Sunday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

Good morning! It’s Sunday, January 29, 2017, with a light snowfall (about ½”) predicted for Chicago today. I woke up to find the country in pandemonium over Trump’s misguided executive orders about visas and immigration (see next post). It’s National Corn Chip Day in the U.S., and, in Kansas, it’s “Kansas Day” (any Jayhawkers celebrating?)

On this day in 1936. the first players inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame were announced. They were Babe Ruth, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, Ty Cobb, and Honus Wagner: a worthy list! In 1963, the first inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame were also announced, but I can’t be arsed to name them, as I’m not a fan of American football. On this day in 1967, the Mantra-Rock Dance, featuring Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, and Allen Ginsburg, was held in San Francisco’s Avalon ballroom; it was one of the highlights of the hippie era. Remember posters like these? (This one was by Harvey Cohen.)


On this day in 2009, our sleazy Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich was removed from office after conviction on charges of corruption. He’s still in the pen.

Notables born on this day include W. C. Fields (1880), physicist Abdus Salam (1926; Nobel Laureate), Germaine Greer (1939), Katharine Ross (1940; The Graduate, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), Tom Selleck (1945), Oprah Winfrey (1954), and Heather Graham (Rollergirl, 1970). Those who died on this day include Edward Lear (1888), Fritz Haber (1934, Nobel Laureate), H. L. Mencken (1956), Robert Frost (1963), Jimmy Durante (1980), and Rod McKuen (2015). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is, as usual, obsessed with her noms. Given that Malgorzata and Andrzej are still ill, spending much of the time in bed (they’re slowly recovering from a nasty virus), Hili’s hopes should not be high:

Hili: It’s time to carry out an inspection of the pantry.
A: There is nothing there for you.
Hili: Maybe something has come.
In Polish:
Hili: Czas na inspekcję w spiżarni.
Ja: Tam nic dla ciebie nie ma.
Hili: Może przyszło.

Reader Robin Cornwell contributed a cartoon of two of her beasts: her d*g Kali and her black cat Jerry Phoolendu, whose first name comes from me and whose last name is the Hindu god of the full moon. Kali, a Portuguese water dog, is in fact a cousin of President Obama’s dog Bo: Bo’s mother and Kali’s father were brother and sister. Robin adds this about the breed:

Portuguese Water Dogs – PWD – are a very old breed.  Like Border Collies, they are working dogs and thus they need something to do.  They have webbed feet, and were bred to help with fishing.

Jerry and Kali are BFFs, and constantly hang around together. Here they are discussing President Donald, whom, like their staff, they despise. This could be considered a “Jerry dialogue”!


Finally, Leon is off on another hiking trip to the mountains:

Leon: This road is monotonous: just the snow and the sun.


  1. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted January 29, 2017 at 7:02 am | Permalink

    “[…] Trump’s misguided executive orders about visas and immigration (see next post).”

    I slept better last night – not great, but better. Thank you PCC(E).

  2. Randall Schenck
    Posted January 29, 2017 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    Leon is the well traveled cat.
    Love that W.C. Fields – get away kid, you bother me.

  3. rickflick
    Posted January 29, 2017 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    The new president doesn’t have and pets?

    Not ever goldfish?

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted January 29, 2017 at 10:02 am | Permalink

      @reckflick. News reports doing the rounds before xmas suggested that the Trump PetOTUS might be a goldendoodle named Patton [after the general].

      It is certain Trump WILL have a pet soon because it’s more column inches for the greatest narcissist of the Western World. Perhaps there’s a delay while he checks the goldendoodle isn’t of foreign extraction…

      • gravelinspector-Aidan
        Posted January 31, 2017 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

        It is certain Trump WILL have a pet soon because it’s more column inches for the greatest narcissist of the Western World.

        But wouldn’t PresPoodle (or whatever) distract some attention from the smallness of the presidential hands. And that can’t be allowed to happen. No pets for Smallhands.

        Perhaps there’s a delay while he checks the goldendoodle isn’t of foreign extraction…

        From the genetic and anatomical evidence (definitely discussed here, repeatedly), dogs evolved (or were bred) from wolves somewhere around 25 to 30 kyr ago. Even the most ardent of “early settlement of America” proponents do not put the first humans in the western hemisphere that early, therefore this event must have happened in the “Old World”, and most likely in what is now Siberia. Therefore all d*gs are at least immigrants, and quite possibly of Russian extraction.
        Actually, that is probably not that much of a problem for Smallhands.
        I wonder … are the timings compatible with d*gs being an alien invention? Specifically, a Denisovan invention. Y’know, I think that might work. Would explain the cat-people / d*g-people dichotomy.

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted January 29, 2017 at 11:27 am | Permalink

      Narcissists are often horrible pet owners (perhaps Putin is an exception). I hope he doesn’t get one.

  4. Teresa Carson
    Posted January 29, 2017 at 11:46 am | Permalink

    Not a Jayhawk, but I live in the land of the Jayhawk. Everyone is celebrating the Jayhawks’ defeat of Kentucky on their home court yesterday. Basketball is a religion here. Our infamous governor will definitely not be leading any Kansas Day celebrations in Lawrence. I don’t think he has visited us since he was booed at a basketball game broadcast on national TV. He knows he is unwelcome here.

  5. busterggi
    Posted January 29, 2017 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    Its possible to use children as business fronts, pets not so much.

  6. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted January 29, 2017 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    Katherine Ross is still doing some decent film work now and then.
    She’s terrific as the psychiatrist in Donnie Darko.

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