Waking Finnegan

“We are such stuff as dreams are made of, and our whole life is rounded with a sleep” ~ Shakespeare

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Sunday, January 08, 2006

Roadrunner Dream

I'm chasing a stub-hooked tetherball down Oxnard Street in North Hollywood.

This reminds me of a dream from long-ago where I chased a ball I'd snapped clean off the playground pole, hitting it with comic book strength and sending it soaring into the blue sky while all the girls were watching. I said "I'll be right back!" and transformed myself into

I chased that ball down with spinning legs, all the while bobbing forwards, backwards and sideways with my torso. I homed in on it with my two-way Dick Tracy watch and continued socking and kicking and chasing it over roofs and trees and buildings. I kicked it well beyond the neighborhood oh yes I did. I sent it clear across the City of Angels into Death Valley where I deftly scooted past Rattlesnakes, Gila Monsters and Horny Toads. I drop-kicked and pursued that ball well beyond the Sierras---sent it sailing over the Grand Canyon towards barking prairie doggies and waving Wheaties fields. I saw Huckleberry steamboats and kicked the ball clean over the Mississippi and then hightailed it for Chicago and New York.

And then I woke up and realized I wasn't so fast.


Blogger Shubhodeep said...

first with the brickbats, eh?

lots of kicking and chasing here. glad there wasn't any sleep walking. :-O

nice post! :-)

10:25 AM  
Blogger Shubhodeep said...

oh, and you can have this pic for your profile. it'll suit you. (help you wake up)


10:27 AM  
Blogger finnegan said...

I was checking out my pic for the dream and accidentally hit publish instead of preview and you managed to get in two comments before I switched to my first choice. Wanna race?

Shubhodeep 2 "The return of Shubhodeep"
Pic for profile? No see no pic. Maybe I'm asleep and can't see it.

11:21 AM  
Blogger Perfect Virgo said...

Man that's one heck of a road trip on foot! The "spinning legs" still evokes that dreamy feeling of not being in control of motion. Wading through sand with the devil at your back.

4:59 PM  
Blogger finnegan said...

Perfect Virgo
Oh yes it was. Children can do those sorts of things in their daydreams you know. Have you forgotten already?

6:43 PM  
Blogger floots said...

that last line is so true of certain dreams
as usual
i loved the journey
for me
(at least when it comes to dreamweaving)
cue song -
you are a roadrunner honey
and i can't keep up with you

nice one

wv: esoydxj - a penis the texture of electolysed vegetable protein

7:52 PM  
Blogger finnegan said...

Ok Wile E. Coyote couldn't keep up either. Meep meep!

VW: VEEYEY ~ The Venus Cheerleader your garden variety penis is hanging out with.

9:49 PM  
Blogger bittersweet said...

hehe. i like this dream. (like a mad looney toon cartoon on fast-forward mode.)
reminded me of one dream i had when i was little -
riding fast and going places with my awesome red BMX. neighbourhood kids stared with awe.
then waking up and realising i haven't learned how to balance yet. neither do i own a bike.
aww, shucks.

11:26 PM  
Blogger Queen Neetee said...

It's fun to see you write about familiar things like "tetherball" and Southern Cali. That's how I felt when I saw the Pep Boys too - Manny, Moe, and Jack.

Gosh that dream must have felt wonderful. Did it?

Were you disappointed when you woke up? (question not pertaining to the last line: And then I woke up and realized I wasn't so fast. sorry 'bout that though.)

And that ball! Wow! I like this dream a lot. Lots of energy and you're displaying more super powers. It's great!

BTW - the part-2 is now posted.

11:27 PM  
Blogger rhein said...

OK, but why were you chasing the tether ball?

7:02 AM  
Blogger karma said...

i'm glad there were no coyotes involved

2:14 PM  
Blogger Cocaine Jesus said...

puff puff
puff puff
puff puff
are still
to fast
for me

3:14 PM  
Blogger Cocaine Jesus said...

'roadrunner once
roadrunner twice
i am in love with the modern world'

3:17 PM  
Blogger finnegan said...


Nothing to fret about. Question is if you ever learned to balance in the end.

Queen Neetee

Did you play tetherball too? I used to have an aesthetic obsession about how the tether would wrap around the pole along with the ball's centifugal movements. The only thing that outdid it was dodge-ball. Is it possible that a kid could be happier?

