Daily Update: Monday, August 31st, 2015

08-31 - Coat of Arms of Trinidad and Tobago

No Saints today, but on this date in 1962 the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, just off the coast of Venezuela, officially became independent from the United Kingdom.

Both Trinidad and Tobago were originally settled by Amerindians of South American origin. Trinidad was first settled by pre-agricultural Archaic people at least 7,000 years ago, making it the earliest-settled part of the Caribbean. Christopher Columbus renamed it “La Ysla de la Trinidad” (“The Island of the Trinity”), fulfilling a vow he had made before setting out on his third voyage of exploration. Columbus reported seeing Tobago on the distant horizon, which he named Bellaforma, but he did not land on the island. The name of Tobago is thought to probably be a corruption of its old name, “Tobaco”.  Trinidad was a Spanish colony until 1802, when it became a British crown colony. The Dutch and the Courlanders (from present day Latvia) established themselves in Tobago in the 16th and 17th centuries and produced tobacco and cotton. Tobago changed hands between British, French, Dutch and Courlanders; Britain consolidated its hold on both islands during the Napoleonic Wars, and they were combined into the colony of Trinidad and Tobago in 1889. The coat of arms for the new nation was designed by the Independence committee in 1962, and features the Scarlet Ibis (native to Trinidad), the Cocrico (native to Tobago) and Hummingbird. The shield bears three ships, representing both the Trinity, and the three ships that Columbus sailed. Unlike most of the English-speaking Caribbean, the country’s economy is primarily industrial, with an emphasis on petroleum and petrochemicals. The country is also one of the wealthiest in the Caribbean, due its large reserves of oil and gas. Trinidad and Tobago is known for its Carnival and is the birthplace of steelpan, limbo, and the music styles of calypso, soca and chutney.

Last night in their third Preseason game at home against the Houston Texans, our New Orleans Saints lost by the score of 13 to 27. Their final Preseason game will be an away game with the Green Bay Packers on Thursday, September 3rd. And Richard gathered up the trash and put the trash in the bin, which was still on the curb since they did not pick up the trash last Thursday.

I did my Bathroom Devotional Reading, and on our way to work I did my Internet Devotional Reading. In the tropics, Tropical Storm Fred became Hurricane Fred (more anon). At the casino I called the Pharmacy and renewed one prescription. When we clocked in, Richard was on Pai Gow, and I was on Mississippi Stud.

After work I picked up my prescription at the Pharmacy, and had my appointment with the Health Coach at the Clinic. I need to drink more water, and my next appointment with her will be on September 21st. Once home from work I read the morning paper, and Richard mowed the grass. I then took a nap for the rest of the day. In our snail mail I got a birthday card from Liz Ellen with $30.00 enclosed (thank you very much, Liz Ellen!), and I received a robot call (which went to voice-mail) from my psychiatrist’s office (more anon). Hurricane Fred was downgraded to a Tropical storm. And I did not do my Daily Update.

We have no Saints to honor tomorrow, but tomorrow is the new World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, established by Pope Francis, which opens the Season of Creation, celebrated from September 1st to October 4th (the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi). Tomorrow is also the anniversary of when Hurricane Gustav made landfall in Louisiana in 2008. On my breaks at work I will do my Daily Update for yesterday, Monday, August 31st, 2015 via WordPress for Android. And in the afternoon I will go down to Lafayette for my 2:30 pm appointment with my psychiatrist.

Our Parting Quote on this afternoon of this last day of August comes to us from Ike Pappas, American reporter. Born as Icarus Nestor Pappas in 1933 in the Flushing section of Queens, New York, his Greek immigrant parents owned a delicatessen. He graduated from Long Island University and then spent two years in the United States Army. During his enlistment he was assigned to the staff of Stars and Stripes. While working for radio station WNEW he was at the Dallas County Jail on the morning on November 24, 1963, waiting with a throng of reporters to question Lee Harvey Oswald, the alleged assassin of President John F. Kennedy. Pappas had just asked Oswald if he (Oswald) had anything to say in his defence when nightclub owner Jack Ruby stepped out from the crowd of reporters and short Oswald, killing him. Pappas joined CBS News as a radio writer in 1964 and became a network correspondent in 1967; during his years with CBS News Pappas also covered the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Vietnam War. Pappas was the most prominent of 215 people laid off in 1987 during a downsizing at CBS News. By then, his face was familiar enough that he was hired to play himself in at least two movies, Moon Over Parador (1988) and The Package (1989). He also formed his own television production company. In 2003, along with a number of other notable Greek Americans, he was a founding member of The Next Generation Initiative, a leadership program aimed at getting students involved in public affairs (died 2008): “There’s a shot! Oswald has been shot! Oswald has been shot! A shot rang out. Mass confusion here, all the doors have been locked. [pause] Holy mackerel!”

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