Today is the First Saturday of the month, dedicated to Devotions to the Sacred Heart of Mary. It is the Optional Memorial of Saint Casimir, Prince (died 1484). And today is a date, a command, and a marching band; the MarchFourth Marching Band, out of Portland, Oregon.
The First Saturday of each month is dedicated to Devotions to the Sacred Heart of Mary. Turning to today’s Saint, he was born in 1458 as a Polish prince, the son of King Casimir IV, and became Grand Duke of Lithuania at the age of 13. He lived a highly disciplined, even severe life, which included practices such as sleeping on the ground, spending a great part of the night in prayer, and dedicating himself to lifelong celibacy. He had a great devotion to Mary, supported the poor, and lived a virtuous life amid the dissolute court. When he was 15, Hungarian nobles prevailed upon Casimir’s father to send his son to be their king; Casimir obeyed his father’s order and went to Hungary to take the crown. However, his army was outnumbered, and when his troops began deserting because they were not paid, he returned home to Poland, and was a conscientious objector from that time on. He returned to prayer and study, and maintained his decision to remain celibate even under pressure to marry the daughter of Emperor Frederick III. He reigned briefly as King of Poland during a five-year absence by his fathering during his father’s absence. He died at the age of 25, and was canonized in 1522; he is the Patron Saint of Poland and Lithuania, and of youth, and his aide is invoked against plague. And, today is a date, a command, and a marching band; the MarchFourth Marching Band is an American musical and performance group based in Portland, Oregon, which had its first performance in Portland, Oregon on March 4th, 2003, which was Mardi Gras that year. They perform mostly instrumental brass band music in a marching band style, combined with a visual performance by stiltwalkers and fire- and flag-dancers. MarchFourth (or M4) consists of a horn section (trombone, trumpet, saxophone), apercussion section, electric bass guitar, and electric guitar. The band members’ uniforms are mismatched, and are often redesigned traditional marching band uniforms. The percussion section’s drum harnesses are made from recycled bicycle parts. MarchFourth was the marching band featured in an online advertisement for the short-lived Microsoft Kin smartphone in 2010. Their 2011 album Magnificent Beast was produced by Steve Berlin, the saxophone player for Los Lobos. Berlin also produced their 2013 single “Shindig,” which was also featured in the band’s Shindig music video. MarchFourth Marching Band’s successful Kickstarter campaign raised nearly $50,000 from fans to buy a tour bus. In 2013 the song “Gospel,” taken from MarchFourth’s 2009 Rise Up album, was featured in the Disney/Pixar film Monsters University. The song played twice during the film and during the film’s closing credits, and was also used in the official trailer for the film. Thus far they have four albums, and are usually on tour, with the March 4th date being traditionally played in Portland.
Yesterday in sports, our #12 ranked LSU Lady Tigers beat the Illinois State Lady Redbirds in College Softball by the score of 10 to 2, and in the second game our #12 ranked LSU Lady Tigers beat the Florida Atlantic Lady Owls in College Softball by the score of 5 to 1. Our #4 ranked LSU Tigers were beaten by the #1 ranked TCU Horned Frogs in their College Baseball game by the score of 6 to 9. Our LSU Lady Tigers lost their College Basketball game at the SEC Tournament with the Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs by the score of 61 to 78; our Lady Tigers will now await their placement at the NCAA Tournament, and expect to next play on March 17th at the Tournament. And our New Orleans Pelicans lost their NBA game to the San Antonio Spurs by the score of 98 to 101 in Overtime.
Upon waking up for work I did my Book Devotional Reading, and on our way to work I did my Internet Devotional Reading. At the Pre-Shift Meeting, Richard won a Golden Ticket (good to let the bearer get out before everyone else with more hours, not counting Birthday people, who are on the Early Out list), and sold it to one of our co-workers. When we went out onto the casino floor he was on the Macau Mini Baccarat table, closed that table, and ended up on the Sit-Down Blackjack table. I was on Mini Baccarat all day, and for most of the day I was dealing to a quiet Chinese man (who was there all day yesterday, too).
On our way home Richard stopped to get gas for the truck at Valero. Once home from work I set up my medications for next week (one prescription to renew on Monday), then read the morning paper. I then went to the Adoration Chapel to do my Weekly Hour of Eucharistic Adoration. I finished reading the February 20th, 2017 issue of my Jesuit America magazine, and started reading the March / April issue of The Bible Today. I then came back home to do my Daily Update and to go to bed, as I am too tired to do much of anything else. When I got home Richard was talking to his sister Susan; his brother Butch was moved to the nursing home for rehab, and Susan and her husband Tom will be going home tomorrow (Sunday); Richard told her that he (Richard) would go over to see Butch on Tuesday. I came to the computer and finished up with this Daily Update. Our #4 LSU Tigers (8-2, 0-0) will be playing an Away College Baseball game with the Baylor Bears, our LSU Tigers (10-19, 2-15) will be playing their final Regular Season College Basketball game as an Away game with the Mississippi State Bulldogs (14-15, 5-12), and our #12 ranked LSU Lady Tigers (15-3, 0-0) will be playing a home College Softball game with the Illinois Lady Fighting Illini, and then our #12 ranked LSU Lady Tigers will be playing a home College Softball game with the #11 ranked Minnesota Lady Golden Gophers.
