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No, not talking about nasty old ladies or any such a thing. This is something different.

Was dozing earlier today because of the heat when it happened, for the first time in a couple of years -- I was suddenly completely aware, knew I was awake, could not move in the least, and more, that someone was right there in the room with me and that they were specifically there to do me harm.

It went on for what seems to have been half an hour (checked my watch before I dozed off and after I woke up), and I kept snapping out of it temporarily, starting awake in the chair, only to slip right back into it despite my best efforts. The usual completely useless efforts at forcing myself to either move or speak or yell for help, feeling like my bones were being ground together, the feeling of physical pressure all over, and increasing panic until I finally completely awakened, jumping out of the chair with a yell.

One big difference this time -- I didn't just feel someone unseen in the room, I heard them walk up beside the chair and could swear I caught a glimpse of a moving body.

I've been experiencing dreams like that off and on for my entire life as I can recall, though they usually come in 'bursts'. I have them for several days or over a few weeks, and then nothing for at least a year. I always thought it was something unique to me, and then I learned about The Old Hag: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleep_pa…

I have to say, though, I never thought of my 'visitor' as being female the way they describe I just thought of it as being menacing.

However, I have discovered that I'm not the only member of the family to go through this.

My maternal grandmother had nightmares now and again for her whole life in which she was paralyzed in her bed and saw a shadow of a man slip into the room. No features or anything, just a shadow. He walked up to her, leaned over her, and started choking her. My mother would know when these dreams came because she'd hear her mom start choking and gasping for air. Then it was time to go to the bedroom and wake her up so she could start breathing again. This apparently happened often enough that she and her sister used to alternate sleeping with the door of their room open so they could help Grandmom whenever the Shadow Man came.

I thought that was it for a long time, and then I discovered my Uncle Henry apparently had these dreams too. After coming home from WW2, where he saw service with the USMC on Saipan and Okinawa, he moved into a new house. For years afterwards he had dreams in which a "dead woman" came down from the attic in the night and began strangling him. More than once he got kicked out by his wife after he awakened her with his shrieks and choking. He put up with it for years, but finally one night according to him decided to end it one way or another. The next time the dead woman came after him, he tried fighting with her. He said that the battle seemed to go on forever and went all over the room until he finally passed out from her choking him -- and awoke in the morning, sprawled on the bedroom floor. Whatever happened, it worked; he never saw her again and slept peacefully from then on.

I've also learned since then that similar dreams have happened to lots of other relatives on both sides of my family, though they were usually less dramatic and happened far less often. Isn't it kind of weird for this stuff to run in families?

Anyway, just feeling curious about all of that, and kind if wanting not to fall back asleep right now. Anybody here ever have things like that going on with them or their relations?
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Just saw one of the summer films, SAN ANDREAS, and felt like recording some thoughts here, mostly due to boredom:

1) Is there a single original idea in this movie? Seriously, every time we got a scene, I was able to predict almost everything that would happen. For that matter the characters had as little personality as could be helped. Not a slam on the actors, who deserve some sort of honorable mention for being able to do anything with the plot they got, but still. Probably the "best" example is the rich corporate architect the hero's almost-divorced wife is moving in with. At first glance he seems a decent sort, being polite to the ex-hubby when he shows up and offering to get the hero's daughter back to her school.

Then when the garage they're trying to escape from gets hit by the superquake (9.6, which from what I've told should be impossible for the San Andreas fault -- I have some science-minded friends out in California and believe me, out there you learn something about quakes very quickly) he quickly abandons the daughter to save himself. Then when a skyscraper collapses in another tremor he throws some guy out into the street to get blown away by the shock wave so the architect can hide instead, despite their being plenty of room for both of them. We see him afterwards being a jerk to people for no reason until he gets killed when a cargo freighter is smashed into the Golden Gate Bridge. Seriously, couldn't they have shown him becoming ashamed of running away, going back to save the daughter, and then he dies because he doesn't know what he's doing? It would have been different at least.

Oh, his sister shows up too. And surprise! She's a total b*tch to everyone and dies horribly for it within five minutes of the first tremor hitting. Because if he's evil then she must be too.

2) The megaquake causes a 30-story high (!!) tsunami to hit San Francisco. Seriously, this thing hurls passenger liners, cargo ships, and what looks like US Navy vessels into and through local buildings.

And in the midst of all this as the wave comes in we see an elderly couple looking at it and giving each other one last deep soulful embrace right before The End. Urrgh. I think that was the point when I realized that this film wasn't even trying.

