elite 8

team spirit01it is tournament time so at work they are having a photo contest. they will pick the best picture of workers supporting their favorite team. the winners will be awarded a pizza party. some of us got our k u gear on and had this picture taken to enter into the contest. I wear k u gear most of the year especially on game days. I was ready to  pose with my co-workers.

I still had my t shirt and hat on while watching k u play Maryland last night. we won the game and advanced onto the elite 8. so much for the critics that say we cant get past the first round. I keep saying this team will win the national championship. this team is showing it can find a way to win.

all k u has to do is win 3 more to be national champs. the next game is tomorrow night. i will be watching and rooting for our jayhawks. mass street in Lawrence will be packed after a k u win. I was down there the last time we went to the final 4. there were thousands of fans that filled the streets downtown. I met a lot of people I knew.

I get annoyed with some announcers or analysts. they can never give k u credit. all year seems someone talks k u down. now we are the number one seed overall and considered by some as the best team there are some who think we will be beat in any game we play. that don’t matter. our fans are loyal to the team. it don’t matter what people around the country think of the jayhawks.

no work today. we have the day off for good Friday. the other night I had my grand daughter Cecelia over. now I have the grandsons. we will have fun. I have to keep them entertained and still find ways to get chores done. at least they help with feeding the dogs and chickens and bringing in eggs.

among other chores I have to work with my compost pile. I bought a used pond liner off craigslist for 30 bucks. I ordered one from online a while back and it was too thin. the wind blows it off the compost pile. I will use the one I just bought. it is heavier and should produce the heat needed to speed up the compost process. that’s what the hippies say anyway.

since I have the grand kids I wont be able to make a high school basketball tournament in Lawrence this weekend. they will have a number of recruits that k u is looking at. one of them is the number 1 recruit for next year. he has narrowed his list of schools down to 3 and k u is one of them. if we get him, we could be looking at making another run at the national championship again next year. we don’t have to rely on him but he will add to an already loaded team coming back.

there is a swap meet in topeekie tomorrow. I plan to go look at chicks, they will have various breeds of orpingtons. they lay brown eggs and can be used for meat. I ordered some chicks from the feed store but might buy some more at this meet. I have to feed and water them already so what is a few more. I buy straight runs. I will get too many roosters out of that. I will butcher all of the roosters but one. any time I want to have tortilla soup or chicken n rice I just have to go to the freezer.

should be a fun 3 day weekend watching kids and basketball. and getting some chores done…….


auction and a birthday

i went to an auction this past weekend. i wanted to buy a wood lathe. it was a last minute decision so i got there late and missed bidding on it. i have been wanting to buy one to make sticks to wrap roaches  on. i ended up buying 3 wood bats i will wrap roaches with.  i once asked a wood worker what he would charge me to make these sticks. he said 15 bucks. i walked away on that. i can buy them from the supply houses for $5. so i look for baseball bats at garage sales. i can find them for a buck apiece.

i bought more junk than i wanted at the auction. i didnt bid on a few items i wanted because i didnt want the other stuff with it. you can get a box full of junk for a buck. but then you have to toss the rest of it. people with stores just mark it up and resell. they also drive prices up sometimes. i bought a rug they said was bear. i am not sure if it is a bear rug though.

i went to a birthday party at peoples park yesterday. it was for my nephews son. i logged my two mile walk before i went over there. i figured they would have lotsa eats. they did. i liked anything grilled. so i had hot dogs , burgers and ribs. it no wonder i cant lose weight. i do love good food. must be from remembering the days when i went hungry.  mary took some cookies she made from the paw paws i picked.

no holiday for columbo today. it is a federal holiday but tribe aint taking it off. somebody thought it would be a cute protest or something. in the larger scheme of things no one gives a damn if we dont take the day off or not. it aint like the prejudiced people will treat us any better because of it. sometimes it is our own people that treat us bad. so i protest the protest. i work every day so i can use it off. some get so much time off that they dont need the extra day. some wont work anyway. so what does it matter.

general council coming this weekend. will be there…


the word ‘whatever’ was voted the most annoying, over used word of 2010. whatever. well yeah it is a bit annoying. if we sit back and think about it there are other things that are annoying and overused. for instance the little gesture made with the fingers to indicate a quote. thats annoying.

i work with a guy that constantly tries to tell me what to do. he aint my boss. i dont listen to him. just act like i do. he hasnt figured it out yet that i am not listening. yet he continues to tell me what to do. thats annoying.

when i am sitting at a slot machine sometimes people stop and watch me play.  i know they have nothing to do with me winning or losing. but when i am losing i dont like someone standing there watching me. thats annoying.

