Wednesday: Hili dialogue

Good morning on a drizzly Wednesday, October 11, 2017. Last night the baseball game at Wrigley Field between the Chicago Cubs and the Washington Nationals was canceled because of rain, disappointing a number of local fans who hoped that the Cubs would win, thereby clinching the Central Division title of the National League—a step towards playing in the World Series. (The game will be played today.) Although I haven’t yet gone outside, I read that it’s 58° F (14° C), and I can hear the wind howling against the window. I’m afraid that this will be the first time in months that I’ll have to put on a jacket.

It’s National Sausage Pizza Day; that meat is an essential component of any good Chicago pizza. (For good deep-dish pizza in Chicago, try Uno’s version with lots of homemade sausage and fresh garlic.) It’s also International Day of the Girl Child, a UN-inspired celebration of gender equality. And once again, not much happened on this day in history. On October 11, 1910, Wikipedia reports this momentous event: “Former President Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first U.S. president to fly in an airplane. He flew for four minutes with Arch Hoxsey in a plane built by the Wright brothers at Kinloch Field (Lambert–St. Louis International Airport), St. Louis, Missouri”. On this day in 1975, the NBC show “Saturday Night Live” debuted.  I remember watching it for the first time: I went over to a friend’s house late at night, and there on the television was John Belushi dressed as a giant bee. The show has never come close to the quality it had in those days. Finally, on this day in 1984, Kathryn D. Sullivan, an astronaut aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger, became the first American woman to walk in space.

Notables born on this day include Eleanor Roosevelt (1884), Jerome Robbins (1918), and Daryl Hall. Let’s have a song by an aging but still terrific Hall (I’ve put this up before, but let’s see it again; vocals by Mayer Hawthorne with Booker T on the organ). If you look in the dictionary under “rocker,” you’ll find this song. (If you want another from Daryl’s House, watch this one.)

Those who died on October 11 include Meriwether Lewis (1809; it’s a mystery whether he was murdered or committed suicide), Jean Cocteau (1963), Dorothea Lange (1965), and the great Marine general Chesty Puller (1971; I once knew another Marine General who knew him). Here’s Lange’s most famous photograph, “Migrant mother”, taken during the Depression in California. The subject, Florence Thompson, was working as a pea picker. She looks about fifty, but was only 32:

Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili thinks all our nutses belong to her:

Hili: A crow on the roof with our nut in its beak!
A: You are getting carried away with this possesive feeling.
In Polish:
Hili: Wrona na dachu z naszym orzechem w dziobie!
Ja: Przesadzasz z tym poczuciem własności.


Another two tweets pinched from Heather Hastie, who’s a great finder of these things. FIrst, a marvel of sexual selection, the male Mandarin Duck,

. . . and an albino owl, which surely wouldn’t survive in the wild:

And two from reader Charleen, who needs a cat:

Finally, one contributed by reader Blue:


  1. Randy schenck
    Posted October 11, 2017 at 7:12 am | Permalink

    Good Grief – there is even a video over on YouTube showing Roosevelt taking that flight. He was even crazier than I thought.

    I knew a guy who served under Chesty Puller in Korea. They man was all marine.

  2. darrelle
    Posted October 11, 2017 at 8:06 am | Permalink

    International day of The Girl Child? I’ll have to play Wild Child by The Doors this evening, at level 11, in honor of my daughter. By the time she was about 5 it became evident to me that that song was about her.

    I love Uno’s Chicago Classic deep dish pizza. The sausage is definitely key, but the chunky tomato “sauce” is just as important I think.

    You Make My Dreams Come True is not a favorite of mine, but a good song. That rendition (posted above) is better than the original release. My favorite Hall & Oates would have to be Sarah Smile.

  3. George
    Posted October 11, 2017 at 8:10 am | Permalink

    I don’t care for Uno’s. Have not been there in a while – too many bad pizzas. Bitter sauce and dense dough. Lou Malnati’s makes a much better deep dish. I prefer stuffed pizza to deep dish – yes there is a difference. Nancy’s claims to have invented the stuffed pizza. I think their sauce is too sweet and prefer Giordano’s.

    What I really like is a great crispy thin crust like Pat’s.

    • darrelle
      Posted October 11, 2017 at 9:17 am | Permalink

      I haven’t had Uno’s very often, not many opportunities to, but I’ve never had anything but a good pizza there. Definitely not had bitter sauce there.

      Like you I like a variety of pizza styles. I like good examples of deep dish, stuffed, thin crust, New York style, bring ’em all on.

      Regarding stuffed pizza, back in the early ’80s Pizza Hut had a stuffed pizza they called Priazzo. It was by far the best thing Pizza Hut ever did. The dumbest thing they ever did was to stop making it. On a more positive note, after not having access to stuffed pizza for 15+ years, just a few months ago I discovered a small local pizza joint that makes a great stuffed pizza. And they’re only 5 minutes from my house.

  4. Posted October 11, 2017 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    The Cubs are already Central Division Champions, they are contesting the Nats to see who plays for the National League Championship against the Dodgers to see who then goes on the World Series.

    On Wed, Oct 11, 2017 at 6:45 AM, Why Evolution Is True wrote:

    > whyevolutionistrue posted: “Good morning on a drizzly Wednesday, October > 11, 2017. Last night the baseball game at Wrigley Field between the Chicago > Cubs and the Washington Nationals was canceled because of rain, > disappointing a number of local fans who hoped that the Cubs would win” >

  5. Posted October 11, 2017 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    I find Meriwether Lewis a fascinating historical figure. The questions about his death just add to the intrigue.

    • Randy schenck
      Posted October 11, 2017 at 10:55 am | Permalink

      I always thought the lean was more toward suicide. May have included mercury poison.

      • Posted October 11, 2017 at 11:11 am | Permalink

        We know he died from two gunshot wounds. Is there a theory he was deranged from mercury poisoning? If they ever exhume his body, perhaps that could be tested.

        I know many historians and his associates like Jefferson have concluded suicide because he indicated such tendency, but the Natchez trace was a dangerous place, and there are known inconsistencies in the innkeeper’s testimony.

        • Randy schenck
          Posted October 11, 2017 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

          It has been a long time since I read on this subject but I know he was having lots of difficulty writing the report for the president about the journey. He just was not able to concentrate and get it done. I also recall they use to administer mercury for VD in those days and that can lead to mental problems as well.

  6. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted October 11, 2017 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    There’s some debate as to whether sex compulsion is really an “addiction” in the sense that cocaine and alcohol are. The basic neurological and psychological mechanisms are different.

    Polanski was actually fleeing and a fugitive from the law (largely due to wild inconsistencies in his treatment from one DA to another) after sexual assault on a minor, so I’m not sure I see the analogy there.

    Polanski’s transgressions are greater, though with fewer victims, and some may want to cut RP some ethical slack due to his truly bizarre childhood, but HW has no such excuse.

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