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    Donkey Kong Junior

    by , 07-29-2013 at 10:39 PM (804 Views)
    Very well-meaning but flawed attempt at the North America Task of the Year. (The King Kong one!)

    Color legend: Non-dream Dream Lucid

    Lucid #128: Donkey Kong Junior

    I falsely believe that I have a young niece named Emily that's arriving by plane. I'm waiting with Dad in the airport for her and all of the passengers have gotten out with no sign of Emily at all. I'm becoming fretful. Dad isn't very worried and is loudly telling me stories about how thoroughly the new cereal he is eating "cleaned out his colon". I'm very embarrassed by how loudly he's talking and decide I'd rather go look for Emily.

    It's like the old days when you could meet someone at the gate, and I'm allowed to stroll right through the jetway and onto the plane. I walk up and down the rows of seats, but there's no sign of her. But when I double back I find her waiting by a bend in the jetway. She's about 11 or 12, short, blonde, a little pale. I realize that I have never seen her before in my life and
    become lucid.

    There's one of those little doors that leads out to the runway, and I walk through it and start flying toward a city that I see on the horizon. Night either falls quickly or I suffer some kind of memory gap here, because I land at a parking lot in a cluster of buildings. There's some sort of party going on with loud music bleeding out into the parking lot. There are a lot of people milling around in the parking lot itself, and some of them start following me.

    I spot my friend "RF" as part of the nearby group and I tell him to "check this out" as I approach one of the parked cars. I decide that the car is as light as an inflatable balloon, lift it, and turn it over on its side.

    RF looks stunned and asks me how I did that. I tell him that you just pretend something is the way that you want and you usually find that it is. I become sort of boastful and start showing off. "Look at this car. If I decide that it tastes like cake, it will." I take a huge bite out of one of the tires and it's pretty good! Tastes like a fairly decent birthday cake. Several other people in the crowd join in, taking bites out of the car here and there. I spot my high school friend "Alf" in the crowd, and he makes some remark about how cool this is. Pretty soon, a huge crowd of DCs has surrounded the car and started to devour it. It's cool to watch them consume the car but also vaguely disturbing. Reminds me a bit of a Walking Dead zombie feed.

    RF and I walk away from the car along the sidewalk, reaching a building with the mural of a skyscraper painted on it. I suddenly remember the North America "Empire State Building" Task of the Year. The mural doesn't look quite like the Empire State Building, but I decide that I'm going to start climbing it and then turn it into the Empire State Building as I go. I tell RF this is for "Task of the Year" and he says "Go for it." I latch myself to the mural like Spider-Man and start climbing up the wall. It feels really forced at first, but the more I get into it, the more it feels like I'm scaling the side of a tall building.

    And now here I am, clinging to the side of the Empire State Building, the wind pulling at my clothes and body. I'm trying to remember what the Task of the Year even involves.
    (I'm supposed to transform into King Kong, climb to the top, and fight with the military.) I feel a little frustrated with my memory, so I decide that I want to get inside and think about what I'm supposed to be doing. I either enter an open window or phase through a closed one, winding up in a small, quiet marble elevator lobby.

    There's an elevator waiting here, and I step inside. It only goes up to "9", and I wince that this is not nearly high enough for the Empire State Building. I press "9", assuming that there will be a new bank of elevators I can take at that point which will bring me all the way up. The elevator begins its ascent and I pace nervously, worrying that I'm buying too much into the mechanics of the dream. I can't remember whether I'm supposed to be ascending normally, climbing the building, or what, so I just go with it.

    The elevator doors open on "9" and I step out into a lobby that looks much like the previous one. There's a bulky, square-jawed maintenance man in overalls here. "Hey!" he shouts. "You're not supposed to be here!" With that, he winds up like a baseball pitcher and throws a large crescent wrench right at my head. It clonks straight into my forehead and drops into my right hand. My forehead tingles a bit, but there's no serious pain.

    Somehow I now have a wrench in both hands. I feel angry with the guy for attacking me. "You're an asshole!" I inform him and throw both wrenches at his stomach. They bounce off of his torso and he doubles over, glaring at me but not seriously hurt. I feel a little bad and have no interest in going to war with this guy, so I dash into another elevator, stab at a button without looking, "knowing" that it leads to the viewing platform.

    Again I wait, and soon the elevator opens up to an open-air room that looks a bit like a bell tower. There's a guy in a lab coat here explaining some scientific breakthrough about lycanthropy and animal transformations in general. I run past him along a plank to a balcony. Now I want to transform into King Kong. I look to my left and there's another skyscraper, even taller than the "Empire State Building" that I'm standing on. On top of this other building stands the cheesiest-looking Godzilla-style lizard monster I've ever seen, and I can't help but chuckle. Looks like all the movie monsters are out and about today.



