November 2003 Newsletter from
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November 2003 Newsletter -  Phil Konstantin  
  Nov 5, 2003 6:00 PM   
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November 2003 Newsletter from Phil Konstantin


I hope the past month has been a good one for you. I had a very long and 
mixed month. Thanks to another $198 roundtrip sale at Southwest 
Airlines, I was able to visit my daughter Heidi in Detroit. This was my 
first chance to visit my daughter's place. I had never been to Michigan 
before. Taking a date from my book, we visited the Raisin River 
Battlegrounds which are just north of the Ohio state line. I also 
visited my friend Haylee in Utah, on the way back. I had a nice visit in 
both places. I have posted a few of the pictures I took in Utah on this 

A little after getting to Utah, I got sick. I had a hard time sleeping. 
I have a waterbedat home and regular mattresses are hard for me to sleep 
on. By the time I got home, I had a sore throat, something like 
bronchitis, stomach aches, and no energy. Before I could make an 
appointment at my doctor's, I also started having shooting pains in my 
left leg. Boy, when it rains, it pours.

I still had a week before I had to get back to work (a nice thing about 
the CHP is the amount of time you get for vacation once you have been on 
as long as I have). So, I spent a lot of time in doctor's offices and 
labs. So far, of the four different problems I have, they still do not 
know exactly what is wrong. I have another six appointments for more 
tests during the rest of November. I told this joke to several of the 
doctors I met. They like it:

"The doctor comes in and says, I have some good news and some bad news. 
The good news is we are going to name a disease after you."   Yeah, I 
have a wacky sense of humor. Ihope they can diagnose my problems without 
having to name it after me!

Nothing was life-threatening and wanting to save my sick-leave time for 
more serious problems, I went back to work on the 16th. I had a lot of 
things to do that had piled up while I was away. Then on the evening of 
the 25th, the fires started here in San Diego County. I worked twelve 
hour days for twelve days straight. I was also working the early morning 
shift (I still do not know how that happened, because my boss knows I am 
not a "morning" person). I have more on the fires below.

In any case, it has been a long month for me. Because of my general lack 
of energy in the early part of the month, and the long hours at the end 
of the month, I have not prepared much for this month's newsletter. To 
make up for that, I have included a long list of historical events for 
November. This is almost the month's entire listing from my book.




Link of the Month for November:  Mashantucket Museum and Research 
Center. You will find lots of info ere.


Treaty of the month for November:  TREATY WITH THE WINNEBAGO, 1837.Nov. 
1, 1837. | 7 Stat., 544.

Some of the items covered:
Lands ceded to the United States, Indians relinquish their right to 
occupy, except for hunting, certain land, Their title not to be 
invalidated, Indians to remove within eight months, Consideration for 
said cession, $200,000 set apart to pay individuals, Provision for 
relations, etc., of Indians, Removal of Indians, Horses and goods, 
Breaking up ground, etc, Balance of proceeds to be invested, 
Disposition of the interest, So much of existing treaties as requires 
services, etc., to be null and void, Treaty binding when ratified.


The San Diego fires covered 391,856 as of Monday. 2,400 homes and 758 
other structures also burned. 16 people died as a result of the fires. 
Many of these waited too late to evacuate & got caught by the flames or 
smoke. There were three major fires. One of the links below shows a map. 
I have been told that the burned area was almost as large as the state 
of Rhode Island. Much of the fire was located in the central and eastern 
parts of the county. This is mostly rural areas, and is the home of many 
of San Diego's 19 reservations. Almost every reservation has had some 
damage. The western edge of the westernmost fire came within 300 yards 
of my house. People across the street from me evacuated. I was at work 
as the fire approached. My daughter Sarah came by the house and grabbed 
a few of the important papers. My subdivision is next to a canyon that 
is undeveloped. The canyon is next to the Miramar Marine Corps Air 
Station which has lots of open area. This led to the fire almost getting 
to me. Several of my co-workers lot their homes. It was a scary 

I have several links below about the fires.
Here is an e-mail from Cynthia, one of the newsletter's subscribers. She 
makes the same point that many people had about risking your life for 

Dear Phil,

The devastation is hard to imagine.  The only time that I have visited 
the west coast, was to a conference in Seattle.  I went to Mt.St.Helens 
( 7 years after the eruption).  What an amazing site !  The tree 
skeletons were still laying down like match sticks, with little bits of 
greenery sprouting around here and there.  Earth's renewal.

There was another lesson in sensibility (or not) in wiliness to 
evacuate. And of course a lesson in attachment to material goods.  
Nothing is really more important than the safety and life of my pets and 
loved ones....

