Happy birthday Harry Potter!

On June 26, 1997, after many rejections, a little book called Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was published in the UK. That was just the beginning. Soon more books came out, a total of 7 about Harry, but other books, movies, plays, rides at the amusement parks, clothing, a new broomstick game played around the world, new words for the dictation, toys, and other memorabilia soon followed. Very much like Star Wars, Star Trek, or Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter managed to bewitch his way into the global psyche.

I vaguely remember seeing the first two books in 1998 in bookstores and reviews in various magazines. Finally one day I saw a display at Barnes and Noble that had the first two books displayed and I thought, “well I should read the damn things as I keep seeing them everywhere.” I started reading and I was hooked. I soon started to purchase the British versions of the books to get them sooner and they were always a little bit different than the American copies. Over the years I stood inline at midnight bookstore parties, ordered extra copies to see which one would get to me quicker, and one year the power went out and I was reading Harry by candlelight! Hay it was new and needed to be read. I also had friends pick me up foreign language copies on their travels around the world. When the movies came out with their midnight shows, I attended them because its always fun to be in a theater filled with crazed fans who loved Harry as much as you do.

Now 20 years later, Harry’s story has been told (maybe), but we continue to learn more about the wizarding world with Newt Scamander and other stories. It will be interesting to see what the next 20 years bring for the wizarding world, muggles too. But Harry will always remain at the center, a little orphan kid who just wanted a home and some friends and ended up saving the world. Always.

There is always room for one more Harry Potter book! Celebrating the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone! #HarryPotter20 @pottermore @jk_rowling

Bemidji Day #3

41st Annual Air Race Classic
Bemidji Regional Airport (KBJI) – Bemidji, MN

At the airport by 6am. 28 planes had to leave this morning and one had to arrive and leave! The last one finally left around 6:30pm. Then a little after 7pm I started the drive home. Arrived home about 1am. Fun, but very long day.

41st Annual Air Race Classic

41st Annual Air Race Classic
“Blazing Trails in the Sky – Frederick to Santa Fe”

4 days, 2600+ miles, 9 high-speed flybys..
Bemidji Regional Airport (KBJI) – Bemidji, MN

I have arrived in Bemidji! Only took over 5 hours. Google maps said 3.5, but I guess it did not take account of getting lost and ending up by Camp Ripley and a few pit stops for gas, bathroom breaks, and I just needed to stop and stretch the back.

A few racers have already come and gone at Bemidji before I arrived, including Minnesota 99 Tracy Lovness. Tracy was the first racer here! Congrats Tracy. The Minnesota 99s were given bandannas, made in Bemidji, so that they know that we are official volunteers. The airport is doing a wonderful job with race and providing food and transportation for the racers.

We have a tent on the side of the taxiway so that we can time the racers as they come in at 200 feet above the runway.

Defective titanium toe joint implant

I’m still having lots of foot pain and swelling when I walk, so I asked my regular doctor if I could get a second opinion from a new podiatrist (I still like my old podiatrist, but a fresh perspective is always good) about the foot and she said yes, but I should be aware that feet are difficult so I shouldn’t expect too much. So my foot appointment was today and I had some new x-rays taken and then meet with the new podiatrist. Guess what he found? My titanium toe joint implant is defective/malfunctioned and I only had it for two years. TWO YEARS! Looking at old photos from this time last year (aka May 2016) show none of the damage we are now seeing. So it all happened sometime in the past year. Fantastic. The foot will never get better. The pain and swelling will never go away. So my new options are 1) do nothing and live with the pain, 2) get a new implant and try again, but its going to have to be bigger due to the damage of the last one and it has less of a chance to succeed, and 3) fusing the toe together. Fusion is a last ditch effort and it was something we hoped to avoid during the past two surgery’s. But that’s what we are going to have to do now. You can see the damage in the photos. Notice all the dark space around the implant, which is being caused by the implant shimmying and destroying the bone around the implant as I walk. Also notice the little shark fin bone spur which has now grown over the implant. So surgery this summer, which will be #3 in the past 5 years for those that are counting. Bipedalism sucks!

New book review!

My newest book review (my 126th book review) was just published:

Melissa Aho. 2017. Review of Jonathan Faiers & Mary Westerman, editors, “Colors in Fashion.” Library Journal, 142, no. 10 (June 1): 110.

Graduation party!

For a day that started out gray and overcast it ended up being nice and sunny, although a bit too humid. Sunny is good, but humid, not so much. But it was certainly nice by the time I attended Abbie’s graduation party. Abbie is the daughter of friends Kelley and Marc and so I have known Abbie and her sister Kaitlyn all their lives. Wow, not feeling old at all (Kelley stop feeling old). Its weird when your grade school friends have kids that are old enough to live their own lives and go off to college to study physics! Kelley and Marc raised two smart wonderful young women who are going to do some amazing things. Happy graduation Abbie!