Daily Update: Thursday, March 5th, 2015


Today is the Feast of Purim (which began yesterday at sunset, like all Jewish holidays). And again we have no Saints to honor.

The Book of Esther in the Bible tells the story of how the Jews were saved from the machinations of the evil Haman by the initiative of Esther, the cousin of Mordecai (she had hidden her Jewish identity when she became the Queen of King Ahasuerus of Persia). God is not mentioned at all in the Book of Esther (the Catholic version has extra material, originally written in Greek in the Septuagint, which mentions God extensively), so a tradition has risen of masquerading on Purim, to signify that God is ‘hidden’ behind all of the events in the story. During Purim it is traditional to serve triangular pastries (called Hamantaschen (“Haman’s pockets”) in Yiddish and Oznei Haman (“Haman’s ears”) in modern Hebrew), kreplach (a kind of dumpling filled with cooked meat, chicken or liver and served in soup), and seeds and nuts (as the Talmud tells us that Queen Esther ate only these foodstuffs in the palace of Ahasuerus, since she had no access to kosher foods). As Jewish holidays go, this is one of the most fun ones, as it celebrates the triumph of the Jews over the enemies, an event that has not happened that often in their history.

I found out last night that our Louisiana Income Tax Refund was deposited to our checking account on Monday, and our New Orleans Pelicans beat the Detroit Pistons by the score of 88 to 85.

I woke up at 8:30 am, and did my Bathroom Devotional Reading. I then got my breakfast toast, which I ate while doing my Internet Devotional Reading. Richard bagged up our trash and put it out on the curb just before the garbage truck arrived.

Leaving the house at 9:45 am, I headed to Baton Rouge; the temperature was about 33°, about 40 degrees colder than yesterday, and I drove through rain, with intervals of very light sleet mixed with even lighter snow. At 11:45 am I arrived in Baton Rouge at the Friends of the LSU Libraries Book Bazaar; I purchased $50.50 worth of books. While I was there the Full Moon arrived at 12:07 pm, and Richard called to tell me that the weather might be bad on my way back home. I then went to Massage Envy on Corporate Boulevard, and got a $100.00 gift card for Michelle to give to Callie; I then texted Michelle, who thanked me, and said she would come by the house tomorrow to pick it up. Finding out that there was an Albasha Greek and Lebanese Restaurant right next door, I ate lunch, and started reading The Arrivals by Melissa Marr. I then headed back home; it was raining in Baton Rouge, but cleared up as I drove west. In Opelousas at a Random Convenience Store I got gas for my car and purchased my Powerball and Louisiana Lotto lottery tickets for Saturday night’s drawing.

When I got home at 3:45 pm, I read the Thursday papers. I then watched Jeopardy!, and next came to the computer to do today’s Daily Update while Richard went on to bed. When I finish this Daily Update I will head for bed myself.

While we have no Saints to honor, tomorrow is a Friday in Lent, so it is a Day of Abstinence from meat, Tomorrow is also the First Friday of the month, dedicated to devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. And those of my Five or Six Loyal Readers or of my Minions of Followers who are from Texas need not be reminded that tomorrow is the anniversary of the Battle of the Alamo in 1836. Richard and I will return to the casino for the start of our work week (we will work one hour less than normal, due to the change to Daylight Savings Time on Sunday). On my breaks I will continue reading The Arrivals by Melissa Marr. After work I will go over to the pharmacy to give them my new prescriptions from my psychiatrist’s office and to get one of them filled. Tomorrow afternoon our LSU Women’s Basketball team will play Texas A&M in the SEC Tournament. And tomorrow evening our New Orleans Pelicans will play a home game with the Boston Celtics, and our LSU Baseball team will play an away game with Houston.

