They'd built some rickety wooden scaffolding around Jefferson Square. It crossed the street to circle part of Double Drive and the clock tower too. The ramp to enter was on the steps of combs. The contestants were an ostrich and an emu. Someone had tried to enter a giraffe, and someone else had tried to enter a farfetched, but only the ostrich and the emu qualified. As they ran around the scaffold, which kept shaking dangerously, Erin and I sat atop the clock tower, played Scrabble and took bets from people. I was betting on the emu.
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Friday, April 29, 2011
I was eating dinner with my parents, and we were planning my giant party. I made a joke about cancer or something like that, and my mother was like "That's not funny, never make a joke like that again." I responded with something dumb like "I'll make jokes about whatever I want, because I find them funny!" So, my mother didn't allow me to go to my party. Also, she had me imprisoned in my house, I had an ankle bracelet and everything. Luckily, our house was a giant castle, and I had a lot to do. I talked to Erin and Meredith. They said my mother was right to punish me this way.
There was a big school celebration going on outside. It was a graduation thing, I think, because it featured the entire senior class. Someone had bought pizza, because the Seaco food was awful. I couldn't go outside and get any, so I hung around inside the castle and moped. The castle was crowded too, and I wanted to avoid people, but I couldn't even get privacy in my own room. So I went to my PM box.
The box was up in a tower. Every student had their own tower, accesible from what looked like the 2nd floor of Trinkle, and at the top was a locked room that contained messages and letters and junk. I decided to go up there and take a nap.
When I woke up from that nap, Ralph was at my door. He wanted attention. I tried to take him for a walk, but I'd forgotten about my ankle bracelet, and I set the alarm off. The police came, and told me that I had 3 strikes before they took me to jail, and I'd just used up one of them (disturbia much?).
I used another one the next day. I was able to evade the police and follow Erin and Meredith to this craft sale that was taking place next to Melchers. It was a craft sale and a rummage sale. I bought a box of German word magnets, and some cookie cutters. Then we went back to our building/my house, and I grabbed some pizza from the still-going celebration before the police caught me and sent me back upstairs.
Friday, April 22, 2011
First dream, I was hanging in the apartment's living room with Adrienne, Erin and Meredith. We were going to watch a movie or something. I was unbearably tired, and kept dozing off. I was really concerned about it, I'd gotten plenty of sleep the night before, but I just couldn't keep my eyes open. I thought I might have had a seizure and I was feeling the after effects. Adrienne kept saying to me "No, stay up, we have to do fun things!" and I was like "I know, I'm sorry, I'm just so tired!" Turns out I was tired because I was asleep.
Then I remembered I had to stay up because my family was coming to visit. I forced myself to start neatening up the living room. My mother arrived first. Later my cousin Robert appeared with a bunch of people his age that I didn't recognize. One of them looked like a pirate. Then the characters from Ouran High School Host Club showed up, and Tamaki started trying to impress Haruhi right in my dining room (the place was much bigger to accomodate all of these people.) He cooked up some plan about tying himself to train tracks and escaping.
The room got incredibly cold, in the dream, and I woke up to discover my comforter was at the foot of my bed and it was freezing.
Next dream featured me and Adrienne sitting on my couch discussing the merits of Nutella. Then I had to rescue Erin and Meredith from pirates, which took a surprisingly short time. Then I had to teach a baby deer to respond to its name.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
I was at home researching my paper. Except it wasn't my home, it was darker, smaller, and all of the furniture was different. Also, there were huge bookshelves. It kind of was like the living room of my apartment here, but instead of the piano there was a bookshelf, and there wasn't a giant window. I was sitting on the couch reading a book about Buddhism. My father came in, said something about being proud of me for doing homework, then into the hallway. My mother was at the barn. I think dad was taking a nap. I got a text from Andrew Ballard saying to meet him at the library. I told him I didn't have a ride there, he said I should just walk.
I left the apartment/house and found that it was located in the center of a parking lot at the side of a busy highway, where you'd expect a gas station to be. There were trees surrounding the lot. The sun was setting off to my right. I went in that direction, made another right, and ended up at the library eventually. My father texted me a while later and asked me where I was, I told him I was at the library researching my paper. He was like "How did you get there?", I responded "I walked.", he was like "Yay!"
