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    The Dream Fairgrounds

    by , 08-18-2013 at 04:01 PM (874 Views)
    This was a very vivid, DC-heavy lucid from this morning. I finally remembered to do the "ask a DC about the meaning of life" Basic Task of the Month.

    Color legend: Non-dream Dream Lucid

    Lucid #134: The Dream Fairgrounds

    I'm driving on a freeway with Wife and my 4-year-old son "E". Traffic's heavy and I'm in the middle of making a difficult merge but Wife is insisting that I adjust the air conditioning while I'm in the middle of this. I look down, quickly fiddle with a knob, then look back up to find that we're now driving backward down the freeway!

    I gibber some kind of complaint about how this is why she shouldn't bother me when I'm driving, and the car turns back in the right direction again.
    This has to be a dream. Now that I'm lucid, I want to get up in the air and start figuring out how to accomlpish my goals. I feel weird abandoning Wife and E, though. I think about grabbing onto them and kind of phasing through the car with them, but it sounds intimidating. I wonder whether I could just fly the car itself around, and as soon as I think about this, it works -- our SUV is flying high above the freeway!

    The city looks vivid and enormously detailed. Most of it is dominated by a huge fairground that stretches off as far as I can see. The fairground is a mixture of tents, stadiums, amusement park rides, golden domes, and even out-of-place landmarks like the Hagia Sophia. Scattered among these are more mundane buildings like banks. One of the rides is a looping starship ride that I remember from my childhood.

    Everywhere I look there's something new. I'm overwhelmed and pleased by all of the detail and I laugh at the sheer quantity of images being thrown at me. The car flies quietly over the fairground for a while before I decide that we should land and look around. I look down at one of the rides and my perspective "zooms" down to that level.

    The car is gone now and Wife and E are walking beside me. I feel excited as a little kid by this fair, and I'm amused (and dismayed) to see that every adult DC is a bored, miserable-looking parent with their face buried in a smartphone. I work my ass off at lucid dreaming to spend a few minutes a night in a place like this and you DCs couldn't care less!

    We walk past the rides and attractions for a while and I see a lot of familiar people from my life, including my little nephew, my sister-in-law Sissy, brother-in-law Muppet, as well as The Schwartz and his wife and kids. Eventually it occurs to me that I need to get moving if I'm going to accomplish one of my goals, and I think of the Australia Task of the Year. I'm just about to jump up to fly off for a new scene, but luckily I remember the "ask a DC about the meaning of life" task.

    I walk back over to E and say, "Hey, buddy. What's the meaning of life?"

    He lays the side of his head down on a nearby crate and says, "To not die..." I'm not sure that I heard him right so I ask him to repeat that. He says, "Not dying." (He's been having anxiety about death lately, which is probably where this comes from.)

    Wife's nearby, so I ask her too. She looks pensive for a moment. "To see the best of living."

    Satisfied, I turn my attention back to my other goals. There's not much left of this dream, though, and before I can do much else
    it ends.

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    Comments

    1. Highlander's Avatar
      Congrats. on TOTM.
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    2. Bharmo's Avatar
      Congrats on the TotM.
      Wow! You're really having lots of lucids lately.
      I'm envious!
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    3. CanisLucidus's Avatar
      Congrats on the TotM.
      Wow! You're really having lots of lucids lately.
      I'm envious!
      Thanks, guys! I've been blessed with a bit of a hot streak the past few days, which is probably making up for the fact that I was ice cold LD-wise early in August.

      I think that a little less stress, a little more sleep, and nearly desperate determination during WBTB has made the most difference!
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    4. NyxCC's Avatar
      Congrats on Totm CL! I really liked both answers for this one. You and Highlander have the best answers!

      Omg you flew with the car! That must have been awesome! It sounds like a really nice dream!

      I feel excited as a little kid by this fair, and I'm amused (and dismayed) to see that every adult DC is a bored, miserable-looking parent with their face buried in a smartphone. I work my ass off at lucid dreaming to spend a few minutes a night in a place like this and you DCs couldn't care less!
      I think this points out two things: how realistic you made your DCs and that people nowadays have a problem!

      I think that a little less stress, a little more sleep, and nearly desperate determination during WBTB has made the most difference!
      A very effective supp that desperate determination, makes you try harder and do those WBTBs properly. Dream on!
    5. CanisLucidus's Avatar
      Thanks, Nyx! I was happy with the answers, too. I told Wife what she said in the dream and she laughed. "That's not the kind of thing that would ever come out of my mouth!"

      I also asked my son what the meaning of life was in IWL afterward and his reply was, "What? What is it? What? What is it, Daddy? What?" (over and over) So funny!

      The flying car was a whole lot of fun so I'm grateful that special circumstances led me to actually try it out and see how it went. It's not something I'd have normally thought to do, but the result was cool
    6. Highlander's Avatar
      @ NyxCC,
      Congrats on Totm CL! I really liked both answers for this one. You and Highlander have the best answers!
      Thanks - mind you, I will have to check what some of the other guy's responses were on the TOTM thread also.

      @ CanisLucidius
      I also asked my son what the meaning of life was in IWL afterward and his reply was, "What? What is it? What? What is it, Daddy? What?" (over and over) So funny!
      You would have probably freaked if he'd said something like the dream maybe?

      The flying car was a whole lot of fun so I'm grateful that special circumstances led me to actually try it out and see how it went. It's not something I'd have normally thought to do, but the result was cool
      Do you have to swap your drivers licence for a pilots one?
      Updated 08-19-2013 at 10:49 PM by Highlander
    7. CanisLucidus's Avatar
      You would have probably freaked if he'd said something like the dream maybe?
      Ha ha, I definitely would have! Even though, of course, that's exactly the kind of thing I'm hoping will happen when I ask. You know, that feeling that I have some incredible pseudo-magical dream insight telling me what they'd say.

      It's definitely amusing to compare, so it's nice that it was the DCs of real people, especially loved ones.
    8. NyxCC's Avatar
      I also asked my son what the meaning of life was in IWL afterward and his reply was, "What? What is it? What? What is it, Daddy? What?" (over and over) So funny!
      Cute! Did you answer?
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    9. CanisLucidus's Avatar
      Heh, I did. I told him "To enjoy life and experience what it has to offer." Close enough, I guess, even if it does in part rip off Wife's DC's answer...
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    10. darknightedlady's Avatar
      WOW! What a great experience! The SUV flying was great and the smart phone was just too true! I love the answers you received. They ring true! Especially not dying, ha!
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    11. CanisLucidus's Avatar
      Ha ha, thanks! I enjoyed the answers quite a bit myself.

      Yeah, the flying SUV was a real surprise! I'm glad that worked because I was going to have a hard time breaking away from them in the freeway scene. I don't know whether it's just me, but when I have a DILD, the emotional residue of the old scene is still kind of there. I still feel totally attached to DCs of loved ones. It would have been totally impossible for me to just leave them in a driverless car on the freeway! If the flying car idea hadn't have worked, I guess I'd have tried to drive around or something!