Daily Update: Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Marcellinus and Peter

Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Marcellinus and Saint Peter, Martyrs (died 304).

Very little is known about the lives of our two Saints today. Marcellinus, a priest, and Peter, an exorcist (one of the minor orders leading up to becoming a priest, which were, in order, porter, lector, exorcist, and acolyte), died in the year 304, during the persecution of Diocletian. Pope Damasus I (died 384) gave the earliest account of their deaths, and claimed that he heard the story of these two martyrs from their executioner who became a Christian after their deaths. He further stated that they were killed at an out-of-the-way spot by the magistrate Severus (or Serenus), so that other Christians would not have a chance to bury and venerate their bodies. The two saints happily cleared the spot chosen for their death themselves, in a thicket overgrown with thorns, brambles, and briers three miles from Rome. They were beheaded and buried in that spot. Two women, Lucilla and Firmina, assisted by divine revelation, found the bodies, however, and had them properly buried near the body of St. Tiburtius on the Via Labicana in what became known as the Catacombs of Marcellinus and Peter. The martyrs were venerated by the early Christian church. Their sepulcher is mentioned in the Martyrologium Hieronymianum (late 6th century), which gives their feast day as June 2, and from the seventh century onwards, their sepulcher became a site of pilgrimage, and their feast day is recorded in local liturgies and hagiographies.

Yesterday Richard got a call from the Oreck vacuum cleaner repair place in Lafayette, to the effect that they had pretty much fixed our vacuum cleaner. After I finished yesterday’s Daily Update, I went out to the kitchen, flipped the calendar page in the kitchen wall calendar, and put my Black Ice screen protector on my Galaxy Note 4. It’s the easiest screen installation I’ve ever done, and I’ve done many of them.

I found out this morning that the NCAA Baseball Tournament Super Regional Game between our #1 ranked LSU Baseball team and UL- Lafayette will be played on Saturday, June 6th at  7:00 pm at Alex Box in Baton Rouge. Richard and I ate breakfast in ADR today, as is normal for a Tuesday at work for us. Richard was first on Let It Ride, then when they closed that table he was moved to Mississippi Stud. I was on Mini Baccarat all day, mostly on a dead table. The rumor is that they will be moving the Mini Baccarat / Pai Gow pit from its present location (in front of High Stakes Table Games) to under the central Dome (near the Poker Room) on Wednesday, so when we go to work on Friday we will see if rumor told true.

The Full Moon arrived at 11:22 pm, and on our way home we stopped at Champagne’s so that Richard could get some groceries. Once we got home I read the morning paper and ate a bowl of cereal, then I took a nap. At 4:30 pm I watched Jeopardy!, then came to the computer to work on Advance Daily Update Drafts. For dinner I had Shake and Back chicken breast, a baked sweet potato, and steamed fresh asparagus. I got my Advance Daily Update Drafts done through Sunday, June 7th. And once I finish this Daily Update, I will turn in early.

Tomorrow is the Memorial of Saint Charles Lwanga and Companions, Martyrs. It is also Jefferson Davis’s Birthday (1808), the Celebration of Confederate Memorial Day (celebrated by some, but only noted by me), and Billie Joe McAllister Day. I hope to wake up early enough to do my laundry and the Weekly Computer Maintenance. About 10:00 am I hope to be free, and to head down to Lafayette to pick up the vacuum cleaner, to double-check that the carry-on bag that Michelle purchased will work on United Airlines (by seeing if it will fit in the measuring stand by the United ticket counter at the Lafayette Airport), to eat lunch, and to put in some comfy chair time at Barnes and Noble. In the evening I will order pictures of the baby from the photography site (Callie texted me today to tell me that the baby’s photos will be taken down on Friday, so I have a deadline to order them), and I will go through the packet of stuff from St. Pius X Church in Lafayette. I also hope to do about three or four more Advance Daily Update Drafts; if I can do three or four tomorrow, and three or four on Thursday, I will have Advance Daily Update Drafts done through Sunday the 14th or so, which will make it easier for me to post Daily Updates next week via WordPress for Android on my Galaxy Note 4.

Our Parting Quote on this Tuesday evening comes to us from Kathryn Joosten, American television actress. Born as Kathryn Rausch in 1939 in Chicago, Illinois, she became a psychiatric nurse in a medium security wing for disturbed teenagers at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago. In 1963, her mother, who was dying of cancer, confided to her that her biggest regret was not following her dreams. Upon her divorce in 1980, she decided to follow her dreams, and began acting in community theater in 1982 at the age of 42. She supported her sons by hanging wallpaper. She moved to Florida in 1992 to become a street performer at Disney World, and moved to Hollywood in 1995. Her first television role was a two-line part in an episode of Family Matters. In 1996 she was Secretary #83 on Murphy Brown, and in 1997 she appeared on Frasier as the mother and personal secretary of Frasier’s conniving agent. Between 1998 and 2001 she played a recurring role in Dharma and Greg. One of her most well-known roles was as Dolores Landingham, the secretary to President Josiah Bartlet on The West Wing between 1999 and 2002. From 2003 to 2005 she played the recurring role of Old Lady God on Joan of Arcadia. In 2005 Joosten appeared in the film Wedding Crashers, starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson. Her last major role was as Karen McCluskey on Desperate Housewives between 2005 and 2012. For this role Joosten won two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series in 2005 and 2008, was once again nominated in 2010, and appeared as a presenter at the 2005 and 2008 Emmy Awards telecasts. Joosten received Screen Actors Guild Award nominations with the rest of the cast for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series from 2006–2008. She was promoted to a member of the regular cast in Season 6. However, the Emmys still billed her as a “Guest Actress” when she was nominated for a third time for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for the 2010 Emmys. She was then nominated for a fourth Emmy, this time for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 2012. In 2007 in an appearance on The View, she revealed that she was in remission from lung cancer, after many years of chain smoking (which she subsequently quit). In September 2009 Joosten was diagnosed with lung cancer for a second time. She subsequently underwent surgery and four rounds of chemotherapy, and was found to be cancer-free in January 2010. However, she was diagnosed with lung cancer a third time, and died twenty days after the onscreen death from cancer of her Desperate Housewives character (died 2012): “My fans are people… kinda… youngsters who look at me as a grandmother. People who wanna make a change, people who are on the edge of saying – this is not the life I chose and I wanna do something about it.”

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