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Return of the Shadow

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webmaster | 09/18/13

And then there was light. Albeit a little dim, but still pretty groovy after 50 years. I’m watching the ever-changing, glowing, globules of my lava lamp that is sitting on a corner of my desk. I’ve had it for a decade or more and it is still soothing, mesmerizing and always psychedelic.

One would have thought it would have been invented by a hippie or a beatnik on weed. But in actuality, in 1963, in Britain, Edward Craven-Walker, a former World War II pilot, designed the much-copied lighted cylinder. His inspiration came when he went to a pub (naturally) and saw a weird-looking, liquid-filled egg timer. Sales really took off when Beatles fans learned that drummer Ringo Starr had purchased one.

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Nuts talking nuts. Why were a half-dozen chuckling folks at Black Bear Diner Saturday morning privy to a conversation about nuts coming from clear across town from the Donut Shop? Could it be that someone had sat on his phone, otherwise known as butt-dialing? Only the Shadow Nose, and maybe the fun bunch having breakfast at Black Bear Diner.

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It was still dark, and the automatic doors had just been activated at 6 a.m. at Save Mart on Howard Road, so why was Dina Petrucci in such a hurry to get her shopping done so early Saturday morning? Was she out of breakfast cereal? A snack for work at the nearby Mail Drop, also on Howard? Maybe only the Shadow Nose, but he didn’t stick around long enough to find out. He was headed for breakfast...


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