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, December 31, 2015

7 years old, Darth Vader, Presents, Balloons, Light Sabers, and a Fart Blaster.

Here is my great grandson Christian Steven Newberry at his seventh birthday party yesterday. The picture was taken by his grand father John Morgan Adams.


There was a grand time opening presents.




Balloons were released.




There was a huge Light Saber fight in the front room.



I do not if a Fart Blaster is standard equipment for a Star Wars trooper but it was a very popular and busy item at Christian's party. Pull the trigger and get disgusting sounds.






Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Funeral for an American Hero. Robert Rinehart.

I went to the funeral for Robert Rinehart today. It was well attended by family and friends. You could tell that Robert was much loved, appreciated, and respected.


Bugler.


Funeral at Vernon Baptist Church Cemetery.





The coffin is carried from the hearse to the grave.



 

Taps was played and the flag was ceremoniously folded. The US Marines did their usual great job.


The Pastor spoke.


A grandson spoke.





Jessica Barr Rinehart. A nice grand daughter and person.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Robert Rinehart, American Hero and Good Friend just passed away.

This is a candid shot of Robert that I took at a World War II Veteran Reunion at Barksdale Air Base last February.


This is a recent picture of Robert taken at a Senior Center Luncheon in Ruston. Robert and I sat at the same table for many years.


Robert was a Marine in the Pacific. He fought in several battles and was wounded more than once. I was in the Army. Robert and I were in the Palau Island Battle and the Battle for Okinawa at the same time. There is a hill on Peleliu Island in the Palaus that was named Bloody Nose Ridge. The Battle for the Ridge was hotly contested. Robert and I were both wounded on Bloody Nose Ridge. I found it interesting that we were wounded on the same Pacific island hill and 70 years later ate lunch together on a regular basis at the same table in Louisiana.

I know what Robert went through as a Marine in the Pacific War. He also fought on Guadalcanal. He told me that while on duty he once made eye contact with Admiral Nimitz. I was impressed.

Robert Rinehart was truly an American Hero.


Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christmas Eve morning at Jefferson Corner.

What a large jolly group, They were welcomed by an elf.










Sunday, December 20, 2015

John is back in the baby business.

One of John's rabbits gave birth to a bunch of young ones the other night. Freezing weather but John has installed a heat lamp. They are doing fine. Expect some bunny pictures!






Saturday, December 19, 2015

Dogs played Southern University. 12.18.2015.

Great game. We won 83 t0 76. That makes 37 straight victories at home! No tubas. No band. No cheerleaders. No pom pom ladies. No mascot. They are all in New Orleans for the bowl game that Tech plays in tonight. Watch the football game on the TV.


We won the toss.




Mr and Mrs Corley. Real fans.


Patti and Larry Hendricks. Good fans.


Mr and Mrs Right Ear. Great fans.



Our old coach.


Thursday, December 17, 2015

Vital Signs.

My blood pressure is staying fairly high. Probably would go down if I let weight and walked more. I should try harder.

