Tuesday: Hili dialogue

Good morning; it’s Tuesday, July 25, 2017.  This morning I must go downtown to pick up my freshly cleaned Panasonic Lumix camera, so posting may be light. But it’s a good food day: National Hot Fudge Sundae Day, a comestible I haven’t had in several years. It’s not that I avoid this calorific treat, but simply that it’s hard to get a good one in Chicago—one made with homemade fudge sauce, good vanilla ice cream, and lashings of genuine whipped cream. There is one go-to place in Chicago: Margie’s Candies, founded in 1921 (its interior looks like it), and famous for its ice cream treats, as well as for hosting the Beatles, who, according to Wikipedia, “came into Margie’s with five girls and ordered several six-scoop “Atomic Sundaes” to share with them.” Their sundaes are terrific, and I must go there soon.  They look like this (the fudge sauce is homemade, thick, and rich).

Kudos to the reader who’s had a hot fudge sundae most recently.

On July 25, 1797, Admiral Horatio Nelson lost more than 300 of his men (and his right arm) while trying to conquer Tenerife in Spain.  On this day in 1898, the United States took over Puerto Rico from Spain; it remains an “unincorporated territory of the U.S.”  On this day in 1909, only 5½ years after the Wright Brothers’ first flight, Louis Blériot made the first flight across the English Channel in an airplane, flying from Calais to Dover in 37 minutes. And surely many of you remember this day in 1965, when Bob Dylan played at the Newport Folk Festival with an electric guitar and an electric backing band (the Paul Butterfield Blues Band). He was roundly booed for the “impurity” of using electric instruments, and I remember that “scandal” well. Here’s the first song of that set, “Maggie’s Farm”:

Notables born on this day include two great painters, Thomas Eakins (1844) and Maxfield Parrish (1870), as well as molecular geneticist Rosalind Franklin (1920, died 1958) and climber Lionel Terray (1921, died on a rock climb in 1965). Here is Eakins with his kitty:

Eakins was a photographer and sculptor as well as a painter; here’s one of his photos, “Amelia van Buren with a Cat”

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any paintings by Parrish that included a cat, but here’s one that I like a lot, “The Lantern Bearers” (1908):

UPDATE: Reader Robin called my attention to Parrish’s “Puss in Boots”, which sold for over a million bucks at Christie’s. The link is wrong, but here’s the painting:

Not many people I recognize died on this day; the only one I want to name is golfer Ben Hogan (did 1997).

Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is still being solipsistic. I’ll have to give her a lesson in humility when I see her soon.

Cyrus: What do you think about our humans?
Hili: They are decent people, they have great respect for me.
In Polish:
Cyrus: Co sądzisz o naszych ludziach?
Hili: To porządni ludzie, oni mnie bardzo szanują.



  1. Richard
    Posted July 25, 2017 at 7:05 am | Permalink

    Tenerife may be Spanish (though it might not have been if Nelson had succeeded) but it is in the Canary Islands, not Spain. 🙂

    • Posted July 25, 2017 at 7:11 am | Permalink

      Does that mean that Honolulu is not in America?

      • Randy schenck
        Posted July 25, 2017 at 7:59 am | Permalink

        Apparently not if you believe Trump. By the way, Rachel Maddow covered the events going on over in Poland last night on her show. Maybe we need to go to Poland to learn how democracy works…way to go people of Poland.

      • Richard
        Posted July 25, 2017 at 8:21 am | Permalink

        Just as Port Stanley is not in Britain. 🙂

  2. Posted July 25, 2017 at 7:54 am | Permalink

    The people of Tenerife, do not think of themselves as Spanish, in fact the language is spoken without the Lisp, as in Gracias as opposed to Grathias.

    • Fernando Peregrin
      Posted July 25, 2017 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

      Who has told you this falsehood? Where do you get it?

      Wrong. The ‘Tinerfeños’ feel as Spaniards as they feel Canarians (of the Canary Islands).

      The language of Tenerife is Castilian, (a. k. a. Spanish outside Spain, for we have other Spanish lenguages as Catalán, Vasco, Gallego … and is not politicaly correct this days in Spain to sigle out just the Castilian as Spanish language). with a very characteristic and mellow accent that is very popular in the rest of Spain.

