Category Archives: Gus

Friday, Hili dialogue

When you read this on the morning of January 13, I’ll be waiting at Midway Airport for my flight to LAX (yes, Friday the 13th). As a food holiday, it’s a double: National Gluten-Free Day and National Peach Melba Day. Fortunately, I don’t think Peach Melba (named after the singer Nellie Melba) has gluten, so you can […]

Thursday: Hili dialogue

Good morning! It’s Thursday, January 12, 2017. Tomorrow I’m leaving for the LogiCal 2017 meetings in LA (LAX) till Monday. Catch me there if you’re in the area, and if you want a book signed, best to bring one as I’m not sure how many they’ll have on sale. (Say “Meow” for a cat drawing!). In […]

Monday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

It’s Monday, January 9, 2017, and a balmy 23° F (-5° C) in Chicago; we have some snow predicted for today. It’s also National Apricot Day (though I don’t think they’re in season), and National Cassoulet Day, celebrating one of my favorite French dishes. In India, it’s Non-Resident Indian Day, celebrating the contributions of Indians […]

Thursday: Hili dialogue

Good morning on January 5, 2017: National Whipped Cream Day. It’s also National Bird Day in the U.S., with lots of birders fanning out throughout the US to watch our feathered friends. It’s also National Sausage Day in the UK, where I guarantee thousands of Briths, Welsh, Scots, and inhabitants of Norn Iron will be tucking into […]

Sunday: Hili dialogue

Well, here we are in 2017, and although of course the designation of a year’s beginning is arbitrary, we can’t help but take stock of the past year (not a great one!) and anticipate what will come (in U.S. politics, horrible things). Yes, it’s New Year’s Day, and has been declared National Bloody Mary Day […]

Saturday: Hili dialogue

It’s Christmas Eve: December 24, 2016. That means there’s only one frenetic shopping day left till Xmas and the First Day of Koynezaa. And, yes, it’s National Egg Nog Day. Now I know people claim that they’ve had good eggnog, and I’m sure that somewhere on this planet lurks a drinkable specimen—but I’ve not had […]

Wednesday: Hili dialogue

It’s December 21, 2016, with four shopping days left until Xmas and the First Day of Koynezaa.  It’s also another double food holiday: National French Fried Shrimp Day and National Hamburger Day. So have a burger for me! It’s also São Tomé Day, celebrating the African island where I did fly field work on flies. And it’s Winter Solstice—the shortest […]

Monday: Hili dialogue

It’s December 19, 2016, with six shopping days left before Christmas and the beginning of Koynezaa. It’s National Hard Candy Day and National Oatmeal Muffin Day, presumably with the latter a palliative for the former.  Otherwise, there are no notable holidays on the planet, save Goa Liberation Day in India. On this day in 1777, George […]

Wednesday: Hili dialogue

Good morning. It’s cold in Chicago: a balmy 9°F (-13°C), and predicted to stay that way or even get chillier. It’s December 14, 2016, and only 11 shopping days left for Christmas (Professor Ceiling Cat [Emeritus] will, as usual, get bupkes). In the U.S. it’s both National Biscuits and Gravy Day (an estimable dish when prepared […]

Monday: Hili dialogue

It’s December 12, 2016—two weeks till Boxing Day. And it’s both National Cocoa Day (appropriate given the amount of snow and the cold temperatures here) and also National Ambrosia Day, a fruit salad made with a variety of things that don’t meld well (Wikipedia gives the most common ingredients as fresh or sweetened pineapple, mandarin […]