And yes, that dream of long ago was typical of my head-in-the-clouds youthful joy. I still have some of that intact, but not in such ridiculous abundance.


Care to speculate?


There were many coyotes along the way. They followed me, tongues wagging.


You need to get off that crack pipe, Jesus. Get back to nature and regard the mushrooms.

9:45 PM  
Blogger Alice: In Wonderland or Not said...

It's the end realization that kills.

I'm sure if I had been in New York where I belong you would have run to me. lol

6:23 AM  
Blogger finnegan said...


I believe when I had that dream you weren't yet in Wonderland...or Not.

8:02 AM  
Blogger Bouls said...

Aah, the end is sweet. Like a little kid wishing he could fly and wakes up to find out he can't. Wouldn't we all wish our legs could spin like that. It would be great for the environment, that's for sure. I really liked the special sound effects. This definitely seemed like a Finn dream from younger days. Great ending!

8:54 AM  
Blogger finnegan said...

Never quite envisioned hyper limbs being environmentally friendly. But now that you mention it...

The audio was just begging me to be included, so I really couldn't help myself.

It is Finn from afar. Baby Finn on steroids I guess. Thanks for the jaunty comments!

8:49 PM  
Blogger Queen Neetee said...

Yep. Actually, I attempted to play Tether Ball. I wasn't very good. I HATED hitting the rope!

Speaking of 'the games we played when young(er)', did you play four square? I was very good at that one.

Thanks for the memories.

2:16 AM  
Blogger Patry Francis said...

This is the first time you told us what happened when you woke up!

Loved the soaring fantasy of this, Finn. And thanks for sending your good spirits to me when I needed them.

4:41 AM  
Blogger Grafxgurl said...


im back and glad to see you still dreamign away!

am so happy!! i got engaged!!

* skips away happily*

8:28 AM  
Blogger _Soulless_ said...

hitting it with comic book strength

Hehe. You've just made this dream oh-so-real to the kid in me. (Cue classic soundtrack for the opening credits of a Looney Tunes episode. *chuckles* Hmm. You be Roadrunner and I'll be Tasmanian Devil. Haha.)

Man, reading this just upped my adrenaline. Woohoo!

1:34 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

good god, you transcended the limp-strength that's common to dreams, at least all but two of my dreams in which i have tried to kick and punch. way to go.

1:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Queen Neetee

We always viewed 4-square as a "sissy game". If I'd been caught playing it, there would be no Waking Finnegan, I'm certain!

Patry Francis

It was a long time ago that dream. Fortunately I did wake up afterwards. In other ways I guess I haven't. And my best wishes is the least I can send along at such a trying time, Patry.


Wellwellweel...You are flying up there in the stratosphere now, aren't you! Best of luck on your new adventure!


Do you really want to snort these sounds in my ears? If that be the case, I will oblige your highness as always.

10:24 PM  
Blogger Queen Neetee said...

So you have heard of it. Haha!

2:53 AM  
Blogger Queen Neetee said...

P.S. - I'm rounding up words for my next post. I can't write one without your list.

2:55 AM  
Blogger finnegan said...

Queen Neetee (both of you)
Yes I have indeed.

I'll fry up some tasty syllables asap, Neetee.

5:59 AM  
Blogger RuKsaK said...

you are a literary technicolor Superman for all ages.

9:08 AM  
Blogger finnegan said...

That's enough of a comment to fry my hard drive Ruk. My blog plug popped out.

5:58 PM  
Blogger Jane said...

you have very eleborate dreams... mine just seemed filled with torque headed demons..

7:51 AM  
Blogger finnegan said...

You can untorque the heads with a number 16 wrench.

8:18 AM  
Blogger camera shy said...


ive had the very same dream
minus the horny toads and sierras

my dreamlandscape was different
less specific

4:09 PM  
Blogger finnegan said...

blog this

I don't find it at all incredible that you'd have a dream like this. Hyper-bounding, fleet-footed dreams are not uncommon. But I'd be more than astonished if you'd had the Dick Tracy watch to guide you towards your destination.

Thanks for stopping on your way to wherever.

12:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


5:55 PM  
Blogger Maddy said...

Now that is snappy writing!

10:11 PM  
Blogger finnegan said...

Madelyn Mulvaney

Thanks for stopping by and commenting Madelyn. I'll try to keep up with the beat.

7:43 AM  
Blogger sirbarrett said...

Glad to hear how untethered you are.

2:31 PM  

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