Wednesday: Hili dialogue

Good morning! It’s Hump Day: Wednesday, February 8, 2017, and that means that it’s both National Molasses Bar Day (I have no idea what that is, unless it’s a dive where you can get a glass of bourbon and molasses) and National Potato Lover’s Day. I’ll take the spuds. In India it’s Propose Day—the second day on Valentine’s week, and on which you’re supposed to give roses to your intended as a way of proposing marriage. (Or so Wikipedia implies: the real language is “On this day large number of youngsters give roses to propose their girlfriend, boyfriend, relative and friend.”  Relative?)

On this day in 1587, Mary, Queen of Scots, was executed at the age of 44 on suspicion of having plotted to murder her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I. And it’s a big day for me, for on February 8, 1693, The College of William and Mary, my alma mater, was chartered by William III and Mary II, making it the second oldest college in America, after Harvard (my other alma mater). In 1915, D. W. Griffith’s film “Birth of a Nation” opened in Los Angeles, and, in 1952, Elizabeth II was proclaimed Queen of the United Kingdom.

Notables born on this day include Jules Verne (1828), Martin Buber (1878), Lana Turner (1921), Neal Cassady (1926, ♥), James Dean (1931), and Brooke Adams (1949). Those who died on this day include Peter the Great (1725), Del Shannon (1990), and Iris Murdoch (1999). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is making not-too-veiled hints about getting fed:

Hili: I’m full of expectations.
A: What for?
Hili: For what you should do now.
In Polish:
Hili: Jestem pełna oczekiwania.
Ja: Na co?
Hili: Na to co powinieneś teraz zrobić.

And way out in the wilds of Winnipeg, Gus was sleeping in the sun yesterday:



  1. George
    Posted February 8, 2017 at 6:55 am | Permalink

    There is a lot of video out there with people talking about Neal Cassady. This one is interesting – or terrifying if you were actually on the bus.

    Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead wrote about meeting “Cowboy Neal” in The Other One
    Escapin’ through the lily fields
    I came across an empty space
    It trembled and exploded
    Left a bus stop in its place
    The bus came by and I got on
    That’s when it all began
    There was cowboy Neal
    At the wheel
    Of a bus to never-ever land.

    • veroxitatis
      Posted February 8, 2017 at 8:03 am | Permalink

      Another interesting link between the Dead and the “Beats” is through Jerry Garcia’s payment of rent at the Chelsea Hotel, NY throughout the last few years of Herbert Huncke’s life.

      • George
        Posted February 8, 2017 at 11:55 am | Permalink

        Huncke actually outlived (died in 1996) Garcia who died in 1995. Cassady moved on from the beats to the hippies. Garcia never met Huncke.

        For you On The Road fans, Cassady was immortalized as Dean Moriarty while Huncke was Elmer Hassel. William S. Burroughs is Old Bull Lee and Allen Ginsberg is Carlo Marx.

        The problem for me with the beats and later the hippies was the carnage and waste of lives.

    • ploubere
      Posted February 8, 2017 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

      It’s a romantic story but the reality is that the Merry Pranksters were a bunch of deadbeats and moochers. This was the year before I moved into my dorm at SUNY Binghamton, but students who were there told us how the Pranksters crashed there for a month until they were kicked out. All they did was mooch drugs, alcohol and food off the residents, and make a mess.

  2. GBJames
    Posted February 8, 2017 at 6:57 am | Permalink

    I never heard of a molasses bar before but my friend the Internet tells me it is a real thing. Here’s a recipe!

  3. thompjs
    Posted February 8, 2017 at 7:10 am | Permalink

    @George – Thanks my favorite Dead song.

  4. David Coxill
    Posted February 8, 2017 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    Hi ,don’t know if this is the right place to post this but i am so happy i don’t care .
    Took my cat Sooty to the vet today ,he said the teas results confirm that he has an allergic reason to something and it is not fatal .
    Got to take him back next week and i have to start him on some new meds tomorrow .

    • Heather Hastie
      Posted February 8, 2017 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

      Excellent news! 🙂

      • David Coxill
        Posted February 8, 2017 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

        Thank you .

        • David Coxill
          Posted February 8, 2017 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

          Hi ,just noticed you are the Heather from Heather’s Homilies ,i visit your web site sometimes.

  5. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted February 8, 2017 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    Ooo – here’s an essential “100 years ago today” factoid:

    Sean Carroll tw##ted this:

    “One hundred years ago: Albert Einstein proposes that empty space can have energy, the cosmological constant.”

  6. Ken Kukec
    Posted February 8, 2017 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    Happy birthday, Mr. Moriarty. Still feels like the day after Superman died.

  7. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted February 8, 2017 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

    Amusingly, a professor of mine at Penn who had previously taught at William and Mary was one of the first non-Catholics to gain access to some archive in Spain, because the folks there thought he was from the college of Saints William and Mary.
    They were of course, the Protestant King and Queen of England, Scotland, and Ireland.

  8. Mark R.
    Posted February 8, 2017 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

    Neal for sure…but I’d give a heart to James Dean as well.

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