Trending: Is Coachella More Important to Fashion than NYFW?


New York Fashion Week is often regarded as one of the most influential fashion events of the year. This is when designers debut their styles for the next season and the rest of the world gets a peek at the clothing that is to come! But… how often do we really actually see what happens at NYFW? Sure, the Style section of the New York Times may do a feature on it, some fashion blogs may post about it, and there may be some highlights of runway walks on television, but is this REALLY the most important fashion event of the season? I’d argue that music festivals, specifically Coachella, are more important to fashion today than NYFW is.

In this day and age, social media is EVERYTHING. In an effort to see which has more influence, I looked up the hashtags “Coachella” and “NYFW”/“New York Fashion Week.” Check out the results:

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So at least as far as instagram is concerned (and it’s obviously the only reliable source of information…), Coachella has NYFW beat by a landslide.

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Now, of course, I’m not saying that Coachella has more influence over the fashion world than NYFW, but it definitely has more influence over college students. At least directly – I’m remembering that scene in The Devil Wears Prada where Miranda Priestly tells Andy that her blue (cerulean) sweater was specifically chosen for her by the very people in that room, so maybe indirectly NYFW still has more of an impact on us than we give it credit for.

But when is the last time you saw someone you know (one of your friends or favorite celebrities, maybe) blowing up their instagram with pictures of their clothes the way they do when Coachella rolls around? Or when is the last time you based your outfit on one of the models at NYFW? Probably never. But I bet you can name something you own that you first saw on Selena Gomez or Ashley Benson in one of their numerous Coachella pictures.

If you absolutely love the boho-chic style that comes with music festivals, here’s some outfit inspiration for this spring!

Music Festival Fashion

Some other fun styles to try this spring/summer: paintbrush prints, lace, leather, denim combinations, bold florals,  harem pants, boyfriend jeans, pastels, and faux fur.

Tears in Tuscaloosa

For Spring Break my freshman year of college, I went to Tuscaloosa, Alabama with 7 other Skidmore students to help with the aftermath of the tornadoes that had occurred a year earlier. When we got there, what we saw was beyond devastating. Homes were still destroyed and had not been put back together, trees were crushing cars that had been sitting unmoved for a year, and orange juice still sat on the tables of houses with their roofs torn off. We worked with an organization called Project Blessings and spent our week painting, organizing, and cleaning a house and a church gym that had been turned into a rec center and clothing closet. We stayed at a camp owned by Habitat for Humanity and throughout the week the following story made its way to us: The Habitat volunteers who we were staying with were building a house for a man who lost his entire family in the tornado. Upon hearing that the tornado was coming through, he put his wife and two children in the bath tub, one of the safest places in the house because it is grounded. He couldn’t fit, so he stood in the doorway, putting himself in more danger than his family. After the tornado came through, the man was still alive, but all three of his family members were dead. This story was the most devastating one I heard, but it was only one of many. What we did in Tuscaloosa may have had a small impact, but it did not by any means fix the problem.

Last night, three years and one day after the tornadoes of 2011, some 58 tornadoes hit the south, tearing through Alabama and Mississippi. At least 28 people have died over 6 states due to these storms, and the storms may not be over yet. Many areas are still on alert to harsh weather conditions, which could only up-end even more lives. For an area that was only just beginning to recover, these storms are heartbreaking. The people affected by these storms are our neighbors, our friends, and our family. Sending support in any way we can is not only a nice thought, it is necessary. The least I can do from Africa is to keep Alabama and the rest of the south in my thoughts for these next few days, but who knows, maybe I’ll be back next spring break.

Photos from Spring Break 2011

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For more information on the tornadoes, hit up Google, or check out these sources:

10 Thoughts People Have After Dropping their Phones in the Toilet

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These are the thoughts that rush through your head at about a mile a minute after that fateful “plop.”

1. That wasn’t my… no, it couldn’t be… it’s right here in my pocket….

2. Shit shit shit it is NOT in my pocket.

3. I don’t want to turn around.

4. Oh no, there it is. My poor little phone, drowning in the toilet.

5. Don’t worry, phone, I’ll save you!

6. Oh my god what have I done. Why on earth did I just stick my hand in the toilet? This was a terrible idea. Am I really that attached to my technology that I had to stick my hand in pee-water?!

7. It still works! Totally worth the pee on my hand.

8. Okay now how do I dry this off?

9. Step 1: Hand dryer? Gotta make sure it’s dry… Step 2: Hand sanitizer. Step 3: Does the battery of this damn phone come out? I think I’m supposed to take that out or something. No? Okay well I’ll just shake it to make sure all the water comes out. Step 4: Does anybody have some dry rice…? Step 5: Alert everyone on Facebook that I have dropped my dear phone in the toilet and will therefore be effectively living in the 1950’s for the next few days.

