With no Saints, our O Antiphon for today is “O Clavis David,” “O Key of David”. Today is also the birthday of Janet, the wife of Richard’s good friend Steve in Mississippi.
In Latin today’s O Antiphon is “O Clavis David, et sceptrum domus Israel; qui aperis, et nemo claudit; claudis, et nemo aperit: veni, et educ vinctum de domo carceris, sedentem in tenebris, et umbra mortis.” In English the O Antiphon is “O Key of David and sceptre of the House of Israel; you open and no one can shut; you shut and no one can open: Come and lead the prisoners from the prison house, those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.” Isaiah had prophesied (Isaiah 22:22): “I will place on his shoulder the key of the house of David; he shall open, and no one shall shut; he shall shut, and no one shall open,” (Isaiah 9:7): “His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom. He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onwards and for evermore,” and (Isaiah 42:7): “…To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.” Today is also the birthday of Janet, the wife of Richard’s good friend Steve in Mississippi.
This morning I woke up just long enough to make sure that Richard got up to go to work. (He was on Three Card Blackjack, closed that table, helped change Blackjack cards, then was on Three Card Poker for the rest of the day.) I woke up at 8:15 am, started my laundry, and read the morning paper. I then put together the hard shell carrier that Liz Ellen had purchased for Widget yesterday.
At 9:45 am Liz Ellen and I went over to the nursing home on the eastern edge of town for her Hooping and Juggling program; I plugged in the CD player, took photos, and otherwise was unskilled labor. When we got home I did my Daily Update for yesterday, Monday, December 19th, 2016. We then ate lunch, and Richard got home from work. I finished my laundry and ironed my Casino pants, apron, and shirts, and Richard left for the grocery.
At 1:15 pm Liz Ellen and I went to the other nursing home in town (behind Winn-Dixie), where she did her Hooping and Juggling Program. We then went to Wal-Mart, then went to Cash Magic, where I lost $10.00. We returned home, and I uploaded two CDs that Liz Ellen had with her (Home for Christmas by Celtic Woman, and Christmastime in New Orleans by The NOLA Players) to my computer, turned them into MP3s, and downloaded them to my phone and to the flash drive I keep in my car. Michelle came by with a new male friend named Blake, and after visiting left again with him. Richard lit a fire in the fire pit outside, then we ate chicken gumbo and rolls for dinner. The Last Quarter Moon arrived at 7:57 pm. Our New Orleans Pelicans won their NBA game with the Philadelphia 76ers by the score of 108 to 92. And I am going to finish this Daily Update and take a hot bath before going to bed.
Tomorrow our O Antiphon will be “O Oriens…”, and tomorrow is the Optional Memorial of Saint Peter Canisius, Priest and Doctor (died 1597). Tomorrow is also the Winter Solstice, which is either the Start or the Midpoint of Winter (either way, it’s the shortest day of the year). I will do the Weekly Computer Maintenance in the morning, then Liz Ellen and I will head for Baton Rouge for the day. Our LSU Lady Tigers (9-2, 0-0) will be playing a home College Basketball game with the Little Rock Lady Trojans (6-5, 0-0), and our New Orleans Pelicans (10-20, 0-6) will be playing a Home NBA game with the Oklahoma City Thunder (16-12, 2-2).
On this Tuesday Evening our Parting Quote comes from Steve Landesberg, American comic actor. Born in 1936 in New York City, after time in the United States Armed Forces he took a series of jobs as an assistant credit manager for hotels. He then began his acting career as a comic, making his first appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in the early 1970s. He also appeared on Dean Martin Presents the Bobby Darin Amusement Co. in 1972 and in Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers in 1974-75. In 1976 he joined the ensemble on Barney Miller (1975 – 1982) as Detective Arthur Dietrich, a role for which he was nominated for three Emmy Awards. He was part of the improvisational group New York Stickball Team, which performed several shows that were aired on cable television shortly after Barney Miller went off the air. After Barney Miller he made guest appearances on the TV shows The Rockford Files, Law & Order, Saturday Night Live, The Golden Girls, Ghost Whisperer, That 70′s Show, and Everybody Hates Chris. His final film role was as pediatrician Dr. Rosenbaum in the 2008 comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall, starring Jason Segel and Kristen Bell. He had started late in acting, and was sensitive on the subject; at the time of his death from colon cancer, he was reported to be 65, but was actually 74 (died 2010): “Honesty is the best policy, but insanity is a better defense.”