Sunday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

As November draws to a close, we find ourselves at November 27, 2016: National Bavarian Cream Pie Day. And I have no idea what such a pie even is. If you have one, or even know what it is, weigh in below. It’s also Native American Heritage Day, so it behooves us to remember the protest at Standing Rock against the Dakota Access Pipeline, where—shades of the civil rights struggles of the Sixties—peaceful demonstrators are being sprayed (in frigid weather) with fire hoses.

On this day in 1924, the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was held, and now the Felix the Cat balloon has returned! And ten years ago on this day, the Canadian House of Commons approved a motion recognizing Quebec as a nation within Canada. If you’re Canadian, tell us what you think about this. I know Canadians are deeply divided on the issue.

Notables born on this day include Chaim Weizmann (1874), Gail Sheehy (1937), Jimi Hendrix (1942), Bill Nye (1955), and Carolyn Kennedy (1957, the only remaining member of that ill-fated nuclear family). Here’s Hendrix’s famous rendition of the Star Spangled Banner at Woodstock:

Notables who died on this day include Baby Face Nelson (1934) and Harvey Milk (1978, murdered). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Ms. Hili is solipsistic, but of course that’s synonymous with “cat.”

A: Where is the most important thing hiding?
Hili: Here, just behind your back.
In Polish:
Ja: Gdzie się ukrywa to, co najważniejsze?
Hili: Tu, za twoimi plecami.


And in nearby Wloclawek, Leon is making a final check before bedtime.

Leon: I checked it. There are no spiders here either.



  1. Randall Schenck
    Posted November 27, 2016 at 6:49 am | Permalink

    Two very nice cats. I am distracted by the final race of the season in formula one which is about to start.

  2. Linda Calhoun
    Posted November 27, 2016 at 6:55 am | Permalink

    Bavarian cream pie – think Boston cream pie with piecrust instead of the cake. L

  3. Robin
    Posted November 27, 2016 at 8:15 am | Permalink

    Bavarian Cream is on its own wonderful (like a mousse). Americans, being who we are, put everything into pies…. hence, Bavarian Cream pie was born when Bavarian Cream was used to fill a baked pie crust and then smothered in either a merengue or whip cream.

  4. rickflick
    Posted November 27, 2016 at 8:41 am | Permalink

    On Quebec, I had a brief experience back in 1964. I worked for the summer as a laborer on a large energy project in Arvida where my uncle was an engineer. Most of the workers around me were local French speakers and I tried to improve my language skills during my brief time there. We got along great. We were all good friends.
    Once I was being driven home by one of the English managers and he informed me that I and the other few English in the group would get a raise in wages – but don’t tell the “Frogs” (the disparaging term used for the French workers), they won’t get more money.
    I was pretty much stunned to hear this. I had no idea such prejudice existed. Now I can see the reason for the independence movement in Quebec.

  5. jwthomas
    Posted November 27, 2016 at 8:42 am | Permalink

    Instead of “remembering” the Standing Rock resisters as latte liberals tend to do these days how about giving them some concrete support? Here’s the Standing Rock Wish List on Amazon:

    This occupation is among the earliest push backs against forces that will soon become dominant during the Trump Thousand Year Reich.

    • Filippo
      Posted November 27, 2016 at 8:59 am | Permalink

      I’m contemplating whether and how Standing Rock reasonably compares to the kerfuffle in Hawaii about the proposed telescope.

  6. Diana MacPherson
    Posted November 27, 2016 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    Quebec being its own nation is a bit of a slap in the face to aboriginals who are all standing there going, “really?”. 😀

    What I think would be more unifying is 1) continue with the bilingualism started under Trudeau (PET) in the 70s. That means in schools – more French, more immersion. Also, fund adult classes that teach French properly (no crappy classes) 2) Get rid of the Queen. What French Canadian wants a reminder of the Plains of Abraham every time he/she spends money?

    • Posted November 27, 2016 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

      Good suggestions. Access to proper French classes is seriously lacking, even within Quebec.

  7. Gregory Kusnick
    Posted November 27, 2016 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    Today’s birthday is that of JFK’s daughter Caroline (with a long i).

    Carolyn Kennedy was JFK Jr’s wife (born Jan 7).

  8. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted November 27, 2016 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    Both SF Supervisor Harvey Milk and the SF Mayor Moscone were killed by Dan White on this day.
    Moscone had refused to reappoint White the Board of Supervisors, and Milk had lobbied heavily against his reappointment. White killed Moscone first and Milk second.

    Although San Francisco is the gay Mecca of the world, a lot of SFers believe undue greater national attention was paid to Milk because he was gay and thus mis a gay martyr. Moscone was straight.

    Moscone’s son (who unlike his father IS gay) wrote a terrific play about his Dad called “Ghost Light” in the wake of the movie “Milk” which drew large audiences here.

    As WikiPedia reports “Moscone Center, San Francisco’s largest convention center and exhibition hall, and Moscone Recreation Center are named in his honor. Moscone and Milk also have schools named after them: George Moscone Elementary, Harvey Milk Elementary and Harvey Milk High School.”

    (And while on the subject, White’s consumption of Twinkies was presented as a symptom, not a cause of his diminished capacity.)

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