Joe Cooler Than Usual

Joe CoolI’ve been told on numerous occasions, Modern Philosophers, that there is nothing cooler than a guy in a toga.

This morning, I set out to prove that point yet again.

I woke up early from a disturbing dream about my Dad, who died when I was in college.  He was sitting all alone in the waiting room of a doctor’s office, and I stopped in to visit him.  It was quickly established that he’d been waiting to see the doctor for three days, and I couldn’t understand why he was still waiting since there were no other patients.

My Dad insisted that I not worry about him, and go back to work.  He didn’t want me to jeopardize my job by checking on him so often.  I was pissed at the doctor for doing this to my father, so I went in search of him.  I finally found him sitting outside having lunch.

Have you watched “Louie” at all this season?  Charles Grodin plays a cranky old doctor, who really seems put out by his patients.  Well, that was the doctor in my dream.  I demanded to know why he had left my sick father waiting for three days while he was outside in the sun enjoying a nice meal.

Doctor Grodin told me that when my Dad was ready, he would feel better, and there was nothing any doctor could do to speed up the process.  I cursed up a blue streak and he told me to get out of his office.  I stopped in the waiting room on my way out to try to get Dad to leave with me, but he assured me he was fine.  He implored me to get on with my life and to stop worrying about him.

I was all discombobulated when I woke up from that dream, and there was no way I was going back to sleep.  It was still dark outside, but given how hot it’s been lately, I thought it would be best to put on my Running Toga, lace up my sneakers, and go for my run before the temperature had a chance to shoot up again.

It was really nice running before the sun was quite awake.  There was no need to worry about the sunny side versus shady side of the street debate because when the sun isn’t out yet, both sides of the street are the shady side.

running motivationI got another 3 miles under my toga and felt damn good afterwards.  While I wasn’t a big fan of my dream, I decided to think of it as my Dad’s watching over me and giving me a little push to get out on the road when I would still be cool.

Or cooler than usual…

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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23 Responses to Joe Cooler Than Usual

  1. stephrogers says:

    Sometimes dreams can be so haunting. I miss running. I get it.

  2. grannyK says:

    What a strange dream! I sure miss running. I will watch as the kids run, chasing a ball or playing tag. I remember when I could do that! All I can manage these days is a slow trot that isn’t really any faster than a brisk walk. I hate arthritis! At least I can still walk pretty darn fast!

  3. Sometimes we get message we may or not understand, but I DO believe they are real. 🙂

  4. There is a chance that your father is just a physical representation of someone in your life. It would be someone you care very much about, but you feel that this person needs to make some serious health changes in his/her life. I am going to assume it is male because the person was your dad, but it would be a person who you love and who you feel takes care of you. You created the doctor ( a person who should be helping but isn’t) to either represent your own conscience or it is actually a person who is there who should be helping but isn’t. I am going to go with your own inner voice because you compared him to a fictious character. You feel that you aren’t doing enough to help this person, but a part of you believes you just have to let him/her figure it out on his/her own. The fact that you remember the three days mark is important. Whatever connection this has to your life it involves that number.

    This is just one possible “fun” way of looking at it. 🙂

    • Austin says:

      So many Deep Thoughts conjured up with that reply. Thank you! 🙂

      No go help Toby aka Fearless Leader interpret his dreams please! 🙂

  5. I think you’re right, Austin. Your Dad is still trying to keep you safe and still pushing you to go for it!

  6. I have odd dreams where my Dad appears too, Austin.

    In my dreams he is very much alive, but in my mind (even though I’m sleeping), I know that he’s dead and has been for 10 years.

    Do any of you Modern Philosophers know how interpret dreams?

    • Austin says:

      I feel like the end, where he told me to stop worrying about him in the waiting room and get on with my life, was easy to interpret. I’m supposed to not be sad about my Dad anymore, and just live my life.

      As for Charles Grodin….

  7. Agellius says:

    I never knew anyone who died until I was in my 30s. Now I have two close family members who have died and have dreamed about each of them many times. They’re the strangest, sometimes scariest but also sometimes the most comforting types of dreams.

    I once dreamed about my sister who died of cancer, telling me that she was all better now and extremely happy. But it was weird because I was talking to her in the bedroom of our childhood home; it’s not as though she appeared as an angel in a white robe or anything. I woke up with tears of joy.

    There have been other dreams where I would meet them and say, “OMG!! I thought you were dead!” And they would say, “Yeah, I get that a lot,” or something like that. Recently I dreamed I was talking with my dad on the phone, and I was telling him, “[my wife] and the kids are leaving now to go to visit your grave.”

    All in all I think these types of dreams are one of the really neat things in life.

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