Today we met a man named Paul on the road through Cascade Locks.
He is something of a renaissance man.
We shared a picnic table with Paul outside the Eastwind Drivein. He had just finished kiteboarding on the Columbia River. It was a perfect day for a 71 year old kiteboarder, sunny and windy. He also plays the fiddle and saxophone, is a fabulous caricaturist and artist. He got second place in the state fiddling competition and a second in a state raquetball tournament. He invited us to a bluegrass festival where he is performing on the weekend.
He is a retired electrical engineer who rigged his car to carry all of the tools of his many trades; his kiteboard, musical instruments, airbrushing tools, and a spare pair of shorts and a t shirt.
I told him all he is lacking is a dog,
but it would have to be an extremely small and patient Chihuahua,
It took some concentrated conjuring and the help of a local genie, but our youngest daughter finally was prepared to take her driver's test.
It was a tense trip to the DMV...
...hands glued tightly in the 10 and 2 o'clock position.
The parking lot was filled with people desperate enough to hang out with other desperate people desperate to get titles/licenses/name changes/buy/sell vehicles from Department of Motor Vehicles employees desperate to get home for the weekend.
Invisibility cloak to the dry cleaner? Check Hand carved wand that chose me revarnished? Check Sleeping pills to get me through til July 17th? Check
Don't accuse me of being obsessed or I'll cast a spell on you that will make you allergic to pumpkin juice and turn your house elf into Rod Blagojevitch. Besides, I'm not the only one in America that has been Potterized past all recognition.
Rodney is legally blind but refuses to join the rest of the Crumble family in wearing coordinating corrective eyewear because if he can't have Harry Potter spectacles he would rather get a seeing eye owl.
When he turned 18, Wesley added an "a" to his name and dyed his hair red, but his posse still refuses to call him Weasley.
When Parminda puts herself into a self-induced trance she inhabits an alternate reality as a large animal veterinarian with a specialty in dragons
Everyone said she was throwing her life away, but Juanita couldn't help but fall in love with Cornelius Grizzle when he revealed he was a closet warlock
Cedric was only 3 years old when Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone first came out, but thanks to Uncle Ellrod he has been fully immersed in the family wizarding ways and can charm the ladies with a slight lifting of a well groomed eyebrow.
Delmont taught himself to tan the skins of small animals and sew his own clothing. He believes that in his own small way he is following Dumbledore's wise injunction that "When life hands you roadkill, make a shirt"
Larlene raised $139.79 in her 4th of July Death Eater Danceathon and plans to donate everything except the 79 cents to the American Cancer Society. (She bought a slurpee because she was dehydrated)
Nedra has worn black gloves ever since a drunk tattoo artist misspelled Hagrid's name when inking "Hagrud's a Hottie" around both wrists. Adding insult to injury, the accompanying dragon looks more like the Geico gecko.
Sharlexa rescued her dog from the Humane Society because initially she thought that Cutie Pie spoke Parseltongue, but it turned out to be just a regular bark.
In spite of extensive modification, including turbo boosters that run on jet fuel,
Cleavon has been unable to modify his roadbike into an airbike;
with the exception of that one time when he was drunk and rode it off a bridge.
Inspired by Professor Lockhart, Arnold has dedicated his life
to beauty over brains and form over function.
He is confident that someday it is all going to come together
and he will be able to move out of his mother's basement.
The Sizemores have taught little Frederick that even though he is adopted, and not a true Muggle,
that he can still support his adopted country at least once a year.
Every member of the Hay Hollow Book Club was electrified the first time they read Harry Potter