Constantia with her grandmother Constantia and mother Thérèse

Constantia (baby in pic) with her family

Constantia with her mother Thérèse

Constantia Oomen

Constantia Oomen

Hummingbird on Hummingbird Swing in Back yard (J Street, Davis) of Constantia and Jeroen - click for large!, photo courtesy: Constantia

Hummingbird in Front yard (J Street, Davis) of Constantia and Jeroen, photo courtesy: Constantia

Hummingbird in Front yard (J Street, Davis) of Constantia and Jeroen, photo courtesy: Constantia

Hummingbird in Front yard (J Street, Davis) of Constantia and Jeroen, photo courtesy: Constantia

Hummingbird in Front yard (J Street, Davis) of Constantia and Jeroen, photo courtesy: Constantia

Constantia completed secondary teacher training in German and Dutch in 1990 and got her MA with honors in German Language and Literature from Utrecht University (The Netherlands) in 1993. She has published five books about out-of-body (and near-death) experiences, of which four of her own and one of the Austrian yogi Alfred Ballabene.

She immigrated to the Unites States on World Animal Day 2011 (October 4) and became US citizen on March 29, 2017. She is vegan and an avid bird lover and is currently living in wonderful Davis, California aka "The Magic Bubble"

Constantia describes herself as "The Soaring Skeptic".

She is always in for: a certain kind of plush lions (in connection with her "Lion Hearts")birds • all things vegan • cycling  traveling • driving car/music • out-of-body experiences and related (had first OBE as kid of 7 under full anesthesia Tonsillectomy, later spontaneously, from eighteenth on) • Get Fit Davis • Test Drive Unlimited (racing game) •  Tiny Wings (app)  Wordfeud (app) • photography   thriller novels  photoshop  writing (and in the past: drawing) • skepticism

To her personal website

Davis' tidbits

  • Been in Davis since October 4, 2011
  • Cycled 22,250.9 miles since February, 17, 2011 to this day, April 18, 2017, and of that, about 21,250.9 miles in Davis and surrounding area (her favorite cycling spot VACAVILLE).
  • February 25, 2014, got Davis' Mayor Joe Krovoza to vote for her concerning the Bicycle Commission vacancy.
  • Constantia has become a United States citizen on March 29, 2017.


Constantia's favorite computer game: 'Test Drive Unlimited' (I and II)

Constantia's favorite near-future computer game: 'The Crew', with heavy influences of TDU (and: Need For Speed) - The_Crew_(video_game)


Photo & photoshop by Constantia of Baggins End

Green Window:


Original Window:


Original photo, as shot on 1-18-2012:



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2014-01-15 23:23:50   Thanks for your comment. I'm not personally a hunter or a fan of it, but also don't feel like debating it with people who do hunt. So, maybe another page on the subject. But Duck Days is a great program and the Yolo Wildlife Basin is, IMO, primarily a conservation and education site. —DonShor

2014-06-11 13:14:10   You're right, just saying windy, really windy or breezy is too subjective. Wind speed is actually a nice quantifiable solution. Thanks CO. —jefftolentino

2014-06-11 16:43:37   Today actually seems windier to me. Was getting blown around a little on my lunchtime walk. I wonder where the wind gauge is. —jefftolentino

2014-06-11 16:47:02   The weather page I like is

2014-06-24 19:47:57   No worries. It's a handy little thing. Glad I could help. —JabberWokky

2014-08-07 12:34:13   I really object to your deletion of "Second Chance Rotweiller Rescue's" page: their shut down is among the biggest news stories about Davis & environs in the past week. Please revert the deletion ASAP. Give people a chance to add information about this {scandal, important issue, mis-characterized organization} — I'm using the curly brackets to indicate that there are several possible interpretations of the situation. —DougWalter

  • I can't see that a page is empty when you delete it. I imagine you don't read The Enterprise or The Bee, or didn't see that they both had stories mentioning that particular group. However, that's why it was worth having a page, so that Davis and environs can be well-represented on DavisWiki. Now, as you say, to fill it up with useful &/or interesting materials.

