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For one of my birthdays many years ago, I got a “How to interperet your dreams” book as a present. I can’t remember who got it for me, I just thought it was quite exciting, because I thought that I really would be able to analyse my dreams.

But of course these books are a load of old bobbins (that’s a polite way of saying ‘bollocks’ by the way), because all they do is say shite things like “If you dream of cheese, this means you are going to win some money”. And “If you dream of riding on a grey elephant this means that you’re going to get some bad news” – all total nonsense.

Dreaming – of course – is a way at the end of the day for your brain to take in, digest, and process everything that has happened to you during the day – or the last time that you slept & dreamt, and instead you end up having a weird amalgamation of a combination of things that have happened to you.

So if you went (say) shopping for new shoes on Saturday, rang your mum and watched Doctor Who before going to bed, you might end up dreaming that David Tennant turns up wearing your new shoes holding a phone in his hand going “It’s for youuuu! It’s your mum!”. That sort of things, right?


And this dreamy process also determines how you daydream of things. You have something happen to you whilst you are awake, and it sets of a little chain of thoughts in your head, but again – they’re all connected. e.g You buy a cup of coffee in starbucks, and the shade of green on the cup reminds you of your green dinner plates at home and shit – I didn’t wash up before I left, did I? And now I’m worried that I left the tap running on the kitchen sink … thank sort of thing, right?



But what happens … when you find you’re having dreams at night which have NOTHING to do with what’s happened to you during the day, or even more freaky when you have TOTALLY unconnected daydreams.

Several times over the past couple of weeks now, I’ve been doing something completely innocuous. Making dinner, drinking tea, walking the dog, driving the Tankmobile®, having a shower, yawning, playing with my phone, when suddenly – bam! Out of nowhere comes a deep memory from many years ago which is totally unconnected to the event I was just doing.

And it’s freaking me out slightly. After all, why should it be that:

Putting the trash rubbish out at home reminded me of a time when my dad came home late one night because he’d been witness to a road accident as he was driving home and had to stop and talk to the police.

Waiting to meet a potential work contact for lunch the other week took me to a memory of when I cancelled a comic/subscription that I had in my local newsagents, because I felt at the age of 14 I was getting too old to be reading comics anymore.

Standing in a line at the post office just today reminded me of a time I was about 18 and hadn’t been driving long and I saw an accident on the A3 near Guildford, where a crappy little Ford Fiesta (like mine) has been crushed like a concetena.

Searching (and failing) to find Oreo ice cream in my local Harris Teeter the other day took me back to a few years ago when I had a nasty verucca on my foot and had to make many trips to a local chiropodist to have it ‘frozen’ off.

And there are many many more examples. These are just the ones I remember.

So … why … why! Why? How are those thoughts connected. They’re not. Not as far as I can see.

The only thing I can put it down to is change. Moving. Travelling 4,000 miles and all that, and my whole brain is sort of having a big purge through, think, adjustment as there are so many new things to take in a get my head around that it’s mixing up my head and my thoughts and stirring up old old memories that are tucked away and they keep popping to the forefront of my mind. It’s very very weird.

There you go, that’s my ramble.

Your dreams, thoughts, and any brain-dumping that you want to do below please …

26 responses to “iMonster”

  1. Bob Hannent says:

    I’m a strong believer in the rational dream explanations. They truely are the mind processing, dealing with what it has encountered and what it has to anticipate.

    This is where I now state things which people refute.

    Saying that there is a website (stay with me here), which has a good dream dictionary. Its heavily on the symbolism but uses that in psychological terms. Check it out:

    I rarely remember any of my dreams, I suspect thats partly to do with the level of control I have within my mind. But occasionally the vail is lifted and I remember one of them. It happens very rarely and sometimes its hard to distinguish dream from reality. Its even harder to distinguish because (stay with me again), so many of my dreams have come true. I’ve have pre-cognition of such diverse things as two deaths in the family, one birth, when I was a kid my neighbours new car and my parents new bedroom furniture.

    This is not unsupprising as when I was a kid I exhibited the ability to see the past apparently. I’ve even been seen having conversations with ghosts and I once described the state of the cliffs over Dover in WWII with uncanny detail before I was old enough to know what it was. But all that has stopped these days. But now I’m just modestly empathic and just this weekend my mother knew I wasn’t going to visit her even before I phoned because she sensed it (and my guilt).

    I’m bound to get slated for this, I know what I know. I don’t remember the events from my childhood, they are what I was told when I was much older.

  2. David says:

    Hang on a moment geoff, are you from guildford? I am from not to far away. Junction 3 of the M3 baby!

