The interpretation I would place on this dream sequence is that I am apathetically starving myself of affection and companionship and that, despite the fact that I am severely flawed (symbolized first by the third leg and second by the vino and blood), people are indulgent of me, they like me regardless of my faults. It is I who cut THEM off (symbolized by my continuing past the party of the compatible people). At the same time, it seems that I invest effort into things that cause me pain and little pleasure (symbolized by the bottle of Mad Dog) while further rendering me socially useless.
I was as I am now, except I had three legs. I had always had three legs, and despite the oddity of this fact, I had never been teased or made in anyway to suffer for my difference. No, I'd had all the same friends and sexual relationships as I have had in reality, but that third leg had been there for them all, careening almost uselessly from the base of my spine. If I really put effort into it, I could bend it some at the knee. But mostly I just dragged it on the ground. After all, the brain isn't wired to control such an addition.
This was my crowd, I was destined to join them. But I was injured and sober and I felt no desire to meet them.
Whether or not I still had that third leg in the rest of the dream(s) I do not know. But I soon found myself purchasing a 750 mL bottle of Grape Mad Dog vino at a small convenience store out on the west edge of Charlottesville. I stumbled shortly thereafter and the neck chipped off and I lost the cap. The red stuff mixed with a gash on my arm to render me seemingly severely injured. I took a taste of the Mad Dog and it seemed to me to taste like bitter Cool Aid with all the alcohol evaporated away. I figured that it had never had a cap and had sat on the shelf uncovered and lost its only redeeming constituent. So off I went to the convenience store to return it. By now my arms were covered in a mix of vino and blood. At the convenience store, I noted that I still had the cap. So I turned and left, not bothering to seek a refund, dripping blood and vino everywhere. I passed a raging party of people listening to my kind of music, wearing my kind of clothes, having my kind of conversation. This was my crowd, I was destined to join them. But I was injured and sober and I felt no desire to meet them. So I continued walking, never to meet these cool people who would so clearly make for me excellent friends.
Then there was a brief but meaningful encounter that provided me profound reaffirmation of my social position and approval. This might sound unnecessary for someone of my ego, but for all intents and purposes I have spent the last week and much of the last month in a cave, and it was reassuring to realize the world seemed to still care, in its own anarchic way. The core of this snowball set rolling has grown since then, caught in a positive feedback loop that gleans positive energy even from strangers. This process is augmented by a minor reprieve today in winter's onslaught. But the grey clouds are rolling in.
I ate my pizza across the Mall from the Mudhouse and then went in for a cup of coffee. the place was laid pack; a couple of relatively dorky kids were discussing how very cool they consider Fatima (Savitri's teenage half sister) to be. The fatter of the dorks farted noisily as he rose from his seat, but no one laughed. I thought that a respectable display of dork maturity. Then in came the King of Charlottesville dorkdom, Patrick Reed to discuss dorky little uninteresting things in a loud affected voice that I tried my best to ignore him.
I took a bath whilst reading parts of The Death of Ivan Ilych from my little novella compilation. All the works in that particular anthology seem to be proto-existentialist, featuring death as a tool to point out the weakness and absurdity of the human condition. It goes well with my way of thinking these days. But still, in my arrogance, I must confess that I often feel as though I have transcended the muck of humanity just by the power of creativity. That notion may be absurd, but it gives me much strength.
My favourite sixteen year old came by to exploit my age; she and I and one of her male friends went to the ABC store so I could get her a bottle of Southern Comfort.
Once that mission had been accomplished, I had her drop me off at Comet where I could discuss some funny web things with co-workers, particularly my discovery of the resurfacing of the infamous Pirate Web Server "Somewhere on this Blue-Green Marble we call home." The most thoroughly shocking (but nonetheless, I must confess, thoroughly amusing) part of that renegade web site is without question the "I like to fuck babies homepage."
I saw Ray Snabley and his youthful ditzy adolescent friends hanging out in front of the Bakery, so I stopped to chat with him for awhile. But not about anything too interesting. He is very impressive in an extremely shallow way. Meanwhile, there was an accident of two Volvos out front resulting in just a little broken glass.
Tad appeared out of nowhere to blow smoke in my face and drone on endlessly while ignoring the answers to the questions he asked me. I was lonely though and endured his company, even going with him (on my suggestion) to the Orbit Billiard Parlour (above Espresso Corner) for some overpriced beer.
I know most of the staff of the Orbit, and tonight I even knew the musician (a woman who knows my name but whose name escapes me). But I knew almost none of the customers. This put me in an awkward position once I became completely exasperated with Tad's company. So I finished my beer and went home, going to bed before midnight.
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