Daily Update: Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

Crispin (and Crispinian) and 10-25 - St. Crispin's Day

Today is the Optional Memorial Saint Crispin and Saint Crispinian, Martyrs (died c. 286), which means that today is Saint Crispin’s Day. And Early Voting begins today in Louisiana for the Open Primary Election, the Presidential Election, and the Congressional Election.

Our Saints for today were born in the middle of the third century to a noble Roman family; the twin brothers Crispin and Crispinian converted to Christianity and fled to avoid persecution. A tradition in England holds that they escaped to Faversham in Kent and worked as shoemakers. The brothers eventually ended up in Soissons (in modern day France), where they preached Christianity to the Gauls by day and made shoes by night. Their success attracted the ire of Rictus Varus, the governor of Belgic Gaul, who had them tortured and beheaded. They are the Patron Saints of shoemakers, weavers, leather workers, and glove makers. The pair were also immortalized by Shakespeare in his history play Henry V (1599); before the Battle of Agincourt on this date in 1415, the English King with his heavily outnumbered English troops spoke before his men (Act IV, Scene III):

This day is call’d the feast of Crispian.
He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when this day is named,
And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
He that shall live this day, and see old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
And say, “To-morrow is Saint Crispian.”
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars,
And say, “These wounds I had on Crispian’s day.”
Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
But he’ll remember with advantages
What feats he did that day. Then shall our names,
Familiar in his mouth as household words,
Harry the King, Bedford, and Exeter,
Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester,
Be in their flowing cups freshly rememb’red.
This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered,
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers.
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.

And Early Voting begins today in Louisiana for the Open Primary Election, the Presidential Election, and the Congressional Election.

Yesterday evening our son’s friend Derek came by and visited, and when he left, he took Bobby Brown, his cat who we were housesitting, home to Baton Rouge with him; Bobby had been staying with us since March 6th. We enjoyed having Bobby with us, but none of our other cats would have anything to do with him, and I missed having the other cats in the house.

I did my Book Devotional Reading, found that our desktop computer Internet (and the Wifi) were nonoperational, and posted to Facebook via my phone that today was St. Crispin’s Day. On our way to work I did my Internet Devotional Reading, and before we clocked in we signed the Early Out list. Several people were ahead of us on the list (we had gotten out with no time last Tuesday), and because they were putting in the new Bally computer system on the tables to replace the old IGT system. things were more chaotic than usual in the Table Games pits (not to mention more SNAFU and FUBAR than usual); they let only about three people out early. Richard was on Three Card Poker, and I was on Mississippi Stud; and, since Tuesdays are busy at the casino (due to the ongoing Fifty-Five Plus Tuesdays promotion), I think whoever decided to put a whole new tables games computer system in on a Tuesday should be shot. Our Director of Table Games came in to see how the computer changeover was going, and Richard spoke to him; our DTG said that if he allowed us to skip the Meeting on Tuesday that it might lead to accusations by some of favoritism. (So we will have to attend one of the Tuesday meetings, either the one at 9:45 am or the one at 11:15 am.) Also, Richard went to Payroll on one of his breaks, and was told that his accrued PTO would be corrected for the next paycheck.

When Richard and I got home from work I addressed birthday cards to Liz Ellen and my friend Jocelyne in West Virginia, and put them out for the mail. I then read the morning paper. At 12:30 pm Richard and I left the house for Opelousas. We ate Chinese for lunch at the Creswell Lane Restaurant at 1:00 pm, then we stopped at the bank so that Richard could get our vacation cash out. We then went to the courthouse, where we early voted, and I noted on Facebook that we had done so.

Arriving home at 2:15 pm, Little Black came in with us; his tail was a hugh bottlebrush until he realized that Bobby Brown was not inside, then he settled down on our bed. I got on the computer for a bit, then rolled our change that had been collecting in the glass jar on the bar in the kitchen. I then paired the IHome IBT56 Bluetooth speaker I had gotten awhile back with my tablet and phone, then watched Jeopardy! I then sent my letter to the contact person at the Barnes and Noble in Lafayette letting him know our Third Tuesday Book Club books for 2017. And I will now finish this Daily Update, take a bath, finish reading One of Our Thursdays is Missing by Jasper Fforde, and go to bed. Richard will make sure that Little Black has no access to food or water after about 7:00 pm.

We have no Saints to honor tomorrow, so we will instead note that tomorrow is the anniversary of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona, in 1881. Early Voting continues in Louisiana for the Open Primary Election, the Presidential Election, and the Congressional Election. We will take Little Black to the vet early to have him neutered. Tomorrow is also the birthday of Virginia, one of our co-workers and the roommate of our co-worker Deborah (1954). I will be doing my Laundry and the Weekly Computer Maintenance, and going through my National Parks stuff. I will then go out into town, take the rolled coins to the bank to have turned into folding money, get my Powerball and Louisiana Lotto lottery tickets for the next ten drawings, and get a haircut. Tomorrow evening our New Orleans Pelicans will start their NBA season with a home game against the Denver Nuggets.

Our Parting Quote this Tuesday evening comes to us from Hal Needham, American stuntman and film director. Born in 1931 in Memphis, Tennessee, he was raised in Arkansas and Missouri. Needham was a paratrooper during the Korean War, worked as a tree topper, and was a billboard model for Viceroy Cigarettes while beginning a career in Hollywood as a motion picture stuntman. His first break was as the stunt double for actor Richard Boone on the popular TV western Have Gun, Will Travel. Needham trained under John Wayne’s stunt double Chuck Roberson and quickly became one of the top stuntmen of the 1960s on such films as How the West Was Won, The Bridge at Remagen, McLintock!, The War Lord, and Little Big Man. He doubled regularly for Clint Walker and Burt Reynolds. Needham moved into stunt coordinating and directing second unit action, while designing and introducing air bags and other innovative equipment to the industry. Needham at one time lived in Burt Reynolds’ guesthouse for the better part of 12 years. In 1971 he and fellow stuntmen Glenn Wilder and Ronnie Rondell formed Stunts Unlimited. Needham moved out of stunt work (he had over time broke 56 bones, his back twice, punctured a lung and had a few teeth knocked out) focusing his energy on the World Land Speed Record project that eventually became the Budweiser Rocket, driven most notably by stuntman Stan Barrett. The team failed to set an officially sanctioned World land speed record with the vehicle, and their claims to have broken the sound barrier in 1979 were heavily disputed. Needham had written a screenplay titled Smokey and the Bandit and his friend Reynolds offered him the chance to direct. The 1979 film was a huge hit, and the two followed it with Hooper, The Cannonball Run, and Stroker Ace. Needham also directed the 80’s BMX cult classic film Rad. In the 1980s he was best known as the owner for the Harry Gant Skoal Bandit #33 car driven in the Winston Cup Series. Needham received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Taurus World Stunt Awards. In 2011 he wrote Stuntman!: My Car-Crashing, Plane-Jumping, Bone-Breaking, Death-Defying Hollywood Life. The next year he was awarded a Governors Award by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, where he was introduced by Quentin Tarantino (died 2013): “Yeah, I learned a lot of things from those big, big directors. And a lot of it was what I didn’t want to do.”

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