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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #5910 on: October 23, 2012, 11:03:15 AM »
Recently, I have had recurring dreams that my high school diploma is not valid and I have to go back to school (even though I am a 32 year old professional, with an engineering degree and a career where no one could care less about my high school). I guess there are no equivalency diplomas in dream land.

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« Reply #5911 on: October 23, 2012, 11:09:29 AM »
Recently, I have had recurring dreams that my high school diploma is not valid and I have to go back to school (even though I am a 32 year old professional, with an engineering degree and a career where no one could care less about my high school). I guess there are no equivalency diplomas in dream land.

I had a dream once where I had to go back to first grade because of some kind of mistake somewhere.  Even in the dream, I was sitting there at a little desk thinking, "Oh, this is going to be so easy!"
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« Reply #5912 on: October 23, 2012, 11:32:54 AM »
Documents can survive for very long times and ancient documents can be surprisingly familiar.

The Vindolanda letters give us a good idea of what life was like for Roman soldiers serving on Hadrian's Wall.  One that sticks in my mind was sent by a woman.  It tells the soldier that she has sent him, 'X pair of socks and Y pair of underpants'. 

There's also a whining letter from a kid who lived in Egypt about 200 BCE. His father had promised him a trip to Alexandria but, due to business pressures, had to renege on his promise and make the trip alone.  The letter may be over 2000 years old but every parent can relate to it.  The boy's letter essentially says,

YOU'RE THE WORST DAD IN THE WORLD AND I CAN NEVER TRUST YOU AGAIN !!!!

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My husband loves to quote a business letter from ancient Sumer in which someone said, "You sent me lousy copper! What did I ever do to you, that you would send me such lousy copper. What did anyone from my city ever do to you, that you would send me such lousy copper."

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« Reply #5913 on: October 23, 2012, 11:51:29 AM »
Documents can survive for very long times and ancient documents can be surprisingly familiar.

The Vindolanda letters give us a good idea of what life was like for Roman soldiers serving on Hadrian's Wall.  One that sticks in my mind was sent by a woman.  It tells the soldier that she has sent him, 'X pair of socks and Y pair of underpants'. 

There's also a whining letter from a kid who lived in Egypt about 200 BCE. His father had promised him a trip to Alexandria but, due to business pressures, had to renege on his promise and make the trip alone.  The letter may be over 2000 years old but every parent can relate to it.  The boy's letter essentially says,

YOU'RE THE WORST DAD IN THE WORLD AND I CAN NEVER TRUST YOU AGAIN !!!!

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My husband loves to quote a business letter from ancient Sumer in which someone said, "You sent me lousy copper! What did I ever do to you, that you would send me such lousy copper. What did anyone from my city ever do to you, that you would send me such lousy copper."
There is also a fascinating series of birch bark documents from medieval Novgorod in Russia.  They are the writing lessons of a child named Onfim, something VERY rare in early documents, since paper/papyrus/parchment was too expensive for a child to scribble on.  Birch bark, however, was essentially free.  Just peel it off the tree.  Onfim occasionally deserted his lesson to draw pictures:



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« Reply #5914 on: October 23, 2012, 01:58:44 PM »
There's also the student tablet from Ancient Egypt. I believe it may be in the Louvre.

At that time, students wrote their assignments on thin sheets of wood that had been whitewashed.  The teacher would correct the assignments by placing red dots over errors.

This particular student was either extremely lazy or dumb as a box of rocks.  The tablet bristles with red dots. In the margin, the exasperated teacher has written the New Kongdom equivalent of, ''NO, NO, NO!!!'

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« Reply #5915 on: October 23, 2012, 03:36:57 PM »
Lately, I have been working on polishing myself in professional situations, to make getting the next position up the ladder possible next year. One of the projects now underway is a redesign of my personal office. I am not going to use the overhead fluorescent lighting, instead I will use a few lamps. I am also having photographs I have taken printed in a large format, matted and framed for my walls.

I am dreaming about shopping for lamps every night. It is so stupid::)

I do this with jewelry shopping and clothing shopping.  It is frustrating, slow, and when I finally find something I like, it's fictional!  I would be an awesome designer if I remembered what this stuff looked like when I was fully awake...  :-)

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« Reply #5916 on: October 23, 2012, 04:04:21 PM »
How much credence do you give dreams?

