Wednesday, February 1, 2023


Roadside Journal: My craziest dream of all time!

By Chuck Woodbury

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This is about the weirdest, wackiest, off-the-wall dream I have ever had. It happened the other night. I have told a few of my friends about the dream. Without exception, I had to pause each time because I started laughing so hard. I mean, where does this kind of a dream come from?

Okay, here’s the dream: I can’t remember the entire thing, but it was about a singing contest that I had entered. In my dream, I knew I did not know how to sing, but for some reason I was eager to enter the contest.

As far as I can remember, there was just one other person, a man. He performed – and I think he did a decent job. Then it was my turn.

But, here’s the absolutely crazy part. I was not instructed to sing on a stage or anyplace normal. I had to perform inside a …

If you can imagine a drum roll, play it in your head now …

I had sing inside the mouth of a trout! That’s right, I was handed a trout, maybe about 18 inches long – a good-sized one, but not big enough to stick my head into. But for some reason I felt I could do just that and sing a tune.

And so, I pried open the fish’s mouth very wide, and stuck my head inside. It was dark and slimy and there were parts of gills all over the place. But there was some wiggle room. For some reason it was important that I not only sing, but that I move my head around with some kind of rhythm. I tried, but couldn’t do it.

Well, I did a lousy job. I was awful (and I knew it). I pulled my head out, and the two judges told me to try again. So I did. Same outcome.

But when I pulled my head out this time, the judges were very angry at me. They raised their arms and clenched their fists, and they were coming after me. I was sure they would beat me up. Well, I was having none of that, so I started running. My plan was to run to my college fraternity house, where my buddies would defend me. Of course, I last visited my college fraternity house many decades ago, so this was pretty weird.

Anyway, the dream ended. I did not get whooped. I woke up, and I was laughing. It must have been around 6 a.m. Gail was stirring next to me. I prodded her and, half-asleep, she said, “What?” I told her I had to tell her about the dream. She was groggy and not interested. But I told her anyway. As I got to the part about sticking my head inside the head of the trout, I busted out laughing so hard I couldn’t continue.

Then I finally got it out. She laughed nearly as hard as me. I told the story again, and we laughed again. It was so weird!

That is the silliest dream I believe I have ever had in my life. If you’ve had a really silly dream, please explain it in a comment. I wonder if you can top mine, about sticking my head inside a trout to sing.



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Robert E. Weed
1 year ago

Just proves, you can’t carry a Tune, and you can’t Tune-a-Fish. LOL

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  Robert E. Weed

Good one, Robert! 😆 —Diane at

Kenny G
1 year ago

Hilarious! I’ve had some wild dreams, but nothing quite that whacky. Maybe you were watching American Idol or The Voice before going to bed?

1 year ago

Change your brand of wine 🙂

1 year ago

Pizza or apples can give you weird dreams. Sorry, I can’t remember one to share! Sometimes when I wake up in the morning, I feel like I have lived in another parallel and strange dream universe for the entire night. As if I had two entirely seperate lives. Regardless of dreams, I was happy to read about your conversation with the RVIA, and their interest in what we think and are experiencing. I hope they will sustain their interest as it can only lead to good things for all concerned. Thank you for representing!

1 year ago
Reply to  Dminutilli

Those “parallel or strange dream universe” events are an indication of an alien abduction… well, more of “we’ll borrow you for the night”. Just be happy you wake up with yer entrails.  👽 

Gregory Illes
1 year ago

Truly bizarre. Even more, that you remembered such detail.
I always think I’ve “got it” remembered, and then the details evaporate as I try to tell the story.

James Murphy
1 year ago

I heard of the big Mouth Billy Bass Fish that sings “Take me to the river” but not a Big mouth trout that sings.

Judy S
1 year ago

Wait, what song did you sing? 🤔🙂

James Murphy
1 year ago
Reply to  Judy S

I wonder if it was “Take me to the river”?

Greg Thompson
1 year ago

Always enjoy whatever you have to say Chuck whether it’s about RVing or not. I love your stories from the road about little things like discovering the world’s largest ball of string or some little town on Route 66 or fun things that you and Gail do, or stories about you and your daughter did when she was growing up.
Keep ’em coming so we can continue to be informed and entertained.

1 year ago

That is a bizarre dream! My dreams are never funny, although I wish they were. They are usually terrifying like driving fast in reverse and my brakes won’t work or something scary is happening and I’m trying to scream but no sound comes out. The subconscious takes me places I’d rather not go. But I’m glad you had fun!  🐟 

1 year ago

Now that was a surprise… Thought you were going to be singing naked in a shower stall! If you hadn’t waken up, I’m sure you would have ended up there washing the fish off.

1 year ago

That’s a fun dream, Chuck! You are the heart of this newsletter, and it is fun to hear about “non-RVing” stuff, don’t let people should on you.

Maybe Gare Bear’s friend at the coffeehouse put an extra-special ingredient in your coffee, and/or Gary channeled some “dream entertainment” to give you a laugh 🌞

Neal Davis
1 year ago

Boy! That was certainly an odd dream, Chuck. Sorry, I rarely remember my dreams. Sometimes I wonder if I dream at all. Thank you for the entertaining story and perhaps you should wash your hair especially well next time just to be sure no fish stuff is still there. 😉

Randall Joe Davis (Capt. Randy)
1 year ago

That IS weird. Most people sing in the shower….not a fish! Maybe “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat” can figure what your dream is all about🎶🎵😁

1 year ago

I don’t have a clue what your dream means, but I bet a psychiatrist would have a hey day with it! Good one!

Bob P
1 year ago

Whatever kind of ice cream you ate just before going to bed don’t eat it again. We love our ice cream “treat” in the evening. If we have a late supper and therefore a late treat we’ll dream, not about singing inside a fish’s mouth but crazy dreams. So we’ve swore off late ice cream treats. Lol

1 year ago

Funny dream! My weirdest dream happened many years ago..I was pregnant with our first child at the time and I dreamt I was pregnant with twin baby ducks. I have absolutely no idea why I had such a dream but thank God I had a beautiful 8lb girl instead.

1 year ago
Reply to  Tonia

Bet she was cuter than a baby duck 😉

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