Thursday, September 06, 2007


PALACE, n. A fine and costly residence, particularly that of a great official. The residence of a high dignitary of the Christian Church is called a palace; that of the Founder of his religion was known as a field, or wayside. There is progress.

2007 Update:  Once upon a time, a grand castle of stone or marble in which there lived a royal eminence with countless servants, slaves, soldiers and sycophants who all worked together in a glorious enterprise taking wheat from peasants.  Today, a 6000 square foot house on a 5000 square foot lot or a hovel by a ditch, in which countless royals live with taciturn families and rent their meals.

A man's home is his palace, none are finer.
May he find satisfaction at the diner.
-Anselma de Juan Bautista de Los Flores Gomez Garcia Alarcón


Minka said...

Shrek to Donkey: looking at Lord Farquaad's palace:

" Do you think he's over-compensating for something?"

palace,n. an appropriate habitat for the exalted illusionist

Ariel the Thief said...

maybe that was meant to be *after* the dinner?

palace, a castle without ghosts

Anonymous said...

Palace: Floats above the little people.

Location: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington D.C., U.S.A.

Anonymous said...

in these parts, one man's Palace is another man's McMansion. just sayin'...

lovelovelove the update, hombre. ; )

Anonymous said...

Minka...I love Shrek!

Palace - my weekend retreat.

I Dive At Night said...

Palace: A home with dust older than the local Historical Society and who's maintenance bills exceed most people's incomes. Often suffering from a lack of peasants.

I Dive At Night said...


Palace: Any shack on the beach with an air compressor and high-speed internet.


tsduff said...

Minka - you are brilliant.

Palace - My tent overlooking Fremont Lake in the Eastern Sierra.

Anonymous said...


1. Any dwelling in Hawai'i, as evaluated by the size of the lease or mortgage.

2. The extra card up my sleeve. The only pal I'm going to get at the poker table.

I'm sure the Dawg means "diner", Ariel. Been there. Not there now (he says lovingly).

Nessa said...

Palace: Any place where I do not have to cook or clean.

Anonymous said...

In light of the definitions of both OC and Morgan:

palace n. my Hawaii dwelling.

Jamie Dawn said...

There seems to be an explosion of those palacial mansions on postage stamp-sized lots in CA.
We lived for 15 years in a very modest mobile home, then moved to AR and now have a really nice house.
I guess I was queen of both palaces, small & large.
I prefer the large palace.
I've never had any servants though.

TLP said...

" their meals." Is that what a bulimic does?

Palace: Like Kafka's The Castle, most of us can't get there from here.

LOL at Amoeba's Pal, the ace, up his sleeve. Good one. But now that he has Quilly, there's no need to cheat.

Minka said...

Jenna, why am I not surprised? ole me? I am rather wisdomous :)
thank you! So Doug, stuck at the diner? Again?

Doug The Una said...

Minka, that will take a heck of a saw.

Ariel, a castle without ghosts is like a glass slipper without a foot.

Brian, isn't that the people's house, though?

Neva, gracias mi Dama. I'll believe in McMansions when they come with dragons as an option.

Jenna, I'm not surprised. Somehow the dialogue "Those aren't ruby""That's not my slipper" just popped into my mind.

So, Morgan, any home older than the president of the homeowner's association? Sounds right. It took me a minute to realize why you want the air compressor. phew

Terry, that sure sounds like a palace to me. Any place with bearsign on the ground out front.

Amoeba, I imagine the rents are pretty princely. Good thing you cheat at cards.

Nessa, that's a fine definition. Home, sweet home when you eat out.

Quilly, you really are enjoying life these days, aren't you? Good for you.

Jamie Dawn, I can't remember the actress but I remember the quote: "I've been rich and I've been poor. Rich is better."

TLP, I'm midway through The Castle right now. The end of the book is in sight but I can't seem to get there.

Minka, I can only faithfully answer the call. I'm released from duty whenever the hash runs out.

I Dive At Night said...

Doug, that's a great idea! Next time I have to dust the blinds I'll use a scuba tank and just blow the dust away... some where.

The OE said...

Palace: A wispy piece of wispy lace-like fuzz stuck to the razor stubble of one's father

Unknown said...

i'm happy to be the master of all i survey. (mistress has another connotation, no?)

Cooper said...

What is it no about fifteen buck to get into one of those?

I am not going to whine again, but I absolutely commented on privation.

Doug The Una said...

Morgan, that's how Californians handle fallen leaves.

OE, dream big, son. Dream big.

Correct Karma, that would be all whom I survey.

Cooper, per month on a reverse amortization, yes. Until recently. I knew there was something missing on privation.