Monday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

It’s August 22, which, although the weather’s great, is entirely too close to fall for me. (Although I’m retired, like most academics I get nervous and anxious when “back to school time” approaches: years of conditioning have rewired my neurons). It’s Madras Day in India, celebrating the city now known as Chennai, and the one famous city in India where I’ve never been and would like to visit.

On this day in 1770, James Cook, landing on Possession Island, claimed the entire east coast of Australia for Britain. Ten years later he was dead, killed in Hawaii, and the two ships he’d commanded turned back to England. Notables born on this day include Claude Debussy (1862), Leni Riefenstahl (1902), and Ray Bradbury (1922). Those who died on this day include Huey P. Newton, cofounder of the Black Panther Party, murdered in Oakland in 1989. Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili has gone upstairs to snooze in the empty apartment where the lodgers used to live.

A: So you’re hiding here!
Hili: Yes, I need some peace and quiet.
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In Polish:
Ja: Tu się schowałaś?
Hili: Tak, potrzebuję trochę spokoju i samotności.

In the south of Poland, Leon is still hiking with his staff, and after a hard day on the trail, he’s demanding specific noms:

Leon: Give me Sheba with duck and something to drink.

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And out in the wilds of Winnipeg, Gus tries to roam as freely as he can given his harness (required by city law). He often gets tangled.

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Some Lagniappe: a morning cartoon from the Bizarro strip by Dan Piraro, contributed by alert reader Susan Heller:

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6 Comments

  1. Anthony
    Posted August 22, 2016 at 6:47 am | Permalink

    Ahh yes I know that back to school dread feeling, it was wired into my adult brain for decades after my last actual return to school some September long ago. It does fade eventually, but seeing the advertisements starting for back to school sales, sometimes as early as July can still raise the hackles a bit.

  2. Posted August 22, 2016 at 8:36 am | Permalink

    i see that “how a bill becomes a law” has been updated. that’s not the version i remember from grade school.

    • Randall Schenck
      Posted August 22, 2016 at 9:03 am | Permalink

      The only think I believe they left out was
      + K street or + lobby. That must be added.

  3. bluemaas
    Posted August 22, 2016 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    GOOD on the Bizarro – kiddo !

    Quite apropos for … … THE First Day of Classes here ! Today ! (The streets, the sidewalks and the hallways .are. b i z a r r o ! ~36,600 – projected enrollment)

    I nota bene, too, “Jorge” Washington, the “How a Bill Becomes a Law” flow sheet – pix, the “Nutted States ‘Murica” map and “B is for Rabbit” !

    This ‘d be how I would teach … … likely !
    Blue

  4. Shwell Thanksh
    Posted August 22, 2016 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

    Oh Leon, it’s so true!

    My kitty lived contentedly for years on dry crunchies with the occasional spoonful of canned tuna fish as a treat, often turning up his nose at attempts to interest him in other meal items.

    Then one day my mother brought him one of the Sheba packs as a treat, and now he’s very devoted… especially the “pate” varieties which require little chewing to nom.

  5. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted August 22, 2016 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

    On this day in 1770, James Cook, landing on Possession Island, claimed the entire east coast of Australia for Britain. Ten years later he was dead, killed in Hawaii, and the two ships he’d commanded turned back to England.

    Hmmm, that doesn’t quite sound right. They did have some voyages of heroic length, but that sounds a bit much.
    I thought so. From Wiki
    3.1 First voyage (1768–71)
    3.2 Interlude
    3.3 Second voyage (1772–75)
    3.4 Third voyage (1776–79)
    3.5 Return to Hawaii
    3.6 Death

    IIRC, he made the most of his time at home. Pity all his children either pre-deceased him, or died without issue.


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