Thursday: Hili dialogue

The unrelenting heat in Chicago has now combined with humidity coming from sporadic rain, creating a soggy and energy=sapping miasma.. On the other hand, my new boots have arrived! (See below, and a post later today.) It is Thursday, July 7, or 7/7, and it’s World Chocolate Day. Celebrations are supposed to involve consuming chocolate, so send in your photos if you do.

On this day in 1928, the fantastic invention of pre-sliced bread was sold for the first time in Chillicothe, Missouri. In 1954, this was the day on which Elvis Presley’s first recorded song (guess what it is) was first played on the radio—by station WHBQ in Memphis. And in 1985, Boris Becker won Wimbledon at the age of 17, the youngest player ever.

Notables born on this day include Camilio Golgi (1843, later Nobel Laureate), Nettie Stevens (1861, see post later this a.m.), mountaineer Hamish MacInnes (1930), Ringo Starr (1940), and Michelle Kwan (1980). Those who died on this day include Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1930), Fats Navarro (1950), and Veronica Lake (1973). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, the cherries are coming along nicely, helped along by welcome rains, and I hope that when I visit in about three weeks they will be harvesting them. I am again promised many pies, and Hili is helping pick out the cherries!

A: Are you looking for something?
Hili: Yes, I’m looking around to see where the best cherries for Jerry’s pie are.
In Polish:
Ja: Szukasz czegoś?
Hili: Tak, patrzę, gdzie będą najlepsze wiśnie na placek dla Jerry’ego.
And Gus likes my new boots! Here he’s pointing them out on an iPad screen:


  1. somer
    Posted July 7, 2016 at 6:53 am | Permalink

    The boots are stunning – can’t wait to see final pics of them finished! Gus is very admiring.
    World chocolate day sounds dangerous.

  2. Simon Hayward
    Posted July 7, 2016 at 7:23 am | Permalink

    Take those boots to Nashville, and tell me it’s hot and humid here 🙂

    I suppose weather is about perspective. I was commenting yesterday that it was nice that it had finally reached a comfortable temperature in Chicagoland and that the humidity is so much lower here.

  3. Ken Kukec
    Posted July 7, 2016 at 7:26 am | Permalink

    I’ve long understood Elvis’s first record to be “It’s Alright, Mama.”

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted July 7, 2016 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

      Looked it up. Was kinda close. It’s actually “That’s All Right (Mama),” recorded for Sam Phillips at Sun Records.

      Shame Elvis didn’t stay in Memphis with Mr. Sam instead of go galavanting off to Hollywood with “Col.” Tom Parker to make meretricious movies. He might still be that nice hillbilly boy from Tupelo who learned to sing “race music.”

        Posted July 8, 2016 at 12:15 am | Permalink

        I remember an interview with Sam Phillips from the 50’s where he said about Elvis: “we knew we had something special here, this white boy could sing these here colored songs and not sound silly” which was important back then when black artists couldn’t get airplay in most of the country

  4. Rob
    Posted July 7, 2016 at 7:46 am | Permalink

    Ah, relieved to see those cherries. (A post a while back made me think that there might not be successful crop this year.) So glad Jerry will get his pies!

  5. bluemaas
    Posted July 7, 2016 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    That one is just a gloriously precious pix of Hili. A sure keeper, not ?

    And for exactly what the color red is !
    Cherries and Cat – Cameoing.


  6. Dominic
    Posted July 7, 2016 at 8:01 am | Permalink

    I will be with you, whatever.


  7. Ken Kukec
    Posted July 7, 2016 at 8:04 am | Permalink

    I hear today is also Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter’s 70th wedding anniversary.

  8. Posted July 7, 2016 at 8:20 am | Permalink

    Good picture…… 😊

  9. Michael
    Posted July 7, 2016 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    What was the greatest thing BEFORE sliced bread?

    • rickflick
      Posted July 7, 2016 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

      Burnt toast?

      • Filippo
        Posted July 7, 2016 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

        Roasted meat(upon fire being discovered)?

  10. Filippo
    Posted July 7, 2016 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    “Notables born on this day include Camilio Golgi (1843, later Nobel Laureate). . . .”

    I would have been interested in hearing and learning this in high school biology class, above and beyond it being one more term to memorize, eh? But I dare say my classmates would have eyed me with darts had I pressed the teacher with what they would very likely have viewed as totally irrelevant questions.

    (Of course, I ought to have had enough curiosity and motivation to go to the big dictionary and encyclopedia in the school library. I could have learned a bit about [the Islet of]Langerhans, [the Loop of] Henle, [the Cloud of] Oort, [the Belt of] Kuiper, etc., and the Greek and Latin etymology of words like “gene,” “chromosome,” “hypothesis,” “science.” Would have made learning easier, more enjoyable. Perhaps things are better now in that regard than in The Ancient Days.)

  11. Posted July 7, 2016 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

    Presliced bread was only invented in 1928? So there are people alive who potentially could have eaten from that first loaf! Yikes!

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