Daily Update: Monday, December 19th, 2016

O Antiphons - December 19

No Saints for us to honor again. Our O Antiphon for today is ”O Radix Jesse”, ”O Root of Jesse”.

In Latin, our O Antiphon for today is “O Radix Jesse, qui stas in signum populorum, super quem continebunt reges os suum, quem Gentes deprecabuntur: veni ad liberandum nos, jam noli tardare.” In English, that is “O Root of Jesse, standing as a sign among the peoples; before you kings will shut their mouths, to you the nations will make their prayer: Come and deliver us, and delay no longer.” Isaiah had prophesied (Isaiah 11:1): “A shoot shall come out from the stock of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots,” and (Isaiah 11:10) “On that day the root of Jesse shall stand as a signal to the peoples; the nations shall inquire of him, and his dwelling shall be glorious.” Jesse was the father of King David, and Micah had prophesied that the Messiah would be of the house and lineage of David and be born in David’s city, Bethlehem (Micah 5:1).

I missed a call from Massage Envy which went to voice mail on Sunday. Our LSU Lady Tigers won their College Basketball game with the North Carolina Lady Tarheels by the score of 70 to 43; our LSU Lady Tigers (9-2, 0-0) will next play a home College Basketball game with the Little Rock Lady Trojans (6-5, 0-0) on Wednesday, December 21st. Our New Orleans Saints won their NFL game with the Arizona Cardinals by the score of 48 to 41; our New Orleans Saints (6-8, 1-3) will next play a Home Divisional NFL game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-6, 3-1) on Saturday, December 24th. And our New Orleans Pelicans lost their NBA game with the San Antonio Spurs by the score of 100 to 113.

I woke up half an hour early and did my Book Devotional Reading; I then drove myself to work in the car. Once in the Hallway to Nowhere, I did my Internet Devotional Reading and said the Fourth Day of my Christmas Novena. When I checked my pay stubs, my accrued PTO was now correct. I signed the Early Out list, and when we clocked in Richard was on Mini Baccarat. The table I was assigned to was not open, and I got out with no time. On my way home I stopped at Wal-Mart and got a flagpole. I arrived home at 4:15 am, and went back to bed.

Liz Ellen got a call from Massage Envy rescheduling the times of our massages. I woke up at 9:00 am and read the morning paper. I then put out our new Christmas Flag on its own dedicated flagpole. Liz Ellen and I then left the house at 10:45 am and went to the Rectory, where she gave Deacon Gary some of her Christmas hard candy lollipops. We then went to Wal-Mart, where Liz Ellen got some knitting needles, and then went to Cash Magic, where I lost $10.00 playing Video Poker. We returned to the house, and at 12:30 pm we ate baked chicken and steamed brussels sprouts (cooked by Liz Ellen). Richard got home; he had not had a guest at all on his Mini Baccarat table, and then on his way home he got a haircut at Fantastic Sam’s.

We (Liz Ellen and I) left the house at about 1:15 pm, and headed for the Hub. In Lafayette at PetSmart Liz Ellen got a hard shell carrier for Widget, along with a pad to put in the carrier. We then went to Kirkland’s near PetSmart, but they did not have the lamps she was looking for. We drove to the other Kirkland’s on Louisiana Avenue, where they did have lamps Liz Ellen liked; she took a photo of the lamps, and back in the car was able to find them on the Kirkland’s web site. We arrived at Massage Envy at 4:00 pm; I had my massage, Liz Ellen had her massage, and I signed up for a membership. We then drove to Crowley and ate dinner at Fezzo’s. When we arrived home at about 9:00 pm, Richard of course had gone to bed (while we were in Lafayette he went to Oil X-Press and got the oil changed in the truck); I went to bed without doing my Daily Update or lighting my Advent Candles. Our LSU Tigers won their College Basketball game with the Charleston Cougars by the score of 75 to 65; our LSU Tigers (8-2, 0-0) will next play an Away College Basketball game with the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (8-3, 0-0) on Thursday, December 22nd.

With no Saints again, our O Antiphon for tomorrow is “O Clavis David…”. Tomorrow is also the birthday of Janet, the wife of Richard’s good friend Steve in Mississippi. Richard will go to work, and Liz Ellen will be doing her Juggling and Hooping Programs at our two nursing homes, with one program at 10:00 am and the other at 1:30 pm; I will come along to do scutwork and take photos with our smartphone cameras. Otherwise I do not have much planned for tomorrow, save doing my Daily Update for Monday, December 19th, 2016. Our New Orleans Pelicans (9-20, 0-6) will play an away NBA game with the Philadelphia 76ers (7-20, 1-3) .

This Monday evening brings us a Parting Quote from Trudy Pitts, American jazz keyboardist. Born as Gertrude Pitts in 1932 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she learned to play the piano at age six, trained as a musician and a music educator, and studied at the Philadelphia Musical Academy, Temple University and Juilliard, as well as other institutions. She met her future husband, William Theodore Carney II (Mr. C.) in the 1950s when his band, the Hi-Tones (which included a young saxophonist named John Coltrane) needed an organist. They married in 1958. In 1967 the Boston Globe printed a piece calling her a rising star and complimented her drawbar variations, vibrato shadings, and bass pedal work. That same year she put out two albums, Introducing the Fabulous Trudy Pitts with Pat Martino and These Blues of Mine with Pat Martino. The next year she had two more albums, A Bucketful of Soul with Mr. C. and The Excitement of Trudy Pitts (Recorded Live! at Club Baron) with Wilbert Longmire. She then took time out to raise her family. When the Tony Award-winning musical Raisin came through Philadelphia, she accepted an offer to sit in the pit as an assistant to the pianist. She was asked to join the tour, and eventually became the assistant to the conductor. At the end of the musical’s tour, she was encouraged by her husband Carney (who had worked with Shirley Scott as a drummer) to continue developing her repertoire. In 1999 a compilation album of several records was released as Legends of Acid Jazz, Trudy Pitts & Pat Martino. Recent festival appearances included the 11th Annual Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., in May 2006. On September 15th, 2006, Pitts was the first jazz artist play a concert on Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center’s 7,000 pipe organ. In 2008 she again performed on an exceptional organ, this time the Kennedy Center’s Filene Organ (died 2010): “Whatever I undertook, the job got done, and it wasn’t a matter of not being prepared or not having the skills or not having the right vibe or attitude. Because my contention is that you begin to know your outer edges, and if you’re not emotionally prepared to do a job, then you should not take it rather than take it and complain.”

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