“Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.”

This week has been boring. I figure it’s my fault for doing nothing except some house chores and a dump run. I was going to take a ride yesterday, but I got stopped at an accident where three police cruisers were blocking cars from going any further so I turned around and went home. I brought my laundry down stairs this morning and it is sitting in front of the cellar door until I can’t stand looking at it anymore. It is just one of those weeks.

When I was young, I was a dreamer. My imagination was filled with adventures I knew I’d have. My friends too had dreams, but theirs were far different from mine. Some dreamed of getting married and having a family. One of my friends used to cut out pictures from bridal magazines and put them in an album. I guessed she wanted to be ready. Her dream did come true as she ended up being the first of us to be married and have children. I was a bridesmaid at her wedding. One of my friends dreamed of starting his own company and making lots of money. The last time I saw him, decades ago, he was a salesman. He seemed happy. Many of my friends went right to work after high school, got married in a while and had kids. Now they’re grandparents. Some became social workers, nurses and teachers. They all seemed happy with their choices. One became a nun, but she left after a while. I don’t know what she does now.

When asked, I would usually answer teacher because it was an easy answer, but there was far than that to my dreams. I saw myself as an adventurer wearing a safari jungle hat and safari clothes while riding in a Land Rover which bumped up and down on roads not deserving of the name. I could see myself on a boat drifting down the Amazon or the Nile. I wasn’t picky. I was in the jungle and I was in the desert. A desert nomad and I shared bush tea in a tent near an oasis. I’d read adventure stories and put myself into the exploits. I would travel to so many places and see the world. I am a dreamer who grew up but has never stopped dreaming.

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15 Comments on ““Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    The Amazon – I am messing with the general idea of heading to South America in November – never been there and would like to see Big Jesus in Rio, the Iguazu Falls and Bunnies Hairies – I know security and all that but can it be any more “fundamental” than Detroit.

    My biggest achievement this week was to get the batteries changed on two of my watches. It is a constant reminder of why I loved my little square wind up Omega watch – inspired for purchase by Bryan Ferry and an album cover. I knew I would be as suave as ol’ Bryan if I got it, and I am sure I became super suave bank clerk when I dumped three months of salary (which wasn’t much)

    My weekend looks really exciting – light bulbs at Home Depot and the Terrier to the groomer.

    “This week has been boring” – you should live life to the full like wot I do !!!

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      One summer, in the late 1970’s, I landed in Caracas and eight weeks later took off from Rio for home. My roommate and I went together. I did all the planning, and it worked out well, almost as we had planned though we did end up flying from La Paz to Asunción as we were running out of time and we flew to Cuczo from Lima but that was planned. The hotel in Paraguay where we stayed was right at the falls. It was amazing. From Asunción we took a 3 day boat ride from Paraguay to Argentina. We met one American during the entire trip. SA was not considered too safe then so Americans stayed away. That was one of the best parts.

      Gosh, I sure wish my weekend will be as exciting as yours!

      • Hedley Says:

        My week has been living life on the edge.

        I am trying to think how I explain to my prospective travel mates that I would like to go to a football match ..

      • katry Says:

        I always figure honesty works well then just smile and walk away!

  2. olof1 Says:

    As You know by now two of my dreams were to travel the Aamazon river or the Mississippi river but I have also always wanted to go to Australia and see a wombat in the real. If any of them actually will happen I think the wombat will be the winner 🙂

    I have always wanted to live in teh countryside though, something a workers son back in those days actually only could dream of but time changes and now I do live here. Still have no big barn where all the animals could live though and no 50’s american pickup truck 🙂 I’ve noticed that I can live without those things though but it would be neat to have that pickup truck 🙂

    I don’t know what happened to most of my friends in school. One became a doctor, one did at least work at Ericsson and my best friend became a highschool teacher in natural science and Mandarin of all languages 🙂

    Very mixed weather here today, so mixed tat I’ve chosen to stay indoors since we came home from our after work walk. Bought two dvd’s today, the latest Star Wars movie and the last Hunger Games movie. If the weasther is as mixed tomorrow as it was today or worse I know what I can do instead of being outside 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      You’ll get there someday. I know it!

