Daily Update: Saturday, December 19th, 2015

O Antiphons - December 19

No Saints for us to honor again. Our O Antiphon for today is ”O Radix Jesse”, ”O Root of Jesse”, and today is the third of three Ember Days for this season of the year.

In Latin, our O Antiphon for today is “O Radix Jesse, qui stas in signum populorum, super quem continebunt reges os suum, quem Gentes deprecabuntur: veni ad liberandum nos, jam noli tardare.” In English, that is “O Root of Jesse, standing as a sign among the peoples; before you kings will shut their mouths, to you the nations will make their prayer: Come and deliver us, and delay no longer.” Isaiah had prophesied (Isaiah 11:1): “A shoot shall come out from the stock of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots,” and (Isaiah 11:10) “On that day the root of Jesse shall stand as a signal to the peoples; the nations shall inquire of him, and his dwelling shall be glorious.” Jesse was the father of King David, and Micah had prophesied that the Messiah would be of the house and lineage of David and be born in David’s city, Bethlehem (Micah 5:1). Today is also the third of three Ember Days for this season of the year. Ember days (a corruption from the Latin Quatuor Tempora, four times) are the days at the beginning of the seasons ordered by the Church as days of fast and abstinence. They were definitely arranged and prescribed for the entire Church by Pope Gregory VII (1073 – 1085) for the consecutive Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday after December 13 (the feast of St. Lucy), after Ash Wednesday, after Whitsunday (Pentecost), and after September 14 (Exaltation of the Cross). The purpose of their introduction, besides the general one intended by all prayer and fasting, was to thank God for the gifts of nature, to teach men to make use of them in moderation, and to assist the needy.

Liz Ellen reported last night that she had gotten on the road, and had gotten as far as Cave City, Kentucky (having left Eastern Kentucky after work). Our paychecks hit the bank, and our New Orleans Pelicans lost their away game with the Phoenix Suns by the score of 88 to 104.

I did my Bathroom Devotional Reading, and on our way to work I did my Internet Devotional Reading, said the Fourth Day of my Christmas Novena, and said the Second Day of my Holy Family Novena. Once at the casino, I did my store list for Richard. Today was a Heavy Business Volume Day for the $300K Drawing today (or rather, tonight from 7:00 pm to midnight). After our Pre-Shift Meeting, Richard was the Relief Dealer for Mini Baccarat, Macau Mini Baccarat and Pai Gow. When Mini Baccarat was closed, he was the Relief Dealer for Macau Mini Baccarat and Pai Gow, then added a Blackjack table to the middle of his string (so that he had to go from Macau Mini Baccarat in Pit 5, to Blackjack in Pit 2, and back to Pit 5 to Pai Gow). I was the dealer on Mini Baccarat, closed that table, helped to change Blackjack cards, was the Check Racker in Roulette for a few minutes, then was on Macau Mini Baccarat. At 8:15 am the Macau players left, and we made the table a regular Mini Baccarat table. On one of my breaks I got with our Assistant Shift Manager, and blocked out Friday, November 4th, 2016 through Tuesday, November 22, 2016 in the book.

On our way home I finished reading the December 2015 issue of National Geographic. Once home I set up my medications for next week (I have one prescription to renew on Monday), and, while Richard paid the bills, I read the morning paper and ate my lunch salad. Richard then left for Wal-Mart, and I left the house for the Adoration Chapel; I was going to take a box of stuff to the local Thrift Store, but they were closed. At the Adoration Chapel I did my Weekly Hour of Eucharistic Adoration.

I got back home at about 2:15 pm, and plugged the bills Richard had paid into my Balance my Checkbook Pro app. I then did a couple of Advance Daily Update Drafts. In College Basketball, our LSU Women’s Basketball team lost their away game with Rutgers by the score of 57 to 69 (our Lady Tigers will next play an away game with #1 ranked Connecticut on Monday, December 21st), and our LSU Men’s Basketball team won their home game with Oral Roberts by the score of 100 to 77 (our Tigers will next play a home game with American University on Tuesday, December 22nd). And I will finish today’s Daily Update, light the Advent Candles, and get ready for bed, after noting that I got a call from the Wal-Mart Vision Center advising me that my new contacts are in (I told them I would be by to pick them up in a day or two).

No Saints to honor tomorrow, but tomorrow is the Fourth Sunday of Advent. Our O Antiphons for tomorrow is “O Clavis David…”. Tomorrow is also the birthday of Janet, the wife of Richard’s good friend Steve in Mississippi. We will work our eight hours, and when we get home Liz Ellen should be in residence. She and I will probably go out to eat lunch, and at 6:00 pm we will go to Mass. Our New Orleans Pelicans will be playing an away game with the Denver Nuggets; I will record the score of the game in Monday’s Daily Update.

This Saturday afternoon brings us a Parting Quote from Trudy Pitts, American jazz keyboardist. Born as Gertrude Pitts in 1932 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she learned to play the piano at age six, trained as a musician and a music educator, and studied at the Philadelphia Musical Academy, Temple University and Juilliard, as well as other institutions. She met her future husband, William Theodore Carney II (Mr. C.) in the 1950s when his band, the Hi-Tones (which included a young saxophonist named John Coltrane) needed an organist. They married in 1958. In 1967 the Boston Globe printed a piece calling her a rising star and complimented her drawbar variations, vibrato shadings, and bass pedal work. That same year she put out two albums, Introducing the Fabulous Trudy Pitts with Pat Martino and These Blues of Mine with Pat Martino. The next year she had two more albums, A Bucketful of Soul with Mr. C. and The Excitement of Trudy Pitts (Recorded Live! at Club Baron) with Wilbert Longmire. She then took time out to raise her family. When the Tony Award-winning musical Raisin came through Philadelphia, she accepted an offer to sit in the pit as an assistant to the pianist. She was asked to join the tour, and eventually became the assistant to the conductor. At the end of the musical’s tour, she was encouraged by her husband Carney (who had worked with Shirley Scott as a drummer) to continue developing her repertoire. In 1999 a compilation album of several records was released as Legends of Acid Jazz, Trudy Pitts & Pat Martino. Recent festival appearances included the 11th Annual Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., in May 2006. On September 15, 2006, Pitts was the first jazz artist play a concert on Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center’s 7,000 pipe organ. In 2008 she again performed on an exceptional organ, this time the Kennedy Center’s Filene Organ (died 2010): “Whatever I undertook, the job got done, and it wasn’t a matter of not being prepared or not having the skills or not having the right vibe or attitude. Because my contention is that you begin to know your outer edges, and if you’re not emotionally prepared to do a job, then you should not take it rather than take it and complain.”

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