Thursday: Hili dialogue

It’s Thursday, June 16 (excuse my slipup yesterday about why we weren’t halfway through the year; all I can say is that you try writing half asleep at 4:30 a.m.! I’m off to California tomorrow morning for more R&R, and will be back Tuesday. Posting will be light, so bear with me; like Maru, I do my best.

On this day in 1904, James Joyce began his romance with Nora Barnacle, furnishing plenty of material for Ulysses, including the final soliloquy. And, of course, that was the exact day portrayed in the novel, in which all the action takes place in Dublin. (Joyce did that to commemorate his tempestuous romance), so it’s officially BLOOMSDAY!

Notables born on this day include Adam Smith (1723), Edward Davy (1806), Barbara McClintock (1902), and Joyce Carol Oates (1938; she has a Bengal cat).  Those who died on this day include Wernher von Braun (1967). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili pretends to have wisdom:

A: Look how beautifully the roses are still blooming.
Hili: Any fool can bloom, the question is how to wilt beautifully.
In Polish:
Ja: Patrz jak te róże nadal pięknie kwitną.
Hili: Kwitnąć każdy głupi potrafi, pytanie jak ładnie więdnąć.

Out in Winnipeg, Gus is intently watching a bird, completely ignoring the photographer:



Extra lagniappe: the latest episode of Savage Chickens by Doug Savage (h/t: jsp):



  1. Posted June 16, 2016 at 7:18 am | Permalink

    Lovely photos….🌻

  2. George
    Posted June 16, 2016 at 7:23 am | Permalink

    Will Hili be watching the Poland=Germany match today?

  3. jimroberts
    Posted June 16, 2016 at 7:25 am | Permalink

    We already had Adam Smith’s birthday on the fifth. Presumably one birthday is old style and the other new.

  4. Randy Schenck
    Posted June 16, 2016 at 7:49 am | Permalink

    Hili is very wise.

    Wish I were traveling anywhere today. 8th or 9th day of a very hot period and not even summer yet. Today it will get to 98 F or more than 36 C with high humidity so the heat index as they make it will be above 110.

  5. Teresa Carson
    Posted June 16, 2016 at 8:03 am | Permalink

    If you’re going to Davis, I’m jealous!

  6. DTaylor
    Posted June 16, 2016 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    Hili struck me as really profound today. As an aging human, I find it quite a challenge “to wilt beautifully.”

  7. drbrydon
    Posted June 16, 2016 at 8:29 am | Permalink

    Wernher von Braun: “‘I am for the stars’ but sometimes I hit London.” (I love Mort Sahl.) I really want to see the 1960 film adaptation of his autobiography. There’s a short clip on YouTube, which is a laff. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to have made it to DVD.

    • DrBrydon
      Posted June 16, 2016 at 8:32 am | Permalink

      “AIM”! Damn tablet keyboard.

      • gravelinspector-Aidan
        Posted June 16, 2016 at 11:44 pm | Permalink

        Tablet “virtual keyboard,” or real keyboard bluetoothed to the tablet?
        I hate the on-screen keyboard, and got a fold-over sleeve with built in B/T keyboard within a week of getting the machine. It’s a huge improvement, despite not being a great keyboard itself.

  8. Heather Hastie
    Posted June 16, 2016 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    Does Jerry know that’s a Klingon Bird of Prey the Giant Space Cat has in its mouth, or doesn’t he care because it’s a cat? That is the question. 🙂

  9. Torbjörn Larsson
    Posted June 16, 2016 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    The Giant Space Cat is a skillful hunter, it caught a Bird of Prey of all birds.

    Now Picard has to figure out how to do belleh rubz with a tractor beam.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted June 16, 2016 at 11:45 pm | Permalink

      “Set Phaser beams to ‘Tickle’, Mr Worf!”

  10. bluemaas
    Posted June 16, 2016 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    ! Haaaappy, Happy Birthday, Ms Oates !

    And how is Ms Cleopatra doing by now ? !

    We, the beaucoup grandkiddos whom I sometime ago now gifted with it, and I, reading it aloud, so enjoy, still, … … your lovely Naughty Cherie ! accounting !

    Our t h a n k s !

  11. Posted June 16, 2016 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    Happy Bloomsday to all! If you are a Joyce fan and have never been to Dublin for Bloomsday, you must go. Readings all over town at the places mentioned in the book. And people in Edwardian dress. Great show!

  12. bPer
    Posted June 16, 2016 at 11:52 am | Permalink

    A minor typo: I’m virtually certain Wernher von Braun died in 1977, not 1967. I noticed it because I was a huge space nerd in the 60’s and would have remembered if he had died before the Apollo flights.

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