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What does this dream mean?
I am hungry 20%
I am a racist 20%
I am not a racist 0%
I need more duct tape 20%
I need to buy sunglasses. 40%

Votes: 5

 "The Blinding Dawn" or "Breakfast at PizzaHut

 Author:  Topic:  Posted:
Jan 16, 2002
I had another really weird dream last night. I had one the night before too, involving my sister and me running the scoreboard at a haunted baseball stadium. I choose to describe the weirder of the two.

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The dream takes place on the morning of a test. As a tradition, I usually eat breakfast on test mornings around 4:30 or 5:00 AM, and then study until the test at 8am. Lately I have been eating at Waffle House, but it is always extremely crowded at 5am.

In my dream, I wanted to avoid the crowd, and I had heard that there were good homestyle breakfasts in a certain black neighborhood. My city is very segregated, and me being white, I haven't seen most of the black neighborhoods. But sometimes I do eat or shop in black neighborhoods to avoid crowds. I can't recall the name of the place I visited in my dream. It was probably "Generic Black Neighborhood I Have Never Been Too."

I don't remember any detail about the drive over there, but it was still dark. I came to the business district, and it was typical southern, pre-war, slightly run-down storefronts. I decided to eat at PizzaHut. The PizzaHut was a sidewalk cafe and was the only place open for breakfast. I was a little mad at whoever told me that this area was a good place to get an early meal. On top of all of this, it was raining, and there was only inside seating.

Because I don't like breakfast pizzas, I ordered a Coke and breadsticks with tomato sauce. The chain-smoking waitress looked at me like I was stupid and informed that they didn't serve tomato sauce with their "breakfast biscuits." Amazingly, I had trouble finding a seat at the sidewalk. I eventually found one, and wolfed down my breadsticks in the 5am rain, surrounded by a bunch of soaking-wet black people who looked as grumpy as I did.

After I was done, I paid my check, and the waitress told me I would probably need some duct tape. I asked her why, and she said that soon rush hour would start and the sun would rise. The sun would be shining down the mountain at a funny angle. The people would be driving in towards the factories, and the sun would be in their eyes. Since I was heading in the wrong direction, the commuters would have trouble seeing me, and I needed to make myself as visible as possible.

She told me to turn on my headlights, and tape over the top half of the lights. She also told me to tape the duct tape on my chest to make myself more visible. I looked around me, and other people at the Pizza Hut were beginning to tape themselves up in complicated zigzag patterns. I took the duct tape, but left without applying it.

It was a very treacherous drive back. The sun was blinding, and the people coming in from the opposite direction were swerving all over the road. The sun was shining off my rear-view mirror directly in my eyes. I was also swerving all over the road. I looked at the roll of tape in the front seat, and thought I was an idiot.

Because it was now light, I could see the landscape on the way to school. I drove through a large empty field where the homeless people lived. They lived in beds along the road, and most of them were bunk beds. They had their few possessions scattered around the beds and cardboard boxes. There were address numbers nailed to the beds or boxes. I realized that I had never thought that the homeless had addresses.

I drove back to school to continue to study for my test, and I don't remember any more of this dream. Notes: For the last two nights, I have eaten dinner at restaurants where I am the only white person there. One of those dinners was at a pizza restaurant. During yesterday's drive home, I was blinded by the setting sun and almost ran through a red light. I also saw a homeless man setting up a cardboard box under an overpass.


Suggestion (none / 0) (#1)
by hauntedattics on Thu Jan 17th, 2002 at 07:22:27 AM PST
Hey, maybe you should study for your tests the night before, so you don't have to get up at the heinous hour of 4.30 am to study. Then you'd be getting enough sleep and experiencing normal sleep patterns, thereby avoiding such oddities as you described above.

Ah, whatever. Dreams are just tripped out movies anyway. Don't try to analyze 'em too much - just enjoy 'em. Works for me.

My standard test week schedule (none / 0) (#2)
by First Incision on Thu Jan 17th, 2002 at 08:09:54 AM PST
The 5-7 days leading up to the test:
Study normally. Get to sleep by midnight.

2 days before the test:
Review, and get to sleep by 10pm.

Night before the test.
Cram until 2am or 1am.
Re-awake at 4:30 or 5:00am. Get my brain working; have breakfast, and review things I had the most trouble with.
Find a couch sleep from 7:00am - 7:40am

Take test at 8:00 am.

Consume food and beer at noon.

This is a method I have devised to get my memory of the test material in peak condition at exactly 8am, while staving off complete exhaustion and collapse until noon.

It might not work for everyone, but it works great for me.
Do you suffer from late-night hacking? Ask your doctor about Protonix.

Are you for real ? (none / 0) (#3)
by Anonymous Reader on Thu Jan 17th, 2002 at 11:54:20 AM PST
My city is very segregated, and me being white, I haven't seen most of the black neighborhoods

Segregation was ended in the 1930's according to the history they teach us in Europe. Or have I missed recent amendments to the US constitution ?

contrast... (none / 0) (#4)
by nathan on Thu Jan 17th, 2002 at 12:23:31 PM PST
de facto with de jure.

Li'l Sis: Yo, that's a real grey area. Even by my lax standards.

Exactly (none / 0) (#5)
by First Incision on Thu Jan 17th, 2002 at 01:32:18 PM PST
You might want to look at that history again. Legal segregation didn't start to end until the 1950's. The process lasted well into the 1960's.

Blacks are now, of course allowed to patronize in whatever restaurants and hotels they would like. They are no longer required to use separate restrooms, water fountains, or bus seating. They no longer have to pay taxes or pass an intelligence test to vote. I would say the desegregation of public places is fairly complete.

But just because the laws were taken off the books doesn't mean that the neighborhoods became racially mixed. In fact, the opposite happened. As blacks regained voting power, they began to hold more sway in local politics. As a result, whites began to flee the borders of the large cites and settle in suburbs. These suburbs also have separate school systems.

So while my metro area (which is about 50/50 black and white) has a good mix in places like malls and Wal-Marts, the residential areas and schools are separated quite sharply along racial lines.
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