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Magda / January 15, 2007 3:13 AM

Only especially vivid or scary ones.

Betty / January 15, 2007 6:06 AM

Only if I don't sleep well and wake up earlier than I am supposed to.

Devon K. / January 15, 2007 6:30 AM

Great question for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

charlie / January 15, 2007 7:11 AM

I can't remember.........

Marilyn / January 15, 2007 8:45 AM

Definitely.

Shasta MacNasty / January 15, 2007 8:52 AM

Most of the time, yes. And they are always in color.

TaJ / January 15, 2007 9:24 AM

oh yes. it's like movie theater in my head. and i'm always a main character imagine that...

jennifer / January 15, 2007 9:28 AM

Only the scary ones, which I've been having a lot of lately, sadly.

Carrie / January 15, 2007 9:34 AM

Generally, yes. I'm a really good dreamer and a champion nightmare-haver.

Sometimes I even remember past dreams in the dream I'm having. That always confuses me when I wake up.

eep / January 15, 2007 9:44 AM

I remember my dreams if I wake up naturally. In other words, not jolted out of sleep by an alarm clock.

I'm one of those who dream in color (is that really as uncommon as they say?), and my dreams are also edited for content. Like, if there's a naked person, they're always hidden behind something like in Austin Powers. My brain is weird.

Leelah / January 15, 2007 9:47 AM

Unless I take a full dose of Ambien, yes.

Alison / January 15, 2007 9:57 AM

Oh boy, do I....I can remember a few select dreams I had as a child.

I've never had recurring dreams, though. That kind of makes me sad.

Terminal Verbosity / January 15, 2007 9:57 AM

Virtually never. Which is a shame, as my mind is pretty twisted in waking life. I'd like to know what goes on in there unfettered by consciousness.

Mo / January 15, 2007 10:29 AM

Almost always. And always in color. I didn't know that was unusual. My dreams are crazy weird, so weird that I'm usually aware they are dreams. And I have recurring dreams, too. I have spider nightmares, tornado dreams (not nightmares), and I dream about the ocean at least 3 times a week. Lately I've been having snake nightmares, which is weird because I'm not afraid of snakes. And like many of my college buddies, I have a recurring stress dream about realizing at the end of a semester that I had enrolled in a class and never went because I forgot about it.

fluffy / January 15, 2007 11:00 AM

I have the college class dream too- the final is that day, I'm running late and then realize I had never attended this class before. Everyone else is prepared except for me. Oh, and then I also realize I'm naked, but by then, everyone has seen me and is laughing at me.

I have always dreamt I could fly. This dream is so realistic that I was convinced as a kid that I could. At least my little sister believed me when I told her I jumped off my bed (upper bunk) and just kinda foated around the room.

Another recurring dream is that my husband (at the time) or whoever I'm dating meets one of my sisters and they end up hooking up.

And the numebr one dream I often have is the one where my cat and I (he's comfortably travelling in that special back-pack type of carrier with his head poking out so he can see what's going on) are out and about having crazy adventures. Once, I woke up in the middle of one of these dreams, and he was right there- staring at me. I think he knew.............

The weirdest dream was one where I was a witch, but a more powerful witch had captured me and cut me up into little cubes and was making a big pot of soup - I was the special ingredient. I looked like cubed firm tofu.

Meems / January 15, 2007 11:20 AM

I remember some dreams a few times a week. They are usually disturbing but not nightmares. I've had a couple recurring dreams about my teeth falling out, and the one where I realize that I forgot to attend one of my classes all semester (but I've been out for 5 years and never had it during college so that's weird.)

TKO / January 15, 2007 11:21 AM

Yes. And they're vivid, in color and generally very, very strange. I have recurring dreams about houses (that I've never lived or been in) and dream about kittens more than a normal person should.

Justin / January 15, 2007 11:27 AM

I dream in Technicolor. Like eep, I remember them when I wake fully rested.

fluffy, did the other witch force you to eat the soup?

Soup / January 15, 2007 11:39 AM

I'm pleases to share that I have never memorably dreampt about college classes. I often dream about people in my life, but they often take on drastically different roles than in real life. Go figure.

G.P. / January 15, 2007 11:43 AM

If I don't remember it as soon as I wake up, it's gone. I'll try to remember them as I shower, to no avail.

I have re-occuring dreams involving white edifices and large bodies of water. Any dream involving my wife is usually some kind of weird, slighty-dangerous adventure, always in either an urban or jungle setting. The occasional celebrity appears in my dreams, clearly indicating that I need to read more books and watch less movies.

In my worst recent dream, I was being chased by Darth Vader in front of my college apartment. He was flying over me with his lightsaber and I had to hide underneath parked cars. Laugh if you want, but I woke up freaked out.

