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TV Families in Jeopardy

April 26, 2014-April 27, 2014 – I was watching Jeopardy!  With only a few clues left in Double Jeopardy, one of the contestants got the Daily Double.  She decided to go all in with her $12,000, which would give her a bit of a lead going into Final.  The contestant was Dalia Royce from Suburgatory, who made this wagering decision while lying down on her bed.  Her mother sat down and helped her with the decision.  The clue was asking for the title of the first episode of the second season of The Sopranos.  I knew this, but it wasn’t quite coming to me.  The Bluth family (from Arrested Development) needed to input the answer to this question, or else they would lose their fortune.  There were several people in my bedroom.  They were at a computer by my brother’s bed, which was where they would input their answer.  I was thinking that the answer was either “Rogue” or something like “Going All the Way.”  There was about an hour left to put an answer in.  Somebody screamed (it sounded like Kitty from Arrested): the computer screen had changed so that the input area was now just a window within a graphics arrangement that seemed to be a one-hour warning.  That computer was no longer usable to look up the answer.  It turned out that “Rogue” referred to the X-Men character, whereas I had thought it meant “going rogue.”  I tried to look up the answer on my desktop computer.  But while googling, there seemed to be some external force screwing around with my typing, so I wasn’t able to search exactly what I wanted to.  Also, I didn’t want to find the answer directly, because I like to figure out Jeopardy! clues on my own.

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Where’s The Buzz?

April 25, 2014-April 26, 2014 – I was a contestant on Jeopardy!  I was the fifth of sixth contestants (counting from right to left).  There wasn’t enough room for the last two of us to fit in a row.  I pushed the desks that were to my right up a bit, and then pushed mine and the one to my left into the room, leaving them diagonal to the other desks.  It looked like we were in a classroom.  On the first clue that I knew, I tried to find out how to ring in.  I found a red button in the middle of a panel.  I hit it, but I was too late.  After a little while, I realized that I was supposed to be hitting my signaling device, which was in my hand.  Through most of the first round, I managed to ring in on exactly 0 clues.  Somebody went back to the Television category, which had the $200 and $1000 clues left.  The $200 clue was something like, “Jeff and Annie on this show have set shippers’ hearts afloat.”  I heard my mom say, “Come on, Jeff, you got this.”  Someone beat me on the buzzer but didn’t know the answer.  Then I yelled out “Community” and added a “Damn it!” or something like that.  But apparently someone else had rung in and I was yelling while standing behind this person.  By this point, my focus was dialed in completely.  I knew I could crush it.  I just needed to get it together with the buzzer.  I still hadn’t rung in for anything at the end of the first round.  Going into Double Jeopardy, I wasn’t selecting first, but rather some woman was.  She must have had a negative score, even though I didn’t see any red.

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April 25, 2014-April 26, 2014 – I was watching a tennis match between Alison Brie and some guy.  It was an ATP match.  It was getting to the end of the second set; a match recap was on the screen.  The second set appeared to be in extra games.  My dad pointed out to me that the next set was going to be played in Bali.  I joked that they were going to have them travel back to the U.S. for the fifth set.  The winner of this match would play one of the top players in world (Djokovic, maybe?) in the final.  Alison had a good chance to win the current match, but she was going to have a really tough time in the next one.  I was telling my dad that this was a co-gender tournament.  There was another guy and another girl in the other semifinal.  It seemed like a Grand Slam.  The Australian Open was a few months ago, so this was either the French Open or Wimbledon.  But neither of those was in April.  So this had to be some other big tournament.  I speculated to my dad that Alison would have a chance at the French – since it was a clay-court tournament, the field would be wide open.

