Wednesday: Hili dialogue

It’s June 15, which one would think is halfway through the year, but it’s really only the 166th day, not the 182nd. On this day in 1775, George Washington became commander of the Continental Army, leading to the freedom of a nation that bows down to no king or queen. On this day in 1937, sixteen people died on an avalanche on Nanga Parbat, making it the worst climbing disaster ever on an 8000-meter peak.

Notables born on this day include Erroll Garner (1921), Waylon Jennings (1937), Johnny Halliday (1943), and Leah Remini (1970), who recently exposed Scientology’s inner workings. Those who died on this day include Ella Fitzgerald (1996) and Casey Kasem (2014). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, the anxious Cyrus wants to be sure that Andrzej has brought his favorite toy on the walkies:

Cyrus: Did you take my ball with you?
Hili: He has a mania for this ball.
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In Polish:
Cyrus: Zabrałeś moją piłkę?
Hili: On ma bzika na punkcie tej swojej piłki.
And out in Winnipeg, Gus gives his staff the raspberries:

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15 Comments

  1. Dominic
    Posted June 15, 2016 at 6:50 am | Permalink

    “a nation that bows down to no king or queen” – the dollar is surely king?!

    • Posted June 15, 2016 at 7:35 am | Permalink

      And in Britain the pound is king. I was talking about literal bowing and curtsying towards royalty, which, as an American, I abhor.

      • Dominic
        Posted June 15, 2016 at 8:30 am | Permalink

        I know 🙂

  2. DrBrydon
    Posted June 15, 2016 at 7:53 am | Permalink

    “…a nation that bows down to no king or queen” or prelate!

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted June 15, 2016 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

      “Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.”

      — Denis Diderot

  3. Randall Schenck
    Posted June 15, 2016 at 7:55 am | Permalink

    Nice going Gus…

    George Washington was the first military leader who, after the eight year war was ended and victory was complete, turned in his sword and returned to his farm and private life. Many of the European leaders thought he was nuts.

    • Torbjörn Larsson
      Posted June 15, 2016 at 8:03 am | Permalink

      No (childhood) garden without raspberries!

      • Randall Schenck
        Posted June 15, 2016 at 8:54 am | Permalink

        And that is a lovely garden and cat.

  4. bluemaas
    Posted June 15, 2016 at 7:59 am | Permalink

    Selecting (to post, say) just one of m’Darlin’ Mr Waylon Jennings’ repertoire is impossible. Quintessentially for me, a half – deaf kiddo o’th’ countryside who can actually catch and understand almost every sung word of his, a feat which I can manage with no other one, Mr Jennings is my favorite singer of songs ever. Mighty damned fine writer of songs’ words, too, was he.

    For nearly all of his precious sounds, I use youtube a lot so here are two, with one a medley of two paeans including Shel Silverstein’s lovely lyrics, which likely embody the man’s core essence:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CF9jubKjVAk and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=go7Uy1EGQqI

    “Settle down, Baby !”

    I miss him .breathing. terribly.
    Blue

    • bluemaas
      Posted June 15, 2016 at 8:20 am | Permalink

      Cuz my very favorite holiday approaches — Yea ! Freedom and Independence — and some others seem to wanna haul out a passel o’their soooo god – filled but allegedly patriotic anthems, … … mine is not of theirs but is, instead, of Mr Jennings’ thus:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YYzIWTE1L4&list=PL31F94A6C4C0E3D86.

      Love me some lotta Waylon.
      Blue

  5. Posted June 15, 2016 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    Nanga Parbat is a true killer mountain, including a massacre by Taliban militants in 2013. For readers who like mountaineering books, Reinhold Messner’s account of his 1970s ascent, The Naked Mountain, is an engrossing read.

  6. Gregory Kusnick
    Posted June 15, 2016 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    It’s June 15, which one would think is halfway through the year

    I must be missing something here. Why would one think that 5.5 is halfway to 12? Are we perhaps counting from the winter solstice?

    • Posted June 15, 2016 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

      Some round up .5 and some round down. JAC is a professor. Rounding up grades always causes less hassles. 🙂

  7. Steve
    Posted June 15, 2016 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    Yes. 6 months is halfway thru 12 months.
    July 1 is the halfway mark.

  8. Ken Kukec
    Posted June 15, 2016 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

    Wait … Casey Kasem died? Guess now I know the rest of the story.

    Five’ll get you ten that that head of hair of his is still alive and taking nutrition somewhere …


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