  3. Last night, I woke up convinced I had fallen asleep in a bed that was an exhibit in a modern art exhibition. I suspect I am getting camper van withdrawl symptoms, and that I may need to reduce the number of paintings in the bedroom.

  4. Andrew (TM) says:

    One of my recurring childhood nightmares used to be descending this wide spiral (clockwise as you go down) staircase. In the dream, going down was the only option, becoming darker and progressively more and more unpleasant, and further and further from the safety of ground level. It was only when I recently re-visited Greenwich (aged 31) and used the foot-tunnel under the Thames that I realised the origins of the dream… the spiral staircase is dank and cold. Although I knew my parents had taken me to the tunnel when I was 5 or 6 years old, my only *conscious* memory had been of the tunnel itself (and maybe coming up in the lift)!

    Radio 4 has a series of documentaries on memory; looks like they may be repeating them this summer:

    The brain does all sorts of magical (and lossy) data-compression on memory; when recalling events which happened to you in familiar places, you typically mix a generic memory of the place with a specific memory of the event. I’m guessing that a change of continent, Geoff, means you need to re-establish a new base-line of generic memory, which may involve comparison with, or re-affirming old memories (from the UK)…? Fascinating innit!
    Think Oxford Street. Think shopping, think crowds, think dusty, think noisy, think red London buses, think taxis. A few months back, if someone said “taxi” you’d immediately visualise a black London Hackney cab, in time, I guess “taxi” will evoke recall of a yellow US taxi. If the memory didn’t take time to re-organise and reclassify, perhaps your mind would bizarrely recall a scene of Oxford street populated by yellow US taxis???

  5. zuzula says:

    i did a creative thinking course once and the basic concept was that the further you remove yourself from familiar surroundings, the more you will think about everything, even things you don’t even realise are on your mind, because you’re more alert.

    So I think maybe what you’re doing is trying to ‘familiarise’ your new situation by relating it to old situations. it might be a random association, or perhaps your brain is making a connection you can’t consciously remember (eg the night with your dad, maybe you/your mum had just put the rubbish out, or been talking about it while waiting for him).

    or maybe this is just complete psychobabble!

  6. Tardis Tina says:

    I agree with the #4 about the brain re-evaluating itself. You are probably ‘missing’ your old homes in the U.K., but also love your new home. The brain is trying to make sense of it all, like doing a sort on the Computer. I have moved home many, many times but still remember the original childhood home in my dreams. The whole experience of travel broadens your mind and outlook. You are also ‘grieving’ I think for the loss of your old life and will one day come to accept it. It is a normal process and shows you are a sensitive human being. Maybe you should write down some of your childhood experiences, it could come in handy for a book later on. I’m doing mine now before I get too old and daft to remember.

  7. Paul says:

    I stand (er sit) amazed … Geoff blogs and no imagery!

  8. stroppycow says:

    There might have been other triggers to the memories at the time that you did not register, like a sound or a smell which somehow might have been linked to the memories in question.

  9. Helen Kent says:

    I reckon they are connected to what you’re doing!! Here are my ideas for you:-

    * Putting the rubbish out – outside, maybe right where the car is parked? You’re dad drove home and parked right outside your house or in the drive way, maybe right next to the rubbish bins? Some random thought process led you to linking the two together???

    * Waiting to meet someone for potential work thing – you probably felt like you had to act poshish, more grown up for that particular meeting, leading to you remembering cancelling the comics due to you feeling like you should be more grown up??

    * Standing in the post office reminded you of car accident – if US post offices are anything like UK’s and they have leaflets all over the place and forms for things like drivers license and car insurance etc, that could have triggered your memory of the car accident, if not you could have been thinking of the differences between US and UK post offices which led you to remember the UK’s post offices being full of car insurance / driving license applications – therefore making you remember the accident again!

    * Finally, and quite obviously, you were searching for oreo ice cream, in freezers, that are full of ICE – to getting your verruca (rank) frozen off! With ice – or at least something very cold and icy – like the ice cream or the freezers!

    There, what do u think of those explanations???

    I think i’m a genius xxx

  10. geofftech says:

    #2 – David. I used to live and work in Guilford many many years ago, and when I was still in the UK (a couple of months back), I still lived quite nearby. I know Guildford well, and would consider it “my territory”, yes!

    #3 – Welcome back Ian! How was Germany?

    #6 – Love the new name!

  11. geofftech says:

    On the serious side … indeed Paul, a whole post without images – and look at the good response it got! A good topic can be a good topic without any fancy imagery to spruce it up, and I’m always the one that says that blogs without graphics are dull.

