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Published 21 April 2010 in the News & Record (Greensboro, NC)

Trying to make sense out of a dropped egg

Lately, Iíve been plagued by rather odd, vivid dreams. Though I have had a lot on my mind, I understand dreams are simply random neural activity in a sleeping brain. The result becomes meaningful only when a waking brain creates sense out of nonsense. Even so, a cogent thought sometimes rises, phoenix-like, from the chaos.

On a hiking trip with two companions, I am about to eat a boiled egg when we come to a fence. I cross the fence with the egg in hand and drop it in the process. I clean most of the debris off the egg in the dewy grass and eat it anyway; Iím hungry, and itís all I have to eat.

My companions both chide and congratulate my hardiness. One has a laptop and finds a video of a similar incident online. A college girl drops her egg as she is getting ready to eat it. She picks it up and examines it for a moment. She looks at the camera and begs, "Please donít YouTube this, because if Barack Obama sees it, heíll create a federal program to replace dirty eggs dropped by clumsy people."

Such are the times in which we live.

Matt Wallace
Greensboro


Original Letter to the Editor submitted to the News & Record (Greensboro, NC)

To the Editor:

Tax Day night yields a meaningful dream

Lately, Iíve been plagued by rather odd, vivid dreams. Though I have had a lot on my mind, I understand that dreams are simply random neural activity in a sleeping brain. The result becomes meaningful only when a waking brain creates sense out of nonsense. Even so, a cogent thought sometimes rises phoenix-like from the chaos.

On a hiking trip with two companions, I was about to eat a boiled egg when we came to a fence. I crossed the fence with the egg in hand and dropped it in the process. I cleaned most of the debris off the egg in the dewy grass and ate it anyway; I was hungry, and it was all I had to eat.

My companions both chided and congratulated my hardiness. One had a laptop and found a similar video online. A college girl dropped her egg as she was getting ready to eat it. She picked it up and examined it for a moment. She looked at the camera and begged, "Please donít YouTube this, because if Barack Obama sees it, heíll create a federal program to replace dirty eggs dropped by clumsy people."

Such are the times in which we live.

Matt Wallace


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