Category Archives: Szaron

Wednesday: Hili dialogue

Welcome to Wednesday, also known as Mittwoch (“mid-week”) in German. It’s August 12, 2020, and National Julienne Fries Day, which are the kind of fries you get at McDonald’s. I prefer curly fries or waffle fries, but there’s no such thing as a bad fry (unless they’re a day old and become soggy and tough). […]

Sunday: Hili dialogue

It’s the Christian sabbath: Sunday, August 9, 2020, and National Rice Pudding Day. I have a serious weakness for good rice pudding, the best specimen of which is at L’Ami Jean in Paris. It used to be served in a large bowl that held about a gallon, and it was à volonté, or eat as […]

Thursday: Hili dialogue

The weekend is nearly here: it’s Thursday, August 6, 2020: National Root Beer Float Day. This delicious drink, made with root beer and vanilla ice cream, is also called a “black cow” in the U.S. It’s also Farmworker Appreciation Day, National IPA Day (a beer vastly overrated in its common incarnation as a tankard of […]

Tuesday: Hili dialogue (and Mietek monologue)

Welcome to Tuesday—the Cruelest Day—August 4, 2020. It’s National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day and National White Wine Day (ditch the pinot grigio and try a nice sauvignon blanc, a viognier or a dry semillon instead). It is a dreary day, and I have come to work creeping like a snail unwillingly to school, though my hose […]

Sunday: Hili dialogue (and Szaron monologue)

It’s Sunday, August 2, 2020, National Ice Cream Sandwich Day. It’s also Dinosaurs Day, Friendship Day, Sisters’ Day, and Roma Holocaust Memorial Day (on this day in 1944, nearly 3,000 Roma were killed in Auschwitz. Here are America’s best commercial ice cream sandwiches: It’s-It: two oatmeal cookies with a thick layer of vanilla ice cream […]

Saturday: Hili dialogue

It’s the weekend, and Sabbath for all Jewish humans and animals (like my ducks): it’s July 25, 2020, and National Hot Fudge Sundae Day. May I recommend Margie’s Candies in Chicago (menu here)? Here’s their famous turtle sundae, which comes with a generous pour-your-own pitcher of their luscious homemade hot fudge. Composition: “two scoops of […]

Thursday: Hili dialogue

Welcome to Thursday, June 25, 2020: National Strawberry Parfait Day. It’s also National Handshake Day (fuggedaboutit until next year), and Bourdain Day, honoring the birthday of Anthony Bourdain, a guy beloved by everyone who knew him (I wish I were one of them), but who, plagued by demons we couldn’t fathom, killed himself at 61. […]

Monday: Hili dialogue (and Mietek monologue)

It’s Monday, June 8, 2020, and National Jelly-Filled Donut Day (I get one of these occasionally at the Dunkin Donuts booth outside Midway Airport to treat myself before a flight. I haven’t flown since December, however.) It’s also Best Friends Day, World Oceans Day, World Brain Tumor Day, and Thomas Paine Day, who died on […]

Monday: Hili dialogue

June is here! Yes, it’s Monday, June 1, 2020, and now my campus is locked down for two reasons: pandemics and riots. Previously, non-essential workers were allowed to physically be on campus grounds, so we had plenty of “civilian” visitors to Botany Pond. But the Provost and Police have indicated that nobody but people allowed […]

Saturday: Hili dialogue

Good morning on Saturday, May 23, 2020: National Taffy Day, a mediocre confection that’s death to those with fillings. It’s also World Turtle Day,  Declaration of the Báb Day for those of the Bahá’í faith, and Red Nose Day. News of the Day: Things are opening up in much of the U.S. (but not Chicago), and […]