The Dim-Post

August 7, 2012

Analyse this

Filed under: general idiocy — danylmc @ 12:36 pm

When I was growing up in Plimmerton there was a dark, cramped store on the corner of the main road through the village. It sold books, toys, collectibles and various other curios (it’s gone now, replaced by a pizzeria). Last night I dreamed I was back in that store, talking to the elderly owner when a man stormed in, pointed a gun at us and ordered us down onto the floor.

The gunman was young with a shaved head and a crazed look in his eye. We obeyed, and lay and watched as he walked to the far wall of the store, swept all the stock off the cluttered, dusty shelves, than smashed the wooden shelves up with the butt of his gun.

Behind the shelves were plasterboards, and the gunman kicked the boards in, revealing a dark cavity hidden behind the wall. After clearing enough space he leaned into this cavity and fired his gun; bright flashes illuminated the unlit space, and the owner of the store and I put our hands over our ears.

When the gun was empty the young man ran out. The owner of the store crawled over to the counter and phoned the police. I approached the hole in the wall, reluctant, afraid of what I’d see inside it, and looked in.

It was a hidden room, narrow and long, windowless and dark with only a single mattress on the floor. Lying on the mattress was a man bleeding from multiple gunshot wounds. His skin was white, he was skeletally thin and he had long dirty blond hair, a long beard and very long fingernails. There were no other exits from the room.

I told the store owner to call an ambulance, and he did, but the man in the hidden room died before it arrived.

31 Comments »

  1. Pretty sure the armed man was god and the dying man was gay marriage.

    Comment by David C — August 7, 2012 @ 12:42 pm

  2. Or the other way around. Or you need to stop eating cheese after 9pm or something.

    Comment by helenalex — August 7, 2012 @ 12:46 pm

  3. The dying man may have been a vessel for a horcrux.

    Comment by Simon — August 7, 2012 @ 12:52 pm

  4. skeletally thin and he had long dirty blond hair, a long beard and very long fingernails

    Can you be sure it wasn’t Mary-Kate of Ashley?

    Comment by Phil — August 7, 2012 @ 12:56 pm

  5. “or” Ashley

    Comment by Phil — August 7, 2012 @ 12:57 pm

  6. Schrödinger’s hobo?

    Comment by Gregor W — August 7, 2012 @ 12:58 pm

  7. #1 wins.

    Comment by nw — August 7, 2012 @ 1:05 pm

  8. the old starving dude is this poor neglected blog & the gunman is redbaiter.

    Comment by ropata — August 7, 2012 @ 1:08 pm

  9. The gun is a penis. The cavity … well, you can work it out.

    Was it a small pistol, or a shotgun?

    Comment by sammy 2.0 — August 7, 2012 @ 1:09 pm

  10. Sounds like you’re missing your lost youth, Danyl.

    Comment by Dean Logan — August 7, 2012 @ 1:38 pm

  11. You have remarkably coherent dreams. Mine are more of the Finnegans Wakish variety

    Comment by Leopold — August 7, 2012 @ 1:46 pm

  12. It was the pizza you ate too late before bed. Someone already mentioned cheese. There was cheese on the pizza wasn’t there?
    And the curious shop was replaced by a pizzeria. QED.

    Comment by Roger Parkinson (@RogerParkinson) — August 7, 2012 @ 1:58 pm

  13. The meaning of this dream is that you were asleep.

    Anybody who tells you otherwise (about this or any other dream) is lying.

    Comment by Hugh — August 7, 2012 @ 2:28 pm

  14. The meaning of this dream is that our draconian gun control laws have claimed another victim. If you or the shop owner had been allowed to carry a concealed handgun, you could have whipped it out and shot that evil-doer dead before he could hurt anyone.

    You happy, all you leftist control freaks? You killed Danyl’s dream.

    Comment by Flashing Light — August 7, 2012 @ 2:47 pm

  15. Oh – and what’s up with the fact the gunman was bald, while the victim had long dirty blond hair? No classic male pattern baldness developing, I hope, Dee-Mac?

    Comment by Flashing Light — August 7, 2012 @ 2:48 pm

  16. You have been watching The Wire too much.

    Comment by Doug — August 7, 2012 @ 3:23 pm

  17. It’s Cthulhu, trying to send you mad by sending you pointless dreams whose analysis you then obsess over and over and over….

    Comment by chiz — August 7, 2012 @ 4:25 pm

  18. ……reminding me of this DimPost classic.

