I've started to notice a common theme in my dreams: the setting. Oftentimes it's a place I don't recognize, and other times it's a house or a building that I go to a lot in real life, but in my dream it's always a lot bigger and has secret passageways, etc. It never looks like real life. I do almost always know the place I'm in, but I don't ever know how to get around; it's like I take familiar places and make them unfamiliar. Dream analysts welcome on that one. For my latest installment of dream time, please enjoy this very odd one:
I had just moved into a new, humongous home by the ocean. A large swimming pool took up the vast majority of the lower level. It was set up like an aquarium, so it could be viewed through clear windows on either side. For some reason, as soon as I saw it, I knew it was "out of date" (no, I don't know what that means, I just knew it was a pressing problem in the dream). I was planning to renovate, but the friend we bought the house from begged me to keep it the way it was. I didn't listen, and built a new pool, but this time put holes in the windows on the sides (that somehow didn't leak any water in or out) that led to the ocean so dolphins could swim through the pool every day. This quickly became a huge tourist attraction, and I started charging people to come watch the dolphins swim through. People were ooh-ing and ah-ing and all was going as planned, until I heard a few screams from the tourists. I rushed to check it out, and saw, to my horror, that when the dolphins would get inside the pool, they would get a sudden electric shock and then swim back into the ocean and die (horrible, right?). All the tourists in my home suddenly whip out posters and start protesting, accusing me of animal cruelty. I had no idea why this was happening, and found myself cornered and about to be... I don't know what, when my friend bursts in (wearing a superman costume) and says, "You destroyed the magic I placed in the original pool. The only option is to tear this new one down. It's the only way the dolphins will be safe." Everyone cheered and backed off of me... and that's all I remember.
P.S. I don't hate dolphins, and I was really upset about this when I woke up. If I could control what goes on in my head, I would...