Daily Update: Monday, June 1st, 2015

Justin, Martyr and Hurricane Season

Today is the Memorial of Saint Justin, Martyr (died 165), and today is the beginning date of the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

Today’s Saint was born c. 100 at Nablus, Palestine; he called himself a Samaritan, but his father and grandfather were probably Greek or Roman, and he was brought up as a pagan. It seems that Justin had property, studied philosophy, converted to Christianity at the age of 30 by reading the Scriptures and witnessing the heroism and faith of martyrs, and devoted the rest of his life to teaching what he now considered the true philosophy, still wearing his philosopher’s gown to indicate that he had attained the truth. He probably traveled widely and ultimately settled in Rome as a Christian teacher. He used his philosophical and oratorical skills to dispute with pagans and explain the faith, becoming one of the first great Christian apologists. (A Christian Apologist is not one who apologizes for his faith; the word comes from the Greek for “verbal defence, speech in defence” and signifies one who presents reasoned bases for the Christian faith, defending the faith against objections.) All this naturally brought him to the attention of the authorities, and he died a martyr. Justin’s writings constitute a storehouse of early interpretation of the prophetic Scriptures, and he is the Patron Saint of orators and philosophers; for reasons unknown, he is invariably referred to as Justin Martyr. And today is the opening day of the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season, which runs from now through November 30; the climatological peak of activity is around September 10 each season. Across the entire Atlantic Basin for the six-month season, NOAA is predicting the following ranges for 2015: six to eleven named storms, three to six hurricanes, and zero to two major hurricanes. Each of these ranges has a 70 percent likelihood, and indicate that activity will exceed the seasonal average of twelve named storms, six hurricanes, and three major hurricanes. We have already had Tropical Storm Ana, which formed on May 6th, came ashore at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, with winds of 45 miles per hour, and went back out to sea. The most active season was 2005, during which 28 tropical cyclones formed, of which a record 15 became hurricanes (including Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita). The least active season was the 1914 season, with only one known tropical cyclone developing during that year. Let us hope that this will be a calm hurricane season; of course, what defines a season for those living within reach of the Gulf or Atlantic Coasts is whether a given storm system impacts one personally.

When I woke up to get ready for work today, I saw that the NCAA Baseball Tournament final game between UNC Wilmington and our #1 ranked LSU Baseball team had been postponed until noon today.

Upon waking up today, on the first of the month, I did not have to clear out my Call Lists on my Galaxy Note 4 (not having gotten or made any calls since I got it on Friday), but I did clear out my Browsing Data on my Chrome browser. Richard bagged up the trash and put our trash out on the curb. Before leaving for work I flipped to the new page on two out of three of our wall calendars. On our way to work I did my Screenshots of my current home screens on my Galaxy Note 4, and once we were at the casino I called the pharmacy and renewed four prescriptions. Once we clocked in, Richard was on Mini Baccarat. I started out on Pai Gow, quickly became the Relief Dealer for one round for the $5.00 Minimum Blackjack table and the Shoe Blackjack game in our High Stakes Area, then was on Three Card Blackjack; when they closed that table I went to a regular Blackjack table for the rest of the day.

After work we went over to the Clinic, and I had my 11:10 am appointment with my Health Coach; she is happy with my progress and my weight loss, and I will not be seeing her next week on account of being somewhere between Houston and Boston at our usual time next Monday. I then picked up my prescriptions at the Pharmacy. On our way home we stopped at the McDonald’s in Kinder, and ate lunch on our way home. When we got home, it had not rained, but there was water outside near our utility room. Richard ascertained that there was a pipe leak with our hot water heater, called our plumbers, and advised me to take my shower pronto before he shut off the water. I took the polish off of my toenails, and took my shower; I was to the point of having a head full of shampoo and the rest of me full of soap when he turned off the hot water, fearing that if the hot water heater ran out of water it might become airborne. I must say that it was quite bracing to finish my shower with cold water. Richard then told me he had found that the leak was in the line leading to the hot water heater, not the heater itself. I then went out to the front room and read the morning paper, then, when the plumbers arrived, I took a nap. While I slept I got a text message to the effect that our #1 ranked LSU Baseball team had beaten UNC Wilmington in the NCAA Baseball Tournament Regional Final by the score of 2 to 0; our Tigers will now advance to the Super Regional in Baton Rouge, playing UL – Lafayette at Alex Box on Friday, June 5th. Also, the plumbers put in all new pipes in the utility room, and my Black Ice screen protector for my Galaxy Note 4 arrived in the mail. I woke up at 4:00 pm, and watched Jeopardy! at 4:30 pm. Richard then made me two grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner, which I ate while doing this Daily Update. When I finish this Daily Update I will flip the page on the wall calendar in the kitchen and put my my Black Ice screen protector on my Galaxy Note 4 before going to bed.

