Daily Update: Saturday, May 6th, 2017

First Saturday - Immaculate Heart of Mary and Kentucky Derby 2017 and Jazz Fest 2017

Today is the First Saturday of the month, dedicated to devotions to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The Kentucky Derby is today, and today is the Third Day of the Second Weekend of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

The First Saturday of each month is dedicated to devotions to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The Kentucky Derby is a Grade I stakes race for three-year-old Thoroughbred horses, held annually in Louisville, Kentucky on the first Saturday in May, capping the two-week-long Kentucky Derby Festival. The race is one and a quarter mile at Churchill Downs. Colts and geldings carry 126 pounds and fillies 121 pounds. The race is known in the United States as “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” or “The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports” for its approximate duration, and is also called “The Run for the Roses” for the blanket of roses draped over the winner. It is the first leg of the United States Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing and is followed by the Preakness Stakes, then the Belmont Stakes; the horse must win all three to win the Triple Crown. Only twelve horses have won the Triple Crown: Sir Barton (1919), Gallant Fox (1930), Omaha (1935), War Admiral (1937), Whirlaway (1941), Count Fleet (1943), Assault (1946), Citation (1948), Secretariat (1973), Seattle Slew (1977), Affirmed (1978), and American Pharoah (2015), and twenty-three horses have won the Derby and the Preakness, but not the Belmont. (Last year’s winner of the Derby, Nyquist, came in third in the Preakness, and did not race at the Belmont.) The attendance at the Kentucky Derby ranks first in North America and usually surpasses the attendance of all other stakes races including the Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes and the Breeders’ Cup. Today is also the Third Day of the Second Weekend of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. One of the unique aspects of the Festival are the large areas dedicated to cultural and historical practices unique to Louisiana depicting many cultures that exist including Cajun, Los Islenos, and those found in several geographical areas of specific neighborhoods of New Orleans or other parts of Louisiana. Many of the folk demonstrators have been recognized by the National Endowment of the Arts for their work. Today’s headliners include Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Irma Thomas,.Snoop Dogg, Meghan Trainor, and Stevie Wonder.

Before going to sleep yesterday I continued reading 50 Ideas You Really Need to Know: Religion by Peter Stanford. Our #18 LSU Lady Tigers lost their first Away College Softball game with the South Carolina Lady Gamecocks by the score of 4 to 5, and our #11 LSU Tigers lost their first Home College Baseball game with the #21 South Carolina Gamecocks by the score of 2 to 3.

When I woke up to get ready for work I posted to Facebook that today was the Running of the Kentucky Derby. I did my Book Devotional Reading, and on our way to work I did my Internet Devotional Reading. After the Pre-Shift Meeting, Richard was on Pai Gow all day; I was on the second Mississippi Stud table for half the shift, then was moved to Mini Baccarat. On my breaks I continued reading The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.

I continued reading The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah on our way home. Once we got home, I set up my medications for next week (I have two prescriptions to renew at the Pharmacy on Monday) and read the morning paper while Richard paid the bills. I then made out my storelist for Richard, but he told me that we would stop at the store on our way home from work tomorrow. I went to the Adoration Chapel, and had to park out on the street due to all of the Adoration Chapel reserved parking being occupied by people going to the Church Fair. At the Adoration Chapel I did my Weekly Hour of Eucharistic Adoration; during my Hour I read the Spring Literary Review 2017 issue of my America magazine. After my Hour I then played bingo ($20.00 worth, four cards at a time for 25¢ a card) from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm (I did not win anything). I got home a little after 4:00 pm, and found that Richard had gone to bed already. I plugged the bills Richard had paid into my Checkbook Pro app, and got busy with today’s Daily Update; when I finish, I will do some reading in The Hobbit Party: The Vision of Freedom That Tolkien Got, and the West Forgot by Jonathan Witt and Jay W. Richards. The Kentucky Derby will be run, and our #18 LSU Lady Tigers (37-16, 11-11) will play their second Away College Softball game with the South Carolina Lady Gamecocks (30-21, 6-14), and our #11 LSU Tigers (30-16, 13-9) will play their second Home College Baseball game with the #21 South Carolina Gamecocks (26-16, 11-10).

Tomorrow is the Fourth Sunday of Easter (Good Shepherd Sunday) (Alleluia!) and the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. We will also note that my mother died in 1985 on tomorrow’s date, and it will be the Fourth and Final Day of the Second Weekend of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Before work I will take the polish off of my toenails. Richard and I will work our eight hours at the casino, and on my breaks I will continue reading The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. On our way home we will do the grocery shopping at Wal-Mart. When I get home I will make my lunch salads for Monday and Tuesday, and eat a salad while reading the Sunday papers; I will also put fresh polish on my toenails. Our #18 LSU Lady Tigers will play the third Away College Softball game with the South Carolina Lady Gamecocks to end their regular season play, and our #11 LSU Tigers will play the third Home College Softball game with the #21 South Carolina Gamecocks (26-16, 11-10). At some point I will return to the Church Hall to play bingo, and when I return home shortly after 5:00 pm I will do my Daily Update.

Our Parting Quote on this Saturday afternoon comes to us from Curtis Harrington, American film director. Born in 1926 in Los Angeles, California, he grew up in Beaumont, California. A lifelong hardcore film buff from a very young age, Harrington worked as a movie theater usher, a messenger at Paramount, and a stagehand during his younger days. He made his first 8mm effort at age fourteen and attended and attended Occidental College and the University of Southern California; he graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a film studies degree. He began his career as a film critic, writing a book on Josef von Sternberg in 1948. He then got into filmmaking, directing several experimental avant garde underground shorts which include Fragment of Seeking (1946) and Picnic (1948). He was the cinematographer on Kenneth Anger’s Puce Moment (1949) and acted in Anger’s Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome (1954). Harrington also was involved with fellow avant-garde filmmaker Maya Deren. He began working for Jerry Wald Productions at 20th Century Fox in 1957 and served as a producer’s assistant on several big budget pictures that included Peyton Place (1957) and The Long Hot Summer (1958). In 1961 Harrington made his strong and impressive feature length fright film debut with the nicely moody and quirky Night Tide. His follow-up features were a pleasingly diverse, idiosyncratic and often entertaining bunch. His pictures included the nifty sci-fi / horror Alien precursor Queen of Blood (1966), the delightfully campy Shelley Winters vehicles What’s the Matter With Helen? (1971; (Harrington’s personal favorite amongst all the movies he made) and Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? (1972), the perverse The Killing Kind (1973), and the immensely fun Ruby (1977). Moreover, Harrington directed a handful of solid and satisfying made-for-TV offerings: How Awful About Allan (1970), The Cat Creature (1973), Killer Bees (1974), The Dead Don’t Die (1975), and the hilariously horrible Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell (1978). In addition, Harrington directed episodes of such popular TV shows as Dynasty, The Twilight Zone, The Colbys, HotelWonder Woman, and Charlie’s Angels. Harrington’s final film was the typically oddball short Usher (2002) (died 2007): “When it comes to fear, I usually go by instinct. I know what will affect me, but I don’t have a formula. I avoid the cheap effect — adding a loud noise to the soundtrack that startles the audience, for example. I still think the Val Lewton approach is the best one, and that is the power of suggestion. What you don’t see is more unsettling than what you do see.”

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