782. Nolan orders a book


Poor old Nolan was having vivid dreams. They were not nice. In them people he knew were always dying. He told his doctor about the dreams and she waved her hand in the air and said, “For goodness sake, they’re just dreams, so get on with it.”

Nolan was not satisfied with the response. He searched online and purchased a book on how to interpret dreams. It should arrive in the mail next Thursday.

In the meantime he went to see a clairvoyant. She too said not to worry. Things you dream never happen. If you dream of something and it happens you’re a dead duck. Those were her exact words; you’re a goner if what you dream comes true; you’re dead; you might as well order your coffin.

Last night, Nolan dreamt that he’d ordered a book online about how to interpret dreams, and it would arrive in the mail next Thursday.

22 thoughts on “782. Nolan orders a book

    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      A few years back…. a group of high school students I taught were having a boozy party and having a séance. The séance told them that they would get expelled from school. They were expelled – for the alcohol, but they associated it with the séance… and one of the girls in the group went bonkers for quite a few months.

      1. Cynthia Jobin

        Superstition is very powerful…. I do not think medication is any better; it satisfies societal norms so the anxious person doesn’t bother people, but it doesn’t take the devil away….

        1. Bruce Goodman Post author

          Speaking of which…. and in reference to the comments on the poetry page… Schoenberg was obsessed with Friday 13th, and became stressed as the day went on. He died one minute before a Friday 13th ended.

  1. Keith Channing

    Confused. The clairvoyant said that if his dream came about, he would be a dead duck, but he dreamed about something he had already initiated and knew the inevitable outcome; surely that makes it a memory, not a dream.

  2. Andrew

    Surely the answer is to cancel the order or refuse delivery. Hey presto. A new lease of life. I believe in Amazon’s returns policy there is a paragraph about ‘returns due to dream fulfillment issues’. Read the small print carefully. I’m sure he will be just fine.


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