Tuesday, May 09, 2006


SHADOW, n. What is left of justice in San Francisco.

2006 Update: The visible part of a looming catastrophe.

Happy birthday to Star Firstbaseman.


Sar said...

Happy Birthday Star!

Speaking of Star (Jones that is), she is but a mere shadow of her former self. I much preferred her appearance pre-radical weight loss.

And one more for good measure...

Shadow: In the immortal words of '80s not exactly pop icon Rockwell, "I always feel like, somebody's watching me."
See big brother.

(yes, I admit that deleted comment was me, at my buest.)

duxfine said...

SHADOW,n. Followers or leaders, contingent on the vagaries of orbital mechanics and planetary alignments. Wind direction added to the mix creates an element of the political decision making process

O Ceallaigh said...

SHADOW, n. The Dark Side. A place of gloom and foreboding, where predators lurk and black is the color of death. Except in a desert, where it's a place of cooling respite, where saviors lurk and white is the color of death. See HOME OF THE SLAVE.

    Desert Storm
    Desert Shield
    Desert Vietnam

Doug, you've finally done it. All this misanthropy has broken the server. You should be ashamed of yourself.

ariel said...

Shadows fall onto me
And she stands there over me

(Depeche Mode)

ariel said...

the Devil says at the end of "The Master And Margarita", think for a moment, please, what would your world of light be without shadows?

Miz BoheMia said...

Shadow... friend of Bear in the Big Blue House...

I loooveee your definition dear brotha... but have to disagree with Ambrose on this one... *sigh*

Doug said...

Sar, I don't know whether to bless or curse you for remembering Rockwell. Bless, since it's right on the line.

Thanks, Duxfine. I wondered how they did it.

O Ceallaigh, I suspect the misanthropy inspired it.

Wow, Ariel. You worked a lot of range into those two quotes. Bless you too.

Thanks, Miz B. It was a different time. THere's a lot more light in Frisco than their used to be.

Anonymous said...

For some I have the song from Peter Pan running through my head for some reason "Following the leader, the leader the leader. We're following the leader wherever he may go."

Is it because Peter Pan lost his shadow? Or are the Disney Gods this mean?

Don't know but I'd like the song banished to the shadows of my mind...forgotten because it's hard to concentrate on recreating a calendar when you start to go:

Tee dum Tee dee
A teedle do tee day

Hey - if I'm suffering with this song, I'm taking you all with me.

Kyahgirl said...

for some reason the word shadow always makes me think of the Bette Middler song, Wind beneath my Wings:

It must have been cold there in my shadow,
to never have sunlight on your face.
You were content to let me shine, that's your way.
You always walked a step behind.

So I was the one with all the glory,
while you were the one with all the strength.
A beautiful face without a name for so long.
A beautiful smile to hide the pain.

Did you ever know that you're my hero,
and everything I would like to be?
I can fly higher than an eagle,
for you are the wind beneath my wings.

Cowgirl said...

Who never doubted, never half believed. Where doubt is, there truth is - it is her shadow.

Doug said...

Good call, Jenna. Except the earworm. You're a demon.

Kyahgirl, there's a song written for nostalgia. Nostalgia is another good definition for SHADOW.

Cowgirl, I'm impressed. Where is that from?

Cowgirl said...

Somebody listen please
It used to be so hard being me
Living in the shadow
Of someone else's dream
Trying to find a hand to hold but every touch felt cold to me
Living in a nightmare
A never-ending sleep
But now that I am wide awake
My chains are finally free
Don't feel sorry for me

Oh, and Happy Birthday Star!!

Cowgirl said...

That's a Bierce quote on my mirror in my bedroom that I ran across while in college. I to this day decorate my mirror with quotes I like.

I know, I am sad.

Rio said...

figments of my dreams

Kyahgirl said...

cowgirl-your quotes are awesome !!

and happy birthday miss Star :-)

Jamie Dawn said...

I grew up with a dad and a brother who had a five o'clock one before five o'clock (hairy beasts they are), and I married a man that will never have a five o'clock one (not a hairy beast), and I have a son who is like his uncle and granddad.

Lammy said...

Wonder if vampires have shadows if they don't have mirror reflections.

Tan Lucy Pez said...

Whoa. Heavy stuff here. Unlike shadows themselves.

Although, come to think of it, shadows are just about as real and just about as permanent as thing else. In fact, one could build an entire philosophy on shadows...if only one had a cave, and a fire.

But in the end, Only the Shadow knows.

pia said...

Wow am impressed--was going to use TLP's quote--was very impressed with Cowgirl

All I can come up with is blogger was a shadow of itself today

I'm not very original today--think I forgot how to write over night---and have been leaving very sick comments--this wasn't one of them

Minka said...

shadow,n. the outer aura people try to grasp when meeting other people, therby often only scratching the surface and never revealing the substance within!

shadow, a good thing to look at when you are too small for your age and it is 5 in the afternoon;)

Doug said...

