Daily Update: Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

10-27 - Navy Day

With no Saints to honor this date, today is Navy Day in these United States.

The Navy League of the United States organized the first Navy Day in 1922, holding it on October 27th because that was the birthday of President Theodore Roosevelt, who was a naval enthusiast. Although meeting with mixed reviews the first year, in 1923 over 50 major cities participated, and the United States Navy sent a number of its ships to various port cities for the occasion. The 1945 Navy Day was an especially large celebration, with President Harry S. Truman reviewing the fleet in New York Harbor. In 1949 Louis A. Johnson, secretary of the newly created Department of Defense, directed that the U.S. Navy’s participation occur on Armed Forces Day in May, although as a civilian organization the Navy League was not affected by this directive, and continued to organize Navy Day celebrations as before. In the 1970s the “birthday” of the Continental Navy was found to be October 13th, 1775, and so CNO Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt worked with the Navy League to define October 13th as the new date of Navy Day. However, effectively there are two days honored by the Navy; October 13th as the Navy’s Birthday, and October 27th as Navy Day.

We woke up half an hour early. I did my Bathroom Devotional Reading, and posted to Facebook that it was Navy Day. I then finished packing up my carry-on bag, and Richard loaded up the car. We then left for work in the truck (as we usually do), and I did my Internet Devotional Reading. When we got to the casino we signed the Early Out list. When we clocked in, Richard was on Mini Baccarat, and I was on the $5.00 minimum Blackjack table. We got out with no time, and got back home at 4:00 am. We changed out of our casino clothes, and I flipped to the next month in two out of three wall Calendars (I forgot about the one in the kitchen). Meanwhile, Richard was going to turn off some breakers, but could not figure out which breakers controlled what; as he was also being eaten alive by the mosquitoes he gave it up, and just turned off the lights, ceiling fans, and air conditioning inside the house.

We left the house in our 2015 Chevy Cruze at 4:15 am, with Richard driving, with the car milage at 1623. I posted to Facebook that we were on our way, and also posted to my Weblog via WordPress for Android that we were on our way. Richard and I headed east to Baton Rouge by way of US 190, then got on I-10 into Baton Rouge. From 5:45 am to 6:30 am we ate a big breakfast and read the Baton Rouge Advocate at the new location of Louie’s (where the old Wendy’s used to be, just south of LSU). When we left we took I-10 to I-12, heading east. The Full Moon arrived at 7:06 am.

At 7:30 am we started listening to The Assassin by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott, Read by Scott Brick (Audiobook). At 8:00 am we got on I-59 North, and at 8:15 am we entered Mississippi. At 11:15 am we arrived in Alabama, and I continued reading the October 5th, 2015 issue of my Jesuit America Magazine. We switched over to I-359 at 1:00 pm just before Birmingham. We then ateI- roast beef poboys for lunch at 1:15 pm. At 1:30 pm we returned to I-59 above Birmingham. I then finished reading the October 5th, 2015 issue of my Jesuit America Magazine. At 3:15 pm we arrived in Georgia, and five minutes later we were in Tennessee, and switched over to Eastern Daylight Time. We switched over to I-24 East at 4:30 pm below Chattanooga, and took I-75 North above Chattanooga. I continued reading The Fortune of War by Patrick O’Brian. Past Knoxville we took I-640 East at 6:45 pm, and soon got on I-40 East. At 7:00 pm we checked in at the Americas Best Value Inn in Knoxville (east). Richard then went out to get us some dinner from Wendy’s, which we ate in the room. And as I am quite tired, I will finish this Daily Update via WordPress for Android and go to bed. Our New Orleans Pelicans will play an away game with the Golden State Warriors to start the regular season; I will report the score of the game in tomorrow’s Daily Update.

Tomorrow is the Feast of Saint Simon and Saint Jude, Apostles. It is also the Birthday of our friend Matt, one of the former Assembled (1983). We will continue driving, and hope to end up near Allentown, Pennsylvania tomorrow evening. And our New Orleans Pelicans will play an away game with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Our Tuesday Evening Parting Quote comes to us from August Coppola, American academic, author, film executive and advocate for the arts, Born in 1934 in Hartford, Connecticut, his father was a flutist and composer and his mother was a lyricist. He was the oldest son in the family; his younger brother is film director Francis Ford Coppola, and his sister is actress Talia Coppola Shire. Coppola received his undergraduate degree at UCLA and his graduate degree at Hofstra University, where his thesis Ernest Hemingway: The Problem of In Our Time was published in 1956. Coppola earned his doctorate at Occidental College in 1960, the same year he married dancer Joy Vogelsang in 1960; they had three sons: Marc “The Cope” Coppola, an actor and disk jockey, Christopher Coppola, a film director and producer, and Nicolas Coppola, who changed his name early in his acting career to Nicolas Cage. Coppola taught comparative literature at Cal State Long Beach in the 1960s and 1970s and served as a trustee of the California State University system, He also worked as an advocate for art appreciation among the visually impaired. He is credited as being the creator of the Tactile Dome, a feature at the San Francisco Exploratorium museum, which opened to the public on September 9, 1971. The Dome is a lightless maze that requires visitors to pass through using only their sense of touch. In 1972 Coppola opened the AudioVision Workshop with colleague Professor Gregory Frazier, which utilized Frazier’s original process of audio recording descriptions of film and theater action for the benefit of visually impaired audiences. He and Voglesang divorced in 1976; he had at least two more marriages. Coppola was the author of the romantic novel The Intimacy (1978). Upon moving to San Francisco in 1984, he served as Dean of Creative Arts at San Francisco State University. In this role Coppola earned a reputation of being a champion of the arts on the campus and in the community, and for promoting diversity within the student body of the arts school. Additionally, Coppola worked in film, like many other members of his family. He was an executive at his brother’s American Zoetrope film studio, where he was involved in the revival of Abel Gance’s 1927 silent film Napoléon. He was the founder and president of the San Francisco Film and Video Arts Commission, and served on the jury of the 36th Berlin International Film Festival in 1986. Also, Coppola served as chairman and CEO of Education First!, an organization seeking Hollywood studio support of educational programs. Among his siblings, children, grandchildren, nephews, and nieces, there have been 23 total Academy Award nominations and 9 wins in categories including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Original Screenplay, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Score (died 2009): “To write, you can’t be interrupted. It throws you off. It’s like trying to make love and people keep walking in on you.”

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