Monday, January 12, 2009

Communication Dreams

I woke this morning from a dream about miscommunication. In the dream I had sent an email to a list of people. The purpose of the email was to call out my top ten watercolor paintings from the show I went to at the Triton Museum of Art over the weekend. The show that I had particularly gone to see was the 2008 Statewide Watercolor Competition exhibition.

If you click on the exhibitions page you can see the description of the exhibition, which was very impressive (especially since I have minimal painting talent and I know that watercolor can be a challenging medium to work in).

In the dream I had called out my top ten paintings from the exhibition. I had cc'ed multiple people with the list and got a somewhat irate response from one person, demanding to know why I had sent them a list of paintings I didn't like and what was I implying about their painting. I was puzzled in the dream so I looked at the email and saw that in the subject line I had written something like "Top Ten Reasons I Don't Like Watercolors" - when I meant to type "I Like".

Outside of the dream I have no idea if the person who responded to the dream email even paints - I don't recall them ever mentioning it. I woke from the dream with that sense of how easy it is to get our communications tangled with people.

But, outside of the dream I had an enjoyable Sunday evening. I had a very nice phone call with a friend and then spent the rest of the evening watching the Golden Globes. I have already written about Slumdog Millionaire a couple of times, so I was glad to see it win - well deserved for a spectacular film. After the awards show was over I curled up in bed and read a bit (Michael Crichton's "Next") and then drifted off to sleep.

After waking from the dream I sort of stumbled and bumped my way through the morning - banged into a couple of things, couldn't find a couple of things, got frustrated by a couple of things and then made it out the door. Fortunately the commute into the office was smooth. My calendar is relatively light today, so I am anticipating a nice Monday at work.

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