Thursday, September 20, 2007

My Mind Goes Sleepwalking While I'm Putting the World to Right

Here is a farmer gritting his teeth and looking very stereotypically Iowan.

Kids, I'm exhausted. I haven't been able to get to sleep lately, and then when I do, I have really vivid and bizarre dreams. And not the fun kind either, godammit. The only reason I can think of for my sleeplessness, is the change of seasons. In general, I'm actually happier than I've been in a long time. I've been running enough, I'm not all that stressed-out or anxious about anything, but I just can't seem to get to sleep. I try to make up for it on the weekends, but by the middle of the week, I'm back to looking 90 years old and having to put out an APB on my attention span.

The other thing I have to tell you, is that I went to Stinky's first marching band experience at the football game tonight. I hadn't been to a high school football game since I was in high school. Sitting in the stands with some of the other parents I know, I was trying to remember the last game I attended.

I went with my friend Alicia and the totally hot Mexican exchange student she was dating. He never spoke a word of English, but none of the girls in my school ever seemed to mind. He had a big white van and really good weed. I had never smoked before that game, and I remember saying over and over again, how I didn't feel any different. When my friend Alicia opened the van door, I followed the huge cloud of smoke out and landed flat on my face. I think I sat in the gravel of the parking lot, laughing with my friends for at least fifteen minutes.

Needless to say, tonight's experience wasn't quite as illegal or as much fun either. I left right after the band performed, but because we only live a few blocks from the high school, I could still hear how well we were doing for the next couple of hours.


Margaret said...

nostalgia, i miss being messed up at the highschool football games..

Tara said...

What position do you usually sleep in at night? I was told a long time ago to turn over and sleep on my stomach if I'm having bad or vivid dreams, and it seems to work. If I sleep on my back, I wake up with them.

Course a weird dream can sometimes be interesting to blog about if it's not X-Rated. :)

evil-e said...

"a big white van and really good weed"....for some reason the opening riff from Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" jumped into my head. Either that or Cheech and Chong's "Earache My Eye"

Tremendous post by the way.....oh the memories. The football stadium I used to go to was and still is right next to a mall. Oh the memories.

Dexter said...

Your picture reminding me that I was going to tell you about the Sunday Morning show on CBS a few weeks ago had a nice episode about the Iowa State Fair.

The Lady Who Doesn't Lunch: said...

How very "That 70's Show" - I can relate and appreciate.

When I have trouble sleeping I read programming language textbooks. You can get an old used one really cheap. It's like a lullabye.

Churlita said...


I don't think it's quite the same when you're taking your kids to the games.

I've never heard that. I'll try it next time, but I'll still hope for the x rated dreams.


We may have even been listening to that exact song - on 8 track, of course.


Oh, that's cool. Too bad I missed it.


It was more like, that 80's show, because we all had layered hair and straight leg jeans and strange neon colored shirts.

Chance said...

I love all the musical titles. Elvis rules!

laura b. said...

My football playing son graduated last year, but I loved the memories that going to his games would bring back.

Churlita said...


Thanks. I second the Elvis Costello love.


There is something so nostalgic about high school football games, isn't there?