Lain's Log

Haunting hallucinations!

September 21/12.

Hallucinations have rarely happened to me. Twice I think. Decades ago, while trying to sleep, I hallucinated I was hovering above the gorgeous rooms of my grandparents' antique shop, Century House - my favourite place in the world. (it has long since burned down). In this dream, (or whatever it was), I was completely convinced I was inside the place, floating on the ceiling, peering down upon the famous glass room, brass room, goblet room, workshop and on and on. All so incredibly real. When I opened my eyes, I was crying and absolutely revved by having seen all these familiar rooms up close again, but severely disappointed it was all just in my mind. To this day, I remember this wild dream and wish I could experience it again. Strange what the brain can do.

Century House in its heyday.

Since I sleep so little, I rarely dream. Haven't for years. But this week, I woke up and realized I must have REALLY slept since I had a dream - or some kind of hallucination - about actress Dee Wallace!

I was first captivated by her in the Dudley Moore movie, 10 - (1979). She played a lovely young woman he meets at a bar in Mexico. They attempted to have an affair, but it was a disaster, due to her insecurities and his drinking. It was a perfect performance. So sweet.

A few years later, EVERYONE knew Dee Wallace Stone for her work as "Mary", the mother in Spielberg's E.T. : The Extra-Terrestrial (1982), here with Drew Barrymore, who played her daughter, "Gertie").

I'd been thinking about Dee Wallace (who dropped Stone from her surname long after her husband, actor Christopher Stone died of a heart attack at the age of 53 in 1995). They made such a beautiful couple. I once interviewed Dee and told her I had discovered her husband, Chris, in an episode of my fave TV show as a teen - Here Come the Brides. She told me it was his very first on screen role, as a lumberjack opposite my teen idol, Bobby Sherman!

About a week or so ago, I saw Dee in a TIFF screening as "Sonny" in the new Rob Zombie horror flick The Lords of Salem in which she plays a kind of self-help guru. The part was written specifically for her by Zombie. She's just as pretty as ever and I loved seeing her in the movie.

(along with other older film stars including the stunning Judy Geeson (seen here as "Pamela Dare" - To Sir With Love, 1967). - Judy is now 64),

and Meg Foster - (The Scarlet Letter TV mini-series), whom I also first saw in the TV show Here Come the Brides as "Callie" back in 1970. She is 64 now too and still has the gorgeous icy pale blue eyes.

At any rate, I had a wild dream about Dee Wallace in which she accused me of doing something I didn't (hmmmmmmmm, or maybe DID), do. I woke up thinking, wow. I'd like to interview her again sometime after seeing her incredible performance in Rob Zombie's The Lords of Salem.

(if you know me at all, you know I have a thing for zombies - always have, always will - including Rob)!

So, enough about me and my hallucinations. I was surprised when my daughter, Kate, told me today, SHE had a hallucination (a first I think). She got up from sleeping on the den couch, went to get something, came back to the couch and was being careful not to disturb our cat, Tru, (whom she was convinced was sleeping on the couch with her), but she wasn't there! Kate found the cat sleeping soundly in her bed in the kitchen! What a week for hallucinations.

Tru in her bed.

Turning to realism now, spent part of my exciting week shopping at No Frills. What else is new? (Can never seem to stock up on enough groceries around here).

And then, another afternoon visiting my hair master extraordinaire, Paul Taylor, at I 'N I salon on Bloor Street West. He took one look at my mop and was ai carumba time again. He wasn't feeling very well and I don't think my challenging mess of hair was helping him much! But he's always ready to spring into action.

Once he gets those foils and lowlights in, (gak), I look like something

right outta Star Wars!

But once the goop and colour is washed out,

Paul goes to town, pulls it together, makes it happen and everybody's happy.

Mostly me! Thanks again Paul! Next appointment? - On my birthday - October 17th.

Now I think I want to go to sleep and have hallucinations about the men I TRULY love. Why sointenly! You got it! The Stooges! May Larry, Moe and Curly haunt my dreams forever. Nyuk nyuk nyuk!

Oh...and just one more thing about zombies, while I'm on the subject in this entry. Will never forget the night we encountered Zombie raccoons on the back deck! Scary!

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At September 22, 2012 at 8:16 p.m. , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wallace was also good in the original version of The Hills Have Eyes. I don't know if you saw that one.

At September 23, 2012 at 1:13 p.m. , Blogger Elaine Loring said...

I never did see that one, Dennis. But I'd like to! Hope all is well with you.


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