10. No phone… I don’t know how to live… What did people do to avoid awkward situations before they had cell phones to pretend to be busy on?


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10 Reasons it’s a Damn Good Thing Dreams are NOT Reality

1. Because I would have a lot of explaining to do to my boyfriend.

2. Because why on earth would it make sense for me to be sleeping in a submarine on the moon?

3. Because teachers generally don’t talk to you while you’re in your lingerie.

4. Because I would have a lot of children. A LOT.

5. Because a mechanical deer jumping through the window of my elementary school would actually be terrifying.

6. Because I think I would be severely traumatized from stepping on a dead person’s head. Well, more traumatized than I already am.

7. Because as much as I wish it were true, I am not related to Olivia Benson.

8. Because my fluctuation in physical appearance would probably indicate some serious health issues.

9. Because I have fallen off cliffs far too many times to still be alive.

10. Because donuts are not a breakfast food. Just kidding, yeah they are.

25 Things Girls Think in Clubs

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1. Wooooooooooo I love this song!

2. Wait, no why is it over? I came in here BECAUSE of that song.

3. Well, whatever, I guess I’m stuck now. It’s way too crowded to get out.

4. Where did my friends go? Damnit. Not again. Oh okay, there they are.

5. I have to pee.

6. Hello sir, why are you staring at me?

7. Nope nope please stop looking at me.

8. Well it was nice to meet you and your pitcher of alcohol but I think it’s about time for me to nope it on out of here.

9. It’s so damn crowded.

10. I need another drink. Why hasn’t anyone bought me a drink?

11. I guess I could try to make my way over to the bar but that sounds really far away.

12. Hey there buddy. Yep, super smooth approach.

13. Oh no, please don’t touch me.

14. Aaaaand you’re touching me.

15. This seems like the perfect time for me to grab my friend’s hands and dance with her.

16. Please take a hint, man awkwardly holding my waist. I’m not interested.

17. See how I haven’t made eye contact and I stopped dancing? NOT INTERESTED.

18. Alright. Time to pull the boyfriend card.

19. Stahhhhpp. I’m leaving.

20. Wait, no I still have to pee. Someone go with me.

21. Ermahgawd I love this song! Ke$ha should be the soundtrack for my life.

22. Why does my friend look like she’s about to throw up? If she thinks she’s going to vom on me, she is so wrong. Hold your shit together girl.

23. Oh thank god, not a vomit face, just a post-shot face.

24. Wait a minute, who gave her a shot and not me?

25. Whatever, I don’t care. It’s bed time. Or snack time. Or both. I’m done. Let’s get outta here.

Surviving Long Distance Relationships

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College is a time that is notorious for failed long distance relationships (LDRs). We’ve all heard about them and experienced them in some way or another – whether commuting back and forth between your school and your significant other’s (SO’s) school or supporting your friend after a turkey dump (you know, that awful Thanksgiving breakup that happens when high school sweethearts see each other for the first time since starting college), everyone knows that college is not an ideal time for LDRs. Many people think college LDRs will inevitably end in breakups, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Here are some of the top ways to survive long distance relationships:

• Know that LDRs are hard. They’re really really hard. Prepare yourself to spend some nights crying, having a pit in the bottom of your stomach, and feeling like your heart is constantly breaking. It’s going to be hard – if you go into being apart knowing that it isn’t going to be as fun as being together, you’ll be able to handle it a lot better.
• Be optimistic. Just because making LDRs work is hard, it doesn’t mean it’s impossible. If you keep thinking about the happy parts of your relationship and go day by day, you can definitely do it.
• Support your SO. They’re probably having just as hard a time as you are, so know that as much as you are going to have to lean on them, they’re going to need to lean right back. Always be there to listen to a rant, tell them everything is going to be okay, or just to talk – everyone needs a little extra love once in a while.
• Talk as often as possible. Whether you’re separated by a state or an entire ocean, 200 miles or 7 time zones, it’s always hard to find a good time to talk. You’re always free at different times, you have different obligations, you want to fill your time to distract yourself, etc. Whatever it is, make sure you always make time for the other person; just like you would spend time with them if they were in the same place as you, you should spend time with them now too. Luckily, social media makes this infinitely easier. Viber, Facebook, Skype, WhatsApp, FaceTime, and any other means of communication are all great – mix it up a little bit to change the pace of things. If you texted yesterday, maybe Skype today!
• Remember why you love each other.