Date
BP before rest
BP
after
rest
Temp
Weight
Steps
10/6/2015
155/73
134/64-70
97.8
246.5
2600
10/7/2015
147/99
145/67-71
97.8
245.5
4100
10/8/2015
161/77
133/60-71
97.9
245.5
6000
10/9/2015
156/64
142/67-77
98.3
245.3
4400
10/10/2015
167/69
134/68-71
98.1
244.3
3200
10/11/2015
167/84
142/75-67
97.7
244.3
2000
10/12/2015
150/77
124/69-76
98.2
246.1
1500
10/13/2015
162/76
139/72-69
97.8
246.1
2700
10/14/2015
169/82
140/73-72
97.8
247.5
2000
10/15/2015
170/74
155/76-77
98.0
248.3
2100
10/16/2015
176/74
135/76-77
98.0
248.3
2300
10/17/2015
190/83
138/73-71
98.1
247.3
2900
10/18/2015
146/89
141/70-70
97.7
245.9
3100
10/19/2015
179/99
159/74-69
97.6
247.3
1900
10/20/2015
154/75
142/62-70
97.6
246.6
3400
10/21/2015
146/69
130/68-75
97.8
248.1
1300
10/22/2015
138/66
125/57-71
98.1
248.7
2400
10/23/2015
160/74
128/67-71
98.0
248.0
2300
10/24/2015
143/62
122/60-73
98.5
248.0
3100
10/25/2015
147/75
122/63-69
98.3
249.2
1100
10/26/2015
161/77
138/68-67
97.8
250.6
1200
10/27/2015
154/74
133/72-65
97.9
250.5
2600
10/28/2015
158/74
142/73-64
97.72
250.0
2000
10/29/2015
168/81
145/72-67
97.7
249.5
3600
10/30/2015
165/83
127/65-65
98.0
250.3
900
10/31/2015
156/72
121/62-64
97.8
250.1
3100
11/1/2015
174/79
154/72-67
97.8
249.6
2200
11/2/2015
171/76
129/70-64
98.1
247.9
1900
11/3/2015
155/69
113/59-64
98.0
248.9
2800
11/4/2015
145/71
140/65-65
98.0
249.5
2100
11/5/2015
144/79
145/69-65
98.1
250.3
4500
11/6/2015
142/73
133/65-61
97.9
250.3
2900
11/7/2015
158/79
126/66-63
97.9
247.9
4900
11/8/2015
168/96
133/67-63
97.8
248.3
2000
11/9/2015
161/82
148/78-68
97.7
250.2
2800
11/10/2015
145/70
140/63-61
97.8
250.9
2300
11/11/2015
155/75
147/75-67
97.8
251.8
2100
11/12/2015
161/75
144/77-69
97.7
250.7
2900
11/13/2015
170/85
140/69-62
97.7
251.1
3100
11/14/2015
189/81
135/84-65
97.6
250.2
3300
11/15/2015
168/75
139/89-68
97.9
250.4
3200
11/16/2015
148/79
124/65-67
97,8
251.2
2800
11/17/2015
152/74
140/68-68
98,4
251.2
2900
11/18/2015
145/76
125/58-65
97.7
252.4
1400
11/19/2015
165/77
142/74-63
97.7
253.4
3000
11/20/2015
1679/71
137/67-67
97.9
250.9
1000
11/21/2015
163/77
135/73-66
97.9
249.9
1900
11/22/2015
156/71
132/72-64
97.7
248.9
1800
11/23/2015
167/77
128/68-69
97.7
249.2
1400
11/24/2015
160/81
147/76-72
97.8
269.8
1300
11/25/2015
163/75
137/67-67
97.9
249.8
1700
11/26/2015
145/66
131/61-71
98.1
246.8
1500
11/27/2015
136/64
121/55-70
98.4
251.0
1600
11/28/2015
157/52
135/70-66
98.0
251.0
3200
11/29/2015
138/63
126/63-72
98.5
251.5
1500
11/30/2015
154/78
140/75-68
97.9
250.7
1100
12/1/2015
155/69
140/70-68
98.0
250.7
1700
12/2/2015
162/69
126/66-64
97.9
252.3
2100
12/3/2015
165/75
140/66-67
98.0
251.3
3200
12/4/2015
161/70
132/68-64
98.0
251.3
2200
12/5/2015
152/67
134/59-68
97.7
250.5
2600
12/6/2015
173/79
137/76-67
97.7
251.1
1400
12/7/2015
162/74
133/66-69
98.1
252.1
700
12/8/2015
148/73
128/62-67
98.4
253.4
2600
12/9/2015
161/75
134/61-67
98.2
253.4
2700
12/10/2015
172/75
142/78-66
97.7
254.2
2200
12/11/2015
157/73
150/68-66
98.3
253.9
1400
12/12/2015
157/70
136/62-65
98.4
253.9
2200
12/13/2015
157/74
133/70-66
98.3
252.7
3100
12/14/2015
167/68
130/68-61
97.7
252.2
3100
12/15/2015
169/74
147/70-64
97.7
252.6
1600
12/16/2015
144/74
139/73-69
97.9
252.9
2700
12/17/2015
150/70
152/69-67
98.1
252.7
2600


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