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Monday, May 8, 2017

PaGA 2017: Day 43 Dreams Again and Kenji's Golf Safari

For reasons I can't imagine, my posting yesterday on dreams resulted in a lot more viewership than usual.  What concerned me about my dreams was that every dream was not particularly good.  Here is a poll on dreams conducted by MisterPoll, with more than 1400 responses.  Interestingly enough, 71% were female.  

Here are the results:
  • 30%  sexual experiences
  • 29%  trying repeatedly to do something
  • 29%  being attacked or pursued
  • 26%  school, teachers or studying
  • 21%  falling or flying
  • 14%  the death of a loved one
  • 11%  arriving too late
  • 10%  swimming
  • 10%  eating
  •   9%  killing someone
  •   9%  being locked up
  •   8%  being frozen with fright
  •   7%  being inappropriately dressed
  •   7%  being nude in public
  •   7%  seing self as dead
The sexual part could well have been pleasant, and eating could have, too, but most dreams are bad, if not terrible.  Thus, I guess, I'm normal.

  • Most people dream 4-6 times/night, but forget 95-99% of them.
  • Fear and stress can influence dreams.
  • Drugs make dreams more vivid.
  • Dreams do not predict the future.
  • Worth of Freud and Jung on dreams?  Systemic research does not support their claims.
  • Calvin S. Hall (right) is credited with beginning sleep research. He passed away almost 30 years ago.
  • Recommendations for further readng:
    • David Cohen, Sleep and Dreaming, Pergamon Press, 1979
    • G. William Domhoff, Finding Meaning in Dreams, Plenum Press, 1996, chapter 3.
    • David Foulkes, Children's Dreaming and the Development of Consciousness, Harvard University Press, 1999.
    • Mark Solms, The Neuropsychology of Dreaming, Erlbaum Associates, 1997.
  • Click here for more details.
So, anyway, Kenji's Golf Safari ended yesterday.  There were only four of us this year, and after all the elaborate betting, Kenji did win twice, but he was last the most also.  Gerald gives 20 foot putts, so that might have been a factor.  What were the biggest memories?
  • Every one of the five rounds was a party, except that Dave was the designated driver and did not imbibe.  Didn't help his game at all.
  • We saw all kinds of birds:

The tranquility was wonderful:


Leaves:


It was both too hot (Day one featured heat stroke in the mid-nineties) and on Day three the wind chill was freezing, with snow not too far away (Tahoe, actually):


The food was unspectacular, with highlights.  Our final lunch at Sakura Sushi was probably the best:


I had teriyaki salmon with maguro sashimi, and was impressed.  Sorry, forgot to take a photo.  We went Japanese three times, for, it turns out, Dave, from Florida, actually on occasion, buys dragon rolls and other fancy varieties to take home for dinner.

I love my new golf clubs:


Maybe the best part of all was that we remained healthy through the entire week.  For the first time in my life, during the ten days I roamed around the Bay Area, I saw clouds only on two days, and not much, for even on the day of the big freeze, the sky was blue over our golf course.

We thought this would be our final Kenji Golf Safari, but after this session, the general feeling was, let's bring eight next year.  Today, Dave flies to Orlando, with Gerald, Kenji and I departing for Honolulu.

This is also the final day of Pat's Global Adventure (PaGA).  As in our golf safari, not much adventure, but at my age, breathtaking views of cherry blossoms, general good health and the sense of accomplishment made this all rewarding.  Certainly, everything to do with this trip was a lot better than any of my dreams.




Tropical Cyclone Donna is now up to 120 MPH, but appears to be just skirting New Caledonia:


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