Postscripts: In the dream text, in which the action takes place primarily on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, a section reads, "Those crazy kids. Why are they dressed like that? Maybe it is some big Halloween doings, but it don't seem like Halloween. More like early spring."
It is interesting to note that the "Hollywood Boulevard Characters" who dress up in costume on Hollywood Blvd and ask people to pose in pictures with them for tips first appeared on Hollywood Boulevard in the early 1990s, starting with Superman, then followed by Elvis Presley and Charlie Chaplin, before slowly blossoming into more than 80 characters in current times. Obviously, this wasn't taking place when Joe Brandt wrote his diary in 1937, nor even when the account was first published in 1969.
Another phrasing from the diary, "Funny glow about them. It is a shine around their heads -- something shining." Could this be from glowing headphones and headsets that first seemed to be marketed around 2012 or just colorful headphones for that matter? A reader of this blog suggested the "funny glow about them" may in fact be the glow on their faces reflecting the light of their cellphones or iPads.
Note that in Brandt's dream, he saw a movie marquee featuring a blonde with one leg draped six-feet long. With a newly revised release date of 2018, the feature film "Blonde," a movie about Marilyn Monroe, based on the Joyce Carol Oates novel, is set to premier in the U.S. The film is being directed by Andrew Dominik and produced by Brad Pitt. Because of the film's production delays, there have been changes in casting, and Jessica Chastain will no longer play the role of Marilyn Monroe. Will the new Marilyn be Margot Robbie?
Was Joe Brandt talking about autonomous cars or self-driving cars in the following passage, about cars that can drive themselves? This technology is just emerging and may become mainstream before too many years in the future. In addition, the "baby, half-size" car he mentions resembles today's Smart car or Fiats. He wrote, "I looked out at the cars. They were honking, but not scared. They just kept moving. They didn't seem to know yet that anything was happening. Then, that white car, that baby half-sized one came sprawling from the inside lane right against the curb."
A little strange something caught my attention in the text. Everyone laughed after an initial small earthquake. "The ground shook, just an instant. People looked at each other, surprised. Then they laughed. I laughed, too. So this was what I had been waiting for. This funny little shake. It meant nothing." Do most people in California laugh at a small earthquake? Maybe they do. Or instead, wouldn't they be a little alarmed? People are surprised and laugh more often when they are expecting one thing and another happens, something not so consequential. Were people expecting a large earthquake? Is this set in a future time when earthquake prediction is more refined and accurate? Is everyone actually on edge and expecting a large earthquake when this first little small one arrives?
2017 updates: Some other points. In the dream Joe said, "I looked up at the clock down by that big theater. It was ten minutes to four. Something big was going to happen. I wondered if I went into a movie (since nobody could see me) if I'd like it. Some cardboard blond was draped over the marquess with her leg six feet long. I started to go in, but it wasn't inside."
In 1937, Joe would have been aware of the Grauman's Chinese Theater, which was famous, built in 1927 and seats around 1,000 people. But "that big theater," (the Dolby Theater?) which he did not mention by name is just down the block from the Chinese Theater. The Dolby Theater was built in 2001 and seats close to 3,500 people. Big.
But when he started to go in, it "wasn't inside." That's because the first entrance on the street leads to to a number of indoor mall shops before opening to the large outdoor area used as the red carpet for the Academy Awards. You would get to the theater only after a walk down through the shopping area and then the outdoor courtyard, since the theater itself is set far back from the street. Conversely, he also could mean that the movie he saw advertised on Hollywood Blvd. was not inside, because he only found himself in front of the shops and/or because the Dolby does not show movies, but only live entertainment.
I couldn't locate a big clock he mentioned anywhere around the Dolby Theater or the Hollywood and Highland area. Might he mean a big electronic billboard that occasionally flashes the time?
A reader informed me about the possible "5 and 10" that Joe Brandt saw on Hollywood Blvd in his dream.
The old 5-and-10-cent store (five-and-dime) previously on Hollywood Blvd. is long gone. It opened in the Kress Building in 1934 and remained until the late 1940s, at which time Frederick's of Hollywood took over, and in 2009 was transformed into an entertainment center. A replica of it was created in Disney World in Florida in a recreation of Hollywood Blvd.
Today, a $5 and $10 store (unrelated to the previous 5 and 10) stands right next to the Chinese Theater on Hollywood Blvd. This $10 store also has a Facebook page. The Hollywood and Highland Center where the store resides wasn't built until 2001. The former Kress 5 and 10 store was located about three blocks away on Hollywood Blvd, some distance from the setting of Joe Brandt's dream.
LA Weekly ran a story that included the new "5 and 10" which calls itself "Everything's $10 Luxury Accessories." However, a street-level sign out in front always advertises everything on sale for $5 for "one-day only" (see bullet point #6)