Daily Update: Sunday, October 11th, 2015

John XXIII

Today is the Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, and the Optional Memorial of Saint John XXIII, Pope (died 1963). And we do not have Early Voting for the Louisiana Gubernatorial Primary Election on October 24th because today is Sunday.

Born in 1881 in Sotto il Monte, Italy as Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, the future Pope was born into a peasant family. Educated at Bergamo and the Pontifical Roman Seminary, he was ordained in 1904. He served as secretary to the bishop of Bergamo from 1904 to 1914, during which he wrote the basis for his five-volume biography of Saint Charles Borromeo. He then served in World War I in the medical corps and as a chaplain. After the war he worked in Rome and reorganized the Society for the Propagation of the Faith. Made a titular archbishop in 1925, he served as the Vatican diplomatic representative to Bulgaria, Turkey, and Greece before being made the Papal nuncio to France in 1944 where he mediated between conservative and socially radical clergy. He was created a Cardinal in 1953, and made Patriarch of Venice three days later. He took the name of John when he was elected the 261st Pope in 1958. As pope he stressed his own pastoral duties as well as those of other bishops and clergy, and promoted social reforms for workers, poor people, orphans, and the outcast. He advanced cooperation with other faiths and traditions including Protestant, Greek Orthodox, Church of England, and even Shinto. In April 1959 he forbade Catholics to vote for parties supporting Communism. He nearly doubled the number of cardinals, making the college the largest in history. In 1959 he announced his intent to call a eucominical council (less than ninety years after Vatican I) to consider ways to renew the Church in the modern world, promote diversity within the unity of the Church, and consider reforms promoted by ecumenical and liturgical movements. His encyclical Mater et Magistra in 1961 advocated social reform, assistance to underdeveloped countries, a living wage for all workers, and support for socialist measures that promised real benefit to society. Prior to the first session of the council, John XXIII visited Assisi and Loreto on October 4th, 1962 to pray for the new upcoming council as well as to mark the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi. He was the first pope to travel outside of Rome since Pope Pius IX (died 1878). Convening the Second Vatican Council in 1962 was the high point of his reign. His heartiness, his overflowing love for humanity individually and collectively, and his freshness of approach to ecclesiastical affairs made John one of the best-loved popes of modern times. Declared a Servant of God by his successor, Paul VI, John was beatified in 2000; the date chosen for his feast day is not that of his death (June 3rd), or of his birth, but the anniversary date of the convening of the first session of the Second Vatican Council. He was canonized (alongside Pope John Paul II) on April 27, 2014, and he is the Patron Saint of Christian Unity and of Papal delegates, of the Second Vatican Council, and of the Patriarchy of Venice. And we do not have Early Voting for the Louisiana Gubernatorial Primary Election on October 24th because today is Sunday.

I woke up late again, and again did not do my Devotional Reading. Once we clocked in, Richard was on a Blackjack table, closed that table, changed Blackjack cards, then was on Four Card Poker. I was the Relief Dealer for Macau Mini Baccarat, Mini Baccarat, and Pai Gow, then the Relief Dealer for Macau Mini Baccarat (which later became the Mini Baccarat table) Four Card Poker, and Pai Gow. On my breaks I set up my Powerball and Louisiana Lotto lottery tickets – one set to cover ten drawings (starting on Wednesday, and running through when we will be on vacation), and one regular set for me to start using after we come back from vacation.

On our way home I continued reading Desolation Island by Patrick O’Brian. Once home I read the Sunday papers and ate my lunch salad, then took a nap for the rest of the day. Our New Orleans Saints lost their away game with the Philadelphia Eagles by the score of 17 to 39. Our Saints fall to 1 and 4 (0 and 2 in their conference division), and will play the unbeaten Atlanta Falcons (5 – 0, 0 – 0) in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Thursday, October 15th. In the Weekly College Polls, in the AP Poll our Tigers moved up a spot to #6 (the Florida Gators are now ranked at #8), and in the Coaches Poll our Tigers remained ranked #5. And I did not do my Daily Update. Tonight our New Orleans Pelicans will play an away Preseason game with the Chicago Bulls, and the New Moon will arrive at 7:07 pm.