None, actually. If dream-prophecy were a reliable indicator, dream prophets would be rich.
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« Reply #5917 on: October 24, 2012, 12:03:26 AM »
Recently, I have had recurring dreams that my high school diploma is not valid and I have to go back to school (even though I am a 32 year old professional, with an engineering degree and a career where no one could care less about my high school). I guess there are no equivalency diplomas in dream land.

I've had a similar dream where I have to go back to high school because for whatever reason my math credits weren't valid and I didn't really graduate.  In real life, I have a master's in Mathematics, so it's weird that it's the math classes that I'm lacking in the dreams.
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« Reply #5918 on: October 24, 2012, 06:08:30 AM »
Recently, I have had recurring dreams that my high school diploma is not valid and I have to go back to school (even though I am a 32 year old professional, with an engineering degree and a career where no one could care less about my high school). I guess there are no equivalency diplomas in dream land.

I had a dream once where I had to go back to first grade because of some kind of mistake somewhere.  Even in the dream, I was sitting there at a little desk thinking, "Oh, this is going to be so easy!"


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« Reply #5919 on: October 24, 2012, 11:43:06 AM »
Well, I am happy to report that the tattoo went swimmingly! Thanks for the reassurances. :)
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« Reply #5920 on: October 24, 2012, 03:45:35 PM »
Glad to hear it! :)

I will say, though, that I have had dreams that have come true.
But that's not the "usual" for me, and I don't think every - or even the vast majority - of dreams are anything more than subconcious scribbling. The ones that have come true normally have caught me off guard after the fact.
Anyway, my latest dream involves me being in high school and not being able to find my classroom. By the time I find my class, Dream Me realizes that I actually graduated eight years ago and can leave whenever I feel like it.

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« Reply #5921 on: October 24, 2012, 07:26:07 PM »
Going to step in here just to tell you that you don't ourgrow those school dreams.

It wasn't too long ago I dreamed that I lost my schedule - in high school, then turned up in my nightgown for a college course.

I have graduated, worked, and retired. By the way, the generations get mixed up. One of our kids was an instructor.

OK! Ready for a new topic.

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« Reply #5922 on: October 24, 2012, 10:17:40 PM »
How on Earth to people get Saran wrap (cling wrap, plastic wrap, whateveryoucallit) to actually stick?  I can never do it consistently and even when I do get it to stick, it is so rare that I can't figure out how I did it.  If I had my own place, I would have Press'n'Seal, but I'm using what Mental Mother has.  Someone please help!

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« Reply #5923 on: October 24, 2012, 10:44:15 PM »
How on Earth to people get Saran wrap (cling wrap, plastic wrap, whateveryoucallit) to actually stick?  I can never do it consistently and even when I do get it to stick, it is so rare that I can't figure out how I did it.  If I had my own place, I would have Press'n'Seal, but I'm using what Mental Mother has.  Someone please help!

Use enough of it that it goes around and over the edge of the dish by a significant margin and sticks to itself.  You don't always have to wrap the whole thing top and bottom, but getting at least 270-degree coverage helps a lot.

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« Reply #5924 on: October 24, 2012, 10:54:33 PM »
How on Earth to people get Saran wrap (cling wrap, plastic wrap, whateveryoucallit) to actually stick?  I can never do it consistently and even when I do get it to stick, it is so rare that I can't figure out how I did it.  If I had my own place, I would have Press'n'Seal, but I'm using what Mental Mother has.  Someone please help!

Use enough of it that it goes around and over the edge of the dish by a significant margin and sticks to itself.  You don't always have to wrap the whole thing top and bottom, but getting at least 270-degree coverage helps a lot.

Doesn't that mean I'd have to go mostly around the bowl twice? (You know, when there is a margin of 1" on two sides even though the other two sides are almost touching each other?  Then I have to go one direction then the other perpendicularly to cover everything.)  That seems like a waste to me (which is probably why I never tried it...Then again, I've seen people just go one way and still have it "cling".  Maybe I'm hopeless).