3) Related to the tsunami, the hero finds his daughter trapped inside a skyscraper (that was being built by the sleazebag architect -- wow, even when he's dead he comes between our hero and his daughter! What an amazing plot twist!). We learned ere this that the hero and his wife separated when their other daughter drowned on a rafting trip. He stared into her eyes while unable to save her, he and his wife separated because of it, the shame of his helplessness haunts him still, etc. etc.

See if you can guess what happens --

Does the hero find his other daughter separated from him and underwater, drowning before his eyes?

Does he manage to pull her out anyhow even after he should have died from drowning himself seven times over?

Does he manage to save her somehow anyway despite giving her the worst CPR in history?

Three guesses what the answer to all of those questions.

4) We get a scene of wild looting and total anarchy in Bakersfield, right after the hero and is wife (who he saved by flying a helicopter between collapsing skyscrapers in LA) crash there because the copter conks out. The hero, who it should be pointed out is an LA Fire Department Rescue Pilot, hangs around long enough despite all the robbery and shooting to 'jack a pickup and take off to save his daughter, leaving a scene of post-apocalyptic anarchy behind him. Very noble.

For me that's one of the biggest problems with the entire movie. The hero is shown at the start saving someone from an accident, as a member of the Air Rescue unit. When the main plot starts he's on his way to Las Vegas where they just had a 7.1 quake that brought down Hoover Dam and flooded Nevada's Central Valley, killing hundreds if not thousands. Then when the Big One hits we can see that LA and San Francisco are utterly devastated, totally leveled (and note that both cities have some of the most earthquake-resistant buildings on the planet), and between the quake and the tsunami the implication is that tens if not hundreds of thousands of people are dead -- but hey, who cares? The hero saved his wife and daughter and heck, the divorce is off too! They had a happy ending! Well, at least until he goes to jail for ignoring his duty, abandoning his unit in the middle of the biggest disaster in American history, and stealing state property. Can anyone imagine that this man would not get into major-league trouble for all this?

5) The daughter makes a boyfriend during all this, a young man who's so Veddy Veddy British that well, as they put it at Tv Tropes: Ben and Ollie speak Grammar School English. Ben might speak like that if he's gone through the right schools, but Ollie is only 12 and shouldn't be talking like that just yet. It astounds that neither brings up tea and biscuits at any point.

Made worse by the fact that he's obviously there to be The Boyfriend. It's just that thuddingly obvious.

Also, he gets a piece of glass embedded in his thigh at one point and the daughter yanks it out. Now, she had something akin to basic paramedic training from her father (she knows how to get on the city's tac channel, used by emergency crews to communicate, and he gave her some basic emergency aid training) -- wouldn't she know that removing that piece of glass could have caused the poor guy to bleed out? He doesn't die of course, because he's The Boyfriend (we got our requisite 'characters with actual names who die' quota by this point or soon after), but he hardly even seems to bleed from it later. Who ever knew that a wound to the femoral artery could be so easily dealt with?

I can say that it's an okay movie. The actors do a decent job of it and the CGI is great if you like watching cities collapse into ruin. Don't spend a fortune to see it ut if you can get it in a smaller and cheaper theater go for it.

More information here for those interested:

tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php…

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Andr…

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Eric Hinkle
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No, not talking about nasty old ladies or any such a thing. This is something different.

Was dozing earlier today because of the heat when it happened, for the first time in a couple of years -- I was suddenly completely aware, knew I was awake, could not move in the least, and more, that someone was right there in the room with me and that they were specifically there to do me harm.

It went on for what seems to have been half an hour (checked my watch before I dozed off and after I woke up), and I kept snapping out of it temporarily, starting awake in the chair, only to slip right back into it despite my best efforts. The usual completely useless efforts at forcing myself to either move or speak or yell for help, feeling like my bones were being ground together, the feeling of physical pressure all over, and increasing panic until I finally completely awakened, jumping out of the chair with a yell.

One big difference this time -- I didn't just feel someone unseen in the room, I heard them walk up beside the chair and could swear I caught a glimpse of a moving body.

I've been experiencing dreams like that off and on for my entire life as I can recall, though they usually come in 'bursts'. I have them for several days or over a few weeks, and then nothing for at least a year. I always thought it was something unique to me, and then I learned about The Old Hag: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleep_pa…

I have to say, though, I never thought of my 'visitor' as being female the way they describe I just thought of it as being menacing.

However, I have discovered that I'm not the only member of the family to go through this.

