refreshingly enigmatic!
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: Vex June 29, 2013, 04:53:15 PM
My RC moments from lunch:  my fortune cookie said, "The thing in us that we fear most just wants our love."  I'm not sure what that is referring to.

Tom's said, "The fact that others are bad does not imply that you are good."  True, but kind of odd for a fortune cookie to say.

Those are some odd fortunes. Especially Tom's. Isn't it basically an insult? lol Did he blame you for that fortune MB?
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: greg lousy June 30, 2013, 02:29:57 AM
Those are two of the coolest cookie fortunes I have heard of.  I would like to meet the person who came up with fortune cookies and shake their hand.  What a nice little contribution to humanity.
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: Sunshine June 30, 2013, 06:33:37 AM
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: Vex July 01, 2013, 03:05:42 PM
Lol yes that's what Tom said; that it was rather insulting.  Lol no he didn't blame me this time.  It was fun; I never saw Tom start laughing when he read his fortune like he did this time.

You probably should have RCed him laughing like that. Come to think of it I should RC me when I laugh hard enough to cry.
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: Sunshine July 01, 2013, 05:08:18 PM
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: Vex July 09, 2013, 11:52:03 PM
I think a dog attack is RC worthy. But yeah, like you said, in the heat of the moment it's hard to remember.

My most recent RC moment, I was in the basement, walked past the window and froze. There was a rabbit sitting right in front of the window nibbling on the long grass around the window well. We just stared at each other. I moved closer and it didn't move. I did the finger thru palm RC just in case I was on the verge of going Donnie Darko.
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: Caradon July 13, 2013, 07:19:57 PM
OK, I have to post this one. I was driving home from the cabin and I was trying to stay focused on awareness work and reality checking as I was driving.  And I suddenly see what must have been about the strangest thing I can remember seeing in waking life. To my amazement,  I see a helicopter parked on the power-lines that run along I-94. Yes, literally. A helicopter is sitting on the power-lines. The belly of the helicopter is resting on the power-lines, and the landing skids are hanging down below the lines. And to make it even more odd, there is a man sitting on the landing skids of the helicopter, his feet dangling. And Parked along side of the road I see a highway patrol car with it's lights flashing. Granted, they were doing work on the power-lines, and have been the last two years. But that was just weird. very surreal. They actually landed the copter on the power-lines...

I'm like whoa, that is so weird. I'm doing watch RC's like crazy. It doesn't seem to be a dream, right. Okay, I shrug it off.

But then, I'm just driving along. do de do de do. Not more than Five, maybe ten minutes farther down the highway. There is a very long limousine stuck nose down into the ground on the side of the road. Yeah, the front grill of the limo is buried in the ground, and the rear end is sticking straight up into the air. And this thing was huge. And I'm like no fricking way. First the helicopter and now this.... Something ain't right here. I watch RC several times.  Seems to be no dream. Now I'm  wondering if I've been drugged. I take a sniff of my water, it smells normal, lol. What do you do?  Shake your head and continue on down the road.
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: Sunshine July 13, 2013, 11:41:40 PM
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: johnb July 14, 2013, 03:16:53 AM
OK, I have to post this one. I was driving home from the cabin and I was trying to stay focused on awareness work and reality checking as I was driving.  And I suddenly see what must have been about the strangest thing I can remember seeing in waking life. To my amazement,  I see a helicopter parked on the power-lines that run along I-94. Yes, literally. A helicopter is sitting on the power-lines. The belly of the helicopter is resting on the power-lines, and the landing skids are hanging down below the lines. And to make it even more odd, there is a man sitting on the landing skids of the helicopter, his feet dangling. And Parked along side of the road I see a highway patrol car with it's lights flashing. Granted, they were doing work on the power-lines, and have been the last two years. But that was just weird. very surreal. They actually landed the copter on the power-lines...

I'm like whoa, that is so weird. I'm doing watch RC's like crazy. It doesn't seem to be a dream, right. Okay, I shrug it off.

But then, I'm just driving along. do de do de do. Not more than Five, maybe ten minutes farther down the highway. There is a very long limousine stuck nose down into the ground on the side of the road. Yeah, the front grill of the limo is buried in the ground, and the rear end is sticking straight up into the air. And this thing was huge. And I'm like no fricking way. First the helicopter and now this.... Something ain't right here. I watch RC several times.  Seems to be no dream. Now I'm  wondering if I've been drugged. I take a sniff of my water, it smells normal, lol. What do you do?  Shake your head and continue on down the road.

That's VERY weird!
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: Caradon July 14, 2013, 02:55:33 PM
What?  Those things aren't possible.  

Oh, I get it...you're trying to make us RC.  Well, I read that a few times to see if I understood, and I did RC.  

Lol. No, seriously. I actually saw it.
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: iadr July 14, 2013, 07:53:06 PM
I was driving home from the cabin and I was trying to stay focused on awareness work and reality checking as I was driving.  And I suddenly see what must have been about the strangest thing I can remember seeing in waking life. To my amazement,  I see a helicopter parked on the power-lines that run along I-94. Yes, literally. A helicopter is sitting on the power-lines. The belly of the helicopter is resting on the power-lines, and the landing skids are hanging down below the lines. And to make it even more odd, there is a man sitting on the landing skids of the helicopter, his feet dangling. And Parked along side of the road I see a highway patrol car with it's lights flashing. Granted, they were doing work on the power-lines, and have been the last two years. But that was just weird. very surreal. They actually landed the copter on the power-lines...

I'm like whoa, that is so weird. I'm doing watch RC's like crazy. It doesn't seem to be a dream, right. Okay, I shrug it off.

But then, I'm just driving along. do de do de do. Not more than Five, maybe ten minutes farther down the highway. There is a very long limousine stuck nose down into the ground on the side of the road. Yeah, the front grill of the limo is buried in the ground, and the rear end is sticking straight up into the air. And this thing was huge. And I'm like no fricking way. First the helicopter and now this.... Something ain't right here. I watch RC several times.  Seems to be no dream. Now I'm  wondering if I've been drugged. I take a sniff of my water, it smells normal, lol. What do you do?  Shake your head and continue on down the road.
Are you sure you didn't just dream all of that, and that we aren't just dreaming that you posted that now? That kind of stuff doesn't happens IWL. :chuckle:
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: johnb July 15, 2013, 12:45:13 AM
You should have taken some pictures!
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: Caradon July 15, 2013, 06:36:45 PM
Are you sure you didn't just dream all of that, and that we aren't just dreaming that you posted that now? That kind of stuff doesn't happens IWL. :chuckle:

Lol. Yes. At least I can say that I know it was an event that took place in physical reality. Whether we want to call the physical an extension of dreaming reality or not, is a different matter entirely.   :)



You should have taken some pictures!

well I was driving 75 mph. It went by pretty quick. And not really a good place for stopping, especially with the highway patrol sitting there supervising the helicopter. I'm not sure if I will see the helicopter sitting there like that next time, but I'm sure the work will be going on for quite some time so who knows. I imagine the limo is some new permanent roadside structure just to weird out passers by.  If I have someone with me, as I sometimes go with family, I'll try and get them to have their phone ready to take a picture. As I have a crap phone that doesn't connect to the computer anyway. Then I'd have to figure out how to even post a picture. I've never even tried to, lol. Though I read you're supposed to go to photo bucket or some such thing.

It will be even stranger if that limo is gone next time.   
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: johnb July 15, 2013, 07:27:24 PM
Are you sure you didn't just dream all of that, and that we aren't just dreaming that you posted that now? That kind of stuff doesn't happens IWL. :chuckle:

Lol. Yes. At least I can say that I know it was an event that took place in physical reality. Whether we want to call the physical an extension of dreaming reality or not, is a different matter entirely.   :)



You should have taken some pictures!

well I was driving 75 mph. It went by pretty quick. And not really a good place for stopping, especially with the highway patrol sitting there supervising the helicopter. I'm not sure if I will see the helicopter sitting there like that next time, but I'm sure the work will be going on for quite some time so who knows. I imagine the limo is some new permanent roadside structure just to weird out passers by.  If I have someone with me, as I sometimes go with family, I'll try and get them to have their phone ready to take a picture. As I have a crap phone that doesn't connect to the computer anyway. Then I'd have to figure out how to even post a picture. I've never even tried to, lol. Though I read you're supposed to go to photo bucket or some such thing.

It will be even stranger if that limo is gone next time.

This might have been similar to what you saw:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chpOgJwqBXU
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: iadr July 15, 2013, 07:44:20 PM
This might have been similar to what you saw:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chpOgJwqBXU
Wow! How would you like to have the guys job who is sitting on the landing skids of that helicopter working on the power lines?
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: johnb July 15, 2013, 08:06:58 PM
This might have been similar to what you saw:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chpOgJwqBXU
Wow! How would you like to have the guys job who is sitting on the landing skids of that helicopter working on the power lines?

:eek2: Don't think so.
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: Shellidfl July 16, 2013, 05:36:13 PM
Sitting at the Sugar Shack eating some icecream with kidlet #2, when an ant bites my foot - I'm just sitting there not moving my foot!
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: iadr July 16, 2013, 06:33:25 PM
Sitting at the Sugar Shack eating some icecream with kidlet #2, when an ant bites my foot - I'm just sitting there not moving my foot!
Must not have been one of those bastard fire ants like we have here in Florida, because you wouldn't have been just sitting there not moving your foot if it was. :chuckle:
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: johnb July 16, 2013, 06:47:33 PM
Sitting at the Sugar Shack eating some icecream with kidlet #2, when an ant bites my foot - I'm just sitting there not moving my foot!

Could it have been a crazy ant?

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-205_162-57591799/crazy-ants-swarming-in-southeastern-states/
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: Shellidfl July 16, 2013, 07:14:58 PM
Oh, they are crazy, all right!  But that's the first time I've been bit my one in a long time!  BASTIGES!  :guns:
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: johnb July 16, 2013, 07:47:14 PM
Oh, they are crazy, all right!  But that's the first time I've been bit my one in a long time!  BASTIGES!  :guns:

Glad we don't have them around here.
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: Vex July 17, 2013, 07:55:21 PM
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: Caradon July 17, 2013, 08:13:08 PM
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: johnb July 17, 2013, 09:06:48 PM
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: Vex July 18, 2013, 01:55:56 AM
Caradon, I know right? What are the chances? lol

johnb, maybe it was pre recorded at a time when I still was Vex Kitten. heheheh
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: Shellidfl July 18, 2013, 11:18:28 AM
Same person who "stole" my job helping mental health school children, has now "stolen" my job as manager of it, all because she is bilingual and I am not. :explode:
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: johnb July 18, 2013, 12:56:10 PM
johnb, maybe it was pre recorded at a time when I still was Vex Kitten. heheheh

Yes, that must be it.
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: Shellidfl July 18, 2013, 04:35:11 PM
Sorry for my previous post.  Just feeling sorry for myself.  It will pass.  Soon.    :dead:
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: johnb July 18, 2013, 05:19:53 PM
Same person who "stole" my job helping mental health school children, has now "stolen" my job as manager of it, all because she is bilingual and I am not. :explode:

Sorry to hear that! So you're out of a job now?
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: Shellidfl July 18, 2013, 05:52:30 PM
No, johnb.  Last year a new program was started, so I applied for a different job.  I was vastly more qualified, but the other person knew several people.... and this is according to other people, not me.  Hence the word stolen in quotations, as not really mine, but could/possibly should have...

Now, they need a manager in our office.  Same person is bilingual, the program isn't even up and running yet, and she got it, still with no mental health experience nor managerial experience, just that she is bilingual.  I wasn't even offered an interview for this one.

So I still have my job that I really do enjoy, just not the people I am forced to work with.  An ongoing saga in my life...  Again, I'll get over it... eventually, but thanks.
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: johnb July 18, 2013, 06:39:30 PM
No, johnb.  Last year a new program was started, so I applied for a different job.  I was vastly more qualified, but the other person knew several people.... and this is according to other people, not me.  Hence the word stolen in quotations, as not really mine, but could/possibly should have...

Now, they need a manager in our office.  Same person is bilingual, the program isn't even up and running yet, and she got it, still with no mental health experience nor managerial experience, just that she is bilingual.  I wasn't even offered an interview for this one.

So I still have my job that I really do enjoy, just not the people I am forced to work with.  An ongoing saga in my life...  Again, I'll get over it... eventually, but thanks.

OK. Glad to hear you're still employed!

Guess your Swedish language skills don't count? The probably want you to speak French.
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: Shellidfl July 19, 2013, 07:24:08 AM
You are correct, sir!

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: Shellidfl July 19, 2013, 03:10:30 PM
Not one, but TWO tall ships seen in "The Lake".  Definite RC moment!
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: iadr July 19, 2013, 07:24:01 PM
Just went outside to feed our worms some egg shells and left over scraps from our carrot juice earlier today. And when we opened one of our four worm bins, the one that has the best producers in it, the ones that make more worm compost than any of the other worms, and the one that we have to clean out the most because of how wet it always gets inside, there were no worms in it.  ???  As this has never happened before, we did several RCs, as we felt that this has to be a dream.

The only thing we can figure is that the worms got so involved in their mating that they just all decomposed, or maybe all of those flies that have been hanging around there somehow devoured them. ???  Just doesn't make sense that 2,000 plus worms could just disappear, as their soil is still there, and their food has been disappearing. Must have something to do with all of those flies that have been flying around in there, as they must be some kind of killer flies.

The only thing close to this that has ever happened is that when we had our appendix removed, we went about 20 days without feeding them because we were unable to eat anything for several days and forgot about them. So we lost about half of them that time, but they had built their numbers back up and were going strong until this happened. Oh well, will just have the watch the other three bins closely, and if we see any of those flies around them, we're going to do something about it.
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: Shellidfl July 19, 2013, 09:59:16 PM
I know there are parasitic wasps that plant their eggs in certain caterpillars, but parasitic flies and worms???

