Friday: Hili Dialogue

by Grania

Jerry reports that he has made it to his destination and is having a good time with his kind hosts in Singapore.

Today is the day that Elvis Presley got a polio vaccination on TV back in 1956 which some credit with getting vaccination levels for this disease to soar from nothing to almost 80% in 6 months.


No normal person looks this happy getting jabbed.

Back in 1929, today was Black Monday when Wall Street Markets began to crash which, depending on which economist you speak to, may or may not have plunged the US into the Great Depression.

Here in Cork, Ireland, 28 October always means the start of the Jazz Festival—my favorite long weekend of the year, when the city is crammed to the brim with good music and happy revellers.

Here’s the Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet to get you in the mood.

And over in Poland, Hili is using her Big Words.

Hili: Wherever you look, apoptosis.
A: Just until spring.


In Polish:

Hili: Gdzie nie spojrzeć, apoptoza.
Ja: Byle do wiosny.


  1. Posted October 28, 2016 at 6:50 am | Permalink

    Have fun in Lion City, Jerry! I loved it there!

  2. somer
    Posted October 28, 2016 at 6:54 am | Permalink

    Thank you, Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet are brilliant!

    • Kevin
      Posted October 28, 2016 at 10:11 am | Permalink

      Fantastic. I could listen to that all day. Reminds me of Milt Jackson.

    • Larry
      Posted October 28, 2016 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

      Yes, good stuff.

  3. rickflick
    Posted October 28, 2016 at 7:14 am | Permalink

    To reinforce the US immunization rate (against deniers), Hili should roll up her sleeve.

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted October 28, 2016 at 9:23 am | Permalink

      Toon comment FTW [Fur The Win]

  4. mordacious1
    Posted October 28, 2016 at 8:29 am | Permalink

    So that’s what killed Elvis.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted October 28, 2016 at 8:35 am | Permalink

      He’s dead? I thought he was in a Nazi B-52 bomber on the Moon.

      • Heather Hastie
        Posted October 28, 2016 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

        Have neither of you read Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy? 🙂

        • Larry
          Posted October 28, 2016 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

          Did Elvis write it?

          • Heather Hastie
            Posted October 28, 2016 at 11:56 pm | Permalink

            He was in it – singing in a bat that Ford and Arthur went to. Off the top of my head I think it was the fourth book, but I’m not sure.

  5. Jenny Haniver
    Posted October 28, 2016 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    Hili looks suspiciously like she’s contemplating another extended expedition into the hinterlands; and judging from a recent report, rain doesn’t deter her from getting out and about. She could be equipped with a cat parka,but she doesn’t seem to be the kind who’d countenance being encumbered with such frou-frou paraphernalia.

  6. Richard Jones
    Posted October 28, 2016 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    Captain James Cook, extraordinary navigator, was born on this day in 1728.

  7. Hempenstein
    Posted October 28, 2016 at 10:53 am | Permalink

    Good to see you hedging on Black Monday being solely at fault for the Depression. Herbert Hoover was of the opinion that one economist @ U Pittsburgh (forgotten name) came closer to getting it right than anyone else. Apparently things started to recover twice during his administration, but a major foreign debt crisis sent things back the other way, and then there was a banking crisis that the Democrats were only too happy to pour oil onto, both before and after the election.

  8. CJColucci
    Posted October 28, 2016 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    Someone ought to put together an all-Marsalis jazz band, send them on a tour, and put out an album.

  9. Andrew
    Posted October 28, 2016 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

    Hi Jerry. I just want you to know that I purchased your book Faith vs Fact today from my local book store and am very excited about reading it!

  10. nicky
    Posted October 28, 2016 at 11:59 pm | Permalink

    Never liked Elvis and his sycophantic films. However, I was unaware of his promoting vaccination. He definitely goes up a few steps in my esteem.
    Yes, I know this was before the Wakefield lies, but still. Antivax is one of my pet peeves.

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