Daily Update: Monday, April 17th, 2017

Easter Monday and Boston Marathon

Alleluia! Today is Easter Monday, the Second Day in the Octave of Easter. As today is the Third Monday in April, today is the date of the 2016 Boston Marathon. And Early Voting continues in Louisiana for the Municipal General Election on April 29th.

Our Easter Season Daily Mass First Readings all come from the Acts of the Apostles; our Gospel for today (from Matthew 28:8-15) is the appearance of the Risen Christ to Mary Magdalene and the “other Mary”, commissioning them to tell his disciples to go to Galilee to meet him. Meanwhile, the Chief Priests bribe the guards at the tomb and tell the guards to say that the disciples of Jesus came and removed his body while they slept. Today is also the Third Monday in April, and that means that today is the date of the annual Boston Marathon. Begun in 1897 and inspired by the success of the first modern-day marathon competition in the 1896 Summer Olympics, the Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon and ranks as one of the world’s best-known road racing events. It is one of five World Marathon Major Events (with the other events held in London, Berlin, Chicago and New York City). The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) manages this event, and amateur and professional runners from all over the world compete in the Boston Marathon each year, braving the hilly New England terrain and varying weather to take part in the race. The event attracts an average of about 20,000 registered participants each year. In the 100th running of the Boston Marathon in 1996, the number of participants reached 38,000. While there are cash prizes awarded to the winners of the marathon, most of the runners participate for the accomplishment of having run the race at all. Because the course drops 459 feet from start to finish and the start is quite far west of the finish, allowing a helpful tailwind, the Boston Marathon does not satisfy two of the criteria necessary for the ratification of world or American records. At Wellesley College, a women’s college, it is traditional for the students to cheer on the runners in what is referred to as the Scream Tunnel, roughly half a mile prior to the halfway mark of the course;. For about a quarter of a mile, the students line the course, scream, and offer kisses. The Scream Tunnel is so loud runners claim it can be heard from a mile away. Heartbreak Hill is an ascent over 0.4-mile  between the 20 and 21-mile marks, near Boston College. It is the last of four “Newton hills”, which begin at the 16-mile mark and challenge contestants with late (if modest) climbs after the course’s general downhill trend to that point. Every year, the Boston Red Sox play a home game at Fenway Park, starting at 11:05 am. When the game ends, the crowd empties into Kenmore Square to cheer as the runners enter the final mile. This tradition started in 1903. On the negative side, in 1980 Rosie Ruiz came out of nowhere to win the women’s race; a subsequent investigation concluded that Ruiz had skipped most of the race and blended into the crowd about one mile from the finish line, where she then ran to her apparent victory. And in 2013 the race was marred by the explosion of two bombs in the spectator section near the finish line, hours after the front-runners finished the race, but while thousands were still running. Three people died, with many people suffering dire injuries; a police officer and one of the bombers were killed in the subsequent manhunt, and the other bomber has been found guilty but not yet sentenced. On the positive side, Dick and Rick Hoyt completed their 31st Boston Marathon in 2014 when Dick was 73 and Rick was 52. Rick was born with cerebral palsy in 1962; in 1977, he and his father began to compete in road races and marathons, with Dick pushing Rick in his wheelchair. When asked about their motivation to continue racing, they both say that they hope to prove to people all over the world that disabled individuals should not be left in the corner and forgotten about, but rather included so that they can have the life experiences others are so lucky to have. A bronze statue in honor of the Hoyts was dedicated on April 8th, 2013, near the start of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. They did not finish the 2013 race (due to the bombing), and the 2014 race was their last as team runners; Dick was the Grand Marshal for the 2015 race, and Rick was in the race, pushed by Bryan Lyons, who has been with the pair since 2009. And Early Voting continues in Louisiana for the Municipal General Election on April 29th. And Early Voting continues in Louisiana for the Municipal General Election on April 29th.

Last night Richard gathered up the trash and wheeled the trash bin out to the curb.

On waking up to get ready for work today, I posted to Facebook that today was the Boston Marathon. I did my Book Devotional Reading, and on our way to work I did my Internet Devotional Reading and said the Fourth Day of my Divine Mercy Novena. Once in ADR, I found that I have 0.25 more hours than Richard for the two-week pay period that just ended, because I was tapped out late on Saturday. I also called the Pharmacy and renewed two prescriptions. Today was the First Day of the current two-week pay period at the casino; when we clocked in, Richard was at first on the third Mississippi Stud table; when that table closed he was on a Blackjack table for the rest of the day. I was at first on Pai Gow Poker, then became the Relief Dealer for Macau Mini Baccarat (which turned into Mini Baccarat when the Macau players left at 7:00 am) and Pai Gow. One of our regular guests brought me beignets from the Courtyard (outside of one of our hotels), and I finished reading Shanghai Girls by Lisa See via Kindle on my tablet.

