Daily Update: Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

07-28 - Acadian Remembrance Day

We have no Saints to honor today, but by Royal Proclamation, today is Acadian Remembrance Day.

On this date in 1755 Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Lawrence, Governor of Nova Scotia under the British, signed the order ordering the expulsion of the French Catholic colonists from the Acadie sections of Nova Scotia. In 1763 a group of Acadian exiles in Philadelphia sent a petition protesting the expulsion to King George III of Great Britain. Because the King never responded to the petition, Warren A. Perrin, a Cajun attorney and cultural activist from Erath, Louisiana, resurrected the petition in 1990 and threatened to sue England if it refused to acknowledge the illegality of the Grand Derangement. After thirteen years of discussions, Perrin (by then a member of CODOFIL, the Council for Development of French in Louisiana) and his supporters in the United States and Canada persuaded Queen Elizabeth II, in her capacity as Queen of Canada, to issue a royal proclamation acknowledging the historical fact of the Great Upheaval and consequent suffering experienced by the Acadian people. The Royal Proclamation of 2003, formally known as Proclamation Designating July 28 of Every Year as “A Day of Commemoration of the Great Upheaval”, Commencing on July 28, 2005, is a document issued by Queen Elizabeth II acknowledging responsibility and expressing regret concerning the Grand Dérangement, England’s expulsion of French-speaking Acadian peasant farmers from Nova Scotia beginning in 1755. (And about time, too.)

Last night my Blood Pressure Monitor died; it works solely on battery power, so I went in search of four AA batteries and only found three. Richard suggested using the three new batteries and one of the old batteries, to see if there was enough juice to run the monitor, and it did work.  I also did not sleep well, as along about 9:30 pm I had to take some Pepto-Bismol® for an upset stomach.

I woke up a little later than usual today, and did not do my Bathroom Devotional Reading. Richard was not feeling well (which he ascribed to overdoing it yesterday in mowing the grass in the heat of the noonday sun, even with hydration and breaks), and drove himself separately to work in the truck; I followed him about twenty minutes or so later in the car. He signed the Early Out list as the first dealer (not counting birthdays, Golden Tickets, or dealers who might have called in), and we ate breakfast in ADR using the $10.00 meal comp I had won at Saturday’s Pre-Shift Meeting. Richard was on Mississippi Stud, and got out at 5:15 am; I was on break, and he could not find me to let me know he had gotten out early. (I figured it out on my own, when he did not come back to his Mississippi Stud table, and the Pencil confirmed he had gotten out at 5:15 am.) I was on Mini Baccarat; the departing Swing dealer told me that she had had only five guests during her eight hours, and during my eight hours on Graves I had no guests at all. On one of my later breaks I went to the Computer Lab and made sure that my beneficiary and dependent information on my insurance was correct (they had the kids as both Beneficiaries and Dependents, when they are merely Beneficiaries; they each have their own insurance.) I determined that I could have done this on the home computer, on my Galaxy Note 4, or on one of the ADR computers, but then I would not become eligible for fabulous prizes (a $15.00 gift certificate; we never did hear who won the last gift certificate given out by the computer lab – such things seem to always end up being won by Finance, or one of the other non-floor administrative departments).

After work I went to the Pharmacy and picked up my three prescriptions and an OTC medication (my Sodium Bicarbonate 650 mg pills, which Wal-Mart does not carry). I then got my lunch via the drive through at McDonald’s, and when I was done eating I called Richard, who was home, had just woken up from his nap, and was doing fine. At Wal-Mart I got some AA batteries and some Equate (Wal-Mart generic) One-A-Day Women’s Vitamins, and I stopped at the Vision Center to show the ladies who work there the photos of my granddaughter. (You know you live in a small town when you call an office to make an appointment, the appointment is made, you hang up – and you realize that you never said who you were – they knew.) I then went to Fantastic Sam’s and got my hair cut.

Arriving home, I gathered my laundry (which Richard started for me), and read the paper while putting polish on my toenails. I then realized that I had not put my apron in the laundry, and asked Richard if he could do so. He went to the laundry room and reported that he had paused the washer, and that I could get my apron to toss in. I thought he was being somewhat passive aggressive, as he had passed the kitchen apron I use when eating salads or other messy stuff hanging on the hook in the kitchen; once my first layer of nail polish dried, I got it and put it in the laundry and re-started the laundry and returned to the newspaper. Richard then came out from the bedroom, and reported that he could not find my casino apron anywhere. We then realized that he thought I had meant that I needed to put my casino apron in the laundry, when what I meant by “apron” was my kitchen messy food apron. Talk about being at cross purposes. I then took a nap, and at some point Richard came to nap with me.

At 5:00 pm I woke up from my nap and did two Advance Daily Update Drafts (through Thursday, August 6th, which is the day I return from Tennessee). We left the house at 6:15 pm, ate Chinese for dinner at the Creswell Lane Restaurant, and returned home at 7:45 pm. I got on the computer to do today’s Daily Update; when I finish, I will then get ready for bed (perhaps by taking a bath, first).

