Category Archives: Hili Dialogue

Monday: Hili dialogue

It’s Monday again—February 4, 2019, and the worst of winter’s cold seems to be behind us. (Today’s high temperature in Chicago is predicted to be 49°F, or 9°C, and almost all the snow has melted.) It’s National Homemade Soup Day (no chance of that in my crib), and also Rosa Parks Day, celebrating the civil rights […]

Sunday: Hili dialogue

It’s Sunday, February 3, 2019, and National Carrot Cake Day. I like the stuff, so long as it has cream-cheese frosting. It’s also Four Chaplains Day in the US, honoring four Army chaplains who died on February 3, 1943, when their troop ship, the Dorchester, was torpedoed by the Germans. There weren’t enough life jackets for all […]

Saturday: Hili dialogue (Groundhog Day prognostication live!)

As this goes to press, Punxsutawney Phil, the prognosticating groundhog (Marmota monax), is about to predict the weather. See the video below; I’m putting this up early so you can watch live (if you’re awake). It’s Caturday Saturday, February 2, 2019, Groundhog Day, and National Tater Tot Day, celebrating those nuggets of grated and deep-fried […]

Friday: Hili dialogue

It’s Friday at last—February 1, 2019—and I’m glad that the frigid week is nearly over.  It’s National Cake Pop Day, a recent confectionary innovation that’s okay for kids but not substantive enough for those with larger sweet tooths (teeth?) And it’s the beginning of Black History Month. Further, as I’m told by the ex-Muslims of […]

Thursday: Hili dialogue

It’s Thursday, January 31, 2019, and I must hie myself downtown for a “Global Entry” interview, conducted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to see if I’m trustworthy enough to breeze through customs upon returning to the U.S. from overseas (I already had such an interview for “TSA Precheck”. But, though the government is now […]

Wednesday: Hili dialogue

I am writing this from bed upon arising. I see that temperature is -18°F (-28°C), and I can hear the wind howling outside. It’s going to be a cold walk to work! I am ready to go out. I’m wearing a thin down jacket under a heavier down jacket with a hood, two hats (a […]

Tuesday: Hili dialogue

It’s Tuesday, January 29, 2019, and a cold morning in Chicago (right now it’s 10°F or -12°C). But Wednesday is going to be the real killer, with a high of -12°F or -24°C). With the wind, it may feel like—get this— -50°F, or -46°C! That would be the lowest temperature I’ve experienced in Chicago, and perhaps a […]

Monday: Hili dialogue

It’s a cold Monday in Chicago: January 28, 2019, and National Blueberry Pancake Day, celebrating a truly indigenous (and delicious) American food. It’s also Data Privacy Day, celebrated, as Wikipedia notes, “in the United States, Canada, India and 47 European countries.” It’s a cold Monday, and snowing: when I walked to work the temperature was 1°F (-17°C), and it’s going […]

Sunday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

It’s Sunday, January 27, 2019 and that means it’s National Chocolate Cake Day. It’s also International Holocaust Remembrance Day, honoring the day in 1945 when the Red Army liberated the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. If you’re ever in Kraków, Poland, do go visit it, as I did a few years ago. I can’t say it’s a […]

Saturday: Hili dialogue

It’s Saturday, January 26, 2019, and the weekend is here. It’s shaping up to be the coldest week in the 33 years I’ve been in Chicago, with two snowstorms between now and Monday and sub-freezing temperatures next week. Here are the high and low temperatures for both days in Fahrenheit and Celsius. At the moment […]