Saturday: Hili dialogue

We’re set for a beautiful and COOL weekend in Chicago, with highs today about 74°F (23°C), and no rain. And hooray—today is National Hummingbird Day! Since many readers have hummingbird feeders, make sure you check yours, and perhaps give them a special treat, like maple syrup or honey!

On this day in 1935, Malcolm Campbell became the first person to exceed 300 mph in a car, driving on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah and averaging 301.337 mph (484.955 km/h) in two runs. Exactly 8 years later, in 1943, Zyklon B, which produces cyanide gas, was first used by the Nazis to exterminate people. That was at Auschwitz, and the victims were Soviet prisoners of war.

Notables born on this day include the actor Alan Ladd (1913). Below is my dad (right) with Ladd (left) in front of the Parthenon in Athens; Ladd was there to film Boy on a Dolphin with Sophia Loren, in 1956. My dad, an Army officer, had helped the film crew procure vehicles and gas from the Army motor pool, for gas was still scarce in postwar Greece. I also have a photo of my dad with the young Sophia Loren, which I’ll post on her birthday (Sept. 20; someone remind me the day before!).

Floyd and Ladd

Those who died on this day include Ivan Turgenev (1883), E. E. Cummings (1962), Pauline Kael (2001), and Sun Myung Moon (2012). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is quoting Karl Marx (“Freedom is consciousness of necessity”)! How did she learn that quote? Anyway, she looks cute:

A: What are you thinking about?
Hili: About the problem of consciousness of necessity.
A: And?
Hili: It’s a weak consciousness.
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In Polish:
Ja: Nad czym myślisz?
Hili: Nad problemem uświadomionej konieczności.
Ja: I co?
Hili: Słabo uświadomiona.
And in Winnipeg Gus, like all cats, drinks out of inappropriate vessels:
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35 Comments

  1. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted September 3, 2016 at 7:08 am | Permalink

    “Edward Estlin Cummings, known as E. E. Cummings, with the abbreviated form of his name often written by others in lowercase letters as e e cummings…”

    -Google/Wikipedia

  2. Posted September 3, 2016 at 7:28 am | Permalink

    Jerry’s dad is handsome. I can see the resemblance, though I don’t think PCC(E) likes being called handsome. I do think it from time to time, nonetheless.

    I also note the positioning of the hands on the hips in the photo. Has there been a change over time in frequency of that posture, especially for men? I don’t see many people stand that way these days. And as a teenager, someone mocked me for doing so because it was perceived as perky but formal, like Superman. Anyway, the guys seem happy.

    • Randall Schenck
      Posted September 3, 2016 at 9:12 am | Permalink

      In the military it use to be, hands in pockets was a no no. So where to put the hands when standing for a photo was a bit limited. Ladd was not then in the military, but he had been.

      • Posted September 3, 2016 at 11:07 am | Permalink

        +1

      • gravelinspector-Aidan
        Posted September 3, 2016 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

        In the military it use to be, hands in pockets was a no no.

        I’ve head of some stupid military mind-game rules, but that’s an absolute corker.

  3. Ken Kukec
    Posted September 3, 2016 at 7:33 am | Permalink

    Shane! Come back!

  4. Scientifik
    Posted September 3, 2016 at 8:10 am | Permalink

    “Hili is quoting Karl Marx (“Freedom is consciousness of necessity”)! How did she learn that quote?”

    I hope that Hili isn’t a neo-communist! 🙂

    • Posted September 3, 2016 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

      I think that actually the originator of this idea was Hegel. Bertrand Russell ironically wrote that for Hegel, freedom means the right to obey the police.

  5. Posted September 3, 2016 at 8:15 am | Permalink

    Jerry, you don’t have to wait. You can post pictures of Sophia Loren anytime. 😉

    Nice pic of your dad and Ladd. Ladd was known to be a shortie, so I notice he’s standing closer to the camera than you dad.

    • rickflick
      Posted September 3, 2016 at 8:36 am | Permalink

      Alan Ladd was 5′ 7″. There are theories why actors tend to be on the small side. According to one source, ” average height of actors… is 5-feet-10 for males and 5-feet-5 for females”.

      • Posted September 3, 2016 at 9:56 am | Permalink

        My dad was 5’8″, about the same height as me.

        • rickflick
          Posted September 3, 2016 at 10:25 am | Permalink

          5’8″ is not to far from the Hollywood standard.

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted September 3, 2016 at 11:56 am | Permalink

        Unless you’re a female model turned actor. Then you’re 8 feet tall! 😀

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted September 3, 2016 at 11:58 am | Permalink

        And those heights seem average North American to me….I’m pretty sure the average NA female is 5’5″. I’m slightly short at 5’2″ ¾.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted September 3, 2016 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

      Ladd was known to be a shortie, so I notice he’s standing closer to the camera than you dad.