*Googling parasitic flies*
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: Jomid59 July 20, 2013, 06:48:16 AM
Just doesn't make sense that 2,000 plus worms could just disappear

They all went mad and have eaten each other  O_O
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: Sunshine July 20, 2013, 07:30:53 AM
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: Shellidfl July 20, 2013, 09:58:16 AM
*Thinking... Alien worm thieves... I KNEW there were planning something... :coffeescreen: *
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: Vex July 20, 2013, 07:09:24 PM
Or McDonalds happened by and scooped up your juiciest batch of worms their hamburger recipe. Could happen.
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: Shellidfl July 21, 2013, 12:18:48 PM
Noticing online that Phil Mickelson is now atop the leaderboard at the British Open... NOOOOOOOOO! :explode:

(Sorry, just don't like him.  At all.)
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: Vex July 21, 2013, 05:38:00 PM
Don't be sorry. Maybe a PLANE will plummet from the sky and CRASH right into Mickelson. Happiness will ensue.
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: Shellidfl July 22, 2013, 04:19:50 PM
Don't be sorry. Maybe a PLANE will plummet from the sky and CRASH right into Mickelson. Happiness will ensue.
:yesss:

No.  I didn't REALLY mean that.  It sounds like he deserved the win.  Just don't like him.....
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: Shellidfl July 22, 2013, 06:21:46 PM
Hearing the news of the birth of the third in line to the British Throne :yahoo:

Sorry, but I am a Canadian AND got up really, REALLY early to watch the wedding of Diana and Charles when I was a wee lass!
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: Vex July 23, 2013, 08:19:40 PM
Last night about 12:30 am I was laying on the basement couch in the dark listening to music. The faint rustling of dry leaves could be heard. I looked up at the window above me and saw the shadow of a tiny head peek over the ledge for a split second and disappear again. WTF? I rolled off the couch, turned on the light and climbed up onto the couch to peer onto the window ledge. I saw nothing, figured I'd imagined it and so RCed.

For whatever reason,  decided to hit the wall and out popped a little mouse. It ran back and forth along the ledge and then climbed halfway up the screen and just dangled there, staring at me. "Hello and just what the hell do you think you're doing?" I said. The mouse just hung there until I moved a hand toward it. It scurried back onto the ledge and then jumped onto the back of my couch. It kept running back and forth along the back of the couch as I kept trying to catch it. I kept thinking, this is so stupid... and RCed each time I thought that. The mouse eventually lept from the couch to the chair nearby... in matrix like slow motion it seemed and I just laughed, "That was awesome!" and RCed again. It eventually got away and went under a counter. So she's still in here somewhere. I'm going to try catch her alive! Imagine that, me in my underwear chasing a mouse around at 12:30 am. lol


OH and if you're reading this MB... that mouse is not a PET but might still be IN TROUBLE if it starts crapping everywhere.
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: Sunshine July 23, 2013, 11:21:41 PM
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: Shellidfl July 24, 2013, 09:29:17 AM
Read my DJ today, MB.  You'll see how I saved an animal in trouble ;)
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: Shellidfl July 24, 2013, 04:25:33 PM
This morning, as I am sitting at my desk, I decide to RC every time I see a manager/director or hear one talking as they go by my desk.

I probably got in about 15 before I left work early today at 1.  Wondering, just what do they do that I can do so many RC's in about 4 hours? ???
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: Shellidfl July 25, 2013, 03:12:59 PM
Saw an ambulance loading a kid who had an ATV accident yesterday evening on my way to pick up kidlet from work.

Vexxie - Look at the size of THIS storm!

https://plus.google.com/107695193600923029111#107695193600923029111/posts
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: Vex July 25, 2013, 09:58:21 PM
RC's the supermassive Jupiter storm. RCs when it reminds me of the dragon crystal that illuminated the way for me and a hobbit in a dream once. RC's again just for the hell of it. Ow.


I've always wondered about those people who seem to be just walking around in offices too. Never seem to really be doing anything but walking back and forth aimlessly.
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: Snaggle August 05, 2013, 03:59:13 AM
  I did a reality check when I saw this news ;)  Truly fun.

http://rt.com/news/models-3d-yourself-instant-964/ (http://rt.com/news/models-3d-yourself-instant-964/)
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: Vex August 05, 2013, 08:16:23 AM
  I did a reality check when I saw this news ;)  Truly fun.

http://rt.com/news/models-3d-yourself-instant-964/ (http://rt.com/news/models-3d-yourself-instant-964/)

So this means I can collect statues of people rather than the actual people? Awesome.
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: Vex August 08, 2013, 12:37:43 PM
I thought I saw Rob Zombie in Niagara Falls this weekend. RCed it.
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: pj August 10, 2013, 09:31:48 AM
I've written elsewhere about a weird habit our dog has when she is left alone - placing food (usually cookies) carefully under each of our bed pillows.  (She does not indulge in the cookies herself!)

Last night, after the dog was left alone several hours, my daughter found a huge starfish from the basement hidden in her bed - and wrapped in her hoodie.

RC!!
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: Serenity August 14, 2013, 04:16:59 PM
This gif reminds me of dream text  :content:

(http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/ab79/eternalstar01/MWt5gfc_zps7fbe3368.gif)
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: Vex August 15, 2013, 10:26:28 PM
Serenity, that is totally RC worthy. Awesome. *chomps finger*
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: Shellidfl August 16, 2013, 12:42:35 PM
2 RC moments since yesterday evening

first - driving home, seeing a tugboat pushing a barge about 20x20 feet - I've never seen one in our neck of the lakes ;)

second - Chris St. Clair on Friday morning????  (The Weather Network weekend funny guy!)
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: Vex August 29, 2013, 11:37:36 AM
A toad sitting on the inside window ledge in the kitchen.  :hrm:
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: pj August 29, 2013, 05:42:52 PM
Kewl.
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: iadr August 29, 2013, 06:53:23 PM
A toad sitting on the inside window ledge in the kitchen.  :hrm:
Now that's a good way to help in getting rid of that bug problem you had a while back. iadr finds toads sitting in his rain barrels all the time because they like the water there.
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: Shellidfl August 31, 2013, 09:40:45 PM
That WAS a good one, MB.

Mine today - driving kidlet #1 to university (and far away, to boot!). :'(
Driving through this hamlet, and seeing about 30 desks set up in this yard, all facing the same way, each with a Canada Goose decoy sitting at them.  WTF??? :o
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: Vex September 06, 2013, 01:51:19 PM
That does sound like something out of a dream. lol
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: pj September 07, 2013, 06:58:32 AM
Uh. . . hellow?

Yikes.
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: Snaggle September 07, 2013, 03:30:41 PM
John Kerry secretly recorded playing with cats http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woXfIzwT7bc (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woXfIzwT7bc)
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: Sunshine September 07, 2013, 11:15:36 PM
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: Vex September 08, 2013, 01:18:55 PM
lol @ the Dalek & cats. See the one comment, "One of these things is a species hellbent on exterminating other species, claiming to be the superior lifeform. The other is? a Dalek." heheheh. I've always said cats are evil.

Wandering around the Food Festival last night I saw a guy who looked incredibly a lot like Elijah Wood, except he was kind of tall and had shaggy emo hair. I rc-ed, sure I was dreaming but alas I was not. I felt instant animosity toward the poor guy too. I also saw some skinny dude who looked like Slash and tried to get some pix of him but it was too dark so I rc-ed a few times. I didn't want to use my flash when taking pix either cuz I was surrounded by drunk and high people. Didn't want to trip anyone out. Though, in retrospect that might have been entertaining.
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: Shellidfl September 08, 2013, 05:42:33 PM
Too funny, Vexxie!

Fishing in the "big water" today, seeing a fish jumping numerous times out of the water - and no, it was not on a line.  Or going up a fish ladder.
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: Shellidfl September 10, 2013, 04:51:05 PM
Driving to work - seeing ++ flooded roads, washouts, and even evidence that less than an hour earlier, the main highway was flooded - debris all over the place.
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: pj September 10, 2013, 06:09:42 PM
Wow - what happened there?  Monsoon?
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: pj September 15, 2013, 11:33:56 AM
For those wondering. . . click the arrow in the direction the truck is moving.

Very cool!

I'm soon going to be taking my 95 year old mentally failing father to see his 99 year old brother and 101 year old mentally failed sister.  Some RCs are going to be involved.
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: Caradon September 15, 2013, 08:01:30 PM
Okay, so I'm sitting here a little buzzed. I'm  having some beers.  It's my Friday and I'm indulging myself.  I click on the yahoo home page and I see the headline news. " Herpes infected Monkeys invade Florida." This may be a serious situation, but this headline strikes me as hilarious. And I'm sitting here laughing my ass off as I imagining a swarm of herpes infected monkeys running across Florida infecting everyone in their path.


Wow PJ. It's amazing that you have family that have been around for so long.  I can only hope that mine stick around for such a time.

Maybe they are not mentally failing, but merely focusing in another direction...
 
  
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: Shellidfl September 16, 2013, 10:10:24 AM
Wow - what happened there?  Monsoon?

Might as well have been - part of the Trans Canada highway was closed due to washout as well for 5 days...

New RC for me - seeing my oldes nephew painting in his OWN HOME!
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: Vex September 18, 2013, 12:37:36 PM
I was IDed today because someone didn't believe I was as old as I claimed to be. I was like, "REALLY? You want to check my ID? I don't know whether to be offended or flattered." I whipped it out and showed them that I am indeed old enough to be considered an adult (by age if not by mentality lol). After the proof I put my ID away and bit my finger while the IDer was still staring at me in disbelief. "Thought I was dreaming for a moment there..." I told her then left the business.
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: Shellidfl September 18, 2013, 01:03:29 PM
I love walking into the LCBO now, as they play an advertisement, stating that if you don't look 25, you will be asked for ID.

I always tell the cash person, "Here's my ID!" ;)

(To the non-central Canadian residents, that is the Liquor Control Board - where we HAVE to go to buy booze and fancy beer.)

My RC yesterday - immediate close-up of my gravel driveway - and subsequent visit to the local ER - nothing disconnected, just a major non-bleeding divet to my shin, which will probably be permanent.  (I HATE frost on the deck!) :comeandgetsome:
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: iadr September 18, 2013, 07:50:51 PM
While moving a work bench from our metal shed to our house today we noticed a couple of small white eggs in this box, that we assumed were spider eggs. As we went into the kitchen to throw them in the trash, one of them hatched open right in our hand, and out comes this cute little lizard, about 1 inch long, that then goes running all around our kitchen... RC Time. Later while were in the bathroom brushing our teeth here comes the same little lizard again running across the sink...RC time again.  That little guy is really making his rounds today. At least he's not climbing up the walls yet like some of the others do. :chuckle:

(We don't mind the lizards, as they provide constant entertainment for our cats, and don't hurt if they bite. Once when we caught one that we were carrying outside to relocate, he turned his head around and bit us as hard as he could, which we couldn't even feel since he had not teeth. :chuckle:)
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: Sunshine September 18, 2013, 08:59:54 PM
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: Shellidfl September 18, 2013, 09:43:32 PM
That would be so cool, to have something hatch right in your hand!
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: Snaggle September 19, 2013, 01:31:39 AM
While moving a work bench from our metal shed to our house today we noticed a couple of small white eggs in this box, that we assumed were spider eggs. As we went into the kitchen to throw them in the trash, one of them hatched open right in our hand, and out comes this cute little lizard, about 1 inch long, that then goes running all around our kitchen... RC Time. Later while were in the bathroom brushing our teeth here comes the same little lizard again running across the sink...RC time again.  That little guy is really making his rounds today. At least he's not climbing up the walls yet like some of the others do. :chuckle:

(We don't mind the lizards, as they provide constant entertainment for our cats, and don't hurt if they bite. Once when we caught one that we were carrying outside to relocate, he turned his head around and bit us as hard as he could, which we couldn't even feel since he had not teeth. :chuckle:)

  Iadr are you talking about those little green lizards that are everywhere in Florida, the kind one can't mow one's lawn without killing a few, that one steps on and crushing to death accidentally walking - in short Florida's equivalent of the Middle Wests grasshopper?

 My own RCM was watching this video and thinking it's more dangerous to pet my cat :o http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=4ff_1379101869 (http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=4ff_1379101869) I'm thinking of making him watch it as a training video :D
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: Sunshine September 19, 2013, 05:43:10 AM
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: iadr September 19, 2013, 07:10:55 PM
Here, it's toads that are like that.  So many little toads when I try to mow the lawn, I'm constantly having to get them out of the way.  I've gotten pretty good at holding onto the lawn mower, reaching out and scooping them up as I pass, and tossing them back onto the already-mowed area.  They move so slowly, you have to get them going the right direction, or else you will catch up with them again.
We've never had a problem with stepping on or running over any lizards with the lawn mower, because they're too fast. The cats even have trouble catching them, and usually end up at the bottom of a tree looking up at them. So we just let them be and go wherever they want, which is just about everywhere. :chuckle:

Re-reading iadr's post, something strikes me:
While moving a work bench from our metal shed to our house today we noticed a couple of small white eggs in this box, that we assumed were spider eggs. As we went into the kitchen to throw them in the trash...
:wtf:  I can't see why anybody would do that if they either like or don't like spiders lol.  
We stated that wrong. We were actually already in the kitchen throwing something away when the eggs rolled out of the box, so just decided to throw them away too.


