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.

Monday, September 18, 2017

No swimming for awhile!

My lower left arm is swathed in a wound bandage.

A sweet dog (Rusty, alias Waffles) was so happy to see me that he jumped up and his sharp paws tore up my arm. I am still very fond of him!

My poor arm. Must be kept dry and clean until healed.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

I attended a lecture on Lee's Louisiana Tigers.

The lecture was delivered by Terry L. Jones, Ph,D., Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. He has authored a couple dozen books on the Civil War. His latest book is on Lee's Tigers. Terry has been a member of a Sunday School class, in West Monroe,  taught by my son in law, John Morgan Adams, for many years. Therefore, you must know that Terry is an expert on the Civil War and very knowledgeable on Christianity.

Infantry troops from Louisiana served in Lee's Virginia army. They were 12000 strong at the beginning of the war. at the surrender there were less than 400 left on duty. Due to their fierce conduct in battle and somewhat wild behavior off duty they were nicknamed the Louisiana Tigers. The LSU Team Mascot is a tiger, named after the Civil War troops.

Early Commanders of the Tigers were of French Military background. They adopted the uniform of the French North African Berber Zouaves soldiers. One commentator said the uniform was the most distinguished of all the Civil War uniforms. That is the most understated comment I have read lately.

I and the large crowd enjoyed the lecture by Doctor Jones very much.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Friday night soccer game.

Pleasant evening last night. I watched the Lady Techsters win a soccer game with LSU-ALEX. I am looking forward to the Techster's first league game Sunday afternoon. Here are some pics of last nights game.

Fine looking group of soccer players!

Here is a 12 second time-lapse video. Sorry most of the action is at the other end of the field.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Ethan runs a two mile cross county.

Ethan Newberry is my oldest great grandchild. It was exciting to ride out into the country and see him run. I am so proud of him. He runs so smooth!

Ethan had lots of running room when he finished the race. He was number 5 out of that bunch of runners.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Ruston VFW to make bid on a building.

I attended the VFW Meeting today. (Had a great lunch).

During the business meeting Post Officers Tommie Speights and JD Harper reported on a possible building to serve as a new Post Building. Our present building is about to fall over!

The building is owned by a local company who just moved into a new office building. The business would like to get rid of the building. The building would easily handle our needs. It was moved to make a bid on the building. After our meeting several members drove out to look at the building. It is located near the National Guard facility.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Senior Circle 10th Anniversary Party

Lots of fun, lots of laughter, door prices, lots of music, and a free lunch!. That is my kind of place. I am a member of the Northern Louisiana Medical Center and was happy to be at the party. Tami Davis is the Senior Circle Advisor. She is a nice live wire and knows how to throw a party!

My table of friends at the party.

Here are some photos of the festivities. Starring Tami.

Tami also dances!

Monday, September 11, 2017

I attended a program on "The Orphan Trains"

The program was given at yesterdays meeting of the Northeast Louisiana Genealogical and Historical Society. I was familiar with the story of the Orphan Trains but appreciated the program.

The Orphan Train story is the story of a very large American experiment. Due to unsettled times and massive numbers of immigrants there were large numbers of orphans in the United States. It is estimated that there were 30,000 homeless children on the streets of New York in the 1850s. Between 1853 and 1930 some 250,000 homeless children were put on trains and sent from New York and the East to the mid West to be placed in homes needing labor. Many were adopted. I am somewhat familiar with what the children went through. I was placed in institutional boys homes twice as a young boy. I ran away from one in the middle of the night.

I only cried two or three times during the program.


Sunday, September 10, 2017

I attended a lecture on Civil War Medicine.

It was a very good interesting lecture. I really enjoyed it. I wanted to show them my bullet wounds from WW II but did not see an opportunity.

Dr Tom Pressly gave the lecture. He is a rheumatologist in Shreveport. He is an expert on Civil War medical practices. He has an extensive collection of historic medical tools.

Doctor Tom said 800,000 died during the Civil War. Different authorities have different estimates.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Volleyball. Memphis vs Tech

Tech lost the first game and then proceeded to win three games in a row to win the match. Yeah! Here are some photos from the evening and a time-lapse video of the first game.

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