Sunday, March 26, 2006

Double Exposure

They have a name for déjà vu. That thing that happens when the world seems to be having some sort of instant replay of your life in a moment right after another. Crosby, Stills, and Nash even sang about it. But there’s this other thing that happens. It’s the same, but slightly different.

It works like this.

I’ll be halfway through my day and I’ll find myself thinking that I need to talk to my brother. I’ll know that what he told me yesterday was just . . . wrong. I’ll start forming my argument for how his thinking was totally off base and prepare to call him. Then I’ll realize that I haven’t talked to my brother for at least two months—since my last birthday. I must be thinking of a conversation that I had a dream about.

My son just discovered this phenomena when he was home from college over spring break. He had one word for it. Irritating.

I told him it happens even more often and with more chilling clarity when you have the kind of jet lag that you get from 25 hours of airplane flights. That it can go on for three days before your brain readjusts. It’s like your mind needs airing out or something.

One of these times, I’m actually going to call my brother. I’ll call and my brother will think I’m going loony. With two brothers, there’s twice the chance.

If there’s a name for déjà vu, why isn’t there a name for this strange double dreaming phenomena?

I need one fast. I’m facing double exposure.
—me strauss Letting me be

10 comments:

Cheryl said...

Sorry
I know it might go against the grain / your religion / your view of the world, but there is such a fine line between being empathic and being full out psychic, that I just can't figure out where it is.

And You = Empathic is just a given.

ME Strauss said...

Hi Cheryl,

No worry about the grain of my religion. My god doesn't get stuck on stuff like that. Psychic you think. Maybe just plain crazy. :)

Hmmm I'll have to think on that!

Does this mean you've never had this happen. uh-oh another Liz thing for the books.

Liz

Anonymous said...

That sort of double exposure is called "déjà vu vu".

Hope this helps. Hope this helps.

ME Strauss said...

Hi, anonymous!
"déjà vu vu"
That sort of sounds like a new dance step, and I do like dancing. . . . I can go with that. :)

Hey thanks for helping and for leaving your comment.
Liz

dog1net said...

Liz,
Not sure, but what you may be referring to is the human phenomenon sometimes referred to as "doppleganger," a double, identical replica of ourselves. Does make you wonder.
Scot

ME Strauss said...

HI Scot,
I don't know what I'm referring to but whatever it is, is really strange.
Liz

fineartist said...

Irritating and déjà vu vu cracked me up, okay truthfully I snorted. Guffawed? I really enjoyed this post and I wonder about it myself some.

ME Strauss said...

It's such fun to have you commenting on this stuff. I forgot what it's like to have your input. It's really invigorating. Thanks, Lori. I really appreciate it.

fineartist said...

I have been missing my Liz; got my Liz jones on....that is for sure.

ME Strauss said...

I've got my Lori-jones too.