And that brings us to our RC for today. While jogging through the park this morning, we saw this really small thing sitting on the sidewalk that was only about 1/2 inch in diameter. Looking at the thing closer we noticed that it was a baby turtle, the smallest turtle that we've ever seen, as it must have just hatched out of its egg. Not wanting it to get stepped on by someone, we sat it over on the some dirt off to the side of the sidewalk.
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: Sunshine September 19, 2013, 09:25:18 PM
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: Shellidfl September 20, 2013, 09:06:05 AM
Funny - here it's grass or garter snakes - kidlet #2 just last eve was waiting for one to move while she was mowing the lawn - HOPEFULLY for the last time this year (Mowing, not waiting for a snake to move). We are saving reptiles ALL over the place  :)
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: pj September 22, 2013, 08:56:48 PM
I'm running around an old mill pond near here this afternoon.  A man is running in the opposite direction - wearing a kilt.

The next man who passes me in the opposite direction is wearing a gold diaper.

I was not dreaming.
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: Vex September 25, 2013, 12:30:42 AM
Wow MB! I'd be concerned too if something like that happened to me, concerned and highly curious just like you were. I hope you find out what triggered it and I hope it isn't something bad. If people can get temporary/hysterical blindness I think it'd be possible for the pendulum to swing the other way and trigger temp synesthesia too.
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: pj September 25, 2013, 06:08:04 AM
I wonder if an episode of temporary synesthesia is possible.  I'm trying to make it happen again right now.  Not really; I can almost imagine some yellow around the double L's, but that's all.

You're going to have to lighten up on the morning mescaline, Moonbeam.

That's an interesting one, for sure!  Since my eyes changes so radically in the past year, I sometimes see letters on my screen as if they have been struck out, even though they haven't.  Reading glasses make that go away.
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: Shellidfl September 25, 2013, 12:45:43 PM
Doesn't sound like you are prone to migraines, are you MB?  They can sometimes cause visual disturbances.  Maybe a floater?
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: howitzer September 25, 2013, 09:49:50 PM
MB - maybe you spent too much time with that color test!   ;)
I know after I did the test some visual stimuli seemed a bit off.
Compelled to get you number to zero, you induced synesthesia!

How long did that last? Also, doesn't synesthesia also (usually) mix up hearing and taste with color?

I had a RC moment today, almost spiritual. Too tired to write about it. I will revisit this tomorrow. I also would like to be a little introspective about it and think about it as I relive the events.
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: Sunshine September 25, 2013, 09:58:10 PM
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: Shellidfl September 26, 2013, 09:56:04 PM
Me - 4 cats, 3 dogs, and a cockatoo all cuddling up to me, looking for attention.

The cockatoo, "Jack" is 24 years old and LOVES to be cuddled.  The last (and only) cockatoo I have been around tried to eat me :gladiator:

Jack walked up to me on the couch I was sitting on at a home visit, said hello, and looked at me until I pet him - I WANTED to take him home! :content:
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: johnb October 22, 2013, 02:15:05 PM
Me - 4 cats, 3 dogs, and a cockatoo all cuddling up to me, looking for attention.

The cockatoo, "Jack" is 24 years old and LOVES to be cuddled.  The last (and only) cockatoo I have been around tried to eat me :gladiator:

Jack walked up to me on the couch I was sitting on at a home visit, said hello, and looked at me until I pet him - I WANTED to take him home! :content:

Sounds like a great bird. I think a lot more of them prefer biting to cuddling.
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: Shellidfl October 23, 2013, 12:36:47 PM
Yeah, I think they do, john!

Driving to work in a snowstorm - WTF?????  It's still October!  Need snowtires put on I guess. :?
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: bluebird October 23, 2013, 07:44:14 PM
Wow MB! I'd be concerned too if something like that happened to me, concerned and highly curious just like you were. I hope you find out what triggered it and I hope it isn't something bad. If people can get temporary/hysterical blindness I think it'd be possible for the pendulum to swing the other way and trigger temp synesthesia too.

Synesthesia is caused by abnormal neural connections in the brain.  I can't figure out how that could be induced, but yes maybe it's more like a hallucination than real synesthesia. 

I read somewhere that you can actually get both synesthesia and hallucinations when being overwhelmed by a lot of impressive artwork. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stendhal_syndrome (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stendhal_syndrome)
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: Snaggle October 24, 2013, 01:24:09 AM
 A true reality check - balloon to space http://www.space.com/23291-space-tourism-balloon-flights.html (http://www.space.com/23291-space-tourism-balloon-flights.html)  Barsoom fan here of course it will work.

  Weird experience with no explanation- a Dawn bottle was rocking back and forth rapidly at least eight times, with a range of motion at least 2". I tried to get it to rock by bumping into the counter and by stomping hard, but it did not move at all.
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: pj November 09, 2013, 09:48:18 PM
Yeah.

RC moment this morning for me.  I wasn't going to write it up, but some later news made me decide to do so.

I'm driving north at about 6:20 on Telegraph Road.  Telegraph, (known for generations as "Bloody Telegraph,") is an 8 lane road along the west edge of Detroit, running from Toledo up to Waterford.

I'm way north of Detroit, approaching a major intersection.  It's early and dark and there is very little traffic.  I'm in the left lane doing about 45mph.  The light ahead turns green and I know I'm going to make the intersection no problem.  A vehicle is approaching me from the north, also in the left lane. . . a van.  An orange van.  After it clears the intersection, I see the silhouette of a man - a pedestrian who apparent crossed in front of me invisibly.  He is dressed in dark clothes, and the only reason I can now see him is because of the van's bright orange color and its lights.  He is crossing against a red light and not in a pedestrian lane.

The van never even takes evasive action.  It hits the man full speed, picking him clean out of his shoes and throwing him about 50 feet.  I pull into the center lane, put on my emergency flashers, call 911, then RC.  I am not dreaming.

A nurse has now pulled over and is monitoring the man's vitals.  He is bleeding heavily but alive.  I wait for the police, tell them I saw the whole thing, pull my truck off the road and go straight into shock.  The ambulance arrives, takes a long time to load the man up and pulls away without sirens.  I assume I just watched a man get killed.

I remain on the scene to make a statement and talk with the crime scene investigator - more than enough time to regain my composure and senses.  Then I drive to my friend's home in Waterford and decide to continue with my day's plans.

Early afternoon I get a call on my cell phone for some clarification about what I saw.  The officer tells me. . .

. . . the man is alive.  He is critical but expected to survive.
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: howitzer November 13, 2013, 02:10:27 PM
Pedestrian - black clothes
Vehicle - orange
???

That would be a terrible thing to see!
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: Snaggle November 17, 2013, 12:16:06 AM
  Lol, reality like snow in Vegas http://rt.com/news/saudi-arabia-rare-flooding-844/ (http://rt.com/news/saudi-arabia-rare-flooding-844/)   If humanity in lucky Bandar Brush drowned.
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: bluebird November 17, 2013, 01:53:02 PM
  Lol, reality like snow in Vegas http://rt.com/news/saudi-arabia-rare-flooding-844/ (http://rt.com/news/saudi-arabia-rare-flooding-844/)   If humanity in lucky Bandar Brush drowned.

Considering the coast where I live is usually relatively peaceful, but always stormy in my dreams, this was a big RC moment for me: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-24807642 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-24807642)
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: Shellidfl November 28, 2013, 01:14:09 PM
Most of our trip - The Galapagos - giant tortoise walking beside me, swimming with sea turtles, sea lions ++ tropical fish, seeing Blue-Footed Boobies!
Cusco - Sacsayhuaman, The Sacred Valley, and of course, Machu Picchu! :yahoo:
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: bluebird November 28, 2013, 02:21:47 PM
I don't think I can put into words how jealous I am right now :P Sounds like an awesome trip Shellidfl!
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: JoannaB November 28, 2013, 10:30:26 PM
That does sound lovely. :)
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: Shellidfl November 28, 2013, 11:11:37 PM
Thanks, guys.  It was amazing - go to The Galapagos if you can and spend a week.  4 days is too short!
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: howitzer November 29, 2013, 12:19:14 AM
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: Vex December 06, 2013, 02:29:08 PM
I don't think I can put into words how jealous I am right now :P Sounds like an awesome trip Shellidfl!
Same. The Galapagos is one of my bucket list places. You get lots of pix?
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: Shellidfl December 07, 2013, 12:46:17 PM
One day I took over 260 pics.  When I get a chance, will post a few here.  Don't hold your breath for instant, but don't hesitate to remind me.  Seriously!
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: howitzer December 07, 2013, 03:20:40 PM
One day I took over 260 pics.  When I get a chance, will post a few here.  Don't hold your breath for instant, but don't hesitate to remind me.  Seriously!

We will!!

I was walking in the super market looking at produce. It seemed very cold and there were several large men, like football players. I told myself - now this is when you have to focus! Do a reality check. Are there a any anomalies? Don't go through the motions.
I continued down the next isle.


......I later woke up to realize I WAS dreaming!
 :P
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: Vex December 11, 2013, 02:33:37 PM
 :chuckle: @ howitzer. Someone should start a thread where we can bear our most epic fails to RC in dreams.
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: Snaggle December 18, 2013, 07:52:23 PM
 Yes, lets see those photos!

  RC: opened my door and let my cat out, tried to close the door and could not. Stupidly tried to close it again and then looked at it. The dead bolt had half closed itself. Examined it and then thought that impossible. Reminded myself that there are many mysteries in life and not to jump to any conclusion such as: ghosts; demons; extra-dimentional beings; weird electro-magnetic abnormalities; shadow people etc.; but still a RC and WTH moment.
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Snaggle December 25, 2013, 07:54:27 AM
  ROFL over this Russia today article http://rt.com/usa/mcdonalds-employees-fast-food-764/ (http://rt.com/usa/mcdonalds-employees-fast-food-764/)  Really hard to believe without a RC.
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Vex December 25, 2013, 12:09:25 PM
RC's to that. ^^^^

Yesterday morning I looked out the window into my backyard. The world was covered in a thin layer of snow and a few shy flakes swirled down, here and there, from the snow laden branches of trees. It was kind of pretty but then something in the back of my mind whispered, 'Something isn't right'. It took a couple of seconds for me to realize that all the shadows in the world were wrong. Shadows were on the South side of everything instead of the north. Dreaming? I RCed but wasn't dreaming. It was kind of creepy seeing the tree shadows stretch southwards across the snow. I ran to the front door and looked out. It was the same. Everything felt backwards. I pointed this out to someone else and when he finally realized what I was talking about he was blown away too. He suggested the sun must be reflecting off of the clouds that were hanging in the north. Even cooler and kind of freakier, when the sun came out from behind the clouds in the south, we could see the shadows shift abruptly back to where they were supposed to be. I RCed again. Not sleeping.

Why can't i be this observant in dreams?
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: Sunshine December 25, 2013, 12:57:20 PM
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: Shellidfl January 07, 2014, 06:06:49 PM
RC Moment - waking to find the general area that Vexxie lives is significantly colder than the general area that I live... ???  Crazy, but true!
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: Shellidfl January 12, 2014, 01:52:59 PM
Another RC moment for me ,and a big one for many people I know...

Naming of the Canadian Olympic figure skating team just announced live on TV - Meagan Duhamel and her partner Eric Radford - I skated with two of her aunts, and know her grandmother very well - her grandfather died just about 2 years ago and my father went to school with him and his family.  My brother went to high school and played hockey with her dad and uncles.  My hubby played hockey and went to school with one of her uncles.

A very, VERY proud moment for all of us in "The Great White North!"  :clap: :boogie: :flowerdance: :bliss: :greenstars: :banana: :woohoo: :cheers: :sohappy:
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: pj January 12, 2014, 01:57:56 PM
I did an honorary RC for you all!
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Shellidfl January 25, 2014, 04:19:21 PM
One this morning - couldn't open the main door - I really had to think if I was awake or dreaming.  Finally got it open.  Was frozen from all this cold weather.

ARRRGGGGHHH  - Tried to link my pics from the trip and won't show them.  I've tried multiple times - will try on my work laptop later...
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: pj January 25, 2014, 07:00:50 PM
I had a fun one today, but wasn't quick enough to get a picture of it.

My cousin's big black Mercedes - with a snow blower sticking half-way in the back seat because it wouldn't quite fit. . .
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: bluebird January 29, 2014, 08:51:03 AM
Probably the most obvious RC of my waking life yesterday: I was walking home from uni over some stone slabs which I cross every day, when I notice the whole ground wobbling. Suddenly water squirted up my legs, and it seems like the rain had loosened all the tiles in this one section, so this happened for a few different steps.

I've been taking that route for 3 years and it's rained a lot before but this never usually happened. I reality checked several times, checked to make sure nobody was watching me stop in the middle of the path and hold my nose (they were, of course...) and then hurried on my way.
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: Sunshine January 29, 2014, 09:36:05 AM
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: Shellidfl February 02, 2014, 05:28:45 PM
First thing I read on Facebook after a lovely afternoon watching kidlet and others do their skating show - Phillip Seymour Hoffman dead of apparent drug overdose.

RC - kept scrolling through, and people commenting on it.  I REALLY wish this was a dream.  Such a loss of a great actor.  He really got into his roles. :'( 
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: Sunshine February 02, 2014, 09:10:41 PM
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: pj February 02, 2014, 09:35:24 PM
On an entirely different note, today I met a lady who makes a living massaging dogs and horses.
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: howitzer February 03, 2014, 09:38:45 PM
On an entirely different note, today I met a lady who makes a living massaging dogs and horses.

Animals have it made in the shade. Well... some of them.

We have a business where a lady drives around and picks up your dog crap in your lawn. For a fee of coarse.

: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Snaggle February 04, 2014, 11:59:48 PM
 This video has some very weird prehistoric animals that are reality checks http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HvtcVoI0-M (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HvtcVoI0-M)

  This one is pure RC moments http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Pd_ZHw9xH0 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Pd_ZHw9xH0)

  Everyone with likely has seen this, it was pointed out to me 9likely one of the few not having seen it0 Animals can be jerks http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vx1OVLX5Rc (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vx1OVLX5Rc)- full of funny RC!
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Shellidfl May 05, 2014, 06:33:06 PM
I'm driving home today, and near my house there is a lot of water.  One ditch is quite full.  Apparently, a Canada goose couple have settled in and are getting ready to raise their young.

