Daily Update: Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation and 09-01 - Hurricane Gustav

We have no Saints to honor today, but today is the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, the first day in the Season of Creation (which runs through October 4th). We also remember that Hurricane Gustav made landfall on this date in 2008 as a Category 2 hurricane near Cocodrie, Louisiana.

Pope Francis earlier this year declared September 1st as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, as the Orthodox Church has done since 1989. According to Pope Francis, “The annual World Day of prayer for the Care of Creation offers to individual believers and to the community a precious opportunity to renew our personal participation in this vocation as custodians of creation, raising to God our thanks for the marvellous works that He has entrusted to our care, invoking his help for the protection of creation and his mercy for the sins committed against the world in which we live.” This day of prayer beautifully opens the Season of Creation, which will be celebrated from September 1st to October 4th (the Memorial of Saint Francis of Assisi). Turning to Hurricane Gustav, in Baton Rouge wind damage from Gustav was the worst of any storm in memory. The damage was severe enough to effectively shut the city down for several days. Most businesses remained closed through September 5th, five days after landfall. Power lines along Baton Rouge’s tree-lined streets were easily brought down as thousands of trees were uprooted and snapped in half by Gustav’s fierce winds. Entire sections of the city were cut off by the mountains of debris. Few homes escaped roof damage as the storm passed over the capital city. Many signs were blown down, including a large portion of the Interstate 10 Highland Road/Nicholson Drive exit sign, which blew off of the Bridge and into the Mississippi River. It was three weeks before power was restored to all residents. Debris cleanup was still ongoing at the end of 2008, four months after the storm had passed. (Our son and his roommate and their cats had elected to go to a friend’s apartment, about two buildings over in the same complex. They rode out the storm just fine, but when Matthew and his roommate went back to their own place, they found that the storm had taken off the roof, effectively destroying the bedrooms upstairs, and causing a great deal of water damage downstairs. That LSU fall semester did not go well for my son, and thus the storm may have been a major factor in his decision to go into the Navy.

Upon waking up today, it being the first of the month, I flipped to the new month in our three wall calendars and cleared the phone call list and voice-mails from my Galaxy Note 4. I started using a new powder puff (which I do every four months), and put The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North in my car before we left the house in the truck for work. On our way to work I cleared the browsing date on my Chrome Browser, Wikipedia, the Google Play Store, and Facebook. I deleted my Google Search History, and did screenshots of my Galaxy Note 4 home screens. Once at the casino we ate breakfast, using the $10.00 meal comp that Richard had won last Saturday. Once we clocked in Richard was on Mississippi Stud; I was on Let It Ride, closed that table, then was on a Blackjack Table all day. On my breaks I did my Daily Update for yesterday, Monday, August 31st, 2015 via WordPress for Android, ate a salad on my break after 7:00 am (part of eating more healthily), and got a call from my dentist’s office reminding me that my appointment with the dentist is tomorrow (I thought it was in two weeks).

When we got home from work I addressed and mailed out a birthday card to Callie. I then read the morning paper, then left the house in the car for Lafayette at 12:30 pm. My first stop in Lafayette was at Piccadilly Cafeteria, where I finished reading Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brian. I then had my appointment with my psychiatrist’s office at 2:30 pm. We are going to tweak my meds a bit, starting tomorrow. At the Lafayette Public Library – Southside Branch I returned The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North and took out Rivers by Michael Farris Smith, which I will start reading on Friday for my Sci-Fi Fantasy Book Club. I then headed home, arriving at 5:00 pm. I did my Book Review for this weblog and for my Goodreads and Facebook accounts for Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brian. I then began working on today’s Daily Update. Tropical Storm Fred is still so far out in the Atlantic Ocean that it bears noting, but that is all.

We have no Saints to honor tomorrow, so instead we will recall that tomorrow is the anniversary of the day in 31 BCE when Octavian (later the Emperor Augustus) beat the combined forces of Mark Antony and Cleopatra in the naval Battle of Actium. Tomorrow I will do the Weekly Computer Maintenance and my laundry, and I will go up to Mamou for my 12:30 pm appointment with my dentist.

Our Monday Afternoon Parting Quote comes to us from Hal David, American lyricist. Born as Harold David in 1921 in New York City, New York, he is credited with popular music lyrics beginning in the 1940s with material written for bandleader Sammy Kaye and for Guy Lombardo. He worked with Morty Nevins of The Three Suns on four songs for the feature film Two Gals and a Guy (1951), starring Janis Paige and Robert Alda. In 1957 David met composer Burt Bacharach at Famous Music in the Brill Building in New York. The two teamed up and wrote their first hit, “The Story of My Life”, recorded by Marty Robbins in 1957. Subsequently, in the 1960s and early 1970s Bacharach and David wrote some of the most enduring songs in American popular music, many for Dionne Warwick but also for The Carpenters, Dusty Springfield, B. J. Thomas, Gene Pitney, Tom Jones, Jackie DeShannon and others. Bacharach and David hits included “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head”, “This Guy’s in Love with You”, “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again”, “Do You Know the Way to San Jose”, “Walk On By”, “What the World Needs Now Is Love”, “I Say a Little Prayer”, “(There’s) Always Something There to Remind Me”, “One Less Bell to Answer”, and “Anyone Who Had a Heart”. The duo’s film work included the Oscar-nominated title songs for What’s New Pussycat? (1965) and Alfi (1966), “The Look of Love”, from Casino Royale (1967); and the Oscar-winning “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969). In addition, their songs “Don’t Make Me Over”, “(They Long to Be) Close to You”, and “Walk On By” were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. David’s work with other composers includes Willie Nelson and Julio Iglesias’s “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before”, with Albert Hammond; Sarah Vaughan’s “Broken Hearted Melody”, with Sherman Edwards; the 1962 Joanie Sommers hit “Johnny Get Angry”, also with Edwards. With Paul Hampton, David co-wrote the country standard “Sea of Heartbreak”, a hit for Don Gibson and others. David contributed lyrics to three James Bond film themes: in addition to “The Look of Love” fromCasino Royale (1967) with Bacharach, he wrote “We Have All the Time in the World”, with John Barry and sung by Louis Armstrong for the 1969 film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, and in 1979, “Moonraker”, also with Barry, sung by Bond regular Shirley Bassey for the film of the same name. He was nominated for a Tony for Best Musical as the lyricist for Promises, Promises (1968). For the next forty years David got screen credits galore, mainly due to having so many of his songs used in movies and television shows. In 1984 he was elected to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, in 1991 he received a doctor of music degree from Lincoln College, Illinois for his major contribution to American music, and in May 2000 he received an honorary doctorate of humane letters degree from Claremont Graduate University. He and his wife. who were avid art collectors, donated part of their collection of drawings to the U.C.L.A. Hammer Museum in 2003. David and Bacharach were awarded the 2011 Gershwin Prize for Popular Song bestowed by the Library of Congress, the first time a songwriting team was given the honor. David was recuperating from a recent illness and was unable to attend the Washington D.C. presentation ceremony in May 2012 (died 2012): “Pop songs are not as graceful as they used to be. Performers today haven’t gone through the regimen of learning how to write. And of course, everyone wants to own copyrights. Rap culture is interesting and different and has purpose but it has a non-romantic view of life and of social feelings. There may be a void in that.”

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