How ironic, that in your last newsletter, you were talking so openly 
with "us" about your thoughts about your future plans, the value of your 
home, and the like...And now to see how "fragile" all of that really is. 
Your sentiments in that letter, really hit home for me.  Many of my own 
recent thoughts..our similar age, and desire(s) to work in a more  
altruistic path.  It was comforting to hear that someone else thinks 
about these things too. 

Again, I am glad to hear that you are safe.
Do take care !
Best regards,


Photos of the fires:

Most recent statistics from the County of San Diego

Map of fire areas in San Diego County

Special Report: Wildfires devastate Southern California tribes

Morongo Tribe Brings Thanksgiving Early for California Evacuees

Info on all southern California fires:


Here are some interesting websites:

One Nation OK Lies:  a site counter to the One Nation website.

Don't Pay to Pray: List of Frauds (their list of bogus websites & fake 

Spiritual abuse: An invisible crime

American Indian Names from (Korean News website)

At least 150,000 more Natives since census

How Do We Choose To Remember

Native language taught on reservation

Cherokee tribe tries to save a dying language

Notice of appeal filed in Redskins trademark case

Amazing Find: Pocahontas' Village Dug Up

Native American patriotism is complex

Y programs shed Indian trappings now deemed racist

Weaving Out of Buckskin


The Cherokee Nation is pleased to announce that Building One Fire, the 
second album by the Cherokee National Youth Choir, has been nominated by 
the Native American Music Awards in the categories of "Album of the 
Year" and best "Gospel/Christian Recording." Winners are determined 
through national membership mail-in ballots and a voting campaign open 
to the general public at Fans and supporters of the 
Cherokee National Youth Choir are urged to vote.

To vote for the Cherokee National Youth Choir log on to:


Notes from newsletter subscribers:

From Ruth Garby Torres:
Call for Participants: The Smithsonian National Museum of 
the American Indian, opening September 2004

The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, opening 
September 2004, in Washington, DC is looking for Aboriginal artists 
to participate in the museum's 6 day opening ceremony. To 
commemorate the historic opening of this new museum, the NMAI will 
present "Songs, Steps and Stories" - The Festival of Native American 
Music, Dance and Storytelling. The opening festival is designed to 
strengthen and celebrate the Native cultures of the North, South and 
Central America.

The six day festival (September 21 - 26, 2004), will feature over 
200 singers, dancers and storytellers, representing 30 - 40 American 
Indian communities from throughout the Western Hemisphere. An 
audience of 1 million people is expected.

There is no official application form for groups and individuals 
that are interested in participating in the museum's opening events. 
The museum is asking those who are interested to send a promotional 
kit that should include their biography and performance history. 
Some reviews and written endorsements from places they have 
performed would be useful. 

In the case of performing groups, especially dance groups, a 
performance video is very important. For musicians a compact disc or 
cassette is important, but video is also a good idea.

Plans for the opening focus primarily on music, dance, and 
storytelling, but artisans whose work relates to music and dance 
(drum makers, etc.) are of interest as well. The museum is also 
interested in radio personalities and comedians who might be 
interested in acting as host/emcees for the performance stages.

Interested artists can send their promotional kits to:

Howard Bass
Public Programs Producer
National Museum of the American Indian
470 L'Enfant Plaza, Suite 7103
Washington, DC 20560-0934 


Here is some humorous items:

From my daughter Sarah:
The Sayings of Zen: 

Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. 
Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow. 
Do not walk beside me either. 
Just pretty much leave me the hell alone. 

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a broken fan belt 
and a leaky tire. 

It's always darkest before dawn. So if you're going to steal 
your neighbor's newspaper, that's the time to do it. 

Don't be irreplaceable. 
If you can't be replaced, you can't be promoted. 

Always remember you're unique. Just like everyone else. 

Never test the depth of the water with both feet. 

If you think nobody cares if you're alive, 
try missing a couple of car payments. 

Before you criticize someone, 
you should walk a mile in their shoes. 
That way, when you criticize them you're a 
mile away and you have their shoes. 

If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you. 

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. 
Teach him how to fish, 
and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day. 

If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, 
it was probably worth it. 

If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything. 

Some days you are the bug; some days you are the windshield. 

A closed mouth gathers no foot. 

Duct tape is like the Force. 
It has a light side and a dark side, 
and it holds the universe together. 

There are two theories to arguing with women. 
Neither one works. 

Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it. 

Never miss a good chance to shut up. 

We are born naked, wet, and hungry, and get slapped on the ass... 
then things get worse. 

Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill AND 
a laxative on the same night. 

There is a fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness." 

No matter what happens, 
somebody will find a way to take it too seriously. 

EVERYONE seems normal until you get to know them. 

More from Sarah:

Breaking Up...College Course Style... 

Psychology: Girl accuses guy of just using her as a substitute for his 

Sociology: Each claims to have been oppressed in the relationship. 