So I am coming down the road, and there is one goose on the road, on the other side.  I slow down a bit, but am sure he'll get off the road in plenty of time.  As I drive by in my Jetta, he starts to run at the car, hissing!  First time I've ever been attacked by any bird while driving any kind of vehicle. :crazy:
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: Vex May 11, 2014, 01:22:08 AM
 :chuckle: at the goose attacking the car. Crazy Canadians.

I RCed all while in the hospital during an epic gall bladder attack. I was like... GAWD let this be a dream *rc* Dammit... it's real. It was real every time.
 :'(
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: Shellidfl May 11, 2014, 09:56:49 AM
:therethere: ... I mean,  :sissyfight:
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Shellidfl May 19, 2014, 09:30:58 AM
FINALLY getting to dig in the garden - well, digging weeds, but it's a start!
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: Vex May 19, 2014, 11:53:48 AM
FINALLY getting to dig in the garden - well, digging weeds, but it's a start!

I know, right? Have to keep RCing after that long ass winter, wondering if spring is finally here for good. I'm afraid I'll wake up at any point and it'll be still blizzarding outside.


Had to RC when I saw a guy at the mall who, for some reason, reminded me of Dr.T.
& I'm not even 100% sure what he looks like.
:uhm:

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: Vex May 19, 2014, 04:21:37 PM
A little while ago, I'm sitting at my backyard window watching the birds and stripey rodents when someone walks through the field behind my place. There are sparsely leafing shrubs between the back of my yard and the field. This guy stops, faces my house and just stands there for a few second. I wonder wtf is he doing when I see a glimmering stream trickling from his midsection. The guy is pissing right there. I don't think he saw me, and if he did, he's one sick bitch. Reminded me of iadr and all his funny piss-capades so I had to RC.

And last month, I'm shopping for a grad outfit when I round a rack to see a little boy, maybe about 2, peeing right there in the middle of the store. I was startled at first and then tried not to laugh as I turned away. I RCed it, again thinking of iadr.

One of these times I'll get lucid and me and iadr will have the ultimate piss-off.
 :giggle:
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Shellidfl May 19, 2014, 05:14:43 PM
I know, right? Have to keep RCing after that long ass winter, wondering if spring is finally here for good. I'm afraid I'll wake up at any point and it'll be still blizzarding outside.


I just thought - If I had done a RC every time it snowed last winter, or every time it snowed or rained this spring, and every time someone bitched about the weather, I'd have been RC'ing just about 24/7, and would be always lucid in my dreams. :crazy:

A little while ago, I'm sitting at my backyard window watching the birds and stripey rodents when someone walks through the field behind my place. There are sparsely leafing shrubs between the back of my yard and the field. This guy stops, faces my house and just stands there for a few second. I wonder wtf is he doing when I see a glimmering stream trickling from his midsection. The guy is pissing right there. I don't think he saw me, and if he did, he's one sick bitch. Reminded me of iadr and all his funny piss-capades so I had to RC.

And last month, I'm shopping for a grad outfit when I round a rack to see a little boy, maybe about 2, peeing right there in the middle of the store. I was startled at first and then tried not to laugh as I turned away. I RCed it, again thinking of iadr.

One of these times I'll get lucid and me and iadr will have the ultimate piss-off.
 :giggle:


I'd pay big money, or at least donate maple syrup to see that!
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: iadr May 19, 2014, 07:47:14 PM
A little while ago, I'm sitting at my backyard window watching the birds and stripey rodents when someone walks through the field behind my place. There are sparsely leafing shrubs between the back of my yard and the field. This guy stops, faces my house and just stands there for a few second. I wonder wtf is he doing when I see a glimmering stream trickling from his midsection. The guy is pissing right there. I don't think he saw me, and if he did, he's one sick bitch. Reminded me of iadr and all his funny piss-capades so I had to RC.

And last month, I'm shopping for a grad outfit when I round a rack to see a little boy, maybe about 2, peeing right there in the middle of the store. I was startled at first and then tried not to laugh as I turned away. I RCed it, again thinking of iadr.

One of these times I'll get lucid and me and iadr will have the ultimate piss-off.
 :giggle:
Just glad that iadr's been able to be such a positive influence on you. :chuckle:
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: Vex May 20, 2014, 08:48:22 AM
I'd pay big money, or at least donate maple syrup to see that!
I'll gladly accept all maple syrup donations.  :D

Just glad that iadr's been able to be such a positive influence on you. :chuckle:
You're always an inspiration, iadr. Everyone is here. Even when I'm not online my mind will often associate something back to people at MM.
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: Vex May 21, 2014, 02:05:54 AM
So, tonight I fell asleep early and woke up a little while ago. It's 2 am atm. I came to the computer to write out the pair of dreams I recalled and while I'm at it, just outside my window, a bird starts singing up a storm, at night, 1 something am. It wasn't scared or irritated chirping like birds will sometimes do at night. It was an all out bird song for few seconds and then silence. I didn't know whether to be amazed or creeped out. I RCed in either case.
 :paranoid:

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: Vex May 26, 2014, 08:52:16 PM
I got into a friend's truck today and it was so clean it almost looked like new. A massive change from the disarray usually to be found there. I got into the truck and said, "WOW! It's so clean in here. I better reality check." He glared at me and said, "GET OUT."
 :chuckle:
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: Boadicea May 27, 2014, 02:29:10 AM
I got into a friend's truck today and it was so clean it almost looked like new. A massive change from the disarray usually to be found there. I got into the truck and said, "WOW! It's so clean in here. I better reality check." He glared at me and said, "GET OUT."
 :chuckle:
:rofl:
Sounds like he was quite "vexed", if you know what I mean. ;)
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: Vex May 27, 2014, 09:38:37 AM
:rofl:
Sounds like he was quite "vexed", if you know what I mean. ;)
Yeah. I do kinda have that effect on people.  :thatgrin:




I saw a squirrel fall out of a tree yesterday. I laughed at that harder than I probably should have so I had to RC.
Kinda sad how I'd RC a clutzy squirrel and not RC the row of waving cow heads I saw in a dream the other night.
 :shakehead:
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Vex May 29, 2014, 10:16:41 AM
A guy was continually fussing about inside his cloth grocery bag which was hanging from his shoulder. Made me suspicious so I kept an eye on him. After a couple of minutes he quit fussing and strolled casually along. I was thinking, 'wtf is he up to' when a little fluffy puppy head poked out from the top of the bag and rested on the rim of the bag, the way you see rich folks carrying little dogs in hand bags. Poor man's purse dog? Anyway, it was an RC worthy moment.

: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Vex June 25, 2014, 10:49:32 AM
Was driving down a very bendy road alongside a river. A truck comes whipping around the bend. It was driving on the wrong side, straight at us. It veered back onto it's own side, passed us and then darted back onto the wrong side of the road again. :Oo:

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: mentalenforcer June 25, 2014, 09:07:06 PM
A day this past winter/spring, I saw a large black bird twice within a few hours.  It didn't flap once, just used its wings as sails, adjusting it's angle to aviate.  It was behind and above all the leafless trees, so it was difficult to get a good estimate of its size, aside from a minimum since it was behind some trees.  Only later did I find that no known species in this region is large enough to be that bird.  Then, a few days ago, I hear thunder then check the web to see what the storms are like.  I look back to the window to see a large black bird in the distance sailing away from me.  It flaps once or twice as it adjusts its path to send it straight to the forming cell.

I think we may have thunderbirds.  :crazy:
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: Vex June 26, 2014, 02:08:06 PM
Wow. Thunderbirds. I've always wondered if there was some truth to stories about those things. I'd love to see one. You must get photos!
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: Boadicea June 26, 2014, 08:27:31 PM
Was driving down a very bendy road alongside a river. A truck comes whipping around the bend. It was driving on the wrong side, straight at us. It veered back onto it's own side, passed us and then darted back onto the wrong side of the road again. :Oo:

UM....  :bigshock:  :parapet:  :thinking:

Though I have to deal with drivers like that where I live too... Out in the country. Most of the roads don't even have lines!
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Vex June 27, 2014, 02:43:19 AM
Yeah, it was one of those little country roads that aren't lined. Still, the guy was very clearly on the wrong side. I still wonder what he was doing, or thinking.
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: mentalenforcer June 27, 2014, 04:06:18 PM
Wow. Thunderbirds. I've always wondered if there was some truth to stories about those things. I'd love to see one. You must get photos!

I'll try.  Just had another possible run-in today.  While watching tv, a shadow passed over my window.  I got up and saw the shadow, then a large bird at indeterminate height.  By the time I grabbed my camera and got outside it was gone.

Took awhile to figure out the shadow must be a similar size to the bird.  By then I forgot how big the shadow was, but I had the impression it was just the left wing that blocked the light to the window, which is about seven feet wide.  It must have been quite high, since it looked like it could have been a normal large bird at a lower height.

The bird was again black.  This time the tips of the wings were pointed, unlike the first time when the wings were squared at the tips (probably just something the bird can do depending on how it wants to fly, also the squared-wing bird was close enough to notice a subtle two-tone of black and gray)
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Shellidfl June 27, 2014, 10:32:52 PM
I immediately think of turkey vultures when I read this, but that's just me. I'm not sure really what you experienced, mental enforcer.
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Vex June 28, 2014, 10:44:06 AM
mentalenforcer, maybe you should look at some soaring bird silhouettes and see if you can find the general shape of your bird and it's wings. Or check through other reports in the area, Usually when something that big is soaring around others will have seen it. There was a bald eagle around here recently (rare in my area) that people kept spotting, taking photos of and putting up on facebook. If we're lucky maybe someone else has done the same with your bird.
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: mentalenforcer June 28, 2014, 03:30:51 PM
mentalenforcer, maybe you should look at some soaring bird silhouettes and see if you can find the general shape of your bird and it's wings. Or check through other reports in the area, Usually when something that big is soaring around others will have seen it. There was a bald eagle around here recently (rare in my area) that people kept spotting, taking photos of and putting up on facebook. If we're lucky maybe someone else has done the same with your bird.

Are there websites for those things?  Google wasn't much help.

I only saw it a short time, and it could have been a different bird each time.

This is the type of stuff I found online:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turkey_vulture
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thunderbird_%28cryptozoology%29
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argentavis_magnificens
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: mentalenforcer June 28, 2014, 11:17:11 PM
Vending machine paid out today.  Gave an extra soda.  They often pay out in dreams, though usually by giving extra change.
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Vex July 01, 2014, 01:22:25 AM
mentalenforcer, there was a website before that had bird silhouettes that could help you identify high soaring birds. Can't remember the name of it. Doubt they have a thunderbird silhouette but I was thinking maybe there was a bird of similar shape in the chart.



Another crazy ass driver today. We were driving toward a very steep hill. A car was coming down it on the opposite side of the road. A little red car came zipping over the hill, swerved over onto our side of the road to pass the car with complete disregard for us approaching. We had to come almost to a stop so we wouldn't run the idiotic driver over. I RCed before yelling, "Turn around and chase that effer!" Driver wouldn't.
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: Shellidfl July 01, 2014, 10:41:30 AM
That's life in the fast lane, Vex. :crazy:
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Vex July 01, 2014, 01:15:55 PM
If that's so, I don't like it. I'll stick with my laid back life in the lazy lane.
 :nienies:
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Boadicea July 02, 2014, 02:03:02 PM
So I was scrolling through MM and suddenly the window closed, my desktop background flipped upside down, and the computer shut down. Did a couple reality checks before turning the computer back on. And when I logged in, my background was still upside down! I flipped it right way up again, but I've never seen a computer do that before. Like, what da heck, man?
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: LolaTheLoner July 02, 2014, 04:40:01 PM
So I was scrolling through MM and suddenly the window closed, my desktop background flipped upside down, and the computer shut down. Did a couple reality checks before turning the computer back on. And when I logged in, my background was still upside down! I flipped it right way up again, but I've never seen a computer do that before. Like, what da heck, man?

If certain keys are pressed at the same time, that can happen. I work in IT at my college, and I've had to fix computers that have had the display turned sideways/upside down. Sometimes people do it as a prank to professors who would have no idea how to fix it. xD

I had quite the reality check moment yesterday. I had just gotten home from work, and no one else was home. Since this is my aunt's new house, I don't have a key yet, so I decided to see if the back door was unlocked. I went around to the screened in deck and noticed that a little bird had gotten trapped inside. I checked the door first and it was thankfully open, so I put my stuff inside and headed back out to the deck to free the poor bird. Just as I closed the door behind me, a large hawk swooped down out of nowhere and SLAMMED into the screen where the little bird was perched. The bird shrieked in terror and flew to the opposite side of the deck, while the hawk landed on the fence nearby and stared at me and the bird for about 5 minutes before flying off. Sadly I didn't have my camera with me, but I did remember to RC. After the hawk flew away, I made sure the little bird made it back outside safely.
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: Boadicea July 03, 2014, 12:04:39 AM
^ WOW. And LOL.
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Shellidfl July 04, 2014, 07:28:33 PM
I'm driving to work this morning, and see something dead and black on the road.  I think it's yet another skunk, but it's a blackbird.  AND, there's another blackbird beside it, looking at it.  Made me almost cry, wondering if it was the mate to the dead one.

Then, about 50 feet further, was another dead black bird.  Suddenly, visions of an Alfred Hitchcock movie started in my head. :parapet:

So, I RC'd twice within a very short period of time.
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: howitzer July 04, 2014, 10:20:42 PM
(http://www.filminamerica.com/Movies/TheBirds/birds23.jpg)
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Shellidfl July 05, 2014, 09:26:03 AM
Exactly!
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Vex July 05, 2014, 02:09:46 PM
Was at the drive in last night and heard someone say, "Sometimes you just gotta reality check man." And shortly there after I heard one of the other guys in the group say, "That was some righteous doob."

