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Monday, June 19, 2017

WHAT I DID ON FATHER'S DAY

The first father to have a day was St. Joseph, "father" of Jesus Christ.  Catholic's have celebrated March 19 since the Middle Ages, but to conform to biblical reality, Joseph was Nutritor Domini, or Nourisher of the Lord.  The first Father's Day in the USA is said to have been 5 July 1908, at a Methodist Church in West Virginia, mourning for the loss of 250 fathers killed in the Monongah Mining Disaster.

Harry Meek of Lions Club International claimed to have originally come up with the idea in 1915, and he picked the third Saturday in June because that was his birthday.  However, Father's Day was largely ignored for half a century because Americans viewed this to be an attempt by merchants to replicate the commercial success of Mother's Day.  

It was in 1966 that President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, keeping that third Saturday in June.  President Richard Nixon signed Father's Day into law in 1972.  Mother's Day, incidentally, also was first celebrated in 1908.

15 Craigside has a special Father's Day dinner, but that usually involves families, plus, my Sunday Night Table was pre-booked, without me.  So I went to two female-dominated films:

                                       Rotten Tomatoes
                                   Reviewers  Audiences  My Rating  Box Office Mojo

     Rough Night              50%           44%            B                  #7

     Wonder Woman         92%           92%            B-                #2

Rough Night was gross, R-rated and entertaining, although critics did not like it, and audiences, too.  Of the four new films this weekend, this one scored the worst at the box office.  Sort of the female version of The Hangover.  Scarlett Johansson stars, and you're now familiar with Kate McKinnon of Saturday Night Live.  Demi Moore was supposedly in the movie, but I can't remember her at all.  

I might add that Judd Apatow's The Big Sick is opening next Friday, rated 97%/93% by Rotten Tomatoes.  Also to open is In Pursuit of Silence, RT 93%/98%, a documentary of meditative exploration, beginning with an ode to John Cage.

With all the hype and success, I was disappointed with Wonder Woman.  My problem is that I just don't like comic book films, especially if super powers are featured.  I would have been okay if WM was only a fabulous Amazon, but she flies and stuff, although there is a vague reference to an invisible plane in the media.  But being a daughter of Zeus, what else could I have expected.  I vaguely recalled Lynda Carter playing her on TV.  Wonder Woman is 75 years old, and, finally, a featured film starring Israeli Gal Gadot, with a female director, Patty Jenkins.  Chris Pine was the male lead.  

Wonder Woman last year in October became a United Nations honorary ambassador (left, Lynda Carter and Gal Gadot) for the empowerment of women and girls, but was stripped on this title in December for a lack of cultural sensitivity, whatever that means.  WW was such a box office smash, though, that there will be a WW2.

After my so-so afternoon of viewing, I just had to balance that with a fantastic dinner on my lanai.  Things started well with fluffy clouds:


Mochiko chicken with onions, chu-toro sashimi, kinpira (burdock or gobo dish), miso soup and rice with beer, sake and red wine.  Not a particularly wonderful Father's Day if cirrus clouds were the highlight.

The Dow Jones Industrials hit another all-time high, up 145 to 21529.  The S&P 500 also surpassed its historic high, up 20 to 2453.  Why?  Wish I knew, but this escalation surely helps my endowments.

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