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April 13th, 2014


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08:52 am - Flashing Lights
Last night, exhausted after a busy day, I fell hard into sleep about 10:30. I dreamed hard, too, although I don't remember much about them -- Tom Hanks circa 1998 was my boyfriend, there were stalkers, there was a loud bang and sirens, there were police lights....

At that point I woke up. 1:39 am, my little LL Bean travel alarm flashed at me.

And then I realized that flashing blue light was also touching my bedroom, coming in through the open bedroom door.

I got up. Master Danger sighed in his crate in the next room, where the blue light was stronger. I went to the study window, a front-facing space, and flipped open the blinds.

Blue lights of a police cruiser, three houses down, across the dangerous intersection which collects accidents. Red lights of a fire engine, just visible on the intersecting street. The lights of an ambulance, but no sound. A knot of people wrapped together on the lawn of the house on the corner.

I stepped outside for a moment in the cool-warm night air. The whole scene was eerily quiet. A police officer, solid dark in the shadowed early morning, walked across the lawn toward the people waiting there.

I went back inside. Master Danger sighed again, heavily, as I passed by and crawled back into bed. I didn't sleep for another hour, though. The lights kept flashing.

This morning, Master Danger and I as always went by the house on the corner. Deep tire-tracks on the north part of the lawn, and a tree with a gouge in its side; shallow tire tracks on the east part of the lawn, and an absence where the mailbox used to stand.

It was sunrise-quiet, but the birds had begun to sing.

May your day be safe and full of better light.

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From:chase820
Date:April 13th, 2014 01:52 pm (UTC)
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Living in a big apartment complex, I've woken up to silent ambulance lights more than once. It never fails to be creepy!
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From:laurawise
Date:April 13th, 2014 08:45 pm (UTC)
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It really really is unsettling.

Happy Sunday, Chase!
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From:paratti
Date:April 13th, 2014 02:11 pm (UTC)
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(((Hugs)))
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From:laurawise
Date:April 13th, 2014 08:45 pm (UTC)
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[hugs x two]
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From:laurawise
Date:April 13th, 2014 08:45 pm (UTC)
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Good thoughts and hugs sent right back at you! May it be an easy start to your week.
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From:beadattitude
Date:April 13th, 2014 06:31 pm (UTC)
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Yours, too, dear one.
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From:laurawise
Date:April 13th, 2014 08:46 pm (UTC)
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[hugs and good thoughts]
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From:cindergal
Date:April 13th, 2014 08:21 pm (UTC)
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Tom Hanks??? ;-)

That does sound like a very eerie thing to wake up to in the middle of the night.
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From:laurawise
Date:April 13th, 2014 08:47 pm (UTC)
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Tom Hanks??? Yes, Tom Hanks. He was adorable in the dream, but he left before the stalker-murderers tried to break in. TYPICAL.

I bet Ichabod wouldn't leave at such a crisis. ;)

Hugs and better days for you.
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From:gwynnega
Date:April 13th, 2014 08:26 pm (UTC)
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::hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:April 13th, 2014 08:47 pm (UTC)
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Hugs and a great Sunday evening, Gwynne!
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From:claudia_yvr
Date:April 13th, 2014 08:40 pm (UTC)
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Hilarious that the noise made it's way into your dream, but didn't wake you up right away. Then again, Tom Hanks circa 1998 was a cutie ;-)

I am so, so very happy that spring is in full force! Winter is my least favourite season, all those endless days of grey wet. Although I have to admit, we got record amounts of sunshine this winter so I guess I can't complain too much.

::hugs, hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:April 13th, 2014 08:48 pm (UTC)
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I'm now wondering how long it had been since the crash when I woke up!

(That sentence is convoluted, but oh well.)

I'm glad that spring has arrived for you! Cheers and hugs. :)
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From:anne_d
Date:April 14th, 2014 12:47 am (UTC)
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How scary! I'm glad you and the Young Master are okay.
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From:laurawise
Date:April 14th, 2014 10:31 am (UTC)
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Luckily we're a couple of houses away from the intersection where the accidents keep happening -- but I feel for those who live on the corners. :(

Hugs and a good start to your Monday!
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From:stateless82
Date:April 14th, 2014 01:39 am (UTC)
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I've gone out barefoot into the night like that. It's weird, almost like being a ghost.

I hope tonight is more peaceful.
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From:laurawise
Date:April 14th, 2014 10:33 am (UTC)
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I do find that middle-of-the-night feels increasingly... odd, out of time. But then I am always up at 5:40, which I know feels weird to others. ;)

Cheers and hugs, S! Happy start to your week.
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From:freixenet
Date:April 14th, 2014 11:43 am (UTC)
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:hugs: strobing blue lights in the middle of the night are incredibly disorienting. I'm so sorry.
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From:laurawise
Date:April 14th, 2014 09:55 pm (UTC)
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We persevere, F!

Hugs and cheers for getting past Monday. (Mostly.)
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From:mobile_alh
Date:April 14th, 2014 04:36 pm (UTC)
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Oh dear, oh dear.

You bring it all such clarity. I prefer the closing image of the dawn walk and bird-song.

Happy Monday--it's good to be home.
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From:laurawise
Date:April 14th, 2014 09:55 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad you're home too! (But I hope the retreat did what you needed.)

Cheers and hugs!

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