Do you want to analyze what was surely a symbolic dream from which I just awakened? I’ve read that when analyzing dreams you’re supposed to ask the dreamer what certain things mean to them. So let’s introduce the most vivid elements with my personal definition:
- Alligators: They’re usually in my stress dreams. Only I’m typically in a weak boat on a bayou (from New Orleans) and they’re usually a threat.
- Mardi Gras loot: In New Orleans, parades toss cheap shiny plastic that people collect as if it was solid gold. It’s all pretty but cheap plastic from the Orient. Fool’s gold.
Part 1: I’m in a restaurant in what appears to be an end of either college or business school. Graduation time. An Asian woman (from my business school) is providing free Mardi Gras loot for anyone that can recall a complex code of Chinese characters. I had a cheat code but was driven to utter frustration trying to relay it. I finally cheat my way to the answer, and I’m rolling out a cart of this junk. I see YouTube’s Winekone, who is boasting that he collected more of it.
Part 2: Now we’re passing homes on route to Graduation dinner. I see an enormous Alligator who was more comical than threatening. Like one of the evil minion crocodiles (Brutus and Nero) from Rescuers (see video). I pull out my flipcam for some footage. He’s almost walking on his hind legs and he’s swiped a scarecrow. He knocks on a door, and the human owners (apparently his family) greet him with enthusiasm. I continue to shoot, and suddenly I’m inside the house. My joy turns to fear when I realize the alligator sees me as a threat and had decided to keep me inside a front room… there’s no escaping. I’m swarmed with fear. Suddenly Anthony Hopkins (Dr. Hannibal Lecter) appears out of character, and is joined by Tim Blake Nelson (in his “Oh Brother Where Art Thou” character). Nelson begins singing the blues, but Hopkins decides not to join him. The alligator stands guard, and it’s clear I’m not leaving for a few days.
That’s it. I’m awake. What the hell does it mean? It has the cadence of an insecurity dream, but with additional surreal and humorous dimensions. What’s it mean?