Daily Update: Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

Rose of Lima

Today is the Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, and the Optional Memorial of Saint Rose of Lima (died 1617).

Born as Isabel Flores de Oliva in 1586 in Lima, Peru, to Spanish immigrants to the New World, when she was a baby a servant claimed to have seen her face transform into a rose, hence her name, “Rosa”. She took the confirmation name of Rose in 1597. In emulation of Saint Catherine of Siena, she fasted three times a week with secret severe penances. When she was admired for her beauty, Rose cut off her hair against the objections of her friends and her family. Upon the censure of her parents, Rose disfigured her face with pepper and lye. She spent many hours contemplating the Blessed Sacrament, which she received daily. She determined to take a vow of virginity in opposition to her parents who wished her to marry. Daily fasting turned to perpetual abstinence from meat. Her days were filled with acts of charity and industry. Rose helped the sick and hungry around her community. She would bring them to her home and take care of them. She grew beautiful flowers, which she would take to market to help her family. Her exquisite lace and embroidery also helped to support her home, while her nights were devoted to prayer and penance in a little grotto which she had built behind the family home. She became a recluse, leaving the grotto only for her visits to the Blessed Sacrament. She had so attracted the attention of the Dominican Order that she was permitted to enter a Dominican convent in 1602 without payment of the usual dowry. In her twentieth year she donned the habit and took a vow of perpetual virginity. For eleven years this self-martyrdom continued without relaxation, with intervals of ecstasy, until she died at the age of 31, having prophesied the date of her death exactly. Her funeral was attended by all the public authorities of Lima, and the archbishop pronounced her eulogy in the cathedral. She is the Patron Saint of florists and embroiderers, of the city of Lima; of the countries of Peru, the Philippines, and India, of Latin America, of indigenous peoples of the Americas, and of people ridiculed or misunderstood for their piety, and her aid is invoked against vanity.

When we got to work today, Richard was on the Mini Baccarat table; when they closed his table (as they had a Macau Mini Baccarat game going), he went to Pai Gow. I was the Relief Dealer for Macau Mini Baccarat, Mini Baccarat, and Pai Gow for my first rotation, then I was the Relief Dealer for Macau Mini Baccarat, Pai Gow, and the second Mississippi Stud table for my second rotation. After that I just broke Macau Mini Baccarat (which, when it went dead, was turned in a regular Mini Baccarat game) and Pai Gow, and on my second to last rotation I also broke Flop Poker. On my breaks I did my Daily Update for yesterday, Saturday, August 22nd, 2015 via WordPress for Android.

On our way home we got gas for the truck, and when we arrived home I read the Sunday papers. I then got on the computer and worked at converting music Wma files to Mp3 files, which is a process that is fairly simple but time-consuming. I did all of my artists / groups from the letter D through the letter G, so I was impressed with my progress, and put the Mp3s on my phone and on my 128gb USB Flash Drive, which continues to work great in the car (I checked). And in the College Football Polls, LSU is ranked #14 by the Associated Press and #13 by the Coaches Poll.

Tomorrow is the Feast of Saint Bartholomew, Apostle (died first century).We will return to the casino for the first day of the two-week pay period; when we get to work the Breakfast Club (those waiting to sign the Early Out List on the one day when first come is first out) will be already in the hallway outside of the shift office. In the afternoon I will start with music artists / groups starting with the letter H, and see how far I get.

Our Parting Quote this Sunday afternoon comes to us from Charles Lisanby, American film and television set designer. Born in 1924 in Princeton, Kentucky, he graduated from high school in 1940 at the age of sixteen and was drafted into the United States Army the next year after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Receiving an early discharge due to meningitis, he ignored his father’s wish that he become a doctor and instead went to New York to attend art school. After working for an advertising agency for a couple of months, Lisanby received his first professional commission in 1947 when the Friars Club in New York City commissioned him to paint a mural in the dining room of their headquarters. Coincidentally Ralph Levy, who at the time worked for CBS, saw his work and asked him to design the experimental made-for-television ballet Billy the Kid, arguably the first ballet on television. His work gained the attention of the Theatrical Stage Designers Union who demanded he cease working for CBS until he took a test to gain entrance into the Union. He passed the test with the highest marks and met the influential stage designer Oliver Messel, who offered him a job as his assistant working on the Broadway show Romeo and Juliet starring Olivia de Haviland in 1951. After Romeo and Juliet, Charles continued to work in the same scene shop for a year until he was offered a job by Jim McNaughton at ABC. In 1954 CBS offered him a job for twice the salary. which he immediately took, and worked on The Jane Froman Show. In 1955 he met Andy Warhol at a party; they left together, and when Lisbanby said that he liked a stuffed peacock in the window of a taxidermy shop, the peacock was delivered to him the next day, and an intense relationship began between the two men. Warhol created an entire gallery exhibit (DETAILS) of the drawings he had done of Lisanby, and they took a trip around the world together. Meanwhile, Lisanby worked for CBS for a number of years on such shows as the infamous $64,000 Question and Camera Three, where he met Lewis Freedman, the future head of PBS and director of the National Endowment for the Arts. He worked on the Broadway musical Hotel Paradiso in 1957. The next year he was asked to work with Ralph Levy and Bob Banner on The Gary Moore Show where he worked for six years on 234 shows and helped give Carol Burnett her television debut. During this period his relationship with Warhol cooled, due to Warhol’s change of direction into pop art. After The Gary Moore Show ended Lisanby went on to work on The Red Skelton Show from 1970 to 1971 and the 1972 Broadway musical Applause starring Lauren Bacall. In 1973 and 1974 he designed the Ben Franklin television miniseries and received his first Emmy. In 1978 he designed the awards show for the 20th Grammy Awards. Starting in 1979 he began annually working on Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular which he continued designing until 1996. He earned his second Emmy for the documentary Baryshnikov on Broadway in 1980. He continued working on television shows and specials, earning his third Emmy for 1987’s Barry Manilow: Big Fun on Swing Street. The next year he designed the 60th Anniversary Academy Awards Show. In 1990 he designed the halftime show for Super Bowl IV in the New Orleans Superdome, which had the themes Salute to New Orleans and the 40th Anniversary of Peanuts. His last project was Reflections on Ice in 1998, starring Michelle Kwan and based on Mulan. During his years of work in television he pioneered such innovations as the creative use of neon lights, lighted steps, and actors sitting on large block letters. He donated his life’s work to James Madison University in 2010. Two years later the new James and Gladys Kemp Lisanby Museum in Festival Conference and Student Center held an exhibit to highlight Lisanby’s most important contributions to the arts of television and scenic design, as well as introduce his relationship with Andy Warhol. Mentor to an Icon: A Charles Lisanby and Andy Warhol Exhibit was on view from January 23, 2012 to March 2, 2012. The exhibit was accompanied by a free iPad app that allowed visitors to interact with and learn more about the individual works exhibited as well as view interviews with and videos of and about Lisanby (died 2013): “You have to find out what the show is about — who’s starring, what is the script or sketches. You really have to service the show, figure out what it needs to say, what it has to say. People have to look at something, and if what they’re looking at bores them, they’re not going to watch.”

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