Daily Update: Sunday, February 1st, 2015

Super Bowl XLIX

We have no Saints to honor today, but today is Super Bowl Sunday, with Super Bowl XLIX being played between the defending Super Bowl champions Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots.

With the winner of the National Football League AFC champion New England Patriots playing the National Football League NFC champion Seattle Seahawks, for the second season in a row, but only the third time in 21 seasons, the number one seed from each conference will meet in the league championship game. This will also be the first time in a decade that an NFL team will play in consecutive Super Bowl games, with the last such instance in 2004 and 2005, when the Patriots played in Super Bowls XXXVIII and XXXIX, respectively. Super Bowl XLIX will be the Seahawks’ second consecutive Super Bowl appearance, having defeated the Denver Broncos 43–8 in Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014, while the New England Patriots will be returning for their eighth Super Bowl appearance, and their first since losing 21–17 to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI in 2012. With their appearance in Super Bowl XLIX, the New England Patriots will join the Dallas Cowboys and the Pittsburgh Steelers as one of the three teams that collectively share the record for most Super Bowl appearances, as each has appeared in eight separate Super Bowls to date. Idina Menzel will perform the national anthem, and John Legend will perform “America the Beautiful”.  Katie Perry will preform the Half-Time Show, with Lenny Kravitz due to make an appearance. Fans of “Weird Al” Yankovic launched an unsuccessful campaign to have Yankovic perform the halftime show to promote his album Mandatory Fun. (Personally, I care not who is playing, or who will win; I watch the game for the commercials.)

I did my Bathroom Devotional Reading, then flipped to the new month of February in our three wall calendars. On our way to work I cleared out my phone call list on my Galaxy S-4, deleted my Google search history, cleared my Chrome browsing data, and did Screenshots of my Galaxy S-4 home screens. I then did my Internet Devotional Reading and said the Eighth Day of my Novena to Saint Blaise. We also brought with us two $6.00 packs of hand warmers for Deborah. In ADR I plugged the bills Richard had paid yesterday into my PocketMoney program, and Richard decided that we should sign the Early Out list. Today was a Heavy Business Volume Day for Super Bowl Weekend. Once we clocked in, Richard was on Macau Mini Baccarat, and I was on the Second Pai Gow table; when my table closed I was briefly on the main Pai Gow table. On my breaks I did my Daily Update for yesterday, Saturday, January 31st, 2015 via WordPress for Android. Richard and I got out at 6:30 am; we stopped at Super 1 Foods so that Richard could get some Super Bowl snacks, and we put the in-town bills in the deposit slots. We arrived home at 7:30 am, and I went back to bed; Richard got some breakfast, then joined me in bed to sleep.

I woke up about 1:30 pm; I had a text message from Matthew asking for contact information for those women in the family who will be attending the Baby Shower for Callie on March 7th at 11:00 am at her mother’s house. I answered Matthew that those women would be Michelle, Cousin Lele, Matthew’s Aunt Rosemary, and maybe Matthew’s Aunt Bonnie in Texas. I also told Matthew that we would be seeing Lele and his Aunt Sue (from Iowa) later today; when Richard and I woke up, I had missed calls and two voice mails from Lele, and Richard had missed calls from Lele and Sue. After a flurry of calls, Tom and Sue said they would call us when they got to Lele’s; this changed up the plans Richard and I had had to have some Quality Time with each other today. Instead, I read the Sunday papers and ate some Amish Friendship Bread (my bread had stayed in the oven too long, and the crust was quite hard to pierce), then I got on the computer. I have been quite unhappy with how my Google Chrome browser had been working on the computer, so I uninstalled it and reinstalled it (with a few re-bootings of the computer), and now it is working much better. (I keep un-checking the Proxy Settings on the LAN Internet settings, and something on the computer – not me – keeps re-checking them, which plays hob with my Google Chrome.) I did an Advance Daily Update for tomorrow, then started doing today’s Daily Update.

At 4:00 pm Richard and I left the house; we went down to D.C.’s Sports Bar and Steakhouse, and noted that the marquee said they would be having a Super Bowl party later. We went to Lele’s, and visited with her, Tom, and Susan; later Richard’s brother Slug came by, and later than that Rosemary came by. After some discussion Richard and Tom went to Little Caesar’s and brought back pizza pizza for everyone. We left at 7:00 pm, or in the middle of the half-time show of the Super Bowl; before we left a thunderstorm arrived. (So, on the first of April I will check and see if it is a colder day than usual, plus or minus a few days.) When we got home I got online to finish this Daily Update, and when I finish I will go to bed. (The score of the Super Bowl game was tied 14 – 14 at the half; I will report on the final score in tomorrow’s Daily Update.)

