Tuesday: Hili dialogue

Only two more days before I head to Poland to see my adopted parents and also to get my Hili and cherry pie fix. It’s got to be cooler there than here!

It’s July 26, which means it’s the Day of National Significance in Barbados. Also on this day, the very first reported women’s cricket match took place–in 1745! Exactly two hundred years later, Winston Churchill was removed from power in a general election. Ingrates! Finally, there’s this intriguing Wikipedia note from July 26, 2007: “Shambo, a black cow in Wales that had been adopted by the local Hindu community, is slaughtered due to a bovine tuberculosis infection, causing widespread controversy.”

Notables born on July 26 include Carl Jung (1875), Aldous Huxley (1894), Stanley Kubrik (1928), Mick Jagger (1943), Helen Mirren (1945 ♥), Dorothy Hamill (1956), Kevin Spacey (1949), and Sandra Bullock (1964♥♥). Those who died on this day include William Jennings Bryan (1925, right after the Scopes Trial), Eva Peron (1952), Diane Arbus (1971), and Merce Cunningham (2009). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili has learned that Hiroko, the Japanese woman who embroidered Hili’s image on my shirt, has sent me some cat snacks to bring to the Furry Princess (they are unusual—liquid snacks in tubes!). Hili, who’s never had a Japanese cat’s snack, is very excited:

A: Jerry wrote that he is coming with a Japanese treat for you.
Hili: Japanese?!!!
In Polish:
Ja: Jerry pisał, że przywiezie ci japońskie jedzenie.
Hili: Japońskie?!!!

And out in Winnipeg, they’ve removed the railings from Gus’s deck, so he has a better view of what’s going on in the yard:

Shhhh. . . .he’s sleeping now. .


  1. David Duncan
    Posted July 26, 2016 at 6:48 am | Permalink

    Hili: “I’m turning Japanese I think I’m turning Japanese I really think so /…”

  2. mfdempsey1946
    Posted July 26, 2016 at 6:50 am | Permalink

    Stanley Kubrick — who had become, I believe, the greatest living filmmaker by the time of his death in 1999.

    • JonLynnHarvey
      Posted July 26, 2016 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

      Since Kubrick was actively interested in Jungian psychology, a lot of folk have noticed he shared his birthday with Carl Jung.

      He is also frequently compared to Orson Welles, since both fought fiercely to be independent of Hollywood, and both directed exactly 13 feature-length films, films often spaced 5 to 7 years apart.

      Few (perhaps only I) have noticed that Orson Welles also shares his birthday with Sigmund Freud.

  3. chris moffatt
    Posted July 26, 2016 at 6:56 am | Permalink

    without looking it up I’m pretty sure W A Mozart was born in January 1756 and died on December 5, 1791.

    • Posted July 26, 2016 at 7:17 am | Permalink

      Yes, you’re right; today was the birthday of Franz Mozart, one of Wolfgang’s sons. I’ve eliminated the name, thanks.

  4. Claudia Baker
    Posted July 26, 2016 at 8:32 am | Permalink


    No kidding, eh?

  5. Posted July 26, 2016 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    If you want the ultimate Japanese cat treat…you can’t beat katsuobushi. It’s skipjack tuna that’s been smoked and dried and shaved paper-thin. It’s one of three ingredients in dashi, the stock base for miso soup (the other two are water and kombu, a type of seaweed). It’s a staple condiment in Japan, good healthy food…

    …and it might as well be crack cocaine cut with heroin as far as cats are concerned.



    • Posted July 26, 2016 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

      Where can you get it, Ben?

      • Posted July 26, 2016 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

        That was supposed to have been a link to Amazon (where I get it) in my original post…here it is without the HTML:


        You should also be able to get it at any Asian grocery store, especially Japanese ones.

        The Amazon link is to a very large bag of high-quality stuff. Even with Baihu getting a couple handfuls every evening for dessert and me frequently making miso soup for me and Misa, a single bag lasts us about a month.




  6. jeremyp
    Posted July 26, 2016 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    Only two more days before I head to Poland … to get my Hili and cherry pie fix
    A Hili and cherry pie? No wonder she looks so shocked in the photo.

    • jeremyp
      Posted July 26, 2016 at 10:45 am | Permalink

      Oh for closing tags. It is meant to look like this.

      Only two more days before I head to Poland … to get my Hili and cherry pie fix

      A Hili and cherry pie? No wonder she looks so shocked in the photo.

  7. aldoleopold
    Posted July 26, 2016 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

    I always look forward to your posts from trips to Poland – some of my favorites! Give the kitty some fusses from us🙂

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