Night of November 8, 1985. Friday.
I feel as if I am in a southwest area of La Crosse, possibly near Third Street, although the area is not rendered correctly and is not fully recognizable. I am riding my bicycle very late at night, probably past midnight. At some points, there is a mist with an interesting eerie glow. As far as I can tell, there is no other traffic.
I am enjoying myself and I pedal faster and faster even though I cannot see what is ahead of me that well, though I am aware that I am dreaming on one level, though not directly focused on lucidity. At one point, I am aware that I am moving very fast through an alley, heading west. Suddenly, I see another vehicle approaching from the north as I am exiting the alley into a more open area that seems adjacent to a small parking lot to the north as well as a nearby intersection. My dream becomes even more vivid, though my lucidity increases in only the last few seconds.
As I watch closely, the vehicle is a small motorcycle with a police officer riding it. I cannot see his eyes because he is wearing dark sunglasses or a face shield under a light-colored helmet, though I can see his mouth, which holds no implied expression. I suddenly slow down so as not to draw his attention with my speed (especially as it seems we might collide at first). Even though the scene is otherwise very vivid and seemingly realistic, he and his motorcycle seem scaled down to about half the size they should be. I watch and continue slowly as he continues to head south, to my left and beyond, without seeming to turn his head towards me at any point. I wake after he passes out of sight.
A key factor of understanding this dream is that an intersection is autosymbolism for the neural gating of which represents the RAS preparatory factor of either continuing to dream or wake.
The motorcycle cop is a form of RAS mediation, which becomes modulation and the emergent consciousness factor. Whereas my bicycle is an autosymbolic extension of my physical body of which is linked to the vestibular system ambiguity that naturally occurs in REM sleep (the same biological process that causes both falling and flying dreams), the motorcycle represents coalescence into consciousness as it has in numerous other dreams, and greater awareness of the real physical body and mental processes to trigger waking awareness. This is all validated by the fact that the RAS personification caused my dream self to slow down and soon wake by crossing my dream self’s path, rather than sustaining the dream state or eventually falling deeper into sleep. Every detail of this dream validates that it is autosymbolic of the dream state itself and thus unrelated to current waking life.
One Christmas when I was a young teenager, my father had bought me a remote control police motorcycle with an officer on it even though I was probably too old for such toys. This is probably important in context here. Although RAS modulation often renders authoritative figures, sometimes aggressively, its essence here was otherwise uneventful, as the RAS personification did not need to direct attention on me, as simply crossing in front of me initiated the waking alert factor.
At one time, La Crosse broke a Guiness Book record with the most bars/nightclubs located on one street, which was Third Street in downtown.