Thursday: Hili dialogue

by Grania

Happy New Beer’s Eve! Yes, it’s a thing. It marks the day before the sale of beer became legal again when Prohibition ended.

In 1909 Robert E. Peary and Matthew A. Henson became the first men to reach the North Pole along with Inuits Ootah, Egigingwah, Seegloo and Ooqueah.

In 1930 the Salt March, or Dandi Satyagraha came to its triumphant end in India. This was Gandhi’s nonviolent protest against the salt production tax levied by the British  that attracted worldwide attention to the cause.

In 1974 Swedish supergroup ABBA won the Eurovision contest with their song Waterloo. I gather that the USA got to see the Eurovision competition for the first time in 2016, so now you too can share our trauma. ABBA was nevertheless the least worst thing to come out of it. But I kinda liked them, even when they were painfully uncool. Waterloo may have won, but we’re going to listen to Chiquitita.

Over in Poland, Hili is up to something.

A: Are you hiding from somebody?
Hili: No, I’m looking to see who is hiding from me.

In Polish:

Ja: Chowasz się przed kimś?
Hili: Nie, patrzę kto chowa się przede mną.

As a lagniappe, we have a really cute photo of a thieving squirrel courtesy of Don. He writes:

Our squirrel-proof feeder isn’t. The perching deck on the feeder is spring-loaded. The chickadees, nuthatches, finches, and even grosbeaks can light upon it without having their weight cause the lid to close. It works pretty well until late in the season when the red squirrels finally figure out how to hang by their hing legs from the top of the seed bin to avoid putting any weight on the perching bar. Then they can hang there munching away.
I’ve put some Vaseline on foil on the bin frame. That discourages them until the Vaseline eventually freezes or dries out, as it has here. In years past we’ve had flying squirrels (at night) visit the feeder. They’re such lightweights that they can sit directly on the bar like the birds. But we haven’t seen any of them in at least ten years.


  1. Monaogg
    Posted April 6, 2017 at 6:36 am | Permalink

    Aww, never discourage red squirrels, they have a tough enough time against the greys as it is.

  2. Posted April 6, 2017 at 6:50 am | Permalink

    Also Tartan Day…

  3. Posted April 6, 2017 at 6:52 am | Permalink

    Damn, a world without beer. That’s bleak.

  4. darrelle
    Posted April 6, 2017 at 7:14 am | Permalink

    Come on . . ., don’t fight it. ABBA was awesome.

    In the latter half of the ’70s I lived in Europe and experienced ABBA in their prime, up close. I was in to soul, R&B and Rock at the time and tried hard to disdain ABBA. Apparently I was just fooling myself because now in the 20-teens I like ABBA! If an ABBA song comes on the radio I can’t help but turn it up and sing* along. Somehow, without even being aware of it, all those years ago all the lyrics to at least a dozen ABBA songs were covertly recorded in my brain. To my surprise I can sing along, every damn word, to every ABBA song I come across these days.

    *I keep telling my wife and kids that I’m ready for The Voice but they aren’t very supportive.

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted April 6, 2017 at 8:44 am | Permalink

      Me too. As a Pink Floyd aficionado I too think I should disdain Abba, but I can’t.

      Aside from being irresistibly catchy, they could play and they could sing in harmony.
      As in this lovely rendition of I have a dream:

      But the canonical Abba has to be Dancing Queen
      165 million views…


      • Filippo
        Posted April 6, 2017 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

        ” . . . they could sing in harmony.”

        That also meant that they could sing the same rhythm together at least two times in a row. If one is in a vocal group one HAS to discipline oneself to sing it the same way every time. One would be hard-pressed to find a current pop soloist who could do that.

        Regarding ABBA being allegedly “uncool,” who gets to make such a determination, whether it’s about ABBA or having an AOL email address, or wearing a sweater vest (apparently a particular peeve of Bill Maher – in his salad days dubbed “the resident young whippersnapper” by Steve Allen)? Is one supposed to roll over on his back and give some self-regarding pop culture maven (it used to be Faith Popcorn – who is it now?) a quitclaim deed to ones life so as to ordain and decree ones cultural/artistic interests/enthusiasms? Who is or are this person or these persons?

        Reminds me of occasionally hearing or reading someone declaring from the top of the world that someone or some thing is “relevant.” “Relevant” in relation to who or what – whatever is currently “cool” in the mass pop culture?

    • Kevin
      Posted April 6, 2017 at 10:16 am | Permalink

      They were good. I never listened to them when I was young, but find they possessed a lot of talent and their songs are simultaneously catchy and well crafted.

