It’s July 10, and in only a bit more than two weeks I’ll head to Poland to visit my adopted parents, my surrogate cat, and will experience once again the cherry harvest with its attendant daily PIES. As the weekend winds up here in Chicago, we’ll continue our lovely and bearable weather with a high temperature today of only 26°C (79°F). But then the heat and rain will set in relentlessly tomorrow.
July 10 is Nikola Tesla Day, so get out your coils! On this day in 1913, the temperature in Death Valley, California reached 134°F (57 °C)—the highest air temperature ever recorded on Earth. I’ve been there when it was 120°F (49°C), looking for fruit flies (there were none); when you dropped down into the Valley from the Panamint Mountains, it was like entering an oven. The only tourists at the Park were many beet-red Germans baking themselves around the pool, delighted to experience such high temperatures. On this day in 1925, the Indian God-Man Meher Baba (“Don’t worry–be happy. I will help you”) began 44 years of silence, not uttering a word until his death. On the very same day, the Scopes “monkey trial” began in Dayton, Tennessee in stifling heat. If you’re ever in Dayton, do visit the courthouse, for the original venue of that trial is still there, and it’s a lovely building. And on July 10, 1985, the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior was sunk in Auckland Harbor by the evil French intelligence agency DGSE, killing one person.
Notables born on this day include Nikola Tesla (1856; bring out your coils!), Marcel Proust (1871), and Alice Munro (1931), Those who died on this day include Jelly Roll Morton (1941), Mel Blanc (1989), and, just last year, Omar Sharif. Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is delighted to hear that she can go to the forest instead of Rome, as Italian mice are reputed to be unpalatable:
Hili: Is it true that all roads lead to Rome?A: This one leads to the forest.Hili: Thank god.
Hili: Czy naprawdę wszystkie drogi prowadzą do Rzymu?
Ja: Ta prowadzi do lasku.
Hili: Dzięki bogu.