My other Brian, part 2.

A couple weeks into my marriage, I was concerned that I was going to have to call 911.  Brian’s breathing patterns changed during his sleep and it sounded almost as if he was choking!  He was laying on his back while I was turned to my side watching him, trying to figure this all out.

Brian, “kkkkkkkkhhhhhhhhh… kkkkkkkkhhhhhhhhh…”

How can someone be choking on nothing?

Brian, “…kkkkkkkkhhhhhhhhh…”

Oh my gosh, I hope he’s all right!

Brian, “…kkkkkkkkhhhhhhhhh…ptew!”

Yeah, the ‘ptew’ was him ending this startling episode with spitting straight in the air.  But the choking sounds stopped.

Later Brian filled in the gaps of my understanding.

Brian, “Last night I had a dream that I was in a fight with this guy… and I spit in his face!”


He wasn’t choking.  He was hocking a loogie while laying flat on his back!

I mention this because the other night I was in momentary fear of my life.  Apparently Brian fights a lot of people and zombies in his sleep.  His battle cry startled me from my slumber just long enough to make a quick shift.  There was a second of intense flailing.  No, not even flailing.  More like one sharp flail.  Then nothing.

Me, “Brian?  Are you all right?”

Brian, “Yeah.  I just ninja-kicked someone in the face in my sleep!”

The difference between men and women… or perhaps just the difference between us:

Brian fights back with a willingness to both spit and ninja-kick.

I just run away in slow motion.


  1. October 19, 2011

    ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!

    usually I have some weapon that I have an uncanny ability to use well …..

  2. October 19, 2011
    Margaret Treadwell

    David fell asleep once while holding my hand on his chest…the next thing I knew my hand was being slung away…as he dreamed he was throwing a frisbee!

  3. October 21, 2011
    Zach Gwynn

    I totally laughed out loud when I read he spit in the air. Did you have to dodge the loogie on its return back down? This was truly amusing. I still chuckle about it every time I think of it.

    • I didn’t dodge anything. It went directly above his mouth. If he were a cartoon, it would have shot way up high and landed back in his mouth. As it is, it didn’t project that far, and hovered around his lips. 🙂

  4. October 24, 2012

    I think I’m more of the run away in slow motion type … who then falls & jerks themself awake 🙂

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