Category Archives: Gus

Tuesday: Hili dialogue (and a Gusiversary special)

Good morning on a tropical February 21 (2017) in Chicago, with a predicted high temperature of 64° F (18° C) today. It’s a triple-header food holiday, too: National Pancake Day, National Sticky Bun Day, and National Biscuits and Gravy Day. I can get behind all of those, and if you haven’t had good Southern biscuits and gravy for […]

Wednesday: Hili dialogue

Good morning on Wednesday February 15, 2017. It should be National Leftover Candy day, but it’s actually National Gumdrop Day and National Chewing Gum Day. It’s also National Flag Day of Canada, celebrating the adoption of its current flag in 1965: And can somebody tell me why the hockey team is called the “Maple Leafs” rather than the […]

Tuesday: Hili dialogue

Good morning on a balmy February 14 in Chicago: Valentine’s Day! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ I hope you sent a nice treat to your loved one(s).  Meanwhile, a Pakistani court has banned Valentine’s Day in the whole country, declaring that it’s “against the teachings of Islam” (what: they don’t like love?),  and the flower-sellers are deeply upset.  So be […]

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, […]

Monday: Hili dialogue

Well, here we are: another week older and deeper in debt. It’s Monday, February 6, 2017: “National Chopstix Day” in the U.S. They’re not even a food, and they’re spelled wrong, too. And, as always on this date, it’s the UN-sponsored “International day for zero tolerance to female genital mutilation.” (Note that neither the word “Islam” […]

Sunday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

Good morning; it’s Sunday, February 5, 2017, and it’s World Nutella Day. If you eat it (or even if you don’t), PuffHo has obligingly compiled “11 things you really should know if you love Nutella.” Not all of these facts are palatable: for instance, 56% of the stuff is straight sugar, and the second ingredient […]

Tuesday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

Good morning on the last day of January (the 31st), 2017! It’s a Tuesday, the cruelest day, but take a restorative, as it’s also National Hot Chocolate Day. (I sometimes throw a bit of cocoa powder into my morning latte to make it a bit mocha-ish.) In Austria it’s Street Children’s Day, calling attention to homeless kids. […]

Friday: Hili dialogue

Good morning! We’re reached the end of the week, for it’s Friday, January 27, 2017. This means that in the U.S. it’s National Chocolate Cake Day, and most everywhere it’s International Holocaust Remembrance Day, marking the day on which the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp was liberated by the Russian Army in 1945. On this day in 1302, Dante was […]

Wednesday: Hili dialogue

Good morning on a wet Chicago Wednesday—January 25, 2017.  It’s National Irish Coffee Day (didn’t we just have that?), one of the few “sweet” drinks I actually like, particularly when made with Jameson’s Irish Whiskey, strong black coffee (preferably a triple or quadruple espresso), and real whipped cream. It’s also National Voters’ Day in India, […]

Friday: Hili dialogue

It’s Friday, January 20, and the food holiday is both National Buttercrunch Day and National Cheese Lover’s Day. More important, it’s also Penguin Awareness Day; reader Dom informed me that the picture below, which shows all 18 species of penguins, was tweeted by the Royal Society. In my view, you should be able to name at least eight species: Start […]