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Today I was off to the local racetrack Running Aces with family and friends. I had one big win $18 on a $2.00 bet! Its always fun to watch the ponies run and the weather was beautiful.

New publication

New publication: Aho, Melissa. “Minnesota Chapter.” 99 News: The Official Magazine of the International Organization of Women Pilots 42, No. 4, (July/August 2016): 28.

Rocking the vote!

Minnesota Primary Day! I was voter #21.

Happy International Cat Day !

Happy International Cat Day! Yes, there is a holiday for everything.

The Riddle Room

Today was a battle of wits and we lost and the world ended. Sorry about that.

So today six of us ladies went to The Riddle Room aka an escape room game- which is where you go and are locked (not really) in a room with a mystery to solve. We were doing the game: ‘Bunker: Missile Command’ where you are trapped in an army bunker and you only have 1 hour to solve the mystery and open the lever the will stop the nuclear weapons from going off and save the world. Sadly that did not happen. The game was really hard and one hour is not long enough to solve the various clues and win the game. We were originally suppose to do the space game, but it was broken. But this one was fun and exciting to try and solve the game, but it totally sucks not to win. As one of my former students once commented to me when I asked her how many books she had already so far in the year and I commented that I had read more “Melissa, its not a competition” to which I replied “Yes, it is.” Because really, it totally is. I am not really a competitive person, not against other people nor against myself, as I have nothing that I need to prove, but I do like to win.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Today (July 31) on Harry and J. K. Rowling’s birthday the new Harry Potter book (Book 8) came out: “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.” Not a novel, but a screenplay of two plays: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One & Two and Harry Potter parties were once again held around the world as people counted down to Midnight. I was too tired to go to any Potter parties or stand in line for the book/play, as I have done in past years, plus its just so much easier to get it on my Kindle and start reading right away. And it certainly beats having to order them from the UK because they were not yet published here in the US, which is what I had to do with some of the earlier books, until they started to published the UK and US books simultaneously.

So at 11:01pm on July 30 I wondered if the book/play would download, as it was past Midnight in the UK and Midnight in New York City, so I looked and no book/play. But then at 11:22pm I noticed that the book/play was downloading (I later checked my bill from Amazon and it also said 11:22pm. Weird). So I am not sure if the ebook was on NYC time or not, but if I had been in the store I would have been still waiting. So another great thing about ebooks – you might get the book a bit early!

A quick read (I finished about 2:58am – so about a 3.5 hours to read), the play/book was wonderful and sad and happy and adorable and includes all the characters we have know and loved over the past 19 years, plus a few new ones. It nicely wraps up some of the ‘what if’ questions that have been lingering from the books and does a wonderful job of showing that Hermione and Ron were meant to be together and yes, I know that some have debated if they should have ended up together (including Rowling and Emma Watson), but I liked happy endings and the book/play does a good job of answering that question. The world is always a little bit better when there is a new Harry Potter book it in.

Misty water-colored memories…

Memories…Misty water-colored memories…

Its always hard to let go of things. Today ends Mom’s garage sale and three very long days of working the garage sale. Not being a morning person and having to get up every morning to open at 9am was not very fun. Luckily we had some wonderful family and friends that came over and helped. Mom sold lots of Dad stuff (tools and camping stuff), so that was good and I sold a few things. We also found that two things were stolen: one was an army snake bite kit (collectors item) and the other was a coin purse. People are weird!

Making history or herstory!

For the first time in over 200 years of American history a woman has been nominated by a major political party for president of the United States! Hillary Clinton gave a fantastic speech tonight (and quoted the musical Hamilton a few times! and mentioned how she believes in science and climate change!!!) and actually the whole Democratic Convention had a lot of wonderful speeches, especially those by all three Clinton’s, both Obama’s (Michelle had the best speech of the whole convention), and Biden (really, Joe could get kittens to cry). We are living in amazing times!

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Remembering Dad

Remembering Dad on his death date.


New paper published!

New paper published! The paper that Todd and I presented at the MPSA Conference and then updated has been published! And yes, it is an economics paper! Actually its about economics and AI (artificial intelligence).

Todd J. Barry and Melissa K. Aho. 2016. “Technological Unemployment and Socio-Economic Change: Historical Perspectives and the Future.” Communications in Applied Sciences Vol 4, No 2: 1-48.

Barry and Aho