Sunday, Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

Well, we’re into the second day of July now, 2017, and the weather in Chicago will be hot and humid for the next week. The University is empty, of course, so it’s a bit lonely. It’s National Anisette Day, celebrating the licorice-flavored drink that has an incarnation in many places. I do like it on its home ground: I’ll drink ouzo in Greece and Pernod in France, but somehow it never tastes as good when I have it in the U.S. and aren’t in a French or Greek café. I suppose that means that ambiance contributes to the flavor!  I hate to mention this, but it’s World UFO Day, in which people are encouraged to look for them in the sky. What a crock! Finally, it’s the 183rd day of the year, so we’re officially halfway through 2017: 182 days before us and 182 to go.

On this day in 1776, the American Continental Congress adopted the “Lee Resolution” that declared the establishment of the “United Colonies” as independent from Great Britain. The formal, written-up declaration was adopted two days later as the Declaration of Independence, which is why we have a Big Holiday on Tuesday. Here’s the Lee Resolution; Wikipedia gives the caption:

“The resolution for independency agreed to July 2, 1776”. The marks at the bottom right indicate the twelve colonies that voted for independence. The thirteenth colony, New York, abstained.

On this day in 1881, U.S. President James Garfield was shot by the assassin, Charles J. Guiteau; Garfield didn’t die immediately but succumbed on September 19 to complications from the wound.  On this day in 1900, the first Zeppelin took to the air at Lake Constance near Friedrichshafen, Germany. Here’s what looks to be a doctored up photo of that flight:

On this day in 1937, aviator  Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan, trying to make the first around-the-world flight at the Equator, were last heard from over the Pacific Ocean. They may have found her remains on Gardner Island; read more at the link. On this day in 1962, the first Wal-Mart opened in Rogers, Arkansas. July 2, 1964 was a big day in American history: Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, prohibiting segregation in public places, including schools. In 1976, the Republic of Vietnam fell to the North. Finally, on this day in 2002, Steve Fossett became the first person to fly solo and nonstop around the world in a balloon.

Notables born on this day include  René Lacoste (1904), Hans Bethe (1906), Thurgood Marshall (1908), Pierre Cardin (1922; still here at 95), Imelda Marcos (1929), Vincente Fox (1942), Jerry Hall (1956, one of few notable women named Jerry, and the reason I got Mr. Das to name a female cat in Bangalore “Jerry”), Jose Canseco (1964), and Lindsay Lohan (1986). Those who died on this day include Nostradamus (1566), Ernest Hemingway (1961; suicide), Vladimir Nabokov (1977), James Stewart (1997), Beverly Sills (2007), and Elie Wiesel (last year).

Here’s Beverly Sills, also known as “Bubbles”, singing “Arditi: Il bacio” in the short film “Uncle Sol Solves It” (1938) as a child. She was eight. She’s not quite there yet, but you can see what’s coming (it was her first recording):

Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is using a question as an excuse to get noms:

Hili: Do you think that I prefer chicken of beef pate?
A: Chicken.
Hili: I think so too.
 In Polish:
Hili: Jak sądzisz, czy wolę pasztet z kurczaka czy z wołowiny?
Ja: Z kurczaka.
Hili: Też tak myślałam.
And nearby, on the site where Leon and his staff are still waiting for their wooden house to arrive from southern Poland, the staff has removed the last remains of the previous house. As always, Leon looks concerned and serious. I love the blotches on his front legs.

Leon: Rain is coming, Where will you hide your guests?


  1. Historian
    Posted July 2, 2017 at 7:33 am | Permalink

    The search for Amelia Earhart never ends. On June 30th, National Geographic posted an article that discusses a new expedition to find her that has embarked for Nikumaroro Island.

  2. Randy schenck
    Posted July 2, 2017 at 7:44 am | Permalink

    New York state remained slow throughout the move to independence and to create a government finally under the Constitution a decade later. Many loyalist in the big city and if not for Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant, New York would have had no signers on the Constitution. I guess if you had Hamilton, that is all you needed. How far we have fallen to have what New York now provides.

  3. Desnes Diev
    Posted July 2, 2017 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    “I’ll drink ouzo in Greece and Pernod in France”

    You mean pastis in France. Pernod’s “51” is one of the major brands of pastis but not the only one (Ricard, Berger, Casanis…).

    In Provence, drops of syrup are sometimes added to pastis: mint syrup to make a “perroquet” or pomegranate (“grenadine”) for a “tomate”. Perhaps you could invent the “Chicago” by adding a local flavor to pastis, ouzo, or to the turkish arak?

    • Randy schenck
      Posted July 2, 2017 at 8:56 am | Permalink

      I suspect the firewater in Italy is Grappa, but I was never a hard liquor person. I recall an item at the Garden club in Aviano, Italy that we called blue flame because if you poured some out on the table and put a match to it, there was a nice blue flame.

    • Posted July 2, 2017 at 11:10 am | Permalink

      I prefer Pernod to the other brands, and always order that one.

      • Desnes Diev
        Posted July 2, 2017 at 11:44 am | Permalink

        I understand. I am personally more partial to Casanis and some less known brands.

        Randy Schenck: it was possibly sambuca. An anisette that is often served burning with some coffee beans in the glass.

  4. W.Benson
    Posted July 2, 2017 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    I like this Hans Bethe quote concerning mere naturalists:
    “If gravitation supplies the energy [of the sun as proposed by Hermann von Helmholtz], there is enough energy available to supply the radiation for about 10^15 sec which is about 30 million years. This was long enough for nineteenth century physicists [e.g., Lord Kelvin], and certainly a great deal longer than man’s recorded history. It was not long enough for the biologists of the time. Darwin’s theory of evolution had just become popular, and biologists [naturalists?] argued with Helmholtz that evolution would require a longer time than 30 million years, and that therefore his energy source for the sun was insufficient. They were right.”
    Hans Bethe (Dec. 11, 1967), Nobel Lecture on “Energy Production in Stars.”

  5. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted July 2, 2017 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    I saw Jerry Hall on stage in the 1990s as “Mrs. Robinson” in a stage adaptation of “The Graduate”.

    Of course, Jeri is a common female name.

  6. Dale Franzwa
    Posted July 3, 2017 at 12:14 am | Permalink

    Ah, Beverley Sills (originally, Silverstein), one of my all-time favorite opera stars. As a teen-she landed a bit part in a daytime soap opera (wish I could remember the name), sponsored by Rinso Soap. During the commercial breaks she sang the product ditty: “Rinso white, Rinso bright. Happy little washday song.” (That was all there was to it).

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