Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Crocodiles

I had a bad dream last night and I'm hoping someone can interpret. I was down by a lake (or maybe an inlet of the ocean, there were very minimal waves) with my two younger children and some friend. My children were younger than they are now, maybe 10 years younger. I have no idea where my oldest was, maybe she was back fixing lunch. I also have no idea who the friend was, I'm not even sure I saw him, I just knew he was there.

Anyway, we had decided it was time to go back in (where ever "in" was) and we were packing some things up. My daughter picked up a steak from the marsh using a fork she had in her hand (I've no idea why the steak was there or why she had a fork or why she thought it was important to pick it up - dreams make no sense to me). I was picking up a couple of tool boxes (why would I need a tool box?) when I noticed the crocodile rise out of the marsh.

As I noticed with disgust that the tool boxes had turned over and the tools were somewhat scattered in the marsh, I reached for the only defensive weapon I could find, a long screw driver. I told my daughter to throw the steak to the crocodile, hoping it would slow him down a little and abate his obvious hunger for just a few minutes. It didn't help.

I yelled at the kids to head up to the house and began poking at the croc's mouth with the screw driver. The last thing I recall was telling my friend that he should protect himself and that this didn't look good. I recalled how I had seen videos of crocodiles and how fast they could move and how much they could jump. I felt like I was going to lose an arm at a minimum.

It was then I woke up. 4am and couldn't go back to sleep. Now for some facts: 1) I'm really not sure if it was a croc or an alligator and can't recall enough details to make a difference. Not that it matters, I was going to be it's lunch. 2) I can't recall that I've vacationed on a marsh in a very long time. We did rent a house that backed up to a canal along the beach a couple years ago. But unless you went out on a dock, you couldn't access it. 3) I can't recall ever seeing a crocodile or an alligator except at zoos and such. 4) If you & I are together and I ever do see one, I know how to run. I don't have to outrun the croc, I just have to outrun you.

Any interpretations?

6 comments:

4simpsons said...

I'm not good at interpreting dreams, but I think crocs are the ones with teeth showing when their mouths are closed. And I think they have pointier noses . . . though maybe it is the other way around.

4simpsons said...

I'm not good at interpreting dreams, but I think crocs are the ones with teeth showing when their mouths are closed. And I think they have pointier noses . . . though maybe it is the other way around.

dpotts said...

Just before I saw your post I read this article. Perhaps you have some form of ESP?

Randy Barnett said...

David,
The article says it happened to Sandra Frosti in Monday night, I wonder if the same gator visited me on Tuesday night? Coincidence? I think not.

Neil,
Based on the picture in the article David found, I'd say you're right, gators don't show their teeth and have blunt noses. I'm sure getting an arm taken off by a gator won't be near as bad as a croc :)

emilymburgess said...

I know....You are Pregnant!!

Randy Barnett said...

Emily,
That must be it!

Of course, the downside is I'll STILL never see one of those tests come back negative...