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Throughout my life, there have been several recurring themes in my dreams.

I'm not talking about the one where I become despotic ruler of the earth and crush dissent in my iron fist; that's really more of an ambition than a dream. I also don't mean the one where I suddenly realize to my horror that I have been enrolled in some university all year but I totally forgot about it and don't know my class schedule, and I've only just become aware that today is finals day and I can't even find any of the classrooms...which, annoying as it is, is pretty much a run-of-the-mill stress dream. Any of you who don't have that dream, be happy.

Nor do I mean the one where I see myself standing in sort of sun-god robes on a pyramid with a thousand naked women screaming and throwing little pickles at me--that's actually Val Kilmer, not me.

The dream that I have is about a bridge. And really, in some ways, I think it might be this bridge.

You can, if you want, click on the pic for a much, much bigger version (nearly four thousand pixels wide!).

This is a hand-stitched panorama of the Østbroen Bridge, or the Great Belt Bridge, in Denmark, which we passed beneath (by inches) on the way from Gdańsk to Oslo. I put it together in Photoshop from a half-dozen pics I took by setting my camera on a rail on the front of the ship and holding the shutter down while I rotated the camera by hand, on account of 'cause I don't have a modern DSLR capable of doing panoramic shots by the power of Science and elfin magic.

Which, as a side note, if anyone out there wants to contribute to me getting a better digital camera than my first-generation EOS digital, I'd be most appreciative.

My dreams have often been illed with impossible bridges. In some versions of the dream, I'm on a flat, two-lane bridge, completely lacking guardrails, that extends five or six hundred miles into the water and then slowly dips below the waves, leaving me stranded without enough room to turn around and go back the way I came.

In others, the bridge is more like this one, only in the center it starts to rise more and more steeply until finally I have to stop the car, get out, and climb. There's usually a narrow catwalk, or sometimes just a tightrope, that makes up the center of the bridge; I walk across it, climb back down on the other side, and somehow my car is waiting for me to get in and finish the drive.

In yet other versions, it's a long, high suspension bridge that ends on the far side on the roof of a skyscraper or other tall building. I drive across, and then find myself on the roof, with no way to get off the building onto the street below.

So when I saw this bridge, which is impossibly long (it's apparently the largest bridge outside Asia and the third largest in the world, or so the ship's captain said), it felt kind of like a weird homecoming. In, y'know, my head. When I'm asleep. But only sometimes, and not during the times when I'm Val Kilmer and it's the thing with the pickles.

We passed beneath it with, as I mentioned, only inches to spare. I really wanted a photo of that, but my camera battery chose that precise moment to die, which I thought was absolute dog's bollocks, but there it is.

I particularly like the windmills on one end, and the way it touches down on a little spit of land and then promptly dives into an underground tunnel and disappears on the other, which you can't quite see in this panorama.

I have no idea what this bridge means, nor why it's been a central fixture in my dreams for so many years. I have noticed that I haven't dreamt about it since we passed beneath the Østbroen Bridge, for reasons that entirely escape your humble scribe.


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Nov. 29th, 2010 08:19 am (UTC)
Wouldn't that actually be Chris Knight's dream? Although, in the entire cast of characters, his is probably noted the least in the movie. As in, probably once, when he and Mitch first meet or the like.
Nov. 30th, 2010 03:09 am (UTC)
Hey Franklin, it's Eve. We met at the party on Friday. The scene wasn't very conducive to any get-to-know-you-type conversation, but it was nice to finally put a real face to your online presence. Nice to meet you!
Nov. 30th, 2010 04:51 am (UTC)
Howdy! Delightful to have met you. How long are you staying in the Portland area?
Nov. 30th, 2010 05:10 am (UTC)
Already back in BC, I'm afraid :-(
Nov. 30th, 2010 06:34 am (UTC)
That's the Oresund Bridge, also called the Oresund Link.


I saw a National Geographic show about the designing and building of it; it's got the tunnel at the south end so it won't interfere with the Copenhagen airport, and so that ice floes can't block the strait. They had all kinds of crazy weird problems while building it, including that it has two rail lines going across it, and the rail systems of Sweden and Denmark use different voltage and hertz (dual-voltage trains were the answer), and the signaling systems in the two countries for rail is completely different, including that Sweden runs rail with left-hand traffic and Denmark with right-hand; they found 16 unexploded bombs from World War II while excavating the area for the tunnel; not to mention all the problems you'd think you'd have building a bridge-tunnel. NatGeo filled a whole hour just going through all this stuff.
Ciaran Somegeezer Price
Dec. 1st, 2010 07:08 am (UTC)
The dog's bollocks...
... is actually something good. Your camera dying, by the sound of it, was not the dog's bollocks. =P
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