You Can’t Fire Me

Probably because so many friends were recently let go at AOL, I had a dream in which I was being laid off at some sort of organization that was a mash-up of AOL and the Fresno Bee (those two being the real jobs I had, back in the day). The funny thing is that in my dream, I am what I am now, which is a freelance dude who works on contract from time to time. So when the guy came in to tell me I’d been laid off, I just looked at him like he was nuts. Which was a nice feeling, even if it was just in a dream.

Left unanswered was what I was doing in an office, where I had apparently worked for years on end, if, in fact, I was a freelancer, but that’s dreaming for you. Dreams don’t actually have to make sense all the way through, or even part way through.

Also, I’m not sure why I was a parrot. That’s probably best left unexplored.

12 thoughts on “You Can’t Fire Me

  1. According to an Online Dream Dictionary:

    http://www.dreammoods.com/dreamthemes/birds.htm

    Parrots

    To see a parrot in your dream, represents gossip. A message is being conveyed to you. It may also mean that you or someone is being repetitive or even mocking you. Alternatively, the parrot can denote a person in your waking life who is eccentric or obnoxious.

  2. [quote]Dreams don’t actually have to make sense all the way through, or even part way through[/quote]

    Or, they can make sense, but only to you. I wish stories worked that way…

  3. Dreaming that you’re a parrot, or a wizard professor, means you’re totally gay. For serious. True story.

  4. Well, there is all that rainbow plumage.

    Just don’t tell my wife. Because she’d be all, like, “that’s fine, but I get to watch.” Which would totally throw me off.

  5. Wait a minute! You wrote a novel someone finds out they’re really a sheep [If you haven’t read it, it’s Trask, which is why he feels so guilty after eating a woman in a wool sweater], and you can’t figure out why you were a parrot?

    It’s a Harry Creek novel waiting to happen!

  6. Just don’t tell my wife. Because she’d be all, like, “that’s fine, but I get to watch.” Which would totally throw me off.

    A woman after my own heart. And it throws off my husband too, even with his eyeliner and tight jeans!

  7. I just find it surprising that the Fresno Bee once had a good writer outside of the Sports section. Though to be fair to the Bee, I have no idea if you were a good writer then.

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