      I always wanted my own house, and I have it. That 50’s truck would cost big bucks even here given its age. We do learn to live without stuff we seemed to have always wanted. We find substitutes which make us perfectly happy.

      Wow, natural science and Mandarin seem an odd combination. Most of the friends I grew up with didn’t go to college. The ones I went to high school with did because the school was geared for college bound students.

      A nice day today but still chilly. It will go down to the 30’s again tonight.

      I haven’t seen either of those movies. I have been waiting for them to come to the pay cable I have. I would like to see Star Wars sooner though.

      Enjoy your weekend!

      • Richard Says:

        Christer, if you get ‘Fast ‘n Loud’ as a program offering of your TV service provider, Gas Monkey Garage in Dallas, TX will be glad to hook you up with an All-American Gen-U-Wine Pick-‘Em-Up Truck for the right price. I know they have a Swedish purchaser by the name of Magnus who loves to buy ’60s Cadillacs to import into Sweden for sale … might wanna check it out.

  3. Richard Says:

    Hmm. Back to vertical again from my fave new position, horizontal. Might be brief, could be longer – no telling. The doc gave me the ‘tiny shot in the butt’ at the visit on Wednesday, and it lasted for maybe all of three or four hours, then back to bid’ness as usual. I did, however, get the 200mg Celebrex I requested, so there’s that. It helps.

    The doc wants to do a DepoMedrol injection at L4-L5 to reduce inflammation in the nerve bundle there, but Humana said the procedure needs ‘prior authorisation’ – which may (or not) be granted (or not) sometime around the Bright Shiny World of Next Tuesday. I contacted Humana yesterday and spoke with two different ‘medical types’ in their huge organisation. I bitched loudly and at length as to why it should take a week – possibly more – to give an answer to what is essentially a ‘yes / no’ binary decision. Their response was ‘Well, we need to contact CMS and Medicare and …’ – I then informed them that my rage was not directed at them personally because they didn’t create the policies, but rather against Humana. That organisation appears to have literally taken to heart as their guiding light Obama’s response to the young woman who asked him if her 95-year-old mother could have a particular surgery. His response was she’d be better off giving her mother a pain pill because she was too old to benefit from an expensive operation. I will be looking into other Medicare Advantage providers come next renewal period. I know – I rant, right?

    Dreaming is good. It’s also free. The challenge is to turn the dream(-s) into reality, and that’s usually the weak link in the chain of events. I’ve managed to turn some of my dreams into reality, but they were the stuff of small plans. The large dreams are as yet unrealised. Since I’m closer to the end of the right-hand downward slope of the bell curve than I am to the ascending left-hand slope, they’ll probably be unrealised as I am led off to my Dirt Nap In Perpetuity. Life’s tough all over, eh … ?

    A little tune by Paul Simon highlights the need for everyone – even those ones with unrealised dreams – to be extremely excellent at the one they achieve because, even if they’re a One-Trick Pony, they can still turn that trick with pride. And now, we present Mr. Simon – check out the guitar lick in the middle … it’s also quite tasty and low-down nasty, but righteously so …

    • katry Says:

      I’m glad you’re up and about, an evolutionary move. Let’s hope it lasts a long time.

      My doctor had a long back and forth with Blue Cross over a medication he wanted me to have and they didn’t want to pay for me to have. I don’t have any other insurance so there wasn’t a supplementary place to ask. I did get what he figured I needed.

      I had that back injection before the first back surgery. For some people it works miracles but not for others. I was one of the others. It worked for about two or three weeks then the pain came back.