Tomorrow is the Optional Memorial of Saints Marcellinus and Peter, Martyrs. Although it is a Tuesday, we will not sign the Early Out list at the casino, as we would like to have all of our hours for when we do sign the list on Sunday. The Full Moon will arrive at 11:22 am, and after I wake up from my afternoon nap I will start doing Advance Daily Update Drafts for this weblog. (I would like to have drafts done through Saturday, June 13th before we leave for Houston on Sunday, June 7th; that will make it much easier for me to do Daily Updates for my three or four Loyal Readers and my Minions of Followers.)

Our Parting Quote this Monday afternoon comes to us from Ann B. Davis, American actress. Born as Ann Bradford Davis in 1926 in Schenectady, New York, at the age of three her family moved to Erie, Pennsylvania. She entered the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, intending to go into pre-med, but switched her major to drama after seeing her older brother’s performance in Oklahoma!. Graduating in 1948 with a degree in drama and speech, her first credited work was as a musical judge in the 1953 – 1954 season of ABC’s Jukebox Jury. After an uncredited role in the 1955 film A Man Called Peter, a friend’s boyfriend was a casting director on NBC’s The Bob Cummings Show and recommended her for the part of Bob’s secretary Charmaine “Schultzy” Schultz. She got the job, and was in 153 episodes from 1955 through 1959, and was nominated for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series four times (winning twice). On February 9, 1960, Davis received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In the 1965-1966 television season, she appeared as Miss Wilson, a physical education teacher at a private girls’ academy in San Francisco, in John Forsythe’s NBC sitcom The John Forsythe Show. In 1969 she got the part of Alice Nelson, the housekeeper for The Brady Bunch. Alice was best known for telling jokes (often self-deprecating, and usually interspersed with drier humor than the rest of the Brady clan), which were almost invariably met with multiple “Oh, Alice!” responses. Alice was also known for her sky blue housekeeping uniform, which she almost always wore. She also joined in the children’s games (including playing basketball), and went along with the family on vacations. In an apparent running gag with the character, strenuous physical activity would sometimes cause Alice to throw her back out, making her immobile for a short period of time. She had an identical cousin, Emma (also played by Davis), who was a retired master sergeant in the Women’s Army Corps. For most of the series, Alice dated Sam Franklin (Allan Melvin), who ran the local butcher shop. In the final 1974 season, Alice and Sam were engaged. The Brady Bunch went into syndication after 1974 and became an iconic show of that decade. (Current Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s real first name is Piyush; born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1971 as the son of Indian immigrants, he wanted an American first name, and took the name of Bobby from the show.) For a period in the 1960s and 1970s Davis was known for her appearances in television commercials for the Ford Motor Company, particularly for the mid-sized Ford Fairlane models. Davis was also featured in commercials for Minute Rice until the mid-1980s. In 1976 she sold her home in Los Angeles to move to Denver, Colorado, where she joined an Episcopal community led by Bishop William C. Frey. The community later relocated to Ambridge, Pennsylvania. Davis had long been a volunteer for the Episcopal church, working at the General Convention, attending services at churches around the country, and was not cloistered. Meanwhile, The Brady Bunch spawned several specials, short-lived television series, and movies, and Davis played Alice Nelson in most of them. In the early 1990s she focused on theater. She performed in a production of Arsenic and Old Lace, and a world tour production of Crazy For You. In 1994 Davis published Alice’s Brady Bunch Cookbook, with Brady Bunch inspired recipes. She never completely retired from acting; in her later years she was the celebrity spokeswoman in several Shake ‘n Bake commercials, and later appeared in several disposable mop commercials for Swiffer. Excepting 1995’s The Brady Bunch Movie (in which she played a trucker named Schultzy), her last role was in a 1997 episode of Something So Right (died 2014): “I remember my first ‘demographic report’ on the ‘Brady Bunch.’ I was with a friend, who told her little girl, ‘honey, you remember Shultzy?’ The girl said, ‘that’s not Schultzy, that’s Alice!’ I knew that we were coming along…. Today, people with three-piece suits and briefcases suddenly become twelve when they’re walking by me. That just breaks me up and I love it!”

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