Thanks, Cowgirl. I didn't know that one. I'm glad I do now.

Rio, I've noticed that they're shadowy.

Howdy, Kyahgirl.

Jamie Dawn, I understand. I'm a fur-person myself.

Lammy, you should ask one.

TLP, nobody does platonic like you do.

Pia, there's days like that. Don't let blogger catch you in the penumbra.

Haha, Minka. Many is the time I tried to play basketball that way.

The Village Idiot said...

Shad OW! what the shad says as it is plucked out of the lake by a passing bird

dddragon said...

Shadow: black cats of which only glowing yellow eyes are seen.


Mutha said...

Wow, this group is somewhat stuck on the dark side today. Shadows are nothing to be afraid of, after all. How do we know the shape and volume of the world around us if we have no contrast to the light? They help us understand depth, offer respite to the straining eye.

And I agreen with Minka...many a time, 5 years old or not, my shadow helped remind me I was there and a force to be reckoned with.

Anybody ever see the Simpson's episode in which Bart sells his soul to Millhouse? He ends up with no shadow. My point exactly.

Tan Lucy Pez said...

Well, Mutha, a shadow is the absence of light after all. That is the dark side.

Come see....come to the dark side Mutha....

Cowgirl said...

Mutha, I know the episode you are talking about.

I have several versions of shadows that are not on "the dark side." For example, I call my nieces and my little riding lesson kids my shadows. Because they usually are so close I would step on them. Being claimed by little ones tends to make that happen.

And my Australian Shepherds also are shadows...they always seem to be hanging around where ever I am.

Kyahgirl said...

ok, another positive aspect of shadows; when you're very pale like me and don't 'do sun', the shadows are always a welcome haven!

a4g said...

There comes a point in every child's life, sometime around the age of two, when he notices his shadow, n., the almost-thing attached to his feet. He wriggles and struggles in vain frustration to remove it.

(A somewhat similiar point is reached much later in life, with an equally tenacious beast called one's Past.)

Whinger said...

I recall being asked to jump over my own shadow at age 5 as some sort of reasoning exercise.
I don't know why and have been scared of my own shadow ever since. It always seems to outdistance me.

Doug said...

Village Idiot, want a second shot?

Dddragon, woof!

Mutha, all good points but if shadow's are so wholesome, why aren't they in Norman Rockwell paintings?

TLP, you were born to play Darth Vader.

Cowgirl, I didn't realize your dogs were Aussies. Great breed. Nice dogs.

Kyahgirl, it takes a special person to find sunshine in a shadow.

a4g, two more decades of immaturity?

Whinger, that's because you don't run hard enough. A little discipline, lady.

actonbell said...

Happy Birthday to Star!

This word reminds me of racing home from school to watch Dark Shadows. Redundant title, but it has a ring to it.

And there's always a bruhaha about Punxsutawney Phil's shadow.

Mutha said...

TLP: I thought the absence of light only really happened in black holes...but if you're pouring cocktails, I'm game -- I'll come over...

Doug! Of course Norman Rockwell has shadows -- they're just the freckle-faced variety.

And thanks cowgirl, for knowing my Simpsons episode and having good shadow stories.

AP3 said...

I've been reading too much Jung lately to think of anything beyond.

Mo'a said...

I learned directions by looking at my shadow, when I was 5 years old.

Thought, it would be polite to say Hi!!, after your nice visit :)

Doug said...

Actonbell, thanks for being Pennsylvanian enough to bring Punxatawny Phil into this.

Well, sure, Mutha, if you're going to get all metaphorical on me what chance did I have?

Aral, read your bible to think of something beyond. Man, I miss Soapy.

Welcome, Mo'a. Glad you did.

karma said...

ah, my favourite sparring partner. it's an excellent name for a dog, too

Happy Birthday, Star!

qpapy: questionable father

Anonymous said...

Love depeche mode ariel.

Shadow - the thing in the closet that never moves. shadow=death

The word shadow was never one of my favorites due to the 23rd Psalm and that "shadow of death thing". Little kids should never have to recite that stuff they take things way to literally.

happy birthday star


Indeterminacy said...

SHadow: The one who's really behind things.

Logophile said...

I must say, as a redhead who is about an allele away from being an albino, I have always regarded shadows as good friends.

Doug said...

Karma, I want to start a blog of verifiers. You're wickedly funny.

Especially at funerals, Alice.

Indie, you mean the caboose?

Logo, allelujah. Sounds like you and Kyahgirl have something in common.

Logophile said...

Yes, and now we are related, she adpoted me, ya know.
I wonder it that means it will be easier get prescription meds across the border now.

Doug said...

You should try Oregon, too.

A Little Bar of Soap said...

I miss you too, Doug.

Doug said...

I knew votive candles would work!