  • Thank you for making the reversion and improving the page. As far as reading habits, of course, you should read what's of interest to you. I guess I'm suggesting that a modicum of local news reading helps one be an excellent DavisWiki editor, but that's an opinion :) "Your mileage may vary," as we fogeys like to say.

2014-08-07 12:38:55   Gah I knew I should have obscured the address! —ToddKaiser

2014-08-14 10:21:27   There was another notice that they would be spraying last night, but I didn't spot them that time. —ToddKaiser

2014-09-02 20:53:27   That's a new error to me. And I'm pretty familiar with the various quirks of the system. Do you need one? I figured out a way to get one up and editable for you. I'm pretty sure I know what is happening, but I'm not sure why. —JabberWokky

2014-09-02 20:59:10   No worries... we're all in this together! —JabberWokky

2014-09-02 21:14:03   It has nothing to do with the browser. There's a similar error with certain types of formatted titles, and I'm pretty sure the system thinks the entry already exists, so it is not letting you recreate it. If it pops up again elsewhere, it's worth a look, but if it doesn't get fixed, just consider it a quirk that makes your profile page unique! —JabberWokky

2014-09-03 21:39:17   The gnome in the logo sits atop my bookshelf. And I just realized it had the Christmas/holiday theme for Davis Wiki installed. —JabberWokky

2014-09-03 22:07:20   Well, there's a pic of it as the logo. After that, I'll have to take a photo later, as the house is quiet now. Want a particular location for it? I can do it hidden in ivy, or on a small bridge... —JabberWokky

2014-09-06 21:22:15   A small group of people over at my home pointed out the gnome, so I printed out a sign and we posed for you with some other oddities from atop my bookshelves (the skull sits atop a massive leather bound Shakespeare, the gnome atop a copy of the Complete Gnomes, and the Barbie head is from my Rocky Horror collection, normally sporting a hat from the Broadway production and a pair of necklaces). We hope you enjoy the strangeness... —JabberWokky

Several strange props (including the iconic Gnome statue) held by people who are likely unable to run for office should this photo get to the press.


2014-09-21 09:56:18   Hello friend, I see that you made a little "joke" on my page and then said you deleted it, (which you didn't) so I went ahead and deleted it. Please understand that this is my dream business that I have worked for over 12 years now to make a reality and it is my heart and soul. It is also how I support my family and I feel is my contribution to making this planet, our bodies and our community stronger and healthier and for lack of a better word, greener. So please, be kind with your edits and words and remember they can be hurtful and impactful in ways you were not aware. Blessings to you and yours, Jen (Owner of girlgonegreen skincare) —jwendt

2014-10-09 10:35:36   No,I'm Samuel l Jackson —Samuelljackson

2014-10-22 12:17:01   I don't think the /Talk page off of the MRAP page is necessary. That is what the comments section is for on the bottom of the main page. The /Talk pages are generally reserved for discussion of the page itself (what should be there, possible format changes, resolving arguments over content, etc.) —DavidGrundler

2014-10-22 13:24:48   No worries. I could have been a little more clear. —DavidGrundler

2014-10-23 23:44:14   There really isn't any such thing as a "comment section." That's purely your perspective. An image can't be displayed twice on the same page, which is probably what you're trying to do. If you really need it more than once, upload it again under a different name. —JabberWokky

2014-10-24 08:34:35   Animated GIFs don't work with the thumbnail tag —DavidGrundler

2014-11-05 10:38:25   There have been worse, but this one was bad enough. It happens. —JabberWokky

2014-11-05 16:30:46   Did you see the picture at the bottom of this article and the accompanying text in the middle?

