Monday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

It’s Monday again: February 27, 2017, and remember that tomorrow is the last day of the month. Today is a double food holiday: National Strawberry Day and National Kahlua Day. It’s also International Polar Bear Day, so give a thought to an animal most likely doomed by global warming.

On this day in 1900, the British Labour Party was founded and, on February 27, 1933, the Reichstag Fire took place in Berlin. The Nazis, who may have set the fire themselves, blamed a Dutch communist, which gave them the excuse to crack down on Germany and solidify their power. On this day in 1940, carbon-14 was discovered by Martin Kamen and Sam Rubin; it proved a valuable way to date more recent organic artifacts, but that took 9 years and the technical expertise of Willard Libby, who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for radiocarbon dating. Finally, on February 27, 1951, the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, limiting American Presidents to two terms in office. (Franklin Roosevelt was elected for four terms.)

Notables born on this day include Hugo Black (1886), Marian Anderson (1897), John Steinbeck (1902), Lawrence Durrell (1912; read his superb Alexandria Quartet), Elizabeth Taylor (1932), and Alan Guth (1947). Those who died on this day include Ivan Pavlov (1936), Frankie Lymon (1968), Konrad Lorenz (1989), Spike Milligan (2002), William F. Buckley, Jr. (2008), and Van Cliburn (2013).  Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, editor Hili is kvetching to Andrzej about the disarray of the newsroom:

Hili: Is it possible that he ever tidies this up?
A: Get thee to a nunnery.
(Photo: Sarah Lawson)
In Polish:
Hili: Czy jest możliwe, że on tu czasem sprząta?
Ja: Idź Ofelio do klasztoru.
(Foto: Sarah Lawson)
 In nearby Wloclawek, the weather has warmed up enough for Leon to start his spring walkies:

Leon: I decided that it finally was warm enough and I deigned to go for a walk.


As lagniappe, we have a special Gus video today, with the Earless White Cat playing the “Mouse Game” with staff Taskin. Be sure to watch till the end.


  1. Graham Head
    Posted February 27, 2017 at 6:36 am | Permalink

    Why would you have strawberry day in February?

    • Randy schenck
      Posted February 27, 2017 at 7:25 am | Permalink

      Right around the same time as greenhouse day?

    • rickflick
      Posted February 27, 2017 at 7:35 am | Permalink

      Our February strawberries come from Chili. It might be a southern fetish.

      • Graham Head
        Posted February 27, 2017 at 7:42 am | Permalink

        If strawberries aren’t grown within fifty or so miles then they aren’t worth eating.

        • rickflick
          Posted February 27, 2017 at 8:44 am | Permalink

          I would think the important variable is time not distance. The ones we’ve gotten have been reasonably good on average. But, there’s nothing close in New York except what comes from a greenhouse.

  2. Frank Bath
    Posted February 27, 2017 at 6:45 am | Permalink

    Thank you for recommending the Durrell, I’ve been hovering for years.

  3. Mike
    Posted February 27, 2017 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    Spike Milligan was a Comic Genius, just watch him on you tube,crazy and chaotic,. on his Tombstone it reads “I told you I was ill” His books are worth reading ,one of the funniest is called “Pucoon” about an Irish Village and also “Adolf Hitler, my part in his downfall.”

  4. Posted February 27, 2017 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    Hili complains about that desk being messy? She’d hate mine!

  5. Blue
    Posted February 27, 2017 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    “Notables born on this day include” the stunning Ms Joanne Gignilliat Trimmier Woodward, highly skilled both on screen and in love. She actually had as her inamorato for her entire married life The One Love about whom very many of Us Others only dreamed of (.ever.) having !


  6. Dale Franzwa
    Posted February 27, 2017 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

    I remember the Reichstag fire since I was born just a few months prior. Cried all day in protest over the injustice of it all (I think).

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