Category Archives: Hili Dialogue

Thursday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

Happy Thursday, April 27, 2017: National Prime Rib Day (make mine rare!). In South Africa it’s Freedom Day, commemorating the first elections after apartheid ended, held on April 27, 1994. And reader Dom just informed me that it’s World Tapir Day, which it indeed is. There are four species! Here’s a question: why the odd […]

Wednesday: Hili dialogue

Top of the morning to you on April 26, 2017. (Or, as a friend used to say, “Grease the new day!”)  It’s National Pretzel Day, and make mine one of those soft German pretzels sprinkled with coarse salt and daubed with mustard. That and a liter of Löwenbrau. It’s also Hug a Friend Day, but […]

Tuesday: Hili dialogue

Good morning to all; it’s Tuesday, April 25, 2017, and it’s both National Crotilla Day (think “croissant + tortilla” and National Zucchini Bread Day. I’ve never had a crotilla, and I don’t like zucchini bread (I despise the ubiquitous and easily-grown vegetable), though for some reason I love carrot cake, especially with cream cheese icing. Here are crotillas, devised […]

Monday: Hili dialogue

I am late this morning because–mirabile dictu–I have overslept! Till 6:15! Oy! Anyway, I’m told that it’s Monday, April 24, 2017, and it’s National Pigs-in-a-Blanket Day. Do other lands like Britain have these things? If not, here are les porcs dans des couvertures: I haven’t had one of these dough-encased hot dogs in decades. It’s also World Day […]

Sunday: Hili dialogue

Greetings on Sunday (Ceiling Cat’s Day), April 23, 2017. It’s a double food holiday: National Cherry Cheesecake Day and National Picnic Day, though I prefer my cheesecake plain (cherries are too much, and mask the pure cheesecake flavor), and it’s too cold in Chicago for a picnic. It’s also World Book Day, a project of UNESCO.  I’ll […]

Friday: Hili dialogue

Congratulations! We’ve almost made it through another work week, as it’s Friday, April 21, 2017. It’s also an odd food holiday: National Chocolate-Covered Cashews Day. An estimable comestible to be sure, but I’ve never had one. It’s also an important Rastafarian holiday in Jamaica: Grounation Day, honoring Haile Selassie’s 1966 visit to Jamaica. On this day in […]

Thursday: Hili dialogue

Welcome to Thursday, April 20, 2017! And it’s an extra good day because it’s National Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Day, a cake I dearly love (even when made with canned pineapple), but which I haven’t had in ages! It’s also “4/20” Day (in American date style), and 420 is widely celebrated as a number connected with […]

Wednesday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

PCC(E) has returned, and today I resume the Hili Dialogues, with copious thanks to Grania for steering the leaky old tub in my absence. And good morning on April 19, 2017—National Rice Ball Day. But rice balls are boring compared to the noms celebrated yesterday, which was National Animal Crackers Day.  To re-experience that childhood treat (remember […]

Tuesday: Hili dialogue

by Grania Good morning! I suspect Jerry is jet-lagged this morning, but I am sure he will join us later on. Today in 1689 there was a popular uprising against the Governor of New England, now called the Boston Revolt. In 1906 San Francisco was hit by an earthquake that killed 3000 people and caused large-scale […]

Monday: Hili dialogue

by Grania Today archaeologist Leonard Woolley was born (1880-1960). He headed up the expedition that first properly excavated the ancient Mesopotamian city-state of Ur, including remarkably unlooted royal tombs and temples. British actor Sean Bean also has a birthday today, known best for his roles in Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones and the interminable Major […]