For being such a 100% gorgeous day, Saturday, November 29th turned oddball early on.  First of all I called my friend’s dad, Clarence.  I know his name is Leonard. I only said it wrong twice. Leonard Hansen was Woodlake’s famous World War II POW.

hansen with flag

He was on the Tulare County Office of Education Board of Education.  I worked there.  I’m Tulare County’s History Gal.  We filmed a video about his experiences.  I called him Clarence.  It promised to be an odd day.

Woodlake Farm

Then I picked up Robert Edmiston.  He had promised to show me landmarks in Elderwood that I didn’t know.  So we went to the Woodlake High School Farm.  I couldn’t see a single crop.  How odd was that?


The 100 year old palms listed oddly

Bill Ferry

California is  in the middle of a drought.  Hardly a drop of water sits idle.  Sally, Linda and I easily amble around the circumference of Bravo Lake in an hour.  Farmers pumped Tulare Lake dry over 150 years ago. The only ferry in Central California is Bill Ferry.

Easter Island of Elderwood

Someone in Elderwood replicated Easter Island. This individual wanted to redevelop the Mini-Ha-Ha Ranch and destroyed the 100-year-old stately palm trees that lines the access road by setting them on fire.

Easter Island2

Palm tree trunks don’t burn well.  This violent act clearly disturb the Plane Gods.

Elda School 2014

Someone left the door open at Elda School.

Blue Oak's last stand

The only native stand of blue oaks left is not in a nature preserve, but sits in a hog wallow field across from an orange grove in Elderwood.

Converging signs

The signs are all there, but where’s the road?  Robert pointed out Lone Oak Mountain in the background.  The lone oak died.

TC history gal bites the dust

I don’t think I forgot to put the car in park.  Sometimes my Prius doesn’t turn off when I press the off button.  Sometimes it doesn’t go into park.  Even so, it shouldn’t have gone backwards.  Usually, when it doesn’t turn off, it goes forwards while I’m still in the car, and I press it again.  This time it sat still as though it was really in park, so I got out and took a picture.  Then I looked around to see the car starting to take off!  I ran towards the car as it moved gently backwards and tried to stop it, but I fell out of the car as I tried to get in.  I don’t know how Robert got in the driver’s seat.  The car didn’t crash.  I bit the dust, but the car didn’t run over me, nor did the open car door jab me in the face.  My camera, which I threw on the ground as I fell,  could still shoot pictures.

Blurred vision

The autofocus doesn’t work any more.  Thanksgiving paid it forward for me.  Another one of my X# lives with only one little scratch on my elbow!

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16 responses to “Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge”

  1. Mama Cormier Avatar

    Hi Marsha, I’ve just started following you. I love your take on the Odd Ball Challenge. Thank goodness that Robert was able to get into the car to stop it and that you weren’t hurt. Looking forward to reading about more of your adventures. Carol


    1. tchistorygal Avatar

      Thanks, Carol! It was amazing. He was fastened into his seatbelt, and there is a fairly cramped space with a large console between the bucket seats. He’s 75 and he moved like a 15-year-old! Not a scratch. The next time I saw him was at his house, and I spilled a glass of water all over the table an onto the floor. YIKES! I’m feeling kind of klutzy here! 🙂 Thanks again for the follow. I’m following you too.


  2. smilingtoad Avatar

    I cannot stop thinking of Leonard as Clarence now! I love both names. That, I fear, is exactly the type of blunder I would make in an interview…;)

    The incident of the roll-away-Prius was terrifying to read…a true horror story. I am VERY grateful you were fairly unscathed. Very dangerous stunt. Glad the car was able to be stopped and all were safe in the end. Rats about your camera having to suffer!

    Did you know that Sir and I seem to have found ourselves rolling around in a Prius now? I don’t know how it happened…so far it goes into “Park” fairly reliably…oh dear…

    Your story brought yet another oddball film to mind…I didn’t realize I’d seen so many but your posts keep reminding me of them. It is a Czech film called, “Case For a Rookie Hangman” and astoundingly, on YouTube, I have found a clip of the opening where the car incident occurs- first 2 minutes or so. It ends in a ticking rabbit…anyhow, here is the precious link for you:

    Very, very delighted you are safe, dear friend. Cheers and bug hugs,

    AJ Smiling Toad

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    1. tchistorygal Avatar

      Don’t you love it when actors go through experiences like that without getting a scratch, or their hair messed up, or even out of breath going down all those hills! Funny. I have to tell you that the next time I saw Robert, we were at his table, and he brought me a glass of water, which I spilled all over the manuscript he was proof-reading for me! Crazy! And this is the person who has been the most help to me with my book! 🙂

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      1. smilingtoad Avatar

        You must have been oh-dearing all over the place! My GOODNESS that is EXACTLY the sort of thing that I would do!!! Only it the water would naturally have a bit of lime in it, of course 😉 Poor lass, and poor

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        1. tchistorygal Avatar

          I think I could use some LW just now. I just got all the images sent off to the publisher. I’ll give the manuscript another overview or two tomorrow, and off it goes! 🙂 Scary because now what I’ve written is history! I discovered quite a few conflicts in the few records I found, so now mine can contribute to the dispute! 🙂


  3. Ralph Avatar

    Uh oh ! Throw out an anchor next time you stop Marsha 😉 xox ❤


    1. tchistorygal Avatar

      Eye eye Cap’n!

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  4. RoSy Avatar

    Clarence is the name of the angel from It’s a Wonderful Life.
    So- being called an angel’s name ain’t bad. 😉
    Love the pic of Leonard!

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    1. tchistorygal Avatar

      He was a great guy. Amazing leadership, calm, nice, intelligent. He lived into his 90s I think, and it was still a huge loss when he died.

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  5. the eternal traveller Avatar

    Far out!!! That day went from bad to worse. Thank goodness you didn’t have an accident with the car.

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    1. tchistorygal Avatar

      No kidding. That would crush our trip to Hawaii! 🙂

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  6. anotherday2paradise Avatar

    I’m trying hard not to laugh, Marsha. What a trip, and what a day. I think that calling Leonard, Clarence, was the least of your troubles. 🙂

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    1. tchistorygal Avatar

      What’s that Claudia? 🙂 JK

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  7. Yvonne Avatar

    Sheesh! You had a run of odd-ness. I’m glad you and your car are OK, but, poor autofocus!

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    1. tchistorygal Avatar

      I know. And our camera shop in Visalia closed this year. I’ll have to take it to Fresno. I’m too astigmatic not to have auto focus! 🙂

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