i am on a no call list. some 800 numbers continue to call me in spite of that. if i dont make a donation to the worthy causes doesnt make me uncaring.  i support plenty of worthy causes. i get tired of calls around dinner time. thats annoying.

every time the tribe takes a day off (and there are plenty of them) they send an email making sure contract workers arent getting paid. thats annoying. its not like they are trying to scam the tribe. seems that if the bosses really had any power other than sending memos they would make everyone work for what they get. i responded to the email saying it was unfair to contract workers. i got no reply but word was sent ‘down’ to me. thats annoying. if i am a hell raiser i can get people in power to do anything because they cave in to ones they are afraid of. but if i as a tribal member raise a valid question they wont respond to me directly. in a round about way i was told to be ‘ a good little indian’. whatever.

i filled up my propane tank the other week. (no the tribe didnt pay for mine, i did). the guy from the gas company said i should replace the meter thing on the tank since it was 25 years old. he said the new ones were safer. in case of a gas leak it shuts the gas off outside so it dissipates into the air instead of inside the house. i thought yeah sounds plausible to me. so i gave my okay to install it. the guy said i had a leak. we turned off in turn the cook stove, gas heater then the furnace/central air unit. thru process of elimination we discovered it was the furnace. the guy put a soapy solution on the gas connection and it bubbled up. he turn the connecting nut with his fingers and said theres your problem. it just needed to be tighten. thing is the unit is only two years old and we never mess with it. it must have been loose since it was installed when i got a housing grant. we have had a fire in our woodstove every winter. we are lucky we didnt blow the house up. the gas guy said the company that installed the unit should have check to insure there were no leaks. i said since i paid over 6 thou for the unit, i would hope so. the 70 dollar part paid for itself. it shows  that we have no leaks now and will shut off in the future if that happens.

i noticed the billboard on the highway as you leave the casino has been changed. it now reads ‘thanks for voting us best casino for 13 years in a row.’ thats better. it used to read ‘many happy returns’. that was lame. i thought it was a gene autry tune or something. i still think we should include some brown people in our advertising. we had a homegirl  on one billboard but it has been replaced. they used to have some indians, including my son joe on an old tv ad a while back. i thought it was neat to see indians on tv. some of joes classmates thought he was an actor doing commercials.  the new ad got no indians. tribal casinos are still referred to as ‘indian casinos’, they should reflect that. show some pride in being indian.

single game k u basketball tickets go on sale monday. i am planning on buying me some. i try to go to a game every year. i forgive the hawks for choking on us last tournament. time to move on. the early games are exhibition games with small schools. i will pass on those. the game i would like to see is the ucla game in december. let the team gel first and play a name program. that should be a good game. 

tomorrow we are planning another nature hike. we will meet at the boys and girls club at ten. then decide what route to take. will see what effect if any the weather will have. dont have what to pack for lunch.  i need to log some miles. my totals this year are way off from previous years. gotta keep walking for my health. ithink more people should be doing more exercising. its one thing we can do for ourselves. that and a proper diet. sounds easy but it is not. i see that.

see you in september

i didnt get that copy of prayers in potawatomi yet. i am sure the lady i know will get it. she told me she put it in an envelope but forgot it at home. just gotta wait. then yesterday my cousin told me my aunt was giving me a book that was owned by my other aunt. she gave it to me. i was suprised to see it was an old prayer book in potawatomi that was published in 1866. it was done by a jesuit priest that worked among the potawatomi. the book is in amazing condition. it has some finger smudges on it but the paper is in great shape. it is not translated. probably have to work on that.

i am getting flooded with new user registrations on my website. it is spammers. they sign up as users then unload spam. good thing i have control over any comments before they are printed. so i just delete the spam and the new users. i hope i am not deleting subscribers that want to read my blog. i have a few loyal readers but i dont have that many readers. just a small website.

i am putting on a cooking demonstration this thursday morning at the language house. it will be on how to make lye corn. or hominy as most know it. this is as part of my job. i may even dry some pumpkins. or squash really. they will video tape me as i demonstrate that. sounds like fun. my job requires that i do a certain amount of teaching traditional skills. that should do it.

speaking of teaching. i have been offered a speaking gig in kansas city. there are some potawatomi there that want me to speak to their group. this will happen some time next month or so. they said i can talk about what ever i  want. just as long as i teach them something. i have heard so much in my life that i can tell them something. they even going have eats. good deal.

i want to go to the big flea market  they have labor day weekend up the road in sparks. i have gone that a few times. i look for things i can turn into art. or tools i can use. i am not lucky like the people on antiques roadshow on tv. they buy something cheap and it is worth alot more.  i probably would be like some that have something appraised thinking it is worth alot. its kinda funny to see their looks of disappointment when they are told it is worth nothing. that would be my luck. i know what i buy is just junk though. no treasures in my stuff.

