Thursday, May 19, 2011

News From The Bird Bath

There is always a maybe with dreams.

LeBron James
Hello Caoxian, China
I sometimes mention, with a veneer of complaint, that no one ever visits me. When Just Plain Bill would drive over here we would enjoy manhattans and crab cakes at the King George. But both Plain Bill and King George have passed into the spirit world. Since then no one has come by to have a chair and share a chat with me.

So this Spring I bought a bird feeder and filled it with seeds, and I set out a pan of water. Now I have a small community of goldfinches that come by every morning and every evening. The chow down, sit around and chatter with each other. They are well fed, clean, polite and well behaved. There's only one thing wrong with them. They don't like me. Whenever I approach them they panic and fly away in all directions.

So last night I had a dream. It began with two giggling girls out on the balcony where the birds congregate. When I opened the door they ran down the fire escape stairs. It was evening and getting dark when I heard footsteps on the stairs. When I asked who was there I got no answer. I began to think I was being burglarized so I called 911 but couldn't get through to anyone who could help me. Then a few people came through the balcony door. But they turned on the lights and made themselves comfortable. Others came through the front door, used the kitchen and the bathroom and sat around the living room talking to each other. They made themselves at home, fixing drinks and putting out plates of food. My apartment was filled with a bunch of people I didn't know and none of them were paying any attention to me, in fact they acted as if I wasn't there. Meanwhile I was sitting in the corner with the phone to my ear still trying to get a hold of someone at 911. Then I woke up.

It was morning, the goldfinches were chattering outside and I thought it was starting all over again. I opened the door to look out and the birds flew away.

DB - Vagabond Journeys

(This is not a contest)

NASA has planned to send a two man mission on an 18 month trip to the planet Mars. It would take 6 months for the astronauts to get there and after 6 months of exploration another 6 months to return.

Should they do it and why, and if not, why not?

Only 6 answers so far

I eagerly await your answer.

Never give up.


Big Mark 243 said...

Not to intrude on your thoughts... but I can't help but think that you should venture out and get involved somewhere. Your life has been spent under the lights and now you are sitting behind the curtain.

Go out and let the world surprise you!

pacifica62 said...

What a delightful title and an amusing story. Someone should interpret that dream. I hope that you know that no matter who opened that door, the birds would fly away. They don't have anything against you. Imagine that, a party in your house and nobody invited you. Well, I would invite myself to share a chat and a beer but you are a very long ways away.

Valerie said...

I used to have dreams constantly where I wasn't being heard. I don't have them anymore. I have a book of dream interpretation. I think this dream is fascinating. I think only we can interpret our dreams. I think you know what this means, though. I wish you lived close by to me. I would come and visit you. We could paint and listen to music =)

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

We are hoping to be visitors in November.