      The surrounds of the Parthenon are pretty uneven, so he could just have been using the ground for a couple of inches of elevation.

  6. Richard Jones
    Posted September 3, 2016 at 8:18 am | Permalink

    About ten, maybe 15 years ago I happened to see Sophia Loren cross the lobby of a hotel in Toronto. She was absolutely stunning!

    I think it may have been even longer than that, the years seem to shorten.

    • Posted September 3, 2016 at 10:03 am | Permalink

      Wait’ll you see the pix of her and my dad. She was in her early 20s then, and an absolute knockout, as you can imagine.

      Just Google Image Sophia Loren Boy on A Dolphin.

      • Richard Jonesr
        Posted September 3, 2016 at 10:34 am | Permalink

        Your Dad was a lucky man.

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted September 3, 2016 at 10:36 am | Permalink

        Or there’s this iconic photo of Sophia and Lefty.

      • Posted September 3, 2016 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

        Whoa, we have a winner in the wet blouse category.

      • rickflick
        Posted September 3, 2016 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

        I notice Loren is listed as 5’9″. For that film Ladd was probably wearing 3″ lifts in his boots.

  7. tubby
    Posted September 3, 2016 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    Speaking of inappropriate cat drinking, Orson has begun lapping the condensation off the outside of my glasses of iced coffee. Working his way from the bottom to the rim… and then drinking the coffee inside.

    • Posted September 3, 2016 at 9:57 am | Permalink

      Pictures or it didn’t happen!

      • tubby
        Posted September 3, 2016 at 10:06 am | Permalink

        I’ll see what I can do. He tries to sample my drinks by getting between me and the table the glass is on so it may be hard to get a good photo. He tries to drink yogurt smoothies too.

        • Posted September 3, 2016 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

          We have only one coffee drinking cat on this site so far, Theo in London, who drinks espresso (hot). Iced coffee would merit a post.

          • tubby
            Posted September 3, 2016 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

            Orson isn’t interested in espresso, but he’s a big fan of ice and has been licking condensation off my water bottles (yes, I know) for a long time now. I think it’s more a case of him liking cool drinks, and the attraction of the cool water droplets and the ice floating at the top rather than the coffee itself. He’d probably drink ice water out of my cup just as eagerly.

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted September 3, 2016 at 11:59 am | Permalink

      Ha ha I like that Orson doesn’t go right for the coffee. Like some sort of delayed gratification! Very sophisticated!

      • tubby
        Posted September 3, 2016 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

        The bottom is where most of the condensation gathers! He’ll lick condensed water off any of my glasses or bottles if he notices it.

  8. Posted September 3, 2016 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    Your dad looks very spiffy in his army khakis. That was a great uniform.

  9. Gregory Kusnick
    Posted September 3, 2016 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    Wikipedia and other sources advise against using dilute honey in hummingbird feeders because it quickly becomes toxic due to fermentation and bacterial growth. I imagine similar caveats may apply to maple syrup. In any case neither honey nor maple syrup is part of the birds’ natural diet.

    Hummingbird experts seem to agree that the best food for use in artificial feeders is plain white sugar (not raw sugar, which may contain iron) dissolved in water at a volume ratio between 3:1 and 4:1. Flavoring and coloring agents are not necessary and not recommended.

    • Posted September 3, 2016 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

      I was just kidding there. So now I’ll say: DO NOT THIS AT HOME!

      • Gregory Kusnick
        Posted September 3, 2016 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

        Yoda would agree! “Do, or do not. There is no try.”

  10. bluemaas
    Posted September 3, 2016 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

    For all of my lifetime to date, this morning of 03 September 2016, there is, now, a first for me: a couple to three minutes or so after 7:00 am this morning, I was stationed here at the screen: it, its table, the chair and my hardwood flooring ? All began moving / sort of shifting. Ever so almost imperceptibly it might have been IF I had not myself, right then, been so still. For upwards of a minute’s time.

    The earthquake of north – central Oklahoma’s epicenter was a – rippling itself up in to Minnesota … … the local nightly news states ! Friends confirm they felt it then, too.

    .W h o a. I could have done without that particular first.

    Blue

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted September 4, 2016 at 7:53 am | Permalink

      We’ve had small ones in southern Ontario too. The last one, I was in a big office building during a meeting. I sort of felt dizzy then everyone also said they felt it (so it wasn’t neurological) and we checked online to find it was an earthquake.

    • rickflick
      Posted September 4, 2016 at 8:11 am | Permalink

      With the left coast constantly shaking, it seems surprising that earthquakes occur so far East. I’ve never felt one here in central New York, but they have occurred here up to magnitude 4 or 5.


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