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.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Bah! Humbug! Do not send me Christmas presents!

Patches and I are very happy with what we have. We request please, that no presents be sent to us. We have everything that we need. I participate in the season by sending a small present to our great grandchildren under 18.


Oops! I was in the middle of writing this blog when I received a present from Nancy and Bob (daughter and son in law). A lovely box of fresh pears (with nuts and cheese) from Oregon.


They are so delicious. How did Bob and Nancy know that I needed some pears? Thanks, folks.


I want to take this opportunity to wish you all the very best for the Season.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Friends at the game.

I went to the basketball game last night. We played Jackson State and won.

I said to myself "Self, why don't you take pics of all the people you know at the game?" So I did. It involved several pics and a couple dozen people. Even tho I have known these people for years, I do not know all of their names. Shame on me!

This first pic is of John Jeffcoat, fellow sports fan and member of the Jefferson Corner Liars Club. He starts the fire and coffee at the Unionville Store Saturday morning breakfast.


This distinguished gentleman is a fellow member of the Tech swim activities. I will add his name when I get it tomorrow morning. Ricky Kelly. Good basketball player and fan.


This is Greg Grambling, sports fan and track expert. We watch volleyball together. He has had that seat since the stadium was built.


This is the Whites and their progeny. Longtime Tech family.


John Otwell and good friend. Really basketball fans. Every game.


Justin, devoted Tech fan. They should let him build his house in the middle of the Tech Campus!


This is the Skip Russells and a wonderful foursome from the next generation. Real good fans and citizens All six of them.


John and Susan Corley. Lifetime friends of John Adams. Real fans,


This is the left ear of Old Right ear. This is all I could get. Mr Coleman uses a cane now but still gets to the games.


Tommy Ledford II wonders who is that guy pointing a camera at him.


He warns Sue and grandson. Nice people. The grandson brought me a box of popcorn at halftime!


91 to 62. Would have been hundred but they missed 3 or 4 three pointers.


The Tech drummers entertained at halftime. 60 second video.



Saturday, December 9, 2017

Around the pot bellied stove.

Oh how wise we are when we gather around the wood stove at the old Unionville store after Saturday morning breakfast. Full of bacon, sausage, eggs, biscuits, gravy, grits, coffee, jelly, and syrup. We are ready to take on the weighty problems of the World and Parish.





Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Misc Eastvale (San Gabriel Valley, Calif,) photos starring the Shaifais.

Boy did I have a good time at my grand daughter Annie's home. It was so good to see these great grand sons again. It has been a couple or so years. Good company, good food, and great great grand boys!

This is Hunter. 150 pound German Shepard. Sweet big old guy.


This is Koda a young Husky. I really enjoyed the dogs.





Charlie and Max go to school here.



Paymaan Shaifai a nice son in law!



Charlie Shaifai. I love that guy! 11 years old.

Jack Shafai. The only red headed, Choctaw-Iranian that I know. Sweet guy. He is 14.


Beautiful pot roast supper.




Jack's high school. I walked the two plus miles.



Eleanor Roosevelt High School. Could the school board be liberal?


Soccer practice.


San Gabriel Mountains.


Recent good picture of the Shaifai family. Annie and Max on the right. Max is 9.


Thanks Folks for the good time.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Misc Dana Point pics starring the Wrights.

Here is how Dana Point got its name. Richard Dana wrote "Two years before the mast". In the book he describes seeing cow hides sailed from Dana Point down to the ships below. The hides were called California Greenbacks and were worth a dollar. They were needed in New England for shoes.

Cattle were raised for the hide. The sculpture below is on the hill above Dana Point.


One of the houses below is appraised at 40 million. The property tax is 1/2 million per year.


Public walkway above the house.


My daughter Nancy Wright busy in her quilt room.



Colorful neighborhood.







Son in law Bob Wright. He and Nancy sure do not look 71. I can remember him on the Coalinga High School swimming team.



Grand son Mark Wright is a big man and needs nourishment!



The local store displays the fruits and vegetables in a grand manner.



What if you wanted a pear from the bottom row?




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