Don’t forget: if it wasn’t worth it, you wouldn’t be doing it. But it is worth it, so keep it up. It’s going to be long, it’s going to be hard, but in the end it’s going to be that much more satisfying to be back together.

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Things He Doesn’t Need to Know

You and your guy might be closer than close, you might be best friends, you might be everything to one another. That doesn’t mean you need to know every little detail about each others’ lives. Do you REALLY want to know the last time he vacuumed his room? Probably not. There are some things he probably doesn’t want to know about you either…

Here is a list of seven things he just doesn’t need to know:

1. All the things you bought while shopping. Yes, I know, you go out for a day, spend too much money, come home, and just want to do your own personal fashion show with each and every item of clothing you bought. But chances are, your boyfriend/fiancé/husband probably doesn’t care. Unless it’s from Victoria’s Secret, don’t New-York-Fashion-Week-it for him. Just let him be surprised next time you wear that sexy black dress and be happy with his reaction.

2. The last poop you took. YOUR BOYFRIEND DOES NOT NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR BOWEL MOVEMENTS. I don’t care if you’re soul mates. Nobody needs to know that shit (pun 100% intended), let alone the person you’re sleeping with. If you decide you NEED to tell someone about it, that’s what best friends are for. Or doctors.

3. How cute that other guy is. Just stop. He should be the cutest guy in your life (and no, Ryan Gosling does not count as “in your life,” so the guy you’re with should be the one you’re most attracted to) and he doesn’t want to hear about the other guy who you think is so cute. Boys can be insecure too, and noticing things about another guy means you aren’t noticing those things about YOUR guy.

4. The time you faked it. Look, I’m not saying you should fake it regularly, but everyone knows there are just some times where you think you’re in the mood but then you realize you’re tired and just want to watch Say Yes to the Dress and fall asleep, and it just isn’t going to happen. It sucks, but it’s the reality. And he doesn’t need to know. All it’s going to do is hurt his feelings and make him feel inadequate, so don’t do it. If he asks directly, then maybe tell him, but never just bring it up out of the blue. It’ll bum him out. If you’re faking it a lot, there may be some other issues going on.

5. The last time you washed your bras. Those things are hard to wash, and seriously, how gross do your boobs get? Not very gross.

6. The gory details of your period. He went to 8th grade health class, he knows how it all works down there (and has probably tried to forget as much of it as he could). All he needs to know is what week it is and what your favorite flavor of ice cream is.

7. About the guy who hit on you the other night at the bar. Look, he knows you’re hot, he’s with you for a reason. He doesn’t need to know the nitty gritty details of the guy who tried to buy you a drink the other night, especially if he’s at all the jealous type. Tell your girlfriends who will actually appreciate it and then move on.

Next time you go to tell your guy about your makeup routine, think again. Does he actually want to hear about that…? Do you actually want to hear about his last video game conquest? If the answer is no, it’s not worth telling him and being disappointed by his unenthusiastic response. You two definitely have a lot in common, talk about those things instead!

How to: Fun Day


This is a note I sent to my freshman mentees from last semester:

Fun Day is approaching and I wanted to wish you all good luck (but like really, it’s a thing). In the spirit of making sure you guys have guides to important Skidmore-y things, here’s SkidmoreUnofficial’s guide to Fun Day:
Let me stress a few key things:

1. WEAR SUNSCREEN. This is not a drill. It was a long winter. I know you are all pasty white. This is not the day to decide you want to tan. When you wake up for dinner and stumble your way to dhall for French Fries, the last thing you are going to want is your skin to be the color of the sweet potato fries you’re struggling to keep down.
2. You’re going to think you can rally. You can’t. As soon as you fall asleep on the green and then somehow wake up in your dorm room at 8 pm disoriented, hungover, and confused as to how you made it to your bed (thank your friends for that one), you’re going to come to this realization yourself. You WILL have a friend or two who meet you at dhall and say something stupid like “guys, I heard Bloomfield is happening!” Don’t listen to them. First of all, it probably isn’t happening, because the people who live there are just as hungover as you are, and second of all, on the off chance it is happening, the other 6 people who have decided to rally will make it through one beer and realize how hard it is to keep it down. Just watch some Netflix and crawl your way to spa at 10 pm for some more greasy food.
3. Actually do your work before Saturday. You’ll plan on doing this, but then get distracted by Fun Day thoughts and outfit planning and other things that are going on and end up thinking to yourself “it’s okay, I’ll do it Sunday.” No you won’t. The end.
4. Don’t be a dick if you see a tour go by. Those poor tour guides are already spending their Fun Day giving a tour to unsuspecting parents. Do not throw your red solo cup in the air and yell “Come to Skidmore, it’s like this every Saturday!” This may or may not have happened to me.
5. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE watch out for your friends. There will be a lot of drinking, a lot of smoking, a lot of passing out, and a lot of vomiting. Make sure your friends are okay.
6. Don’t go out on Friday night. That would actually be the stupidest thing to do. Go to bed early, wake up early, eat breakfast, and drink your mimosas. Don’t try to drink the night before. There won’t be parties and you’ll just end up looking lame drinking alone in your dorm room. Don’t do it.

