Wednesday: Hili dialogue

Good morning on Wednesday, December 3.  Jerry here, at least for a moment. I’ll be lecturing tomorrow in Delhi, if the noxious smog and my respiratory system permit (I’m in bed with a pretty bad cold), and then heading to the airport on Thursday at 10 pm for a 2 a.m. (!) flight to Chicago. Before I hand the post over to Grania, I want to thank her for maintaining the Hili dialogue over the holidays. We didn’t miss a single one!

Oh, and Republican Orrin Hatch has announced he’s retiring for the Senate (i.e., not seeking re-election this year), which would be unalloyed good news except Hatch, from Utah, is likely to be replaced by Mitt Romney. (Romney is a critic of Trump, but we’ll see what he does in the Senate.) Hatch, 83, has been a Senator for 40 years—the longest-serving Republican Senator in history.

Good morning all, Grania here.

Ireland and the UK have been lashed by Storm Eleanor. Cork, where I live, escaped lightly.

Next we have the story of an irrepressible cat finding her forever home.

Yesterday we saw a contender for Not the Smartest Dog. Today, we have Not the Smartest Cat. Still cute though.

A parenting dilemma. Now what do you do?

Talking about unexpected challenges, here’s something that probably isn’t covered in Police College.

Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili and Cyrus are admiring the food treats sent to them by Hiroko, who also provided “cat’s snacks” for Leon. What a nice thing for her to do! (You’ll remember Hiroko as the Japanese embroidery artist who made my Hili shirt).

Hili: you admit, dear Cyrus, that friendship is a great thing.
Cyrus: And it smells good.

(pictured presents for Hili and Cyrus [JAC: and Leon] sent from Japan by Hiroko Kubota).

In Polish:

Hili: Przyznasz, drogi Cyrusie, że przyjaźń to wspaniała rzecz.
Cyrus: I pięknie pachnie.

(Na zdjęciu prezenty dla Hili i Cyrusa przysłane z Japonii przez Hiroko Kubota.)

In London, Theo the cat is back drinking espresso, his quotidian habit:

And the cutest Pringles you ever saw!

Hat-tip: Matthew


  1. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted January 3, 2018 at 6:40 am | Permalink

    “… has been a Senator for 40 years—the longest-serving Republican Senator in history.“

    Remember that next time you hear the perjorative-propaganda term “career politician”, always heard ( in my experience) from one party.

    … perhaps “perjoraganda”?… “propajorative”…

  2. Posted January 3, 2018 at 6:57 am | Permalink

    Get well soon, PCC(E)!

  3. Randall Schenck
    Posted January 3, 2018 at 7:04 am | Permalink

    Sorry to hear about the cold. I don’t really see much difference between the two politicians, both republicans both pretending to represent Utah. Besides, Romney may be joining the minority party and Trump will likely be out the door.

  4. Posted January 3, 2018 at 7:51 am | Permalink

    On the one about violence not being the answer, it reminds me of a saying that is attributed to Confusius:
    “It is only when a mosquito lands on your testicles that you realize there is always a way to solve problems without using violence”.

    • Christopher
      Posted January 3, 2018 at 8:01 am | Permalink

      And tRump would probably still threaten a nuclear attack!

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted January 3, 2018 at 8:13 am | Permalink

      So they had not mastered the carefully aimed finger-flick in 6th century BCE China?

      • BJ
        Posted January 3, 2018 at 10:37 am | Permalink

        You must be insane. You better have the accuracy of an Olympic archer if you’re going to flick that close to your balls. A grazing flick can be worse than a smack. Better to use the breeze of a palm fly-by to scare the bugger off.

        Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything.

    • Posted January 3, 2018 at 8:58 am | Permalink

      Doesn’t sound like something he would say.

      • BJ
        Posted January 3, 2018 at 10:38 am | Permalink

        Confucius was renowned for his balls-related philosophy.

  5. Posted January 3, 2018 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    The linked news about the noxious smog sounds like the 1950s killer London smog story that Jerry posted a few months ago. I can imagine the combination of toxic air and his cold make for a miserable and possibly dangerous few days…Take care, Jerry!

  6. rickflick
    Posted January 3, 2018 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    The geese look a bit out of place on the streets of Wibsey? The cops certainly enjoyed the circus.

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted January 3, 2018 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

      It’s Sowerby Bridge, a market town in West Yorkshire. For unknown reasons a handful of geese took up occupation of a particular length of local river a few years back & now they’re wild residents – around 20 of them these days. They waddle around a couple of streets in town now & then – never fly anywhere – only walk & swim. I assume [guess] they originated as a small number of ‘guard geese’ at a farm nearby – they keep foxes from chickens for example, geese are nutters when it comes to territorial protection. GEESE FACEBOOK PAGE & A NICE WRITEUP

      • rickflick
        Posted January 3, 2018 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

        Fascinating. I guess being in a gaggle would be a bit like a collective mind.

  7. BJ
    Posted January 3, 2018 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    Spiderman pinata tweet: That kid is not built for this world. One day, he’s gonna run into the wrong pinata, and that pinata will kick his ass.

    Ducks vs. police tweet: Shades of Hot Fuzz 🙂

    Also, that cat finding his forever home is the same one you posted last week at my behest, Jerry. India has got you out of sorts!

  8. Posted January 3, 2018 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

    The video of the cat punching the stuffed tiger reminded me of our cat Brio. He punches my printer when it starts whirring. Cats strike with surprising force. I was actually worried that he was going to break the printer or his paw.

  9. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted January 3, 2018 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    Hatch, 83, has been a Senator for 40 years—the longest-serving Republican Senator in history

    Didnt I see something recently about Dennis The Menace, the Beast of Bolsover, and probably the most publicly anti-monarchist of the current crop of MPs, hitting his half-century in Parliament?

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