Saturday: Hili dialogue

June 13, 2015 • 5:21 am

It’s Convocation at the University of Chicago today (otherwise known as Graduation Day), and the campus will be a madhouse. All the chairs are set out on the quad—outside, and that’s bad given the weather report:

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It is gray and foggy, and not a nice day to sit outside and listen to speeches. (There is no inside alternative; participants are given cheap plastic raincoats if it gets wet.). I don’t participate—I do so only when I have a student graduating—but maybe I can score some free noms.) Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Cyrus, normally not overly bright (I am a d*g ableist), shows some interest in biology. Perhaps a little cat will teach him.

Hili: What are you looking at so intently?
Cyrus: I’m observing what evolution did to a snail.

P1020917 In Polish:

Hili: Czemu się tak przyglądasz?
Cyrus: Patrzę co ewolucja zrobiła ślimakowi.

18 thoughts on “Saturday: Hili dialogue

    1. I’m sorry if I make you a bit disappointed: “ślimakowi” is the dative case. “Snail” (in the nominative) is “ślimak”.

  1. Joan and I will be out there in the rain all morning and part of the afternoon, as our son is graduating from the College. Four other relatives will join us for the afternoon part where he actually walks across the stage. We’ve got our umbrellas and raincoats — let’s hope lightning doesn’t strike. Will let you know how it goes.

      1. In the end, no rain or thunderstorms, just a little too sunny, a little too much heat and humidity. All of which is normal.

        One strange detail was that for the students who received a Masters of Divinity from the Divinity School, President Zimmer proudly declared that they were therefore entitled to exercise their ministry. In other words, to go out and be Protestant ministers, having been anointed by the President of the University, who is Jewish.

  2. Does the U of Chicago play a piece of music by a local man to me? Pomp and Circumstance march #1 by Elgar …..

          1. apropos of absolutely nothing other than mention of the Cossacks, heard a great quote on the CBC Sunday Edition during an interview with Pinkus Zuckerman (sp?) where the host asked why all the violin players were Jewish, and he replied to the effect that “when the Cossacks are coming, it’s easier to run with than a piano.”

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