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, February 22, 2013

Health Aspects of Aging.

Rhonda Boyd teaches a class on the Health Aspects of Aging at Louisiana Tech. Rhonda wanted some older folks to speak on the subject. She invited Miss Smiley (my water class professor). (She throws dumbbells at me), Ben and Rebecca Haley (fellow students in Smiley's class), and the old prune picker (me) to give talks to her class.

Smiley represented the fifty year olds, the Haleys the seventy year olds, and I the ninety year olds. (a stretch as I am only 87)  Above is a picture of Smiley at the podium and the Haleys on deck.

Rebecca and Ben Haley. I received the distinct impression that they are enjoying old age. They mentioned dancing to the Glenn Miller Orchestra next weekend. I recall dancing at the Palladium in Hollywood to Glenn Miller before WW II.

Sure was a good looking class. It was a pleasant experience meeting them. I enjoyed the talks by Smiley and the Haleys.

Professor Rhonda Boyd.

I had my best clothes on and had trimmed my beard. I hope the class got something out of my remarks.  I wanted to say that you can fight the sadness, loneliness, and depression that can come with old age by building new skills and interests. I became a sports fan, a bluegrass fan, an amateur genealogist, and a blogger.

I have to make myself exercise. I was born lazy. Exercise is probably one of the most important things I can do for my health. The water class at Tech is a vital and important part of my life. The $54 per quarter, $216 per year, and $1296 for the last six years is some of the best money that I have spent in my life. THANK YOU, SMILEY/RHONDA/TECH !

The class brought back memories of my days at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California


  1. Your so cool!

  2. Thank you Katie. See you today. Drive careful.

  3. I agree with Katie. You are a great example for us all.

  4. Awesome! Mr. Chuck I just can't tell you how much the students enjoyed you all being there yesterday! They thought you were just the coolest man ever with your techno self! Thanks for giving of your time and yourself and for this awesome blog!


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