Saturday: Hili dialogue

It’s Saturday, July 16, another work week has passed, and the weather in Chicago has improved dramatically, with a high temperature today of only 24° C (77° F), and no rain. In Poland the cherries continue to ripen, while in France it’s Holocaust Memorial Day. The coup d’etat in Turkey appears to have failed, with over a thousand Army officers jailed, and the country continues its regression into Muslim theocracy. Ataturk would be appalled.

On this day in 1935, the first parking meter was installed in Oklahoma City; thinking about it, it’s not clear why we have to pay to park on roads that we as taxpayers paid for in the first place. In 1941, Joe DiMaggio hit safely in his 56th consecutive baseball game, a record that still stands, and is unlikely to be broken in our lifetimes. In 1951, J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye was published, a book that had an enormous influence on my generation, and in 1969, the Apollo mission, which was to land the first astronauts on the Moon, was launched in Florida.

Notables born on this day include Mary Baker Eddy (1821) and Orville Redenbacher (1907). Those who died on this day include Hilaire Belloc (1953), Kitty Wells (2012), and Johnny Winter (2014). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is climbing the grapevines and assessing the fruit. As usual, she’s just making up stuff.

Hili: These grapes are sour.
A: Did you try them?
Hili: No, but I read a fable about a certain fox.
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In Polish:
Hili: Te winogrona są kwaśne.
Ja: Próbowałaś?
Hili: Nie, czytałam bajkę o pewnym lisie.
In Montreal, the Café Sauvage is undergoing improvements, including a new sign:
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And some wag has animated the official Trump/Pence campaign logo!


  1. steve oberski
    Posted July 16, 2016 at 7:32 am | Permalink

    Perhaps Cafe Sauvage should install some parking meters to help defray costs.

  2. Hempenstein
    Posted July 16, 2016 at 7:34 am | Permalink

    A long while back – it must’ve been before 1992 since this was at the old Pittsburgh airport – while waiting to board a flight to Baltimore, Joe DiMaggio walks past for pre-boarding. Caramba! I wound up on the same flight with Joe! Of course at opposite ends of the plane, but I still managed to get his autograph before we landed – on an Icelandair ticket folder, which was all I had handy. I figure that must be unique.

  3. rickflick
    Posted July 16, 2016 at 7:40 am | Permalink

    Watching the logo trump up and down is obscene. How can you ever get that image out of your head? I wonder how long it will take Trump to change it?

    • Torbjörn Larsson
      Posted July 16, 2016 at 9:11 am | Permalink

      The logo-ical pence-ant for obscenity is trumped by the reality, unfortunately.

  4. Randall Schenck
    Posted July 16, 2016 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    Parking meters appear to be invented to discourage same. In small towns all over the country they were all the rage back in the 50s and 60s. After it was determined the cost to operate exceeded their worth, most were pulled out and became another speck in history. Paul Newman once gave them proper treatment in a movie.

    • Mark R.
      Posted July 16, 2016 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

      Now I’ve gotta see Cool Hand Luke again. Love that film.

    • Helen Hollis
      Posted July 17, 2016 at 3:19 am | Permalink

      We now have pay to park boxes. Come back to visit sometime. So much has changed at least in Chicago since you were here.

  5. Posted July 16, 2016 at 8:35 am | Permalink

    Shouldn’t the Cafe Sauvage sign read ‘OPEN 24/7’ or some such thing?

    • Anne-Marie Cournoyer
      Posted July 16, 2016 at 8:57 am | Permalink

      That is right!!!

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted July 16, 2016 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

        Remember to make those French signs more prominent when you add them! I don’t want to have to smuggle you out of Quebec!😀

    • Posted July 16, 2016 at 11:06 am | Permalink

      That is the French part of the sign. Eventually the sign will be in both French and English, as per Quebec law.

  6. David Duncan
    Posted July 16, 2016 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    Parking meters aren’t only an attempt at revenue raising, they’re also implement a form of rationing: in some places parking spaces are scarce.

    On 16th July 1945, for the first time, the sun rose twice at Alamogordo, New Mexico.

    • Gregory Kusnick
      Posted July 16, 2016 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

      The rationing argument leads to a prediction: free or underpriced parking in high-demand areas creates a niche for parking hustlers to camp on prime parking spaces and sublet them at a profit to people willing to pay the premium.

  7. Christopher
    Posted July 16, 2016 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    “Do Not Eat Other Customers” wouldn’t, pardon the pun, fly, at my feeders. I have a lovely Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) who frequently dines on the other guests, picking off the odd sparrow, titmouse, dove. I don’t mind. I feed the birds and sometimes I feed the birds to the birds.

  8. Posted July 16, 2016 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    The Trump website has dumped the copulating flag logo already.

  9. Gregory Kusnick
    Posted July 16, 2016 at 11:52 am | Permalink

    The revenue to pay for parking enforcement has to come from somewhere. If not from user fees (parking meters), then you should be prepared to pay higher taxes. User fees seem fairer to me; why should people who don’t use on-street parking subsidize those who do?

    If you’re proposing to do away with parking enforcement altogether — i.e. unlimited free storage of private vehicles on public pavement — then you should expect to see a lot more open space converted to parking lots, as demand expands to fill the available space.

  10. Heather Hastie
    Posted July 16, 2016 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    I love the animal café signage! Most impressive.

    On a lesser scale, my nieces have done a sign for their chicken coop: Cluckingham Palace.

    • Posted July 16, 2016 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

      LOL…. brilliant!

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted July 16, 2016 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

      Ha ha! Good one!

  11. Kevin
    Posted July 16, 2016 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    Impressive Trump sign. Wow. Art imitating life or is it the other way around?

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