Religion: Each prays for reconciliation and/or curses God 

Archaeology: One tries to bury the past, and accuses the other of trying 
to dig it up. 

Theatre: "OH MY GOD! Life is... ENDED... as we KNOW it!" 

Biology: "You just wanted to get in my genes!" 

Physics: Both resign themselves to the fact that what goes up must come 

Journalism: "Today was the end of an era. Jack, 19, and Jill, 18, called 
an end to their relationship of 2 weeks..." 

Women's Studies: "HE did it!" 

Business: Both decide that they're spending way too much money together, 
and that it's simply cheaper to be single. 

Italian: "Mama Mia!" 

History: Each party argues the breakup was caused by something the other 
party did in the past. 

Geography: Both people decide to simply move far away to avoid each 

Anatomy: "I never liked your body anyway." 

Economics: One party demands more than the other can supply. 

English: Each writes the other a perfect breakup letter, complete with 
introduction, thesis, body, and conclusion, that doesn't really say 
anything substantively intelligible. 

Education: Both concede that the relationship was a learning experience. 

Computing: "Man, this bytes -- we just couldn't interface" and/or "His 
hard drive was more like a floppy." 

E. Engineer: "It's just so shocking... I'm sure there are positives and 
negatives, but..." [okay, yes, I know you're groaning ;-)] 

Architecture: "There just wasn't much to build on anyway..." 

Jewish Studies: "OY! You should feel so guilty!" 

Philosophy: If 2 people break up in a dorm and there's no one to witness 
the breakup, are they really single? 

Zoology: They were able to mate like banshees, but lacked sophisticated 
communication skills. 

Phys. Ed.: They punch each other out in frustration. 

Chemistry: They turn to hard drugs to relieve the pain. 

Counseling: Each urges the other to "get help!" 

Music: Each utilizes an operatic lament (or, in Tennessee, a country 
song) to express his or her sorrow. 

Law: They sue each other for breach of a pre-dating agreement. 

Advice for college students...don't date your classmates...but have a 
great weekend!


Some cute pictures from Jay Crosby:


More from Jay:

A first grade teacher collected well known proverbs. She gave each child 
in her class the first half of a proverb and asked them to come up with 
the remainder of the proverb.

Better to be safe than......................punch a 5th grader.

Strike while the ...........................bug is close.

It's always darkest before..................Daylight Saving Time.

Never underestimate the power of............termites.

You can lead a horse to water

Don't bite the hand that....................looks dirty.

No news is.................................. impossible.

A miss is as good as a...................... Mr.

You can't teach an old dog new.............. math.

If you lie down with dogs, you'll........... stink in the morning.

Love all, trust............................. me.

The pen is mightier than the................ pigs.

An idle mind is............................. the best way to relax.

Where there's smoke there's................. pollution.

Happy the bride who......................... gets all the presents.

A penny saved is............................ not much.

Two's company, three's...................... the Musketeers.

Don't put off till tomorrow what............ you put on to go to bed.

Laugh and the whole world laughs with you, cry and..... you have to blow 
your nose.

There are none so blind as.................. Stevie Wonder.

Children should be seen and not............. spanked or grounded.

If at first you don't succeed............... get new batteries.

You get out of something only what you.....  see in the picture on the 

When the blind leadeth the blind............ get out of the way.

Better late than............................ pregnant !


My mother sent me this:

Are you the weakest link? Below are four (4) questions. You have to 
answer them instantly. You can't take your time, answer all of them 
immediately. OK? Let's find out just how clever you really are. Ready? 

GO!!! (scroll down) 

First Question: 
You are participating in a race. You overtake the second person. What 
position are you in? 

Answer: If you answered that you are first, then you are absolutely 
wrong! If you overtake the second person and you take his place, you are 


Try not to screw up in the next question. 
To answer the second question, don't take as much time as you took for 
the first question. 

Second Question: If you overtake the last person, then you are...? 

Answer: If you answered that you are second to last, then you are wrong 
again. Tell me, how can you overtake the LAST person? 

You're not very good at this are you? 

Third Question: Very tricky math! Note: This must be done in your head 
only. Do NOT use paper and pencil or a calculator. Try it. 

Take 1000 and add 40 to it. Now add another 1000. Now add 30. Add 
another 1000. Now add 20. Now add another 1000. Now add 10. What is the 

Scroll down for answer.. 

Did you get 5000? The correct answer is actually 4100. 
Don't believe it? Check with your calculator! Today is definitely not 
your day. Maybe you will get the last question right? 

Mary's father has five daughters: 1. Nana, 2. Nene, 3. Nini, 4. Nono. 
What is the name of the fifth daughter? 

Answer: Nunu? 
NO! Of course not. Her name is Mary. Read the question again 



That's it for this newsletter. Have a nice month.

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