Mindy / January 15, 2007 11:43 AM

absolutely. sometimes they're really bizarre situations, sometimes they're in color, sometimes they're about work, rarely are they scary or nightmarish. i had a recurring dream when i was little that i was at a bowling alley and after i hit the pins, the bowling alley would go away and there would just be black and white fuzz like a bad tv station along with white noise that usually accompanies such a picture.

Emerson Dameron / January 15, 2007 11:56 AM

In the last year or so, I've taken more care to remember them and document what I can. To date, they haven't been of much use. But I refuse to let 1/3 of my mind's work fade completely into the ether.

Emerson Dameron / January 15, 2007 12:01 PM

PS: For anyone interested in dreams and dream recall (and bearing a marginal tolerance for Jungian ideas), I recommend Jeremy Taylor's books. They're more rounded and grounded than a lot of what's out there.

Veronica / January 15, 2007 12:18 PM

Always, and they're always in color, too. I also have recurring dreams, dreams within dreams, dreams about famous people, dreams about people I know, dreams where I'm crying and I actually wake up crying, dreams where I'm eating and I wake up and I'm grinding my teeth - you name it and I've probably dreamt it. I think I'd be a prime candidate for dream studies because mine are always vivid and I can always remember them.

My recurring dream is one that I have every six months or so where I'm walking around somewhere that should be familiar, like my neighborhood in New Mexico, except I'm lost and can't find my way around. Everything should be the same, but it's all different and I can't figure out why. The pregnancy dreams and the cut out tongue dreams I can understand, but this one leaves me stumped and I continue to have it.

fluffy / January 15, 2007 12:33 PM

I was not forced to eat the soup. I woke up before dinner got served!

I also have dreams about having to get somewhere and never making it on time.
The only dream I hate is the one where my dad is about to beat me up. I get that panicky feeling and then I wake up.

I don't think I've ever had a celebrity in my dreams. Maybe the pink panther. I recently dreamt that I had access to the entire make-up dept at what used to be Marshall Field's. I could take everything I wanted (this included the perfume section). That was awesome.

I have a recurring dream where I have to take care of someone's baby, but I keep losing it and forgetting where I put it. stressful!

Karen / January 15, 2007 1:17 PM

Most of the time I do remember my dreams, especially when I wake up in the middle of them.

Leelah / January 15, 2007 3:04 PM

Oh God.... who here has the teeth falling out or crumbling in your mouth dreams (besides me)? Those are great fun...

apd / January 15, 2007 3:49 PM

I only remember my dreams when I'm pms. They seem to be really vivid then for some reason. I had reoccuring dreams when I was little, but not so much anymore.

amb / January 15, 2007 4:24 PM

This weekend I had a dream that waves were crashing down on me and I couldn't escape them, and then it cut to me being The Donald's personal assistant and having to help with his rotten child's birthday party, which then involved some Trading Spaces-like redecorating contest on a $500 budget. My team was me, some rotten kids, and Brian Posehn.

So, yeah, sometimes I remember my dreams.

Mikey / January 15, 2007 6:11 PM

I can usually only remember my dreams if I think about them first thing upon waking...

I almost always dream in color, have recurring dreams and often dream lucidly, though not as often as in the past. I can never read small text in my dreams such as from a book or document, but as I understand it, nobody can (something about left-side brain/right-side brain--you dream and read with opposing sides)...

I still feel uneasy about the recurring fever dream I would have as a child when ill. It was mostly abstract and visual and made very little sense, but the emotions it generated (abject despair, helplessness, fear) were so intense that I would wake up crying...

For a highly amusing and interesting take on dreams, I would highly recommend watching Waking Life. And if you occasionally like to smoke up, then by all means...

a / January 15, 2007 6:45 PM

Leelah-
Once again, we have mirrored lives. I rarely remember dreams (aside from the trait that I share with my sister, Mo, about tornadoes), but the recurring "nightmare" I have is about my teeth falling out. The feeling of relief in the morning can be nice, however.

mary / January 15, 2007 7:17 PM

yeah most always. sometimes they are indicative of what my life is like, and a few times i have dreamed things before they happen. i can almost never distinguish if im awake or not, and a few times ive woken up angry with friends or thinking i've done something i havent.

kelly / January 15, 2007 8:23 PM

you know, the only ones that i really remember over the past year are sex dreams. i've had two or three.

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lori / January 16, 2007 12:59 AM

I've had the crumbling teeth dreams! I had them more when I was younger, in my 20's and less settled, but I still have them occasionally. Those are the worst!

I remember my dreams a lot, and I love to dream and think about my dreams. I think the dreaming in black and white thing is a myth. I dream in full color. I try to fly whenever I can.

michael / January 16, 2007 7:42 AM

I usually remember my dreams when they're more vivid, and I find their more vivid if I've been working a lot....as though my sub-conscious is more active, making up for my relatively inactive consciousness, while at work.

emdub / January 16, 2007 9:55 AM

I remember most of my dreams.. the recurring ones feature dirty moldy smelling public bathrooms were I can't find a toilet that's not broken or gross and I have to pee, and sometimes there are gross moldy showers that I can't use. Probably derived from the locker room at the community pool I went to as a child.

