Today is the First Friday of the month, dedicated to devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and a Friday in Lent, so today is a day of Abstinence from Meat. It is the Optional Memorial of Saint Casimir, Prince (died 1484). And today is a date, a command, and a marching band; the MarchFourth Marching Band, out of Portland, Oregon.
The First Friday of each month is dedicated to devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Turning to today’s Saint, he was born in 1458 as a Polish prince, the son of King Casimir IV, and became Grand Duke of Lithuania at the age of 13. He lived a highly disciplined, even severe life, which included practices such as sleeping on the ground, spending a great part of the night in prayer, and dedicating himself to lifelong celibacy. He had a great devotion to Mary, supported the poor, and lived a virtuous life amid the dissolute court. When he was 15, Hungarian nobles prevailed upon Casimir’s father to send his son to be their king; Casimir obeyed his father’s order and went to Hungary to take the crown. However, his army was outnumbered, and when his troops began deserting because they were not paid, he returned home to Poland, and was a conscientious objector from that time on. He returned to prayer and study, and maintained his decision to remain celibate even under pressure to marry the daughter of Emperor Frederick III. He reigned briefly as King of Poland during a five-year absence by his fathering during his father’s absence. He died at the age of 25, and was canonized in 1522; he is the Patron Saint of Poland and Lithuania, and of youth, and his aide is invoked against plague. And, today is a date, a command, and a marching band; the MarchFourth Marching Band is an American musical and performance group based in Portland, Oregon, which had its first performance in Portland, Oregon on March 4th, 2003, which was Mardi Gras that year. They perform mostly instrumental brass band music in a marching band style, combined with a visual performance by stiltwalkers and fire- and flag-dancers. MarchFourth (or M4) consists of a horn section (trombone, trumpet, saxophone), apercussion section, electric bass guitar, and electric guitar. The band members’ uniforms are mismatched, and are often redesigned traditional marching band uniforms. The percussion section’s drum harnesses are made from recycled bicycle parts. MarchFourth was the marching band featured in an online advertisement for the short-lived Microsoft Kin smartphone in 2010. Their 2011 album Magnificent Beast was produced by Steve Berlin, the saxophone player for Los Lobos. Berlin also produced their 2013 single “Shindig,” which was also featured in the band’s Shindig music video. MarchFourth Marching Band’s successful Kickstarter campaign raised nearly $50,000 from fans to buy a tour bus. In 2013 the song “Gospel,” taken from MarchFourth’s 2009 Rise Up album, was featured in the Disney/Pixar film Monsters University. The song played twice during the film and during the film’s closing credits, and was also used in the official trailer for the film. Thus far they have four albums, and are usually on tour, with the March 4th date being traditionally played in Portland.
On Thursday night our New Orleans Pelicans lost to the San Antonio Spurs by the score of 84 to 96.
I did my Bathroom Devotional Reading, and on our way to work I did my Internet Devotional Reading. Once we clocked in at the casino Richard was the Relief dealer for a Blackjack table (once), Pai Gow, and Mini Baccarat. I was on Mini Baccarat, and had four guests total (not all at the same time). To our pleasant surprise, we got Bonus Checks today.
On our way home from work we got gas for the truck and stopped at the bank to deposit most of our bonus checks. Once home I read the morning paper, then I took a nap which lasted for the rest of the day. I thus did not do any First Friday devotions, and I did not do my Daily Update. And our #7 ranked LSU Baseball team beat Fordham in the first game of their three-game home series by the score of 12 to 1.
Tomorrow is the First Saturday of the month, dedicated to devotions to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. We have no Saints to honor, but tomorrow we will remember that in 1770 the event known to history as the Boston Massacre took place in Boston, Massachusetts. And tomorrow is Election Day in Louisiana for the Presidential Preference Primary and Municipal Primary Election; we will also vote on the next Mayor of our town. And tomorrow is the birthday of Sarah, the younger sister of several of the former Assembled (1992). On my breaks at work I will do my Daily Update for Friday via WordPress for Android. After lunch I will head for the Adoration Chapel to do my Weekly Hour of Eucharistic Adoration. Our LSU Men’s Basketball team will play their last regular season game in an away game with #22 Kentucky, our #7 ranked LSU Baseball team will play Fordham in the second game of their three-game home series, and our New Orleans Pelicans will play a home game with the Utah Jazz.
