Thursday, August 08, 2013

Jeopardy Dream

Weird Al Yankovic's song "I Lost On Jeopardy" was a mainstay of my childhood, I'll admit, but it's been years since I've listened to it, which made this dream a little surprising. In the dream, I was a contestant of some new, post-Trebek Jeopardy which had apparently fallen on hard times. The dollar values were low -- questions were worth maybe ten bucks a pop. I was in second place the entire time until the end. The host was a lady I don't remember recognizing. At a certain point I realized I wasn't answering in the form of a question, but no one seemed to care. And many of the questions were odd--some were yes/no, some were weirdly specific; I remember arguing because the other two contestants couldn't possibly know the answer to some of them. Towards the end, the hostess was shot-gunning questions, many of which I had some idea of but was nervous about answering, since I was in second place and didn't want to lose that. Also, at one point a bizarre couple came in to, apparently, observe us (being 'from the network') but then promptly ignored us. Finally, I answered one of the unfair questions and won.

I'm not really sure about the Jeopardy angle, but I think this is a meaningful dream. I've been doing more and more work for hire gigs, which often consist of several small projects that don't pay that much individually, but when you put them a few cents a word, a few bucks an article, that kind of thing. This is something I've avoided because I never thought I could really make money from it or even do it successfully, and I think the ending of the dream, in which I just push ahead and win, regardless, is telling me to go ahead. Or maybe I should just go on Jeopardy.

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