Daily Update: Friday, January 15th, 2016

Louisiana Arbor Day

No Saints today, but since today is the Third Friday in January, today is the date of the Louisiana celebration of Arbor Day.

Since today is the Third Friday in January, today is  the date of the Louisiana celebration of Arbor Day. Each state has its own date, in accordance with local growing seasons; click on the Arbor Day Dates Across America site and  find out your local state Arbor Day celebration date (assuming, of course, that you are one of my Three or Four Loyal Readers and / or one of my Army of Followers that lives in these fifty states). The National Date is the Fourth Friday in April, by which time all of our Louisiana trees have already budded out, bloomed, and done whatever else trees do in late spring. (This was even before Global Warming; a rising tide raises all boats, and if they every move National Arbor Day back earlier in the spring, then Louisiana Arbor Day will move earlier as well. As it is, Louisiana ties with Florida for the earliest Arbor Day, not counting Texas or Hawaii, whose Arbor Days are the first Friday the previous November.)

Last night our LSU Women’s Basketball team lost their game with Vanderbilt by the score of 42 to 58; our Lady Tigers will next play an away game with #20 ranked Florida on the afternoon of January 17th.

I did my Bathroom Devotional Reading, and on our way to work I did my Internet Devotional Reading. Once we clocked in, Richard was on a Blackjack table, and I was the Relief Dealer for Mini Baccarat and Pai Gow.

On our way home I started reading Tell The Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt. Once home, I made my lunch salads for today and Sunday, and ate today’s lunch salad while reading the morning paper. (President Obama was in Baton Rouge yesterday, and it was pointed out to him that in the 2,000 plus miles of the Interstate Highway System, there is only one place where the Interstate narrows down to a single lane, with that place being in Baton Rouge.) Richard paid the bills (our checks hit the bank last night, a day early due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Monday), then he went to get the oil changed and his tires rotated on the truck, and to go to Wal-Mart. Meanwhile, I plugged the bills Richard had paid into my Checkbook Pro app, then got on the computer and did some Advance Daily Update Drafts. I then continued reading Treason’s Harbour by Patrick O’Brian, which I had started reading yesterday. Michelle had come by to check her mail. At 4:30 pm we watched Jeopardy!, and I ate a plate of red beans and rice and cornbread. When I finish this Daily Update I will take a bath and do some reading before going to sleep. Tonight our New Orleans Pelicans will play a home game with the Charlotte Hornets; I will record the score of the game in tomorrow’s Daily Update.

With no Saints to honor, tomorrow is the 21st Anniversary of the founding of what is now Coushatta Casino Resort, the place where Richard and I are gainfully employed (and since we did not win the Powerball, where we hope to continue to be employed for some time to come). It is also the birthday of Amy, our son and daughter-in-law’s roommate (1985). We will work our eight hours, and I will go to the Adoration Chapel to do my Weekly Hour of Eucharistic Adoration. And tomorrow evening our LSU Men’s Basketball team will be playing a home game with Arkansas.

Our Friday Afternoon Parting Quote comes to us from Brad Renfro, American actor. Born in 1982 as Bradley Renfro in Knoxville, Tennessee, he was raised from the age of five by his paternal grandmother. He played in a school production sponsored by DARE, a program in which young people learn about the danger of drugs. Discovered by Mali Finn, a casting director for Joel Schumacher, when he was 10, and cast by Finn for Schumacher’s The Client, Renfro acted alongside Susan Sarandon and Tommy Lee Jones. Based on the bestselling John Grisham novel, it became one of the top-grossing films of 1994. In 1995 he won Hollywood Reporter’s “Young Star” award, and was nominated as one of People‘s “Top 30 Under 30.” That year, he played Huckleberry “Huck” Finn in 1995′s Tom and Huck with Jonathan Taylor Thomas. He also won a second “Young Star” award that same year, as well as the “Young Artist” award, for his performance in The Cure. In 1996 he was cast in Sleepers, based on the novel by Lorenzo Carcaterra. The film was directed by Barry Levinson and also starred Robert De Niro, Kevin Bacon, Dustin Hoffman and Brad Pitt. In 1998 he starred opposite Ian McKellen in Apt Pupil, directed by Bryan Singer. That same year, he played Leon S. Kennedy in a live-action preview of Resident Evil 2. On June 3, 1998, Renfro, then 15, and his 19-year-old cousin were arrested and charged with drug possession. He was carrying two small bags of cocaine in a cigarette box and a bag of marijuana in his sock. He avoided trial by agreeing to be screened randomly for drugs and evaluated for any substance abuse problems in his plea bargain. He auditioned for the part of Gabriel Martin in The Patriot (2000), which eventually went to Heath Ledger, On August 28, 2000, Renfro and his friend Harold Bond tried to steal a 45-foot yacht from Fort Lauderdale harbor. They were arrested at the same night and Renfro was charged with grand theft and criminal mischief. In January 2001 Renfro was sentenced to probation of two years and ordered to pay repair costs of the vessel to its owner and investigative costs to the Lauderdale Police Department. That same year he appeared in Ghost World and Bully. On January 14, 2002, Renfro violated his probation and was arrested on charges of public intoxication and driving without a valid license in Knoxville. He was put into a three-month substance abuse treatment program as a result. His acting career continued with appearances in 2002′s Confessions of an American Girl and 2005′s The Jacket. In December 2005 Renfro was arrested by LAPD officers during an undercover drug sweep of skid row and was charged with attempted possession of heroin, and a photograph showing him in handcuffs made the front page of the Los Angeles Times. Renfro admitted to a detective that he was using heroin and methadone. In court he pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to three years’ probation. In 2006 he appeared in an episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent and spent 10 days in jail for convictions of driving while under the influence and attempted heroin possession. In 2007 he completed filming on the film The Informers (2008), co-starring Mickey Rourke, Winona Ryder and Billy Bob Thornton (died 2008, of acute heroin / morphine intoxication): “If you’ve never tried drugs, DON’T. And if you have, pray.”

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