With no Saints to honor, today is Presidents Day / Washington’s Birthday Observance.
Today’s Federal holiday was originally implemented by the United States Congress in 1880 for government offices in the District of Columbia and expanded in 1885 to include all federal offices as Washington’s Birthday. As the first federal holiday to honor an American citizen, the holiday was celebrated on Washington’s actual birthday, February 22th. On January 1st, 1971 the federal holiday was shifted to the third Monday in February by the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. A draft of the Uniform Holidays Bill of 1968 would have renamed the holiday to Presidents’ Day to honor the birthdays of both Washington and Lincoln, but this proposal failed in committee and the bill as voted on and signed into law on June 28th, 1968 kept the name Washington’s Birthday. By the mid-1980s, with a push from advertisers, the term “Presidents Day” began its public appearance. Although Lincoln’s birthday, February 12th, was never a federal holiday, approximately a dozen state governments have officially renamed their Washington’s Birthday observances as “Presidents Day”, “Washington and Lincoln Day”, or other such designations. Because Presidents Day is not the official name of the federal holiday, there is variation in how it is rendered. Both Presidents Day and Presidents’ Day are today common, and both are considered correct by dictionaries and usage manuals. Presidents’ Day was once the predominant style, and it is still favored by the majority of significant authorities, notably, The Chicago Manual of Style (followed by most book publishers and some magazines), The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Webster’s Third International Dictionary, and Garner’s Modern American Usage. In recent years, as the use of attributive nouns (nouns acting as adjectives) has become more widespread, the popularity of Presidents Day has increased. This style is favored by the Associated Press Stylebook (followed by most newspapers and some magazines) and the Writer’s Digest Grammar Desk Reference.
I woke up half an hour late, put out the flag, and posted that it was Presidents Day on Facebook. The First Quarter Moon arrived at 1:48 am, and I called the Pharmacy and renewed a prescription. When we clocked in, Richard was on Three Card Blackjack, closed that table, then went to a Blackjack table, closed that table, and then was on Three Card Poker the rest of the shift. I was on Four Card Poker, closed that table, went to a Blackjack table, closed that table, then changed the Blackjack cards, then I was on the Sit-Down Blackjack table, and ended up on Mini Baccarat. On my breaks I continued reading The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell on Nook. A noisy thunderstorm came through, so I noted that it should be cooler than usual on April 15th. My Nook died, but I was able to continue to read my book on my phone with my Nook app.
After work I picked up my prescription at the Pharmacy, and Richard stopped at Super 1 Foods for my interim salad supplies. Once home, I plugged in my Nook (it had died because the charge was all the way down), made lunch salads for today and Tuesday, then ate my lunch salad while reading the morning paper. I then finished reading The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell on my phone with the Nook app. I then took a nap for the rest of the day. Richard called Payroll, and they told him that with ADP there will be no early payrolls if the payroll Monday is a holiday. I did not do my Book Review for The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell, and I did not do my Daily Update.
Tomorrow we have no Saints to honor, but tomorrow will be the anniversary of when Union General Ulysses S. Grant took Fort Donelson in 1862 during the American Civil War. We will work our eight hours at the casino for our Friday. On my breaks I will do my Book Review for this weblog for The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell via WordPress for Android, and post my review to my GoodReads and Facebook accounts. I will then do my Daily Update for yesterday, Monday, February 15th, 2016 via WordPress for Android. After lunch I will take a nap, and after Jeopardy! at 4:30 pm I will go down to Lafayette to attend the Third Tuesday Book Club Meeting at Barnes and Noble to discuss The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell.
Our Monday Afternoon Parting Quote comes to us from Mary Grace Canfield, American actress. Born in 1924 in Rochester, New York, she began her acting career mostly in small theatre companies and regional theatre. Between 1952 and 1964 she appeared in several Broadway plays, although most ran for no more than a month. Her Broadway credits included The Waltz of the Toreadors and The Frogs of Spring. Canfield’s first credited performance on television was in March 1954, when she portrayed Frances in the episode “Native Dancer” on Goodyear Playhouse. Her film debut was in the 1960 feature Pollyanna. After making additional television appearances, she played a housekeeper, Amanda Allison, in the ABC sitcom The Hathaways during the 1961-62 season. As Thelma Lou’s “plain” cousin in an episode of CBS’s The Andy Griffith Show, she had an arranged blind date with Gomer Pyle, played by Jim Nabors. Her name on that episode was her actual first and middle name, Mary Grace. She was best known for her recurring role on the hit CBS comedy series Green Acres as Ralph Monroe, the all-thumbs carpenter who greeted her fellow Hootervillians with her signature “Howdie Doodie!” She appeared in more than 40 episodes of the show during its six-season run from 1965 to 1971. In 1966 Canfield played Abner Kravitz’s sister, Harriet, on three episodes of Bewitched. Actress Alice Pearce, who played Abner’s wife, Gladys Kravitz, had died from ovarian cancer, and her successor as Mrs. Kravitz (Sandra Gould) had yet to be hired. In 1967 she was in The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. During the early 1970s Canfield and actress Lucille Wall shared the role of Lucille March on General Hospital. She was in Something Wicked This Way Comes in 1983, and reprised her role of Ralph Monroe in the 1990 TV movieReturn to Green Acres. Her last movie work was in 1993, when she was in Young Goodman Brown; that same year she did her last credited television work, in an episode of The Jackie Thomas Show. Canfield made her last public appearance in 2005, when she attended Eddie Albert’s funeral along with Green Acres co-stars Sid Melton and Frank Cady (died 2014): “To be remembered for Ralph kind of upsets me — only in the sense that it was so easy and undemanding. It’s being known for something easy to do instead of something you worked hard to achieve.”
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