Friday: Hili dialogue

It’s Friday, July 8, and the weather in Chicago promises to be hot today (high of 32° C, which would kill people in the UK), but it is prognosticated to cool off for a lovely weekend. Today is the birthday of reader Taskin, who has provided us with all those lovely Gus photos and videos (and also rescued Gus after his ear-freezing interlude in a trap), so let’s congratulate her at completing another orbit around the Sun. We have a special Gus video below in her honor.

On this day in 1497, Vasco da Gama left on the first European voyage to India, and, in 1994, Kim Jong-Il replaced his dead father Kim Il-Sung as leader of North Korea, the most repressed country in the world. Kim Il-Sung is in fact still considered the Eternal Leader of that screwed-up land, which Hitchens termed something like a necroarchy.

Notables born on this day, besides Taskin, include Billy Eckstine (1914), Kevin Bacon (1958), and Beck (1970). Those who died on this day include Percy Bysshe Shelley (1822), Sir John Templeton (2008), whose dosh is still being used to efface the boundary between science and superstition), and Betty Ford (2011). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili and Cyrus have curtailed their stroll along the Vistula—or the usual reasons. (I first read “bowls” in the dialogue below as “bowels”!

Hili: Let’s go home.
Cyrus: Why?
Hili: I have to check what’s in my bowls.

P1040535 (1)In Polish:
Hili: Wracamy do domu.
Cyrus: Dlaczego?
Hili: Muszę sprawdzić, co jest w moich miseczkach.

And we have a Gus  video on his staff’s birthday:

Gus has another new catnip toy, his favourite kind. It’ll take a few months, but he will eventually rip it open and all the catnip will be strewn about. I like the sounds he makes as he’s digging into it.

Finally, because it’s the weekend, here’s a cat gif. Oh, those pesky laser pointers!



  1. Posted July 8, 2016 at 6:33 am | Permalink

    Happy Birthday Taskin, and many happy returns.

  2. Posted July 8, 2016 at 6:41 am | Permalink

    I am embarrassed to say that people here in the UK employ the term “heatwave” when it’s 22C.

    Happy day, staff!

    I love the laser pointer.

    • Posted July 8, 2016 at 6:48 am | Permalink

      Here in Canada despite the idea that the rest of the planet thinks we live in permanent ice and snow we don’t usually even say phew when it hits 35C.
      Just grateful for summer.

  3. Ken Kukec
    Posted July 8, 2016 at 6:42 am | Permalink

    Kevin Bacon was born in 1958.

    Is he within six degrees of separation of everyone else mentioned in the post?

    • rickflick
      Posted July 8, 2016 at 9:54 am | Permalink

      I’d have to assume the chances of a genealogical relationship would increase as you go back in time since there were fewer people and one of them could be his ancestor. So, Percy Bysshe Shelley (1822). If I’m right, let me know. If not, don’t say anything. 😎

    • Posted July 8, 2016 at 11:58 am | Permalink

      Fixed, thanks.

  4. bluemaas
    Posted July 8, 2016 at 9:27 am | Permalink

    H a a a a ppy, Happy Birthday, Ms Taskin !

    and for your and our listening pleasure thus of YOURS !

    Thank YOU for such a darling rag ! and caring for Gus ! I make, over shots of Templeton Rye or Basil Hayden some o’those same sounds ! all the whilst trying, however, not to spill a drop of them.


    • Taskin
      Posted July 8, 2016 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for the kind birthday wishes. Gus and I are having a grand old time! 🙂

  5. Heather Hastie
    Posted July 8, 2016 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

    Happy birthday Taskin! Thanks for all the Gus pics and videos – most enjoyable. 🙂

  6. Debbie Coplan
    Posted July 8, 2016 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

    I’m late to the party….but Happy Birthday Taskin and thank you for sharing pictures of Gus–

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