Dreams, Dreamscapes, and Dream Physics

There was a mystic of note around the turn of the last century through the nineteen-forties or thereabouts. His name was Edgar Cayce and was known as the Sleeping Prophet.

Cayce was an original and immensely popular. Cayce would be asked a question, and the answer would be given to him. He was the only mystic I ever read about back in the day other than religious mystics. There are volumes and volumes of information on Cayce, though some of them, are hashed and rehashed and regurgitated. I first read about him as a teen, and I was enthralled, and very curios about this idea.

If memory serves, Cayce would be asked a question, and then took a nap. When he awoke, he knew the answer to the question. Though I suspect his description of how exactly the process happened may not be what he claimed. Better a live Prophet than a burnt witch, or put in an asylum. All cultures and all times have stories of sometimes world changing information arriving in a leaders mind through a dream.

Nothing scientific here, as what follows is my observations of my dreams over the years. I find dreams fascinating as mentioned. While in a dream a dream may seem completely normal, same as being awake. Some dreams are so convoluted and at times irrational it makes one wonder why I had that dream. With few exceptions, physics and what we know about the world is thrown out the window. Depending on the dream and possibly the dreamer, there are two groups of physics, the physics that are applied to the dreamer, and the physics applied to everything else contained in the dream.

Dreams and Dreamscape

Dreams no matter what they are, are rarely boring

In some of my dreams, everything around me acts in what I think of as real time, yet my actions are in slow motion. In other dreams jumping long distances, moving faster than humanly possible, flying and other wild actions feel normal in the dream. In some dreams, there are one or more people I know (in the dream), and in other dreams I may be interacting or observing something with a group of strangers.

In one recurring dream, I was a teacher of some rather obscure subjects. Yet I was highly thought of for my teaching skills and knowledge. I have only had a handful of recurring dreams. I would have horrible nightmares when sick as a child. The first recurring dreams I remember having were as a Teen. Other recurring dreams happened randomly throughout the years.

Dreamland is sometimes takes place when lighting is weak, or dim, sort of dusk like. In other dreams, the sun is shining (and the hypothetical birds are singing). The landscape in my dreams goes from wooded forests to the sides or tops of mountains to what looked identical to any common environments, until I look closer.

One very interesting dream I have, usually after a lot of traveling, is a house based dream. By some accident or discovery, a door, a small panel in the wall, or walking around the outside of the house, I find the house different than I thought it should be. There may be other bedrooms that look just like mine, or another twenty rooms I never realized existed.

In the most recent dream of this type, the discovered part of the house was about five times bigger than what I thought was the house I was living in. I have waken while contemplating if I should be living in the large part of the house, rather than the smaller normal house I was living in. This makes the dream vivid and easy to recall.

There are exceptions to this, but sometimes my vision in dreams seems to be less than thirty feet or so. I think this is because of the fluidity of most dreams and the randomness of the physics. Then there are the dreams where I am standing on one side of a mountain, town or city, and I can clearly see the homes and businesses between myself and whatever distant point I am looking at.

Then there are the dreams that take place on other planets, or perhaps other realities. I am usually a visitor, and present to observe something that changes with each dream. Some parts of the dream are completely normal and other parts are hard to comprehend how they came about. Then I wake up, and wonder what I ate or was thinking about that caused me to have a dream like that.

Dreams also seem to be in the second person. Generally, I am watching myself in the dream, though who or what I am as I watch is a mystery. For all I know I am a movie camera recording what I am doing. I am interested in how your dreams compare? Are they the same general type, completely different, terrifying, or generally boring? If you would, leave me a comment about your dreams and observations.

Driving down the Highway in a BMW 330i

A little over two weeks ago, I was in South Carolina trying to get back to Albuquerque. Going by plane was the cheapest option. I also seemed the riskiest option. There was no direct flight. I had a choice of having a layover in Dallas or Denver. Not exactly airports one wants to hang out in during a pandemic.

Checking out the car rentals, even the cheapest car was twice the price of flying. The only real benefit was being around people who mostly were local to small towns when stopping for gas and food (if done wisely).

The day before I left, I checked one more time for a car rental. To my surprise Car Rental Companies are suffering like every other transportation industry, and most of their their business has evaporated. I booked a Hyundai Elantra or something like it for forty dollars a day and change, no long distance or high mileage fees. It wouldn’t be as nice as flying, but should be less risky from an exposure point of view.

