Daily Update: Monday, April 24th, 2017

Yom Hashoah2 and Fidelis of Sigmaringen and 04-24 - Anniversary of Meeting

Last night at sunset began Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Priest and Martyr (died 1622). And today is the 35th anniversary of the Saturday in April 1982 when Richard and I met for the first time.

On Yom HaShoah most Jewish communities hold a solemn ceremony, but there is no institutionalized ritual accepted by all Jews for this day. Lighting memorial candles and reciting the Kaddish (the prayer for the departed) are common. Ceremonies and services are held at schools, military bases and by other public and community organizations. At 10:00 am on Yom HaShoah, sirens are sounded throughout Israel for two minutes. During this time people cease from action and stand at attention; cars stop and drivers emerge from them, even on the highways; and the whole country comes to a standstill as people pay silent tribute to the dead. Today’s Saint was born in 1577 at Sigmaringen, Hohenzollern, Germany as Mark Rey, a lawyer and philosophy teacher. Disgusted by the greed, corruption, and lack of interest in justice by his fellow lawyers, he abandoned the law, became a priest, became a Franciscan friar with his brother George, changed his name to Fidelis, and gave away his worldly wealth to poor people in general and poor seminarians in particular. He served his friary as guardian, and worked in epidemics, especially healing soldiers. He led a group of Capuchins to preach to Calvinists and Zwinglians in Switzerland. The success of this work and the lack of violence suffered by members of this mission were attributed to Fidelis spending his nights in prayer. He was, however, eventually martyred for his preaching in Switzerland. Today is also the anniversary of when Richard and I met each other in April 1982. Richard’s sister Susan (now in Iowa) was holding a get-together at her house in Baton Rouge for friends and relatives in honor of the upcoming May 1982 marriage of Richard’s sister Juanita and her fiancé Bill. I was invited because I had been Nita’s friend in college between 1977 and 1980 (and did typing of her some of her college papers), and Richard was invited because he was Susan and Juanita’s sister. Richard and I talked, and agreed to meet at a concert the next day at the Memorial Oak Grove at the LSU Union for an outdoor concert. Unfortunately, this was long before cell phones, and we did not find each other at the concert. I next saw Richard at Nita and Bill’s wedding the next month, for which he was an usher; at the reception we talked, and talked, and talked, and the rest is history. (We have been married for 33 years, and Nita and Bill for 35 years as of next month.)

Last night before he came to bed Richard gathered up the trash and wheeled the trash bin out to the curb.

When I woke up today to get ready for work, I posted to Facebook that today was the 35th anniversary of Richard and I meeting each other. I did my Book Devotional Reading, and on our way to work I did my Internet Devotional Reading. When we clocked in at the casino, Richard was on Pai Gow, and I was the Relief Dealer for Mini Baccarat, Pai Gow, and the $5.00 Minimum Bet Blackjack table. On my breaks I continued reading Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment by Deepak Chopra via Kindle on my tablet.

After work we went over to the Pharmacy, where I picked up one of my prescriptions (I will pick up the other two tomorrow after work). On our way home I finished reading Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment by Deepak Chopra via Kindle on my tablet, and Richard stopped at the gas station to get gas for the truck. Once home from work I made my lunch salads for Tuesday and Wednesday, and ate a lunch salad while reading the Sunday paper (which came today) and this morning’s paper. We also called Susan (Richard had been talking to her earlier today about Butch) and thanked her for holding the coffee 35 years ago. I then came to the computer and did my Book Review for this weblog and for my Goodreads and Facebook accounts for Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment by Deepak Chopra. Meanwhile, Richard was making phone calls relative to Butch stuff. And now, I am tired, and I plan to finish this Daily Update and to do some reading before going to sleep.

Tomorrow is a Major Rogation Day in the Church, the Feast of Saint Mark, Evangelist (died c. 68), and the Optional Memorial of Pedro de San José Betancur, Founder (died 1667). In the Secular World, tomorrow is World Penguin Day. Tomorrow is our Friday at work, and on my breaks at work I will start reading 13 Things that Don’t Make Sense: The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of Our Time by Michael Brooks via Kindle on my tablet. Our #16 LSU Lady Tigers (34-14, 9-9) will be playing a Home College Softball game with the South Alabama Lady Jaguars, and our #11 LSU Tigers (26-14, 10-8) will be playing an Away College Baseball game with the Tulane Green Wave.

Our Parting Quote on this Monday afternoon comes from Roy Jenson, Canadian-born American actor. Born in 1927 in Calgary, Alberta. as a child he moved to Los Angeles, California with his family. He joined the U.S. Navy at age 17 during World War II and served on a destroyer in the Pacific; after the war, he graduated from UCLA in 1951. then became a professional Canadian football player for the Calgary Stampeders, the Montreal Alouettes and finally the BC Lions from 1951 through 1957. While playing professional football in Canada he was utilized as a stunt double for River of No Return (1954) starring Robert Mitchum, and moved to Hollywood thereafter to do stunt work. He eventually took on a number of bit roles. After about 1957 he concentrated on character parts in television episodes, usually in the role of “Henchman”, “Outlaw”, or “Bruiser”. In the 1968 episode “The Omega Glory” of Star Trek (arguably one of their worst episodes) he played the role of Cloud William. In 1972 he had the honor of being the first man beaten up by Caine in the television series Kung Fu. Jensen appeared in such films as The Missouri Traveler (1958), Warlock (1959), Al Capone (1959), How the West Was Won (1962), Our Man Flint (1966), Harper (1966), Waterhole #3 (1967), Big Jake (1971), The Getaway (1972), Soylent Green (1973), The Way We Were (1973), The Outfit (1973), Dillinger (1973), Chinatown (1974) (he was Roman Polanski’s henchman in the famous knife-to-the-nose scene with Jack Nicholson), Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974), The Wind And The Lion (1975), The Gauntlet (1977), Every Which Way But Loose (1978), Any Which Way You Can (1980), Honkeytonk Man (1982), and Red Dawn (1984). Jensen’s last movie appearance was in The Set Up (1995), and his last television appearance was in the 1999 TV movie Hard Time, Hostage Hotel (died 2007): “I really like playing the nasty heavies. And I’ve always enjoyed working and paying the bills. But as I get older, I wouldn’t mind some roles where I can play a nice Daddy or Grandpa! After all, Hollywood is still a dream world.”

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