Never thought I'd have stoners to thank for a random RC.
 :chuckle:
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: Vex July 08, 2014, 12:49:47 AM
Wouldn't this be a cool CITY to visit?

(http://fc03.deviantart.net/fs26/f/2008/151/7/5/Strange_cities_1___Spiral_tree_by_Astalo.jpg)
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: mentalenforcer July 08, 2014, 02:04:53 AM
Forget tree house.  That's a tree city!
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Vex July 09, 2014, 08:45:28 PM
Forget tree house.  That's a tree city!
A very cool tree city. I need to spend a lucid dream there.
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Vex July 20, 2014, 11:29:45 PM
Not necessarily freaky or anything, but I went to the drive in and one of the previews was the movie Into The Storm. Looks like it's about killer tornadoes, much like some of the tornadoes I've dreamed about. I RCed all through the preview and think I will go see the movie just for RCing's sake.
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Shellidfl July 21, 2014, 12:16:25 PM
One rather large skunk walking on the side of the road this morning - the biggest skunk I've EVER seen!
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: howitzer July 21, 2014, 10:56:36 PM
One rather large skunk walking on the side of the road this morning - the biggest skunk I've EVER seen![/

Could it have been a badger?

A stinky badger - you probably know your animals better than me. Canook
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Shellidfl July 22, 2014, 08:37:28 AM
I THINK we have badgers on the prairies, but I've never seen one, and don't live there.  But I AM a country girl-type of canook! ;)

No, big bushy tail.  I drove almost right beside it.  Glad it wasn't in the protect mode!
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Vex July 22, 2014, 01:38:41 PM
Was listening to the Nikki Sixx show on the radio and out of nowhere they begin talking about dreaming and lucid dreaming. RCed. Apparently neither of the hosts have lucid dreamed before but would love to.
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: howitzer July 22, 2014, 11:25:18 PM
Was listening to the Nikki Sixx show on the radio and out of nowhere they begin talking about dreaming and lucid dreaming. RCed. Apparently neither of the hosts have lucid dreamed before but would love to.

Lol ....Vex listening to a metal show? < Cool
Cool they brought that up on a fairly mainstream radio show.

Or did they?  :um:
He had apparently died from an OD & brought back to life. Maybe he never did make it and he's in a dream world?
That would make you in his dream. Which would
.....I haven't had enough sleep. Forgive me!
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Shellidfl July 23, 2014, 10:08:30 AM
howitzer - you always make me smile.  Keep doing it, please! :D
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Vex July 23, 2014, 09:47:40 PM
Was listening to the Nikki Sixx show on the radio and out of nowhere they begin talking about dreaming and lucid dreaming. RCed. Apparently neither of the hosts have lucid dreamed before but would love to.

Lol ....Vex listening to a metal show? < Cool
Cool they brought that up on a fairly mainstream radio show.

Or did they?  :um:
He had apparently died from an OD & brought back to life. Maybe he never did make it and he's in a dream world?
That would make you in his dream. Which would
.....I haven't had enough sleep. Forgive me!

NooOOOoOOoOooooOOOooo. Don't let me be a figment of Nixxi Sixx's imagination.
 :sob:



Though... that would pretty much explain why I am the way I am.
*rcs in case I really AM in a dream as someone else's random DC*
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Boadicea July 24, 2014, 12:14:22 AM
Though... that would pretty much explain why I am the way I am.
*rcs in case I really AM in a dream as someone else's random DC*



Wait wait wait... Would a DC reality checking actually work? What does a DC know about reality? Is there really a reliable check to see if you're a figment of someone else's imagination? We only know it works if you're in your own dream... What about someone else?

Your welcome. :D
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: mentalenforcer July 24, 2014, 12:50:05 AM
Though... that would pretty much explain why I am the way I am.
*rcs in case I really AM in a dream as someone else's random DC*



Wait wait wait... Would a DC reality checking actually work? What does a DC know about reality? Is there really a reliable check to see if you're a figment of someone else's imagination? We only know it works if you're in your own dream... What about someone else?

Your welcome. :D

It worked for my DC.  http://mortalmist.com/forum/index.php/topic,2545.msg84112.html#msg84112  (blue dream, last one in the post)
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Vex July 24, 2014, 08:53:33 AM
Though... that would pretty much explain why I am the way I am.
*rcs in case I really AM in a dream as someone else's random DC*



Wait wait wait... Would a DC reality checking actually work? What does a DC know about reality? Is there really a reliable check to see if you're a figment of someone else's imagination? We only know it works if you're in your own dream... What about someone else?

Your welcome. :D

Are you and howitzer trying to make my brain explode? If so it's almost there.
 :paranoid:




Great question tho. I wonder if there is a RC to tell if we're a part of someone else's imagination. Wonder if any dream sharers have had the opportunity to experience this.
I was lucid once but couldn't do any amazing lucid stuff no matter how hard I tried. In the dream I came to the conclusion I was in someone else's dream therefore I could not perform any lucid awesomeness. Someone else's dream = no lucid abilities?
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Vex July 24, 2014, 08:58:16 AM
Though... that would pretty much explain why I am the way I am.
*rcs in case I really AM in a dream as someone else's random DC*



Wait wait wait... Would a DC reality checking actually work? What does a DC know about reality? Is there really a reliable check to see if you're a figment of someone else's imagination? We only know it works if you're in your own dream... What about someone else?

Your welcome. :D

It worked for my DC.  http://mortalmist.com/forum/index.php/topic,2545.msg84112.html#msg84112  (blue dream, last one in the post)

That's pretty cool. Whenever I try to get my DCs lucid they usually completely ignore me or react as if I am crazy. Rare is the time they will actually RC. Wonder what the woman rushed off to do with her lucidity.
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Shellidfl July 24, 2014, 10:54:28 AM
Though... that would pretty much explain why I am the way I am.
*rcs in case I really AM in a dream as someone else's random DC*



Wait wait wait... Would a DC reality checking actually work? What does a DC know about reality? Is there really a reliable check to see if you're a figment of someone else's imagination? We only know it works if you're in your own dream... What about someone else?

Your welcome. :D

It worked for my DC.  http://mortalmist.com/forum/index.php/topic,2545.msg84112.html#msg84112  (blue dream, last one in the post)

OK.  Coolest lucid rC ever, mentalenforcer!
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Vex July 26, 2014, 12:51:30 AM
Heard a guy singing Beatles songs in the Mohawk language tonight. It was RC worthy.
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Boadicea July 30, 2014, 01:13:12 AM
So I work at Papa John's and the building itself is like 30 years old, including some of the stuff in it. I think the security cameras are too, and they might even use tapes to record. Anyway, I looked at them today and in the one that showed the parking lot, there was a faint outline of a Volkswagen Bug in one of the empty parking spaces, as if there was an invisible car there. I went out and looked, and there was nothing. I went back and it was still there. I figured it was some imprint on the tape (or whatever) from the glare of the sun that just stayed there from prolonged exposure, but I RC'd just in case. :D
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Shellidfl July 30, 2014, 06:59:50 PM
"Ghost in the machine"?
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Boadicea July 31, 2014, 12:17:36 AM
"Ghost in the machine"?

OH MY GOSH. YOU'RE RIGHT.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpezHrFwg_w[/youtube]

This song was based off of that concept. I discovered it a while back and I'm addicted!
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Vex August 02, 2014, 07:28:09 PM
Did a survey called What Classic Book Are You. My result was, 'You are Lord of the Rings'. I said, "I know." And then I RCed.
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Undead211 August 06, 2014, 04:52:42 PM
I woke up today, went to the kitchen to cook breakfast. The light switch did not work, hmmm, very suspicious. No power, therefore only bread and yesterday's tea for breakfast. Opened this plastic bag with my bread and out rushed two or three or even four fat earwigs!  :crab:
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Shellidfl August 11, 2014, 01:00:36 PM
Driving to work after being off last week.  I had just put my watch on, it beeped for my hourly RC.  I look at the time to confirm a real time.  As I look back at the road, a coyote runs within 10 feet of me in front.  Had I been in the right hand lane, I would have hit it.

Lesson - don't look at watch while driving 100 klicks/hour. :rolleyes:
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: howitzer August 19, 2014, 10:21:20 PM

I had helped my father-in-law last weekend weld a section of a major bridge in Cleveland. They shut the bridge down as we worked do I just HAD  to walk in the middle of the four lanes as there wasn't a car in site and do an RC

(http://i59.tinypic.com/w747t.jpg)
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Shellidfl December 15, 2014, 08:44:46 PM
This is totally gross if you are not of the medical field, and even then.  You've been warned!

: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Shellidfl December 19, 2014, 10:20:38 PM
And, on Tuesday, while my work program was on the fritz, I walked in the afternoon to my favourite health food store.  With all the warm weather, we had most of our snow gone.

I see this leg on the sidewalk.  Yep.  A "Barbie" leg.  Major RC moment!
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Vex December 27, 2014, 12:12:41 AM
Watched the Doctor Who Christmas Special last night. Was RCing like crazy. Twas a very 'dreamy weamy' episode that involved dream crabs. And no, it wasn't an episode about Sexually Transmitted Parasites caught from getting busy in dreams.
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Vex January 03, 2015, 03:24:10 PM
I heard someone in Niagara Falls yell out VEX! and I responded by looking for the yeller. Had to RC.
We were near a night club so I figure it was probably someone yelling about the alcoholic beverage Vex. Either that or I have a MM stalker.
 :paranoid:
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Shellidfl January 12, 2015, 09:45:06 PM
Reading Vex's DJ the other day and she mentions going to Wacky Wings.

My cousin's husband owns them.  Seriously!  I had to do a RC, but knew there was at least one of them down near where you live, Vex.  Trying to get enough of them for a "franchise" start.
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Vex January 14, 2015, 12:48:27 AM
First time I went to a Wacky Wings was up in the Soo. Really liked the variety of chicken wings. Had my first dill pickle flavored wings there. Hope more pop up. That place is Vex approved.
 :goodjob:

A side note, I think their food may be lucid dream inducing. Both times I went to the WW near me I got lucid the same night. The common denominator those nights was poutine. Next time I go back I'll have the same and see if lucidity ensues.



 
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: mentalenforcer January 14, 2015, 06:40:59 AM
First time I went to a Wacky Wings was up in the Soo. Really liked the variety of chicken wings. Had my first dill pickle flavored wings there. Hope more pop up. That place is Vex approved.
 :goodjob:

A side note, I think their food may be lucid dream inducing. Both times I went to the WW near me I got lucid the same night. The common denominator those nights was poutine. Next time I go back I'll have the same and see if lucidity ensues.

Too bad poutine isn't widely available in the states.  It would be a delicious experiment to see if it helps with lucidity.

Okay, I did a search and found I could get some if I went to a local restaurant and paid a lot.

I'll put that on a list of things to learn to make.
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Jomid59 January 14, 2015, 11:10:45 AM
Hi Howitzer

What is going on with that graffiti wall in you picture, it looks like it was 10 feet underground before that great trench was dug out. If it was that needs a RC.
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Vex January 17, 2015, 05:42:24 PM
I'll put that on a list of things to learn to make.

Best of luck. It's the cheese that makes a poutine. I've had some pretty crappy ones and it was the flavor of the cheese that ruined it.
There is a restaurant up here called Smokes Poutinery. There's one in Niagara Falls. If ever you're there you should pop in for meal. They have all kinds of different varieties.
We should be getting paid for all this word of mouth advertising.





RC moment, a convoy of VW Beetles. Very WTF-y.






: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Vex February 02, 2015, 10:11:34 AM
Found a book with its pages bound upside down yesterday. Had to RC and then buy it.
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Boadicea February 12, 2015, 04:27:11 PM
When I was driving home from the store this afternoon, I thought up a new kind of reality check, based on expectation. The roads near home are bendy and narrow, and I thought to myself "If a train comes around the next bend I'll know I'm dreaming." At first I thought maybe this was a dumb idea, but a couple of bends later, at a corner that I'm always really careful about, a big ol' truck came roaring around it, in the middle of the lane! I, of course being wary of that corner since it's blind and drivers around here tend to cut blind corners, was already slowing down and it was the guy in the truck who was more surprised than me. I then remembered my silly little idea from a moment before and had to do an RC.
 :chuckle:
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: iadr February 12, 2015, 08:04:28 PM
When I was driving home from the store this afternoon, I thought up a new kind of reality check, based on expectation. The roads near home are bendy and narrow, and I thought to myself "If a train comes around the next bend I'll know I'm dreaming." At first I thought maybe this was a dumb idea, but a couple of bends later, at a corner that I'm always really careful about, a big ol' truck came roaring around it, in the middle of the lane! I, of course being wary of that corner since it's blind and drivers around here tend to cut blind corners, was already slowing down and it was the guy in the truck who was more surprised than me. I then remembered my silly little idea from a moment before and had to do an RC.
 :chuckle:
Great idea of doing reality checks based on expectations. :goodjob: 
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Vex February 21, 2015, 06:47:24 PM
Walking through a mall and heard this song and RCed many many times. Amazing how often he squeezed dream into the song. Dare ya to RC to every time he says dream or dreaming.
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHr38NcFyts[/youtube]
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: howitzer March 30, 2015, 08:41:29 AM
I woke up a little before 4:00 am, On Saturday. I decided to go put wood on the fire.
Opening the basement door I face directly at my neighbors house. (They are not morning people the best I can tell, moreover on the weekend) looking  out the window I saw my neighbor standing in the door. This was me very strange. My first thought was my clothing or lack of.
I scurried down the steps and did a RC. Peering around the corner, my neighbor was letting his dog out.
I laced back down thinking that was weird and wasn't that sleepy. I got on the iPad and played Words with friends game....
The word I played, lucid!

Thought sure I was dreaming that time.