When I picked up the car, they told me, they had a BMW for the same price and would that be okay? After spending a second or two for a polite pause, I said yes, a BMW would be fine, trying to keep the gloat off my face. I drove a BMW 330i off the lot.

Up until that moment, I thought a Volkswagen Jetta was the greatest long distance driving car out there. The Jetta has a 900 mile a day seat, handles well, and is a pleasure for a drivers over long distances.

The BMW 330i is an easy step up as a driving machine. For the first few hundred miles, it felt like the car an I were fighting each other, The rest of the two thousand mile drive was a dream!

The best long drive car I have had the pleasure of driving!

The BMW 330i has everything wanted for a long drive starting with the best speaker system I have ever heard in a car. The seat besides tilt, up down, forward and back has two more adjustments for your back, and two more for your legs. Plus if you have long legs, the bottom of the seat has a built in extension that moves the front seat length up to about three inches farther out.

Of course the few fast cars out there wanted a run, and all were disappointed afterwards. The BMW 330i may not be the fastest car out there, but it is a long ways from being a slouch (Wanna be’s take heed). You step on the gas and you move. Step on the gas harder and you move faster. Braking is superb too.

Handling is as crisp at thirty mph as it is three times that speed, or more. Also there were no rough roads sitting inside the 330i with one exception. I did hit a huge pothole in Nashville, TN. I thought the pothole was going to take the front wheel off. The pothole shook the car pretty hard, but all was well. I thought in a normal car, the wheel would have been ripped off. That pothole was a gross exception, and not the rule for rough roads.

If I had to drive long distances every day, I would seriously consider the BMW 330i, As a daily driver, I think it would be doing the car a disservice. The 330i is made to be driven, not idling to work at twenty miles an hour in traffic.

If you have the opportunity to drive a BMW 330i and you have the time for a very long drive, I think you will find you will have a really good time and appreciate the thinking, quality and skill that goes into building the BMW 330i.

If you want to drive a car only because it’s fast, I would rent something else. Like all things in life, after my drive it was time to turn in the BMW 330i so the next driver can appreciate all a BMW 330i has to offer.

Anger Over Response and Handling of Covid-19 in the U.S.

I don’t understand why Trump needs people standing around him wishing a foot or two? What kind of message is this sending to People? The message I see, is Trump has other things on his mind than Covid-19. Everyone is doing a, “wonderful” job, “wonderful” people, sounds like wonderful bullshit.

According to news I heard, the first identified case of Covid-19 happened long before the Centers for Disease Control on January 20, 2020. The very first case, a young man with no ties to anyone traveling, and eight more people to follow were discovered by a Doctor in Snohomish County, Washington on or before December 2019.

The Doctor was silenced by her superiors and finally by President Trump as the administration dragged its feet (according to what I heard), and pretended for weeks everything was fine. Now the country is almost out of control with over 20,000 cases of Covid-19 in New York alone.

The hype about testing. All the testing in the world is not going to cure anyone of Covid-19. All a test will do, is tell the lab, and then your doctor if you test positive for the virus or not. It has no effect on your or my mortality.

Vice Admiral Jerome Adams, Surgeon General of the United States and head of the U.S. Public Health Service made an announcement on Monday, the 23, that the Covid-19 pandemic may not peak in the U.S until May or possibly later.

Why is Trump ignoring what his content expert is telling the country? Why is Trump even considering allowing businesses to open in a perhaps three weeks?

Sanitizing your home. Obviously you do not have Covid-19 in your home. If you did, and you are practicing self quarantine, you would know by now. All the hype about sanitizing your home and how to do it is just that, hype. You are in your home, you are staying away from people, no virus is sneaking in. The virus is not alive.

Use your Brain first and then your Feet for Covid-19

Magic pills. As of this writing there is no pill or concoction that will keep you from being infected or cure you of Covid-19.

Every Hoarder should be ashamed of themselves. All Hoarder’s have done was make it very difficult for people who live paycheck to paycheck to find and buy the basic items for cleanliness.

Trump finally got around to passing a law allowing for prosecution. Another example of too little too late.

Too many people are acting as if they are ignorant of the pandemic. At the parks, I see people gathering on the walking paths, talking, oblivious of the people who are out walking or bicycling. Step off the walking paths if this is you.

People meandering through the grocery store in an effort to stay away from home as long as possible. If this is you, make a list, fill it, and leave.

Keeping a six foot distance does not mean, ignore. You can smile and talk to strangers. Keep a respectful distance when you are out and about.

