Daily Update: Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

08-18 - Virginia Dare

We have no Saints to honor today, but on this date in 1587 Virginia Dare became the first child in the Americas born to English parents. It was also on this date three years later, in 1590, that she (and the rest of the colonists in the Roanoke Colony in what is now North Carolina) were found to be missing.

The colony, under the sponsorship of Sir Walter Raleigh, had been established on July 22, 1587, under inauspicious circumstances; upon landing, the only evidence they found of a previous colonization attempt was a skeleton. This was a blow to them, as they had counted on the men of the earlier colony to help in the establishment of the new colony. The leader of the 150 colonists, John White, an artist and friend of Raleigh’s who had accompanied the previous expeditions to Roanoke, tried to establish relations with the local Croatons without success. After one of the colonists was killed by the Croatons, the colonists prevailed upon Governor White to return to England to explain the colony’s dilemma and to ask for help. When White left for England in late 1587, there were approximately 115 colonists, including his new granddaughter Virginia Dare, who settled down to wait for help. Due to the Spanish Armada’s attempted invasion of England, White could not return to his colony for three years. White finally returned on August 18, 1590, on his granddaughter’s third birthday, but found the settlement deserted. His men could not find any trace of the 90 men, 17 women, and 11 children, nor was there any sign of a struggle or battle. The only clue was the word “Croatoan” carved into a post of the fort and “Cro” carved into a nearby tree. All the houses and fortifications had been dismantled, which meant their departure had not been hurried. Before he had left the colony, White had instructed them that if anything happened to them, they should carve a Maltese cross on a tree nearby, indicating that their disappearance had been forced. As there was no cross, White took this to mean they had moved to Croatoan Island, but he was unable to conduct a search. A massive storm was brewing and his men refused to go any further. The next day, they left. It was not until 1602 that Raleigh sent out a ship to investigate, which never made it to the location of the colony before having to turn back to England due to bad weather. The settlement is known as “The Lost Colony,” and the fate of the colonists is still unknown.

I did my Bathroom Devotional Reading today, and did my Internet Devotional Reading after we got to the casino; I was not hungry, so I did not eat breakfast in ADR. When we clocked in Richard was on Let It Ride, closed that table, was a Utility Dealer sending dealers to the shift office, then was the Check Racker on Roulette until they put him on what was at the time the $5.00 Minimum Bet Blackjack Table; at 9:00 am they opened up the regular $5.00 Minimum Bet Blackjack table, and Richard’s table went to a normal $10.00 minimum. (On a “normal” table, one can play up to three hands, each at the table minimum, and blackjack pays 3 to 2 (a $10.00 bet would pay $12.50). On the $5.00 Minimum Bet table, one can play up to two hands, but one has to play $10.00 on each hand, and blackjack pays 6 to 5 (a $10.00 bet would pay $12.00).) I spent the day dealing Mississippi Stud. Liz Ellen advised me via Email that her 401K went through, so all she is waiting on is the bank loan.

After work we went over to the pharmacy, where I picked up two of my three prescriptions from my Ob/Gyn. (I do not know why the third one was not done, but I’m not running low on it yet.) When we got home I read the morning paper, then took a nap until 4:00 pm. I woke up to a text message from my son asking for the name of the priest at our church (which I provided by return text), and Tropical Storm Danny is out in the far Atlantic, and will bear watching for several more days. I watched Jeopardy!, then left in my car for Lafayette. At the Wal-Mart on Ambassador Caffrey I purchased a hydraulic jack in its own carrying case (I think it weighs about twenty-five pounds) and put it in the truck of the car. At Barnes and Noble I got two almond filled croissants, and attended the Third Tuesday Book Club meeting to discuss The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott. We had a good meeting, and by the September meeting we will have a good idea (through Reply All on group Emails) of what books we will be reading in 2016. On my way home I found that listening to music from my Galaxy 4 Note via Bluetooth seemed to work well, but did not give me the ability to change from album to album via the car video display (I have to do so on my phone) I got home at 9:15 pm, and got on the Internet to do today’s Daily Update.

