All this recent constitutional talk, not to mention my Thanksgiving cooking preparations, reminded me of this rerun of a discussion from January 2006, which I had been meaning to post:
The scene: My humble abode
Katrina: What are you doing?
Me: I'm eating a piece of the leftover chocolate pie from New Years.
Katrina: I can see that. I mean, what are you doing eating it? You're supposed to be back on South Beach.
Me: I said I'd go back on South Beach after the holidays.
Katrina: It's January 3. It's after the holidays.
Me: No, it's still part of the penumbra of the holidays.
Me: Holidays have penumbras. Like rights. This is still within the penumbra of the holidays.
Katrina: What the hell is a penumbra?
Me: It's also called an emanation. It's like a shadow. It's the reason you can have an abortion. I mean, if you were pregnant, and wanted one.
Katrina: Now you're just stalling so you can eat the pie. What does it have to do with abortion?
Me: Well, the Supremes said that the right to abortion is covered by the penumras, or shadows, or emanations, of certain other rights, if not directly by the rights themselves. Or would that be penumbrae?
Katrina: I'm sure you'll tell me.
Me: It's a mystery. Anyway, holidays, like rights, have penumbras. So that's why I get pie. We're still in a penumbra.
Katrina: And why didn't you work out with your new Y membership today?
Me: That's underwear-related.
Katrina: You know, I'm not going to ask.
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