We have no Saints to honor, but tomorrow is Columbus Day, Columbus Day (Observed) and Thanksgiving Day in Canada. And because of Columbus Day (Observed), there will no be Early Voting for the Louisiana Gubernatorial Primary Election on October 24th. On my breaks at work I will do my Daily Update for yesterday, Sunday, October 11th, 2015 via WordPress for Android. In the afternoon I will work on Advance Daily Update Drafts. Tomorrow evening our New Orleans Pelicans will play an away Preseason game with the Chicago Bulls, and the New Moon will arrive at 7:07 pm.

This Sunday afternoon brings us a Parting Quote from Redd Foxx, American comedian and actor. Born in 1922 in St. Louis, Missouri, as John Elroy Sanford, he was raised on Chicago’s South Side by his mother (who was half Seminole), his minister, and his grandmother, as his father, an electrician, left the family when the boy was aged four. He briefly attended DuSable High School with future Chicago mayor Harold Washington, but never graduated. In the 1940s he was an associate of Malcolm Little, later known as Malcolm X. In Malcolm’s autobiography, he was referred to as “Chicago Red, the funniest dishwasher on this earth.” Foxx earned the nickname due to his reddish hair and complexion, and took his stage surname from baseball star Jimmie Foxx. He then continued his career as a plumber, getting acting jobs where he could. He gained notoriety with his nightclub act (considered by the standards of the time to be raunchy). His stand-up performances were later released as “party” albums and became very popular. He was also one of the first black comics to play to white audiences on the Las Vegas Strip. Foxx achieved his most widespread fame starring in the television situation comedy Sanford and Son, which premiered on the NBC television network on January 14, 1972, and was broadcast for six seasons, the final episode airing on March 25, 1977. The show starred Foxx as Fred G. Sanford, a 65-year-old widowed junk dealer living in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, and Demond Wilson as his 30-year-old son, Lamont Sanford. Whenever Lamont threatened to leave or things were not going Fred’s way, he would fake a heart attack and say, “You hear that, Elizabeth? I’m coming to join ya, honey!” Foxx used his starring role on the show to help get acting and comedy jobs for his friends such as LaWanda Page, Slappy White, Gregory Sierra, Don Bexley, Skillet and LeRoy and Noriyuki ”Pat” Morita. In 1977 Foxx left Sanford and Son after six highly successful seasons (and the show was canceled solely due to his departure) to star in a short-lived variety show, but by 1980 he was back playing Fred Sanford in a brief revival/spin-off, Sanford. He also had financial problems, which were not helped by an alleged cocaine habit and a 1981 divorce settlement of $300,000 paid to his third wife. In 1983 he filed for bankruptcy, which proceeding continued at least through 1989. The IRS filed tax liens against Foxx’s property for income taxes he owed for the years 1983 through 1986 totalling $755,166.21. On November 28, 1989, the IRS seized his home in Las Vegas and seven vehicles (including a 1927 Model T, a 1975 Panther J72, a 1983 Zimmer, and a Vespa motor scooter) to pay the taxes which by then had grown to $996,630, including penalties and interest. Agents also seized “$12,769 in cash and a dozen guns, including a semiautomatic pistol,” among some 300 items in total, reportedly leaving only Foxx’s bed. He appeared to be making a comeback with the 1991 series The Royal Family, in which he co-starred with his long-time friend Della Reese. However, during a break from rehearsals for the show, he suffered a fatal heart attack on the set. Reportedly, co-star Della Reese and the rest of the cast and crew thought he was doing his classic “I’m coming Elizabeth!” fake heart attack routine he made famous on Sanford and Son, even going as far as collapsing to the floor, although that was not part of the usual schtick. However, this heart attack was real, and Foxx never regained consciousness (died 1991): “I feel sorry for people who don’t drink or do drugs. Because someday they’re going to be in a hospital bed, dying, and they won’t know why.”

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