Friday, October 28, 2005

Bad Dreams About Clogged Toilets: An Explication

I often dream about grossly clogged toilets. They occur in public places or people's homes--you know, wherever. I wondered what this meant and then I had a dream about a clogged toilet and a person in the dream told me dreaming about clogged toilets means you are trying to decide whether or not to move. Well, sometimes I do think about moving because Christian commutes to Salt Lake City but I have too many good reasons not to move for it really to be an issue--not the least of which being the education my children will one day receive at Provo High (I don't mean that sarcastically you stupid Timpview zealots). Still, I wondered if that really was what dreaming about clogged toilets meant. So I looked it up on dreammoods.com. As it turns out, dreaming about clogged toilets and feces (because, I'm sorry to say--that's what they're clogged with, friend) means something else entirely.

According to dreammoods.com, to see a clogged toilet in your dream signifies that you are holding in and keeping your feelings to yourself. Your emotions have been pent up too long. To see an overflowing toilet in your dream denotes your desires to fully express your emotions.

Yeah, that sounds about right. Except, I have no desire to fully express my emotions. Apparently almost every dream, according to dreammood.com, means you need to express your emotions more readily. A few examples are dreams about gargoyles, dreams about chewing gum, dreams about faucets, and dreams about bottles.

Healthy, positive dreams where you are expressing yourself just fine involve feathers, wet suits and fiddles.

So I am going to take a stab at expressing some of my emotions here. Maybe I will stop dreaming about clogged toilets and start dreaming about wet suits.

First of all, I felt sad when Carillon Square closed its movie theater and their marquee said with bitter resolution, "Closed. See you at the WynnSong." It's especially sad because the WynnSong is fast becoming a very crappy movie theater. And "WynnSong" is just about 2 0r 3 words below "CarMerica" on my list of words I hate to say.

Secondly, when I was the Young Women's president in my ward people kept telling me a certain story whenever we were planning activities for the girls in the ward. The star of this story is a devoted Young Women's president who cut up her wedding dress to make hankies for the girls in her ward to present to them at some special activity. "WHY ARE YOU TELLING ME THIS?" I wondered. Seriously, more than 3 people told me about this activity. Short of handing me a pair of scissors, I can't think of a more effective way to encourage me to cut up my own wedding dress and make hankies out of it for the girls in my ward. See, that's the power of story and one of my greatest interests as a student of the humanities. Of course, cutting up my own wedding dress to make hankies for the girls in my ward is not something I would do--not now, not then, not ever. I can't say why, exactly. As a matter of fact, just last night I cut my temple dress to shreds for my Corpse Bride costume which I will wear to the ward Halloween party in my unofficial capacity as activities committee member. But do you think stories will circulate about me and the temple dress I cut up for that activity? Not bloody likely. I feel like that's unfair and I am expressing it now.

And lastly, I miss Winchells. I really miss Winchells. There used to be one across the street from Provo High. Now all we have are Krispy Kremes. I've heard people go on and on about how much they love Krispy Kremes. I don't feel the same way. Winchells had so many kinds of donuts to choose from and they would give you your order for free if a little star appeared on the receipt. My older sister told me about some guys she knew in high school who hypothesized that the star had to be on the roll of receipt tape somewhere so they just kept ordering and ordering until the little star came up. It came up and they did get it all for free. That story inspires me. It's one for the ages--the stuff of legends. Krispy Kreme could never inspire a tale of such calculated risk, perseverance, and suspense.

In my most recent dream about clogged toilets I also dreamed that Tim Burton said one of his new scary movies was, "so scary that if you see it you will die 10 days sooner than you would if you didn't see it." I don't know what that dream means, but it seems like a very good way to market a scary movie and I'm almost sure it is true about the movie Saw II. I only saw the preview for it and I'm pretty sure it took about 4 days off my life--my inhibited, emotionally constrained life.

32 comments:

  1. Your emotions are pretty well expressed in the Splash Mountain picture, so I don't think you need to worry too much. I agree whole-heartedly about Carillon Square and Wynnsong, and Winchells, for that matter. Now where will your kids go when they attend Provo High and decide to ditch Seminary? There's just nowhere trustworthy to go anymore.

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  2. I used to use lunch money on Winchells instead of lunch. I could buy 3 donuts with my dollar and would rather starve the rest of the day than go without those. I owe all of my love handles to Winchells.

    But I wouldn't mind if you moved closer to Salt Lake. :)

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  3. What's this? Winchells is gone? NOOOO. My earliest memory of Provo is going to Winchell's when I was in town for some sort of high-school Spanish fair at BYU. Winchell's seemed so big-city exotic to a Brigham City boy like myself.

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  4. I don't think going over to fat cats or "the corner" sounds quite the same as going on a donut run.

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  5. This post is great on so many levels.

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  6. I've never dreamt of feathers, wet suits or fiddles. What does it mean if you have recurring dreams of not getting assignments done for a high school math class? I have that one about weekly. Holy cow! The stress I wake up with! Last night I dreamt I was driving a school bus without directions for the route and I couldn't open the door to let the kids out. How much do I have to express of myself before these dreams go away??

    And I hate the word "CarMerica", too. Now I'm going to go spend some time at dreammoods.com

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  7. So...what if you really do have a toilet that is perpetually clogged? Apparently, no one in my family has a problem with "fully expressing our emotions..."

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  8. Glazies are way better than Krispy Kremes.
    But last week I was at the Pike Street Market in Seattle and had the most marvelous mini donuts made fresh by punks with dark stringy hair and facial piercings. I shall never be able to eat a donut again unless it be the Pike Street Market Daily Donuts.

