Tuesday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

Good morning on the last day of January (the 31st), 2017! It’s a Tuesday, the cruelest day, but take a restorative, as it’s also National Hot Chocolate Day. (I sometimes throw a bit of cocoa powder into my morning latte to make it a bit mocha-ish.) In Austria it’s Street Children’s Day, calling attention to homeless kids.

On this day in 1606, Guy Fawkes was executed for the Gunpowder Plot and, in 1801, John Marshall was appointed as the first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. (Trump was supposed to name his replacement choice for Scalia last night, but I don’t see that in the news. What we have [see next post] is a Monday Night Massacre.) On January 31, 1865, the U.S. Congress passed the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery; it was later ratified by the states.  In 1930, the 3M Company began making Scotch tape (why is is called that?), and, exactly 20 years later, President Truman announced the U.S. program to build a hydrogen bomb. Finally, on this day in 2010, Avatar became the first film to make over two billion dollars in worldwide net profit; I still haven’t seen it. (I am not an avid fan of futuristic and sci-fi movies.)

Notables born on this day include Franz Schubert (1797), Eddie Cantor (1892), Tallulah Bankhead (1902), Jackie Robinson (1919), Ernie Banks (1931), Philip Glass and Suzanne Pleshette (both 1937), Nolan Ryan (1947), and Peter Sagal (1965). Those who died on this day include John Galsworthy (1933), A. A. Milne (1936; Eeyore is my favorite character), Meher Baba (1969), and Molly Ivins (2007).  Here’s Eeyore with his famous pink tail bow:


Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is contemplating a wooden cat sculpture in the wall beside Malgorzata’s desk; she appears to decry the objectification of the felid:

Hili: What happened to this cat?
A: Why do you ask?
Hili: It looks as if someone has idealized it.
In Polish:
Hili: Co się stało temu kotu?
Ja: Czemu pytasz?
Hili: Wygląda jakby go ktoś idealizował.

Meanwhile, Leon and his staff are on another hiking trip in the Polish mountains, and Leon is having trouble navigating the stairs of their lodgings:

Leon: I’m now mixed up from all this running: now, up or down?


In western Canada, the snow has been relentless, and Gus doesn’t like it:

Gus: Not more snow!


And this came from  reader Jerry P., who, after recounting the sad death of two of his earlier cats, sent a picture of the one he has now, with the caption, “And below, our cat Bombadil…. Just because we love our cats like nothing else….”


As a special treat, enjoy this baby pig eating pineapple:


  1. finknottle
    Posted January 31, 2017 at 6:48 am | Permalink

    Nolan Ryan was born in ’47

  2. darrelle
    Posted January 31, 2017 at 7:08 am | Permalink

    An excellent day to be Hot Chocolate Day. I actually had to scrape ice off of my windshield this morning. That’s a very rare thing here.

    I heard that the acting Attorney General instructed the Justice Department to follow Trump’s EO regarding immigration. I don’t know how accurate that is, have to look into this morning if I get a chance.

    I thought Avatar was a visually stunning experience. Unfortunately the story was rather cookie-cutter. All common themes done in a very basic way. But, I think it is worth seeing on the big screen at least once just for the visual experience.

    Nice to see some happy kittehs this morning. Our Coco Chanel was crazy frisky this morning, due too the cold snap we’ve had I think. She was tearing all over the house leaping tall things. I gave her yet another nickname, “The Chocolate Rocket.”

    • darrelle
      Posted January 31, 2017 at 7:11 am | Permalink

      Shoot. I forgot a very important word.

      “I heard that the acting Attorney General instructed the Justice Department to NOT follow Trump’s EO regarding immigration.”

      • Marilee Lovit
        Posted January 31, 2017 at 7:20 am | Permalink

        I definitely admire her for that. Sally Q. Yates gives me hope.

  3. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted January 31, 2017 at 7:13 am | Permalink

    The ultimate day

  4. Christopher
    Posted January 31, 2017 at 7:24 am | Permalink

    If you’ve seen any of the most well-known westerns, then you’ve seen Avatar. Just replace wagons with spaceships, horses with weird alien animals, all the cowboys with space marines, and paint the indians blue. i couldn’t watch the whole thing, it was so dull and it hasn’t aged well at all. It looks like a bad live-action cartoon mash-up. You haven’t missed anything.

