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I just woke up from a vivid dream...


The dream takes place in a neighborhood I've never seen, though I feel I've dreamt about it before. Average sized two story houses lined with tall overgrown trees, and lots of them. I find myself behind the houses in a sort of valley path between the backyards. The entire dream is in a dark saturation of blues and greens and blacks, as could be brought on by the most darkest rainy day at dusk. The dim overcast provides very little light to the ground below the trees.

The backyards are haphazard, and contain evidence of abandoned history: half-chopped log piles, untended gardens, piles of dead leaves, wire fences in desperate need of repair, overgrown sandboxes, drenched toys. Everything is soggy and black with the dampness. No one in site, and apparently the neighborhood is flooding.

I spent a few hazy moments in the company of some panicked people in one of the houses at first, perhaps my own family... but eventually I find myself out in the back in this area between the houses with a self-initiated quest. I'm apparently to find a lost infant out in the rain.

The dream is silent, except for the patter of raindrops on tree leaves. I search and search, no evidence, looking in all the backyards. I finally stumble across one yard, completely overgrown, there is a broken stroller among the knee-high grass, and in it is the child, silent but aware, its face pale white against the surrounding blue. I sink into the mud and attempt to keep the infant warm and dry as best I can, with no one in sight.

Current Mood:
blank blank
Current Music:
"Shh" - Frou Frou
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Sarah left this morning for FL. It's weird thinking she will not be in my direct presence for upwards of 4 months. Between her birth, and now, I've not been away from her for that long a period of time. Given the circumstance of her Disney College Program requirements, she will not be able to come back up here for a good-ol' fashioned NJ visit at all. I miss her already.

I find myself listening to "Shadowland" from the Broadway production soundtrack of Disney's 'The Lion King.' The song is a somber choral adaptation from an instrumental melody in the film. The song speaks of departure, and it's kind of funny how I finally stumbled upon it today. Anything that sounds Jungle-y, like Lion King, or Tarzan, makes me think of Florida and the vacations we've taken there. I greatly appreciate the Lion King, as it is probably the only Disney production I've ever felt ensnared by. Everything else by Disney?... meh. What's different about it? Well, to me, it's like trying to compare it to Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, you just can't. Nor can you compare The Magic Kingdom to Animal Kingdom within the Disney parks. Animal Kingdom was at least in part inspired by the success of The Lion King, and the incredible resonance it has had with all ages.

It's a completely unique folk story, non-western, dramatic, very adult in its allegories, and I didn't really feel too strongly about it until it became a musical, and with that transition, I felt, a very unique approach on the part of Disney. Incorporating tribal art influences, the stylized craft and African appreciation of color, the woodcarving with the gnarled but simplified shapes and motifs of that genre, not to mention the intoxicating musical instrumentation to help echo those motifs. Apply that to the already-mature Disney animated production, and it's entirely refreshing and awe inspiring. The Lion King was probably the first Disney film to make me cry... and if there's one thing I love, it's tears of joy. The music alone makes me want to create my own folk art, 3D if I have to. It's incredibly inspiring.

When the fam and I had the magnificent chance opportunity to stay at the new Animal Kingdom Lodge last June, I was actually taken aback that Disney could make such an engaging and completely detailed themed resort. Everything, and I mean everything in the place is an African Safari-themed art piece, right down to the tile patterns lining the shower walls in the bathroom. Add that to walking the hallways, passing captioned pieces of real tribal and contemporary African art, peering out the window, and seeing a giraffe or zebra grazing in a near-by tree. They've really outdone themselves with this experience. But then again, that's Disney!
Current Mood:
artistic artistic
Current Music:
"Shadowland" - The Lion King (musical)
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You are .jpg You are very colorful.  Sometimes you forget things, or distort the truth.  You like working with pictures more than words.
Which File Extension are You?
Current Mood:
blah blah
Current Music:
"Big Lie, Small World" - Sting
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Comment and I'll give you a letter; then you have to list 10 things you love that begin with that letter. After, post this in your journal, and give out some letters of your own. Let me know if you want a letter.


01. Renaissance
02. Rainforests
03. Roman Art
04. Red Wine
05. Rembrandt
06. River Villiages
07. Razor Scooters
08. Running
09. Radio Top 40
10. Returning Home

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You are a

Social Moderate
(50% permissive)

and an...

Economic Moderate
(41% permissive)

You are best described as a:


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Also: The OkCupid Dating Persona Test
Current Mood:
chipper chipper
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