September 25, 2016 | Exploring Group Dynamics

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Late last night (early morning) after watching television (Japanese anime) with my brother GC I was going to play a bit of Fallout 4 and then brush my teeth and go to bed, but I accidentally fell asleep on the couch for a few hours (1:something AM – 6:something AM) because I was more tired than expected so I did not get up to play some Fallout 4 like I had planned.

I woke up suddenly realizing what had happened and I remembered some dreams but they were fading fast as I rushed to turn everything off and get in bed, and so I did not take the time to try to remember them and voice record them before getting in bed because I was worried that I would not be able to go back to sleep or it would take me longer to go to sleep so I forgot those dreams and so I spent most of last night sleeping and snoring on the couch and I only got to sleep a few hours in my bed.

The dream or dreams that I had after finally getting in my bed instead of the couch all involved groups or group dynamics, and so the dream explored various situations involving groups of people.

The Walking Dead television franchise and The Walking Dead Telltale Games were featured heavily in the dream or dreams at first, the dream or dreams followed group dynamics among groups of people inspired by The Walking Dead, and so some parts of the dream or dreams took place inside television series and some took place inside video games and some took place in the normal dream or dreams itself/themselves.

After exploring group dynamics between people in survival situations like on The Walking Dead, the dream jumped around exploring group dynamics among other groups of people, and I was probably in some parts of the dream or dream but there were some parts of the dream or dreams where I possibly was not there.

Some of the group dynamics that were explored involved sports teams and sports fans with more of a focus on American Football (this was not the only sport explored), and so I saw various situations between teammates and sports fans.

Other group dynamics explored were between a military-like group, I remember that there was a woman with whitish-colored skin wearing a uniform for the military-like group, and she was waiting to be accepted into the military-like group so that she could start her training.

We were at an indoor/outdoor building where some members of the military-like group were training and I got to see some of the interactions between the people and the drill instructor, the woman was sure that she would be accepted so that is why she was already wearing the uniform, and I remember us standing and talking as she waited to find out if she was accepted or not but that is all that I can remember of this part of the dream.

Some group dynamics between family members were explored, and so there were various situations that I got to see between families interacting with each other.

One group dynamic that I got to see was between one or more groups of people who spoke the same language but who were learning another language, but a woman in one of these groups wanted to learn French instead of the language that the rest of her group was learning.

This caused conflict with the rest of her group who were wondering why she wanted to learn French, and they argued with her and they tried to get her to stop learning French and to learn the language that they were learning.

The woman resisted and she said that she wanted to learn French, and so she kept learning French and her group probably banished her or shunned her and spoke badly of her but that is all that I can remember of this part of the dream.

This dream or dreams explored positive, negative, and neutral group dynamics between these various groups of people and various situations that they were in.

I also saw group dynamics between friends, classmates, coworkers, neighbors, citizens of the same country, members of the same ethnic group, probably member of the same religion, and more.

This dream or dreams jumped between these various group dynamics from various angles and locations et cetera (real life, video games, television series, films, et cetera), but that is all that I can remember of this dream or dreams.

The end,

-John Jr

September 25, 2016 | Happy Anniversary With WordPress.com!

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Today I got this notification from WordPress.com:

Happy Anniversary with WordPress.com!

You registered on WordPress.com 9 years ago.

Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging.

Thank you WordPress.comūüôā ,

-John Jr

September 24, 2016 | Getting Lost In A Shopping Mall With A Stuffed Five Nights At Freddy’s Toy

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The second part of this dream from last night or the second dream involved me walking around lost for so long that it caused me to forget most of the first part of the dream or the first dream.

All that I can remember of the first part of the dream or the first dream is that I remember seeing a woman who was or who reminded me of the actress Katharine Isabelle, I remember her making a facial expression that I can not describe, and I am not sure if this part of the dream or if this dream was positive or neutral or negative.