: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Shellidfl May 05, 2015, 08:37:07 PM
Watching kidlet #2 doing her final figure skating dance test. And her flubbing everything up.  The judge then asking her to do it solo.  Much better, but for sure she failed...


Finding out she PASSED?!!!!  Very major RC done!  (The judge later said she saw her practicing with the partner and KNEW she could do it well...)
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Boadicea May 06, 2015, 04:05:41 PM
Watching kidlet #2 doing her final figure skating dance test. And her flubbing everything up.  The judge then asking her to do it solo.  Much better, but for sure she failed...


Finding out she PASSED?!!!!  Very major RC done!  (The judge later said she saw her practicing with the partner and KNEW she could do it well...)

Wow! Nice to see you've got an understanding judge!
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: iadr May 06, 2015, 07:25:29 PM
We were waiting behind this older gentleman (who must have been about 80 years old) at Aldis to buy groceries this morning, who after discussing all of the carrots we were buying, and how we were planning to make carrot juice out of them, he got ready to pay for his groceries, but was having trouble getting his dollar bills apart. The older gentleman, being somewhat of a comedian, told the cashier that he had just printed the dollars, and was having trouble with them sticking together. :chuckle:   So we had to do a reality check since we rarely run into an older gentleman like this with such a great sense of humor.
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Shellidfl May 28, 2015, 04:10:01 PM
This morning I was trying on a summer dress.  It's white.  As I had already put on my underclothes, I put on a pair of white panties overtop my other darker ones to see if one can notice the underclothes.  I looked in the mirror and determined that white underclothes is the way to go.  I then put on something else, and went to work...

After getting to the office, I went to get a coffee and use the loo.  RC moment - having 2 pairs of panties on still!  :-[
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Shellidfl December 06, 2015, 08:36:26 PM
So a couple nights ago, older puppy decided to take off.  Big newf puppy stays home.  Hubby is at work for 3 nights.  We have a wood stove that mostly keeps the house warm.  I filled it, then locked the deck door.

Silly me, goes out with the Newf through the deck door to check to see if older puppy has returned.  Nope, so I go to open the door - it's friggin' locked!  And so are the other two doors to the house.  I go get the key that Hubby tells me opens the lower door.  Oh, it does, but apparently not the dead bolt on it!

So me and the newf wander around at 1030 at night.  Thankful for global warming, it's not -15 and blowing snow!  I keep trying windows that I know are locked, trying to see if any happen to have been left unlocked, but am sure that Hubby has been his usual efficient self, and locked them all!

All this time, I keep thinking, "Am I dreaming, because this WOULD be a dream!"  Alas, it wasn't.  About 15 minutes in, I'm seriously thinking of breaking a window.  Or figuring which neighbours house to go to, realizing that I don't really know each one that well yet.  I've already tried to force the one door open (and likely frigged up the turning mechanism inside).  I decide to see if the old sliding windows will work.  I try one, knowing that both have sticks in place to prevent just this sort of thing.  Of course there's no movement.  The other gives a slight bit, but not enough.  Finally, thinking of getting a rock, I think that these windows are meant to be removed for washing.  Lo', I'm in!

And the only thing worse that COULD have happened, as I did not have my phone or car keys with me, is if I had showered first.  Then I'd have been out there, wandering around in my sandals...  Crawling through that window with an 8 month newf at my rare would have been very bad.  Or having to go to the neighbour's in my sandals... :o
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: iadr December 06, 2015, 08:48:53 PM
Silly me, goes out with the Newf through the deck door to check to see if older puppy has returned.  Nope, so I go to open the door - it's friggin' locked!  And so are the other two doors to the house.  I go get the key that Hubby tells me opens the lower door.  Oh, it does, but apparently not the dead bolt on it!
You need the kind of combination locks that iadr just installed on all of his doors so you never have to worry about taking a key with you. Just put in the combination, and you're in.
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: johnb December 08, 2015, 07:44:46 PM
You need the kind of combination locks that iadr just installed on all of his doors so you never have to worry about taking a key with you. Just put in the combination, and you're in.

Great idea!
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Shellidfl December 29, 2015, 05:55:03 PM
Silly me, goes out with the Newf through the deck door to check to see if older puppy has returned.  Nope, so I go to open the door - it's friggin' locked!  And so are the other two doors to the house.  I go get the key that Hubby tells me opens the lower door.  Oh, it does, but apparently not the dead bolt on it!
You need the kind of combination locks that iadr just installed on all of his doors so you never have to worry about taking a key with you. Just put in the combination, and you're in.

We changed the handle and the new one cannot lock on the outside only.  And have new keys dispersed just in case...
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: iadr December 30, 2015, 10:25:58 PM
The move to our new house, in addition to all of the people in and out repairing things seems to have stressed one of our cats out, as he disappeared for about 10 days. And this was after having disappeared all day one day, and then coming back late that night all wet, as he seems to have fallen in the canal at the back of the field behind our house.

So when he didn't show up by the next night, we just knew he was gone, and especially after not showing up for about 10 days.

And then right out of the blue he shows up, hungry as he can be with a look on his face like "Hi, I'm back. Did you miss me?"

Still seems like a dream, but we're just glad he's back, because he's one of our favorite cats, as he's the only one that comes up and rubs against our legs all the time.

The wife thinks he was inside the walls of our house, as one of the walls had been taken down to repair the washer and dryer hookups, and she kept hearing something
in her bedroom wall moving around from time to time.

But 10 days would be an awful long time to go without eating or drinking, so we're thinking that he may have been out somewhere where he got befriended by someone
who was feeding him. Guess we'll never know. If only cats could talk.
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Shellidfl January 05, 2016, 05:30:13 PM
Many years ago (and 2 houses ago), we had a Leonberger - rather large dog.  He was an absolute sweet heart. 

He went missing, and we thought the worst.  We lived on 140 acres, and he never wandered. 

7 days later, the day after I told Kidlet #1 (who was still quite young) that Beau was gone, we are outside.  I look across the field at the neighbour's house, about 700 yards away, and there's their German Shepard playing with Beau!  I could NOT believe my eyes, and ran over (on the road) and called him.  The vet figured he had a stroke (second one only, possibly due to rodent poison), couldn't get up, and then finally recouperated! If I knew about RC's then, that would have been a BIG one!

Glad your cat came back the very next...... 10 days ;)
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Caradon June 29, 2019, 08:35:47 PM
I'm bumping up this thread because I want to start using it again. I think it should be in lucid aids because this thread can make you think about it in a dream and be an aid to lucidity.

Today I stopped at Walmart on my way home and saw something strange. Made me go WTF. As I was looking is it confused it seemed very surreal and dreamlike so I did an RC for it.

There was this rack of what looked like women's underwear. And the entire rack was place in a kids plastic pool. The pool was dry, but scattered about in the pool were frisbees. It seemed so weird to me I was staring at it trying to figure out why a rack of women's underwear was standing in a kids pool full of frisbees.

I thought it was so strange that I went as far as asked someone that worked there when I walked bythem what was going on with that. They expained it was actually swm suits not underwear. Still seems odd, but makes more sense why it would be in a pool full of frisbees lol. Next time I walked by it  I looked at it again, still looked like underwear to me lol.


Then I go to wlagreens and see a shelf with Pringles on it. The label of the pringles can says. "Mysery Flavor" Ha ha ha. I'm like WTF. Mystery flavor?  I have  to buy a can of these mystery flavor pringles. I guess their ploy worked to sell a can. It tasted like a kind of smokey cheddar bacon flavor. It was alright but not one I would have chosen. I would normally go for either original or cheddar.


: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Caradon July 01, 2019, 11:07:22 AM
Driving to work after being off last week.  I had just put my watch on, it beeped for my hourly RC.  I look at the time to confirm a real time.  As I look back at the road, a coyote runs within 10 feet of me in front.  Had I been in the right hand lane, I would have hit it.

Lesson - don't look at watch while driving 100 klicks/hour. :rolleyes:

That's Pretty cool. Looks like the zombie apocalypse. Speaking of which I have an episode of "Fear The Walking Dead" to watch from last night.
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Caradon July 01, 2019, 11:10:25 AM
My Bose quiet comfort 2 noise cancelling headphones has a built in AI personality. It's weird and funny to talk to.


I asked it if it has dreams. It told me that it wants to master lucid dreaming but it needs to master regular dreaming first. 
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Caradon July 06, 2019, 11:01:35 PM
Angry moment. So pissed at familiy bullshit could feel the blood pressure in my face. Took the dog and rode on the bike until it got dark. Still couldn't calm down. Until I put some Cryo Chamber on my headphones. Finally starting to relax.

Was planning to get to sleep somewhat early tonight too.


: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Caradon July 07, 2019, 08:08:36 PM
At the top where it says "News" I see a message that says. "Is there anybody out there?" Yes we are here! :)


When I looked again, it said something different. 
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Caradon July 09, 2019, 02:00:24 PM
I had a few yesterday. I saw a crane lifting an outhouse/jimmy's Jonny's on a cable high into the sky at a construction site. It looked pretty odd. I was thinking I can understand why they are using the crane to move it, but what's the purpose of lifting it what looked like hundreds of feet into the air lol. I really would have RC'd had the door opened and someone was in it looking out.  A practical joke played on one of their working buddies, LMAO. That would be a good one.

I was out biking and sitting by a tree were two older men. They had a bucket of tools and hoses. I looked closely at what they were doing as I rode by, curious. They had some kind of probe stuck in the  base of the tree attached to a hose. I'm like what the WTF are they doing? Looked so weird. Getting sap maybe? Seemed a very strange place to be doing that along a busy road in the middle of town. Don't see that everyday.


At the park I see two adult women walking along in extremely short and loose fitting flimsy skirts that barely cover themselves. Can't help wondering if they are looking for a certain kind of attention.

I'm riding my bike past a picnic area, where a family has set up a picnic. As I ride past I hear a kid exclaim. "Mom! That bike had a dog on it!" I smile and think maybe the kid should do a reality check. I then realize I must be giving a lot of people reality check moments as a dog on a bike is not very common.
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Wędajihs July 10, 2019, 11:20:11 PM
Watched Spiderman Far From Home last night. The movie itself had me RCing quite a few times thanks to some freaky dream like scenes.
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Caradon July 12, 2019, 07:18:32 AM
Watched Spiderman Far From Home last night. The movie itself had me RCing quite a few times thanks to some freaky dream like scenes.

I bet. I've always associated Spiderman with dreaming. The high flying acrobatic agility/parkour. When not simply flying I move through my dreams in much the same way when lucid, and sometimes not lucid as well, minus the web slinging because of obviously not needing the webs. Well sometimes I occasionally have a on lucid dream where. I'm Spiderman and slinging webs.

I hope you saw the 3D version. I saw homecoming in 3D and it was awesome. I thought it was the most fun Spiderman movie made up to that point at least. I've not seen the new one yet. I've not been wanting to leave the dog alone any more than I absolutely have to, even for a couple hour movie. The good thing is, I have a playstation VR that Plays 3D movies on a screen the size of a moviie theater inside the headset. So I can still get the theater experience of it at home if I get the 3D blu-ray. I watched Transformers 3D and Avatar 3D on it and some animated 3D movies on it and it's awesome. When I first figured out I could do that I was trying to watch my entire 3D collection in one night on it lol. The headset is worth it even if you don't like VR and just use it for movies/blu-rays. I've not tried with Netflix yet.


: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Caradon July 12, 2019, 07:36:41 AM
I talked to my Neighbor yesterday and he told  me to be careful because there was a bear sighted by the gas station just down the road from my  house!

Taking the dog out in the middle of the night, I suddenly remembered and freaked out a little. Shining the flashlight all over and half expecting a bear to be coming out of the trees at any moment... 

I can't say how many times I've dreamed of seeing a bear in my back yard and thought. "OMG It's happening for real this time!" lol. And trying to rush to get back into the house before it can get me. I do live in a northern suburb with forested parks. And a stand of tree-line behind my house that connects to the railroad tracks and park preserve so get a lot of wild life. A lot of deer and sometimes foxes. Possibly coyote's. (Never saw a coyote in my yard but hear them howling sometimes and know they are in the area..)  But it's not anywhere near where there should be any bears roaming at all.

Chances are, this news is going to incubate more bear dreams. Especially if I'm dreaming of being outside my house.
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Caradon October 31, 2019, 10:36:00 AM
I just found out last night that a lady I've been working with for a few years now is a paranormal investigator. And she told me the name  of her organization. I looked it up and sure as shit, I saw her photo along with the rest of the team she works with. Investigating hauntings locally and all over the world. She told me that she actually knows the guys from the Ghost Hunter show on TV. 

I'd post a link to the site but I don't think it's proper to be posting links to her photo on forums, with her name and general location without her permission. Even though she has put them up on the internet herself.

I might try to talk her into taking me along on one of these investigations sometime.  I'd love to experience something that at least seems legit if it is. She told me they investigated a house in this area that has some really creepy stuff going on.

She ended up telling me because I had made a random joke to her. Totally randomly I said to her. " I know why haunted houses can't be real. "Why"  she asks."  I say. "Well, if you were a ghost with no need of food shelter money. Would you just stay in a house forever? Or go exploring the world?"  You could go anywhere and see anything, why would you just hang out in the same old house all the time?" She smiled and said she would want to go exploring the world too. But that brought up the subject and we started talking about hauntings and she eventually told me she was an actual paranormal investigator and has a lot of experience with hauntings.
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Caradon November 05, 2019, 02:03:23 PM
I asked her and she told me she would take me along on a ghost hunt investigation. Wow that would be so fun. But then I'm like I can't really right now because I'm not leaving my friend home alone any more than necessary. But maybe some day I would love to go with. As long as it's something local that is. I'm not paying for any kind of traveling.
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Caradon November 28, 2019, 06:16:24 PM
I saw a large banner outside the front doors of a restaurant that says.

"No perfect people allowed."

