Thursday, July 13, 2006

Dreams and

If you are choking on a hot dog, Dr. Freud will see you momentarily.

Restricted communication. Afraid to say something.

Choking dreams are often a fearful experience and it is not uncommon for dreamers to awaken from them.

The dream dictionaries were not very helpful, and no, I did not dream I was choking on a hot dog, FOR CRYIN' OUT LOUD!

I sacked out around 11:30, but couldn't sleep. I even thought about getting back up and talking to Scott, but I didn't feel like I would get anywhere. It is just Tokyo crap that is bothering me. Stupid stupid stupid.

Anyways, I finally feel asleep and ended up having this dream where I was being choked. Not by a person, not by food, (hence the dream dictionaries completely failing me.) It was actually, mostly my clothing and this that was around my neck. I dunno how it got there or what I thought it was, but I couldn't get it off in the beginning so it was pretty scary. Then I got that off, but I was wearing this turtle-necky thing that was still choking me.

I woke up.

So the third example was right about THAT if nothing else.

The second dictionary may have a point...

BUT I think it doesn't take a whole lot to see that I'm feeling a little held back.

Here are some bullet points:

- My mom said you don't pay $48,000 for fluency. At the time I couldn't think of anything to say to that, but after I got off the phone I realized that that's certainly a plausible salary for someone fluent in Japanese and English. A year abroad outbound, a year of work inbound? (eventually anyways...)

- This is what "serious" Japanese majors do. It's the kids who are just there for fun who don't go. It's important.

- I was really looking forward to the advanced classes. I need those. Rehashing, while necessary at times, isn't enough to get you fluent.

- I won't be able to do a home stay again. I was very excited about interacting with Japanese kids and being involved with a family-- and not through babysitting or something.

Add to the fact that I now have to write some letter begging SFSU to let me in for fall and only found that out after taking the train out there, wasting quarters and time, etc etc.

There are still pros to staying, but last night all the cons attacked.


nori said...

kids at the Sophia University are mostly from rich families. they are kind of spoiled... don't get too disappointed about not going there. just wait for another opportunity. it will surely come.

~dUcK! said...

I suppose. I feel a little better today. Last night was just rough for some reason.

nori said...

yeah, that's good.

~dUcK! said...

Just got shot down again for not being fluent. It'll just keep happening! I'll never get a Japanese job : /

nori said...

well, relax. enjoy the process. go to interviews to meet people and enjoy conversations. i know you want good results too, but that'll be after you become fluent enough. so keep confident in yourself.

~dUcK! said...

Mark Twain says, "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the oens you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from teh safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

nori said...

quite a thoughtful phrase...... nice..... and let me tell you that you'll be able to translate that into Japanese without my help with twenty seconds.

~dUcK! said...


Mmm, someday far in the future I'll be able to translate.