Dream of: 18 August 2000 "Bhagavad Gita In The Trash"

The actor Drew Carey was taking part in a game show. He was sitting at a table on one side of the room, while his opposing contestant was sitting at a table on the other side of the room. Between them, in the middle of the room, acting as the game host, was sitting the actor Ryan Stiles at a high podium. I was sitting at a chair close to Carey, occasionally talking with him about the game.

The object of the game was to unscramble about twenty white letters, which were stuck like Velcro on a two black boards (one board for each player), and make a phrase or sentence out of the letters. Carey, having difficulty unscrambling the letters, had rearranged the letters several times; but the only word he could make from some of the letters was "burger." I was also trying to unscramble the letters in my mind, but I was having just as much trouble as Carey.

Finally, Stiles announced that time had run out and the show was over for the day. I walked over to Stiles and began talking about how slow Carey was, and how this was the first time I had ever seen this show end without anyone succeeding in unscrambling the letters. Stiles agreed that Carey was slow and made a few more derogatory remarks about Carey.

When Stiles turned his attention away from me for a moment, I noticed a small brown metal trash can sitting on the floor right next to me. Glancing into the trash can, I was surprised to see what looked like a brand new CD case. I figured the show probably received CDs as promotions sometimes and simply threw them away. So I reached into the trash can and pulled out the CD case. However when I opened the case, I found it empty. But when I looked back into the can, I saw a little brown cloth bag, about the size of a CD, and I pulled it out. Inside the bag was the CD. The bag and the CD fit perfectly into the case. The CD looked as if it contained Indian (from India) music, and although this wasn't the kind of music I would normally listen to, I thought I might enjoy it.

Wondering if any more CDs might be in the can, I reached my hand inside and rummaged around. I was next surprised to see a  little translucent plastic box containing some small books. I immediately recognized these books because I had a set exactly like it – a set of the Bhagavad Gita. There were about six books in the set and each book was only about three inches square and about of an inch thick. The cover of the first book had a colorful picture of the battlefield where the action of the book took place.

When I pulled out the entire plastic box, I discovered that one or two of the little books were missing from the set. But I wanted the remaining books anyway; they might be in better condition than the ones I had, and I could replace mine with these.

I wondered if the game show regularly threw away CDs and books every day. Perhaps in the future I should check the trash bin out back to see if I could find more interesting items.

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