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.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Ruston WW II POW Camp.

Went to a Chautauqua meeting last night. Wesley Harris gave an informative talk on the Ruston WW II POW Camp. I enjoyed it a lot. 

Did you know that there were 750 POW Camps in the US during WW II? Ruston was one of the largest of the camps. The Ruston camp secretly held the German crew from a captured submarine. Very hush hush and top secret because we did not want to let the Germans know that we had one of their code machines. This gave us the ability to read their messages and helped win the war.

The submarine is on display near Chicago.

With lots of time on their hands the prisoners made elaborate miniature castles and displays.

Books (among many) by Wesley Harris.


Monday, October 24, 2016

The Old PrunePicker is planning a trip East.

I am feeling pretty good since losing 35 pounds. (255 to 220)

A recent newsletter from the The Thomas Munson Foundation announced a family reunion in Louisville next July. Thomas is my 8th great grandfather. Next year will be 380 years since grandpa Munson was in the Pequot Indian War in New England. He was born in Rattlesden, Suffolk, England in 1612. He must have migrated to America sometime prior to the War.

Here is a note from a previous PrunePicker blog. With pictures of two previous reunions.

I plan to attend the reunion in Louisville July 21 to 23. On the day after the reunion I am going to drive to Arlington, Virginia. On the way I am going to research some grandfather graves in Kentucky.

I am going to sit on my gravesite in Arlington (which now contains the ashes of my wife Jackie and my son Chris) for a day. I have done this before. I found it inspirational and heart warming. I saw three or four funerals from a distance.

I will visit a few days with my nephew Daryl and his family who live in the Washington area before returning home to Ruston.

Here is a link to a 10 minute video of the 1987 Reunion.  link

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Louise and Leung Seto. Parents of Kylee Seto, soccer star.

After today's soccer game with UAB I was thrilled to meet Louise and Leung Seto of Vancouver, Canada, I could tell that they are very proud of Kylee. I am too.

I have added a little video of todays soccer game. We won in the second overtime. 2 to 1.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Friday, October 21, 2016

Locker room to pool.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Walk from car to locker room.

Notice that I cut off my Vlog before entering the locker room. I did not want to offend.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Tech Athletic Fields

Monday, October 17, 2016

My vote for Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate for President is not a wasted vote!

Much of my thinking has been influenced by a recent paper by Stephen Weese, "How Not To Waste Your Vote: A Mathematical Analysis" A very good read. I recommend the paper.

A wasted vote can be defined as a vote that has no effect on the final result of the election. The following two types of votes are therefore wasted votes. 1) votes for the winner in excess of the number required to win and 2) votes cast for the losing candidate. You can count on your vote for a major party to be in one of the two types of wasted votes. One mathematical study indicates that 3 million votes for Clinton in California will be wasted this election. (Because she has such a large lead.)

In a sense your vote is really an expression of your opinion. A vote for the major parties implies that you are happy with their performance. A vote for a third party implies just the opposite. I will vote for a third party. This year the Libertarian party.

A vote for a third party is noticed (by the major parties) and is often instrumental in making a change. (the Socialist Party Platform of 1915 has been completely adopted by the Democrats and the Republicans) I believe that we need a third party. If Gary Johnson receives more that 5 per cent of the votes in this election, the Libertarian Party will be eligible for government money for election expense like the two major parties. Many millions of dollars. This would help make a third party viable.

So a vote for Gary is not wasted.

Some people believe that our system leads to a two party system. Almost all of our national elections are decided by a method where we vote for the lessor of two evils. Most votes are negative. Or against someone.

Come vote with me for Gary. Help develop a three party system.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

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