    • rickflick
      Posted April 6, 2017 at 11:44 am | Permalink

      Same here. Once thought of them as radio noise. Now I can listen and enjoy.

  5. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted April 6, 2017 at 7:20 am | Permalink

    Fortunately, the link to Chiquitita does not work in the U.S.

  6. Linda Calhoun
    Posted April 6, 2017 at 7:40 am | Permalink

    At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I am once again going to recommend the use of squirrel baffles.

    Mount your feeders on posts. Mount baffles below the feeders. Voila!!

    They come in several sizes, and have to be chosen according to the type and size of the post, but there are many websites that sell a wide variety of them.

    I always put some seed on the ground for the squirrels, but they get what I give them, and not the birds’ share, too. Plus, they then can’t wreck the feeders.

    My bird water is plugged in, too, so it doesn’t freeze, so the squirrels can get water as well as the seed I leave out for them. So, I get to enjoy watching them without having to worry about the feeders or the birds. L

  7. Randy schenck
    Posted April 6, 2017 at 7:44 am | Permalink

    Where there is a will, there is a squirrel.

  8. Randy schenck
    Posted April 6, 2017 at 7:58 am | Permalink

    It should be noted that the 21st Amendment eliminated the 18th, thus, those 2 amendments should not be counted. Also, Kansas was one of 8 states that did not ratify the 21st. Kansas did not even have liquor by the drink until the 1980s. Today they are considering whether to pass a law allowing beer and liquor to be sold in grocery stores. If this is not biblical??

    • Linda Calhoun
      Posted April 6, 2017 at 9:11 am | Permalink

      Yeah, and they have a four-day school week, too. L

      • Randall Schenck
        Posted April 6, 2017 at 9:46 am | Permalink

        Yes, it is very pathetic now to watch them attempt to justify those long school days and how stupid. The governor of the state is living in the 18th century and this is the home of abortion for no one.

  9. Posted April 6, 2017 at 8:09 am | Permalink

    I worry about the grosbeaks.
    I once saw a squirrel eat cake.
    Have you ever seen a crow try to take off with a whole slice of pizza in his beak? LOL!!

  10. Posted April 6, 2017 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    What amazes me about squirrels is that they have this amazing ingenuity when it comes to procuring food….but they can’t seem to avoid becoming street pizza on a pretty regular basis.

  11. Ken Kukec
    Posted April 6, 2017 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    If there’s anything that made ABBA’s uncoolness marginally less painful, it’s the widespread use of their songs in movie soundtracks. Blame it on the Aussies for getting the ball rolling with Muriel’s Wedding and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

    • darrelle
      Posted April 6, 2017 at 8:48 am | Permalink

      I bet you know every single word to Dancing Queen. Whether you want to or not.

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted April 6, 2017 at 9:09 am | Permalink

        I’ve got a poker buddy named “Fernando.” Whenever he takes down a big pot, I’ll belt out a couple lines from the chorus.

        You’d have to waterboard me to get me to admit to more.

        • darrelle
          Posted April 6, 2017 at 9:28 am | Permalink

          My theory is that ABBA was a front by aliens testing technology to implant things in human minds. And the technology worked beyond their wildest expectations. They’ll be back some day to use it for their real purposes.

        • Randall Schenck
          Posted April 6, 2017 at 9:40 am | Permalink

          Put on your white sombrero…

    • Jonathan Wallace
      Posted April 6, 2017 at 9:58 am | Permalink

      Muriel’s Wedding and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

      Two fine films!

  12. Mark
    Posted April 6, 2017 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    It should be noted that Peary is generally believed now to have faked his observations and to have been far from the pole. His “records” show that his pace increased (literally unbelievably) in his final push to the “pole”. He and his rival, Frederick Cook, both seem to have been scammers of the highest order, and it is highly unlikey that either of them got close to the pole.

  13. Fernando Peregrin
    Posted April 6, 2017 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    Read at O’Hare Airport

    Dear passenger,

    Have a good trip.

    Remember that wherever you go, they will cook better

  14. Michael Fisher
    Posted April 6, 2017 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    Happy Birthday for y/day Agnetha Fältskog. And still a stunna at 67!

  15. Michael Waterhouse
    Posted April 8, 2017 at 4:04 am | Permalink

    ABBA were very good. It was ‘uncool’ once to like ABBA but I think most people liked at least some songs.
    That was a lot of great entertaining catchy meaningful music.

    It takes talent to make hit song after hit song.

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