    I start hopping about like a gorilla and imagine myself transforming into King Kong. In my craziness, I manage to leap off of the building. Rather than a fall, there's an odd transition and now I'm just running along a tree-lined street below, roaring like a gorilla and pounding my chest. The chest-pounding feels a little phony but the gorilla roars are amazing. My hands and arms look big and gorilla-like, but I'm not nearly large or hairy enough to be King Kong. I feel more like a big, strong, long-armed dude with a gorilla roar.

    Some DCs rush up to attack me, but they're all just regular men in casual street clothes. I shove them away, remembering that I need to get attacked somehow and win, but I'm very confused as to the details. I take a few swats at these DCs and amusingly, they go flying off whenever I hit them. I know that something's off with all of this, though, and that I need to be a lot bigger, I need to be up on top of the building, and I think I need to fight something tougher. The details are really hazy, though, so I just lumber around for a while longer amusing myself until
    the dream ends.

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    Comments

    1. Kaenthem's Avatar
      That's one amazing dream. It's a shame you weren't able to remember the exact task but hey... We lucid dream to have fun and you certainly did in this dream. At least that's what I think you did from reading it
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    2. CanisLucidus's Avatar
      Thanks, man! It was a good one.

      And you're exactly right. We're all just here to have fun, and even a poorly-remembered task description can lead to a very fun failure like this one. Even if we're way off on what our goals supposedly are, the subconscious is sure to take things in interesting directions.
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    3. Iokheira's Avatar
      Epic dream This is one of my favorites from your DJ. You did a lot of neat things in this one, and your control was amazing! I could picture everything perfectly (or so I think) too. Walking Dead car does sound disturbing. Course, stick a giant free cake in front of your average joe and the same thing would happen, so...

      Hey, do you have a personal lucid goals list? Just asking out of curiosity.
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    4. CanisLucidus's Avatar
      Heh heh, thanks, Art! I'm really glad you liked it! It made me realize how difficult this particular Task of the Year segment is. My control was on the high end of what it usually is and still there were some parts that were tough. In particular I have to note that my animal transforms are not up to your standards yet. But I'm learning! I'll get better with this.

      Walking Dead car does sound disturbing. Course, stick a giant free cake in front of your average joe and the same thing would happen, so...
      Totally. I work with engineers, and I think that if a cake shaped like a car showed up in the office, a very similar scene would unfold.

      Hey, do you have a personal lucid goals list? Just asking out of curiosity.
      I do indeed! I started it back before I was even LDing consistently, so some of it is pretty fanciful and a little naive. I checked and I was pleased to see that there are no goals that are now completely embarrassing. It's a Google doc if you want me to share it to you.

      How about you? Do you have a list?
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    5. Iokheira's Avatar
      Heh, I think any job where people bring free food is awesome. Particularly nerds and government workers

      I know you can transform because, well, I know you can transform! Don't think I've ever witnessed it in person, but you can I do have a list, I think it's in my workbook. My only goal right now is turn into a werewolf. I don't get why it's so fluid in my NLDs, but the complete opposite in my LDs. Maybe I'm overthinking it. So you just acted like a gorilla and the rest flowed?
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    6. CanisLucidus's Avatar
      My only goal right now is turn into a werewolf. I don't get why it's so fluid in my NLDs, but the complete opposite in my LDs. Maybe I'm overthinking it. So you just acted like a gorilla and the rest flowed?
      More or less. The main thing that I try to do with any act of dream control is to believe that what I want is already happening. So I was trying to just act as if I was already a gorilla and point all of my thoughts in that direction. If something didn't work... yes it did. You know what I mean? Since I'm building reality, it's okay for me to be in denial of reality.

      My transformation wasn't perfect (obviously), and I think a lot of that is because it's hard to keep the dreaming brain corraled into a good dream control mindset. At least for me.

      But I think all you'll have to do is know that you are doing one of the werewolf transformations you've done in dozens (hundreds??) of dreams before. You're doing it because you say you're doing it. And it's your world, so you'll be right!
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    7. Highlander's Avatar
      Congrats on the LD and the attempt itself, especially staying calm and not waking up prematurely.
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    8. Xanous's Avatar
      Very funny stuff in there! I love it! Nice LD!
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    9. CanisLucidus's Avatar
      @Highlander & Xanous - Thanks, gents! G, menthol, and caffeine, my friends!
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    10. NyxCC's Avatar
      Congrats on the super cool ld! I totally loved it!

      I spot my friend "RF" as part of the nearby group and I tell him to "check this out" as I approach one of the parked cars. I decide that the car is as light as an inflatable balloon, lift it, and turn it over on its side.
      and then the part with car tasting like cake! It's amazing what a confidence boost can do. I have to think about summoning some friends next time and start showing off too.

      I also like the part part with wrench revenge and how you sent those regular DC flying! And the Godzilla on top of the other building was very funny.

