Monday: Hili dialogue (and Leon lagniappe)

September 14, 2015 • 6:30 am

It’s Monday, and a week from today I leave for Poland and Sweden, returning home via Atlanta. Lots of packing to do, including presents for Hili (noms, of course) and her staff. In this day in history, the Toronto Blue Jays set a record for the most number of home runs his by a team in a single baseball game. Can you guess how many? The answer is below Leon. Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Malgorzata is reading a murder mystery to relax, and Hili is helping:

M: Have you figured out who the murderer is yet?
Hili: Probably all of them.


In Polish:
Małgorzata: Wiesz już kto jest mordercą?
Hili: Chyba wszyscy.


And Leon has a complaint about the end of the weekend, although I don’t know why cats would care:

Leon: I think Monday is approaching:


Answer to question: Ten home runs.

10 thoughts on “Monday: Hili dialogue (and Leon lagniappe)

    1. Perhaps Malgorzata is reading Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, and Hili has got it right! 🙂

  1. How about a treat for Hili? An aerial view of Jerry’s workplace – probably from a drone –

    Jerry’s building (Zoology) is the only one in the main quad which has not had its roof replaced yet. The big building at the top of the picture with the dome next to it is Regenstein Library which was built on the site of UofC’s former football stadium (Stagg Field). The dome is the Mansueto Library. Just north of Mansueto is the monument Nuclear Energy where protesters gather on August 6.

    The partial building in the lower right of the picture is Ryerson.

    An interesting early picture of the campus is here:

    UofC opened in the fall of 1892. The Ferris Wheel from the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 was located on the site of what is now the Midway Skating Rink. Looking at that picture (which is a view from the south), the building in the lower right is Foster, at the corner of 59th Street and University. The next building, up and to the left, is Walker. The next building up and to the left is Ryerson which is at the bottom of the first picture.

    Zoology was not completed in 1897. I don’t know if it had even been started in 1893.

    The Main Quadrangle was filled in and most of the open space is gone. The opening scene from “When Harry Met Sally” was filmed to the left and a bit up from Walker. Remarkably, shortly after that scene, Harry and Sally are driving south on Lake Shore Drive about eight miles north of where they had just been. It might have made sense if they started at Northwestern but UofC is much more scenic than Northwestern.

      1. I think Zoology is the last building in the Main Quad which will get a new roof. That project has been going on for years. The real question is what is the future of the Main Quad.

        I love your part of it – even if one drunken night we ended up in the Botany Pond on our way back from Jimmys. But so much has moved out of the Quad. The cost of truly modernizing all those old buildings is enormous. Much cheaper to build from scratch. Stuart, Rosenwald and Walker which used to house the GSB were completely gutted around 1980 leaving just the outer shell. On the interior, they added another floor to Walker, Will the labs in Zoology, Anatomy, et al be shut down? Nice new modern buildings just a block to the west. But I think you lose something. You just focus on your narrow discipline and do not feel part of the University at large.

        The Campus Construction page is not as friendly as it used to be but in the 1999 Campus Master Plan (revised in 2004 and again), I think that there was talk of preserving the Main Quad in an almost museum like state but not really using it. I went to UofC because of the Main Quad. I stood in there in the summer of 1973 and just thought this is what college is supposed to look like. I went to Boston that summer and Harvard Yard seemed grungy. Northwestern was trapped between Sheridan Road and Lake Michigan and did not feel that cohesive. What can I say – I was 16 and easily impressed. But I love that place. I do find the window air conditioning units offensive and want the buildings renovated just to get rid of them.

        The Economics Department has moved to Saieh Hall – former Seminary building. But James Heckman has stayed behind in Foster. Not sure if he intends to move eventually but I assume he is very comfortable there and since he has a Nobel Prize, can do whatever he wants.

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