Wednesday, July 19, 2000
“Out on the streets we have good and than we have those who plan on being good sometime soon,” Dan adjusted the brim of his Minnesota Vikings hat and glanced casually at the camcorder he had mounted on the seat next to him, “My goal is to make sure that no one gets hurt on their way to becoming good.”
Dan’s dream was to become a philosopher. He had already thought of the name of his book that he would write, You’re only a Two-point Conversion away from Happiness. In fact, Dan literally had a dream where he was a philosopher on Late Night with Conan O ‘Brien. He didn’t remember much from the dream, but the thing that stuck out for him was his introduction. It went something like this: “The Late Show is proud to welcome the Nobel Prize winning author and award winning director, known to the world as a cross between Lebron James and Aristotle, please put your hands together for Dan Frailich!”
Why was Dan a cross between superstar philosopher Aristotle and basketball phenomenon Lebron James? Good question.
In an attempt to answer that question Dan decided to get his dream analyzed on one of the radio shows where you tell a squeaky voiced fellow your dreams and he somehow helps you make sense of your entire existence. Amazingly for Dan, after he made his call, his life made complete sense.
Here’s what happened.
He called 1-800-4-DREAMS and was connected with The Dream Doctor’s call screener, Dan’s television was blaring in the background.
“I’m sorry I can’t hear you with all of the sirens in the background,” the call screener said.
“Oh, let me turn my TV off,” Dan replied.
Cops, a television series that follows police officers, constables, and sheriff's deputies during patrols and other police work, and one of Dan’s favorite programs was on. Dan scrambled for the remote and looked up at the TV as a Los Angeles cop restrained a drunken bare-chested redneck. He put the phone’s headset against his thigh in order to muffle his chuckling at the redneck’s nonsensical babbling.
When he put the head set back up to his ear all he heard was, “If that TV show is more important than analyzing your dream than maybe you can find meaning in that.”
The call screener hung up the phone and Dan instantly found the meaning the screener was talking about.