Daily Update: Saturday, March 28th, 2015

Earth Hour Day and Election Day

No Saints today. Today is Earth Hour Day, a worldwide movement for the planet organized by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF).

A global event organized by WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature, also known as World Wildlife Fund) Earth Hour annually is observed (usually on the last Saturday in March, but sometimes a week earlier if that date conflicts with major religious holidays) by asking households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights and other electrical appliances for one hour to raise awareness towards the need to take action on climate change. Earth Hour was conceived by WWF and The Sydney Morning Herald in 2007, when 2.2 million residents of Sydney participated by turning off all non-essential lights. Following Sydney’s lead, many other cities around the world adopted the event in 2008. In February 2012 Earth Hour launched its 2012 campaign, “I Will If You Will”, with the intention of engaging its growing global community to go beyond the hour. Using a dedicated YouTube platform IWIYW asks Earth Hour’s digital community to inspire people from all corners of the globe to take sustainability actions and to share their commitment to the environment with their own social media networks. By Earth Hour Day 2013 the “I Will If You Will” campaign spread to more than 50 countries, generating momentum behind Earth Hour’s push to be an ongoing movement for change. Earth Hour 2014 is scheduled for Saturday, March 29, from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. during participants’ local time. (Alas, as usual, I will be in bed asleep at that time.)

I did my Bathroom Devotional Reading, and on our way to work I did my Internet Devotional Reading. I had woken up deciding that rather than do what I have been doing on Saturdays, which was “eat lunch, go to Adoration, come home, crash”, that I would do what I used to do, which was “read paper, go to Adoration, eat lunch at McDonald’s, go to the 4:00 pm Mass, come home, do weblog, crash”. I do not recall why I quit doing that, but I must have had a good reason. While waiting in ADR for the Pre-Shift Meeting to start I did my Daily Update for yesterday, Friday, March 27th, 2015. At the Pre-Shift Meeting my co-worker Sue won what looks like an 8-oz chocolate bunny, which she gave to me (and which I can start eating next week after I come home from the Easter Vigil mass). Richard was on Pai Gow, and I was the Relief Dealer for Mini Baccarat and Pai Gow; I also broke the Shoe Blackjack game in our High Stakes area twice, and broke the second Mississippi Stud game once towards the end of our shift. Also, Richard and the dealer on Mini Baccarat changed tables along about 7:00 am, so Richard ended his day on Mini Baccarat.

Once we got home from work I set up my medications for next week (I have one prescription to renew on Monday, and one to renew on the Monday after Easter). I then read the morning paper before heading off to the Adoration Chapel, where I finished reading the March 16th, 2015 issue of my Jesuit America magazine, and started reading the March 23rd, 2015 issue of my Jesuit America magazine. I then drove to McDonald’s and ate my lunch while finishing my reading of the March 23rd, 2015 issue of my Jesuit America magazine. At 3:30 pm I drove over to the church, got my palms, lit my candle, and attended the Anticipated Saturday Mass for Palm Sunday. I got home at about 5:30 pm, got some Amish Friendship Bread, set up my Advance Daily Update Draft for tomorrow, and finished my Daily Update for today. Tonight our #1 ranked LSU Baseball team will play the second game of their three-game home series with Kentucky, and if one is awake at 8:30 pm local time, one should turn out one’s lights for one hour. (My personal lights will be out long before then.)

Tomorrow is Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion, which begins Holy Week. We will work at the casino, and I will get back to reading on my breaks. Late in the morning our #1 ranked LSU Baseball team will play the third game of their three-game home series with Kentucky. After work we will do the grocery shopping, and once home from work I will eat my lunch salad,read the Sunday papers, and put blessed palms behind all of the crucifixes on the walls of my house while Richard pays bills. I will then take a nap. In the mid-afternoon our New Orleans Pelicans will play a home game with the Minnesota Timberwolves. At about 5:00 pm I will wake up from my nap and do my Daily Update; I will then drive down to Lafayette to the Cathedral, as they will be doing the Tenebrae service tomorrow from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm; when I get home I’m going straight to bed.

