Daily Update: Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

03-21 - Napoleonic Code

With no Saints to honor, we will note instead that today is the anniversary of when the Code Napoléon was established in France in 1804.

The French Emperor Napoléon set out to reform the French legal system in accordance with the ideas of the French Revolution because the old feudal and royal laws seemed confusing and contradictory to the people. Before the Code, France did not have a single set of laws; laws depended on local customs, and often on exemptions, privileges and special charters granted by the kings or other feudal lords. During the Revolution the last vestiges of feudalism were abolished. Specifically, the many different legal systems used in different parts of France were to be replaced by a single legal code. The code, as drafted by four eminent jurists, forbade privileges based on birth, allowed freedom of religion, and specified that government jobs were to go to the most qualified applicant. Even though the Napoléonic Code was not the first legal code to be established in a European country with a civil legal system, it is considered the first successful codification and strongly influenced the law of many other countries. The Code, with its stress on clearly written and accessible law, was a major step in establishing the rule of law. (Despite being surrounded by Anglo-Saxon Common Law territories, Louisiana’s civil code has kept its Roman roots; while some of its aspects feature influences by the Napoléonic Code, it is based more on Roman and Spanish civil traditions (despite whatever Stanley Kowalski might say). As a result, the bar exam and legal standards of practice in Louisiana are significantly different from other states, and reciprocity for lawyers from other states is not available.)

Last night I missed a call from Lele’s niece Francie telling us that Lele’s surgery went well, and that she would be back home from the hospital on Tuesday.

When we woke up to get ready for work today, I did my Book Devotional Reading, and on our way to work I did my Internet Devotional Reading and said the Sixth Day of my Annunciation Novena. When we clocked in, Richard was on Mississippi Stud (and fairly busy all day); I was on Mini Baccarat, which went dead at 4:15 am, and was dead until my player who had left at 4:15 am came back at 10:45 am. It was peaceful at the casino, as the overhead music was not playing; our Director of Table Games came out on the floor at 9:00 am, and the music came back on. I spent my time on the dead Mini Baccarat table considering Audrey’s Door by Sarah Langan and picking holes in the plot.

After work Richard returned a call he had missed from Susan; she was worried because after Friday, Butch’s care at the rehab center nursing home will begin to cost him about $134 per day; Richard assured her that he was going to Baton Rouge to see Butch, and that he would look into things. He picked up a prescription at the Pharmacy, and on our way home he stopped at the Superette to get a box of boudin to take to the Rehab Center nursing home (to thank them), and he stopped at the hardware store to get sewer tree root removal crystals. Once home I read the morning paper and read the paper while putting polish on my toenails for the first time this year, and Richard left for Baton Rouge. I then took a nap.

Waking up at 4:45 pm, I watched the end of Jeopardy!, then left for Lafayette. Richard called me (twice; the first time he was in the place where he likes to drive between the west side of the Baton Rouge bridge and US-190, where you can’t get receptions) and reported that Butch is doing well. When I got to Barnes and Noble, I continued reading Messenger by Lois Lowry via Overdrive on my tablet, then I purchased a paperback copy of Castle Roogna by Piers Anthony (#3 in the Xanth series), so now I have the first 24 books in the 40-book series. We then held our Third Tuesday Book Club meeting at 7:00 pm in the coffee shop for Audrey’s Door by Sarah Langan. I left Barnes and Noble at 8:15 pm, and arrived home a little after 9:00 pm. Richard was up, but barely; he was sleeping in his chair, and when I came in with the cat he went to bed. Our #11 LSU Lady Tigers in their College Softball game beat the Nicholls State Lady Colonels by the score of 3 to 2; our #11 LSU Lady Tigers (24-7, 1-2) will next play a College Softball game with the #15 Georgia Lady Bulldogs (26-4, 2-1) on Friday, March 24th. And our New Orleans Pelicans won their NBA game with the Memphis Grizzlies by the score of 95 to 82; our New Orleans Pelicans (30-41, 5-9) will next play an Away NBA game with the Houston Rockets (49-22, 9-5) on Friday, March 24th. And once I finish this Daily Update I will join Richard and the cat in bed. And I will note here that I have been having trouble keeping my Galaxy Note 4 phone charged up when not on AC power; I have two very hunky portable chargers, and cables that cost $15 apiece, and while at work my phone dipped down to about 20%. It went up to about 50% while I was napping, but by the time I came out of Barnes and Noble my phone was at 0% and had turned off – while connected to the hunky portable charger with the $15 cable. Obviously there is a problem, and I have not yet diagnosed said problem; as I type this, with my phone connected to the AC, my phone is at 21%, and I hope by the time I wake up tomorrow that it will be at 100%.