2014-11-23 13:54:17   It's pretty much a rewrite. I backed off just to let other people have at it and get their voice out there. I'll edit it in the next 48 hours or so if nobody else does. —JabberWokky

2014-11-24 05:16:16   Well, the photo is presumably an example of their work, which is professional event photography. So it would reasonably have a professional and slick appearance. —JabberWokky


December 26, 2014

Congratulations to (the work in progress of the) the Admin Masters of Change on Davis Wiki!! The new look and feel is astonishing!

Because I can't add comments in the usual way yet, I'm adding this comment manually on my own page. Thank you for all your hard work to make this happen.

I noticed my newest contributions to the 'Wind' page aren't included. Is this still to come, or do you want me to add them again (wind details December 24-26). I wonder if all the most recent changes - December 24 up til now - will still be added, or are they to be redone? Let me/us know if you find the time.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


2014-12-26 14:43:40   Hey, thanks for the tip-off about the comments not working! I had only tested it with administrators, oops. Should be working now, though! There were a couple of changes made over the past two days that didn't automatically transfer. I was just going to re-edit the pages in question by hand when I got a chance, but you're very welcome to beat me to it! —PhilipNeustrom

2015-02-17 18:50:55   Hi CO, what web browser and operating system do you see this in? —PhilipNeustrom Update: it should be now fixed.

2015-03-18 13:34:30   Testing own comment page —ConstantiaOomen

2015-03-18 15:57:34   Thanks for the help. I started programming in the 1960s so my intuition is dated at best. I did not use the comment feature much in the past because editing seemed just as easy. —SueHjerpe

2015-03-21 11:31:57   It is your imagination. I am probably making fewer edits, but I'm having a bit of a problem using the new software. I finally gave up on following RC as it works on the site (it is difficult to view changes directly from it), and instead use an RSS reader to follow changes. —JabberWokky

2015-03-22 01:04:08   Nope. Still as active. I am partially holding off to let others help shape the wiki, and follow their lead, rather than stepping on it. I helped create many of the early conventions, and the software update is a great opportunity to have others weigh in and change the wiki. I feel that things like how the community treats tags and other editing conventions should be developed collaboratively. —JabberWokky

2015-03-22 08:58:51   I find JW’s response to your concern really helpful. I am losing interest in the Davis Wiki since the software update and his approach encourages me to continue to watch and see where it goes. I appreciate all the work you and Elise have put in recently, but I miss the many editors who have disappeared or receded. I’ve even occasionally long for the return of the taxi wars. —SueHjerpe

2015-03-22 17:19:25   While I knew the software was coming someday, the sudden switchover caught me unaware as much as anybody else. It wasn't ever mentioned to me, nor was it announced on any Localwiki announcement feeds that I follow. —JabberWokky

2015-03-22 19:13:42   A little over a year ago I decided to focus on Davis Wiki and some other wikis I help out with (plus a different non-profit that needed help). Philip has always been the coder (along with Mike), and has been focusing on the Localwiki project for the last few years. That is part of the reason he was semi-absent for awhile on Wiki Spot: he was doing cool stuff with other cities, while I was heavily active here. That's also why Wiki Spot is being dropped, although there are people working to help save those wikis. That's an incomplete history, but it's a quick overview that answers your question. —JabberWokky

2015-03-22 19:16:13   I find myself continually struggling with the amount of spam that is drifting into the Wiki. I passionately dislike the IP-address logins; they make it difficult to tell what is a legitimate edit and what's just trash. —JudithTruman

2015-03-22 21:18:19   I very much agree about the problems with communication, and that factored into some of my decisions. And yes, I've been active on the wiki since 2004, basically from the start. I think I've been an admin since 2005. Many of the accepted norms that people say are "standard" amuse me, because I just started formatting things that way because I figured it looked good. When you invent the standard (and edited with others who invented the other "standards" in the same way), you're much less reverent toward demanding those be followed: it was just something we did because we needed to invent *something*. Some of it worked, some didn't. —JabberWokky

