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, May 20, 2018

A short barreled 12 gauge shotgun rode up front with me.

For all of the twenty plus years that I put in driving Jackie and our fifth wheel trailer around North America I carried a shotgun by my drivers seat. The gun made an impressive sound when you pumped a cartridge into the chamber. I was hoping that this sound would scare any bad guys away. In all of my rving travels I never felt that the gun was needed. It did make me feel secure.



After I sold my truck and somewhat permanently parked the trailer I carried a pistol in my pocket. I traveled alone in my car. Jackie passed away 11 years ago. I have gone through the expensive and involved procedure to obtain a Louisiana "Concealed Handgun Permit". I did it a second time when my first permit expired. My current permit is good for several more years.

I would go target practice every month or two. This was to keep me comfortable with the use of my pistol. One time I was gone from home for several months. I paid to use the shooting range in Port Townsend.

I am a great admirer of John Wayne. (Fill your hand you son of a bitch!) This is my favorite movie line. I have always liked and been interested in guns. Except for my time in the Army I never did use them much, however.

I have a conflicting admiration. I have aways admired pacifists that held strong to their belief. During WW II I admired the actor Lew Ayres. He was the star in "All Quiet on the Western Front" His stand, as a conscientious objector caused much discussion early in WW II. He later served as a combat medic on Leyte. I was on Leyte for a short time at the same time Lew was.

About three years ago I began having second thoughts about carrying a gun. I was a strange case. I had strong pacifist feelings but carried a gun so I could wound or kill. Also I was over 90 years old. I felt very uncomfortable at the thought of killing some one for an old man with one foot in the grave.

So I sold my guns and hung up my license to carry. I can tell you that I feel better (less stress) without a gun in my pocket. From now on I will defend myself by talking or running. I am not a very good runner but I have been told that I talk a lot.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

I used to swim at Long Beach, California.

It was about 40 miles from Pomona (my home town) to the beach at Long Beach. Getting over those forty miles offered many routes. This map indicates the main route, but I remember many trips through Brea Canyon and Brea. I went there from the early thirties to when I went into the Army in 1943. I will always remember one trip home from Long Beach. A friend and I were driving through Compton when we noticed newsboys selling papers on the corners. FLASH! THE JAPS HAVE BOMBED PEARL HARBOR.


The huge Roller Coaster was an impressive sight. I do not remember riding it but I can remember walking under it on the sand. The Coaster was made of wood and would really creak and groan when the cars went by. I remember sailors walking with pretty girls under the Roller Coaster.


Below is a view of the Pike. This is where you threw balls at stacks of milk bottles. This was the Disneyland of my youth.




It is all gone now and has been replaced by fancy hotels and municipal buildings. I have heard rumors of plans to rebuild the Roller Coaster.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Music at Railroad Park

A talented band "The Judge and the Jury" played  played last night at Railroad Park. The park is in downtown Ruston, almost on the RR tracks. The City sponsors a fun time (Rock the Railroad) on Friday evenings.




Dancing is permitted on the lawn.


Here comes the Judge and Jury!


Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Randy Roberson crossword puzzle expert and President of the Parish Police Jury.

Several mornings a week I watch Randy do the daily crossword puzzle. After he is finished he gives it to me and I ask him the meanings of some words and, in general, admire his crossword skill. In his spare time he serves on the Lincoln Parish Police Jury and is currently the President of the Jury.

I attended a recent meeting of the Jury to watch Randy hard at work on another skill. He did a good job. Herding 15 people through a formal meeting is a difficult and challenging task.. The Jury discussed courthouse security and elevator repair and other items. For good professional coverage of the meeting see the blog by Walter Abbott. Walter's blog. Walter really does a great job and I thank him for his worthwhile work.

Good looking courthouse.


I was there early. Mine is the only car out front when I went in. When I came out three hours later the spaces were all full.


I was all alone in the meeting room for awhile.




Randy hard at work.


He was joined bu the rest of the Jury. Here are a few photos.



The Press corner.






This is the only time in the history of the Earth that I have seen Bobbie without a hat.






Sunday, May 6, 2018

Singing and dancing at the Farmers Market.

 Quincie McConathy, Dasia Canales, and Katelyn Fasardo sang so good at the Ruston Farmers Market yesterday.


Just listen a minute.


They are wonderful. Here are a couple pics of the market.




And then there were these dancers. They were also wonderful. Watch.


On the way home from the Farmers Market I went to a baseball game. Here is a pic.



Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Caesar. Great singer like Nat King Cole.

Went to a program at the Lincoln Parish Library Events Center. Caesar sang us great music. Pretty!




I enjoyed the evening. Thank you Lincoln Parish Library!

Monday, April 30, 2018

Recently established Sumatra Church named in honor of my cousin Samual Munson and his fellow missionary martyr Henry Lyman..

Almost 200 years ago Samual Munson and Henry Lyman were killed by natives on the island of Sumatra. There was pretty good verification that they were eaten. The son of Samual is believed to be the first American born on Sumatra. This son, named Samual of course, later served in the US Army in the Indian Wars.

See Munson and Lyman






This mural is on a previously built memorial to the two young Christians. It shows some of their work plus their murder in the center of the mural. It can be very hard to be a Christian.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Claibourne Electric 2018 Annual Meeting.

Swell Annual Meeting of our electric co-op. As usual it was held in the Louisiana Tech Basketball Stadium. We were given hats and a delicious hot dog. And tickets for a four wheeler and a bunch of door prices. John and I were not lucky.


However we were very lucky to get a bluegrass concert by a W0rld Class Group. "Flatt Lonesome"




A view of the stage and the crowd.


A minute of Flatt Lonesome,






Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Chautauqua. Two home runs! Taryn Sternitzsky and Wesley Harris.

Home Run # 1. Taryn is a Ruston High School student who has worked up a wonderful display on the history of the Ruston Chautauqua. She lives and has been raised on the grounds of the original Chautauqua. The Chautauqua was started near the end of the 19th century and was dedicated to education, religion, and recreation. It was a big success. A three time candidate for President, William Jennings Bryan spoke at the Ruston Chautauqua. People came by train from as far away as New Orleans.




Home Run # 2. Wesley Harris is a local Historian. The title of his talk was "The Battle after the War". He discussed how wild and lawless this area was after the war. At that time Vienna was the largest settlement in the area. He discussed the possible reasons that Lincoln Paris was established in 1884.





I am looking forward to the return of the Chautauqua in the Fall.
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