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Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge

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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  1. 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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    • 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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      • 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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        • 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! 🙂


  2. 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


    • 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.





Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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