2015-03-26 22:49:03   I've been wondering how long it would take somebody to replace a comment macro with their comment. It kind of looks like that's what you're supposed to do when you're in Edit mode. —JabberWokky

2015-03-27 14:08:42   The comment thing is a known issue that hasn't gotten around to being fixed yet. Also BTW, we'll be removing the IP address thing (, but it's a bit tricky to get right. —PhilipNeustrom

2015-04-19 15:09:51   Thank you for the amazing Picnic Day pictures! For some reason, it's hard to get more than a couple of people to add Picnic Day pictures -- this has been pretty consistently true going all the way back to, like, 2007 :P —PhilipNeustrom

2015-04-20 15:07:43   I enjoyed your photos and your YouTube video. Thanks, Sue —SueHjerpe

2015-04-23 04:12:47   Hey Constantia, I just read your message to me. I am sorry what I did came off as inconsiderate and abrasive. I can see how it upset you. I think we might have differing opinions on the purpose of a wiki page. From my understanding over my years editing the wiki, a page and the entirety of a wiki is not so much about an individual's collection of photos of an event. I see the wiki as a resource that summarizes or categorizes events, people, and places in a more or less concise manner, unless images accompanying a page really show and/or necessitate diversity, as many pages do. I just don't see Picnic Day as one of those in terms of your uploads, as to me, many appear as just slightly different images of the same event, like with the Band-Uh performance. It's worth noting that if this came off to me this way, it's quite possible that others (who were not the biased author of the photos) might very well feel the same, and isn't that what really matters? What is perceived by the average wiki user? That said, I did not mean to slice up your contribution as if it meant nothing. I just perceived that perhaps you had trouble editing down your selection of photos, as the majority of them read "same" to me. The example you give re: Band-Uh conductors is, for me, the exact reason why I removed many involving those guys, as it was pretty much the same shot of Wellman, plus or minus a single person. I totally understand that one's photos are one's babies, in a sense. I totally respect that and I'm truly sorry that my actions did not reflect that. I knew while editing that whether I approached you first or simply took action we might have a point of conflict. Based on your reflections, I'm not sure how we can resolve this, as it is a pretty big point of disagreement: It comes down to the fundamentals of what a wiki's all about, as I mentioned earlier. Would you be open to minimizing the size of your photos and eliminating at least some of the repetitious images? I also truly believe that categories really present well and make all the aspects of Picnic Day very clear to the wiki reader, as opposed to what seems to me to be a mish-mosh; how might we amend this so both parties have some satisfaction? I really like that you opened up the floor to other users' photo uploads, though b ecause you yourself have so many images, I can see how others might feel it redundant/unnecessary to contribute any of theirs. Unlike a Tumblr page, I don't see the purpose of the wiki as a place to scroll through countless images, many of the same thing, only shot by different people. Can you see my point of view, even if you don't agree with it? Anyway, please accept my apology for dealing any insult to you. I hope we can change the page so both our viewpoints are somewhat honored. That's really the best solution I have to offer, and it will take some compromise on both sides, would you agree? —EliseKane

2015-04-23 04:40:26   p.s. To perhaps elucidate my point, I notice that the representation of Picnic Day for other years appeals more to my sensibilities and opinions in regard to a more discriminating, concise choice of photos. The organization of them needs major amendment, in my opinion, but the overall selection of images is much less repetitious. For example, check out Picnic Day 2005. Other years could use work, I'd agree, in terms of number of images presented, but I like that what IS presented for them are not repetitive in nature. That's really the crux of what I'm trying to communicate, hence I really hope you reconsider when it comes to so many images of the same event, or images that give no context whatesoever, like with the children or the dogs (notice, however, that I left categories and your images for those so as not to completely obliterate your enthusiasm for those subjects.) I won't again remove what you have currently because I don't wish to make this any kind of battle, so if you don't have it in your character to compromise, rest assured the page will remain as is. I just would see that as defeating the purpose of having multiple opinions shaping the look and organization of the wiki. —EliseKane

