Thursday: Hili dialogue

It’s Thursday, June 30, the 181st day of the year (another two days until we’re halfway through), and it’s Asteroid Day, in honor of the Tunguska Event (a small asteroid strike in Siberia), which occurred on this day in 1908. On this day in 1860, the Oxford Evolution Debate took place, during which Huxley supposedly pwned Bishop Wilberforce, and, in 1997, Britain transferred control of Hong Kong (where I’ll visit in November) to China.

Notables born on this day include Susan Coyne (my sister—happy birthday Sis!), born in 1952, exactly 2.5 years after me. Those who died on this day include Lillian Hellman (1984), Chet Atkins (2001) and Buddy Hackett (2003). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili poses sweetly while ponder whether Mice are Truth, and Truth Mice—all ye know on Earth, and all ye need to know:

A: What are you thinking about?
Hili: I’m thinking about searching for truth.
A: And?
Hili: It’s a cat-and-mouse game.
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In Polish:
Ja: O czym myślisz?
Hili: O szukaniu prawdy.
Ja: I co?
Hili: To zabawa w kotka i myszkę.
In other news, there is now a new cat named after me, making a total of five (Jerry cats live in New Zealand, London, Colorado Springs, Bangalore, and now Chicago). My friend Melissa, who lives in town, adopted two cats: a ginger tom named Jerry and a calico (obviously female) named Lilith. Here they are:




Finally, over at Ten Cats, Reuben, the new d*g bellhop at Cats’ Inn, is not doing a good job:



  1. Barbara Radcliffe
    Posted June 30, 2016 at 6:52 am | Permalink

    Two of the three Jerry cats are ginger toms. What colours are the other three? PCC(E), please give the Chicago Jerry a scratch under the chin from me.

    • Posted June 30, 2016 at 7:39 am | Permalink

      The Colorado Springs Jerry is pure black, while London Jerry is a black-and-white Tuxedo cat. The Bangalore Jerry is also black and white, so only two of the five are orange.

  2. Dominic
    Posted June 30, 2016 at 7:24 am | Permalink

    Your sister is younger than you, & I will bet she is better looking😉

    Natal felicitations to Susan. It seems quite a rare name these days – I do not know any Susans. There as a group, Band of Susans

  3. Randall Schenck
    Posted June 30, 2016 at 7:34 am | Permalink

    Hey, that is a sharp looking calico there as well – Similar to our Emma. I’m just guessing but maybe named after the gal from Cheers…

    • Heather Hastie
      Posted June 30, 2016 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

      Lilith is an upper level demon in Christian lore. There were demons with similar names in pre-Jewish religions too. She was Adam’s first wife, made from the same dirt as him, and therefore his equal. Eve was made from his rib and therefore a far more suitable analogy of how women should behave could be made.

      The name itself means “night creature” so it’s made for cats!

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