Daily Update: Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016


Today is the Memorial of Saint Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr (died c. 155). And Early Voting continues for the Louisiana Presidential Preference Primary and Municipal Primary Election on March 5th.

Today’s Saint was born in AD 69 and was converted to Christianity by Saint John the Apostle, remaining his disciple. Becoming Bishop of Smyrna (modern Izmir, Turkey), he fought Gnosticism and was a major Christian leader during the first half of the second century. The Asia Minor churches recognized Polycarp’s leadership and chose him as their representative to Pope Anicetus on the question of the date of the Easter celebration. Only one of the many letters written by Polycarp has survived, the one he wrote to the Church of Philippi, Macedonia. At 86 Polycarp was to be burned alive in the stadium in Smyrna; the flames did not harm him and he was finally killed by a dagger and his body burned. The Acts of Polycarp’s martyrdom are the earliest preserved reliable account of a Christian martyr’s death. He is one of the Apostolic Fathers, and is the Patron Saint invoked against dysentery and earache (and in my opinion, it would be dreadful to have both afflictions at the same time). And Early Voting continues for the Louisiana Presidential Preference Primary and Municipal Primary Election on March 5th.

I almost woke up half an hour early to drive myself in separately to sign the Early Out list, but couldn’t quite do it. I did my Bathroom Devotional Reading, and on our way to work I did my Internet Devotional Reading. Once at work Richard was on Three Card Blackjack, closed that table, and was on Three Card Poker for the rest of the day. I started out on Let It Ride, closed that table, went to Four Card Poker, closed that table, went to $5.00 Minimum Blackjack where I changed Blackjack cards and closed that table, then spent the rest of the day on a Blackjack table.

It was raining fairly heavily when we clocked out, so we did not go to the Pharmacy to pick up my prescription. When we got home I read the morning paper, then went to bed for the rest of the day. While I was sleeping it did thunder (so April 23rd should be a cooler than normal day). Our New Orleans Pelicans lost their game with the Washington Wizards by the score of 89 to 109 (our Pelicans will be playing a home game with the Oklahoma City Thunder on February 25th), and our LSU Men’s Basketball team lost their game with Arkansas by the score of 65 to 85 (our Tigers will play a home game with Florida on April 27th). And I did not do my Daily Update.

Tomorrow is Tuesday, with no Saints to honor; but tomorrow is the anniversary of the date in 1582 when Pope Gregory XIII issued the papal bull Inter gravissimas to correct the old Julian calendar (and thereby ushered in the current Gregorian Calendar, adopted first by Catholic countries and later, with some grumbling, by non-Catholic countries). And Early Voting continues for the Louisiana Presidential Preference Primary and Municipal Primary Election on March 5th. I will do the Weekly Computer Maintenance and my laundry; otherwise, I do not have a whole lot planned for the day, except doing my Daily Update for February 23rd (and later, the one for February 24th). Our #5 ranked LSU Baseball team will be playing a single away game with Lamar this evening.

Our Tuesday Evening Parting Quote comes to us from Paul C. P. McIlhenny, American businessman. Born in 1944 in Houston, Texas, he was a member of the McIlhenny family that had founded the McIlhenny Company on Avery Island, Louisiana, in 1868 to manufacture their trademarked Tabasco sauce. He joined the family business (as part of the sixth generation of the family of the founder) in 1967, serving over the years in many different departments of the company. He spearheaded the idea of selling Tabasco-branded items, such as T-shirts, watches, aprons, golf balls, salt shakers, and neckties, all bearing the distinctive Tabasco diamond green and red symbol.. McIlhenny became president of McIlhenny Company in 1998. Under McIlhenny’s leadership the business experienced several consecutive years of record growth in sales, earnings and dividends to family shareholders. In 2006 he reigned as King of Rex at the New Orleans Mardi Gras, at the first Mardi Gras after Hurricane Katrina the previous August. In 2009 the McIlhenny Company became one of just a few U.S. companies to receive a royal warrant of appointment that certifies the company as a supplier to Queen Elizabeth II. McIlhenny is one of the 850 companies around the world that have been officially designated as suppliers to the queen by such warrants. He remained as president of the company until 2012, when he stepped down to replace his late cousin, Edward “Ned” McIlhenny Simmons, as Chairman of the Board. McIlhenny retained the office of Chief Executive Officer, however, while another cousin, Tony Simmons, became president and Chief Operating Officer (died 2013): “We’re defending the world against bland food.”

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