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who tried to bring this in here?







Some people have the gift of telling dreams so that, instead of a confusing mish-mash of incomprehensible (often even to them) signifiers, you instead get a well-turned, strange tale. sovay, for instance, can do this.

And so can Little Springtime--at least, she just did:

I dreamed we drove to Russia, and there were bears everywhere. We got to a train station, and there were bears there, too, and I said, "I'm sure glad we didn't bike." And then the customs people stopped us and one of them held up a potato and said, "Who tried to bring this in here?" And I said, "Are potatoes not indigenous to Russia?" And there were these magnificent fur coats, and I wanted to buy one, but I wasn't sure of the price conversion from rubles to dollars--like is a ruble half a dollar? Or twice a dollar? And so I tried to Google the conversion rate, but the results I got were totally unhelpful--like how many dollars to the pound, and how many pounds in a stone.


Don't try to smuggle potatoes into Russia
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asakiyume
Jul. 28th, 2015 11:11 am (UTC)
You have to watch out, though, because if you defy customs, full force will be brought to bear against you.
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cmcmck
Jul. 27th, 2015 01:57 pm (UTC)
If there were no potatoes in Russia, they'd have trouble producing all that Stolychnya! :o)
asakiyume
Jul. 28th, 2015 11:11 am (UTC)
Maybe it's a coals-to-Newcastle type thing.
(no subject) - cmcmck - Jul. 28th, 2015 11:20 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - asakiyume - Jul. 28th, 2015 12:00 pm (UTC) - Expand
amaebi
Jul. 27th, 2015 02:03 pm (UTC)
:D

Conversations with border monitors are the very proper stuff of nightmare and of strange sequence.
asakiyume
Jul. 28th, 2015 11:12 am (UTC)
And you never know what will set them off. Might as well be potatoes!
(no subject) - amaebi - Jul. 28th, 2015 12:34 pm (UTC) - Expand
frigg
Jul. 27th, 2015 02:03 pm (UTC)
lol... potato smuggling!
asakiyume
Jul. 28th, 2015 11:12 am (UTC)
Actual smuggling can be any number of weird things. I've heard of maple-syrup smuggling.
heleninwales
Jul. 27th, 2015 02:27 pm (UTC)
That is a splendid dream and it makes more sense than most of mine.
asakiyume
Jul. 28th, 2015 11:15 am (UTC)
It had *interest*, which is more than many do. I think it's in part because of how she told it. She didn't do that stumbling thing of making endless qualifications that don't mean anything to the listener (e.g., "It started out in my grandmother's attic, but not really her attic; really it was more like the storage room from behind the high school auditorium, only if the auditorium had been situated in the south of the building, where the gymnasium is...")
queenoftheskies
Jul. 27th, 2015 03:13 pm (UTC)
Fascinating dream.

I love that image of the soldiers riding bears!
asakiyume
Jul. 28th, 2015 11:16 am (UTC)
Me too! It's amazing what you can find images of, if you google. Though really what I'd have liked to do, if I had all the time in the world, was draw the bears prowling about the train station.
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sovay
Jul. 27th, 2015 04:48 pm (UTC)
And then the customs people stopped us and one of them held up a potato and said, "Who tried to bring this in here?"

That's wonderful.
asakiyume
Jul. 28th, 2015 11:17 am (UTC)
It was when she got to that line that I knew I had to share.
khiemtran
Jul. 27th, 2015 08:46 pm (UTC)
You laugh now, but wait till the next great potato blight hits..
asakiyume
Jul. 28th, 2015 11:18 am (UTC)
She was wondering if her subconscious was harkening back to reading The Windup Girl, where nonnative-grown plants are a huge threat.
yamamanama
Jul. 28th, 2015 02:04 am (UTC)
Funny that we'd both dream about Europe.
I dreamt that Norway was a Belarus-style dictatorship.
asakiyume
Jul. 28th, 2015 11:19 am (UTC)
The population of Norway breathed a collective sigh of relief when you woke up from that one.
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sartorias
Jul. 28th, 2015 02:04 am (UTC)
What a nifty illo!
asakiyume
Jul. 28th, 2015 11:19 am (UTC)
Yeah, there's some great stuff out there!
heliopausa
Jul. 28th, 2015 12:10 pm (UTC)
:D That is indeed a great gift - and to have interesting dreams, too.
asakiyume
Jul. 29th, 2015 12:39 pm (UTC)
She knew how to tell the story to make it fun :-)
syomsong
Aug. 5th, 2015 03:16 pm (UTC)
NEVER, never-ever smuggle potatoes into Russia!
asakiyume
Aug. 6th, 2015 05:48 pm (UTC)
I promise I never will! Not even if someone offers me a bouquet of flowers :-)
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