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JUNE 21, 2022                                                                                                                                      VOL. 54


Rachel Rogers Correspondence

Letter from the Editor.

Happy Summer Solstice! The longest sunlight of the year.  (But truth be told, yesterday was the best day of the year).

I am about to head out the door but thought I would update you on a lot of things.

  1. I did an improv show at the beach. The audience was stoic. I had an out of body experience where I saw myself dancing around on the stage like a montage from that one episode of Community when they put on an anti-drug play. I don't think the old people at the beach were ready.
  2. I proctored the SAT. As far as I know, no one cheated. Good to be back doing what I love: test administration.
  3. I attended the Portland Business Journal's 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies event, themed "Paris Nights." It was at the Hilton and I wanted to dress up like Paris Hilton but couldn't get my hands on a pink velour tracksuit quick enough. We placed #60 which is very cool for a retail store.
  4. I watched the first episode of the new Stranger Things season. Pretty intense!
  5. I did an improv show that wasn't at the beach and it went much better. Crowd was much less stoic.
  6. I went to my first Renaissance Faire with my coworkers. It was very muddy and everyone said, "Huzzah!" I did four arrows-worth of archery.
  7. I attended comedy prom and did not win Prom Queen or Prom King. Many people said I looked like someone running for political office. Maybe if there had been a Prom President or Prom Mayor election, I would have one. And I definitely would have been interested in some political mudslinging.
  8. I hosted a party in Eugene for work. I invited all my local media partners to come to the store early Tuesday morning. Some said it was the "most successful" version of a media day event we have done so far. I had to wake up at 4:30am that morning so I have no recollection of the day or its successes.
  9. I found out some bad news about an improv friend's health and was in a real funk.
  10. I saw a stage adaptation of Weekend at Bernie's. Having never seen the movie, I am now more intrigued than ever.
  11. Beyoncé announced her new album!
  12. A TV show that I did some background/extra work in just announced that it will premiere in the near future!
  13. I saw a friend's performance called All Bets are Off, which was an interactive way to tell her story about gambling addiction. It was compelling!
  14. I received no new bug bites.
  15. I cleaned out and reorganized all my financial papers.
  16. I celebrated Father's Day with my father. I got to visit my grandparent's and also had a celebratory brisket barbecue at my sister's house. I wanted to bring two watermelons for nine people but my mom said to only bring one and she was right.

Life has been a real whirlwind! And I head out tomorrow to go to my first ever ComedySportz World Championships in Seattle. I do improv with CSz Portland and will finally get to meet and play against people from the other 20+ ComedySportz clubs across the country and England. Even better? I will be representing Portland in one of the Saturday night matches!

I am so excited and have been looking forward to this event for a few years now. I was supposed to attend the 2020 event in Houston but I think we all know how 2020 and 2021 went.

If you need me, I will be rigorously studying everything there is to know about improv in between naps in my hotel room.



Place of the Week
Banning's Pie House
Activity of the Week
Watching Theater!
Video of the Week
Ringtone Choreography
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Song of the Week
The Fool - Ryn Weaver
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Renaissance Faire
First of all, one of my best qualities is that I can spell Renaissance without assistance. Second, I went to my first Renaissance Faire. I was not chomping at any bit to go to a Ren Faire but my coworkers really wanted to go together as a group. I was never sure what went on at a Ren Faire, but I was never curious enough to find out. Nonetheless, I went with an open mind and discovered I do not need to attend another Ren Faire. The whole experience was extremely muddy (probably like the actual Renaissance) and all the vendors were selling things to wear to Ren Faires. Plus side was I was not tempted to buy anything. I also drank mead. Mead is a honey-lemon wine and tastes just like medicine. I did like the cat and rat show but as a whole, I do not think Ren Faires are the fairs for me.
How to Read Water
How to Read Water was a Christmas gift and what a gift indeed. Tristan Gooley wrote this book and is an accomplished water navigator who has tips on how to read water signals from muddy tracks and puddles to colors in the ocean. I was hoping this book would be as good as The Hidden Life of Trees, but it wasn't. While there are many interesting facts about water, many of them don't feel applicable to those who aren't going to devote their lives to sailing and water navigation. Still, I think there is a lot of valuable information and I particularly enjoyed learning about the different ways waves are created and how waves interact with shores. Everyone could benefit from learning more about the water around them!
The Devil Wears Prada
I have been meaning to watch The Devil Wears Prada since the movie came out 16 years ago and I finally did this weekend! At first, the movie started an awful lot like Princess Diaries (everyone's favorite Anne Hathaway movie!!!): landing a coveted position, being negative about said privileged position, getting a makeover, etc. But TDWP pushes beyond the scope of Princess Diaries in that the main character becomes the exact person she despises and takes no responsibility for her decisions! And even though TDWP touches upon the cruel characters and wastefulness of the fashion industry, it still sends a strong message of fashion being an art form and it is! Only critique is that I never found out if the evil actually wears Prada.


Yes! A live show!

Saturday, June 25 - 7:30 PST
ComedySportz Match | Seattle, WA | Cornish Playhouse
Come watch four teams compete for points and laughs. Cities playing: Portland, San Jose, Richmond, and Chicago.
Masks and proof of vaccination or negative PCR test required.


For tickets and more information, visit
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