    • rickflick
      Posted January 31, 2017 at 7:45 am | Permalink

      Thanks for the tip.

  5. rickflick
    Posted January 31, 2017 at 7:44 am | Permalink

    Why does that little piggy remind me of the fat cats of Wall Street? Only cuter.

    Schubert – 4 Impromptus


  6. mordacious1
    Posted January 31, 2017 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    I believe Marshall was the fourth chief justice of the Supreme Court, John Jay was the first.

  7. Monika
    Posted January 31, 2017 at 7:48 am | Permalink

    It’s an excelent day to be born! *shameless plug* Because I was born today! 😉

    • Randall Schenck
      Posted January 31, 2017 at 7:55 am | Permalink

      A great day. You will never be younger so enjoy it.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted January 31, 2017 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

      And you learned to read and type in barely 7 hours! Impressed.

  8. jaxkayaker
    Posted January 31, 2017 at 8:28 am | Permalink

    I recommend adding a bit of cinnamon to hot chocolate.

    • Jenny Haniver
      Posted January 31, 2017 at 10:24 am | Permalink

      And a dash of cayenne.

  9. Michael Fisher
    Posted January 31, 2017 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    According to the below link the brand name “Scotch” has roots in the notion that the Scots are misers: http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2014/12/scotch-tape-invented-scottish/

    QUOTE: …When Drew and 3M began allowing car painters to test the new Scotch Brand Masking Tape, one painter supposedly complained about the lack of adhesive on the tape. One version of the story claims that the painter asked “Why so Scotch with the adhesive?” Another version states that the painter said “Take this back to your Scotch bosses and tell them to put more adhesive on it.”

    Whatever the case, in the 1920s, the term “Scotch” was a racial slang term that meant something or someone that was cheap or stingy. Based on the feedback, Drew applied more adhesive to the tape and ultimately branded the tape with the pejorative “stingy” name of “Scotch”

  10. Taz
    Posted January 31, 2017 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    And below, our cat Bombadil

    I assume it’s a tom?

    • darrelle
      Posted January 31, 2017 at 9:42 am | Permalink

      Can he run in the rain without getting wet?

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted January 31, 2017 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

      Picks arguments with willow trees?

  11. Posted January 31, 2017 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    I tried to watch Avatar, the 3-D version. I grew increasingly sick as the “camera” angle swung from side to side for no particular reason except to show the 3-D nature of the film. Soon I was in the restroom throwing up.

    Turns out that if you have cataracts, 3-D films can be nauseating. Wish I’d known.

    Even before this, I was annoyed by filter-feeding animals familiar from the ocean but living in air in the film. I figured it was the kind of film you watch for the special effects rather than the plot (like the Jurassic Park series) but I’ll never personally know.

  12. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted January 31, 2017 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    Although I am a moderate so-so lukewarn science-fiction fan, I must concede the adage that “Nothing dates so quickly as people’s ideas of the future”. And the adage that in every science-fiction novel or film there is something that is a dead give-away of the era in which it was actually written. (The social attitudes of all the characters in Ray Bradbury’s “The Martian Chronicles” are all thoroughly 1950s although it is set in the years 1999-2020.)

    There are some movies and novels considered “break-out” in the sense of appealing to people to normally don’t like sci-fi, but my intuition tells me that JAC would not even care for “Battlestar Galactica” which has been so labeled.

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted January 31, 2017 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

      I agree with you JonLynnHarvey

      BUT, just for fun, what SF writings in your opinion do a better-than-average job of escaping their era’s concerns, biases & preconceptions?

      I name “Solaris” by the Pole Stanisław Lem [1961] which is a philosophical reflection on our human-centric limitations. The best ever SF IMO including anything/everything by Wells

  13. Jean Hess
    Posted January 31, 2017 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    Can you supply some info about Leon’s staff’s steps?

  14. Dale Franzwa
    Posted January 31, 2017 at 11:23 pm | Permalink

    Trump named his Supreme Court nominee tonight at 8 pm eastern. It’s Gorsuch. I know nothing about him (not even sure if I spelled his name correctly). Pretty sure you’ll be all over this nominee tomorrow.

    • rickflick
      Posted January 31, 2017 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

      He appears to be an originalist, against Row, against assisted dying. He will have to win over some dems to get the OK.

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