Then I met some of the people from my business class and we started discussing German things.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
First, Ballard and I wanted to go see this movie about China (undoubtedly influenced by my hours playing Marvel yesterday) so we arranged for a time and met at the theater. This theater was in the basement of the art museum in DC. We arrived early, but were detained by some security people. We were let out 5 minutes before the start of the movie, and then Ballard told me that he hadn't bought me tickets. I rushed to an electronic ticket booth, cut to the front of the line and ordered myself a ticket. We got to the theater just as it was starting. The movie was horribly stereotypical, like Mandarin's palace from Marvel Ultimate Alliance.
Meredith met me outside when we got out. We decided somehow that we had to go spy on some people on Princess Anne street. We pretended we were friends of theirs and crashed a party. I don't remember what we heard, but we got caught and got arrested. We were imprisoned in our apartment, they gave us ankle bracelets to keep us inside. I told them that we had to get on campus for classes, we had finals and were graduating in less than 2 weeks, and they were like "Too bad, you jaywalked too many times."
Friday, April 15, 2011
So it turns out on Wednesday when I missed Buddhism, Ambuel had given a pop quiz. When I got to class, I looked around and saw the graded sheet on everyone's desk and I was like "AGH!" Then Ambuel gave me and everyone else who'd missed class (about 10 people) a piece of sheet music and told us to go wait in a different room while he gave a lecture. We went to a room that looked like the creepy basement room in Westmoreland. There was a piano there, and when he was done giving his lecture we were going to form an impromptu choir. We just stood there for a while. The people who knew each other were chatting. I decided to try playing the piano, but when I got up there and tried to start playing "On The Rise" I couldn't get my fingers to play the right rhythm and embarrassed myself.
Monday, April 11, 2011
In my dream, I was so nervous about the possibility of getting woken up by the horrific fire alarm for the 1 AM fire drill that I just got up and went for a walk. It was grey outside, and kinda drizzly, but I wasn't annoyed by that. I met Mel in the parking lot. I told her that she was mean for never visiting us, and that it was just as hard to get to Pittsburgh as for her to get to Ellicott City and we should compromise. She told me to take the train. We got onto the subject of the German train system, and from there to the movie Friendship, and from there to German comedies in general. We walked up to William Street, and then I remembered that I needed to get inside and back to my room without Erin noticing so I could pretend to sleep through tennis. I did manage to get back to my room without being seen, but I was sure I had been heard. I looked at my phone, saw that it was only 1:30 (though it should have been more like 6:00) and turned over and went back to sleep. Then I woke up for real, and saw that it was 7:30 and my alarm would ring in 15 minutes.
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Our apartment had become infested by tiny living artist models, the poseable wooden guys. We were trying to gather them up and toss them into the dumpster, but they kept fighting back. I put them in a box, put that box inside another box, put that box inside a box with a heavy lid, took that box to the dumpster and shut the door. These little guys were like the toys from Toy Story though, and kept getting out. I was a little disturbed by the fact that I was comparing them to the Toy Story characters (even in the dream) and still bent on their destruction, but what was I supposed to do? They were kind of creepy.
Then I was walking through Eltville ( or an old town that was understood to be Eltville) with Adrienne, Mer, Erin, and Matt. The buildings were taller than they should have been, but I think that's because when I was last there I was much smaller than I am now, and the buildings were indeed taller. We walked past a graffitied wall, and I said we were near the Fussgangerzone and should go over there to get ice cream. Sometime around there, my friends vanished and a person I didn't know turned to me and said "But what will we do about the language barrier?"
I was wandering about this strange-but-not-strange city with this red-haired person I didn't know. I noticed that the sentence "what will we do about the language barrier" was scattered about the city in a Bad Wolf sort of way. We got to a large green area between two streets with a statue at one end, sort of like that place behind Kenmore Park in Fredericksburg. The actors who play the Weasley twins were there, playing something that looked like Bocce Ball. I went through a secret door in the statue and found myself in my room. It wasn't really my room. It was dark, lit by a single lamp on a desk. It crowded with a lot of useless things, but unlike my room it was underground. There were bunk beds. My computer was on a desk underneath one of the bunks. I got on my computer, logged onto AIM, and all of my friends had IM'd me with "what will we do about the language barrier?" I was quite weirded out.
Then I woke up.