Then there are the dreams about staircases that are unsafe and have large gaps or don't connect correctly, and the dreams about basements with sub-basements with sub-basements (shudder..)

4point44 / January 16, 2007 10:12 AM

i have a dream.

JB / January 16, 2007 10:31 AM

2 nights ago I dreamt of a giant, blind, cute worm that ate leg hair and astroturf.

They are always like that.

amy / January 16, 2007 10:39 AM

Yep and I sometimes I find meaning in them. Last night I had a dream about a friend who I had blown off in December. I ignored her e-mails to me b/c she had been ignoring mine for months. After waking up this morning I realize I miss her. Now I don't know if I should try to call her. . .

annie / January 16, 2007 11:18 AM

Always and they are very strange. I think Thai food makes me have the scariest dreams, usually I am shooting people and I would never even hold a gun in my real life, ever. I think that has a lot to do with my obsession with the Soprano's. Last night I had a nightmare that I was taking a bath and suddenly the bath tub was filled with fish, flapping around me. I hate fish, especially if they are touching me. The boyfriend woke me up b/c I was crying. I cry a lot and talk alot too. And my teeth fall out too; someone told me that is b/c you are afraid of losing money...i believe it.

Carlotta / January 16, 2007 11:20 AM

The weirder ones, yeah.

Somewhere in my apartment is a detailed, two-page recollection of a really weird one which included having my bed on the el tracks and zombie-like girls dressed in petticoats chanting "Say No To Drugs."

Other weird dreams have dealt with homosexuality, like where my disgruntled mom informs me that dad told her that his good friend Joe Shmoelenski is gay, and so is he, and they're moving together to San Francisco. LOL.

skafiend / January 16, 2007 11:30 AM

My dreams were crushed a long time ago....

OK, there is one dream that sticks out in my mind, one I had when I was a kid.... something involving Frankenstein driving a car and getting hit by a train while trying to drive across the tracks. When he got hit by the train, I felt a pinprick in my butt and woke up. Interpret THAT!...

And I remember my mom having one of those dream books that would give you corresponding "lucky numbers".... I had a dream about broccoli....Aha! That's 713..

annie / January 16, 2007 11:37 AM

Always and they are very strange. I think Thai food makes me have the scariest dreams, usually I am shooting people and I would never even hold a gun in my real life, ever. I think that has a lot to do with my obsession with the Soprano's. Last night I had a nightmare that I was taking a bath and suddenly the bath tub was filled with fish, flapping around me. I hate fish, especially if they are touching me. The boyfriend woke me up b/c I was crying. I cry a lot and talk alot too. And my teeth fall out too; someone told me that is b/c you are afraid of losing money...i believe it.

Barack / January 16, 2007 11:40 AM

I remember the dreams of my father....

kd / January 16, 2007 12:21 PM

I have many recurring dreams, apparently some of which are common: tornados, the "I never went to the class I registered for an now have a final" dream, dreams of spaceships landing in my parent's yard, and dreams of vividly colored tropical birds nesting in the large pine tree in front of my childhood home.

Dick / January 16, 2007 12:38 PM

Do androids dream of electric sheep? Just askin'....

Oketo! / January 16, 2007 3:29 PM

Yes, sometimes, particularly the ones that I wake up either screaming or thinking my house is on fire.

Bill B / January 16, 2007 6:32 PM

i used to have dreams that i was on the el constantly. well, not always 'on' the el, but waiting for it, being in a crowded train, riding on top of it...i havent had an el dream in a long time, though.

jennifer / January 16, 2007 7:08 PM

sometimes, though not always. the dreams that I remember don't seem to have a theme either. it's not that they are all scary or fantastic. I really have yet to figure out why I remember them when I do.

oddly enough, it seems that when I wait tables (something I've done occasionally), I dream about serving often. I woke up from one dream to tell my boyfriend, 'you can have that table if you want.' yeah...

skafiend / January 16, 2007 8:10 PM

i used to have dreams that i was on the el constantly. ...

thatt's not a dream, that's a nightmare...

freepy shwirtel / January 16, 2007 11:26 PM

I have come doozies all right. So many and so profoundly scoundrelous that I have allowed you to get a glimpse at my website freepy.net.
In color like only I could fathom.

Sir Charles / February 5, 2007 4:26 AM

Its amazing all the dream recall here and no one mentions Sigmund Freud, the father of psychology?
Google and read his works on what your dreams could actually tell you.
Also, but only for the real open minded folk google "dream recall puzuzu" and read on ...

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