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A dream from a few days ago. - Qualified Perceptions
firstfrost
firstfrost
A dream from a few days ago.
I was with a bunch of people when we were arrested. I think we were the cast of Sesame Street, or perhaps of Avenue Q. We were being held in this big room with tables, with a guard watching us who was puttering around on a laptop. He said "oh, you guys could escape by jumping out the window there" but it was a long drop, and we thought that might be kind of illegal anyway, so we didn't.

Then our lawyer came in and told us that we had been released, because of this federal law about prisons - the original law was that the guard had to be there in person, that they couldn't just be guarding remotely and on the phone to the prisoners. Then later laws amended it to add that videoconferencing and internet connections were also not sufficient. Our guard had been logged onto the internet, so that broke the rule and we were free to go. I kept saying, that must not be what that law meant, they meant the guard couldn't be *remote* and guarding via the internet, and people kept telling me, yeah, you'd think that, but the courts have ruled it this way a couple times now.

So we left, and started heading down the hall, and then Tom Stoppard and his boyfriend (not named in the dream) came in, and he was being completely swarmed by worshipful Muppets. They were holding his legs and dragging along after him, as he tried to pretend that it wasn't inconvenient, and the really big Muppet kept picking him up and squeezing him.

Sadly, I didn't get to see Stoppard's appearance on Sesame Street (or in Avenue Q) because I woke up.

(My favorite part of the dream is the legal loophole-jumping. Normally anything having to do with language in a dream makes no sense once I'm awake, but this seems to have made it.)
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mijven From: mijven Date: March 28th, 2004 04:01 am (UTC) (Link)

Has someone been watching Muppet reruns?

(BTW, while I love this part, I am a little confused. Was the guard not there in person - that is watching you from a distance, and thus violated the holding rules that way. Or was it that he was there with you, but happened to be browsing the internet while watching you - which is what the first paragraph seems to say. The second doesn't make sense to me with regards to the legal loophole. But hey - it's your dream. ;)
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: March 28th, 2004 06:59 am (UTC) (Link)
The guard was there in person, he was just on the internet on his laptop. But the law said something like "The guard can't be on the internet", which at the time I thought was *meant* to say "the guard can't be guarding remotely via the internet" but was being interpreted to mean "the guard can't be there but using the internet".

Okay, maybe it was funnier when I was asleep. :)
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