I just remember her making that facial expression, we probably talked and/or I heard her talking with someone else (maybe she was somewhat loudly trying to convince me and/or someone else of some thing, but I can not remember), but that is all that I can remember of this part of the dream or of this dream.

All that I can remember of this part of the dream or this dream is that I was inside one of the largest shopping malls if not largest shopping malls that has ever been in any of my dreams and there were probably a record-breaking number of people shopping in this mall (like an entire city full of people), and I was walking around the shopping mall (mall) looking inside and at various stores (businesses).

At some point I was inside a JCPenney or JCPenney-like store inside the mall, I had a maybe clear glass bottle of a special type of vinegar that I have never heard of before with the name of the type of vinegar written on a label on the bottle (maybe citrus vinegar, but I can not remember), and then I saw a Five Nights At Freddy’s stuffed toy (plush toy) of a character or fictional character from that video game or similar to one of those characters sitting on a shelf.

I stopped to look at the stuffed toy, it looked a bit old and the label was worn to where you could not see the price and other information, and it looked rough so I assumed that was part of the style because it was in too rough condition to sell as new or to sell at all at a place like this.

For some reason(s) that I can not remember I decided to take the stuffed toy with me and I was probably going to ask an employee about it, and I remember walking to the dressing rooms because I probably wanted to try on some clothing and ask an employee about the stuffed toy.

Standing at the dressing rooms was a female employee, she said that no merchandise was allowed in the dressing room area and that an employee would have to assist me when using the dressing room, and so I had to go put up the vinegar and stuffed toy first before she could let me use the dressing room.

I put up the vinegar but I could not remember where I got the stuffed toy from so I looked around, but eventually I got lost so bad that I was no longer inside JCPenney or the JCPenney-like store so I continued walking around the mall trying to find the store again and I was still holding the stuffed toy.

Now I only wanted to return the stuffed toy to the store, and so I walked and I walked and I walked among groups of people shopping.

Some areas had lines of people so I had to wait, this mall was huge and a bit confusing, and so I was trapped in a long cycle of being lost for a very long time.

At some point I was in an area that over-looked a courtyard-like area with many stores, like it was the first floor or main floor of the mall, and so I walked down to this area.

I walked around until I found a JCPenney store but it was possibly not the same one from earlier, and I walked to a small desk with a somewhat older over-fat female employee with dark-brown skin with short curly black hair wearing glasses who seemed to be based on a real person that I have seen before in the city of D sitting at it.

I explained my situation to the female employee, I simply wanted to give her the stuffed toy, but she dragged the conversation on and on until she said that I would have to pay a $10 return fee even though I did not even buy it (maybe it was a fee for them to return it to the other JCPenney in the mall) but I was not going to pay for that.

She then said that she would give me a good deal and sell the stuffed toy to me instead, I asked how much and she said that she would sell it to me for over $100, and I responded with confusion and I refused that and I explained why.

I was somewhat worried that she would threaten to call security and claim that I had stolen the stuffed toy, which was not true, but I did accidentally leave the store with it without paying because I got lost so I kept trying to solve this situation.

The employee continued to try to sell the stuffed toy to me until she finally gave up after I got so frustrated that I told her that there was no point in trying to sell it to me because I was not going to buy it and that I no longer even cared if she tried to claim that I stole it, and I think that she finally took the stuffed toy back and let me go but I woke up.

The end,

-John Jr

September 23, 2016 | Finding Family Photographs And Picture Frames

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I am not sure if this is one dream or not but I will type it as one dream, I remember being in another city like my parent’s and one or more of my brothers and I drove there on vacation or we stopped there on our way to somewhere else, and I had my automobile and the rest of my family were driving in another automobile.

We probably were staying at a small motel along a quiet part of a highway or in or near the countryside, we probably traveled around parts of the city to stores and/or restaurants and/or other locations, and one part of the dream took place during the day and I was probably driving in the countryside in somewhat familiar areas from some other past dreams or recycled similar versions of those areas.

