Category Archives: Hili Dialogue

Saturday: Hili dialogue

As of 7 p.m. this evening, summer is ended, finito, gone. It sleeps with the fishes and sings in the choir invisible. For today is the beginning of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere: September 22, 2018. The temperature has dropped rapidly in Chicago: on Thursday we reached a high of 93° F (34° C), a […]

Friday: Hili dialogue

It’s Friday, September 21, 2018, and the last day of summer. Tomorrow the first-year students arrive for orientation at the University of Chicago. My ducks are still around, and it’s National Pecan Cookie Day (ducks don’t like pecan cookies). Even better, it’s International Day of Peace (or “World Peace Day”). Today’s Google Doodle (click on screenshot […]

Thursday: Hili dialogue

Good morning! It’s Thursday, September 20, 2018, and we have two more days of summer to go. Appropriately, it’s National Rum Punch Day. An example: Rum Punch 1 part dark rum 1 part coconut rum. 1 part pineapple juice. 1 part orange juice. 1/2 part lime juice. Splash of grenadine. I have never had one of these […]

Wednesday: Hili dialogue

It’s Hump Day: Wednesday, September 19, 2018, with three days of summer left (that includes today). It’s National Butterscotch Pudding Day, a dessert that I ate as a child, much debased since it came from a Jell-O box. It’s also International Talk Like a Pirate Day, about which Wikipedia says this: An observer of this holiday would […]

Tuesday: Hili dialogue

It’s Tuesday, September 18, 2018, and summer is drawing to a close (there are four days left after today). It’s National Cheeseburger Day (“no Coke—Pepsi!”) as well as World Water Monitoring Day. As for your host, PCC(E) is a happy man because his mallards have returned, and they’re together, clearly suggesting a romantic bond. I […]

Monday: Hili dialogue

Good morning: it’s Monday, September 17, 2018, and the week that orientation begins for students at the University of Chicago (“O-week” starts on Saturday the 22nd—the first day of fall in our hemisphere). It’s also National Apple Dumpling Day, celebrating a pastry not often seen, as well as Constitution Day in the U.S., celebrating the signing […]

Sunday: Hili dialogue

It’s Sunday, September 16, 2018, and Father forgive me, for I have slept late. The pond is still bereft of ducks; I do not think I will see my mallards again. The duck farming season is over, and the crop has been sent south—or somewhere near the Mississippi Flyway. It was a good year, what […]

Saturday: Hili dialogue

PCC(E) has returned, but is tired and pressed for time. A big thanks to Grania for doing the Hili Dialogues in my absence, and also for providing all the tweets today. It’s Saturday, September 15, 2018, and a cursory inspection of Botany Pond this morning showed no ducks. They’ve probably fled because their islands were […]

Friday: Hili dialogue

by Grania Welcome to the end of the week. It’s Amy Winehouse’s birthday today (1983-2011), and as Jerry is particularly fond of her music we are going to have three songs to listen to. Other points of interest in history today: in 1956 the IBM 305 RAMAC was introduced, the first commercial computer to use disk storage; in 2000  […]

Thursday: Hili dialogue

by Grania Good morning everyone! I hope everyone is safe and coffee’d up for the day. #florence #HurricaneFlorence Florence downgraded to category 2 hurricane, continues course toward Carolina coast. Image from satellites. — Brian Burns (@brianbledger) September 13, 2018 In history today Hannibal Goodwin patented celluloid photographic film in 1898. In 1899  Henry Bliss became the first person in the […]