Ever have one of those dreams where you feel like you're falling, and then when you wake up you feel like you've actually landed on the bed for real? I haven't, but I have experienced something similar.
In last night's Nocturnal Theater, I was at an indoor pool with a bunch of kids (I assume this was back in my childhood at day camp), and for some reason we had to stand behind a barrier around the perimeter of the pool. We couldn't cross it, we couldn't touch it, we couldn't even lean up against it. And yet, there was always this one kid who managed to go through the large gap between the corners of the barriers, which would raise up the wrath of the lifeguard. Well, after two or three perpetrators managed to go against the rules, I found myself speaking up. I didn't intend to cause trouble. I just wanted to make the "story" much easier. Anyway, to make a long story short, the dream wound up with me getting yelled into a corner, where I reacted by trying to punch the lifeguard in the face, but before I could land a blow, I woke up still swinging my fists.
Why do dreams like this happen? Why can't I have the nice dreams like sharing a beach with a mermaid while sipping seltzer and pineapple juice?