looking forward to the three day weekend….

first of july

today i have to head to wichita. there is a health clinic there that has a gardening program. they are under the same grant as we are. i will help them in whatever way i can. so i am working with 4 different gardens. i think more people should get into gardening. i remember back when our people were poor (we didnt always have casinos) they had to garden.

some people kind of amaze me. they view gardening as a no win situation. they are sure it will fail so they wont even bother to try. gardening is a gamble but it can pay off in fresh vegetables. some think that modern methods are the only way to grow, that you have to irrigate. they dont understand that things can grow naturally. irrigating is nice but history has shown it leeches the ground and wears it out faster.

i got an email warning about the heat. i agreed with most of it. i do drink plenty of water when i am working outside. i have to since i have alot of water loss thru sweating. the heat advisory said to wear a hat or use an umbrella. i always wear a hat but the umbrella thing is a bit out there. i can imagine trying to weed a garden holding an umbrella. i think if you are outside alot you get used to it. on the other hand i dont push it when it is real hot.

i meet people that dont know who i am but know my kids. they say oh so you are their dad. either they get around or i dont. maybe a little of both. lately i just go to work and then home. when i venture out it is to the casinos. i do get my walking in though.

i got my first batch of sema finished. looks like i will have enough to last me. i notice that some people had sema that is either lime green or yellow in color. they must fix it different. i just do it the way i was told by the old guy that got me started.

i am ready to travel this weekend. i am not a fanatic about pow wows. i dont sit there from friday evening til sunday afternoon. i try to catch an afternoon and evening performance, thats usually enough. and check out the stands. pow wowing is just an excuse to travel. i remember a mall along the way that gave great massages.  i am up to take a little side trip whenever they come up. if i see something that catches my attention i will pull off the road and check it out.

should be a good weekend..

a three hour tour….

me n anna, my oklahoma mothernow i kinda know how they felt on gilligans island. they left for a three hour tour and got stranded on some island. i went to a pow wow where our royal valley kids were dancing this past weekend. it was only 3 hours down the road. that little adventure took me all weekend to get home. other family members were staying in bartlesville oklahoma. i decided to go visit my southern kin in prague. i used to go down there for dances they had. i missed the place and the people there. i have another mother that lives there so i went to visit her.  we stayed up late talking and laughing. then we had breakfast and visited and laughed a few more hours. i am fortunate in that i have a big family and lotsa friends. i can always see them when i travel.

we headed north to where the pow wow was to be held. thing is there are a number of indians casinos that you gotta pass by. we popped in and checked out a few. i added to my player card collection. probably have too damn many of them now. we were late to the pow wow. which is okay. they stand too long at grand entries for me. it causes my back to hurt. it was a good pow wow. our kids from royal valley dance group sure danced good. or do i say they were goot wuns.  i am related to most of them so i had to go watch them perform. i took a few pictures and taped some dancing.

after we left we checked out some more indian casinos. missed a few and hit a few. by the time we were done it was late so we stayed at some small town out in the boonies. next day we headed out again. we had breakfast at some tribes complex. service there was lousy. the employees had to be related to someone on council.  we waited about 45 minutes for a simple breakfast. we made it to newkirk to play bingo. i havent played bingo in a long time. i missed playing. didnt win but had fun. we hit a coupla more casinos on the way home. the ones at the state border are pretty nice. i can see why our state is afraid of competition with them. they are everywhere down there.

we got home late last night. as soon as we hit topeka it started snowing and was a bit chilly. that was a change from the 58 degrees we enjoyed down south. my dog konugish was happy to see me. cant beat friends like him.

i missed the k u game saturday. tonite should make up for that. we play missouri. and then k state this week also. great rivalries. we will smoke them both. watching the games will be fun. it was nice to get away for awhile but it is even better to be home. like dorothy said ‘theres no place like home….theres no place like home.

no no it dont work no mo

electriceddiemy computor went tribal. it quit working. got it in da shop now. got a friend looking at it. he will add more ram and an external hard drive. he will also add all the newest updates that i need. drivers etc. my videos are starting to fill it up so i need more space. the external hard drive will allow me to take my songs, pictures and videos with me when i travel.  i have over 4 thousand songs that i listen to. i have been known to hit the road now and then. i may be zapping on up to michigan to see one of my bros soon. he is on sick leave for a month. so i may go visit with him. i probablywill camp on the way up. it is one sleep then there.

i came over to the tribal office. they have a computer lab in the basement. i guess it is for tribal members or sumthin. i am a tribal member so i am here checking my mail and clearing the spam out of my website. i get lots of it daily. some real sleaze bags send some trashy stuff to my site. i just delete it. they try to glom on to websites for free advertising. i use to come to the computer lab when it first opened back when. i remember that i was surfing and check out something that was on a site called dicks hovel. the people here checked the site out. they thought it was porn. that was back when many people were using computers for that purpose.

