Today is the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, and the Optional Memorial Saint Crispin and Saint Crispinian, Martyrs (died c. 286), which means that today is Saint Crispin’s Day.
Our Saints for today were born in the middle of the third century to a noble Roman family; the twin brothers Crispin and Crispinian converted to Christianity and fled to avoid persecution. A tradition in England holds that they escaped to Faversham in Kent and worked as shoemakers. The brothers eventually ended up in Soissons (in modern day France), where they preached Christianity to the Gauls by day and made shoes by night. Their success attracted the ire of Rictus Varus, the governor of Belgic Gaul, who had them tortured and beheaded. They are the Patron Saints of shoemakers, weavers, leather workers, and glove makers. The pair were also immortalized by Shakespeare in his history play Henry V (1599); before the Battle of Agincourt (which occurred precisely six hundred years ago) on this date in 1415, with a stunning victory by the heavily outnumbered English troops over the French forces), the King spoke before his men (Act IV, Scene III):
This day is call’d the feast of Crispian.
He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when this day is named,
And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
He that shall live this day, and see old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
And say, “To-morrow is Saint Crispian.”
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars,
And say, “These wounds I had on Crispian’s day.”
Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
But he’ll remember with advantages
What feats he did that day. Then shall our names,
Familiar in his mouth as household words,
Harry the King, Bedford, and Exeter,
Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester,
Be in their flowing cups freshly rememb’red.
This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered,
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers.
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.
I did my Bathroom Devotional Reading, and once at work, I plugged the bills Richard had paid yesterday into my Balance My Checkbook Pro app on my Galaxy Note 4. When we clocked in, Richard was on Pai Gow (he had one guest all day, and that for only fifteen minutes), and I was on Mini Baccarat (I had three guests until 4:00 am, and no guests for the rest of the shift). On my breaks I did my Daily Update for yesterday, Saturday, October 24th, 2015 via WordPress for Android. Richard got his annual Performance Review; he will be getting a raise of 2.5%. And I did my Internet Devotional Reading.
When we got home Richard started our laundry (excluding casino clothes), and I read the Sunday papers (not too wet, considering that it rained all night and all day) and ate my lunch salad. Richard then went to gas up the truck. I then packed as much stuff as I could into my bags once our laundry was finished, and updated our SiriusXM account. In the College Football Polls, in the AP poll LSU is now ranked #4 (up one rank from last week), and in the Coaches Poll LSU is now ranked #4 (up one rank from last week). I then printed out confirmation Emails we will need for our trip. Next, I rolled up our loose change (more anon), and I put the loose National Parks Quarters I had accumulated into my National Parks Quarters coin folder. And our New Orleans Saints won their game with the Indianapolis Colts by the score of 27 to 21. Our Saints are now 3-4, 1-2, and next week they will play a home game with the New York Giants (3-3, 2-3 pending the outcome of their game today) in the early game on Sunday, November 1st, 2015. And as I am fairly tired, I will finish this Daily Update and get ready to go to bed.
We have no Saints to honor tomorrow, so we will instead note that tomorrow is the anniversary of the Gunfight at the O. K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona, in 1881. Tomorrow is also the birthday of Virginia, one of our co-workers and the roommate of our co-worker Deborah (1954). We will work our eight hours at the casino, and after work go over to the Computer Lab to set up our user names and passwords for the new system that HR will be using. When we get into town we will exchange our rolled coins for cash at the bank, purchase five pounds of frozen boudin for the kids, and purchase a loaf of French bread from the bakery. Richard will make roast beef poboys, and I will finish my packing.
Our Parting Quote this Sunday afternoon comes to us from Hal Needham, American stuntman and film director. Born in 1931 in Memphis, Tennessee, he was raised in Arkansas and Missouri. Needham was a paratrooper during the Korean War, worked as a tree topper, and was a billboard model for Viceroy Cigarettes while beginning a career in Hollywood as a motion picture stuntman. His first break was as the stunt double for actor Richard Boone on the popular TV western Have Gun, Will Travel. Needham trained under John Wayne’s stunt double Chuck Roberson and quickly became one of the top stuntmen of the 1960s on such films as How the West Was Won, The Bridge at Remagen, McLintock!, The War Lord, and Little Big Man. He doubled regularly for Clint Walker and Burt Reynolds. Needham moved into stunt coordinating and directing second unit action, while designing and introducing air bags and other innovative equipment to the industry. Needham at one time lived in Burt Reynolds’ guesthouse for the better part of 12 years. In 1971 he and fellow stuntmen Glenn Wilder and Ronnie Rondell formed Stunts Unlimited. Needham moved out of stunt work (he had over time broke 56 bones, his back twice, punctured a lung and had a few teeth knocked out) focusing his energy on the World Land Speed Record project that eventually became the Budweiser Rocket, driven most notably by stuntman Stan Barrett. The team failed to set an officially sanctioned World land speed record with the vehicle, and their claims to have broken the sound barrier in 1979 were heavily disputed. Needham had written a screenplay titled Smokey and the Bandit and his friend Reynolds offered him the chance to direct. The 1979 film was a huge hit, and the two followed it with Hooper, The Cannonball Run, and Stroker Ace. Needham also directed the 80’s BMX cult classic film Rad. In the 1980s he was best known as the owner for the Harry Gant Skoal Bandit #33 car driven in the Winston Cup Series. Needham received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Taurus World Stunt Awards. In 2011 he wrote Stuntman!: My Car-Crashing, Plane-Jumping, Bone-Breaking, Death-Defying Hollywood Life. The next year he was awarded a Governors Award by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, where he was introduced by Quentin Tarantino (died 2013): “Yeah, I learned a lot of things from those big, big directors. And a lot of it was what I didn’t want to do.”