THDP40 Book Sale Time Again

book sale1Yep, it’s that time of the year again.  I mentioned before how weird (cool) it is when I reach a milestone with this podcast….like the 2nd Annual Laptop Buying Guide.  Well we are reaching another one in the coming weeks.  And that is the Bookstock Book Sale at the Laurel Park Place Mall here in Livonia (Six Mile Road and I-275).

Once again I found out by reading the column of Neil Rubin of the Detroit News (email address is  Twitter is @nealrubin_dn).  I have listed all of this info on the shownotes page which is at  I will also list all the events they have planned in those same shownotes.

I am also going to list all this information at our main site at  The dates it is open are from April 26 to May 3, 2015.  Unless you want to binge buy the sale is free of charge.  The first day (Sunday 8:15 to 11 am) is the pre-sale and it will cost you $20 do partake.  They have something special going on everyday.  And finally, thank you to Neil Rubin for all his fine writing.  I am an avid reader and I appreciate your style.


Again, this is sort of like the 2nd annual Penguicon at least for me.  I think this year is the 9th year for Penguicon.  It happens this coming weekend April 24, 25, 26 at the Westin Hotel in Southfield.  The Westin is at 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI  48075.  The hotel’s phone number is (248) 827-4000.  At the door registration is $60 and daily options are available.  For more info on registration go to

I first heard of Penguicon last year through our friend Tony Bemus of the Sunday Morning Linux Review.  Last year Ed found out about it at the very last minute and attended but as I said it was at the very last minute.  This year he is going and may even record a report for us while there.   Last year I could not attend because of health issues and this year again, I can’t walk so I can’t go.  Hopefully next year, all healed up, will be different.  Which leads me to the next subject I want to cover today.

My health. 

This has been a long haul.  When did this all start?  Let’s see, in November 2013 I had to have emergency hernia surgery.  I had already scheduled my knee replacement for June of that next year so I already had major issues with mobility.  Well with the hernia surgery they wouldn’t let me lift a finger for 3 weeks.  I couldn’t even walk the length of my driveway.  So my hips seemed to “set-up” in that time.  I don’t really know how to describe that but by the end of the three weeks I couldn’t spread my feet apart more than maybe a foot or foot and a half. I couldn’t walk worth a hoot anyway because of my knee.

Well when I started back to work after that surgery I sometimes needed a cane.  As time wore on I needed it more and more and soon I needed it all the time.  I have needed it full time ever since.  I had knee replacement in June, 2014 and I had a hip replaced in December, 2014.  And now Monday I will try again to have the other hip replaced.

Three weeks ago I was supposed to have the surgery but 2 days before I came down with a very stiff back and a pinched nerve in my disc.  So it was delayed until now.  I have tried to meet every challenge head on with manners, wit and patience.  I tried to not let my health affect this podcast but as we have all seen over this past year I was not always successful.

For a long time you hung in there and for that I am eternally grateful.  But recently our numbers have been on the same downward spiral that my health has been.  At this point I have no choice but to be confident that this last replacement surgery will take care of the severe pain and allow me to pursue my career again with the same fervor it requires.

So we needed to come up with a plan.  This is what we came up with.  The Help Desk Podcast is going to go on hiatus until May 24th, 2015.  That will give me a month off from podcasting.  When we come back we will be a little different with our focus.  The name will remain the same.  Our focus will be a little more toward Education Technology than it has been.   I was going to describe for you just what the refurbished podcast would be like, what it will offer but in the past I have over promised and underperformed.  Not this time.  Just suffice it to say it will be better.  If you would like input on the format of our podcast then call us and leave a message or email us with your input.  We will seriously consider it and share what advice of your we followed.  I am going to go and heal now..  I really hope these last 2-3 years were not for nothing.  Or should I say these last three replacements.