Tomorrow is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (Candlemas), the World Day for Consecrated Life in the Church (it will be celebrated in Parishes next Sunday), and Groundhog Day. We will work our eight hours at the casino, and after work we will go home, change clothes, and go over to Lele’s to visit through the afternoon. And tomorrow night our LSU Women’s Basketball team will play a home game with Missouri.

Our Parting Quote on this Sunday Afternoon comes to us from Don Cornelius, American television host and producer. Born as Donald Cornelius in 1936 in Chicago, Illinois, he became a Chicago police officer. In the mid-1960s he pulled over a driver for a traffic violation, and was asking the usual traffic stop questions when the driver, WVON radio personality Ed Cobb, complimented him on his unique speaking voice and told him that he was in the wrong profession. Cobb suggested that Cornelius come down to the radio station and make a demo tape; when Cornelius did so, he was hired by the station as an announcer, and was also a backup disk jockey and news reader. He was hired by upstart UHF station WCIU in 1967 as a news and sports reporter. Cornelius also was promoting and emceeing a touring series of concerts featuring local talent (sometimes called “record hops”) at Chicago-area high schools, calling his travelling caravan of shows “The Soul Train”. WCIU-TV took notice of Cornelius’s outside work and in 1970, allowed him the opportunity to bring his road show to television. After securing a sponsorship deal with the Chicago-based retailer Sears, Roebuck and Co., Soul Train premiered on WCIU-TV on August 17, 1970, as a live show airing weekday afternoons. It was produced by Don Cornelius Productions. The first episode of the program featured Jerry Butler, the Chi-Lites, and the Emotions as guests. Its immediate success attracted the attention of another locally based firm (the Johnson Products Company (manufacturers of the Afro Sheen line of hair-care products)), and they later agreed to co-sponsor the program’s expansion into national syndication. Cornelius and Soul Train‘s syndicator, Syndicast Services, targeted 24 markets outside of Chicago to carry the show, but stations in only seven other cities (Atlanta, Cleveland, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and San Francisco) purchased the program, which began airing on a weekly basis on October 2, 1971. By the end of the first season, Soul Train was on in the other seventeen markets. Through the show Cornelius was instrumental in offering wider exposure to black musicians such as James Brown, Aretha Franklin, and Michael Jackson, as well as creating opportunities for talented dancers that would presage subsequent television dance programs. Besides his smooth and deep voice, Cornelius was best known for the catchphrase that he used to close the show: “… and you can bet your last money, it’s all gonna be a stone gas, honey! I’m Don Cornelius, and as always in parting, we wish you love, peace and soul!” In 1987 Soul Train launched the Soul Train Music Awards, which honors the top performances in R&B, hip-hop, and gospel music (and, in its earlier years, jazz music) from the previous year. Cornelius ended his run as host at the end of the show’s 22nd season in 1993, though he remained the show’s main creative force from behind the scenes. Soul Train created two additional annual specials: The Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards, first airing in 1995, celebrating top achievements by female performers, and the Soul Train Christmas Starfest, which premiered in 1998, featuring holiday music performed by a variety of R&B and gospel artists. The Lady of Soul Awards and Christmas Starfest programs last aired in 2006. The 2008 Soul Train Music Awards ceremony was not held due to the WGA strike, and the closing of Tribune Entertainment’s syndication division complicating the process of finding a new distributor to air the ceremony and to continue airing Soul Train. In May 2008 the rights to the Soul Train library were purchased by MadVision Entertainment, whose principal partners came from the entertainment and publishing fields. The website for Soul Train acknowledged that the program had ceased distribution on September 22, 2008. On October 17, 2008, Cornelius was arrested at his Los Angeles home on Mulholland Drive on a felony domestic violence charge and released on bail. Cornelius appeared in court on November 14, 2008 and was charged with spousal abuse and dissuading a witness from filing a police report. He appeared in court again on December 4, 2008, and pleaded not guilty to spousal abuse; he was sentenced to three year’s probation and also banned from going anywhere near his estranged wife, Russian model Victoria Avila-Cornelius (Viktoria Chapman), who had filed two restraining orders against him. On March 19, 2009 he changed his plea to no contest and was placed on 36 months probation. MadVision came to terms with Viacom-owned Black Entertainment Television (BET) to relaunch the Soul Train Music Awards for BET’s new spin-off channel, Centric, in November 2009. Cornelius appeared at the 2009 BET Awards to present The O’Jays with the 2009 BET Lifetime Achievement Award (died 2012): “It’s always a pleasure to find something that matters.”

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