Our Parting Quote on this Thursday afternoon comes from Geoff Edwards, American radio personality and game show host. Born as Geoffrey Edwards in 1931 in Westfield, New Jersey, while in college he worked for a radio station in Albany, New York. By the late 1950s, though, he had relocated to Southern California, landing his first job at KFMB-AM in San Diego, hosting an evening show and co-hosting the Don Ross / Geoff Edwards Show. After a few short stints at other stations, Edwards was hired at KMPC in Los Angeles, occupying the 9 a.m.-noon slot for several years beginning in 1968. He later worked at KFI, from which he ultimately resigned, as a protest against fellow KFI personality Tom Leykis destroying Cat Stevens’ (Yusuf Islam) records following Stevens’ call for a fatwa on Salman Rushdie. Edwards also tried his hand at acting, appearing on I Dream of Jeannie, That Girl and Petticoat Junction. On the latter show, he met and maintained a very close friendship with Meredith MacRae. He also guest starred on Police Woman, Diff’rent Strokes, and Small Wonder. In the early 1970s Edwards appeared on The Bobby Darin Show as the straight man to singer Bobby Darin. After that series ended, Edwards pursued a game show career, starting with Says Who? in 1971, followed by Cop-Out! in late 1972—however, both shows eventually turned out to be unsold pilots. Edwards’ first full-time game show hosting stint took place from March through June 1973 on Jack Barry’s Hollywood’s Talking, a remake of a late 1960s ABC game Everybody’s Talking and the Canadian hit Eye Bet. The program featured contestants watching a video clip of a celebrity talking about a subject; their job was to guess the subject in question. The series, which aired afternoons on CBS television, did not fare well and the network cancelled it in favor of the phenomenally popular Match Game remake. Six months later, in January 1974, NBC television and Bob Stewart Productions hired Edwards to host the New York-based Jackpot. That series proved to be a modest success for Edwards, lasting nearly two years. He helped changed the look of game show hosts, with long hair, an unbuttoned shirt (no tie) with a gold chains, jeans, and boots. The previous fall, Chuck Barris hired Edwards to host the weekly revival of the 1950s game show Treasure Hunt, titled The New Treasure Hunt. He did the weekly version for four years (1973–1977) and helmed a daily Treasure Hunt for one year (1981–1982). Other game shows Edwards hosted over the years included the New York-based Shoot for the Stars in 1977, Chain Reaction (as a substitute host for Bill Cullen in 1980 and a regular host from 1986 to 1991, having taken over from Blake Emmons), Starcade, Play the Percentages, and a revival of Jackpot from 1989 to 1990. Also, Edwards was a substitute host in the spring of 1985 on Let’s Make a Deal, filling in for a week when Monty Hall came down with laryngitis. He had previously subbed for Hall on at least one occasion in 1972. Edwards was also co-host of the Los Angeles news program Mid Morning L.A. on KHJ-TV (now KCAL-TV), replacing Bob Hilton in the early 1980s and paired with his old friend, co-host Meredith MacRae. Edwards and MacRae won Emmy Awards for best host and best hostess respectively for a news magazine series. The two also emceed an unsold Bob Stewart-produced game show pilot, $50,000 a Minute, in 1985 for ABC. Edwards was also one of four game show hosts to have emceed a game show in the United States and another in Canada concurrently (the other three were Howie Mandel, Alex Trebek and Jim Perry). Edwards, like Perry, commuted back and forth between California and Canada between 1986 and 1991, hosting The Big Spin and the 1989 revival of Jackpot! in Sacramento, California and Glendale, and the USA Network version of Chain Reaction in Montreal, Quebec. However, Edwards was required to have a Canadian co-host on Chain Reaction, due to the fact that he had no ties to the country, unlike Trebek, Mandel and Perry (Trebek and Mandel are native Canadians; Perry had blood ties to Canada and lived in Toronto, Ontario during the first several years of Definition). His commuting days ended after Chain Reaction left the air in 1991. In 1985 Edwards became host of The Big Spin, the game show of the California Lottery, and would remain host of that program until his retirement from television in 1995. In an interview with Blog Talk Radio, Edwards said he helmed the pilot of Fun & Fortune, the lottery game show in Missouri (before Rick Tamblyn became the permanent host). In another interview, he said he was offered the host role for Family Feud but had to turn it down because he was already committed to Shoot for the Stars. Most recently Edwards was a morning DJ with KSUR (now KKGO) in Los Angeles. One of the features of his radio show was “Radio’s Answer Lady,” in which listeners could call in with questions — some serious, some not so serious — and he would answer on the air, sometimes with serious answers, sometimes with quips. He appeared as a guest on GSN Live on May 16, 2008. In his later years Edwards traveled extensively, hosting traveling programs on both radio and television, and writing about travel. His travel book, Going All The Way (2010), humorously chronicled his around the world cruise adventures (died 2014): “Right you are!”

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