    Former National Party President Michelle Boag is acting as an adviser to the candidate. ‘You can already sense the change in Epsom,’ she told reporters. ‘The nights seem longer and the sun is red and dim. When I dream I see millions of tiny, furry many-legged creatures teeming over the earth and hear a deafening chittering sound. Yesterday I saw two Parnell housewives catch a stray cat and tear it apart and eat it with their bare hands. That’s the kind of nation we need to catch Australia and voters in Epsom are smart enough to see that the Spider God will be a strong advocate for them in the new New Zealand.’

    Comment by Gregor W — August 7, 2012 @ 4:35 pm

  19. The shop and the old man represent the New Zealand of your youth and the values you cherished from that period.

    The thug represents the neo-conservative aggressor – the shaved head represents extremist values, as does the gun. The violent aggression towards the shop is the destruction of NZ from your youth.

    The hidden room and man represent the hidden poverty of New Zealand and probably has some sort of religious significance (long hair is associated with Christ), thinness with lack of food (which is offensive in a land of plenty) the mattress poverty – the long nails represents the despair of not being able to care for yourself.

    The lack of light and the lack of an exit represents the trap of poverty. The killing of the man represents the attack on the defenseless poor by the right-wing.

    Or you could have eaten something funny….🙂

    Comment by Shane — August 7, 2012 @ 4:55 pm

  20. PLIMMERTON??

    Say no more.

    Comment by Rob — August 7, 2012 @ 6:09 pm

  21. Pretty sure the gunman was a neo-lib exploiter of power assets and the dead guy was a representation of a beltway liberals heart.

    Comment by Tim — August 7, 2012 @ 6:59 pm

  22. If it’s any consolation I have weird dreams most nights. Many involve water, and I cannot swim. Mostly I dont wake up screaming.
    I hope you have a restful sleep tonight.

    Comment by aj — August 7, 2012 @ 7:21 pm

  23. I’d suggest Geoff Ridley’s “A Photographic Guide to Mushrooms and Other Fungi of New Zealand” so you don’t repeat the mistake.

    Comment by Bruce Hamilton — August 7, 2012 @ 7:34 pm

  24. I’d suggest Geoff Ridley’s “A Photographic Guide to Mushrooms and Other Fungi of New Zealand” so you don’t repeat the mistake get those motherfuckers in the freezer for a rainy day.

    Comment by Tim — August 7, 2012 @ 7:41 pm

  25. The pizzeria is “The Big Salami”. There’s some sort of sexual connotation to this. Either that or their pizza is dodgy.

    Comment by LJ Holden — August 7, 2012 @ 9:32 pm

  26. Whatever you are smoking at the moment, you really should give it a rest

    Comment by eszett — August 7, 2012 @ 11:46 pm

  27. Woe, for the Wizard is dead; before he died, let us hope he was able to pass the Power of Shazam on to a worthy soul.

    Comment by Owesome — August 8, 2012 @ 4:05 pm

  28. Shush Danyl, you’ve sprung the CIA’s plan for Julian Assange…

    or #1 is right. ;0

    Comment by bob — August 8, 2012 @ 11:53 pm

  29. The old man in the room; he’s trapped. He’s trapped and dying already.

    Once you accept this as truth, then it’s plain to see the young man is not a criminal or a murder. He’s a rescuer, freeing the old man from a (meta)physical prison. Death is sweet release for the old man.

    The youth – he is creative destruction. He is the Invisible Hand striking down old paradigms trapped in the dark and unmoving. Casting light into dark places. He is innovation.

    Danyl is his prophet.

    Comment by Phil — August 9, 2012 @ 9:53 am

  30. I see you as being nostalgic for the past and also worried about the future in certain aspects. The worry of the future is not eclipsing; rather, it is a mild adverse reaction to growing up and having a daughter.
    The present is not a focus in the dream because you are quite content in the present.

    You’ve also come a long way from your childhood and have improved your quality of life which will benefit the next generation. This is good and i one of the main themes reflected in this dream.

    Comment by Dan — August 9, 2012 @ 3:35 pm

  31. Danyl, without going into specific symbols. I’d suggest that the dream may represent the you have not consciously acknowledged the mental and emotional changes that happen when you have a child and put aside childish things and start a new phase of your emotional life.

    Comment by rsmsingers — August 10, 2012 @ 9:38 am


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