What Dreams May Come

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  1. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    At some point you may have a dream like the one I had Saturday night.


    With the approach of Swab Summer (in my dream, swabs had not yet reported) I notified my boss that I was leaving our organization (the day before I hit my 1 year anniversary), so I could return to the Coast Guard Academy, go through swab summer and four years of schooling to become a Coast Guard officer again.

    My boss was dismayed, but forged a "signature board" from my co-workers to wish me a good life. I told my wife when I got home and she wasn't happy. And then we all went to New London (my wife and parents) the day before R-day. And that's when it hit me, "This is a TERRIBLE decision" (it didn't dawn on me during my dream that it couldn't happen.)

    So I called my boss and told her I had made a horrible decision and really wanted to come back to the organization. Sadly, because I had received a forged signature board, I would not be allowed to return.

    And at about that time I woke and immediately felt I had made a mistake... and then realized it was all a dream.




    I've heard about the "return to academy" dreams before; people returning to the Coast Guard Academy to repeat Swab Summer, but as officers. My wife told me she had a similar dream for pharmacy school.
     
  2. LongAgoPlebe

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    I've had "that" dream about both USNA and about grad school. In my USNA dream, it's usually some variant of me walking out Gate 3 and the jimmylegs following me out the gate to demand that I strip my uniform (usually I am in summer whites) before they will allow me to proceed out. That's when I have the second thoughts, try to re-enter, but they point to the ground where there is a line (in the sand, as it were!). I try to cross anyway, but run into a Star Trek-like force field. Then I look down and I am in my underwear, summer whites now gone.

    In the grad school version, I earn tenure, but turn in my resignation the day after receiving my letter (NEITHER of these things has happened yet!). I decide to go back into the field to complete another dissertation project, but bring my 5-year-old son along. He threatens to cry and tear up my plants unless we collect bugs instead. I begin to think it was a really bad idea to give up tenure, because I have forgotten my sunblock. I call my DC (department chair) and ask to come back, but he has already given my office to Rotten Colleague. Then I (blessedly) wake up.

    I usually have one or the other once or twice a year. I had a Plebe Summer dream last week.
     
  3. Lynpar

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    LITS, this is a cool topic for a thread and fun to read. It sounds absolutely dreadful!
     
  4. Spud

    Spud BGO

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    I have dreamt more about USNA than I ever have dreamed of Viet Nam. It always seems that I am going back to do Plebe Summer and the 4 years all over again at my present age (a grandfather) and nobody notices anything strange. Another variation is that I am frantically looking for my company formation during noon meal and the drum and bugle corps has started to play and companies are moving and I am lost and running between the formations. Usually I am out of uniform too. Once I looked down at my feet and I had black wingtip dress shoes on but I never can find my company. A psychiatrist would have a field day with my brain.
     
  5. icarus

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    Sounds like a plug from "psychic friends hotline":thumb:
     
  6. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Your dream is pretty messed up. It's probably weirder than the time I was at a dinner party with a bunch of cartoon animals when a cartoon racoon jumped down the stairs and killed another cartoon animal (species of which I can't remember), all punctuated by intense piano music.

    That's the last time I'll ever willingly go to a cartoon animal dinner party!




    Maybe this thread should be moved to off-topic, as I'm sure each academy has its dream/nightmare inducing aspects.
     
  7. Full Metal Bulldog

    Full Metal Bulldog Citadel Class of 2016

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    I'm not looking forward to knob year dreams haha....talk about a haunting :eek:

    On another note, the movie that shares the title of this thread was awesome, that's what got my attention.
     
  8. kinnem

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    I think this goes to show the influence our alma maters (nourishing mothers) have on us. I have a similar dream about returning to mine because it was discovered that I was, in fact, actually 3 hours short of a diploma but somehow it had been overlooked. I was determined to get those three hours. I have this dream a lot. Wonder if I need a shrink? I wonder if LITS needs a shrink? :biggrin:
     
  9. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    I haven't even touched on my horrible tornado dream.... or the time my mother was sucked out of the window of a car and I wasn't able to turn around (the two dreams are in no way related.)
     
  10. CGAFencer

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    Ever since I was placed on the waiting list this past year, I have had 7 dreams about getting that call and flying over to New London for R-Day. They were all different and weird. In one dream the CGA was at an airport and in another it was in a two story house in New Jersey... but they all gave me hope that I actually was going to get that call. I never did, however, a new year approaches and I am self-prepping at Northwestern Preparatory School ready to reapply and waiting for those dreams to come again. Only this time I hope they come true.
     

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