Tuesday: Hili dialogue

It’s now August 2; don’t expect much from me today as for some reason I didn’t sleep well and am wiped out. But, like Maru, I do my best. Today’s holiday is Our Lady of the Angels Day in Costa Rica, commemorating the finding of a mysterious icon of the Virgin. Real things that happened on this date include the signing of the U.S. Declaration of Independence in 1776; it was first signed on July 4, but the “official” copy was signed on August 2. On this day in 1870, the Tube, the first worlds underground tube subway, began running in England. And, in 1937, marijuana became illegal in the U.S. with the signing of The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937. Finally, on August 2, 1990, Iraq invaded Kuwait, launching the Gulf War.

Notables born on this day include Myrna Loy (1905 ♥), James Baldwin (1924), Peter O’Toole (1932), Garth Hudson (1937), and Isabel Allende (1942). Those who died on this day include Wild Bill Hickock (1876; supposedly shot to death during a game of poker while holding the “dead man’s hand“—aces and eights), Enrico Caruso (1921), Alexander Graham Bell (1922), Wallace Stevens (1955), William S. Burroughs (1997), and Shari Lewis (1998; who remembers Lamb Chop?). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Her Highness deigned to allow me to carry her inside after she announced her presence by jumping on the windowsill:

Jerry: Come, I will carry you in.
Hili: Since you came the social services have improved.
In Polish:
Jerry: Chodź, zaniosę cię do domu.
Hili: Od czasu jak przyjechałeś mamy znacznie lepszą opiekę społeczną.



  1. Posted August 2, 2016 at 6:48 am | Permalink

    Bummer on the sleep! Take it easy! (I for some reason slept poorly, too. Have been reading since 3am and am dreading what I will feel like later.)

  2. mb
    Posted August 2, 2016 at 7:31 am | Permalink

    FWIW: The Declaration of Independence was actually voted on and adopted on July 2, 1776.

  3. Randall Schenck
    Posted August 2, 2016 at 7:41 am | Permalink

    AH, the Tube. Such a great invention. To get people around in a city that is nearly impossible to drive. If you are not a native you have to be crazy to attempt driving there. It also makes for a great bomb shelter.

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted August 2, 2016 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

      I’ve just driven there, briefly. Also, Paris. But I do agree wholeheartedly about the utility of the UndergrounD in getting anywhere in any reasonable length of time. Also of course the Metro.


  4. rickflick
    Posted August 2, 2016 at 7:58 am | Permalink

    Hili is fixated on coming in via window special delivery. It serves no real purpose, but it keeps the staff hoppin’. Maybe that’s her goal.

    • Posted August 2, 2016 at 8:29 am | Permalink

      Oh, it does serve a purpose: it alerts the staff to the fact that Hili wants in. Otherwise there’s no way of knowing she’s out there.

      Of course, we could just go to the door a few feet away and open it, and she SHOULD then jump off the sill and walk in; but why should she do that if the staff will carry her in?

  5. Posted August 2, 2016 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    Apparently your staying awake around the clock didn’t resent you wake-sleep schedule.
    I’d like to see a heart after James Baldwin’s name, or do you reserve those for women? Have you watched the debate between Baldwin and Wm Buckley at Cambridge in 1965? It’s wondrous.

  6. David Duncan
    Posted August 2, 2016 at 8:17 am | Permalink

    Is that the first time you’ve been allowed to bring Hili in?

  7. Larry
    Posted August 2, 2016 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    Good ol’ Myrna Loy. Nice actress, with thoughtful eyes.

  8. Christopher
    Posted August 2, 2016 at 8:56 am | Permalink

    Again I find more people I’ve never heard of. I get quite the education thanks to this site, well beyond the science I originally sought it out for. (I also get the occasional dope-slap for my comments, but that’s educational too).

    Never heard of Myrna Loy, or seen any of her movies. Must correct that; she’s lovely.

    Never heard of James Baldwin or read anything by him, but I like, and can relate to, this quote:

    “Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor.”

    • Bill the Cat
      Posted August 3, 2016 at 10:03 am | Permalink

      Myrna was a woman far ahead of her time. In her role as Nora in the Thin Man movies, although the wife of the lead, she was as strong or better than any man. A MUST see is the Barbarian. A pre-code movie that (at the time) was down right pornographic. Could have been shown on 70’s TV. (not today.) A Brit seduced by an Arab. All but stopped acting during the war to work for the Red Cross.

  9. Gregory Kusnick
    Posted August 2, 2016 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    No ♥ for Shari Lewis?

  10. Willard Bolinger
    Posted August 2, 2016 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    How many know that the British had good evidence of lots of oil in south Iraq before they led an effort to set up a separate country so the could put in power their persons and get to the oil for themselves. -James Baldwin, I read his book, “The Fire the Next Time” in the summer of 1964 about racism in America. Obama got elected by playing down on the issue of race so that white people would vote for him. By doing so he may well have reinforced racist beliefs!

  11. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted August 2, 2016 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    “On this day in 1870, the Tube, the first worlds underground tube subway, began running in England.”

    Correction / nitpick. (Dates from the usually-reliable Wikipedia): The first section of the Metropolitan Railway in London – which later became part of the London UndergrounD – opened on 10th Jan 1863. (This was not a ‘tube’ line, it was a shallow line built mostly by cut-and-cover to a near-main-line loading gauge). THIS was arguably the world’s first underground railway.

    The first deep ‘tube’ line, the City & South London (now part of the Northern Line) opened in 1890. This was built to an extremely ‘tight’ loading gauge, hence the ‘tube’ nickname. This much later came to be (incorrectly) applied to the ‘subsurface’ UndergrounD lines too.

    This shows the difference:

    As a huge red herring, in 1870 a 7-foot-diameter (!) tunnel – the Tower Subway – opened under the Thames with a carriage that hauled passengers from one side to the other. The company went broke and the tunnel was converted for pedestrian use. It still exists and is now used for water mains. But it never had any connection with the UndergrounD (‘London Tube’) network. And it was pre-dated by the Brunels’ Thames Tunnel, which opened 1843 for pedestrian use, was converted to rail use in 1869 and later became part of the UndergrounD.

    (I didn’t mean to write so much but it’s complicated)


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