Wednesday: Hili dialogue

Good morning on September 7, 2016. The sun is rising now, with the red sky that’s said to predict a storm. But we won’t have one. Yesterday it was 93°F (34°C), but today the temperature will get to only 90°F (32°C). In other words, it’s hotter than a Szechuanese lunch. As I mentioned yesterday, today is National Beer Lover’s Day (note: the apostrophe shows that only a single beer lover is fêted), and, to go along with that, it’s also National Salami Day.

On this day in history, the infamous Mountain Meadows Massacre began in 1857, during which, over four days, Mormons massacred 120 members of a wagon train, trying to make it look like an attack by Native Americans.  That ruse didn’t work, and although many Mormons were involved, only one was convicted—and executed.  And, on September 7, 1940, the Blitz began in London, with the Luftwaffe pounding the capital.

Notables born on September 7 include Grandma Moses (1860; she lived until 1961), Buddy Holly (1936), and Chrissie Hynde (1951♥). Those who died on this day include Karen Blixen (Isak Dinisen; 1962) and Keith Moon (1978). Blixen’s Out of Africa contains some of the finest prose ever written in English—and English was not her native language.

“I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills. The Equator runs across these highlands, a hundred miles to the North, and the farm lay at an altitude of over six thousand feet. In the day-time you felt that you had got high up, near to the sun, but the early mornings and evenings were limpid and restful, and the nights were cold.”

Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is too occupied for truth-seeking:

A: Do you want to know the truth?
Hili: May I get to know it a bit later?
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In Polish:
Ja: Hili, czy chcesz poznać prawdę?
Hili: A czy mogę ją poznać troszkę później?
And out in Winnipeg, Gus gets a good licking.
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16 Comments

  1. Dominic
    Posted September 7, 2016 at 6:39 am | Permalink

    Not as hot in London but very very humid & may reach 27 C this arvo… 😦

    • Dominic
      Posted September 7, 2016 at 6:42 am | Permalink

      “some of the finest prose ever written in English—and English was not her native language” – never read her but similarly Conrad is very highly regarded for his prose, also a non-native speaker… can anyone name other non-native writers who wrote well in another language?

      • James Walker
        Posted September 7, 2016 at 6:51 am | Permalink

        Vladimir Nabokov, whose first language was Russian, wrote exquisite English.

        • Posted September 7, 2016 at 7:28 am | Permalink

          Nabokov wrote amazing prose. He was an absolute master.

        • jaxkayaker
          Posted September 7, 2016 at 10:56 am | Permalink

          In addition to his mastery of English, Nabokov was an expert lepidopterist.

      • E.A. Blair
        Posted September 7, 2016 at 7:41 am | Permalink

        Robert van Gulik, of the Dutch diplomatic service, wrote the Judge Dee mysteries in English and also translated many works from Chinese and Japanese into both English and Dutch. Although his prose is not up to the caliber of Blixen or Conrad, it’s still an impressive feat when you consider his fluency in at least three non-native languages.

  2. Lurker111
    Posted September 7, 2016 at 6:47 am | Permalink

    Buddy Holly, 1936 (slip o’ the old keyboard position, methinks).

    Was supposed to be dry all week in Richmond, Va.–had a surprise rainstorm about 7 a.m. and the cat came in soaked, and the newspaper was soaked. Then, after the storm was all over, there was one clap of thunder–just one–a parting laugh from the elements.

  3. rickflick
    Posted September 7, 2016 at 7:21 am | Permalink

    “Mormons massacred 120”

    Stunning to think of it. Not very Christian of them was it. Or aren’t they Christian?

    • E.A. Blair
      Posted September 7, 2016 at 7:43 am | Permalink

      That depends on which Christian cult you ask.

  4. Randall Schenck
    Posted September 7, 2016 at 8:08 am | Permalink

    Cats can certainly help to eliminate stress.

  5. jt512
    Posted September 7, 2016 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    [T]oday is National Beer Lover’s Day (note: the apostrophe shows that only a single beer lover is fêted)….

    It’s me, I’m pretty sure.

    • Sabine
      Posted September 7, 2016 at 10:29 am | Permalink

      Too funny

  6. Teresa Carson
    Posted September 7, 2016 at 9:05 am | Permalink

    Thank you for the Isak Dinisen quote. I did not live in the Ngong Hills, but I lived in the White Highlands very close to the equator — we crossed it when we went into town for supplies. So many memories.

  7. Sabine
    Posted September 7, 2016 at 10:28 am | Permalink

    My favorite Hili post ever! I feel that way every day😊

  8. bluemaas
    Posted September 7, 2016 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    The 67th today of Jersey’s Darling, Ms Gloria Gaynor, of http://www.gloriagaynor.com and my utterly most favored of hers http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBR2G-iI3-I = “I Will Survive” written by Mr Freddie Perren and Mr Dino Fekaris.

    Blue


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