Your assignment: Figure out where this dream came from

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February 19, 2004, 4:37 AM

This is a weird dream that I had last night, and let me tell you why. The dream was about driving Metro trains with oars in rough weather down a river.

Yes, that’s right. In this dream, a friend of mine and myself were basically driving Metro (as in WMATA) trains in rough weather down a river. If you can imagine this, the trains had the doors open, and were submerged about 1/3 of the way up from the floor. My friend and myself were each commanding our own trains, and safely strapped in by way or some harness. And not in the cab, mind you. Oh, no. Actually in the area just behind the cab, between the first doors.

And we were paddling these trains down a river, in somewhat rough conditions. Why the trains were in the water, I don’t know. Why they floated I also don’t know, since I doubt that these Metro trains would float in real life.

And here’s the really weird part. I, being new at this sport of boating with Metro trains and all, was driving a Breda down this mighty river. And in my dream, it was the original style Bredas, not the rehabilitated Bredas. And according to the dream, I was driving a Breda because Bredas were easier to handle. My friend, who in reality is less familiar with Metro than I am (it was an old Potomac Hall friend), was more experienced in the art of Metro-kayaking (the best term I can come up with for it). And because he was more experienced, he was paddling a Rohr train, which presumably was more challenging to handle than a Breda.

Additionally, in the dream, we took a break at some point, and got on a boat, which in the dream was basically the “home base” for our outing. Then as the weather got worse, my friend and I coupled our trains together, his Rohr train and my Breda train (his train of Rohrs was ahead of my train of Bredas in this consist), and went down the river together.

Again, I have NO idea how this dream came about. I don’t know what I was thinking about or concerned with yesterday that turned trains that normally run on rails in Washington DC into basically big white-water rafting vehicles that float. And I don’t know what made Rohrs more challenging to handle than Bredas. In reality, Rohrs are older trains, but they basically operate similarly. And I really don’t know what brought this particular friend into the dream either, since I haven’t seen this particular friend since late October.

Who knows.

Web site: The page on Oren's Transit Page about the Washington DC Metro

Song: None. I'm just confuzzelated (aka confused) about this dream.

Quote: "Well, he's driving a Rohr because he's been doing this a while and can handle a Rohr." - Line from the dream

Categories: Dreams, WMATA