      Dreams should have a chance in reality. To ramble the world was always a dream of mine, and I did see over 30 countries and am going back to Africa again. To dream to sing at Carnegie Hall would have been ludicrous for me as I can’t carry a tune. Dreaming, as the quote says, is planning.

      This is one of my favorite Simon songs. I was cut to the quick when the two of them broke up, but this album salved the pain.

  4. flyboybob Says:

    My dreams as a kid were to become an airline pilot. I didn’t get to fly for an airline but I did become a professional pilot and an instructor. I flew for an oil company, a billionaire and some semi-rich guys who had far more money than common sense. Had I actually achieved my dream all the airlines I would have applied to fly for have gone out of business. 🙂 When you and I were kids who would have thought that Pan Am, TWA, Eastern and a host of others would be out of business by the turn of the 21st century. These are the real results of deregulation without any anti-trust enforcement. Those were the heady days of the supply side economists, i.e. ‘Reaganomics’, and other proponents of pure laissez-faire capitalism and totally free markets. I didn’t make the big bucks, but I always had a steady job and I still do.

    My internet connection has been acting up in the last several days. Right now my speed is excellent. However, by evening it is creeping along and eventually stops. This morning I rebooted my modem and now it’s working fine. AT&T is sending me a new modem on Monday. The new AT&T is just as bad as the old ‘Ma Bell’. Unfortunately, in the city of Dallas we only have two choices, AT&T through their phone lines or Time Warner Cable. I choose AT&T over the cable company. Maybe I made a bad decision.

    • katry Says:

      I always think life has wonder no matter how old we get. When we are little, we never think about can’t. We always figure we will. You wanted to be a pilot and you are. I wanted adventure, and I got it. I consider us among the lucky ones no matter how we got here.

      I have Comcast cable. It generally seems fine. I know there are several Comcast customers in my neighborhood, but that doesn’t seem to slow anything down. Here on the cape, we also have very few choices. AT&T isn’t as far down cape as here. Dish is about the only other choice. I’m just fine with Comcast.

      • flyboybob Says:

        I think Dish is now owned by AT&T. I can’t imagine how more consolidation in the industry will give customers a better product. 🙂 The fastest internet is through ‘FIOS’ from Verizon. They have rewired all the old General Telephone cities with fiber optic cables. Here in Dallas AT&T is using DSL through the same copper wires that they laid in the early 1900s for voice communication. Unfortunately, we in North America have some of the worst internet speeds compared to places like South Korea.

      • katry Says:

        No fiber optics down here. No Fios and no Verizon. I live in a geographic wasteland!

  5. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I think my week was boring. I did laundry and dishes. Oh, and I baked some passable bread in the new bread machine that has been sitting in its box since it was delivered months ago. The machine works fine though I may have overcooked the bread. Or under watered it. Not sure which. Possibly both. The operating instructions were minimal to the point of non-existent.

    The front rotors and brake pad went on the jeep so I was carless for a day until I could rent one. I hate being carless. I rented a cute little Ford Focus. Fun to drive except I’m pretty sure it had a target on it. Everyone seemed to be aiming either to hit it or be hit by it. Anyway, my jeep is back with me and all is right with the world.

    I had all those adventure dreams. Some of them I did actually accomplish. A lot of them were beyond the edge of possible. Reading tons of science fiction and fantasy will do that. 🙂

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I watched the worst scifi movie on Netflix last night. It went perfectly with the week I’ve had. This morning Fern took off and wouldn’t let me near her. She looked scared. Right now, though, she is sleeping beside me on the couch so I’m holding off on her medicine for a while. I want to make sure she is okay.

      I went out once this week, and I’m going out today. I’m beginning to feel a bit like a hermit. I just don’t have a reason to go anywhere so I don’t. Today I hope to get that laundry done.

      Science fiction and fantasy novels were also my favorites when I was a kid. I did dream about having the powers of a wizard, but I knew that was way out of reality. It was just fun to think about what I’d do with powers.

      Have a good Saturday.

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