Over Exercising is not doing you any good. As Madonna said in her tweet yesterday, Covid-19 is the great leveler, it doesn’t care about you, me, or anyone else. Hurting yourself trying to get in shape (again) is not going to save you. Do you really want to go to any hospital right now because you hurt your self exercising?

In closing, we have to use our brains first and our bodies second. Covid-19 is a killer, plain and simple. Think about what you are doing, both inside and outside your home, like the panel on the ATM machine or the Card Payment machine as examples.

Traveling in the Time of Covid-19

I have been on the road for three and one-half weeks. During that time, I have flown to Washington State, Drove a U-Haul from Washington State traveling south and east to a small town in South Carolina, then drove back to my home in Albuquerque.

Quite a bit of travel in a few short weeks. But nothing compared to the real road warriors, our Truck Drivers! Without these folks driving to every nook and cranny in the United States and beyond. Despite the scared yet pathetic hoarders, we would be naked and starving, unable to take care of our basic human needs.

Driving over any Interstate Highway, and especially coming from one of the coasts, it is obvious how much our nations Truck Drivers do to keep our country running. For example, Apples from Washington State are driven down to the Florida State and unloaded to take on a load of citrus fruits for Washington. And so on and so forth, everything we need and take for granted. I will end this portion with a call out for our Nation’s Truckers! Give them a smile if and when you see them.

Washington State, which is racked with this new sickness, was in my short time there, a mixed bag. Depending on age, and perhaps education, different views on all aspects of this pandemic can be seen in a single afternoon, if one is daring enough to leave the house. I have no doubt that is how we are, wherever we live.

Empty roads to roads shared with Semi Trucks

 

Depending on where you live in the world, you are giving more or less attention and are better or poorer prepared than we are in the States as we stumble along in semi denial. There are a few people in charge who are obviously in a different reality and have different priorities than caring for the public good. However there are State Governors and small town councils who are taking this pandemic with seriousness and appropriate action.

Personally, I think our situation is a blessing in disguise. Families are forced to spend time together instead of inhabiting the same home, and leading disparate lives. We have time to explore our spirituality and look deep into our beliefs and thoughts. I went out walking in the park today, physically distant from others, and it was a pleasure to see people outdoors as a family.

I received texts and phone calls from my neighbors asking after me, and offering any help or support as they may be able to help with. What more can one possibly expect from neighbors? Neighbors are in many ways, extended families. What happens to a family in many neighborhoods is known and and effects friends and neighbors alike.

Moving back to spirituality, this is a good time to really think about what you believe and why you believe it. Some decades ago, I found myself in a position of knowing without a doubt, that everything I thought I knew to be true was not only incorrect, but was/is part of a massive effort to push beliefs that grossly falsehoods.

In light of inspecting the falsehoods and misdirection that made my belief system, I was moved from being asleep to alive and awake. I hope this quarantine period, moves others to reflect, and have the courage to admit their beliefs too are wrong. I hope they find their way on the path to truth and a more meaningful life.

After being in half the states in the U.S, in only a few weeks, I have seen people showing immense courage and empathy. People willing to feed me, rent me a room for the night, provide gasoline, coffee, and snacks. Some of these people have no choice, they need to work, no matter the risk.

Other people, either through instinct or altruism, are out there making other peoples lives better and helping folks like me get to where they need to go. My heart goes out to the probably millions of people who went to work, to find out they are now unemployed. Several industries we took for granted are now, idle, maybe never to recover.

I hope you are able to make positive changes in your life, and practice whatever form of spirituality which is important to you in the coming undefined period of time. One good thing about a pandemic, is getting through one, and learning “I” can’t do it alone. Surviving a pandemic takes all of us, “We” is in and “I” should be forgotten.

This has been a rambling and perhaps incoherent compilations of text, parading as paragraphs, and put together as a post. I have so many people to thank for getting across country twice, and getting me home safely. There are so many good people out there, no matter where you live.

Mice in the Garage, DYI Live Traps

When I went into the garage, at times I could hear slight noises. It almost was the sound of dried leaves rustling. Because it is windy here, I was thinking it was the air movement through the garage, as it is not sealed due to the garage door. Over time the sounds became more frequent. I determined there were mice taking up residence in the garage.

I went to one of the greatest how-to sources in the world (YouTube) and searched for, “DYI Mouse Traps”. There are so many people with videos it was almost overwhelming. I modified the search to, “DYI Live Mouse Traps”. This brought it down to a reasonable amount. I started watching videos only to find some of the YouTube creators have their own Mouse Trap channels!