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Where You Want To Be

April 21, 2014-April 22, 2014 – Mom and Dad were helping me pack up at school.  My brother Rob was there also.  It looked more like a suburban street instead of the city.  Dad and Rob got into Dad’s car, leaving me to get into Mom’s car.  As I put something in the backseat, I grabbed a bag with my books to have something to read during the ride.  After a little bit, I looked up and noticed that we had pulled up beside Immaculate Conception School.  Mom was making this stop to say bye to people she knew there.  We then stopped by other Catholic schools to say bye to people.  We ended up at Our Lady of Grace.  As we were driving through the campus, we stopped to talk to Alison Brie’s younger sister, who was sitting with friends on a bench.  She was three years younger than Alison, and looked exactly like her.  She seemed to be in eighth grade.  It was currently Alison’ first year in high school, or her first year in college.  I knew Alison through school.  We drove down a bit and talked to Alison’s other sister, who was in fifth grade, and also looked exactly like her sisters, but with braces.  She was by herself, on her phone.  Then I was walking around the campus.  One of Alison’s sisters said she thought that I had broken up with Alison.  This wasn’t true, as we had never actually dated, but it made me realize that I wanted to.  There was a girl lying on the ground.  It seemed like it was Alison, so I leaned in to kiss her, but as I did so, I realized that it was my cousin.  She turned her head away.  I put my hand between my lips and her cheek.  Then we stood up.  There were some people gathered around.  I was thinking that I could date my cousin, seeing as she was adopted and therefore we weren’t blood-related.  (I was thinking about her as though we weren’t as close as we actually were.)  We walked around for a bit.  I realized that I didn’t want to date my cousin, but remembered that I wanted to date Alison Brie.  Later, I was in a white-walled facility.  What had happened before was just a dream, so I hadn’t actually kissed my cousin.  This facility appeared to be a hypnosis center.  I walked out of the hypnosis room and into the lobby.  Then I walked back into that room; on my way back through the lobby, I said something to Neil Patrick Harris (he appeared to be working here), who had been there in some way when I kissed my cousin.   People were being hypnotized by being put to sleep so that they could realize their dreams.  I sat down at the end of the main table.  The hypnotist tapped my forehead.  That didn’t make me fall asleep right away, which seemed to frustrate her.  She told me that my eyes were getting heavy and kept repeating it over and over.  I was trying to make it happen.  She was also working the same way on a girl sitting across from her.  My friend Ed from high school walked in and sat down next to the hypnotist.  I was now being told that my arms were getting heavy.  The hypnotist told me, “Go to where you want to be.”  Ed was now sitting next to the other girl.  I was wearing a helmet that looked like the one attached to Raquel from the Community episode “Basic Sandwich.”  Still hearing “Go to where you want to be,” I felt like I was about to fall asleep.

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Go to the Movie!

July 30, 2012-July 31, 2012 – I was hanging out with my brother Rob at home.  We were the only ones there at the moment.  Rob was going to go to a 4:00 movie by himself.  My parents arrived home right after Rob left.  Then I was with Mom and Dad in the living room.  A few minutes later, Rob came back because for some reason he wasn’t able to make it to the movie.  I think we were going to try to convince him to try again to make it.

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Fire Eggs

February 8, 2013-February 9, 2013 – I traveled to a house with a friend in tow.  There, we met up with people I knew as commenters from The AV Club.  It was a big house.  We were in the main room, gathered around a fire.  The AV commenters were seated as three couples.  We were about to play Egg Russian Roulette from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

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April 12, 2014-April 13, 2014 – I was seeing Edge of Tomorrow with some people, including my brother.  We were sitting in the top left.  It started with Tom Cruise talking to Bill Paxton.  Then he was in the battlefield, talking to Emily Blunt.  Then Emily was hanging in the air, suspended by a light emanating from the alien spacecraft.  Then Tom went off by himself to the top of a hill overlooking the battlefield.  And that was pretty much the entire movie.  Afterwards, we were walking to see a live show at a theatre.  It felt like it was going to be an opera, but maybe it was actually going to be a play.  A few of us stood outside the theatre for a few minutes.  While inside, my brother and I were talking about how bad Edge of Tomorrow was, because of how Tom Cruise only went through one time loop.  I was thinking of giving it a C, but then I figured I should lower it to a C-.  My Media Theory teacher was sitting near us.  I was about to start talking with him.

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