Wednesday: Hili dialogue

It’s July 19 20, and we’re already at midweek, at at the 201st day of the year. It’sIndependence Day in Colombia, too, celebrating the declaration of independence from Spain in 1810. Also on this day, in 1871, British Columbia joined the confederation of Canada. July 19, 1969, humans first walked on the moon; I saw it live and it was a HUGE thrill. Many readers may not be old enough to remember, but like the Kennedy and King assassinations, it was one of the defining moments of the Sixties.  Finally, just one year ago, the U.S. and Cuba resumed diplomatic relations.

Notables born on this day include Richard Owen (1804), Gregor Mendel (1822), Cormac McCarthy (1933; one of my favorite modern writers), Natalie Wood (1938), and Sandra Oh (1971). Those who died on this day include Pancho Villa (1923), Paul Valéry (1945), and Lucian Freud (2011). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili, enjoying the lovely weather, doesn’t want to do her job as editor today:

A: Time to go back to work.
Hili: Have mercy.
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In Polish:
Ja: Wracamy do roboty.
Hili: Miej litość.

Leon and his staff are still house hunting in Southern Poland, but the tabby still gets treats.

Leon: Oh, butter for breakfast. I like it.


And here are two photos of reader Keira McKenzie’s beloved black cat, Plushie. (Good name!):



Finally, a gratuitous LOL:



  1. Dominic
    Posted July 20, 2016 at 6:53 am | Permalink

    Good old Owen – he had his faults but gave us a wonderful museum!

  2. darrelle
    Posted July 20, 2016 at 6:56 am | Permalink

    That is my favorite picture of Hili so far.

    Going by that 1st picture of Plushie I might have named her / him Orion.

  3. jimroberts
    Posted July 20, 2016 at 6:59 am | Permalink

    Here in Europe it’s the 20th already: still Wednesday though.

    • jimroberts
      Posted July 20, 2016 at 7:02 am | Permalink

      Also, I suspect Gregor Mendel is older.

      • Bric
        Posted July 20, 2016 at 7:15 am | Permalink

        I thought that explained why Darwin didn’t read his paper

    • Posted July 20, 2016 at 8:54 am | Permalink

      Fixed all the errors, thanks. Remember, I wrote these at about 4:45 a.m., sans coffee.

  4. Randall Schenck
    Posted July 20, 2016 at 7:11 am | Permalink

    Yes sir. Watched the walk on the moon live. From the day room in a building at Lakenheath RAF. Believe it was 1 or 2 am. over there. Not sure what time on the moon.

    • George
      Posted July 20, 2016 at 9:48 am | Permalink

      Lunar Module Eagle on the Moon
      Landing date July 20, 1969, 20:18:04 UTC
      Hatch opened July 21, 1969, 02:39 UTC Armstrong set his left foot on the surface at 02:56:15 UTC
      Return launch July 21, 1969, 17:54 UTC

      • Randall Schenck
        Posted July 20, 2016 at 10:14 am | Permalink

        Thanks George. The 02:39 even or 02:56 foot down is what I was thinking. Memory not too bad for 47 years ago. I guess not much reason for time zones on the moon. No railroads up there yet.

        • George
          Posted July 20, 2016 at 10:31 am | Permalink

          It was about 10pm on July 20 in the north woods of Wisconsin where I was when Neil Armstrong took his leap. My father took my siblings and me (I was 12) to a crowded bar – which was packed with tourists – watching the event unfold on a flickering black and white television.

          • Randall Schenck
            Posted July 20, 2016 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

            Very good. Had you been a few years older you could have raised one with your dad.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted July 20, 2016 at 11:11 am | Permalink

      That there was a broadcast of the Moon landing is what persuaded my parents to get a TV for the expected human future in space. To quote an SF trope, “You humans started going into space … and STOPPED ? ? ?” And it’s barely re-starting.

      • Posted July 20, 2016 at 11:53 am | Permalink

        To be fair, it is freakin’ expensive. Of course, that’s the reason Gene Roddenberry said one *should* do it as a species. For if it is expensive, it forces collaboration between different camps and political arrangements. (He was likely thinking cold war; I would wonder what he would say about going to Mars with ISIS.)

        • gravelinspector-Aidan
          Posted July 20, 2016 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

          As the saying goes about a number of things, you might think that doing it is expensive, just try working out the cost of not doing it.
          Two facts : (1) the planet does have finite resources of minerals and energy (we’re not at the limit, yet ; but we will get there ; I suspect that phosphorus will be the first real exhaustion) and (2) the planet gets hit by hemisphere-killing grade impactors at sub-billion-year frequencies.
          Not having a functional space programme is a death sentence for the species. Notwithstanding that we’re still on a planet dominated by dinosaurs.

  5. Heather Hastie
    Posted July 20, 2016 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    I remember the moon landing, but we didn’t get to see it live in New Zealand. It was recorded then the tapes were flown here for broadcast the next day – 7am iirc (I was 5 so please excuse me if I’m wrong).

    We had the technology to fly to the moon but not broadcast it live here. Colour TV wasn’t available in NZ until a few years later either (yes I know the landing was in B&W), and in 1969 we still only had one channel for the whole country which closed down from midnight to 6am.

  6. Filippo
    Posted July 20, 2016 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

    Saw it live in an old farm house with a tin roof “up in the holler.” Earlier in the day I listened to the landing on the radio in the locker room at the country club golf course. (My first job where I got paid something, caddie, having just turned fourteen, hoping that surely no one with any sense would want to play golf, let alone require my services, while this event was going on.) Listened closely enough to figure out the nomenclature addressing fuel usage, going from “percent” to “seconds” of fuel remaining, and then the profound sense of relief and joy upon hearing, among other things, “Contact,” “Main engine cut-off,” and “The Eagle has landed,” and the burst of applause from Mission Control.

  7. Mike
    Posted July 21, 2016 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    Looks like Mao went to the same barber as Kim Jong Bun, no it isn’t a typo, thats what I call him.

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