ABBA Gym Dream

A few nights ago I had a vivid dream which has stayed with me. These are the details.

I am walking on a treadmill in a facility that is half gym and half restaurant. I observe a woman on the treadmill beside mine and am interested in her, though at this point I do not clearly make out her physical appearance. Before I can speak with her, a man who resembles William Katt from “The Greatest American Hero” walks by and drops an old fashioned tape cassette player. The tape cassette starts to play a pop song. I say aloud that the song is an ABBA single named “Up Front.” Embarrassed, Katt quickly switches off the player and walks away.

I finish with the treadmill. The woman is gone, so I make my way to the other half of the facility. I see Katt sitting alone at a booth that looks like something that would be found at a Denny’s. He waves me over, and I join him for lunch. As we are waiting for a waitress to take our orders, Katt asks me how it is that I recognized the song. Before I answer him the woman I had seen on the treadmill approaches us. I look back at her. Now, she looks like Agnetha Fältskog with the same look and hairdo as in the music video for the ABBA single, “The Day Before You Came.” She is wearing a man’s gray suit jacket and trousers, and there are small shoulder pads that make the outfit look like something from the 80s. She looks straight at me, and though I look back at her I cannot make out her expression at that moment.

Later, I am in the passenger seat of a Volkswagen Bug with Katt behind the wheel. He is driving down a country road in England. He is headed to a gravel lot across an old, stone bridge. The lot ends at the concrete wall of a large building. I see the wall but cannot see the entire building. I get out of the car as he is slowing down, but before he stops, and I push the car from behind. This is necessary apparently for Katt to be able to park on the gravel lot. As I push the Volkswagen Bug, the vehicle is the size and shape of a miniature a toddler would sit inside and peddle.

Published by Michael Sean Erickson

I write, act, and produce films in Los Angeles. Everything else is conjecture.

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