My maternal grandmother had nightmares now and again for her whole life in which she was paralyzed in her bed and saw a shadow of a man slip into the room. No features or anything, just a shadow. He walked up to her, leaned over her, and started choking her. My mother would know when these dreams came because she'd hear her mom start choking and gasping for air. Then it was time to go to the bedroom and wake her up so she could start breathing again. This apparently happened often enough that she and her sister used to alternate sleeping with the door of their room open so they could help Grandmom whenever the Shadow Man came.

I thought that was it for a long time, and then I discovered my Uncle Henry apparently had these dreams too. After coming home from WW2, where he saw service with the USMC on Saipan and Okinawa, he moved into a new house. For years afterwards he had dreams in which a "dead woman" came down from the attic in the night and began strangling him. More than once he got kicked out by his wife after he awakened her with his shrieks and choking. He put up with it for years, but finally one night according to him decided to end it one way or another. The next time the dead woman came after him, he tried fighting with her. He said that the battle seemed to go on forever and went all over the room until he finally passed out from her choking him -- and awoke in the morning, sprawled on the bedroom floor. Whatever happened, it worked; he never saw her again and slept peacefully from then on.

I've also learned since then that similar dreams have happened to lots of other relatives on both sides of my family, though they were usually less dramatic and happened far less often. Isn't it kind of weird for this stuff to run in families?

Anyway, just feeling curious about all of that, and kind if wanting not to fall back asleep right now. Anybody here ever have things like that going on with them or their relations?

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MagicMan001 Featured By Owner Edited 21 hours ago
I have thought about something. With all the fanfics with diverse character interpretations, it makes me wonder how canon characters would react to them if they ever read them for themselves, especially the more unflattering versions.

Say, for example, all the Changeling Sympathy stories out there, not all, but some of the really cringe-worthy ones. The kind that turn Changelings into victims and pony characters into douchebags. What do you think characters say like Twilight, Celestia, Cadance, Shining, or a victim of changeling feeding or their relatives finding out about and read these kind of stories would react to them?

Hell, how'd you think Chryssie react to her common depiction of a self-righteous martyr "mother?" Me, I'd think she'd just laugh out loud, before asking, "Oh... oh, you're serious? Let me laugh even harder!" and proceeds to laugh her ass off.
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ardashir Featured By Owner 20 hours ago
Say, for example, all the Changeling Sympathy stories out there, not all, but some of the really cringe-worthy ones. The kind that turn Changelings into victims and pony characters into douchebags. What do you think characters say like Twilight, Celestia, Cadance, Shining, or a victim of changeling feeding or their relatives finding out about and read these kind of stories would react to them?

They'd probably react almost as badly as some older people from China and Korea and the Philippines I've met IRL, when they heard someone start about how 'unjustly treated' Imperial Japan was in WW2. Or Ukrainians of a certain generation hearing defenses made of Josef Stalin and the Holodomor as 'a necessity'.

That or just think of them as a total idiot. The way I do of certain women who get all hot and bothered over imprisoned sadistic raping serial killers. Then again I'm a member of the 'Chryssy/Nightmare Moon/Nightmare Rarity can be kinda pretty for a cartoon horse' crowd so I'm no one to criticize!

(I always had this idea of someone trying to get NMM to not kill them by reciting that famous poem by Byron to her. I.e., 'She walks in beauty, like the night/of cloudless climes and starry skies', and it ends with NMM seizing them with her magic, batting her eyes at them, and: 'Tell me MORE about My Night!')

Hell, how'd you think Chryssie react to her common depiction of a self-righteous martyr "mother?" Me, I'd think she'd just laugh out loud, before asking, "Oh... oh, you're serious? Let me laugh even harder!" and proceeds to laugh her ass off.

I can see her doing that right before she eats them. Or the last thing they'd ever see would be Chrysalis biting chunks out of their still-beating hearts.

Also, I have a friend who has this idea about yet another story where Equestria and Earth come into peaceful contact; and when the ponies discover some of the less flattering art and stories made of them they contacting the creators. With lawsuits.
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015
Alright, I did not see this coming. At least, not this early; did the American Gay Rights Movement just WON?

edition.cnn.com/2015/06/26/pol…
www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-ca…
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ardashir Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015
Just to be clear it's not you, but I've been dealing with some depression here for the past few days, and right now I'm in a very nasty mood from it and I don't want to unintentionally take it out out on anyone. I just want to be careful.
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skeletonbear Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015
Do not be ashamed of your anger.  Direct it productively!
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2015
Fair enough.
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ardashir Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015
Thank you and take care.
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ardashir Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015
I'd rather not talk about politics here, please.
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2015
Alright.
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