      Wow, CL, it's been a really amazing month for you! Looking forward to an even better August!
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    11. CanisLucidus's Avatar
      Thanks, Nyx, glad you liked it! Yeah, the showing off to friends thing is for some reason something I often get into doing during lucids. It's like I'm sort of showing off to these DCs and sort of showing off to myself and trying to psych myself up for the dream control stunts still to come.

      I'm glad you enjoyed the wrench revenge... I have to admit I sort of did as well, heh heh... I've been a bit embarrassed by how much I've been attacking DCs lately. When we were recording the podcast the other night and I was thinking about advice for hostile DCs I had to sheepishly admit that I've gotten way less patient and Zen Buddhist with DCs that I don't like.

      Your comment comes at a great time because I've been consistently sleep deprived and slightly stressed since I posted this one. I haven't managed really high quality WBTBs with that proper LD mindset. August is here, and I should get back to the mindset that worked for me this past month. Lots of sleep, solid WBTBs, focused induction. It'll be worth it, since for August TotM a DC's gonna tell us the meaning of life.
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    12. NyxCC's Avatar
      I'm glad you enjoyed the wrench revenge... I have to admit I sort of did as well, heh heh... I've been a bit embarrassed by how much I've been attacking DCs lately. When we were recording the podcast the other night and I was thinking about advice for hostile DCs I had to sheepishly admit that I've gotten way less patient and Zen Buddhist with DCs that I don't like.
      Well, I guess a bit of fighting back is ok as long as it doesn't become chronic. I have some considerations of why I don't want to always do this: 1) I don't want to solidify a bad habit (like if you really don't like someone irl , it's not a very good idea to beat them up in dream, because the feelings may transfer to rl, I have noticed this happen from non-lds!) 2) getting too emotional may give your attacker the upper hand in a dream, for example they may become more aggressive and the battle may last longer.

      However, if you are able to fight back as means of effectively getting rid of a nasty DC and don't engage in a life or death Colosseum type of battle, then why not? Just like the force-push you used in a similar controlled anger fashion. Bothersome DCs know no limits and one has to be creative and confident when dealing with them. Can't wait to hear the next podcast!

      Your comment comes at a great time because I've been consistently sleep deprived and slightly stressed since I posted this one. I haven't managed really high quality WBTBs with that proper LD mindset. August is here, and I should get back to the mindset that worked for me this past month. Lots of sleep, solid WBTBs, focused induction. It'll be worth it, since for August TotM a DC's gonna tell us the meaning of life
      I know what you're talking about. I have been thrown off track in July to the point where I almost abandoned all ld-related stuff (RCs, autosuggestion, WBTBs). The only thing I have been consistent with is checking with DV. Reading your entries has kept me motivated. Now I have to re-organize myself and start from scratch once again. I'm looking forward to some nice lds even if this means a bit of insomnia in my case.

      As for you, I wish you more sleep and very productive WBTBs. I can't wait to read what your DCs will answer about the meaning of life (you know how untrustworthy are mine!) Also can you ask Morgan Freeman, he may have some wisdom to share too!
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      Updated 08-02-2013 at 11:37 PM by NyxCC
    13. CanisLucidus's Avatar
      getting too emotional may give your attacker the upper hand in a dream, for example they may become more aggressive and the battle may last longer.
      Yeah, this is the big one for me! I've had this get way out of control before, and it's just so preventable. I think I've become less patient and almost gotten offended when the dream presents an obstacle like that. That feeling of being entitled is so much easier to control when I'm fully awake! Plus I have to admit that I kind of had an ego thing going where I thought I had DC interaction so wired only to review my actual behavior, which was me throwing wrenches and kicking balls.

      I know what you're talking about. I have been thrown off track in July to the point where I almost abandoned all ld-related stuff (RCs, autosuggestion, WBTBs). The only thing I have been consistent with is checking with DV. Reading your entries has kept me motivated. Now I have to re-organize myself and start from scratch once again
      And thank you for all the motivation your feedback and ideas has provided me. After the LDs, I love the post-game wrap-up of getting to geek out about this stuff, ha ha... And your latest entry shows you clearly back in the game. Time for me to get there too!
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    14. NyxCC's Avatar
      I think I've become less patient and almost gotten offended when the dream presents an obstacle like that.
      The good news is that we are absolutely able to change that in the next dream, you just have to remember that you are in control of your own moods and DCs. It's very easy to slip into anger, passion, fear, have no patience, etc. during a dream, but we are always capable of turning the situation around.

      There is a reason I am writing it even though we know it, maybe our prospective memory will remember this the next time we face a challenging situation or DC.

      And thank you for all the motivation your feedback and ideas has provided me. After the LDs, I love the post-game wrap-up of getting to geek out about this stuff, ha ha... And your latest entry shows you clearly back in the game. Time for me to get there too!
      I love our discussions too, I am always learning and enforcing good habits. Yup, time to kick some tasks' ass tonight!
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