Tomorrow is the Optional Memorial of Saint John Eudes, Priest (died 1680). When I wake up I will do the Weekly Virus Scan, then I will go to my local Wal-Mart to get a USB flash drive (at least 32 gb). I will then head home and copy my music onto the USB flash drive, then head to Lafayette to return Capital Punishment and Roman Catholic Moral Tradition (Second Edition) by E. Christian Brugger to the Lafayette Public Library. (I have not finished reading it, but it is an Inter-Library Loan book, due tomorrow, that cannot be renewed.) On my way to and from Lafayette I will see how the USB flash drive works with the USB feature on the car. (When I connect up my Phone via USB to the car, it says it is indexing, then craps out; there is some sort of incompatibility there, having to do with the fact that I have more than just music on my external drive card on my phone. If all works well, I will be able to access all of my music from the car display, by album, artist, or song.) In my travels I will also call the Breast Center of Acadiana to set up a mammogram, and stop by the local hospital to set up my bone density scan. When I get home I will do my laundry.

Our Parting Quote this Tuesday evening comes to us from Scott McKenzie, American singer and songwriter. Born as Philip Blondheim in 1939 in Jacksonville, Florida, his family moved to Asheville, North Carolina, when he was six months old. He grew up in North Carolina and Virginia, where he became friends with John Phillips, who was the son of one of his mother’s friends. In the mid 1950s he sang briefly with Tim Rose in a high school group called The Singing Strings, and later with Phillips, Mike Boran, and Bill Cleary formed a doo wop band, The Abstracts. In New York The Abstracts became The Smoothies and recorded two singles with Decca Records, produced by Milt Gabler. During his time with The Smoothies, Blondheim decided to change his name, and the group came up with Scott McKenzie. In 1961 Phillips and McKenzie met Dick Weissman and formed the folk group The Journeymen at the height of the folk music craze. They recorded three albums and seven singles for Capitol Records. After The Beatles became popular in 1964, The Journeymen disbanded. McKenzie and Weissman became solo performers, while Phillips formed the group The Mamas & the Papas with Denny Doherty, Cass Elliot, and Michelle Phillips and moved to California. McKenzie turned down an offer to join the group. Two years later he left New York and signed with Lou Adler’s Ode Records. Phillips wrote and co-produced  the song “San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair)” for McKenzie. Phillips played guitar on the recording and session musician Gary L Coleman played orchestra bells and chimes. The bass line of the song was supplied by session musician Joe Osborn, and Hal Blaine played drums. It was released on May 13, 1967 in the United States and was an instant hit, reaching #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 in the Canadian RPM Magazine charts. It was also a #1 in the UK and several other countries, selling over seven million copies globally. McKenzie followed the song with “Like An Old Time Movie”, also written and produced by Phillips, which was a minor hit (#27 in Canada). His first album, The Voice of Scott McKenzie, came out in 1967. McKenzie wrote the song “Hey! What About Me” that launched the career of Canadian singer Anne Murray in 1968. After his album Stained Glass Morning came out in 1970 he stopped recording and lived in Joshua Tree, California, where he was occasionally spotted talking to cactus. In 1973 he moved to Virginia Beach, Virginia. In 1986 Doherty and Phillips, with Mackenzie Phillips (Phillips’ daughter) and Spanky McFarlane as female vocalists, took a new version of The Mamas & the Papas onto the nostalgia circuit. Later, when Doherty left the group, McKenzie joined Phillips as the second Papa. However, when Phillips left due to ill health, Doherty returned and McKenzie took the role vacated by Phillips. With Terry Melcher, Mike Love, and Phillips, he co-wrote “Kokomo” (1988), a #1 single for the Beach Boys. By 1998 Scott had retired from the road version of The Mamas and Papas, and resided in Los Angeles, California. After Phillips died in 2001, McKenzie appeared at the Los Angeles tribute concert Phillips in 2001, amongst other 1960s contemporary acts (died 2012): “I am amazed at how “San Francisco” continues even now to evoke dreams in the hearts and minds of people all over the world. Though many of these people were alive when the record was first released, an increasing number of them were not even born then. Yet the same simple song touches them too.”

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