Saturday: Hili dialogue

It’s hard to believe that there’s only one more day left in July! Fall (in the Northern Hemisphere) will be on us before we know, and then  .  . . degeneration and extinction. But I am still sentient, typing this with Hili lying beside me on the couch, furry and purring. It’s July 30, 2016: International Friendship Day—a day to celebrate our pals, human or animal. The holiday was, as is so often the case, created by the greeting card industry (“Big Card”) to sell their stuff, but it’s still worthwhile to take some time to contemplate the value of friends. After all, without them, who would help move our stuff?

On this day in 1956, there was a setback for secularists, as President Dwight Eisenhower signed a joint resolution of Congress establishing “In God We Trust” as the U.S. national motto. Can you imagine a worse one?  It could be fixed by replacing “God” with “Reason,” but there’s no chance that will happen. I now realize that even when this country is mostly populated by nonbelievers, as will happen some day, people will still favor that motto as a sign of Belief in Belief, and regard its elimination as bigotry against faith.  On this day in 1966, England won the World Cup, which hasn’t happened again in the past 50 years. On July 30, 1974, Nixon released the subpoenaed Watergate tapes; exactly a year later Jimmy Hoffa disappeared from a restaurant parking lot, never to be seen again: and, in 2003, the last old style VW Beetle came off the assembly line—in Mexico. I always wanted one but never bought one, though I did get a VW Rabbit when I moved to Chicago. (It died in a car crash, and I now have an excellent 2000 Honda Civic.)

Notables born this day include Emily Brontë (1809), Henry Ford (1863), Casey Stengel (1890)j, Peter Bogdanovich (1939; he directed the best of all American films, “The Last Picture Show”), and Arnold Schwarzenegger (1947). Those who died on this day include Joyce Kilmer (1918; can you name his one famous poem?) and Ingmar Bergman (2007). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili gave me a warm and furry welcome, though I’m a bit dubious about her motives:

Hili: I couldn’t wait for you to get here.
Jerry: Neither could I.
Hili: We have to go to the kitchen and eat something now because we are hungry.
P1040630In Polish:

Hili: Nie mogłam się na ciebie doczekać.
Jerry: Ja też nie.
Hili: Musimy coś zjeść, bo jesteśmy głodni.

Gus sent us a photo of his bedtime; the appropriate saying is “Good night; sleep white; don’t let the bedbugs bite.”


Finally, here’s a gratuitous video of an alpaca cuddling with cats, sent by reader Anne-Marie:


  1. rickflick
    Posted July 30, 2016 at 7:14 am | Permalink

    The alpaca seems to think cats smell good. If I am at the best end of a cat, I agree.

    • Torbjörn Larsson
      Posted July 30, 2016 at 8:53 am | Permalink

      We already have a Schroedinger’s Cat.

      Maybe we need a Moebius’s Cat too?

      [/still looking for an algorithm a means a hope for solving the herding cats problem]

      • rickflick
        Posted July 30, 2016 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

        The herding cats problem is an NP-complete problem, isn’t it? Like the traveling sales-cat problem.

        • Torbjörn Larsson
          Posted July 31, 2016 at 3:50 pm | Permalink


  2. Robert Seidel
    Posted July 30, 2016 at 7:19 am | Permalink

    “May God preserve friendship. One could almost believe not to be alone.”

    – Kurt Tucholsky

  3. Claudia Baker
    Posted July 30, 2016 at 8:26 am | Permalink

    Jerry and Hili = adorable.

  4. Posted July 30, 2016 at 8:44 am | Permalink

    The fact that “In God we trust” is found primarily on our money does show that we are a nation which appreciates irony.

    • HaggisForBrains
      Posted July 30, 2016 at 10:35 am | Permalink


  5. Taskin
    Posted July 30, 2016 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    Jerry and Hili together again. Sweet reunion photo!

  6. Ken Kukec
    Posted July 30, 2016 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

    “The Last Picture Show” — great movie, no doubt about it. In the top 20 American films of all time, for sure; maybe the top 10.

    But “the best”? Reasonable minds may disagree. Matter of fact, the more reasonable the mind, the stronger the disagreement may be.

  7. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted July 30, 2016 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    Joyce Kilmer’s Trees is one of most widely parodied poems of all time.

    Here’s one by Ogden Nash

    I think that I shall never see
    A billboard lovely as a tree.
    Indeed, unless the billboards fall,
    I’ll never see a tree at all

  8. Posted July 30, 2016 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    PCC(E) and Hili are a handsome pair.

  9. Dawn Oz
    Posted July 30, 2016 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

    There is nothing quite like a cat cuddle…ahhhh!

  10. Posted July 30, 2016 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

    Malgorzata won’t need to check the silverware when JAC leaves, but she had better check Hili.

  11. ToddP
    Posted July 30, 2016 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

    Every time Jerry posts a photo of him visiting Hili it feels like all is right with the world.

  12. Dale Franzwa
    Posted July 30, 2016 at 11:17 pm | Permalink

    Jerry mentioned his Honda Civic, yr 2000. I have a 1991 Honda Civic. Great little car but I’ve spent so much money on repairs. . .I really should replace it, but. . .?

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