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.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

(Waterflood 11) Back to LBOD. dejua vue?

I just worked a few months for Champlin Oil. I will always have a guilty conscience about that. Champlin paid a good price to the head hunter, paid for my move from Jena, Louisiana to Huntington Beach, California, and a bonus. I got my job back with LBOD and resigned from Champlin. I have had remorse about that. I did not stay long with LBOD the second time either, but took a job with Superior Oil in The Woodlands, Texas.

After the John Adams family started sharing our home, Jackie and I rented a large house in Irvine. It was sure nice. The tract had a park and swimming pool a couple of blocks away. We all enjoyed that, especially Steven and Joy. Our youngest son, Mike, lived with us some at this time. What a busy happy house!

Kerry had knee problems. She wanted them fixed fast so she had them both done at the same time. I can remember her on a bed in the front room with a cast on each knee. She was immobile for awhile.

For a while John and Mike worked delivering Sears appliances. They even worked on the same truck. They were real brothers in law.

When John moved his family to Lake Charles, Louisiana. We moved into an apartment a few blocks away from our first house in Irvine. It had a lovely view of a golf green. Once a ball hit our window and blew glass spinsters all over our living room. So much for a lovely view of a golf green!

The DOE was sponsoring a seminar on EOR in Tulsa. I talked Jackie into going with me. She really hated to fly. We had a nice few days. There is a fine museum full of original Remington and Russell art work. There was a skate rink nearby. The country is beautiful. We even toured the campus of ORU.


  1. Interesting that I had an association with Champlin early in my career, back in the mid 1980s: the company I worked for ended up being owned by the Union Pacific Railroad, and they were trying to get the comrpessor stations to use Champlin engine oil. It wasn't long, though, before "we" were sold to another company.
    I really enjoy your posts. What nice gentleman you are!

    1. Thank you so much. You are very kind. I believe that Champlin still produces oil in Wilmington.


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