2015-06-07 23:21:26   Constantia, you recently edited the 'Referral Driving School' page and left a comment in the edit history suggesting that there were links to 'AP Driving'. Frankly, I have no idea what you're referring to: There never were, nor are, any links to AP. Perhaps you can explain what you were looking at or are referring to. Thank you! - BJ Sangwan —BJSangwan

2015-06-08 01:12:32   I still don't see any 'AP Driving' links. Why would there be any AP Driving links on the Referral Driving page? They are competitors! More to the point: How would there be AP Driving links? I don't see any AP edits on the Referral page. —BJSangwan

2015-06-08 01:35:01   Every time I've clicked on a link on the page it has gone to the appropriate page or URL. I'm not seeing whatever you're seeing. Besides, it doesn't make sense: How and where do these 'extraterrestrial' links come from, since there has been no sign of anyone editing the page other than five users, none of whom appear to have any association with AP. - BJSangwan —BJSangwan

2015-06-08 11:36:11   Constantia, for heaven's sake, please don't mess around unnecessarily with our page:Surely you've got better things to do! Referral Driving is IN Davis: see land-line phone number. Plus, I can meet you in 5 minutes anywhere in Davis. This is Referral's newest extension - right into Davis!!! - BJSangwan —BJSangwan

2015-07-06 15:16:06   Quickest is to log out and then type your username but no password, hit enter, then click "forgot password." —PhilipNeustrom

2015-07-06 17:06:05   My one piece of advice is to use a password manager. I recommend 1Password: Then you pick one very very difficult master password, and every website and app uses a random password you don't know. That way, if one site or app gets hacked, you don't end up in a bad place. —PhilipNeustrom

2015-08-13 15:14:11   I'm not sure you're a skeptic. —JabberWokky

2015-08-13 15:44:37   Constantia, consider the comment above for a second (it's a joke... I'm being skeptical of your assertion that you're a skeptic). And yes, I know formal skepticism well, I was just being silly. :-) I tend to be active in stocism circles, which has a fair amount of overlap. —JabberWokky

2015-08-13 15:57:06   Nope. —JabberWokky

2015-08-28 12:44:11   Hey I don't know you but I want to thank you for correcting a mistake I made by inadvertently deleting the Mystery Picture Page. I'm learning (not so well at the moment) how to navigate and hopefully not aggravate this Wiki. Will tread carefully when uploading images to Mystery Picture Page in the future. Thank you again for quickly catiching what freaked me out ( perhaps more than you, because I'd live with it the rest of my days if it couldn't be corrected). Thanks again. Aug 28 2015 —GlliB

2015-09-21 17:36:13   Been doin' fine! I'm active on the wiki, I just keep forgetting to log in. I removed the phone number change from Vevey, for instance. You're looking for Tragic Events; do a search and you'll find all those entries! —JabberWokky

2015-10-14 14:04:07   No problem! —JabberWokky

2016-02-22 19:52:40   Unfortunately, killing this most recent spam series is a little more difficult than usual. It's coming from a botnet of thousands servers, so it's difficult to block ahead of time. It's possible to block them all preemptively, but it'll take some time on our end. —PhilipNeustrom

2016-04-14 13:20:34   I've been meaning to document the current Mrak situation and protest. Just haven't gotten to it. Maybe this evening I can start and we can tag team work on it. —DavidGrundler

2016-11-09 17:24:49   Why don't you consider removing the "community alert" and adding it as the "featured page." Don't really think it is as important as a police action or some other critical alert, but probably does warrant some front page eyes. —DavidGrundler

2017-02-27 16:25:22   I note that the Pence Gallery article was in the Humor Columns section within the Aggie. Has this information been verified with the gallery? Does it show up in the Enterprise anywhere? I'd call the gallery myself, but it is closed today. I'd like to keep National Politics out of general townWiki, so I'm going to revert the Front Page for now. —JudithTruman