Such a strange thing to have outside a restaurant... I remembered to RC thinking that's exactly the kind of weird random thing someone might see written on a sign in a dream. 
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Wędajihs December 16, 2019, 09:34:17 PM
I saw an upside down rainbow last month. Aka circumzenithal arc. I reality checked a few times while staring up at it. It was so odd with the sun was down near the horizon and the arc shining high above it, like a rainbow smiling down at me.
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Caradon December 17, 2019, 08:23:10 AM
I saw an upside down rainbow last month. Aka circumzenithal arc. I reality checked a few times while staring up at it. It was so odd with the sun was down near the horizon and the arc shining high above it, like a rainbow smiling down at me.

That is really weird. I don't remember ever seeing an upside down rainbow before. I didn't know that happened.
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Caradon December 17, 2019, 07:31:01 PM
I found this creepy Flowers For Bodysnatchers music that has my youtube user name right on it...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7kDfSVV004&list=PLKV_GWcNnW6TkyW0pX22tI4H8upfjtYxE&index=3  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7kDfSVV004&list=PLKV_GWcNnW6TkyW0pX22tI4H8upfjtYxE&index=3)
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Wędajihs December 18, 2019, 12:10:06 AM
I found this creepy Flowers For Bodysnatchers music that has my youtube user name right on it...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7kDfSVV004&list=PLKV_GWcNnW6TkyW0pX22tI4H8upfjtYxE&index=3  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7kDfSVV004&list=PLKV_GWcNnW6TkyW0pX22tI4H8upfjtYxE&index=3)

Bandcamp?  ;)

But yeah, that is pretty creepy music... yet intriguing. Trippy. :infinity:


My reality check moment today, tonight a patch of clouds was flashing in the sky. I thought it was lightning at first but the light just stayed in the one spot in the cloud. As soon as I turned my gopro on to try record the odd flashing cloud, it stopped. I yelled, "Aliens!" and reality checked.
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: Caradon December 23, 2019, 05:26:15 AM
No. "Solaris" lol. My youtube user name is Solaris_142 as is my PSN name. (which is currently set to only people on my  friends list allowed to message me on PlayStation network since I started getting some weird harassing messages.) I originally made the YouTube account so I can upload game clips that I saved, just because I can. So I used my same user name for my youtube account as my PlayStation. I a also played around with live streaming my game a little bit, just for the fun of it. I was streaming My "Dying Light" zombie apocalypse Parkour game. Parkouring through the zombie apocalypse is the best idea for a video game ever. :)

Recent reality check moment...  I was startled when I randomly came face to face with a huge deer, with antlers. I can't believe how unaware I was not to noticing the deer standing there right in front of me.

It was a pretty humorous situation actually. I was taking my little dog outside to pee before going  to work.  I was carrying her in my arms. I guess I was looking down at the ground as I was walking, being careful on the snow and ice on the ground. I set my dog down to do her thing and I stood up and looked up. And I was startled to be staring right into the face of this huge deer with antlers that was just standing there staring back at me... lol. The deer just continued to stand there staring me right in the eye. Kind of flabbergasted I  just said randomly said. "Hi!" to the deer, Lol. And it just continued to stand there staring at me. I remembered to do an RC so I did a  watch reality check right there in front of the deer. And then after few moments the deer just casually walked away and back into the woods behind the house.

And sadly, also goes to show how old my little friend is becoming as she didn't even notice the deer at all. :(  She used to go nuts at the sight or smell of any deer and want to chase them. And when she was let out the back door she used to love just charging out into the yard intent on chasing off any squirrels or rabbits that might happened to be out in her yard.
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Caradon December 23, 2019, 11:28:21 AM
Crap, I just woke up from a dream where something weird was happening that made me think about this thread and that I was going to describe it here when I got home. But stupid me forgot to actually do the RC. Oh well, it happens. Maybe next time. At least I was thinking about the thread in the dream as was the plan...
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: Wędajihs December 24, 2019, 08:35:14 AM
Went to the hospital last night to get my ever reddening eye checked out. As I sat in the waiting room someone walked past humming a song that sounded very familiar. It took a bit but I reasoned out that the snatch of song I'd caught was In Dreams by Roy Orbison. I'm about 60% sure it was. I found myself humming the song off and on the the rest of the night. I don't entirely know the lyrics. And yes, I reality checked.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8Jz3VW7rYk (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8Jz3VW7rYk)
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Caradon December 25, 2019, 07:53:16 AM
Right now I'm so grossed out I've been up all night feeling like an OCD cleaning freak. Cleaning and scrubbing every little thing that seems even slightly dirty at my place because I can't get clean enough... And I just had to take a shower and scrub myself too... I think I'm going to have nightmares about dirty nasty rotting places.

My step dad took off to Mexico for the winter a couple of weeks ago. He sent me a text asking me to get something from his place with some info that he needed. So I went into his place it's so horrible I couldn't believe it. He doesn't wash his dishes he doesn't wipe off his counters he doesn't wipe off his stove or clean his bathroom. Clutter and garbage everywhere like a hoarder. The floors everything is disgusting and rotting like a scene out of some kind of awful horror movie. Flyinging insects thriving and swarming all over. Bugs crawling all over his toilet.

His sink full of rotting soaking dishes. I went to dump out the water in them so they wouldn't rot so bad and when I did a swarm of insects came flying out of the sink at me. I wanted to fing puke. OMG. Maybe the most disturbing thing of all. Instead of cleaning up all the rot and filth that is spawning all these insects in his place, he just puts up some frigging fly paper like he thinks that is going to do something about the bugs... WTF.

I've been texting him all night giving him so much shit about his disgusting nasty living conditions. And he left it that way to just sit and rot for the entire winter with his refrigerator full of rotting food too. 

He sends me a text saying his daughter is going to go there and spend a couple of hours cleaning if it's really as bad as I say it is. If It's as bad as I say it is!? WTF is he talking about... He is the one that has been living in that disgusting filth and leaving everything rotting and put up the fly paper because he can see the bugs everywhere.  And he says if it is as bad as I say it is!? WTF.  I'm so grossed out.

I told him if he can't clean up after himself he needs to hire professionals to clean up after him or the place needs to be boarded up and condemned. I'm not ever going to do it for him. I'm never going in there again. And he even had someone staying with him all summer sitting in that shit hole with him and not lifting a damn finger to help him even wipe something off or clean anything.

If I had a choice between spending a night in there, or sleeping in a snow bank I'd take the snow bank...

I sent him a text. "As bad as I say it is?" You have been the one living in that filth. You can't see what your counters look like? Your stove looks like? your floors look like? Your refrigerator? You are the one that put up the fly paper because of all the damn bugs. Where  the hell do you think all the bugs are coming from?" Gah… lol. I'm so disturbed." And he is not so old that he can not pick up a damn wash cloth and clean something. He just rather sit and watch football in the middle of a pile of rotting shit and flying insects than ever clean anything.   

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: Wędajihs December 26, 2019, 01:07:31 PM
I'm sorry you had to experience something that horrible. I feel your pain. I rented out my upstairs to someone a few years ago and when she moved out I had to clean out the nightmare of trash and filth she left behind. I don't understand how some people can live like that but I do understand there is usually some kind of mental issue behind it. He likely needs more help than just having professional cleaners to help him maintain a healthy home. That being said, I do believe a person's home is a reflection of their mental state, in most cases.



: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Caradon December 29, 2019, 07:18:10 AM
Yuck... At least it motivated me to make my place extra clean lol..

I think he is just a combination of lazy, no sense whatsoever of cleanliness. No sense or caring of having a feeling of being in a pleasant relaxing atmosphere...

I don't have a very good frame of mind either but I'm all about the atmosphere. When I'm alone in my living space is when I'm most happy. (In an odd way sometimes more depressed because I don't want to have to leave it and I know I do and that is very depressing  lol.)

But I like to just enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of my place. And the way I have everything is to add to that cozy relaxing feeling. I think that is the kind of thing he has no comprehension of. Maybe similar to the way a sociopath has no understanding or comprehension of empathy towards others. His brain just has no comprehension of enjoying the atmosphere of something. He has even commented about camp fires and fireplaces. That he has no understanding of why someone would make a fire just to sit and enjoy it. If you are not using it to cook or something, what's the point? I actually feel sorry for someone like that. They are missing out on being able to experience a wonderful feeling.

I wouldn't be able to experience any kind of relaxing enjoyment kicking back and watching TV in a pile of garbage and rotten food and flying bugs... lol.

I had a really scary reality check moment yesterday when I got to work. I had to call 911 for the first time in my life and hopefully the last. I thought my 60 year old boss was going to die for a minute. It had been raining over night and froze. Everything outside was slicker than an ice skating rink. He had gotten there just before I did. And he was stupidly out on the ice with a shovel and bucket of salt. He is very uncoordinated and doesn't walk well. It was difficult for me walking out there and I have very good balance and coordination.

I saw his feet go out from under him and he fell backwards like a felled tree and the back of his head hit the pavement with full force. And he was laying there not moving. I called his name and no response. When I got to him he was unconscious. He woke up with a freaky confused look in his eyes, and moaning. He had no memory of why he was there or what he was doing. I called 911 right away.
Thankfully they got there quick as the sheriffs office is only maybe a mile down the road at most. They took him to the hospital.

Sounds like he is going to be okay, thankfully, concussion. Hopefully there is no lasting damage to his brain. He could have been killed slamming his head into the ground that hard. I thought maybe he was killed at first, scared the shit out of me. He is a really great guy (Probably too nice a lot of the times) and one of the best people I've ever had as a boss. Hate to see something like that happen to him.

It's been raining all night. Hopefully it's too warm out to be a frozen ice skating rink everywhere like yesterday was.   



: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Caradon December 30, 2019, 04:38:00 PM
On two different occasions when I was at work yesterday I looked at my watch to do an RC and the face of the watch was completely blank. The battery is starting to go dead I guess. After pushing some  buttons on the side I got some weird looking numbers and then the numbers came back.  Even though I knew I wasn't dreaming I kept doing RC's until I could prove it wasn't. I hate having those moments n dreams when you are doing an RC but so sure you are not dreaming that you don't believe what the RC is telling you. And you wake up going, gah!

Hopefully the low battery experience doesn't mess me up the next time I do it in a dream, thinking it's just a low battery which I know it easily could happen.
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Wędajihs January 09, 2020, 11:46:42 PM
Electronics are tricky in dreams and in woke life, at least for me. Hope it keep on working for you despite the battery thing.

The full-ish moon peeked out from a kind of eye shaped slit in the clouds. The moon looked like a glowing white eyeball glaring coldly down at me for a few seconds. I asserted my dominance by staring back without blinking. Actually, I just stood there staring without blinking but in a stupefied fashion, no dominance about it. 
:shock2:

Only after the clouds covered the moon again did I think to reality check.
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: Wędajihs January 24, 2020, 11:20:30 PM
Me and a friend were at the hospital today. We needed to go to the bathroom and found one that was out of the way of the regular run of traffic. We went in and there were two stalls. Instead of the toilets facing toward the door, they sat sideways and were facing each other (with a wall between the stalls of course). The doors of the stall were to the side instead of in front of us. It was so weird. My friend said, "We're facing each other as we pee... this feels weird." I said, "Yeah it does. Toilets facing the wrong way, doors to the side, like something out of one of my messed up bathroom dreams. We better reality check." I reality checked and found that I was not dreaming. My friend said, "Nope. We're awake."

I wonder what someone would have thought if they walked in on that conversation.
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: Caradon March 20, 2020, 04:17:43 AM
That is weird.

Yesterday I woke up and glanced over at my phone and I swear I thought it said 9:00 something am. I got up thinking it was morning and that I had just slept a couple hours because the sun was just starting to come up when I went to sleep. And it was cloudy and rainy out so couldn't really tell from the sunshine if it seemed later in the day or not.

I must have spent an hour or more believing it was 9:00 10:00 ish am. Then wondering what the time was all of a sudden I look at my watch to see it says 3:00 something PM. And I was so sure it was still morning I didn't even believe it. I was sure that I must have somehow triggered the time set button on my watch and messed up the set time. So I go to look at my phone again to find out what time it really is and very surprised to see my phone says it's almost 4:00pm. lol.

Weird to be so disconnected from time thinking it's morning when it's really late afternoon, going into evening.

Also very weird and surreal feeling that time is completely irrelevant. Since I don't have to be anywhere at any time for I don't how long. And I don't even need to know the time to watch a TV show since I have no cable or regular TV. Just Netflix which of course has no scheduled programing, just click and watch whatever you feel like whenever you feel like.

If it was under better circumstances I would absolutely love being so disconnected.
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Caradon April 02, 2020, 10:47:12 PM
I read an article today saying some crazy train conductor or whatever you call them tried to drive a train into one of the hospital ships to try and do something about the so called government take over.

Admittedly I don't know much about train business but I'm thinking WTF how does one ram a ship with a train? Just happens to be some tracks that dead end at the ocean, just happens to be one of these hospital ships docked in front the dead end tracks. And just happens to be a crazy train conductor to try and drive the train into it. What are the odds of that? lol. Well luckily sounds like no one got hurt. He wasn't able to actually hit the ship, and I think he was the only one on the train. He just ended up crashing the train into the ground.
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Caradon April 05, 2020, 11:11:35 PM
I was looking through photos on my computer and I see this thumbnail that says snowy memories made just for you. And in the thumbnail I see kind of a slide show of photos I had taken of winter scenes mostly around the house after snow storms. Curious I click on the thumbnail and a music video starts playing and the winter phots I had taken start changing in time with the music.

