Daily Update: Thursday, October 27th, 2016

10-27 - Navy Day

With no Saints to honor this date, today is Navy Day in these United States. Early Voting continues in Louisiana for the Open Primary Election, the Presidential Election, and the Congressional Election.

The Navy League of the United States organized the first Navy Day in 1922, holding it on October 27th because that was the birthday of President Theodore Roosevelt, who was a naval enthusiast. Although meeting with mixed reviews the first year, in 1923 over 50 major cities participated, and the United States Navy sent a number of its ships to various port cities for the occasion. The 1945 Navy Day was an especially large celebration, with President Harry S. Truman reviewing the fleet in New York Harbor. In 1949 Louis A. Johnson, secretary of the newly created Department of Defense, directed that the U.S. Navy’s participation occur on Armed Forces Day in May, although as a civilian organization the Navy League was not affected by this directive, and continued to organize Navy Day celebrations as before. In the 1970s the “birthday” of the Continental Navy was found to be October 13th, 1775, and so CNO Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt worked with the Navy League to define October 13th as the new date of Navy Day. However, effectively there are two days honored by the Navy; October 13th as the Navy’s Birthday, and October 27th as Navy Day. Early Voting continues in Louisiana for the Open Primary Election, the Presidential Election, and the Congressional Election.

Last night, in their first Regular Season NBA game, our New Orleans Pelicans lost to the Denver Nuggets by the score of 102 to 107.

Richard gathered up the trash and wheeled the trash bin out to the curb. I woke up at 9:00 am and posted to Facebook that today was Navy Day. I then did my Book Devotional Reading, put out the Flag in honor of Navy Day, and ate my breakfast toast while reading the Thursday papers. I then did my Internet Devotional Reading, finished my laundry, and ironed my Casino pants, apron, and shirts. Finally, I did my schedule on my Google Calendar for the Sundays and Feasts and other items for 2017.

Richard and I left the house at 1:00 pm, me in the car and him in the truck. We dropped the car off to be detailed (and to get a scrape off of the front passenger side, by the wheel), and ate lunch at D. C.’s Sports Bar and Steakhouse. We got home again at 2:00 pm, and I gathered up the aluminum cans and put the bag of cans in the garage, and I filed books. I then got an Email that Trace by Patricia Cornwell was available for me on Overdrive, so I downloaded it to my phone and tablet. I started reading The Woman Who Died A Lot by Jasper Fforde, and at 4:15 pm Richard and I went over and picked up the car (which looks great, even though they could not get most of the scrape out). We watched Jeopardy! at 4:30 pm, and I am now finishing up today’s Daily Update; when I finish, I will read some more in The Woman Who Died A Lot by Jasper Fforde before going to sleep.

Tomorrow is the Feast of Saint Simon and Saint Jude, Apostles. Early Voting continues in Louisiana for the Open Primary Election, the Presidential Election, and the Congressional Election. And tomorrow is the first day of the three-day Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is also the Birthday of our friend Matt, one of the former Assembled (1983). Tomorrow is the start of our usual work week, and on my breaks at work I will start reading Trace by Patricia Cornwell via Overdrive on my tablet. After work we will pick up prescriptions at the Pharmacy, and when we get into town we will go to the grocery, where I will get salad supplies, and where we will get most of the stuff we want to take on our vacation. After lunch I will go get my hair cut. Back home I will set up my medications for vacation, and make my lunch salads for Sunday and Monday. And tomorrow evening our New Orleans Pelicans (0-1, 0-0) will play a home NBA game with the Golden State Warriors.

Our Thursday Evening Parting Quote comes to us from August Coppola, American academic, author, film executive and advocate for the arts, Born in 1934 in Hartford, Connecticut, his father was a flutist and composer and his mother was a lyricist. He was the oldest son in the family; his younger brother is film director Francis Ford Coppola, and his sister is actress Talia Coppola Shire. Coppola received his undergraduate degree at UCLA and his graduate degree at Hofstra University, where his thesis Ernest Hemingway: The Problem of In Our Time was published in 1956. Coppola earned his doctorate at Occidental College in 1960, the same year he married dancer Joy Vogelsang in 1960; they had three sons: Marc “The Cope” Coppola, an actor and disk jockey, Christopher Coppola, a film director and producer, and Nicolas Coppola, who changed his name early in his acting career to Nicolas Cage. Coppola taught comparative literature at Cal State Long Beach in the 1960s and 1970s and served as a trustee of the California State University system, He also worked as an advocate for art appreciation among the visually impaired. He is credited as being the creator of the Tactile Dome, a feature at the San Francisco Exploratorium museum, which opened to the public on September 9th, 1971. The Dome is a lightless maze that requires visitors to pass through using only their sense of touch. In 1972 Coppola opened the AudioVision Workshop with colleague Professor Gregory Frazier, which utilized Frazier’s original process of audio recording descriptions of film and theater action for the benefit of visually impaired audiences. He and Vogelsang divorced in 1976; he had at least two more marriages. Coppola was the author of the romantic novel The Intimacy (1978). Francis Ford Coppola dedicated his 1983 film Rumble Fish to him. Upon moving to San Francisco in 1984, he served as Dean of Creative Arts at San Francisco State University. In this role Coppola earned a reputation of being a champion of the arts on the campus and in the community, and for promoting diversity within the student body of the arts school. Additionally, Coppola worked in film, like many other members of his family. He was an executive at his brother’s American Zoetrope film studio, where he was involved in the revival of Abel Gance’s 1927 silent film Napoléon. He was the founder and president of the San Francisco Film and Video Arts Commission, and served on the jury of the 36th Berlin International Film Festival in 1986. Also, Coppola served as chairman and CEO of Education First!, an organization seeking Hollywood studio support of educational programs. In The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (2010), Coppola’s name was mentioned at the very end of the credits. Among his siblings, children, grandchildren, nephews, and nieces, there have been twenty-three total Academy Award nominations and nine wins in categories including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Original Screenplay, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Score (died 2009): “To write, you can’t be interrupted. It throws you off. It’s like trying to make love and people keep walking in on you.”

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