Tomorrow is the Memorial of Saint Martha (died about 80). And tomorrow is also 90 days from my Casino Badge Expiration Date. (The equivalent date for Richard is August 8th; we will go to Compliance on Tuesday, August 11th after work to arrange about renewing our badges.) I will do the Weekly Computer Maintenance in the morning, and I will finish my laundry and iron my casino pants, apron, and shirts, and try to get out of the house at about 10:00 am to head to Lafayette. Once there, I will do my usual troika of lunch, comfy chair reading time, and returning a book to the library (and perhaps checking one out). At some point I will call Nedra to check in, and when I get home I will do some stuff that I have been putting off lately.

Our Parting Quote this Acadian Remembrance Day evening comes to us from Eileen Brennan, American actress. Born as Vera Eileen Brennan in 1932 in Los Angeles, California, her father was a doctor and her mother was a silent film actress. She first appeared in plays with the Mask and Bauble Society at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., starring in a production of Arsenic and Old Lace. Her exceptional comic skills and romantic soprano voice propelled her from unknown to star in the title role of Rick Besoyan’s off-Broadway tongue-in-cheek musical / operetta Little Mary Sunshine (1959), earning Brennan an Obie Award and inclusion among an esteemed group of eight other thespians who won the Theatre World Award that year for “Promising New Personality”, including Warren Beatty, Jane Fonda, Carol Burnett and a very young Patty Duke. Unwilling to be pigeonholed as a singing comedienne, Brennan took on one of the most arduous and demanding legit roles a young actress could ask for when she portrayed Annie Sullivan role in a major touring production of The Miracle Worker in 1961. After proving her dramatic mettle she returned willingly to the musical theatre fold and made a very beguiling Anna in a 1963 production of The King and I. She took her first Broadway bow in another comic operetta, The Student Gypsy (1963), an unofficial sequel to Little Mary Sunshine. She went on to create the role of Irene Malloy in the original Broadway production of Hello, Dolly! (1964). Her feature film debut was in Divorce American Style (1967), and soon became one of the most recognizable (if unidentifiable) supporting actresses in film and television. Her roles were usually sympathetic characters, though she played a variety of other character types, including earthy, vulgar and sassy, but occasionally “with a heart of gold.” A year after her feature film debut she became a semi-regular on the comedy-variety show Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, but stayed for only two months. Brennan received excellent reviews as brothel madam Billie in George Roy Hill’s Oscar-winning 1973 film The Sting as the confidante of con man Henry Gondorf (Paul Newman). Although her name was not often recognized by the general public, she became a favorite of many directors, in particular Peter Bogdanovich. She appeared in Bogdanovich’s 1971 classic The Last Picture Show(for which she received a BAFTA nomination for best supporting actress) and his 1974 adaptation of the Henry James novella Daisy Miller. Bogdanovich was the only director who made use of her musical talents when he cast her as Cybill Shepherd’s crude, fun-loving maid in his 1975 musical flop At Long Last Love. Meanwhile, Brennan appeared in one All In The Family episode, “The Elevator Story” (1972), as Angelique McCarthy. She also worked with director Robert Moore and writer Neil Simon, appearing in Murder by Death as Tess Skeffington (the femme fatale to Peter Falk’s Sam Diamond) (1976); and The Cheap Detective (1978). She had a starring role, playing Mutha in the 1978 movie, FM, about rock radio. In 1980 Brennan received a best supporting actress Oscar nomination for her role as Goldie Hawn’s nasty commanding officer in Private Benjamin. She reprised the role in the television adaptation (1981–1983), for which she won an Emmy (supporting actress) as well as a Golden Globe (lead actress). Brennan received an Emmy nomination for her guest starring role in the Taxi episode “Thy Boss’s Wife” (1981). After having dinner together one night in 1982, Brennan and Hawn left a restaurant, and Brennan was hit by a drunk driver and was critically injured with crushed legs and a crushed eye socket. She took three years off work to recover, and had to overcome a subsequent addiction to painkillers. It was during this time that her performance as Mrs. Peacock in Clue (1985) reached theaters. She played Miss Bannister in The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking (1988) and was nominated for a Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress. In 1989 she was in a production of Annie and fell off of the stage, breaking her leg. She became recognized as a breast cancer survivor, having had a mastectomy in 1990. In the 1990s she appeared in Stella with Bette Midler, Bogdanovich’s Texasville (the sequel to The Last Picture Show), and Reckless. She had a recurring role on the sitcom Blossom as the neighbor / confidant of the title character. In 2001 she made a brief appearance in the horror movie Jeepers Creepers as The Cat Lady. In 2002 she starred in the dark comedy film Comic Book Villains with DJ Qualls. In recent years Brennan had guest-starred in television, including recurring roles as the nosy Mrs. Bink in 7th Heaven and as gruff acting coach Zandra on Will & Grace. In 2003 director Shawn Levy cast her in a cameo role of a babysitter to Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt’s children in an updated remake of Cheaper by the Dozen. Levy was inspired to cast Brennan after his personal viewing of Private Benjamin on television. Her cameo was deleted from the actual cut of the movie, but she did receive credit for her role on the Deleted Scenes special feature of the film’s DVD. In 2004 she appeared in The Hollow as Joan Van Etten. Her last film work was in 2009’s The Kings of Appletown as Coach’s blind mother (died 2013): “I love meanies, and this goes back to Captain Lewis in Private Benjamin. You know why? Because they have no sense of humor. People who are mean or unkind or rigid – think about it – cannot laugh at themselves. If we can’t laugh at ourselves and the human condition, we’re going to be mean.”

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