Daily Update: Saturday, October 29th, 2016

10-29 - National Cat Day and Voodoo Music and Arts Experience 2016

With no Saints to honor, today is National Cat Day. We also note that today is the second day of the three-day VooDoo Music + Arts Experience in New Orleans. Early Voting continues in Louisiana for the Open Primary Election, the Presidential Election, and the Congressional Election.

National Cat Day was founded by Pet Lifestyle Expert and animal welfare advocate Colleen Paige. It is a celebration that takes place on October 29th every year in the United States. The National Cat Day website states that the holiday was first celebrated in 2005 “to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of cats that need to be rescued each year and also to encourage cat lovers to celebrate the cat(s) in their life for the unconditional love and companionship they bestow upon us.” The day is supported by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, a nonprofit organization which also works to encourage pet adoption. At the VooDoo Music + Arts Experience in City Park in New Orleans, there are separate stages, called cubes: “Le Ritual” features more mainstream music, “Le Plur” features Electronic/Dance, “Le Flambeau” features sounds consistent with the hometown style of the Big Easy, and “Le Carnival” features indie bands, burlesque, and circus acts. In 2012 Voodoo continued its evolution as a musical, cultural and immersive experience with addition of first-ever on site camping. Today the lineups include Die Antwoord, Cage the Elephant, and Tool.  Early Voting continues in Louisiana for the Open Primary Election, the Presidential Election, and the Congressional Election.

Last night our New Orleans Pelicans lost their NBA game with the Golden State Warriors by the score of 114 to 122.

I did my Book Devotional Reading, and posted to Facebook that today was National Cat Day. On our way to work I did my Internet Devotional Reading. Today was a Heavy-Business Volume Day at the casino for the Halloween Drawing. After the Pre-Shift Meeting, Richard was on Mississippi Stud until late in the shift when he went to Macau Mini Baccarat (which, after our last Macau player left, turned into regular Mini Baccarat). I was the Relief Dealer for Macau Mini Baccarat, Mini Baccarat (until they closed the table), and Pai Gow; halfway through the shift they added Three Card Blackjack to my relief string, and on my last break I broke a Blackjack table instead (so as to be breaking the same dealer). On my breaks I continued reading Trace by Patricia Cornwell via Overdrive on my tablet.

After work I picked up my last prescription at the Pharmacy, and on our way home Richard stopped to get gas. Once home I ate my lunch salad and read the morning paper, and Richard went to the store for some items (I wondered why, if he was going to go to the store anyway, why he did not wait to gas up the truck then). I then set up my medications for next week, and headed to the Adoration Chapel, where I did my Weekly Hour of Eucharistic Adoration. During my Hour I started reading the September 26th, 2016 issue of my Jesuit America magazine via a PDF file on my tablet. After my Hour I changed the settings on my car to remotely unlock all the doors at once, and to unlock all the doors when I put the car in Park gear (normally, I have them set to just do the driver’s door, since I usually am in the car by myself). I arrived home shortly after 2:00 pm, and finished setting up all of my medications for our vacation. (That is now one less thing for me to worry about.) And I will now do my Daily Update for today, and do some reading in The Woman Who Died a Lot by Jasper Fforde before going to sleep.  Our New Orleans Pelicans (0-2, 0-0) will be playing an away NBA game with the San Antonio Spurs (2-0, 0-0) this evening; I will post the score of the game in tomorrow’s Daily Update.

Tomorrow is the Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time. We once again have no Saints to honor, so we will instead note that tomorrow is the anniversary of the 1938 broadcast of the radio play by Orson Wells based on H. G. Wells’ War of the Worlds. The Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in New Orleans, Louisiana will have the final day of the three-day festival. And tomorrow is also the anniversary of when Richard was hired at the casino in 2000. We will not have Early Voting in Louisiana for the Open Primary Election, the Presidential Election, and the Congressional Election tomorrow, as tomorrow is Sunday. While getting ready for work I will take the polish off of my toenails for the last time this year. We will work our eight hours for the last day of the two-week pay period, and on my breaks I will continue reading Trace by Patricia Cornwell via Overdrive on my tablet. (We might try signing the Early Out list, but the likelihood of us getting out early is remote.) When we get home from work I will eat my lunch salad and read the Sunday papers while I watch at least the beginning of the NFL game at home between our New Orleans Saints (2-4, 1-1) and the Seattle Seahawks (4-1, 1-1-1); the New Moon will arrive at 1:40 pm, and I will then start packing stuff that I wish to take on our vacation.

This Saturday afternoon brings us a Parting Quote from Hal Clement, American science fiction writer. Born as Harry Clement Stubbs in 1922 in Somerville, Massachusetts, upon graduation from high school he went to Harvard, graduating with a B.S. in astronomy in 1943. While there he published his first story, “Proof”, in the June 1942 issue of Astounding Science Fiction. During World War II Clement was a pilot and copilot of a B-24 Liberator and flew 35 combat missions over Europe with the 8th Air Force. After the war he served in the United States Air Force Reserve and retired with the rank of colonel. He received an M. Ed. from Boston University in 1946. His best-known novel, Mission of Gravity (1954), was the account of a land and sea expedition across the superjovian planet Mesklin to recover a stranded scientific probe. He earned his M.S. in chemistry from Simmons College in Massachusetts in 1963, and taught chemistry and astronomy for many years at Milton Academy in Milton, Massachusetts. In 1996 he retroactively received a 1946 Hugo Award for his short story “Uncommon Sense”. Clement received the 1998 recognition as a Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). He also painted astronomically oriented artworks under the name George Richard. Clement was a frequent guest at science fiction conventions, especially in the eastern United States, where he usually presented talks and slide shows about writing and astronomy. The Hal Clement Award for Young Adults for Excellence in Children’s Science Fiction Literature is presented in his memory at Worldcon each year (died 2003): “Speculation is perfectly all right, but if you stay there you’ve only founded a superstition. If you test it, you’ve started a science.”


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