Tomorrow is the First Sunday of Lent. We have no Saints to honor, but tomorrow we will remember that in 1770 the event known to history as the Boston Massacre took place in Boston, Massachusetts. And tomorrow is the birthday of Sarah, the younger sister of several of the former Assembled (1992). Richard and I will go to work, and I will make an effort to do some reading on my breaks. In the afternoon and evening our #4 LSU Tigers (8-2, 0-0) will be playing an Away College Baseball game with the #21 ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders, 0ur #12 ranked LSU Lady Tigers will be playing a home College Softball game with the Florida Atlantic Lady Owls, and then our #12 ranked LSU Lady Tigers will be playing a home College Softball game with the Troy Lady Trojans., and our New Orleans Pelicans (24-38, 3-9) will be playing an Away NBA game with the Los Angeles Lakers (19-33, 4-7).
Our Parting Quote this Saturday afternoon comes to us from Ray Hatton, English-born runner, educator, and author. Born as Raymond Hatton in 1932 in Lichfield, England, he began competitive running in 1943. Running with the Birchfield Harriers, he ran a 4:11 mile and 8:57 two-mile. In 1952 he represented England in the International Cross Country Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, where he finished 16th overall behind future Olympic Gold medalist Alain Mimoun. His English team took the silver medal behind Mimoun’s French team. Hatton was awarded a track scholarship to University of Idaho in 1956. As an undergraduate, he competed in both track and cross-country at the varsity level. In 1959 he won the Pacific Coast Conference cross country championship. He graduated from the university in 1960 with a Bachelor of Science degree in education. He then went on to acquire a Master of Education degree in secondary education from the university, completing his post-graduate work in 1966. In 1969 Hatton earned a Master of Arts in geography from the University of Oregon. His master’s thesis was on the impact of tourism on Central Oregon. Later that year, he joined the faculty at Central Oregon Community College. As a member of the faculty, his academic interests included economics, cultural geography, land use, and climatology. At the Amateur Athletic Union’s national masters championship in 1972, Hatton won the 1,500 meters (4:11.5), 5,000 meters (15:36.3), and 10,000 meters (31:42.8) in the 40-44 age division. In 1973 he published his first book, Bend Country Weather and Climate, a study of the weather and climate of Central Oregon. In 1974 he won both 5,000 meters and the 10,000 meters events at the Amateur Athletic Union’s national masters championship. The college gave him a sabbatical during the 1975-1976 academic year to research and write his second book. Hatton again won the 40-44 age division national championship in 10,000 meters in 1976. He dedicated his second book, High Desert Of Central Oregon (1977), to Phil Brogan, a well-known Central Oregon journalist and historian. In 1979 he competed in the 45-49 age division, winning the 5,000 meters and placing second in the 10,000 meters. In 1981 Hatton was named Masters 45-49 Age Division Runners of the Year by USA Track and Field (the governing body for track and field in the United States). The next year, Hatton was recognized with the same award in the 50-54 age category. In 1984 he won the national masters title in the 10,000 meters, running in the 50-54 age division. That same year the Oregon Historical Society published a review of Pioneer Homesteaders of the Fort Rock Valley (1982) in the Oregon Historical Quarterly, the society’s premier history journal. He competed in the 55-59 age division in 1987, winning the 5,000 meters and placing second in the 1,500 meters. In 1988 Hatton was the top ranked 55-59 age division runner in the United States in both the 3,000 meters and the 5,000 meters. That year, he posted a time of 9:37.8 in the 3,000 meters along with a 16:35.5 in the 5,000 meters. The next year, he continued as the top ranked runner in the 3,000 meters, clocking a time of 9:34.0. He received a doctorate degree in geography from the University of Oregon in 1989. In 1990 Hatton received Central Oregon Community College’s Faculty Achievement Award. After back surgery in 1992, Hatton retired from competitive running. He retired from Central Oregon Community College in 1993. As a professor emeritus, he continued to research and write about Oregon. Over the years, Hatton’s research, including numerous first-person field interviews, has played an important role in preserving Central Oregon’s pioneer history. Over the years, Hatton served on Bend’s Planning Commission and the city’s Urban Advisory Commission. In addition to long-distance running, his recreational interests included hiking, cross-country skiing, and rock climbing. His last book, Portland, Oregon Weather and Climate: A Historical Perspective, was published in 2005. In 2010, at the age of 77, Hatton was still running 30 miles per week (died 2015): “I don’t really think that much about why I do it. Running is just part of me now.”