The dream probably took place during the afternoon, evening, night, and at least into the next morning and afternoon.

I wanted to go eat at a buffet restaurant probably and my family and I were going to try to meet up there later, my family drove somewhere else in the city to do something, and I drove to a different part of the city to do something else until it was time to meet up with them at the buffet.

We kept in contact through our mobile phones during this time, I am not sure if my family was with me at this point or not, but I remember driving to a quiet area that seemed to possibly be near a small park-like area and it was possibly in a quiet part of the city or near or in the countryside.

I parked outside a small fictional wooden building that was familiar to me, in the fictional past my family and I had helped a woman set this place up by donating furniture and other things and helping her clean and organize and move stuff into the building, and I think that the building was going to be used as a church and/or for several purposes.

The woman was inside the building with other people, I remember going inside and the woman was talking about the building and the history behind it and how she set it up and why she set it up and what her plans were for the future and more, and I remember listening and talking with her.

It seemed that she needed some help moving some things again, she was possibly either going to use the building for something else now and/or she was going to have to close the building and/or something like that (I just know that I wanted to help), but I can not remember.

In a closet I noticed the furniture and stuff that my family and I had donated, but then I noticed many photographs in nice heavy picture frames (some were just empty picture frames that we donated) that belonged to my family and the photographs were of my family and I.

I did not think that these were meant to be donated so I started gathering some of our personal stuff to put it in my automobile, and then I was going to help the woman and the others move stuff around and/or whatever they needed help with.

While I was doing this I possibly called my family so that they could come see the stuff and visit with the woman and see this building again before we go to the buffet, and maybe we would invite the woman too.

But I woke up when I was outside loading up our personal stuff in my automobile on this nice sunny day.

The end,

-John Jr

September 22, 2016 | Small Island And A Protest In Scandinavia And Werewolves?

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I went to bed later than I wanted to but I did have several dreams and I was able to voice record barely part of two dreams, but I did not voice record the dreams that I had after this and I woke up and I went back to sleep several times so I forgot some dreams and some details of the dreams that I do remember part of.

Dream 1

I finally finished watching the television film Small Island last night, and my first dream and my third dream was about this film.

This dream involved a fictional version of what happened after the character Queenie Bligh gave her baby (Michael) to Hortense Roberts and Gilbert Joseph so that they could raise her baby.

The dream followed Hortense and Gilbert moving to a new house and raising the baby, and the dream jumped through the years as the baby got older but that is all that I can remember of this dream.

Dream 2

All that I can remember of this dream is suddenly being in a field during the day in another country somewhere in a country in probably Scandinavia, and there was a peaceful but somewhat loud protest taking place in front of a building in this field.

This was a nice looking area, some of the protesters were wearing camouflage military combat uniforms with a more circular camouflage pattern that somewhat reminded me of something the German military might use and they had bullpup rifles like maybe Steyr AUGs, but the other protesters were dreamed in normal clothing and did not have weapons and most or all the protesters had whitish-colored skin and seemed to be citizens of this country and/or other countries in Scandinavia (Scandinavian).

I had no idea what they were protesting and I had no idea how I got there or which country I was in at first, and so I probably asked some of the protesters what was going on and what country was this and they told me but I can not remember their responses.

A woman with whitish-colored skin walked from the entrance of the building to tell the protesters to stop blocking the entrance, and so the protesters moved back a bit.

I then asked the woman if we or I was allowed inside the building, and she said that I was allowed inside and that I could even rent a room so I went inside the building with her.

She walked to a wooden desk, the next thing that I remember is sitting in a small dark room inside this building watching a film with a few other people (at least two women and one man with whitish-colored skin), and I remember talking to a woman sitting on my right side.

I was probably asking her questions about this country and the protest and about my situation (how I probably had no idea how I got here), and I also talked about the country that I was from and we talked about other things.