Our Parting Quote this Friday afternoon comes to us from Ray Hatton, English-born runner, educator, and author. Born as Raymond Hatton in 1932 in Lichfield, England, he began competitive running in 1943. Running with the Birchfield Harriers, he ran a 4:11 mile and 8:57 two-mile. In 1952 he represented England in the International Cross Country Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, where he finished 16th overall behind future Olympic Gold medalist Alain Mimoun. His English team took the silver medal behind Mimoun’s French team. Hatton was awarded a track scholarship to University of Idaho in 1956. As an undergraduate, he competed in both track and cross-country at the varsity level. In 1959 he won the Pacific Coast Conference cross country championship. He graduated from the university in 1960 with a Bachelor of Science degree in education. He then went on to acquire a Master of Education degree in secondary education from the university, completing his post-graduate work in 1966. In 1969 Hatton earned a Master of Arts in geography from the University of Oregon. His master’s thesis was on the impact of tourism on Central Oregon. Later that year, he joined the faculty at Central Oregon Community College. As a member of the faculty, his academic interests included economics, cultural geography, land use, and climatology. At the Amateur Athletic Union’s national masters championship in 1972, Hatton won the 1,500 meters (4:11.5), 5,000 meters (15:36.3), and 10,000 meters (31:42.8) in the 40-44 age division. In 1973 he published his first book, Bend Country Weather and Climate, a study of the weather and climate of Central Oregon. In 1974 he won both 5,000 meters and the 10,000 meters events at the Amateur Athletic Union’s national masters championship. The college gave him a sabbatical during the 1975-1976 academic year to research and write his second book. Hatton again won the 40-44 age division national championship in 10,000 meters in 1976. He dedicated his second book, High Desert Of Central Oregon (1977), to Phil Brogan, a well-known Central Oregon journalist and historian. In 1979 he competed in the 45-49 age division, winning the 5,000 meters and placing second in the 10,000 meters. In 1981 Hatton was named Masters 45-49 Age Division Runners of the Year by USA Track and Field (the governing body for track and field in the United States). The next year, Hatton was recognized with the same award in the 50-54 age category. In 1984 he won the national masters title in the 10,000 meters, running in the 50-54 age division. That same year the Oregon Historical Society published a review of Pioneer Homesteaders of the Fort Rock Valley (1982) in the Oregon Historical Quarterly, the society’s premier history journal. He competed in the 55-59 age division in 1987, winning the 5,000 meters and placing second in the 1,500 meters. In 1988 Hatton was the top ranked 55-59 age division runner in the United States in both the 3,000 meters and the 5,000 meters. That year, he posted a time of 9:37.8 in the 3,000 meters along with a 16:35.5 in the 5,000 meters. The next year, he continued as the top ranked runner in the 3,000 meters, clocking a time of 9:34.0. He received a doctorate degree in geography from the University of Oregon in 1989. In 1990 Hatton received Central Oregon Community College’s Faculty Achievement Award. After back surgery in 1992, Hatton retired from competitive running. He retired from Central Oregon Community College in 1993. As a professor emeritus, he continued to research and write about Oregon. Over the years, Hatton’s research, including numerous first-person field interviews, has played an important role in preserving Central Oregon’s pioneer history. Over the years, Hatton served on Bend’s Planning Commission and the city’s Urban Advisory Commission. In addition to long-distance running, his recreational interests included hiking, cross-country skiing, and rock climbing. His last book, Portland, Oregon Weather and Climate: A Historical Perspective, was published in 2005. In 2010, at the age of 77, Hatton was still running 30 miles per week (died 2015): “I don’t really think that much about why I do it. Running is just part of me now.”
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