Sunday: Hili dialogue

It’s Sunday, July 24, 2016, and the heat continues, despite heavy showers last night.The high temperature today is predicted to be 93°F (34°C), but it’s supposed to cool off tomorrow. That, of course, is what they said for the weekend, and it did not cool off.

in Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela and Bolivia they’re celebrating Simón Bolívar Day. That’s because he was born on this day in 1783. Other events occurring on July 24 include the discovery of Machu Picchu by Hiram Bingham in 1911, the record temperature of 109 °F (43 °C) in Chicago in 1935 due to the “Dust Bowl Heat Wave,” the safe splashdown of Apollo 11 in the Pacific (1969), and the Supreme Court’s decision, in 1974, that Nixon had to turn over the Watergate tapes. It was the beginning of the end for him.

Notables born on this day, besides Simón Bolívar, include Alexandre Dumas (1802), Amelia Earhart (1897), Zelda Fitzgerald (1900), and Jennifer Lopez (1969). Those who died on this day include Wilfrid Noyce (1962), Peter Sellers (1980), and Isaac Bashevis Singer (1991). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, the cherry harvest is almost over, but there are still some left on the trees to be picked, and other goodies as well:

Hili: Even mice wouldn’t eat that.
A: But we will.
Hili: Won’t it upset your stomachs?
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In Polish:

Hili: Tego by nawet myszy nie zjadły.
Ja: A my zjemy.
Hili: Nie zaszkodzi wam?

And big news: Leon and his staff have found a nice wooden house! They will have it disassembled and transported to near Wroclawek this summer, and should be moved in by fall. Leon is celebrating with a barbecue:

Leon: Let’s put a mouse on the grill.
And in Winnipeg, Gus is driving his boat. He looks quite pleased to be captain!:


  1. Lurker111
    Posted July 24, 2016 at 6:50 am | Permalink

    “Leon: Let’s put a mouse on the grill.”

    My wife and I have discussed this a number of times: There’s chicken cat food, beef cat food, tuna cat food, turkey cat food, etc.

    Imagine the public outcry if some company were to manufacture mouse-flavored cat food.

    • Posted July 24, 2016 at 6:57 am | Permalink

      Here’s an explanation of why there’s no mouse-flavored cat food. Upshot: the FDA would consider it a violation of hygienic standards.

    • Posted July 24, 2016 at 7:12 am | Permalink

      Any photo of the house?

    • somer
      Posted July 24, 2016 at 7:18 am | Permalink

      Cats love it though – try feeding them more natural food (e.g. plain chicken) and they hate it. Like a lot of humans the cunning companies have got them addicted to all that commercial sauce and nice numerical additives.

  2. somer
    Posted July 24, 2016 at 7:15 am | Permalink

    Nice to see the fluffy white Gus mobile purring along!

    • Torbjörn Larsson
      Posted July 24, 2016 at 8:46 am | Permalink

      As a captain of a dreamboat he has a responsibility to purrsue his dreams.

      • somer
        Posted July 24, 2016 at 9:09 am | Permalink


  3. Andrea Kenner
    Posted July 24, 2016 at 7:40 am | Permalink

    I didn’t realize that Leon has spotted legs. Very cute!!

    • somer
      Posted July 24, 2016 at 9:03 am | Permalink

      jungle leopard Leon

      • Claudia Baker
        Posted July 24, 2016 at 10:32 am | Permalink

        Leon: a spectacularly gorgeous tabby.

  4. Ken Kukec
    Posted July 24, 2016 at 8:30 am | Permalink

    Once the Court brought the hammer down on him and his [expletive deleted] tapes in United States v. Nixon (nice title, that), it was all over for the tricky-dickster save for the weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth. A scant two weeks later, he was leaving his feckless dupe of a successor, Gerald Ford, in the propwash of Marine One as he lifted off the South Lawn on the first leg of his ignominious journey back to San Clemente.

    Or, as I like to think of it, the day the angels sang.

  5. Torbjörn Larsson
    Posted July 24, 2016 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    Speaking of hot regions, I hear the prognosis is that extreme summers like 2003, which killed 50,000 in Eurasia, will happen 2 summers out of 3 in 2050.

    And now Duerte has started the process to withdraw the Philippines from the Paris pledge, at the same time it needs 55 underwriters and get going. Which start now seems to be necessary already later this year, if 2 degC is to be peak heat addition.

    We are mice on the grill. :-/


    China Cat has spoken:

    – Do not get out of your car when you travel a “wildlife” park.

    One dead, one injured by tigers in Beijing, due to an altercation making people leave the car.

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    • Torbjörn Larsson
      Posted July 24, 2016 at 9:02 am | Permalink

      I should probably add that the start date for the Paris program may have been pulled back since the discovery that current measurements likely have missed 1/5 of the heating. The area is in flux, unfortunately. So I have no clear picture of the projected outcomes at the moment.

      But it seems more and more likely that a crash program will be necessary, which makes it less and less likely it will be done.

  6. Posted July 24, 2016 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    Gus needs a sail and some oars! 😀 Oh, and a PFD.

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