    Bob/Andrew/Strops/Zu/Helen … cool. Lovely comments and thoughts. thank you all – it’s nice to hear all your thoughts and theories!

  12. Paul Webb says:

    I know somebody who claims they can see the future (really!) but only has premantions of really dull things, so she doesn’t bother to tell anybody ‘cos, well, they are just too dull.

    I’m inclined to believe this person as they do not joke about that type of thing. And as far as lies go it is fairly unimpressive.

  13. The answer to “how was germany” will be found in detail on my blog! The Final installments will appear shortly, as will the picture special (pending the arrival of a half a terabyte of disk storage!), just as soon as I regain conciousness; suffice to say that Berlin is a long way away in a van.

  14. geofftech says:

    #12 – Paul, what .. thinks like “It’s going to rain today”, or “Jim at work will be wearing a brown sweater”, or what ? How dull ?

  15. Johnny Alpha says:

    >I know somebody who claims they can see the future (really!)

    I have this uncanny ability to see into the recent past. It’s usually too dull to go into but I’ll make an exception for you lovely people now. Hang on a sec while I prepare myself to transport.


    I predict that in the recent past I will just have eaten a bowl of honey and nut mini weetabix.

    Well whatdd’ya know, it’s completely spot on.

  16. Helen - RavingLoonyLawyers says:

    Hello Geoff,

    Thank you for your tips on how to write a ‘popular’ blog.

    As for the dream interpretation thing, I was also given a book many years ago as a birthday present… it was a lovely book, so lovely that I lent it to another friend and she never gave it back to me!

    Being Chinese we have a few symbolic signs we considered to be good/bad luck for the dreamer, like being caught in a flood would be considered good – I have never had any dreams where I have been caught in a flood, but my mum have and found each time she wakes up after a terrible flood she comes into money! I kid you not! LOL

  17. Paul Webb says:

    #14 – she once foretold the dropping of a tea-towel. I could have asked for more examples, but frankly, I couldn’t be bothered.

  18. Johnny Alpha says:

    >If you dream of cheese, this means you are going to win some money

    Gah. I dreamt of money one night, and a lorryload of cheese crashed into my front room the very next morning. Must try harder.

  19. geofftech says:

    Last nights dream:

    I was back at school in a Geography lessong, teaching everyong the words to the “I feel like chicken tonight” commericial (which never happened) – which then jumped straight to me falling of a rope/swing bridge when I was in the scouts when on camp (which did happen). but there is NO correlation between these two events! I seriously have a fucked up and warped mind sometimes…

  20. I dreamed last night, strangely enough, even before I read this blog post, about Geoff and his mum. Geoff’s mum lived in the flat across from me with her two yapping little dogs. She and I had tea every day and gossiped. Geoff was my roommate and I had to nag him constantly about keeping the shower clean. Even though he was never home and always off working. A former roommate of Geoff’s, who knew Geoff well, came over to visit, saw the dirty shower and said, “I see he hasn’t changed.” So…WTFIUWT?

  21. Emzi says:

    “Baby….I dream of you amidst the flowers…”
    Preminitions in dreams happen to me…but only in times of stress funnily enough. I do wonder why this is, what purpose preminition dreams serve? Why only appear when life is a stuggle? It’s so odd.

    Don’t stress about strange links your brain makes in daydreams…some woman was talking to me about the musical Grease this morning, and literally 20 seconds later I thinking about some stuff a pervy guy up our road found in a skip in 1973! You brain makes odd connections,drawing on memories but it’s nothing to worry fact I think it’s funny the thing you suddenly remember!

  22. Tardis Tina says:

    Kris, I have never owned a dog in my life, but I’d love to live near you and do the gossip thing. I don’t get much gossiping on the 9th floor. After 6 weeks stuck indoors, I am now free! Re Geoff and the shower, he was always a clean and tidy lad, his bedroom was spotless, even kept his albums in alphabetical order!

  23. Johnny Alpha says:

    *which never happened
    *which did happen

    I’m glad you clarified that Geoff, I mean, it wouldn’t be out of character for you to sing “I feel like chicken tonight” in a geography lesson!


  24. If I keep my albums in alphabetical order, does that make me tidy too?

  25. viplette says:

    Surely keeping your albums in alphabetical order makes him anal not tidy?
    Geoff. How the devil are you?

  26. geofftech says:

    Vipalunathan! Find ‘n’ dandy thanks for asking. Now reply to my email i sent you eons ago!

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