Oooh, another dream!

Oh, boy, do I get weird dreams or what! I was back at my high school (I wish)! But instead of doing normal school stuff, we were under a Google-sponsored programme where we would learn more about programming and then the best 2 of each class would get a job at Google.

The thing was, Steve Jobs was our teacher for 1 hour per week. He was teaching us history of computers and all-around tech knowledge. I wasn’t gonna let go of this. I wanted to impress him and get the best scores he could possible give. I would be the know-it-all girl, but I would also try to play on his pet peeves. For example, Steve was showing us his Nokia N93 smartphone and he would switch the screen on landscape and portrait and ask us what is wrong with what we are seeing. Of course, I would reply that the UI is not resolution-independent and that the widgets don’t align right etc etc. It was easy to impress Steve. ;-)

After that, I somehow got re-united with some old Greek friends of mine. I told them that Steve Jobs is one of our teachers. And they replied “who? who’s that?”. Yup, that was enough to squash my excitement and even wake me up. Thanks for ruining it guys.

UPDATE: A few online friends responded to my dream above via IM and they all replied the same: “yeah, weird“. Now that I think about it though, it’s actually not a weird dream at all. It is exactly as it should have been.

You see, I always wanted to study programming after finishing high-school, but my mother insisted I should become a nurse. I paid dearly for following her decision in many ways. In fact, because I became a nurse and then ran away from it in a very questionable way, I pretty much broke my family apart. My father will never recover from the “shame” I brought to the family (like a true Klingon…).

Then, the “impress Steve Jobs” dream bit is simply my uphill battle to validate myself, succeed and prove wrong my family and friends who had me written off. IMO, I did pretty well studying, later working in tech firms in UK, but the journalistic stuff brought me quite some recognition. I have met important people through my work (Jobs, Torvalds etc), my name is recognized in many Silicon Valley companies (not always in a positive way of course — remember, I am infamous, not famous) etc. But only after I started writing for a popular Greek magazine my mother would accept the fact that I did worthwhile things in my new life and that I have something to show for it. Not to boast, but hey, I am proud for the things I worked for in the last 6 years.

Still, most of my “friends” don’t have a clue about all that. For them, I am still someone who “got married to a French man and who she now lives in America”. Hence, the last bit in my dream about my friends not having a clue who Steve Jobs is.

It’s good to see that this time around my subconscious used a symbolic dream that does make sense instead of messing around with me as it has done so in the past.


mikesum32 wrote on January 12th, 2007 at 11:46 AM PST:

Ha ! I had a weird dream too. Actually, more like a nightmare. I dreamed I was back in school doing math(s) !

And the teacher came up to me and saw I that I didn’t finish my homework and she was giving me more problems.

She said something like do 2, 4, 6, 8, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 24, etc.

I actually remember a teacher doing this and thinking “Why not give out all even instead of skipping a few ?”

kloty wrote on January 13th, 2007 at 1:20 AM PST:

Hi Eugenia,

thanks god I’m not from Greece, but my family (especially the older members) also have no clue how I earn my money (I’m hardware engineer). But I can assure you, you’re very well known and respected person among all geeks not only in Silicon Valley but all over the world, so though we cannot replace your family, lot of people know what you’re doing and honor it. And I get the impression that at least your brother has some understanding of microelectronics and computer sciences. So just don’t be too sad about your Greek friends and your family.



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Eugenia wrote on January 13th, 2007 at 1:30 AM PST:

Thanks guys. Indeed, my brother understands more than the rest. :)

mikesum32 wrote on January 13th, 2007 at 2:49 AM PST:

Who is this Steve Jobs you are talking about ?


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