the general council is this saturday. i kinda plan on going to it if nothing comes up. i heard someone saying we will hate each other during that time. then the gathering is coming up in a few weeks, then we will all love each other. that made me chuckle. it is hitting on the truth somewhat. not everyone here is into the hating trip. just a few. they make enough noise that you would think everyone is like that. on the contrary. we have alot of people that dont get into that sort of trip. that is good. maybe someday the haters will just stop.

i went to the fiesta the other nite. i like hot food but the sauce they gave me wasnt very hot. the crowd wasnt all that big yet. maybe the weather people scared people off saying it was going to be the hottest day of the fiesta. it wasnt all that bad. some people are just wimps. i had a shrmp cocktail there once. i havent seen that stand since. i keep hoping that it will come back. maybe i will just have to make some myself.

my computer should be back tomorrow. cant wait. i do lotsa business on my machine. and visiting etc. i have other things to keep me busy though. i will have to go see who is in their office today while i am here. then head home.

gi wap ma mukok

nish-amukseen two young beaver while walking my two miles. they are under the bridge i walk over on my route. it is fun to watch them. the other day i even seen two coyotes. some people freak when they see them. dont know where they get that. the way i heard is that they are messengers. you will hear something. it doesnt necessarily imply bad news.  i was walking the other evening. our neighbors were out too. they had their dogs with them. one attacked ko nu gish while he was held back on a leash. that aint cool. then ko nu gish got loose by slipping out of the collar and leash. he went after that dog and smoked him. my dog aint mean, but he defended himself. thats cool.

i wrote a coupla blogs last year about our billboards advertising our casino. i said that they should use some brown people on them. when i was coming home the other day from town i seen a new billboard. i was amazed that one of our home girls had her picture on it. i applaud whoever is responsible for that. it is about time. hope to see more.

when we had a ceremony last week we had a buncha politicians there. we usually dont see many unless it is an election year. they are some pretty bright fellows. i wonder if any of them noticed that our ceremonial building aint done. they promised us they were gonna fix it. well the way it was put to us was ”if they dont get together we will spend the money somewhere else.” we didnt ask for that, they came to us. anywho they started work on our building. we had our spring ceremonies so work stopped. it hasnt picked up since. our roof leaked. our outside dance ring needs work. the cook shack could use some work. our benches inside were taken out but not put back. our parking lot got smaller. the dirt inside was going to be replaced. so we are left wondering is anyone gonna finish the job they promised us would get done. did indians speak with forked tongue? the work they did was great. just wish they would finish the job.

we had a good rain early this morning. the garden should grow this week. my rain barrels filled up again. i will have water to give to my plants. everything is growing great now. the weather has been kind to us. and for that i am grateful.

anutha week. i will head to the fiesta mexicana this week. gotta sample some of the great food they have. and i got lots of other things to keep me busy.

finally time to pow wow…


went over to prairie people’s park last nite. kinda like that name. it reminds me of berkeley in da sixties. ‘cept it was jimi playing last nite. it was my homeboys.  i like to hear them guys sing. they are good. i have known them most of their lives.

it was a warm up for the home folks before the pow wow starts today. they served food but our family just ate at our camp. we have 9 tents set up and a few more are coming. i like camping. it makes it more fun. we will have a cookout every day. i already had my cowboy coffee going. it tastes the best.

last nite they had the princess contest. and other contests like whooping contests for women and trilling contests for men. they also had a street clothes dance contest. i woulda joined but i didnt want anyone to be stealing my moves. everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. our people need that. gotta enjoy life.

called my bank before i got out of bed. per cap is in my account. i gotta head to town to buy some things for the pow wow. and get some cash to check out the stands. i thought someone said we had 30 stands and more wanted to get in. i gotta make sure i have everything i need or they will charge me 3 bucks everytime i drive in. wtf. oh well its per cap i will just pay them the 3 bucks if they desperate for cash. help my tribe out.

i dont know where our pow wow ranks compared to others around the country. it is my favorite pow wow though. i know so many people here. i get to visit with most of them. i continue to take pictures. i want my own scrapbook of pictures of people i know or have met. it is stored on my computer. i even backed up copies to save.

our prize money draws real good singers and dancers. i like to hear them sing and watch them dance. i tape so i can watch it again. i even got some stage time myself. i have to give the invocation tonite. im not into street theater but i think it is nice that we can show we still have our language left. it is a real beautiful language if one could understand it.

i know i will enjoy myself. i always do. gotta get ready to pow wow…..