This was certainly better than any television, and the creativity was certainly inspiring. I was confident that in a few days, I would have built a trap, caught the mice and been done with everything mouse related. Little did I know. It appears, eight the Mice here are a lot smarter than some of the Mice the video creators were using.

Watch some videos video and watch the mice almost run to get into the trap. I suppose if they were hungry enough they would almost run to food, knowing they would be let go shortly. The mice here did not appear to be so desperate. I built a simple bottle trap, put some sunflower seeds in and waited. Days gone by and no mice. I decided, the Mice didn’t like the smell of the bottle, so I made a second trap out of a plastic milk bottle. Now with two traps, surely something would happen.

Day one led to day two, which led to week one. I guess the Mice were not that excited about sunflower seeds. I then added peanut butter. Rinse and repeat. Oatmeal must be the key. In went the oatmeal in both traps. No Mice. I wasn’t catching or seeing any mice, so I thought it was my imagination. After looking over the more protected shelve areas, the evidence appeared. Mouse droppings.

Easy to Make Mouse Bottle Traps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some droppings were near the bottles, but they did not have any interest in the buffet. I watched more YouTube videos. DYI Live Traps run the gamut from simpler than the Bottle Trap, to quite sophisticated. They all seemed to be using peanut butter, and having good results – they caught mice.

I came across two older videos which was only a minute or so long. I wish I had saved them, so I could give it a call out. The first was a trap with a cake pan and a L shaped piece of wire. The wire held the cake pan up on one side. The other end of the wire held some bait, once again peanut butter (I think). The second video was shorter than the first, and it was a Man who seemed to be having the same problem I was having, empty traps.

He said, someone told him the secret was using chocolate for bait. He said Mice could not resist chocolate, and went crazy for it. What did I have to lose? I found a large pan in the garage. It was a monster, about eleven inches around, heavy aluminum. I also found part of an old coat hanger.

I made the coat hanger into a very relaxed and modified L shape. It was short on the small leg, and longer on the tall leg. I doubled over the end to have a spot for peanut butter and sunflower seed. Every day the peanut butter and seed were gone, but the pan did not drop. I did not understand this at first, as it was very hard to balance the pan and get it to stand correctly.

The pan is very heavy and mice are very light! How obvious now. It would take a mouse the size of a squirrel to trip the trigger and make the pan fall. I looked for a lighter pan, and found a bread load pan. I made a new trigger from lighter wire, and put more of U shape in it. At the bait end, I doubled it over and put a small sliver of wood to hold more bait.

I used chocolate syrup and sunflower seeds for bait. The syrup was not viscous enough to hold the seed, and it fell off. Well, a little peanut butter wouldn’t hurt. Changing to a lighter bread pan and using chocolate syrup was the magic combination. The Mice could not resist.

Easy and Effective Mouse Trap

I thought there were perhaps two Mice in the garage. The first day, I caught two Mice. The second day, I caught two more. It seems Mice can hide their presence well. Going into the garage, I can hear slight noise from two different places, so I am expecting to catch at least two more mice.

I am using old cat litter buckets with lids to put the captured mice in. When the pan is flat on the shelve, it is time to move the captured Mouse from the pan to the bucket. I place the un-covered bucket in a large trash can to prevent escapes. I then slide a heavy piece of cardboard (about three-quarters of the size of the top of the bucket) under the bread pan without allowing any space between the cardboard and pan.

Placing the bread pan and cardboard into the litter bucket, I tilt the far side of the pan and cardboard down into the bucket. I then lift the pan and listen to the mouse scratching trying to remain on the card board – which is a losing battle. After a second or two the mouse falls to the bottom of the bucket, runs for cover under the crumpled newspaper without any thought of jumping out. Now I simply slide the bucket lid back into place.

One of the videos I watched said Mice are very good at finding their way home, and need to be let go at least one-half mile away from where they were caught. There is a park about that far away with shrubs and such, that looks like like good mouse habitat, so that is where I let them go. I lay the bucket sideways on the ground, remove the lid, and tap the bottom of the bucket. If that doesn’t work, I carefully reach in and pull back the newspaper. As soon as they see daylight, they run a little slower than the speed of light for cover.

One Mouse Trap maker on YouTube thinks these Mice rarely survive in a new habitat. I like to think, at least they have a chances and if they do not survive, they contribute to the food chain, which is probably what would have happened if they were living outside to start with.