• One third of our lives are spent sleeping.
• In your lifetime you will spend about six years of it dreaming. That is more than 2100 days.
• Everybody dreams. Just because you don’t remember your dreams it does not mean that you didn’t dream
• We dream an average of one or two hours every night and we often have four to seven dreams in one night
• Five minutes after the end of a dream, half the content is forgotten. After ten minutes, 99 percent is lost.
• If you are snoring then you cannot be dreaming.
• The word dream stems from the middle English word, ‘dreme’ which means joy and music
• Men tend to dream more about other men, while women dream equally about men and women.
• Research has shown that during REM sleep men experience erections and women experience vaginal blood flow no matter what the content of the dream. In fact, ‘wet dreams’ may not coincide with overtly sexual content.
• People who give up smoking have longer and more intense dreams
• Toddlers do not dream about themselves. They don’t appear in their own dreams until the age of four.
Now, as Jonah has pointed out, there’s a lot to disagree with in that rationale. But I don’t want to get into all that. My narrow point here is that we don’t really know Obama. Taking Christopher Buckley as a measure of what intelligent people who favor Obama are thinking, it’s fair to say there’s a lot riding on Obama’s writing. I’d like to feel more confident that he wrote it: If he wins, Obama will be my president, and as I’m not a MoveOn Democrat who’d rather tear down my country than see a president I opposed succeed, I’d like to feel some of Christopher’s hope for what that portends.
@Darcy: omg *exactly*. This is why I no longer pursue the performing arts as a career: it sucks to have to beat something you love into the ground. I like being able to take a break from what I’m doing and go enjoy something else for a while. I like the fact that I can practice my opera singing just once or twice a week and if I decide that’s enough, then it’s enough, and nobody gets to tell me otherwise. I like the fact that when I reach a point where I am absolutely sick of the arias I know and can’t seem to find a new one I like, I can just go do something else for a while. And you know what? Each and every one of us is fully and completely allowed to be someone outside of our jobs, and we don’t have to turn everything we do into another job. Money isn’t everything.