I dreamed that the tallest building in Bellingham had just been built. 30 stories or so, not like anything that's been on the drawing boards so far.
Finished just in time for a recession, but lower floors of condominiums had mostly sold anyway.
On the top floor were two spectacular conference rooms that rented out for big bucks. Weddings, stock broker parties. Folks wanting a spectacular view.
Business was slow so the skyrooms stayed empty most of the time, but the manager was into ecstatic dance. Fun and frolic, like a hippy dance. Also like exercise.
He was able to pull strings and allow ecstatic dance in one of the rooms for minimal cost. Just donation.
Dancing with the view as a backdrop. Playful hippy like dance. Full of energy. Sweaty. Some of the guys went shirtless revealing bodies of joy, light and play. Erotic in a mild sense.
Then, one day, the manager had a worried look on his face. Some big corporation had just booked the other conference room. At the last minute. Same night as our dance.
Would they resent having sweaty dancers as neighbors?
Would they say, "there goes the neighborhood?"
Would they demand their money back?
Who were they? A corporate dinner party? Bankers meeting? Stock brokers convention?
The dance went on, it was too late to cancel. Still we thought dancing days would be numbered if the rooms start getting booked.
Everything seemed as usual until the soundproof "flex-a-wall" between the two sky lounges started to slide open. It reveled who was really on the "corporate side."
A gay porn business.
Models, escorts. People paying big bucks alright. Paying to fondle and photograph nude models. It was business for sure.
The porn company didn't mind having ecstatic dance as neighbors, but I remember thinking that the ecstatic dancers looked sexier than the porn models on the more commercial side of the now combined spaces.
The unlike the dancers, the models were totally nude. Still they looked more artificial and less natural than the dancers.
Then I woke up.
Version one here. See version two also.