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AUGUST 26, 2022                                                                                                                                     VOL. 60


Rachel Rogers Correspondence

Letter from the Editor.

I am humming my favorite Joanna Newsom lyrics to myself. Anyone else?

I almost didn't write a newsletter this week. So much has happened. Both good and bad.

Good: I went to the Rose Garden (not Moda Center) to smell roses. Sometimes you just need to get your sniffer all up in a petal and then decide what every rose scent smells like. Spoiler: one of them smelt like a scratch-and-sniff sticker and I liked it.

Bad: The street fair. I guess the street fair was fine but it was bad for me for personal reasons!!! I will not reveal because it's such a long story for such little payoff.

Good: I made my siblings come over for a family breakfast over the weekend. They thought I was going to announce something but all I really wanted to do was make pancakes, a finely cut up fruit salad, and hang out. What is so suspicious about familial love??

Good: I hiked Tom Dick & Harry Mountain. This was almost classified as "bad" because I was a bit more out of shape than the previous times I've hiked it. What a magical hike though. I even cried a little coming off Mt. Hood because it is so beautiful. There is a lot of beauty in this world!!

Bad: My grandparents' cat went missing.

Good: My grandparents found their cat.

Bad/Good: My grandma needed to go to the hospital but she will be okay!

Good: I picked blackberries with my parents and we made blackberry crisp. It was so delicious and five different people got to enjoy it (including me multiple times).

Good: I bought a new nightstand. For the last week or two my most personal items have been in piles around my room. I needed those two drawers!!

Bad: My friend's house was burglarized! She came home while the guy was in her house.

Good: They caught the bad guy and I got to have a sleep over with my friend!

Good: I went to a music open mic to attempt to conquer my stage fright. It didn't quite work but you have to start somewhere.

Bad: The pizza at the open mic was bad. And I like basically all pizza, so please take note that this was particularly bad.

Bad: My cousin passed away this week from cancer. She had been battling cancer for years and trending downwards that past few months. The only good thing is that she is no longer in pain.

Good: The President of the United States issued out some loan forgiveness. This will effectively put me out of debt. I am so excited and while we need to do something about the cost of education and how educational loans function, spending money on education is so much cooler than spending money on war and stuff.

Bad: There have been a lot of spiders in my house.

Good: I have not been bitten in weeks! I might even start a digital bug catalog of my forest.

Good: I went to the Phoebe Bridgers concert and it was really enjoyable. She is a good one.

I hope that despite your good and bad that you are at peace.



Place of the Week
Rose Garden
Activity of the Week
Blackberry Picking
Video of the Week
Weighing a Koala Bear
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Song of the Week
The Line - Westerman
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Drop the Mic?
Microphones sure do pick up sound and amplify it and/or record it. How do the vibrations of our mouths get trapped in the microphone and pushed through the wire and replicate on a computer or speaker? Really makes you think.
Don't forget to show how much you dislike crows with a cool "Crows are the Worst" shirt! $2 from every sale will benefit Pillsbury United Communities.
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Ace Hardware - Sandy
The Ace Hardware in Sandy is my vacation Ace. If I am on the road travelling on vacation or to Joe's Donuts, this is my Ace. They really have everything -- including recreational passes needed to park at certain trailheads and state parks around Oregon. They let me go to the bathroom in there and they often compliment my hairstyles. Okay, maybe not often but it did happen once and it wasn't creepy, it was very sincere. If you need a tool or something on vacation, I highly recommend the Ace Hardware in Sandy.
Never Have I Ever
I would call this a guilty pleasure show except I shamelessly love this show. It is a teen sitcom on Netflix (ever heard of it?) created and written by Mindy Kaling about a first-generation Indian family. The main character, Devi, loses her father at the end of freshman year and she is determined to move on without dealing with her emotions so that she can clear her reputation at school. Narrated by famous tennis player John McEnroe, this show is funny and charming. Also, the characters use TikTok, an app I know of and use.
Edgefield Concert Venue
As someone who has recently visited Edgefield to see a concert and will soon be again, I have some thoughts! There are meal tents in the venue and the prices are decent, $12-13 on average. So my question is, why is a cocktail the same price? I don't know! I do like that they say leaving the rural venue will take 45-60min. on a sign in the grass field where you park your car because it does. I also like the way music sounds here. Overall, this place is fine--just don't be in a hurry to leave.


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