This morning is the first of my Fridays off since changing my work schedule* and I was hoping to come out the gate with a full head of steam, but my back was a bit funky and I was like, I’ll just rest a bit. Then I had one of those dreams where nothing works right. For reasons I don’t remember, I took a bus to Seattle, but then I still tried to do my job, which is on phones. I had a phone that was basically a piece of paper. I was having a sad annoying call then I remembered a phone the thickness of a piece of paper would have bad battery life, and it cut out.
But for some reason that just interrupted one call, then another dropped in. Then I remembered I’m not supposed to be working because I have today off, but I couldn’t stop taking calls neatly without hanging up on another customer. Then I went down through Pike Place Market, like I used to do in college. It was hugely crowded, then I remembered it’s been less than fifteen days since my last COVID shot and I didn’t have a mask, so I started trying to bum one off of restaurant workers.
I got a mask and met my boyfriend. We went into a coffee/art shop and there were skinny European neo-nazis in there. We left, on the way out suggesting to the restaurant they call the cops. In the next place we went, I saw some burly antifa types. This is funny because IRL neo-nazis are more likely to be muscleheads and antifas more likely to be scrawny lil bros. But I then remembered there were nazis next door and told the antifas. They went next door and some kind of noisy rumpus began.
But on our way out, I saw some nazis chilling outside and was like, what the fuck did the antifas do? Get distracted by a shiny object? We kept leaving.
At some point my boyfriend went missing and I knew when I found him, he’d either be pretending to be one of the ghosts from Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Pulse, or he would actually be one, a shadow melting into a wall and saying “help me.” I found him behind a couch looking shadowy and threw a pillow at him to get him to stop melting.
He stood up and laughed it off like he wasn’t going to do that, but he was vibrating like a movie ghost. I remembered he has epilepsy and wondered if it was relevant. I don’t remember how the dream ended, but here I am. Time to get to work! As a creator…
*to be strictly accurate, this is the first friday of the new schedule where i didn’t have another huge obstacle in the way. hasn’t been going great. still at it tho.