Monday: Hili dialogue

Good morning; it’s Monday, November 21, 2016, and the long descent into winter is beginning, with a predicted high temperature in Chicago of only 39°F (4°C) today. It’s both National Cranberry Day and National Gingerbread Cookie Day; I suspect I’ll eat neither for some time. It’s also No Music Day (calling attention to “the cheapening of music as an art form”) and World Hello Day, whose object is “to say hello to at least ten people on the day. The message is “for world leaders to use communication rather than force to settle conflicts.” Yeah, try that with Putin—or ISIS! “Good morning, Vladimir.” “Good morning, Barack.”

On this day in 1905, Einstein’s “Miracle Year,” his paper “Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content? was published in Annalen der Physik. It was the first place to express the famous equation E = mc². And on November 21, 1922, Rebecca Latimer Felton of Georgia became the first female United States Senator. On this day in 1953, London’s Natural History Museum formally announced, after many years, that the skull of “Piltdown Man” was a hoax. This was 41 years after the skull was “discovered.”

Notables born on this day include Voltaire (1694), Isaac Bashevis Singer (1902), and Sid Luckman of the Chicago Bears (1916), one of the few Jewish quarterbacks that football ever had. Those who died on this day include Deborah Raffin (2012). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili spent the night out, and when it’s cold and she fails to come in by bedtime, her staff makes a little nest for her on the front porch. Apparently last night it wasn’t good enough!

Hili: I’m freezing here and you’re sleeping!
A: But I left you my jacket.
Hili: That’s not enough!
 In Polish:
Hili: Ja tu marznę, a ty śpisz!
Ja: Przecież zostawiłem ci moją kurtkę.
Hili: To jeszcze nie dość!


  1. somer
    Posted November 21, 2016 at 6:40 am | Permalink

    Chilly Hilli.

    I certainly wouldn’t chance “Hello” to ISIS. “Good Morning, excellent Head Chopper”.

  2. L Desprez
    Posted November 21, 2016 at 7:55 am | Permalink

    Notables born on this day include Coleman Hawkins, 1904. If you drew a clade diagram of tenor sax styles, the common ancestor of them all would be Hawkins.

  3. bric
    Posted November 21, 2016 at 7:57 am | Permalink



    Kew Gardens, 2006: cranberries floating on the Palm House Pond

  4. David Duncan
    Posted November 21, 2016 at 7:59 am | Permalink

    There is no cat door or Hili won’t use it?

    • Malgorzata
      Posted November 21, 2016 at 9:16 am | Permalink

      No cat door. Almost impossible to install one because of the structure of the house.

  5. George
    Posted November 21, 2016 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    More significant than being Jewish, Luckman was the last good quarterback the Chicago Bears had. Luckman was the first pro quarterback to employ the T-formation. A University of Chicago connection here. The last head coach at UofC before they dropped football in 1939 was Clark Shaughnessy. He was the one who developed the T-formation and turned it over to George Halas, the owner and coach of the Bears.

    People forget that the NFL was not very popular during those days. Halas tried to capitalize on the popularity of college football – he took the Uof C logo (the wishbone C ), nickname (Monsters of the Midway) and the colors of the University of Illinois (orange and navy blue).

    All this led to the line in the Chicago Bears fight song –
    We’ll never forget the way you thrilled the nation with your T formation.

    Here is the Chicago Synphony Orchestra and Chorus under Sir Georg Solti performing Bear Down, Chicago Bears.

    • Diane G.
      Posted November 21, 2016 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

      Very interesting! 🙂

      And I loved the vid. 😀

  6. busterggi
    Posted November 21, 2016 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    Hili, my herd all came in voluntarily last night – take their advice.

    • Claudia Baker
      Posted November 21, 2016 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

      As we are having a blizzard here in Eastern Ontario, (it went all night long and continues today), my cat took two steps onto the porch last night, turned around and looked at me as if to say “wtf?”, then came right back in. He has been sleeping on the bed ever since. His usual place till spring comes.

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