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, July 6, 2017


These are the first lyrics in the chorus of that famous song "The Umbrella Man". Here are some more lyrics.

Does the song come back to you now? I am sure that you are humming the tune right now. This song played a big role in my life. When I was a student at  John C Fremont Junior High School in Pomona, California I entered an amateur hour program (put on by the school) and played this song on my ocarina. The ocarina is a flute made out of clay and has a very pleasant sound. (Amazon has them listed for $12.95)

Mine was red. I must have been a good ocarina player because I got third prize!


  1. We need a video of you playing one now.

    1. Might be hard to get. Buy an ocarina, practice, and shoot video.


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