I had one of my weird dreams last night. It was a cracker, so here goes:
I appear to be the same age as I am now, but am working back at Doug Robinson Appliances*. Things have changed there, Jack doesn’t seem to be around, and Mark is the boss. I walk up to one of the company vans, it sits high off the ground like a Hummer, and Mark is in the drivers seat.
I’m standing on one side of a workbench and I notice a familiar figure walk in, it’s Big Dave!* Haven’t seen that guy for years. I walk up to him, and while shy we are both soon chatting like old times. We give each other a hug and promise to keep in touch.
Suddenly I am sitting in a room with an Asian lady next to me. There are chairs all around the room, and people are looking at me funny. I turn to the Asian lady and we start talking. She is Big Dave’s wife, and the reason why people are looking at me with cold disapproving frowns is that I am no longer a member of their religion, and according to their rules they aren’t allowed to associate with me. I get the feeling that I shouldn’t be there, but the Asian lady speaks to me in Japanese and she tells me that they are the ones with the problem. We continue talking and do our best to ignore the passive aggressiveness around us. Eventually the meeting appears to be ready to start so I stand to leave as I don’t want to be a bother to the people there, they are obviously uncomfortable with me present, no matter how friendly I am.
There are some familiar faces in the group, but each time I offer a friendly handshake, they turn away and click their tongue like I’m some sort of freak. I walk out the door and am in the gift shop of a Bed and Breakfast. There is some cool stuff there, the kind of stuff you find in craft shops in small towns. I cook some hot chips and not long after, Cameron and Jess* arrive, they are checking in. Cameron and I sit at the table and I tell him he can have the rest of my chips. After saying that I wonder why I said it because I really wanted the rest of the chips.
By this time Cameron and Jess are in their pyjamas. I walk away from the table holding the bowl of chips close and say to Cam “Sorry man, there aren’t any chips left” all the while stuffing the leftovers into my mouth.
That was when my alarm went off. It is unusual for me to get woken by my alarm, normally I am awake a few minutes before. I had a good sleep though, so that’s good, and am looking forward to a bit of a lie in tomorrow morning.
* Doing Robinson Appliances was my first proper job when I left school. I started there as an Electrical Service Technician apprentice.
* Big Dave was a housemate of mine for a few years. We were good mates who have lost touch over the years.
* Cameron and Jess are mates here in Australia.