Our Parting Quote this Saturday afternoon comes from Richard Griffiths, English actor. Born in 1947 in Thornaby-on-Tees, North Riding of Yorkshire, his father was a steelworker who fought in pubs for money. His parents were both deaf, and he learned sign language at an early age to communicate with them. During his childhood he attempted to run away from home many times. He dropped out of school at age 15 and worked as a porter for Littlewoods for a while, but his boss eventually convinced him to go back to school. He decided to attend a drama class at Stockton & Billingham College. He continued his education in drama at Manchester Polytechnic School of Drama (present-day Manchester School of Theatre). After graduating Griffiths earned a spot on BBC Radio. He also worked in small theatres, sometimes acting and sometimes managing. He built up an early reputation as a Shakespearean clown with portrayals of the Constable in The Comedy of Errors and Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and went on to play the King in Henry VIII. He eventually settled in Manchester and began to get lead roles in plays. From there he began to appear on television and then got his big break in films in It Shouldn’t Happen to a Vet (1975). By the early 1980s he was selected for the lead role in the BBC drama serial Bird of Prey, an early computer-conspiracy thriller. His character, Henry Jay, was reprised in Bird of Prey 2 (1984). In 1981 he also gave a memorable performance as Chilean secret police victim William Beausire in an edition of the BBC Prisoners of Conscience series. Griffiths was considered for the part of the Doctor in Doctor Who following Tom Baker’s departure in 1981, but was unavailable. He went on to supporting roles in a number of major films, including The French Lieutenant’s Woman, Chariots of Fire, and Gandhi. On stage, in 1985–86 he performed the role of Verdi in Julian Mitchell’s After Aida, in Wales and at the Old Vic Theatre in London. Griffiths’ film roles were in both contemporary and period pieces such as Gorky Park (1983), Withnail and I (1987), King Ralph (1991), The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear (1991), Guarding Tess (1994) and Sleepy Hollow (1999). Later, he was seen as Harry Potter’s cruel uncle Vernon Dursley in the Harry Potter series (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1). From 1994 to 1997 he appeared as Inspector Henry Crabbe, disillusioned policeman and chef extraordinaire, in the British detective drama Pie in the Sky, a role which was created specifically for him. He also made an extended appearance in the 2005 version of Charles Dickens’ Bleak House. In 2004 he originated the role of Hector (the teacher) in Alan Bennett’s play The History Boys, directed by Nicholas Hytner, winning the 2005 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor. During a June 2005 performance he ordered a man out of the National Theatre, London, when his mobile phone went off for the sixth time during the performance. The actor stopped in the middle of his lines, fixed the offender with an icy stare and said: “I am asking you to stand up, leave this auditorium and never, ever come back”. Other members of the audience applauded as the man left the theatre. During the play’s subsequent United States run, he added a Drama Desk Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award, and a Tony Award. He reprised his role in the film version which was released in October 2006. He was awarded an honorary degree from Teesside University in 2006 and was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2008 New Year Honours. Together with his Harry Potter co-star Daniel Radcliffe, who plays Harry Potter, he appeared in a stage revival of Peter Shaffer’s Equus at the Gielgud Theatre in London, and later from October 2008 in a short run of the play at the Broadhurst Theatre on Broadway which ended in February 2009. Later in 2009 he replaced Michael Gambon as W.H. Auden prior to the premiere of The Habit of Art at the National Theatre, once again directed by Hytner. Griffiths has also performed in adaptations of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, providing the voice for Slartibartfast for the radio adaptation of Life, the Universe and Everything and playing the Vogon Jeltz in the film version of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Griffiths appeared as King George II in 2011’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. In April 2012 Griffiths starred, with Danny DeVito, in a revival of the Neil Simon play The Sunshine Boys (died 2013): “If I had my way, all actors over 55 would be issued a 3-lb. wet salmon with which to slap the face of every young, beautiful, successful upstart. ‘That’s for being so lucky, you bastard!’ I would shout. And then, hit them again, if you can.”

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