prune picker

This is the blog of a prune picker. (Native born Californian) Retired oilfield. I am an old man. (91) I blog a lot about my body and getting old. As I approach death life gets more interesting. More interesting is not good. I still drive. I attend sports, music, and civic events. I am writing my memoirs. I attend swim class three times a week. Some of my blogs might be interesting. A lot of my blogs are silly and trivial. None are very long.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Katlyn Fajardo entertains at Ruston Farmers Market.

I had heard that there were strawberries grown in Ruston for sale at the Farmers Market.


It was true. And they are delicious. The lady said that they were grown within five miles of the market.

Katelyn Fajardo was singing pretty!



Listen. How pretty.


Friday, April 20, 2018

Louisiana Tech Kinesiology Department Annual Fish Fry.

I am a student in this department. I get 3 credits per quarter for my swim class. I calculate that I will graduate in 17 years.

Sure had a nice time at this (2018) year's fry. It is exciting to see my classmates dry and in street clothes.



Dr. Szymanski gave us a nice welcome.


As did Lacey Deal.



And Rhonda Boyd.


We were entertained by the Dixie Dancers.


A bunch of happy diners.


Thursday, April 19, 2018

History of Public Education in Lincoln Parish.

The lecture at the last Chautauqua meeting was given by Kay Riser Prince. The lecture was very interesting and covered the time since the end of the Civil War. Mrs Prince knows her subject. She had worked in public education for many years.



Mayor Walker was in attendance. He gave an update on the building of the Ruston Sports Complex.


Saturday, April 14, 2018

Music at the Ruston Farmers Market.


Today the music was furnished by the Fiddlin Tim Trio. These young men really can play. I enjoyed their music. Today was the first day of the spring season. The turn out was huge. There were cars parked in all directions.





Duck Calls.


Deer Grunts.



A minute video of Fiddlin Tim Trio.


There is good music every week.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Spring Chautauqua.

I went to the first of the Ruston Spring Chautauqua series of talks the other night. Had some delicious cookies and learned something new. Nolan Eller, the man in charge of the Louisiana Tech Archives gave a talk on what is in the Tech archives. The archives hold items of interest from Northeast Louisiana in addition to Tech items.


Nolan gave a very interesting talk. The archives even have some Gutenberg items and items from the Ruston POW Camp.






Two more meetings. Come learn something new and have a cookie.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

A city named after a steamboat.

200 years ago next year (1819) the first steamboat in history arrived in Monroe. The name of the steamboat was the Monroe. In honor of this momentous event the people of Monroe (then called Fort Miro) renamed their city Monroe.

This event will be recognized all next year as "THE YEAR OF THE RIVER 2019". It will be a ear long celebration of exploring the Ouachita River.

At the last meeting of the Northeast Louisiana Genealogical and Historical Society a talk was given by Jorenda Stone. She knows her subject and gave a good talk. I enjoyed it.

Come to the celebration!







Saturday, April 7, 2018

Supper last night and Vital Signs of March 2018.

Oh Boy! Gourmet food.


Gained four pounds!


Tuesday, April 3, 2018

A visit to Rosa's gravesite.

Rosa and I drove out to the Bethel Cemetery in Holley Ridge, Louisiana to visit her gravesite. Her gravesite is very next to the gravesite of her husband, Marvin and his second wife Dixie. Rosa and I are cemetery junkies. We brake for cemeteries.


Rosa and I know that we are going to be in the gravesites for a long time but it is fun to visit them while we are alive.


The above is a view of the Bethel Cemetery. It is handsome and well cared for. Below is the headstone at Marvin's gravesite. A nice typical headstone for a couple.


Rhonda managed to get the site in the right side of Marvin for Rosa. Her headstone is a bit smaller. About 6 by 12 inches.


So Marvin will be facing heaven with Rosa on his right and his second wife, Dixie, on his left. Here is a picture of Rosa standing between her headstone and Marvin's headstone. Rosa's left foot is by her headstone.



During our visit I had to pee. I asked Rosa if I could go behind a tree on the edge of the cemetery and pee. She said that would be alright but suggested that I pee on Dixie's part of the headstone. I was quite shocked at Rosa's suggestion. But I could see that she was quite pleased by her suggestion. I think that she was proud of herself. Her eyes twinkled. 

Saturday, March 31, 2018

I shook the Governor's hand and wished him Good Luck.

I and several hundred military veterans shook the hand of Louisiana's Governor Edwards last Thursday, 29 March 2018, at the 39th Annual Barksdale Air Force Base Veteran's Luncheon

A part of the patriotic program was marching under an arch of swords. (Air Force Swords). When we came out the arch we were greeted by the Mayor of Bossier City, the Barksdale commanding Officer, the Governor of Louisiana, and many others.

Boy! did we have good cakes.


I really enjoyed the Shreveport Concert Band. They did a great job on music through out the program. I like Band Music.


These two wonderful people (Cheryl and Richard Maxwell) gave me a ride to the program. (About a 60 mile ride.) They are such good company.



Richard had an reunion with friends from the First Calvary Division. Fellow soldiers from the Vietnam War.



Base Commander Ty Neuman.



The Ole PrunePicker got through the swords safely.


Richard Maxwell did too.


Louisiana Governor Edwards.


The removal of the colors and the playing of Taps ended the program. I enjoyed the program. I have attended the luncheon several times. And will again.





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