I tested positive for Covid-19 on the morning of Christmas Day.
It is 1st January now, a new year and I’m still testing positive…ho hum.
I had a dream last night. I was in the front room of my house with an unknown woman, watching a feature film from the 1950s.
Through the window, I saw this man who looked like a 1940s/1950s ‘spiv’ coming to the front door.
I said to the woman I was with in the front room: “There’s a spiv coming to the door”.
She looked out the window but could not see him, so I went out of the living room into the hall, then into the front porch and he just pushed through the letter box some ordinary leaflets about something I was not interested in.
I went back to watching the feature film with the woman.
For some reason the TV set was now on the floor and the woman had become six inches high and had pink hair, as young children’s dolls do. She told me she wanted me to hold her hair as she coiffured it. That was the word she used. Coiffure.
“I want to coiffure it,” she said.
She moved a small, padded stool over to near the wall, but this entailed turning the television round. We could still see the screen, but the TV set itself had been turned round.
The woman sat so close to the wall, though, that I couldn’t both hold her hair while she coiffured it AND continue to watch the television. Also, she was six inches tall, which complicated things. So I got another small, padded stool and moved it to the middle of the room and told her: “I won’t be able to do your hair so close to the other wall.”
So I turned the TV set round again.
I had to lift it up then put it down in its new position.
It was sitting in a low, one-inch-high wooden frame.
At least, that was what I intended to do but, when I was about to start, some more people arrived at the front door.
They were trying to tell me my back garden was in a mess and that I should buy a top layer of grass from them.
“Turf. That’s the word,” one of them said to me.
“Life is turf,” I told him. That is what I told him.
There were about three of them. I knew they were con artists and told them: “I like my back garden to be in a mess.”
The first man started lifting up the turf with his foot. One of the other men was holding some 6ft high poles. There were about six of them. The poles. Six round poles, each one the girth of a small man’s waist.
I thought I would try to confuse the men at the door.
“I don’t need any more poles,” I said. “I already have some. I was thinking of painting them. One can be red, white and blue for Britain. One can be red, white and blue for France. And I can probably get the German flag in there somewhere. I think if I paint one black, it would be very effective.”
I said this because I thought it would confuse the hell out of the man holding the six tall poles. And the others.
Then the woman I had been in the front room with came out to see what was going on. She was her proper height again.
It was now dusk or just after dusk. It was quite dark, so the gardening people went away, duly confused.
But now there was a man at the bottom of the front garden who was allowing people to come in and offer their services to all the people who owned local houses.
I thought: This is very strange.
He was supposed to supervise them, but he was just letting anyone in who wanted to take a photograph.
Well, nothing wrong with that, I thought.
And then I woke up.
That was last night.
That is true.
Well, OK, that is not true.
That was a dream I had on the 30th August last year. But I thought I would share it now. I muttered it into my iPhone, half awake, just after it happened.
And the heading of this blog is not true. When I was a teenager I did not dream I would die this year.
I worked it out logically when I was awake.
Back then, in the mists of the time when I was younger, I looked at the average life expectancy for an ordinary person. And I worked out that this would be the year I would die. I figured, all things being equal, I would die sometime in the 2020s and, if I were dead-on average, then 2022 would be the year I died.
We shall see.
Well, obviously, maybe I won’t. See.
But – hey! – life is but a dream…