Friday, February 03, 2006

Distance

Distance, n. The only thing that the rich are willing for the poor to call theirs, and keep.

2006 Update: Substantial daylight accentuating beauty and obscuring the wallet.

Do over: The criterion for beauty, wisdom and sophistication.

39 comments:

Sar said...

Distance: Irrelevant in Blogsphere.

Happy Friday Doug and to all my blogger buddies who are only a click away. :)

Jenna Howard said...

Just like Grover on Sesame street: Near....far...near...far.

still life said...

Distance (n) the immeasurable thin line between emotion

You know that when I hate you, it is because I love you to a point of passion that unhinges my soul
--Julie de Lespinasse

ariel said...

Doug, are you saying that every woman is pretty from the right distance? :)

ariel said...

Do you know where friendship ends
And passion does begin?
It's between the binding of
Her stockings and her skin.
(oh yeah...)

Suzanne Vega

Miz BoheMia said...

Sar... brilliant! Love your definition...

Distance... a word that reminds me of my dear friend Lama Chonam, a Tibetan Buddhist monk. We had the good fortune of seeing each other often for 2 months. After that, I moved away and we have seen each other perhaps 2 or 3 times since then and only for very brief visits. Our karma has been stingy. 10 years ago, when we first had to say goodbye, he said in his broken English, "Our karma very stingy. Very stingy! But distance not matter when you have good connection and love." Then we touched foreheads, hugged and said goodbye...

weirsdo said...

What I will DEFFinately be keeping from YOU from now on.
P. S. I hope Smart Alic gets you're flees!!!!!!!

Doug said...

Sar, are those Ruby slippers, now?

Ah, Jenna, Grover was a favorite of mine. Snuff's the man, though.

Still Life, I really like how you did that definition. Good quote too.

Ariel, I've never met a woman I never met who wasn't lovely. Great quote.

That's a nice story, Miz B.

Pansi, fleas aren't contagious. Envy is.

Ariella said...

no definition today, but a much loved quote:

Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue, a wonderful living side by side can grow, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole against the sky. ~Rainer Maria Rilke

Jenna Howard said...

Oh yeah - Snuff rocked but he had nothing on the Muppets and that weird furry green guy who'd wander around sing "Mahnamahna". He rocked!

Oooh Miz B, me likey your story.

Alice: In Wonderland or Not said...

distance: never enough , always too much

Tom & Icy said...

It's a far far better thing

Andrew Donaldson said...

Distance (n): What makes someone appear impressive. An expert is someone from out of town.

Anonymous said...

Usually just on the other side where the grass and Emerald City are greener

Away (from) Extent

Indeterminacy said...

Distance: The thing standing between me and something else.

ariel said...

LOL Indie

I don't know if it's possible for lovers to learn to love the distance between them but it definitely must be learnt to respect it in order to avoid to kill each other.

Doug said...

Sehr gut, Ariella und Rilke.

Jenna, it's funny how Menamena sticks with you for a lifetime.

Alice, you are an old soul. I hear you.

Haha, Icy. Funny! Good dog!

Andrew, I use the "fool 250 miles from home" version. Now that I think of it, I'm calling a mulligan on my definition, thanks for jogging my poor brain.

Anonymous, it's the average (for) envy.

Indie, and it always stands too close.

Funny, Ariel. Distance reduces the risk of choking.

Chatham said...

Distance: the negative space between me and my Cat Couch. Which is zero every time she sits down.

mireille said...

in the mind of the beholder ... the void rendered null by cyberspace. xoxo

pia said...

Everybody is too smart for me.

Distance: a place away some people don't really want to keep but do out of usually misguided fear

karma said...

the space between the cup and the lip. aka coffee interruptus

Semisweet1 said...

Doug, man, I gotta call you on the d.o. Everyone knows that a cynic is just an unfulfilled romantic. On the cynical side, I'll admit that close proximity to the Ideal often reveals her flaws. But there's nothing better than beauty, wisdom and sophistication up close, and you know it.

mireille said...

*nudging back in* semi's right about the cynic. xoxo

Doug said...

Chatcat, The feline sense of distance is something I can only admire.

Mireille, agreed.

Pia, you've just been reading too much TV Guide. Fear=crankiness?

Haha, Karma. Glad you covered your distance to get back "here." Little drinking problem?

S, so the ideal is female? Anyone feel like arguing with my contrary friend?

And S, do me a favor go to a globe and put your thumb on Long Island. If you can get your fingers over the homes of your last four girlfriends, I'll debate you.

Semisweet1 said...

Your feisty today, D. I'll have you know that four years ago I dated someone who lived so close, she was actually a customer at the store. Now I can put my thumb on a map of Long Island and cover a whole town of people who won't buy marshmallows anymore. Better for business to date someone who needs a visa to get in the country.

ariel said...

ROTFL!

LeesahEm. said...

as a fellow coffee addict, i can't beat karma's definition.

Minka said...

I only go the distance if I know the goal is worth the sweat and I am wearing comfortable shoes.

Doug said...

S, or diabetics.

Ariel, that's one vote for Semisweet1.

Masil, as a coffee addict you can repeat it. Several times. Fast.

Monika, noted. Snowshoes?

actonbell said...

This word was a benchmark for fabulous definitions!
Distance: what's needed to appreciate a Monet. Actually, this echoes a few previous definitions. Distance becomes an aging beauty.
Right now, there's a pleasant distance between me and work on Monday:)

actonbell said...

Oh, yeah, Jimmy Buffet says that there's a fine line between Saturday night and Sunday morning.

weirsdo said...

I like the do over. Sorry about Pansi, but she's going through a hard time right now and feels you took advantage of that.

SquareGirl said...

I like the do over too...At one point, it was 80 degrees here in So. Cal which is quite some distance from that Phil character I keep hearing about.

Doug said...

Actonbell, you aren't aging.

Thanks, Weirsdo. I know she's going through a hard time, but a dog has needs.

Squaregirl, I thought I'd lost my mind turning on the air conditioning in my pickup today.

AP3 said...

It's late... all I'm getting is another earworm... this time, Bette Midler's "From a Distance". CURSE YOU, DOUG!

Doug said...

Ick, Aral. Apologies.

shayna said...

Geez... i got the earworm toooo! The first thing that popped into my head is the song by Cake "The Distance". Not a terrific song either... :(

"He's going the distance
He's going for speed
She's all alone, all alone, all alone in a time of need

Because he's racing and pacing and plotting the course
He's fighting and biting and riding on his horse
He's going the distance"

See... I told you it was BAD...But I don't blame you for it was my stupid head that made this song pop into it! You just encouraged, that's all! :)~

Doug said...

Dang, Shayna. At least Aral got a Nancy Griffiths song. My sorrow and sympathy.

~Daydreamer~ said...

Distance: Too far when it's someone you love and too near when it's someone you hate.