Friday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

It’s Friday, September 2, the end of the work week. And so we beat on, boats against the current, borne ceaselessly towards death. It’s Democracy Day in Tibet, though that beleaguered land has precious little freedom. The date celebrates the first election of the Parliament of the Central Tibetan Administration in 1960. Has the Left forgotten Tibet? I think so.

On this day in history, in 1946, the Interim Government of India was formed with Jawaharlal Nehru (one of my heroes) as leader. Independence wasn’t fully gained until the next year.

Notables born on this day include two movie stars: Keanu Reeves (1964) and Salma Hayek (1966, she’s 50 today♥). Those who died on this day include Henri Rousseau (1910), Sergeant Alvin C. York (1964), J. R. R. Tolkien (1973), and geneticist Barbara McClintock (1992). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili went partway down the hill to the river and then began meowing loudly and piteously. Apparently nothing was wrong, so what was she doing?

A: Why are you meowing in the valley, you miserable soul?
Hili: I meow therefore I am.
In Polish:
Ja: Czemu piszczysz duszo nieszczęśliwa w dolinie?
Hili: Piszczę więc jestem.
Leon has returned home to Wloclawek, as his staff have to teach school. He’s looking forward to a move to his new home by Christmas, and practicing his mousing:

Leon: I’m starting the September hunt.



  1. Posted September 2, 2016 at 7:15 am | Permalink

    Hili, with that meowing and the direct stare into A’s eyes, was trying to say something more practical than a philosophical clunker.

  2. DrBrydon
    Posted September 2, 2016 at 8:15 am | Permalink

    Love that picture of Leon.

  3. bluemaas
    Posted September 2, 2016 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    02 September y1945: “The surrender of Japan was … … formally signed on September 2, 1945, bringing the hostilities of World War II to a close.” of

    from after the formal 15 August y1945 radio broadcast of Japan’s surrender

    from after, of course, 06 and 09 August y1945, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, respectively.


  4. Darren Garrison
    Posted September 2, 2016 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    This seems like as good a post as any to add this.

    PCC, I’m wondering if you’ve seen this comic yet? It is apparently 7 months old, but it is new to me, at least.

    • Heather Hastie
      Posted September 2, 2016 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

      Love it! 😀

  5. Ken Kukec
    Posted September 2, 2016 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

    And so we beat on, boats against the current, borne ceaselessly towards death.

    And somewhere Jay Gatsby stares out at the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock.

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