      For those of you who understand Spanish, I recommend this brief video

      The Canarian accent, the favorite of Spaniards

  3. darrelle
    Posted July 25, 2017 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    I never was much for condiments on my ice cream, but I sure wouldn’t mind trying a Margie’s Candies hot fudge sundae.

    My favorite version of Maggie’s Farm by far is the cover by Rage Against The Machine. Kudos to Bob for writing it though.

    The Lantern Bearers is beautiful. I love how he was able to make the lanterns appear so luminous.

    • rickflick
      Posted July 25, 2017 at 11:07 am | Permalink

      “he was able to make the lanterns appear so luminous”

      It’s a trick. He made everything else darker. The luminosity is purely an illusion. The fact that we are seeing the image through the medium of glowing pixels doesn’t hurt either. 😉

      • darrelle
        Posted July 25, 2017 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

        I suppose “trick” works. I rather think of it as skill. Given the same tools neither I or a majority of artists could achieve that as well as Parrish did, even knowing how it is done.

        • rickflick
          Posted July 25, 2017 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

          What’s that old, old, adage, “tricks by itself, if it does not have skill, is dead”.

  4. Ken Kukec
    Posted July 25, 2017 at 8:49 am | Permalink

    Dylan’s backing band for his electric set at Newport included the Butterfield Band’s virtuoso guitarist, Mike Bloomfield, and the P3B rhythm section, but also some others, such as Al Kooper.

    My ex-wife was a little Navy brat at the time living down the road on the base in Middletown. She got to tag along that day when some older kids on the base wound up with an extra ticket at the last minute. She was up on somebody’s shoulders when Dylan came out to play Like a Rolling Stone. She says the crowd began booing when they saw the electric instruments, but by the time the tune was done, most were cheering. (This is borne out, I think, by films of the event.)

    Think I’ll give her a call tonight, have her tell me that story one more time.

  5. Robin Wiley
    Posted July 25, 2017 at 9:14 am | Permalink

    Puss in Boots by Maxfield Parrish

    See – http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/maxfield-pa

  6. Mobius
    Posted July 25, 2017 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    ZOMG! My blood sugar spiked just looking at that first picture.

  7. Scientifik
    Posted July 25, 2017 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    Happened also #OTD…

    This historic event would change the course of entire WWII.

  8. John Conoboy
    Posted July 25, 2017 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    Have not had a hot fudge sundae since our last visit to Monterey, Calfornia in 2014. When in Monterey or in San Francisco, we always go to Ghiradelli’s and get a hot fudge sundae. I have a jar of their hot fudge sauce in the fridge, but still have not opened it. There are plenty of recipes online if someone wants to make their own hot fudge sauce. A lot of commercial chocolate sauces, like Hershey’s, are just chocolate flavored high fructose corn syrup, so it is important to check ingredients when buying at the grocery store.

  9. Fernando Peregrin
    Posted July 25, 2017 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    Excuse me a bit of Spanish chauvinism in this comment

    Today July 25 is the feast of Santiago, the Apostle. James the son of Zebedee is the patron saint of Spaniards, and as such is often identified as Santiago.

    Catedral de Santiago de Compostela

    • Fernando Peregrin
      Posted July 25, 2017 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

      More of Santiago el Apóstol

      The Camino de Santiago (Latin: Peregrinatio Compostellana, Galician: Camiño de Santiago), also known by the English names Way of St. James, St. James’s Way, St. James’s Path, St. James’s Trail, Route of Santiago de Compostela, and Road to Santiago, is the name of any of the pilgrimage routes, known as pilgrim ways, to the shrine of the apostle St. James the Great in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain, where tradition has it that the remains of the saint are buried. Many follow its routes as a form of spiritual path or retreat for their spiritual growth. It is also popular with hiking and cycling enthusiasts as well as organized tours.

      In addition to the “path of spirituality”, which we atheists care little about, it is a lot of fun walking in the Spanish part of the ‘Camino’, alongside ‘pergerinos’ of half the world — by the way, when I did it, I met a lot of Americans – and with beautiful landscapes and very good regional food.

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