2009.08.26 My dream life is way less boring than my real one

By RICH FOLEY

I’ve been having a rash of strange dreams lately. Even worse, I’ve been keeping notes of the better ones, so you’ll all have to hear about them. Stop complaining, it’s not that bad. Heck, if you were a friend of my dream self, you, too, could meet celebrities and maybe get some cash.

The cash would be courtesy of Brad Pitt, who hired me in one dream to aid in his philanthropic activities. My job was pretty simple. All I had to do was follow him around, carry a big bag of cash, and dispense it as directed.

Say a woman would come up to him and ask for money to feed her family. “Give her $200,” Brad would tell me, and I would dole out the cash.

Sometimes he’d want my advice. A man ran up to him outside a restaurant and said he’d lose his job unless he could get the radiator on his car fixed so he could get to work.  Brad asked me how much I thought that would cost. I told him probably between $200 and $300.

“Better make it $400,” Brad told me. “It’ll cost me a lot more if he loses his job.” And so it went. I never did see Angelina Jolie.

In another dream, I was hired to work in public relations for Chevrolet after suggesting they employ actor and former wrestler Dwayne Johnson to do ads for Chevy trucks. Chevy went for my idea that their trucks used to be advertised as “Like a rock” and Johnson used to be called “The Rock.” Goofy, maybe, but they bought it.

I met Johnson at a press event to introduce the new ads and was able to answer a couple of Chevrolet trivia questions he had. During his question and answer period with the media, someone asked him a question he didn’t have an answer for.

“I don’t know,” he answered. “Ask Doctor Chevrolet,” he added, pointing at me. To save Dwayne any embarrassment, I answered the question. Then another reporter turned to me and said, “Doctor Chevrolet, I have a question, too.” I ended up answering nearly as many queries as Johnson.

Next thing I knew, I was doing a series of “Ask Doctor Chevrolet” commercials for the car brand and left my regular public relations job behind, all thanks to a retired wrestler.

In another dream, I was a reporter in a presidential campaign. I’m not sure what candidate I was covering, but his press secretary was Tina Fey (or possibly Sarah Palin, I’m not sure). Tina/Sarah was always yelling at the reporters and it wasn’t a fun job.

One day, our press bus was arriving at a campaign stop just as another event was breaking up. While we were stuck in traffic, we saw a rival candidate walking nearby. He spotted me on the bus and walked over.

“I like your work, and I need a new communications director,” he said. “Interested?”

“Watch how fast I get off this bus,” I told him. When Tina (or Sarah) asked me where I was going, I answered, “To help the next President.  And ride in a quieter bus.” 

Then, finally, there’s the birthday party dream. In this one, someone (I’m not sure who) has talked Don and Jane Stiriz into renting The Pizza Stop for a private occasion, namely a birthday party for yours truly.

Not only are Don and Jane on hand to provide the food, but the organizer has paid Don to construct a small performance stage for the entertainment. That’s where it starts to get interesting. It seems that somehow Bruce Springsteen has been convinced to add my birthday party to his concert tour. It may be the smallest venue Bruce has ever played.

The road crew arrived early in the day and have had things ready for hours, but Springsteen is late. No one seems to know what the holdup is, but it’s after midnight and there’s still no sign of Bruce. Don and Jane had agreed to serve food until midnight and close at 1 a.m., so it looks like we’re going to miss the featured performer.

Finally, at 12:45, Springsteen rolls into Fayette. He makes apologies all around and tells us he’s willing to play all night if it’s all right with the management. Then he meets Don Stiriz.

“I’ll tell you what, pal,” Don says, checking his watch. “You’ve got less than ten minutes before I shut off the power. Better choose your song carefully.” Springsteen then came over to me.

“I think I just learned who ‘The Boss’ really is,” Bruce said. “What do you want me to do now?” I thought for a second and said, “Why not play ‘Glory Days’ and call it a night? That kind of sums it all up, doesn’t it?”

 Bruce laughed, said “Good choice” and headed for the stage. Next dream, I hope he manages to get here on time.

  • Front.web
    NICE WORK—A spider remains at the center of a web, awaiting visitors, during a moist morning last month. The was built in front of Eagle Funeral Home in Morenci.
  • Front.bridge Cross
    STEP BY STEP—Wyatt Stevens of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge Sunday during the Michigan DNR’s Great Outdoors Jamboree at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The Tecumseh Boy Scout Troop constructed the bridge again this year after taking a break in 2016. The Jamboree offered a variety of activities for a wide range of age groups. Morenci’s Stair District Library set up activities again this year and had visits with dozens of kids. See the back page for additional photos.
  • Front.bridge.17
    LEADING THE WAY—The Morenci Area High School marching band led the way across the pedestrian bridge on Morenci’s south side for the annual Labor Day Bridge Walk. The Band Boosters shared profits from the sale of T-shirts with the walk’s sponsor, the Morenci Area Chamber of Commerce. Additional photos are on the back page.
  • Front.eclipse
    LOOKING UP—More than 200 people showed up at Stair District Library Monday afternoon to view the big celestial event with free glasses provided by a grant from the Space Science Institute. The library offered craft activities from noon to 1 p.m., refreshments including Cosmic Cake from Zingerman’s Bakehouse and a live viewing of the eclipse from NASA on a large screen. As the sky darkened slightly, more and more people moved outside to the sidewalk to take a look at the shrinking sun. If you missed it, hang on for the next total eclipse in 2024 as the path comes even closer to this area.
  • Cecil
    THE MAYOR—Cecil Schoonover poses with a collection of garden gnomes that mysteriously arrive and disappear from his property. Along with the gnomes, someone created the sign stating that he is the Mayor of Gnomesville. He hasn’t yet tracked down the people involved in the prank, but he’s having a good time with the mystery.
  • Front.rest
    TAKE A BREAK—Last Wednesday’s session of Stair District Library’s Summer Reading Program ended with a quiet period in a class presented by yoga instructor Melany Gladieux of Toledo. Children learned a variety of yoga poses in the main room at the library, then finished off the session relaxing. Additional photos are on page 7. Area children are invited to visit the library today when the Michigan Science Center presents a flight program at 11 a.m. and roller coasters at 1 p.m.
  • Front.batter
    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
  • Front.green Screen
    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
  • Front.fireworks
    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.