Wednesday: Hili dialogue

Good morning. It’s cold in Chicago: a balmy 9°F (-13°C), and predicted to stay that way or even get chillier. It’s December 14, 2016, and only 11 shopping days left for Christmas (Professor Ceiling Cat [Emeritus] will, as usual, get bupkes). In the U.S. it’s both National Biscuits and Gravy Day (an estimable dish when prepared right, and National Bouillabaisse Day.It’s also International Monkey Day, so be good to your primate, treat it well, and don’t spank it.

On this day in 1542, Mary Stuart became Mary, Queen of Scots, and reigned for 24 years, until she abdicated and was apprehended in England, executed at age 44. She was said to be 5 feet eleven inches tall, a remarkable height for a woman of that day. On December 14, 1900, Max Planck presented his derivation of the law of black-body radiation, initiating the era of quantum mechanics in physics. In this day in 1911, Roald Amunsen and his team became the first humans to reach the South Pole. In 1972, Eugene Cernan became the last person to walk on the Moon (the Apollo 17 mission). And only four years ago, the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting took the lives of 26 people, including shooter Adam Lanza.

Notables born on this day include Tycho Brahe (1546), Jimmy Doolittle (1896), Raj Kapoor (1924), and Jane Birkin (1946). Those who died on this day include Louis Agassiz (1873), George Gipp (1920; source of Ronald Reagan’s phrase “Win one for the Gipper”), Walter Lippmann (1974), Roger Maris (1985), Myrna Loy (1993 ♥), Peter O’Toole (2013), and Bess Myerson, the first Jewish Miss America (2014). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, it’s a Big Anniversary for Hili, and in celebration she establishes that she’s both a gourmet and a gourmand (in my view they should be the same: if you like food, you should like a lot of it):

Hili: As of today it’s been three years since I became editor-in-chief of “Listy”. It’s time for a bonus.
A: What do you prefer: a salmon or boar pate?
Hili: It doesn’t matter as long as there is plenty of it.
In Polish:
Hili: Dziś mijają trzy lata jak jestem naczelną “Listów”, pora na jakąś premię.
Ja: Wolisz łososia, czy pasztet z dzika?
Hili: Wszystko jedno, byle dużo.


Out in frigid Winnipeg, Gus briefly visited the bird feeder and then walked home in his staff’s footprings. There is a video below as well as a photo; notes are from Taskin, half of Gus’s staff:

I know I’ve sent video of Gus hopping in snow footprints before, I don’t get tired of it. I carried him out to fill the bird feeders and let him run home from there.



Video, with Gus carefully hopping in the footprints:


  1. darrelle
    Posted December 14, 2016 at 7:12 am | Permalink

    “The accomplice to the crime of corruption is frequently our own indifference.”

    Bess Myerson

  2. Heather Hastie
    Posted December 14, 2016 at 7:26 am | Permalink

    Congratulations Hili! You’re looking very well for all that time in such a big job. You must have wonderful staff in Malgorzata and Andrzej. 🙂

  3. busterggi
    Posted December 14, 2016 at 7:27 am | Permalink

    “A: What do you prefer: a salmon or boar pate?
    Hili: It doesn’t matter as long as there is plenty of it.”

    Now that is a reasonable cat.

  4. Erp
    Posted December 14, 2016 at 7:53 am | Permalink

    It is useful to point out there is some 20 years between Mary Queen of Scots being forced to abdicate and her execution. She was 6 days old when she became queen.

  5. Randall Schenck
    Posted December 14, 2016 at 7:58 am | Permalink

    The story of Amunsen vs Scott is one of the best explorer stories ever. Lots to learn about cold weather as well.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted December 15, 2016 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

      Scott died with his men. Shackleton brought every one of his men back, though not the cat.

      • busterggi
        Posted December 16, 2016 at 7:53 am | Permalink

        Shackelton had poor priorities.

  6. Mike
    Posted December 14, 2016 at 8:24 am | Permalink

    She was ill treated by Elizabeth but she did conspire to have her deposed, but she couldn’t have done anything else ,neither could Elizabeth when she had her decapitated. Its a great get out clause ; The Laws of Physics did it . They auctioned off her Death Mask,her Ruby Ring and her Casket for a couple of Million a few years ago.

  7. dabertini
    Posted December 14, 2016 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    “Professor Ceiling Cat [Emeritus] will, as usual, get bupkes”

    Something tells me that this cannot be so.

  8. Posted December 14, 2016 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    I never get tired of that clip of Gus hopping from footprint to footprint.

  9. Dominic
    Posted December 14, 2016 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    No mention of the ‘all wrong’ Google Doodle for Amundsen (you missed the ‘d’!) 🙂

    • Diane G.
      Posted December 17, 2016 at 1:45 am | Permalink

      Interesting link, thanks!

  10. Alpha Neil
    Posted December 14, 2016 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    “don’t spank it.”
    Somewhere, Beavis and Butthead are very amused. As am I.

    • Posted December 14, 2016 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

      Or shock it.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted December 15, 2016 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

      Rule 34!

  11. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted December 14, 2016 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    I’m reasonably certain the phrase “win one for the gipper” is from the film about him and Knute Rockne “Knute Rockne, All American”. I don’t think it was actually said by George Gipp (played by Reagan in the film).

    (It’s one of the very few high-profile and acclaimed films in which Reagan appeared. “King’s Row” and “The Killers” would be the other two.)

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