Tomorrow, with no Saints to honor, we note that on tomorrow’s date in 1784 the Emerald Buddha was moved with great ceremony to its current location in Wat Phra Kaew, Thailand. I will do my Weekly Computer Maintenance and my laundry, and catch up on Advance Daily Update Drafts for this weblog. Our #4 LSU Tigers (16-5, 3-0) will be playing a Home College Baseball game with the Southeastern Louisiana Lions. And I will see about getting my hair cut.

Our Parting Quote on this Tuesday evening comes to us from Alberta Watson, Canadian actress. Born as Faith Susan Alberta Watson in 1955 in Toronto, Ontario, she began performing with a local Toronto theater group, T.H.O.G. (Theater House of God), of the Bathurst Street United Church at age fifteen. She took a workshop for the musical Hair, and was directed by René Bonnière in a production of Hamlet. Watson got her first role at age nineteen in a CBC movie called Honor Thy Father. Early in her career she portrayed the role of Mitzi in George Kaczender’s In Praise of Older Women (1978), for which she received a Genie nomination. A year later she received the Best Actress award at the Yorkton Film Festival for Exposure. She moved to Los Angeles, California, and later to New York City. Watson lived in New Jersey for eight years with her husband until they divorced. She then returned to Toronto and focused on finding roles in independent films. Among her well-known film roles was as the bed-ridden mother Susan Aibelli in the 1994 American independent film Spanking the Monkey, as Lauren Murphy (the mother of Jonny Lee Miller’s character Dade, aka “Crash Override”/”Zero Cool”) in the 1995 cult film Hackers, and as Risa in the 1997 Academy Award nominated Canadian film The Sweet Hereafter, directed by Atom Egoyan. She worked with director Colleen Murphy on the film Shoemaker (1996), for which she received a second Genie nomination for Best Actress. She played the role of Madeline in La Femme Nikita for four seasons from 1997 to 2001 (with guest appearances in the short fifth season). During the show’s second season (in 1998), Watson was diagnosed with lymphoma, for which she had to undergo chemotherapy treatment which caused her to lose her hair. The producers at La Femme Nikita worked around her treatment and limited her appearances. Watson wore wigs in the show when she lost her hair; when her hair started to regrow, she sported the short haircut in her role as Madeline in the show’s third season. Watson’s first name inspired the character Alberta Green in the first season of 24. In 2005, Watson joined the cast of 24, playing CTU Director Erin Driscoll for twelve episodes of the show’s fourth season. During 2007 and 2008, Watson played a supporting role in the Canadian television series The Border as the Minister of Public Safety. In 2010, Watson guest-starred in Heartland, a series on CBC Television, and she won a 2011 Gemini Award for her portrayal of Sarah Craven (died 2015): “I took [the role in Spanking the Monkey] because it was a heck of a challenge. And I’m not a name with an image to protect. The subject was incest. It didn’t scare me at all. I seized the character and made her something. She was a deeply disturbed woman with a roller coaster of emotions. Her son visits for the summer and she’s laid up in a cast with a broken leg and things get out of hand.”

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