Somehow (not that I have to explain how, as it's a dream) I was sitting outside a cafe on a Portland street, reading a Star Trek novel, and at the moment when I noticed that the author had for some reason named a character after my cousin Jeff -- I mean, at this dream-moment I'm reading the name "Jeffrey Thoma--" -- my cousin Jeff walks up to me on the street and says hi. I visit with him. I never get back to the book, but hey, it's nice to say hi to Jeff.
If timing like that happened in a movie, you wouldn't believe it. It wouldn't happen in reality as it currently is, because Jeff lives in Manhattan.
But now I wonder if Jeff knows any authors. I do know authors who've named characters after people they know -- Keith DeCandido (kradical) has Tuckerized our mutual friend Kat (zarhooie) in at least four of his books, including a Star Trek book and a Buffy the Vampire Slayer book. He's even Tuckerized me: my icon? Sebacean Captain Kris W'lash from a Farscape story Keith wrote.
Somehow I can't really picture someone Tuckerizing Jeff, but for some reason my dream-self could picture it.
Anyway. Dreams are still happening.