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8 The Julian News The e-mail has been doing strange and not so wonderful things for the past two weeks and it's necessary to call people to stay in touch. Life is hard. It wasn't always so complicated. Back in the Day there was one telephone in the house. By 1960 we were off the party line (and detached from the lady in Harrison Park who wrote the gossip column for the paper) but we still had Pioneer 7 as the Julian local prefix. And if the gossip columnist could no longer listen in on calls, Mother certainly could since the phone lived in the kitchen. So did everyone else, in fact, since the phone table was next to the door to the living room, the house wasn't all that big, and the bedrooms weren't heated. Phone numbers were communicated to other locals by the last four digits - 0020, for instance, our number. This shortcut is still used. Away from home - at college, for instance -- communication was by letter. That is, one sat down to a typewriter or with a pen and paper and wrote words which were then put in an envelope which in turn was addressed, stamped, and mailed. Communication was, needless to say, considerably slower than it is now which meant that requests for money took a long time and, on the flip side, certain exploits were easy to omit. Phone calls were special. A homesick college student needed to save up before dialing 760 765 0020. The cost for a cross country call was $1 for three minutes. Since wages in the snack bar were 80 cents an hour, one didn't exactly spend hours on the phone to Mom. Espe( ially since Mother's first question, "Is something wrong?" was invariably followed by, "But this is costing so much." Formalities completed, we could talk to our heart's content until the operator--on the pay phone, one per floor in the dorm--asked for more money. For calls on campus there was a telephone on each "hall". One. Weekdays nights "phone duty" rotated with the duty person dutifully taking messages on yellow message slips and taping each on the respective door. Probably the most exciting was "MNM" or "Male, No Message." Ah, the joys of living on the edge. And today .... down e-mail means a down day. One of the messages that did get through was from Hughes, our satellite link to the world stating that just a few MORE dollars a month could buy easier solutions to internet problems. Am I suspicious? Perish the thought. On The Go With A "Former" Limousine Driver by Vee Lumpkins With the recent death of Senator Ted Kennedy and much on television about the Kennedy family, many fond memories come to mind to our Geoff Cahoon who heads up the maintenance department of the town hall for the Julian Chamber of Commerce. Before moving to Julian in 1992, Geoff was a limousine Driver working for David Stein who was the developer of Monarch Beach. Geoff drove for many years in the Orange County area and had met many celebrities and political people. Various of the Kennedy family were passengers of his and he has many memories to share about them. Geoff's boss has a lovely home and often had celebrities and VIP's stay at his home. Ethel Kennedy and family often stayed there and Geoff was told she always made sure she had two fans blowing on her and windows open all night. She seemed to always be too warm regardless of the weather. Another experience Geoff recalls when his boss and Senator Kennedy had gone into a restaurant, while waiting for them, Geoff discovered he had locked the keys to the limo inside the car. He went looking for a hangar and eventually found one and returned to the car. His boss and Senator Kennedy were there waiting. Senator Kennedy said to Geoff "Here, let me try to open the door" and he did in a matter of seconds. He actually unlocked the door with the coat hangar. Geoff was from Cape Cod originally. Sometime later, he received a thank you note from Senator Kennedy with a note to call him and visit him when he went back to Cape Cod. When he drove the Ethel Kennedy entourage to the super bowl game in San Diego, as the group was departing from the motor home that Geoff drove, Ethel turned to Geoff and handed him a ticket to the super bowl game and he got to sit behind the Denver Broncos bench. He surely enjoyed that game. He enjoyed escorting many of the Kennedy family around on his job and was quite busy. Once, Michael Kennedy (Robert's son) was a passanger, he drove him to Carrie Fisher's home. She is the daughter of Eddie Fisher and Debby Reynolds, and was Princess Leah in the "Star Wars" movies. Moments after arriving there, Geoff heard a splash and saw Michael accidentally fall into the swimming pool - clothes and all on him. That created a bit of excitement. The Kennedys had invited Geoff and his boss to attend some of the conventions and they did So and took care of transporting them. Geoff met and escorted John F. Kennedy's son John-John and daughter Caroline at the Democratic convention in Atlanta in 1984, along with the Senator's family. Geoff said "1 saw a side of the family that few people never got to see and enjoyed them all. They all were gracious and loving." When Geoff saw Ethel on television this past week, he said he was pleased to see her again on TV and she still looks as good as arse did twenty years ago. Like the Kennedys, Geoff's father and grandfather loved to race sailboats on Cape Cod. His grandfather passed away the day he won his last race. On his tombstone was etched his sail boat with him at the helm. Under the sailboat was written: "life is but a journey that is homeward bound." Geoff had received a presidents tie clip from former President Gerald Ford but that tie clip, among many other treasured souvenirs, was lost in his house fire, Geoff has many fond experiences and memories with other celebrities and politicians and we hope to share these another time. He enjoys chatting about them. BOOKNEWS & NOTES Defining Twilight (NAPSA)--Fans of Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight~ series can't resist the allure of Edward's myr- iad charms--his ocher eyes and tousled hair, the cadence of his speech, his chiseled, alabaster skin--and it could improve their vocabulary. A new study guide for master- ing these vocabulary words and others found on the SAT, ACT, GED and SSAT exams can help students learn more than 600 words based on their context in the popular vampire-romance series. To use the book, "Defining Twilight" (Wiley) by Brian Leaf, you refer to the page where each vocabulary word appears, read the word in con- text and come up with a definition. Then you check your definitions against those pro- vided in the workbook, make cor- rections and complete the drills. The book also offers synonyms, word parts and memorization tools as well as drills and quizzes to integrate the new material. "I would never have believed that students could study vocabu- lary and enjoy a great book like 'Twilight' at the same time, but Brian Leaf makes it possible," said Peter Facinelli, who plays Dr. Carlisle Cullen in the "Twilight" saga movies. The book will be followed with a "Defining New Moon" vocabulary guide. To learn more about the book and read an excerpt, visit www.cliffnotes. com/go/definingtwilight and the "Defining Twilight" Facebook page. September 9, 2009 Wisdom Of The First People continued from page 7 drainage once supported this kind of cover. Mostly grass, annuals and scattered, low brush, it was not the extreme fire hazard it was in 1956, nor what it is today. Another facet of the old, pre- European landscape were what the Spanish called trincheras - "trenches" - low rock walls constructed at various levels on a slope, helping to keep silt and topsoil on the slope during heavy rains. A trinchera was simply one line of large rocks which held back erosion. At a certain point, when enough silt and soil collected behind a line of rocks, another line was added. The area immediately behind these small walls were used for growing vegetables and herbs. The walls were a simple form of erosion control. (Anthropologist Richard Carrico, in the 1980's, discovered the re-mains of an old trinchera in the Rancho Bernardo area). These trincheras once existed throughout Ipai lands from the coast at San Diego to the Cuyamacas and the Lagunas. The topography of many drainages in San Diego County is one that narrows and widens intermittently. Where the streambed gradients allowed it, the Ipai placed rocks and branches in the narrow spots, thus creating ponds along the water courses. The ponds provided riparian areas for water- loving plants, water fowl and other aquatic creatures, plus allowed water to seep into the ground thus raising the water table, providing for plants, animals and people. The streams were not fully blocked, of course, the water spilling onward, downstream. Understanding these things now, it is obvious that the Ipai were involved in an intelligent, highly efficient and productive type of natural agriculture. continued next week - The European Influences Humor is...despair refusing to take itself seriously. - Arland Ussher BUSINESS" 760 765 0035 fax 760 765 3823 4747 LUNETA DRIVE 3BD, 2BA, 2 Car Garage, Airnost One Acre, Beautiful Trees, Stainless Appliances, Wood Floors In Kitchen/Dining. 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