Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Last Night I Had a Nightmare Sort Of

Last night I dreamed I was at a large hotel on a coastline taking a bath and discovered mosquitoes had been breeding in the bath water. They were everywhere. I got out and put a towel around me after spraying myself with Off, and then I walked into the next room where other hotel guests and the manager were preparing for a hurricane and complaining that the hotel's owner, who was not present, would not get them the supplies we needed for the storm.

As I walked to the other side of the room, I heard the manager, who was white, discussing a restaurant in the community that had been used as a hurricane shelter before. Apparently the restaurant owner had refused entry to an elderly black woman that the community loved, putting her life in danger. The hotel manager finished her story saying, "Talk about your civil rights issue!"

For some reason, these people had gone out of their way to buy a window air conditioner to prepare for the storm, which made sense in the dream but does not in reality. When they plugged it in, it wouldn't work, or at least they kept saying it didn't work. I told them it did. I could feel the cool air going above our heads.

As I left that room, panic rolled over me. I recalled how much a window air conditioning unit can run up an electricity bill and it occurred to me that they had plugged the thing into my room. How could I tactfully tell them that we'd have to split the utility bill when it arrived? If I didn't, then I would get stuck with paying for everyone else's energy.

No. I haven't analyzed this dream yet.

1 comment:

msladyDeborah said...

It sounds like stress to me. Which would not be that surprising at this point of your life. You have a lot going on.