Thursday Morning: Lots and lots of rain in the middle of the night. I woke up several times to rain against the window and the ticking of the baseboard heater.
Dream Segment One: My mother, father, sister's family and my family had gone to a park, sort of like Disney, but not. We were on a rollercoster, which had a lot of sharp turns and loops in it, and a very sarcastic song about how roleercosters make you want to throw up, and how all the cheap candy you've eaten isn't sitting so well, and how theme parks in general are over-priced and hokey. Sort of "Be Our Guest" meets the second Willy Wonka movie scene where the chocolate factory automatons catch on fire.
Dream Segment Two: The rollercoaster may have come to a stop at the edge of a building loosely based on the Hult Center. There were lots of blocky, blue and turquoise glazed walkways, and blocks of laurels or azaleas or possibly tea plants. The plants and raised walkways jutted out at a few points, and made a narrow amphitheater area.
Two men (I think) came out and stood on blocks to my left. A woman in Asian attire stood out on our left and started some sort of tea ceremony. (Someone shared a video about a Kung Fu tea ceremony, which I'm guessing this is where this came from.)
A teen girl came out and indicated that she was ready to do her part, which turned into a teen angst show about a girl (her) getting a part in a play (the play we were watching). In a dream-shift, a tent or awning appeared. The play moved forward, and I scurried forward and stood next to a tent pole. An ensemble cast of teens came out and half-heartedly sang, and then backed up; I found myself suddenly in the performance area, trying to hide behind teens and pretending to sing as if I were a cast member.
There was a little more, but the most interesting part was the credits at the end, which were projected from a small iPad-like device sitting behind a box onto a paper screen on the top of the box.
Dream Segment Three: I'm not sure how long this had been going on; I was an omniscient, third person observer. The setting was a wildlife park, or zoo, or jungle. A burly man, clean-shaven, with curly brown hair, was in a rocky-edged pool (I'm pretty sure the dream borrowed the otter's pen or the aviary from the Oregon aquarium, only with football sized basalt embedded in the sides) with a tiger, leading the tiger along the edge of the pool. "Come on Tony," the man said. "Let's go, you can do it."
The focus moved in to sharp focus on the man, whose arm was underneath the tiger's front legs, helping the tiger to wade out of the pool. Another tiger paw reached over the man, and rested on the first tiger's head. The focus widened out to include all three of them.
"Simon!" (Or maybe Sampson or Simba, I'm guessing on the tigers' names) "It's time for Tony to leave." Tony was going to be re-released into the wild. A set of muscles on the mans neck and upper back writhed and bristled as he stared down Simon. Slow, Simon let go of Tony.
Dream Segment Four: I have the sense that I was on some sort of family vacation, and we were staying at a resort. The recall is fuzzy here, but I think we were watching someone's pet hippo. Or maybe cow... or pig... but I'm pretty sure it was a dark brown hippo. The hippo was about the size of a pony or very large dog. And fat. And muddy. Somehow, I found myself in the muddy trough where the hippo lived, giving it a hug and scratching it's ears.
Working Out: Had a quick trip to the gym: 3x13x60lbs on the pec fly; 3x13x70lbs lat pull-down; 3x14 Roman-chair curl-ups; 3x13x35lbs bar-bell curls. Then ran upstairs for a five minute, 52 calorie run on the elliptical.