It’s Sunday, September 4, but only middle of the three-day Labor Day holiday weekend in the U.S. The weather is going to warm up again in Chicago, rising into the 90s in two days or so (32°C or more, so summer hasn’t left us yet). For the first time since I’ve been in Chicago, I’ll be glad when fall and winter come. It’s Newspaper Carrier Day in the U.S., though paperboys are a dying breed, and in our building there’s a papergirl—a sign of the times. It’s also National Wildlife Day and National Macadamia Nut Day (my favorite nuts, with cashews a close second). Macadeamias, though grown largely in Hawaii, are an import from Australia.
On this day in 1957, the Ford Motor company introduced the Edsel (named after Henry Ford’s only “recognized” child). Although an innovative car, with seat belts, warning lights, and a push-button transmission on the steering wheel, the car lasted only two years, with production shutting down in 1959. There are various theories for its disappearance, and one was that it was just ugly. I remember someone saying that its grill “looked like a Mercury sucking a lemon”:
And on this day in 1998, Google was founded in California (I saw my first Google Street Imaging Car two days ago!). Notables born on this day include Max Delbrück (1906), Mitzi Gaynor (1931), and the larrikin Aussie swimmer Dawn Fraser (1937). Those who died on this day include Steve Irwin (2006; it’s been ten years since a stingray pierced his heart) and Joan Rivers (2014). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili was weighed yesterday, and she’s 4.5 kg, or a tad less then ten pounds. Today we have a rare dialogue of her and Malgorzata, with Hili struggling as she is carried across the dangerous soccer field:
M: Why were you crying so piteously, and now you are trying to get loose?Hili: Because I wanted to go in another direction and you didn’t understand anything.
Małgorzata: Czemu płakałaś, a teraz się wyrywasz?
Hili: Bo chciałam iść w inną stronę, a wy nic nie rozumiecie.