Daily Update: Sunday, March 20th, 2016

Palm Sunday

Today is Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion, which begins Holy Week.

Palm Sunday always falls on the Sunday before Easter, and commemorates an event mentioned by all four Gospels: the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem in the days before his Passion. According to the Gospels, before entering Jerusalem Jesus was staying at Bethany and Bethphage, and the Gospel of John adds that he had dinner with Lazarus, and his sisters Mary and Martha. While there, Jesus sent two disciples to retrieve a donkey that had been tied up but never been ridden, and to say, if questioned, that the donkey was needed by the Lord but would be returned. Jesus then rode the donkey into Jerusalem, with the Synoptics adding that the disciples had first put their cloaks on it, so as to make it more comfortable. The Gospels go on to recount how Jesus rode into Jerusalem, and how the people there lay down their cloaks in front of him, and also lay down small branches of trees. The people sang part of Psalm 118, “LORD, grant salvation! LORD, grant good fortune! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD.” Where this entry took place is unspecified; some scholars argue that the Golden Gate is the likely location, since that was where it was believed the Jewish messiah would enter Jerusalem; other scholars think that an entrance to the south, which had stairs leading directly to the Temple, would be more likely. In Catholic churches palm fronds are blessed and given to the congregation, and at one of the masses a procession of the people carrying palm fronds takes place; I always get enough so that I can put a sliver of palm behind every crucifix in the house (I have one in every room) and under the visors of our vehicles. The liturgy is highlighted by a dramatic reading of the Passion from one of the Synoptic gospels, with the officiating priest reading the words of Jesus and the congregation reading the group answers in the account; as this year is the third year in the three-year cycle of Sunday readings, we hear the Passion from the Gospel of Luke. The feast is very old, dating at least from the fourth century, and ushers in Holy Week.

Yesterday evening our LSU Baseball team lost the second game of their three-game home series with Alabama by the score of 3 to 4.

I did my Bathroom Devotional Reading, and before we left for work I put one of my new palms in the driver’s side visor of the truck. On our way to work I did my Internet Devotional Reading. When we clocked in, Richard was on the Sit-Down Blackjack table; when they closed his table he was the Relief Dealer for the $5.00 Minimum Blackjack table and another Blackjack table. I was the Relief Dealer for Macau Mini Baccarat, Mini Baccarat, and Pai Gow, then after they closed Macau Mini Baccarat I was the breaker for Mini Baccarat and Pai Gow; at one point I broke a Blackjack table for about five minutes until they got another dealer on the table. In one of our Overflow pits they had a Pitch Blackjack game, which stayed open (with the same players on it) for the whole shift; normally they move players from an Overflow table to a table in an open pit, but they opted not to do that, so for most of our shift we had a pit with one table, one dealer, and one Floor.

On our way home I read the February 29th, 2016 issue of Sports Illustrated. Once home from work I ate my lunch salad and read the Sunday papers; Michelle was home, but sleeping on the couch. I then took a nap from about 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. When I woke up I printed out my Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar logs from December 2015 through March 2016. Our LSU Baseball team won the third game of their three-game home series with Alabama by the score of 7 -5; our #7 Tigers will next play a single game with #24 UL-Lafayette at Zephyr Field in New Orleans on Tuesday. Richard went to Crispy Cajun and got me a burger and fries for my dinner (thank you, Richard). Our New Orleans Pelicans are now playing a home Pro Basketball game with the Los Angeles Clippers; I will record the score of the game in tomorrow’s Daily Update.

Tomorrow is Monday in Holy Week, with no Saints to honor. On tomorrow’s date in 1804 the Code Napoléon was adopted as French civil law. We will head to the casino for the first day of the new two-week pay period and work our eight hours. After work we will go over to the Clinic; I will pick up a prescription and have my appointment to see the Nurse Practitioner (and I will give them my Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar logs that I printed out). After Jeopardy! I will do my Daily Update, then head over to the Church for the Tri-Parish Penance Service at 6:00 pm.

Our Parting Quote on this Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion comes to us from Gregory Walcott, American actor. Born as Bernard Mattox in 1928 in Wendell, North Carolina, he was raised in Wilson, North Carolina. Walcott served in the United States Army towards the end of World War II and the Korean War. While serving in the United States Army he appeared as a drill instructor in the film Battle Cry (1955), then as a military policeman in 1955’s war-themed classic Mister Roberts with Henry Fonda, and as the drill instructor with Tony Curtis in The Outsider (1961). He  appeared in a number of western films, beginning with an uncredited role in Red Skies of Montana (1952) opposite Richard Widmark, then later more prominently as a gunslinger who tried to romance Claudette Colbert in 1955’s Texas Lady. Walcott had roles in many television series, including that of Stone Kenyon in two episodes of the NBC sitcom The People’s Choice with Jackie Cooper. He was frequently cast in westerns such as Bonanza (seven times), Maverick, Frontier Doctor, Wagon Train, The High Chaparral, 26 Men, Sugarfoot (with Will Hutchins and cast opposite another guest star, Joi Lansing, in the 1958 episode “Bullet Proof”), Laramie, The Rifleman, The Tall Man, The Dakotas, and in several episodes of CBS’s Rawhide, through which he began a long collaboration with Clint Eastwood. Walcott made a guest appearance on Perry Mason as Bill Johnson in the 1959 episode, “The Case of the Howling Dog.” He is best remembered for having played pilot Jeff Trent in director Ed Wood’s cult classic Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959). He also was one of the stars of a 1961–1962 NBC television series, 87th Precinct, as Detective Roger Havilland. Walcott accepted guest roles on many popular television series, such as CBS’s Dennis the Menace with Jay North. He had recurring roles too in the original Dallas, and Murder, She Wrote, and he appeared as Captain Diggs on the 1970s series Land of the Lost. His theatrical film work included the comedy On the Double (1961) alongside Danny Kaye, the 1963 Gregory Peck film Captain Newman, M.D., Prime Cut (1972) with Lee Marvin, The Last American Hero (1973) starring Jeff Bridges, and the chase film The Sugarland Express (1974), directed by a 27-year-old Steven Spielberg. Walcott played a sheriff in the 1979 film Norma Rae, the film that won an Oscar for star Sally Field, and appeared in the Brooke Shields film Tilt the same year. Walcott had featured roles in Eastwood’s films Joe Kidd (1972), Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974), The Eiger Sanction (1975), and Every Which Way But Loose (1978).He made a cameo appearance in the 1994 Ed Wood bio-pic starring Johnny Depp, directed by Tim Burton, which was Walcott’s final role (died 2015): “It’s better to be remembered for something than for nothing, don’t you think?”

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