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.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

My grand daughter's house in Eastvale, Calif has rats!

Who would have thought it? Nice looking five bedroom home in a nice neighborhood.

But there are six big healthy rats in the house. Great grandson Charlie holds one.

Great grandson Max uses a rat for a hat!

Charlie snuggles with one.

Charlie and Max each hold one. I have found out that the rats live here and each of the six has a name!

Red headed Jack joins his brothers at the rat den. From left the Shafai great grandsons are Jack 14, Charlie 10, and Max 9.

Monday, November 20, 2017

John has to carry four guns to go hunting.


Since duck season opened John has to carry four guns when he goes hunting out at the lease.

1 12 gauge shot gun for ducks.
2 270 caliber rifle for deer.
3 22 rifle for squirrels
4 22 pistol for hogs.

Life can get complicated for a hunter in the Piney Woods of North Louisiana.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

I am proud of my clean carpet.

This is the first thorough cleaning of my fifth wheel trailer carpet since my wife Jackie had it installed. It is her carpet and I felt bad that I had let it get so dirty since she passed away 11 years ago.

I had a great carpet cleaning crew. Rhonda Ray, her Mom Rosa Lee Blakley, and Flip-Flop.

In addition to being a great carpet cleaner, Rhonda is very charming.

Rhonda asked me to take off my shoes and feel how clean the carpet was. It felt fluffy and clean.

Rhonda takes time off to love Flip-Flop, her three legged GP.

Rosa was the top CEO on the job.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

William Florian

Florian was lead singer with the New Christy Minstrels. Single handed (wonderful voice and splendid guitar) he led an audience at the the Lincoln Parish Library down a nostalgia trail of wonderful songs. Complete with side notes and history. We all felt like we had spent a fun filled hour and a half. Lots of happy people.

In the final number Florian had members of the audience join him.

This man in front sure does look familiar!

Here is a minute sample of the show.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Two Days, Two towns, Two Veteran Day programs, Two basketball games

I really got into the spirit of Veterans Day this year. Anywhere people were telling Veterans "Thank you for your service" I was there. In fact I celebrated the Federal Holiday on Friday (parade in Ruston) and the conventional day on Saturday (Flag program in Choudrant).

First the swimming class on Friday morning. Another Smiley pic at bottom of this blog post.

Here is the start of the Veterans Day Parade in Ruston. I rode in a float like last year. Lots of pics of the throngs watching the parade. Couple of pics of Railroad Park where a program was held, including a fly over by F-15s.

On my walk back to my car I walked by this sign. David is a swim class buddy.

Girls first basketball game. They won.

Listen to the Coach.

First boys game Friday evening. This guy is at all the games!

Do we have coaches for the boys team?

Here is the left ear if old right ear. (Nolan Coleman)

What a band.

After one game the average score per game for the Bulldogs is 112!

Here are pic of the annual Choudrant Veterans Day program. (eight years and

Mayor Bill Sanderson.

Video of band at the Bulldog game. Note the ten tubas. We do not fool around at Tech!

The prunepicker is silly and water proof.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Prunepicker starts Veterans Day Weekend at the pool.

Photos thanks to Smiley.

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