I got some into the conversation that I was talking too loudly and disturbing the other people trying to watch the film, and so another woman in the room with whitish-colored skin with maybe long black hair had paused the film and was looking at me angrily waiting for me to stop talking so loudly.

I apologized and I started talking more quietly so the woman started playing the film again, and later something happened that I can not remember clearly where the man in the room and the woman next to me started to transform after something made one or both of them angry maybe.

I assume that the man started to transform first and the woman next to me started to transform to defend against the man, the man started transforming into what I assumed to be a werewolf, and the woman was too it seemed but she only partly transformed to where her eyes and teeth and fingernails briefly changed.

I then told the woman that we should run so we ran outside the door, I think that the others were left inside the room but I can not remember, and we held the door closed as the transformed man (werewolf) tried to open the door to get to us.

We held the door trying to keep him in the room, I probably felt bad about leaving the others in there and I hoped that they would be okay as long as we kept the werewolf focused on opening the door, but I can not remember what happened after this before I woke up except that the woman probably returned to normal but I can not remember as we held the door so that no one would notice that she could transform.

Dream 3

This dream was a continuation of the first dream, it involved Hortense and Gilbert and the baby from the film Small Island, but now the baby was an adult because many years had passed.

They possibly were living in The United States now but I can not remember, and they were inside a room in a house during the day talking.

It was just the three of them together as a family probably talking about the past, but that is all that I can remember of this dream.

The end,

-John Jr

September 21, 2016 | Small Island

 

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I forgot most of my dreams from last night, but I do know that one or more of my dreams involved the BBC/PBS television film Small Island, which I rented from The B Parish Library where I work when I noticed the actress Ruth Wilson and the actor Benedict Cumberbatch on the cover of the DVD when I was shelving DVDs while I was working on my shelver job so I was curious because I never knew that they had starred (acted) together in anything before, and I have watched some of this film the last two days in a row and I will probably finish watching it today.

My dream or dreams involved topics and probably some characters from that film and some fictional characters, and so the dream probably took place during and/or after World War II.

The dream or dreams focused on relationships, racism, citizenship, hate, ethnocentrism, nationalism, war, marriage, family, friendship, dating, conflict, imperialism, discrimination, social class, income, culture, society, pregnancy, and more.

These topics and more were explored through following some of the characters and situations from the film Small Island, and fictional characters and situations inspired by that film that my mind came up with on its own.

I am not sure if I was in the dream or dreams at any point or not, I also can not remember any of the exact scenarios in detail, but I do know that they followed closely with the film so far so relationships and marriage and racism and discrimination were major themes.

But that is all that I can remember of this dream or dreams.

The end,

-John Jr

September 20, 2016 | Forgotten Dreams

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I went to bed later than I wanted to last night, I woke up without voice recording my dreams, and then I slept in bed longer to get more sleep before work by sacrificing my usual schedule of waking up two hours early before work.

During this extra sleep time I kept waking up to look at the clock every few minutes without voice recording my dreams or even thinking about them, and then I had to get up and get ready for work quickly and leave without thinking about or voice recording my dreams.

I was busy at work constantly and I did not even take my break at work today so I worked non-stop except to use the bathroom, and now I can not remember any of my dreams from last night.

I can not even remember one word or topic or detail of any of my dreams from last night (absolutely nothing, blank, nada), which is very rare, and so I will try something that my brother GC recommended yesterday (he recommended that I start blogging about news articles and/or other things online and/or offline that catch my attention and/or that I want to help bring awareness to et cetera sometimes to go along with my dreams and/or to be separate from my dreams) and try sharing a news article or something that caught my attention recently and a video since I have no dreams to share today.

This Disinformation (Disinfo or Disinfo.com) article called, Paid Patriotism: The Real Tragedy, caught my attention maybe yesterday:

http://disinfo.com/2016/09/paid-patriotism-the-real-tragedy/

And here is a Zach Anner¬†YouTube video from today called¬†A Tribute To Bad### Moms – ABC’s Speechless:

The end,

-John Jr