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.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

My first car and my last car.

My first car and my last car have one thing in common. Both are Fords.

My first car was a Model A Four Door Sedan. It cost me $35. I was supporting myself at the time with a dish washing job. I am impressed that I had $35. Of course my room rent at the time was only $4.50 per month. (pre 1940)

Jim Taylor Ford in Ruston has a Model A like my first car on display in the show room. My Model A was a solid black color. Otherwise it was just like the car in the picture.

My last car is a Ford Fusion. (Bought at Jim Taylor Ford in Ruston.) It cost a lot  more than $35. It does have more leg room, however.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Watch the fish swim! 12 second time lapse video.

Here they are at rest.

Here they are swimming!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Lester Davis, Marine.

I just had a big genealogy weekend. Saturday I drove over to Shreveport and attended an all day genealogy seminar. Sunday, yesterday, I attended the monthly meeting of the Northeast Louisiana Genealogical and Historical Society in Monroe. A seventy mile ride west and a fifty mile ride east from where I live in Ruston.

Lester Davis, Marine (once a Marine, always a Marine!), gave a stirring talk on his time in the Marines at the Monroe meeting. I have attended meetings with Lester for ten years. It was exciting and a pleasure to hear him speak of his time in the Marines.

Lester brought a group of family members. The young lady on the far left is Lester's wife. I sat next to her all day at the seminar Saturday in Shreveport.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Cari A. Taplin, CG.

I attended a seminar today in Shreveport, Louisiana conducted by the Ark-La-Tex Genealogical Association. Cari was the guest speaker. What a grand affair! These folks know how to conduct a seminar. I had such a good time and enjoyed the seminar all day long. Cari is such  good speaker and knows her subject well. (She is a Certified Genealogist. It is not easy to be certified.)

Cari gave four lectures. They are listed in the program below.

I especially enjoyed the talks on Canada and Mapping. However, I enjoyed all four lectures.

Program Chairman Jim Johnson warms up the crowd.

 These two pics show how intense Cari can be!She enjoys her subject.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Richard Maxwell joins me at Starbucks.

In this time lapse video you can see Richard doctor his coffee and then join me at my table to eat a piece of Banana Nut Bread.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Rear-ended on the way to lunch!

Here is Jewette Farley and his Classic 2004 Thunderbird. What a beauty!

But look at the rear end. On the way to lunch with Rhonda Ray and Chuck Monson, Jewette's car was rear-ended.

So sad. It is going to be hard to find parts for the repair job. But life goes on. Here is Jewette with Rhonda and Chuck.

Lunch went on.

When the going gets tough the tough get going!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Vital Signs for July 2017.

I am playing a game. The game is "Stay alive as long as you can!" Every day that I get up and go is a victory. I really feel like a winner everyday. Taking these readings is a help to my game.

My blood pressure is running a little high. Have to keep an eye on it. Sure do not want it to go any higher. 

Having trouble with my weight scales. Gained weight (4 pounds) on my trip to the family reunion. Had erratic readings lately. Need to get some good scales. I believe that my weight is a very important factor in my health. I have trouble with it. 

Monday, July 31, 2017


John and I were so excited! There was a beehive in the yard. In good view from the deck and gazebo. We were set to watch the wonders of nature and maybe get some fresh honey. The bee had moved into a squirrel house that John had installed. Look at them swarm.

Then we were so blue. The bees all left. I guess the Queen wanted more privacy. Anyway they are all gone. They did not leave any honey.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

VFW Commander JD Harper brings music to the Dixie.

I spent several delightful hours in Ruston's theatre district last night. VFW Post Commander JD Harper hosted a great musical group, the Southern Classics, at the Dixie last night. The event was a fund raiser for a new building for the local VFW Post. Here are some pictures of the affair. Sorry, no names. The musicians and singers were all very good. I enjoyed the evening. I think that we raised a lot of money too.

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