Tuesday: Hili dialogue

It’s Tuesday, September 6, 2016, and it’s Coffee Ice Cream Day. (What I have at home is Breyer’s Salted Caramel ice cream, which I’d recommend.) And get ready, for tomorrow is National Beer Lover’s Day; the apostrophe’s position apparently means that we’re celebrating only a single beer lover. Who is that?

On this day in 1522, Magellan’s ship The Victoria returned to Spain, becoming the first ship to have sailed around the world.  In 1901, the anarchist Leon Czolgosz shot U.S. President William McKinley in New York; McKinley died of an infection eight days later (Czolgosz was convicted and electrocuted). And on September 6, 1972, 9 Israeli athletes were killed by Palestinian terrorists at the Munich Olympics. Two others had been killed the previous day. Notables born on this day include Jane Addams (1860) and Jane Curtin (1947). Those who died on this day include, besides the 9 Israeli athletes, Sully Prudhomme (1907) and Ernest Tubb (1984). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is impatient to go home after her walkies (note that Cyrus, who can’t get through the gate, is carrying his ball).

Hili: I’ve been waiting and waiting for you.
A: I know, you’ve been there for five seconds already.
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In Polish:
Hili: Czekam na was i czekam.
Ja: Wiem, jesteś tu już od pięciu sekund.
As lagniappe, here are two pictures of Robin Cornwell’s black cat Jerry; in the second photo he’s playing with his BFF, the d*g Kali:
And why is Facebook putting this at the top of my page?
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  1. Jiten
    Posted September 6, 2016 at 6:48 am | Permalink

    You’re good on apostrophes and I’m good on me v I 😉 (Or so I like to think. I’m always open for learning via correction).

  2. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted September 6, 2016 at 6:58 am | Permalink

    “Who is that?”

    Michael Jackson

  3. Dominic
    Posted September 6, 2016 at 6:58 am | Permalink

    Poor Matthew is getting a bit het up on twi*ter over the poverty of celebrations of John Dalton’s 250th birthday –


  4. darrelle
    Posted September 6, 2016 at 7:05 am | Permalink

    Cyrus looks very happy in that picture.

    • dorcheat
      Posted September 6, 2016 at 10:15 am | Permalink

      Cyrus personification mode on: Perhaps he is amused by Hili grooming her posterior.

    • Heather Hastie
      Posted September 6, 2016 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

      He’s a dog with a ball. Of course he’s happy!😀

  5. John Hunt
    Posted September 6, 2016 at 7:45 am | Permalink

    I’m the beer lover in question. In honor of my day, please send Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Rasputin. Cheers!

    • Jenny Haniver
      Posted September 6, 2016 at 10:32 am | Permalink

      This beer sounds interesting and potent, but seems to be in limited distribution. Does quaffing it make one almost impervious to assassination attempts? Any danger of turning into a crazed, vaticinating mystic or growing a beard (I’m female)? And any etymological relation between vaticinate and Vatican?

      • JohnnieCanuck
        Posted September 6, 2016 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

        Apparently no relation. Vaticanus is the name of the hill where the Pontiff presides. As I expect you already know, to vaticinate is to prophesy.

        • Jenny Hamiver
          Posted September 6, 2016 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

          Thanks. You’ve prompted me to look further, and I find a possible Etruscan origin. I know next to nothing much about Roman history and culture and absolutely nothing about Etruscan and history, mythology, and language, but I wonder I wonder if in antiquity thee might have been some oracle associated with the hill,and the name of the hill might have come to name the act of prophecying, as well as becoming the name of the place where the pope resides . That sort of thing does happen; but then I ain’t no linguist either, so am probably spinning nonsense. Probably no relation. Nonetheless, for me the etymological mystery deepens.

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