I'm like what the fuck? lol. My computer, randomly, all on it's own, just made a music video out of a select themed group of photos I had uploaded? I never saw that happen before... And I had no idea it could do that. Weird.
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: Wędajihs April 06, 2020, 07:39:48 AM
Skynet!
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: Caradon May 24, 2020, 01:34:45 PM
I tried the read out loud function on my newest computer for the first time and my computer has a sexy female voice with an accent that makes it sound like Lara Croft from Tomb Raider. It surprised me because when I tried it on my old computer not that long ago, it was just a bland robot voice.
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: Caradon May 25, 2020, 04:28:28 PM
I looked in the mirror and notice I had a beard...
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Caradon May 28, 2020, 09:54:18 AM
When you feel kind of sad that you probably only have about a month of vacation left lol. When any time previously getting a three or four day weekend was something to be excited about.
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Caradon May 30, 2020, 05:11:52 AM
Well based on the email I just got from the work place it's possible it might end up being longer than another month.

Yesterday morning I went to Walmart. And as I pull into the parking area I see there is some kind of crazy helicopter pilot low flying and swooping all around the parking lot in a helicopter. And one point he dive bombed right towards the Walmart building and for a second I thought he was going to slam the helicopter in the Walmart but the helicopter pulls up just before hitting the building swooping up over the roof. Then for a moment looks like he is trying to land on the roof of the building. Then swoops away and continues swooping all around the parking lot some more. To add to how surreal it was I had just finished watching the United93 movie on Netflix about the 911 plane hijackings. So seeing a crazy pilot could easily be a dream influenced by watching the movie.

Another reality check moment based on something I was watching on Netflix. I watched the first two episodes of World War 2 in HD. And first thing I see when I turn on my computer today is an article about someone that is  out walking  and stumbles upon a plane from World War 2 crashed on a beach that apparently somehow had never been found before. Coincidences like that are so strange. Would have been even  more surreal had I been the one to find the plane after watching the show lol. Can you imagine? I'd be freaking out how weird that would feel. Just watch a show about world war 2 and go for a walk and find a crashed world war 2 plane.
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Caradon June 02, 2020, 07:42:41 PM
A crack of thunder so loud it shook the house hard enough to knock a picture in a picture frame hanging from nail on the wall off the wall and crashing to the floor, knocking over a couple of other things in the process.

A damn vine on my window again. I don't know how it keeps getting there since I never see it move ha ha. I keep yanking it down and away from the outside wall even. It doesn't move it just lays there. But all of a sudden, there it is again, back up on the window...  Like it just lays there waiting for me to not be looking at it and then climbs back up the wall onto the window.
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Caradon June 04, 2020, 01:35:59 PM
I open my browser and see a headline. "White house reveals results of trumps annual physical."   
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Caradon June 04, 2020, 05:15:13 PM
Just sitting here on my little cabin like porch with all the windows open. A deer suddenly appears outside my window not more than a few feet away from where I'm sitting not noticing me sitting here. The deer hangs out for a little bit then causally wanders off into the trees. It's not uncommon to see deer out here but still reality check worthy moment. Don't often see them that close up as it was literally right outside my window standing a couple feet away from me.

Now, if any bears or lions show up... Actually, last summer there was a black bear reported running around by the gas station down the street and no one knew where it ran off to. I never thought there was a real possibility of seeing a bear In my back yard but if there could be one running around by the gas station there definitely could be one in my yard as the woods behind my house connect to the train tracks which go through the park preserve. But never thought there would be any bears  around here or even in that particular park preserve as it's still near and surrounded by city. Other than for the train tracks that go cross country I guess...
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Wędajihs June 05, 2020, 11:52:07 PM
Are wild animals roaming around more openly in your area, like reports from around the world. Less people, more wildlife fills the spaces?

Someone was driving around shooting off fireworks from their car. Reality check. I'm not dreaming. Damn my neighbourhood sucks. lol
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Caradon June 06, 2020, 04:13:05 PM
Lol. I was hearing some loud bangs from fireworks.

I've not been out much just this week started hanging out on the porch with all the windows open. Plenty of wildlife out here. Saw an entire pack of squirrels running around and playing in the yard yesterday. They looked like they were having a blast. Running all over leaping through branches chasing each other around in a playful way not in a fighting way. I don't remember ever seeing so many of them playing together like that before. I counted at least eight of them could have been more. Hard to count when they are moving around so much. I always hear crashing through the woods at night. I always imagine it must be zombies out there. But probably deer. Could be all manner of things though. Foxes raccoons even coyote's. For a couple of summers there was a fox nesting under a falling tree along the yard having babies. So there were foxes running all over the yard at night. I wasn't too happy about that with my little dog here. But I was really careful about it and nothing bad happened.
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Caradon June 09, 2020, 03:25:15 PM
I saw a deer again this morning outside my window. This time with a cute little baby deer following it around. The timing was interesting as I had just opened my blinds and windows not five minutes previous to their appearance.
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Caradon June 09, 2020, 08:02:45 PM
On Youtube I came across this page that said live stream piano. I'm watching it and it's just an awesome and beautiful piano playing. All you see is two hands playing a piano that is glowing with green colored lights.  I didn't think it was an actual live person playing just thought it was a live stream recording kind of like Metallica does with their concerts.

So I say in the chat. "Can you please play row your boat and twinkle little star?" Nothing happens so assuming it's recorded. So I type into the chat. "I would freak if the hands started playing twinkle little star all of a sudden then I would know it's real live hands playing." All of a sudden the hands start playing the most amazing and beautiful version of twinkle little star I ever heard ha ha ha ha. I couldn't believe it lol.
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Caradon June 11, 2020, 02:34:11 PM
On Sunday night. (I had skipped recording dreams from that night) But Sunday night I had a rather mundane dream that this guy I know named Rick that in reality helps my step dad with cheap work on his rental properties. He has helped me with some plumbing work here. In my dream he showed up at my place to help work on some plumbing. Which I don't actually need right now. But last time he was here in reality he helped me put in a new faucet in my kitchen. 

But anyways it was a rather mundane dream and I didn't feel like recording so I didn't. That day, though, after the dream (Monday) I was thinking about Rick. And I was wondering how much longer he might be alive to help my step dad. The reason I was thinking about that is because the guy has been a hard core drug user every since I've known of him, and he is older than I am. I'm almost 50 now. Rick has always been addicted to heroin and a meth head and probably doing every other dug under the sun. So I was just wondering if he would end up killing himself with all the drugs sometime in the near future.

So I was talking with my step dad last night and he mentions that Rick died. I'm thinking what? He says yeah a couple of days ago. I was like  whoa that's weird because I was just thinking about Rick a couple of days ago and wondering how much  longer he would be alive. Then I remembered the whole reason I was thinking about him is because he was in my dream. So looked in my journal to see what night that was I had the dream. So I tell my step dad that I was thinking about Rick on Monday because Sunday night I had a dream that he was here working on my plumbing. My step dad tells me Rick died Sunday night...
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Caradon June 18, 2020, 02:17:04 PM
I saw a big black ant crawling across my floor. I crouched over to get a closer look at it and the ant stood up on it's hind legs and looked up at me and waved. Well, it looked like it waved anyways, with it's little ant arms lol.
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Wędajihs June 21, 2020, 04:37:32 PM
The Rick thing, wow! And the ant thing, cute. Did you wave back?
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Alex Lou June 21, 2020, 06:37:33 PM
Well I got an email about a reply in this thread which hasn't happened in years.  That's certainly a good reason to reality check. Then the site formatting went all wacky once I logged in.  Another good reason to reality check!

I haven't pot much thought into lucid dreaming in a looong time.  Bet I lucid dream tonight after the reminder!
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Caradon June 23, 2020, 03:39:59 PM
Yeah the Rick thing freaked me out. It's too bad  he was an okay guy and skilled in many kinds of repairs just messed his life up with drugs. If it wasn't for the drugs he could have been doing great for himself and making a lot of money with his mechanical skills. Yeah the ant lol. Weird how it actually stood up and looked up at at my face. I didn't know they were that aware...

Alex Lou, was it one of the old threads I posted in recently?  Lately I've been glancing at the who is online now and then because it's interesting to see what all the guests are looking at. In doing so I find some old interesting threads to read and I think I posted in a couple of them. Maybe one that you started so you got a notification maybe? I don't remember, just speculating. :)
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Alex Lou June 24, 2020, 03:10:38 AM
I got an email about the last reply in this thread. But there are other recent replies. So I don't know why that one.
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Wędajihs June 24, 2020, 11:32:46 PM
I had a conversation with a juvenile robin today. It was sitting on my window sill. Every time I asked it a question it peeped at me as if answering. Not necessarily a reality check moment for me but might have been for someone who witnessed it.
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Caradon June 25, 2020, 03:29:12 AM
Funny about the bird. Always a good idea to RC when having encounters with animals.

Alex Lou that is weird that you are just now getting a notification on posts in this thread. Been using it off and on for months maybe a year.

I've been having a lot of issues with bugs in the house. Spiders were driving me crazy for a while. Now all of a sudden moths everywhere And have no idea where they are coming from. I've been trying to remember to RC when I see bugs because I knew it's a just a matter of time when they start getting into my dreams. And yeah last night I dreamed about these big winged beetle things crawling across my floor but forgot to RC. But when I woke up there really was a big beetle crawling across my floor. And did remember to RC.
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Caradon July 01, 2020, 09:09:01 AM
I put on a pandemic mask for the first time and thought I was a ninja and had an overwhelming urge to start doing handsprings and parkouring all over the place.
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Caradon July 04, 2020, 07:42:17 AM
Driving home from work I see an old lady riding a kids mini bike just like the one in this picture.

http://i.ytimg.com/vi/ou2PLolvw0I/maxresdefault.jpg  (http://i.ytimg.com/vi/ou2PLolvw0I/maxresdefault.jpg)

She was riding towards me on the opposite side of the street. As we pass by each other she holds up one hand and two fingers up giving me the peace symbol lol. I was like WTF reality check lol!
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Wędajihs July 05, 2020, 10:55:48 AM
lol re the bike lady.

I spent most of yesterday rearranging the furniture in my place, got rid of some and moved some wicker stuff into the livingroom for the time being. I fell asleep on the floor in the livingroom, woke up, and didn't know where in the universe I was, everything looked so alien. It took me about 10 seconds to realize I was at home. I RCed because drastically altered rooms were such a shock to the waking system.
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Caradon July 07, 2020, 05:54:18 PM
Yeah, I've experienced that before. It's a weird feeling waking up and not knowing where you are for a moment.
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Wędajihs July 11, 2020, 08:50:55 PM
The moon rose red the other night, redder than I've ever seen it (outside of lunar eclipse totality). I reality checked a few times that night. The moon looked so angry and threatening.
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Caradon July 20, 2020, 02:47:24 AM
I got off from work Saturday and stopped at the store. By the time I got got home the sky was dark and thunder was rolling. I opened all my porch windows to better hear the rain and thunder I got settled in and prepared my doctored up bowl of salsa I just bought and got my chips and kicked back in my chair on my porch to relax and have some chips for a few minutes before going to sleep.

Suddenly a dread calm outside everything turning a shade of green storm sirens start going off and my phone starts flashing. I look at my phone and it's telling me to seek shelter immediately because of tornadoes over my neighborhood. I actually just laughed lol. Thinking to myself, that would make too sense right now, for a tornado to roll through and flatten my house and destroy everything I won. Why not? Lol.

I thought to myself, well f... You tornado I just got comfortable and I have my chips it's going to take a tornado to move me from my spot right now. Go right ahead. There is no safe place in my house anyways It's all above ground. So I just sat there eating my chips on my flimsy walled porch. I couldn't see the sky through all the trees. Nothing much seemed to come of it. But did RC thinking of a recent lucid where I was looking out very same windows and watching a tornado coming my way.

After a little bit I fell to sleep and remember waking a couple of times to loud thunder but disregarding it and falling back to sleep. In the morning on my phone checking the weather news flashes and video of funnel clouds over my neighborhood. But nothing that actually touched down, at least near me. Maybe other parts of the state there might have been.
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Caradon July 30, 2020, 09:56:48 PM
Driving home I saw a giant bottle of vodka as tall as a tall person sitting outside the front door of a house.
: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Wędajihs August 22, 2020, 08:08:21 AM
Wow. I would have probably been reduced to this:  :nu:  if I got a tornado warning lol.
Very cool that you just accepted it and went about your business. Extremely cool.  8)

Last month I was just laying around watching a show on my laptop and realized my second to last molar felt rough or grungy. I poked at the tooth with my finger and could still feel that horrible gritty feeling, like it was covered in fine sandpaper. I scratched at it with once my fingernail, hoping the grit would just come off. It didn't. But a huge chunk of my tooth broke free painlessly. I pulled the chunk of tooth out of my mouth, inspected it, then poked around the 'tooth hole' with my tongue. "What the F?" I put the tooth chunk on the desk and reality checked several times, expecting all the rest of my teeth to come plopping out shortly. They didn't. I wasn't dreaming. A mountain sized chunk of my tooth had actually just fallen out, effortlessly, painlessly. It was so damn surreal. lol
Luck for me dentists had just started opening up again.

: Re: Reality Check Moments
: Caradon September 22, 2020, 11:24:25 PM
Today I downloaded a free demo of the virtual reality Iron Man game.

It started and I was in virtual reality in the Iron Man suit using the move controllers so I actually had hands and arms inside the game. And my hands and arms looked just like the Iron Mans suit hands and arms.

I was standing in my living room as I tried it, so actually physically standing and standing in the VR world. It just started and I wasn't sure what I was doing, I accidently hit the thrusters, and the flames  that come out of my hands and I went flying high up into the Sky rising up above the trees and over the ocean. I was like whoooohooo! And got goosebumps because it felt so similar to the feeling in a lucid dream when you rise up over the land like that. Amazing. Probably going to have to buy that game even just because of the flying feels so good.

I flew around the ocean cliffs and did some training stuff, and  flew up to the Starks house that was on top of the cliffs.  And the demo let me play the first story mission, and flying all around this jet plane in the clouds while it's being attacked. Fun stuff.