Sunday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

It’s Sunday, November 20, and that means it’s National Peanut Butter Fudge Day. I must admit I like that confection, but it’s far inferior to maple-walnut fudge, which itself is inferior to a good chocolate fudge (very different from what they call “fudge” in the UK). It’s also Universal Children’s Day and the anniversary of the wedding of Queen Elizabeth and The Duke of Edinburgh.

On this day in history, Beethoven’s opera “Fidelio” premiered in Vienna (1805), the Nürnberg trials began in Germany (1945), the Cuban missile crisis ended in 1962 (I well remember the fear I felt when my Army-officer father told our family, at its beginning, that he may have to deploy elsewhere; war was a very real possibility then), and Microsoft Windows 1.0 was released in 1985.

Notables born on this day include Robert F. Kennedy (1925), Dick Smothers (1939), and Bo Derek (1956; she’s 60 today). Those who died on this day include Leo Tolstoy (1910) and Robert Altman (2006). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is frustrated with the weather. Look at that face!

Hili: It’s raining.
A: I see.
Hili: But it’s raining harder and harder.


In Polish:
Hili: Deszcz pada.
Ja: Widzę.
Hili: Ale on pada coraz mocniej.

In nearby Wloclawek, the Dark Tabby is in a conundrum:

Leon: To get up or not to get up; that is the question.


And a lovely tw**t from Life On Earth (sent by Grania); I am SO jealous of the keeper:

Finally, reader James Blilie from Minnesota sent a short video taken from his home:

About 45 minutes of a recent sunset compressed into about 5 seconds. 30-second period for each frame. Taken from our back deck.


  1. Randall Schenck
    Posted November 20, 2016 at 8:06 am | Permalink

    While your father was anticipating deployment our family was experiencing what the military would call PCS, only the civilian version to another state. But that was another time.

  2. Posted November 20, 2016 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    I have missed the Ceiling Cat.

  3. rickflick
    Posted November 20, 2016 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    The baby giraffe has impossibly large eyes.

  4. Ken Kukec
    Posted November 20, 2016 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    “Fidelio” — lovely Ludwig van’s onliest opera, as far as I know; also, the password to the aristocrats’ orgy in Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut.

    (A regular fount of useless information, I am.)

    • Diane G.
      Posted November 20, 2016 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

      But most enjoyably so! 🙂

  5. Gregory Kusnick
    Posted November 20, 2016 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

    I see Jerry is a gustatory realist. There may not be any such thing as objective moral truth, but by golly there’s an objective ranking of fudge flavors.

  6. Diane G.
    Posted November 20, 2016 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

    Cool vid, jblilie! Interesting how the sky progressively darkens but the band of light at the horizon hardly changes at all over that time period.

    (Took 2 or 3 views before I really looked at anything but the clouds. 😉 )

    • ploubere
      Posted November 27, 2016 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

      Yes, nice, I love time-lapse videos of the sky.

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