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  9. Winchells was nice, but what about Hardee's? That's what I really miss. I miss playing in the ball pit, and surpessing laughs while ordering a "Silly Sack" (those were my deliquent days) Alas, as I've said before, nothing gold (or red) can stay.

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  10. Where do I sign up for the opprotunity to dream!

    it is four am and my baby WILL NOT SLEEP. I am contemplating benadryl.

    I think you are quite articulate at expressing your feelings. You conjured up early morning seminary (a daily trip to winchells, for whom ever was driving the car pool), old movie theaters.. and all the good stuff.

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  11. I have only bad memories of Winchells: after I took one sip of their hot chocolate, I burned my tongue and couldn't taste anything for a week. What's worse: I was with a girl I really liked but she didn't reciprocate and so every time I drove past Winchells it reminded me of my hopeless efforts.

    I would side with Otto about Hardee's, but I think he is forgetting the Bamboo Hut. What an incredible load of food! And college students ate there, too. College students!

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  12. Kacy: this is not the first time I have heard you mention a clogged toilet or feces for that matter, friend.

    Maybe Skewedview will read this and send you the same gross Halloween card he sent me AND carly.

    I'm headed over to dreammoods myself to find out the meaning of my consistently bloody and violent dreams.

    I mourn the loss of any good donut. goodbye, winchell's.

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  13. mmmmm. Bamboo hut. How is it possible to make noodles so greasy and yet so good?

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  14. You said that you dream about clogged toilets, which means you hold in your emotions. Dreams about overflowing toilets mean you desire to express those emotions.

    I think until you start dreaming the overflowing toilet dream, you're okay with the pent-upness. If it's what you want.

    I'm definitely going to dreammoods. I used to read dreamdoctor.com...I wonder if that's around anymore.

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  15. POOL PARTY! TONIGHT! MY HOUSE! Ok, so there's no pool, but it will be a great party. Come. 8 o'clock. There will be music by DJ Synthesized and the band, Basketball. Terror, Lust, and unbridled enthusiasm!

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  16. I don't remember ever dreaming about clogged toilets but last night I dreamed someone stole my wallet According to dreammoods.com "To dream that your wallet has been stolen, indicates that someone may be trying to take advantage of you." I disagree. In fact, I think that my stolen wallet is what is clogging your toilet. Sorry.

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  17. What if you're dreaming about clogged showers? And it was a wig causing the clog? And then the sewage came up? And then it turned out to be real?

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  18. Did you know that I make doughnuts and they are good. Real good. But only on special Sundays. So I'll have to call you over for some, that is, unless, you move to the City of Salt.

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  19. Kacy -- Allen's supermarket in Springville currently makes all the varieties of doughnuts that we formerly obtained at Winchells. Their cake doughnuts are particularly good. However, my fondest memories of a doughnut experience reside at the Spudnut purveyor on Provo Center Street, where Bill and Faye Firmage would retire for a smoke and a cup of coffee every few hours during those grueling retail days from 10-6. I dream about Firmages department store frequently, but have no desire to know what it means. I've never set foot in the building since it was converted to a dance hall. Firmages was a grand place- as romantic as the Galleria in Milan. It was truly Fabrizio.

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  20. A. Are you by chance related to the biffy talk blogger?

    2. I totally love that you shredded your temple dress for a Halloween costume. I would love to pass that story on to generations to come.

    Finally, when I was a kid, Winchells also had this killer minestrone soup--or was that Dunkin' Donuts? I forget. But the standard line around our house regarding Krispy Kreme is "They're just doughnuts!"

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  21. Donuts, shredding temple dresses, and pondering the meaning of poop in dreams..

    This has officially become my favorite blog.

    My blog has been way too serious latetly. I have to take my cues from you.

    And can I say that the people at "The Corner" are all semi-retarded.. they take about 15 minutes to fill an order for three donuts... and they have the nerve to say, "Oh, weren't you here yesterday." That is just plain UNPROFESSIONAL!!!

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  22. I can't believe that no one has made some sort of comment about "diarreah of the mouth"...I would, but I have to go to work now.

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  23. Hmm, Krispy Kremes and Clogged Toilets, maybe your dreaming has more to do with Krispy Kremes and less to do with emotions???

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  24. I too loved the Winchells,
    The old sunday morning church visits to old Sister Winchells with your future brother in law
    Though I hate to break it to you, but the Carillon Square only has two riviles for being the most disgusting theaters in the country.
    1- He old Fox THeaters
    2- THe dank little "dollar movie" over on 2nd West and maybe 3rd northish (which I never paid to see a movie there because the everytime I went the highy intellegent employees would be outside smoking)

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  25. Sister Winchells had a lot of Sunday needs, didn't she? My family learned a lot about service from her too. What a great tradition.

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  26. maybe a little late, but i suggest valasearch dream dictionary for your dream interpretation

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  27. I loved Winchell's myself. In fact, I just blogged about it myself. (http://tweetsweet.com/blog/2006/10/21/dunkin-donuts-versus-krispy-kreme/)

    I think Glazies makes a great donut, and a nice addition to the lost Winchells on the corner.

    Great post! :)

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  28. For the first time, I had a dream about a toilet that was clogged and then it started to flood the entire room. Before I went to sleep, I have been overwhelmed with a lot of freelance writing work, and had a bunch of other things going on. In the same dream, I tried to way up and couldn't. My neck felt as if it were paralyzed and my body was completely numb. I thought I was awake, but noticed that I was still sleeping. Really strange sequence in the dream. A juxtaposition between two similar dreams possibly hinting that I'm taking on too much. I also write blogs on blog spot - magicwriter. Really like your post about the toilet and its symbolism. Thanks for the information.

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  32. I had a really bad clogged toilet in Prescott AZ a few months back. I'm surprised I'm not having nightmares!

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