Category Archives: Leon monologue

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 […]

Monday: Hili dialogue & Leon monologue

by Grania On this day in 837, Halley’s Comet made its closest approach to earth  at a distance of 5.1 million kilometres. Its earliest verifiable mention was 240 BC and it became famous in Europe in 1066 when it was interpreted as an omen before the Battle of Hastings. Just as calamitous (for some) on this day […]

Sunday: Hili dialogue (with extra Leon)

by Grania Happy birthday to Sam Harris, the Bob Newhart of the “New” Atheists. Sam shares his birthday with Australian ballet dancer Robert Helpmann (1909 – 1986). Later on in his career, Helpmann played the Child Catcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and scared the bejeezus out of a generation of children. It’s also the birthday […]

Monday: Hili dialogue

by Grania Morning all! Welcome to a new week. It’s the birthday of Quentin Tarantino (1963),  director and actor who rose meteorically to fame with his 1992 film Reservoir Dogs, which I still think is one of his best films out of a strong field. In contrast, and I realise that my opinion is a […]

Wednesday: Hili dialogue (& Leon lagniappe)

by Grania Good morning! Jerry is in dreamland after a day spent prepping for tomorrow’s Great Kea Hunt. More later on this. For the rest of us, it’s business as usual. Today is the birthday of William Shatner (1931) a man whose identity is now forever intrinsically merged with Captain James T. Kirk of Star […]

Saturday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

Good morning on Saturday, March 4, 2017. It will be chilly in Chicago this week (right now it’s a few degrees below freezing), but the weather will begin warming up in a few days, so I’m going out on a limb to predict that the worst of winter is over. It’s National Poundcake Day, a dessert best eaten […]

Monday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

It’s Monday again: February 27, 2017, and remember that tomorrow is the last day of the month. Today is a double food holiday: National Strawberry Day and National Kahlua Day. It’s also International Polar Bear Day, so give a thought to an animal most likely doomed by global warming. On this day in 1900, the British Labour Party […]

Sunday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

Good morning on Ceiling Cat’s Day: Sunday, February 19, 2017. The temperatures reached another record in Chicago yesterday: the news reported a high 70° F, or 21° C. That’s a record for this date—by a long shot. And for the next couple of days it will be almost that warm. It’s National Chocolate Mint Day, […]

Saturday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

Good morning: it’s Saturday, February 18, 2017. Spring, it seems, has arrived in Chicago, at least temporarily. We had record high temperatures yesterday of 62°F (17° C), which broke a 134-year old record by 2° F. The students at my university were basking in the sun wearing teeshirts and shorts, exposing acres of milk-white winter skin.  And […]

Tuesday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

Good morning! It’s Tuesday (the cruelest day), February 7, 2017, and it’s National Fettuccine Alfredo Day, also known as Thrombosis on a Plate (noodles, butter, and Parmesan cheese). Why the name? Wikipedia says this: “Alfredo Di Lelio invented the “fettuccine al triplo burro [butter]” (later named ‘fettuccine all’Alfredo’ or ‘fettuccine Alfredo’) in 1892 in a restaurant run […]