When we clocked out we went to the Clinic, and at the Pharmacy I picked up one of my prescriptions (I will pick up the other one on Friday after work). On our way home Richard spoke to Susan and told her that we would be over to see her and Butch on Wednesday, and Richard stopped at Taco Bell for his lunch. Once we got home I read the morning paper and ate my lunch salad. Richard went to bed, and I came to the computer and did my Book Review for this Weblog and for my Goodreads and Facebook accounts for Shanghai Girls by Lisa See. I then went out to the front room and watched MST3K Episode 801 Revenge of the Creature; on the Satellite of Love, Mike Nelson finds out that they are in the year 2525, Earth has been taken over by apes (including Professor Bobo), and the Ape’s Lawgiver is the cryogenically frozen and defrosted Pearl Forrester, who will continue her (late) son’s project of scientific experimentation by sending Nelson and the robots horrible movies to watch. I then came back to the computer and worked on my weblog, then watched Jeopardy! at 4:30 pm, And I am now doing today’s Daily Update, and I will then join Richard in bed for the duration

Tomorrow is Easter Tuesday (Alleluia), and the Third Day in the Octave of Easter. Tomorrow is the Remembrance of Venerable Cornelia Connelly, Religious (died 1879). Tomorrow is also the due date for submitting one’s 2016 Federal Taxes (postponed from last Saturday), and the birthday of my Internet friend Jessica in California. And Early Voting continues in Louisiana for the Municipal General Election on April 29th. We will be waking up half an hour early tomorrow and signing the Early Out list at the casino. Depending on if we get out early or not, tomorrow at some point I will go down to Lafayette to attend the Third Tuesday Book Club meeting in the coffee shop of Barnes and Noble to discuss Shanghai Girls by Lisa See. Our #11 LSU Lady Tigers (32-12, 8-7) will be playing a home College Softball game with the Northwestern State Lady Demons, and our #8 LSU Tigers (25-12, 9-6) will be playing a home College Baseball game with the Lamar Cardinals.

Our Parting Quote on this Easter Monday (Alleluia!) afternoon comes to us from Kitty Carlisle, American singer and actress. Born as Catherine Conn in 1910 in New Orleans, Louisiana, her family was of German Jewish heritage. Her mother was a daughter of the first Jewish mayor of Shreveport, Louisiana, and a woman obsessed with breaking into the prevailing Gentile society. Her early education took place in New Orleans. In 1921 she was taken to Europe, where her mother hoped to marry her off to European royalty, believing the nobility there more amenable to a Jewish bride. Instead, the pair flitted about Europe. She was educated in Switzerland (Chateau Mont-Choisi in Lausanne), then at the Sorbonne and the London School of Economics. She studied acting in London at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. After returning to New York in 1932 with her mother, she appeared, billed as Kitty Carlisle, on Broadway in several operettas and musical comedies, and in the American premiere of Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia. She also sang the title role in Georges Bizet’s Carmen in Salt Lake City. She studied private voice with the noted Juilliard School teacher, Anna E. Schoen-Rene, who had been a student of Pauline Viardot-Garcia and Manuel Garcia. Her early movies included Murder at the Vanities (1934), A Night at the Opera (1935) with the Marx Brothers, and two films with Bing Crosby, She Loves Me Not (1934) and Here Is My Heart (1934). Carlisle married playwright and theatrical producer Moss Hart on August 10th, 1946, after having met as actors at the Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, Pennsylvania. She became a household name through the television show To Tell the Truth, where she was a regular panelist from 1957 to 1978, and later appeared on revivals of the series in 1980, 1990-91 and one episode in 2000. (One of her most notable hallmarks was her writing of the number ‘one’, when she voted number ‘one’, it was written in a roman numeral ‘I’). She appeared on each and every revamped format from its 1956 inception to its 2002 syndicated version. Known for her stately presence, infectious laugh, pouffy dark Prince Valiant hairstyle, and sweeping couture gowns on the show, audiences reveled at her effortless class to these simple parlor games. She was also a semi-regular panelist on PasswordMatch GameMissing Links, and What’s My Line. After Hart died on December 20th, 1961, she never remarried, but she dated former New York governor and presidential candidate Thomas Dewey. On December 31st, 1966, Carlisle made her debut with the Metropolitan Opera as Prince Orlofsky in Strauss’s Die Fledermaus. She sang the role ten more times that season, then returned in 1973 for four more performances. Her final performance with the company was on July 7th, 1973. Known for her gracious manners and personal elegance, she became prominent in New York City social circles as she crusaded for financial support of the arts. She was appointed to various state-wide councils, and was chair of the New York State Council of the Arts from 1976-1996. She also served on the boards of various New York City cultural institutions and additionally would make an appearance at the annual CIBC World Market’s Miracle Day, a children’s charity event at the former CIBC Center (300 Madison Avenue). In her later years she was linked romantically to the diplomatic historian Ivo John Lederer. From 1984 until Lederer’s death in 1998, the two traveled widely together. Afterwards, she was known to keep company with the financier and art collector Roy Neuberger. She penned her autobiography, Kitty, in 1984. Carlisle resumed her film career later in life, appearing in Woody Allen’s Radio Days (1987) and in Six Degrees of Separation (1993), as well as on stage in a revival of On Your Toes, replacing Dina Merrill. Her last movie appearance was in Catch Me If You Can (2002) in which she played herself in a dramatization of a 1960s To Tell the Truth episode. She also widely performed her one woman show, Kitty Carlisle Hart: An American Icon, in which she told anecdotes about the many great men in American musical theater history whom she had personally known, notably George Gershwin (who had made a proposal of marriage to her, according to an interview in American Heritage magazine), Irving Berlin, Kurt Weill, Oscar Hammerstein, and Frederick Loewe, interspersed with a few of the songs that made each of them famous. In 2006 Carlisle performed at Feinstein’s at the Regency in New York City, in St. Louis, Missouri, Phoenix, Arizona, Atlanta, Georgia, and at the famed Plush Room in San Francisco. According to her official website, her appearances in Atlanta in November 2006 were her last public performances (died 2007): “Each morning I wake up and say, “Dear Lord, I don’t want anything better; just send me more of the same.””

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