Okay, so basically just follow these six rules and the ones outlined on the guide linked above, and you’ll be a happy camper. Or at least a drunk camper. Oh well. And HAVE FUN! It is Fun Day, after all.

Attempting a Healthy(ish) Week


Do you ever have one of those weeks where you feel constantly run-down, have trouble getting up for class/work at 8 am, and survive the day solely on multiple rounds of coffee? Every day, you say? No way! Me too! Let’s just say that last week I didn’t make it to a single one of my 8 am classes AND I had trouble staying up until 11:30 pm every night. It was a struggle. I’m not sick and I haven’t had crazy-extensive amounts of work or emotional stress, so I really have no excuse. With that in mind, I’m trying to figure out what the hell was wrong with me last week and trying not to let it happen this week.

I think I’ve read somewhere that eating unhealthy foods can make your body run a little slower, so I’ve decided that this week, my goal is going to be eating healthier. As a friend pointed out recently, being an ex-gymnast means that I usually don’t think about eating healthy food – I grew up eating whatever I wanted (an entire pizza, for example, was not out of the question) and not having a problem with it. Well, as much as I might not want to admit it, I have now been classified as an ex-gymnast for four years (god, it hurts just to write that), and thus, it has been about that long since I have had a serious consistent exercise regime. I’m a pretty fit person, but it’s only due to my fast metabolism from daily 5-hour workouts four years ago.

So where does that leave me? Well, basically it leaves me trying to buy more vegetables and pretending my pants only feel tighter because I haven’t worn them since I last did laundry (note: I haven’t done laundry in… well, I’m 98% out of underwear, let’s leave it at that). So, resolution: As my Facebook status read yesterday, This week, I’m going to eat healthier. Step 1: Stop eating donuts for breakfast every morning. This, coming from someone who generally runs under the motto “every pizza is a personal pizza if you try hard and believe in yourself” is a big deal. But I’m dedicated. I’m going to eat more fruits (yesterday I bought a big bag of apples and a thing of mango (that I already finished) and vegetables; I’m going to attempt to eat less sugar; I might drink tea instead of coffee some days; AND I’m going to cook more and eat out less. Maybe I’ll even exercise.

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Check back in at the end of the week to see if I’ve made any improvements over the course of the week! Today, I went to my 8 am class AND I didn’t have a donut for breakfast. So far, so good.

20 Things Everyone Thinks During Skype Interviews


1. Alright, here we go, I’m so ready for this.

2. Okay, internet, any time now.

3. Oh god, oh god, oh god, I have 3 minutes and my internet STILL won’t connect.

4. Fucking internet! Why now? Why me?!

5. I might as well just assume now that I’m not getting this job. Connecting to the internet is the easiest part of this interview. She’s going to think I’m late, irresponsible, and incompetent. There is no way I’m getting this. I might as well stop trying now.

6. Oh, okay. Right, had to press ‘connect.’

7. So… where is she? We did say interview at 3, right? I should check my email.

8. Yes, definitely 3:00. But… it’s 3:10, so… I’m definitely connected to the internet, right?

9. This is my fault. I know it. She was probably on a few minutes early and because I wasn’t there, she logged off.

10. Oh hey! She sent me an email! “Running a few minutes late, sorry.” Okay, good, so it’s not my fault.

11. Alright, but now it’s been half an hour. This would definitely not be acceptable if I were late.

12. OHMYGOD it’s ringing. How many rings do I wait?! I don’t want to seem too eager, but I want them to know I’m excited about this opportunity!

13. “Hi! It’s so nice to finally get to talk to you.” Oh no, what did I just say? She’s going to think I was being rude because I said “finally.” I’m screwed.

14. Okay, I think this is going alright. Keep breathing, keep being you. You got this.

15. That was the worst response ever, I cannot believe I just said that. Let’s hope the internet cut out or something and she didn’t hear that.

16. Oh my god is she writing things down? I should just bow out now.

17. She better not ask me to stand up or she’ll be able to tell I’m not wearing pants.

18. Wait is that it? Do I have any questions? Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Come up with something! Stop sitting here like an idiot and ask her something!

19. Solid. Okay, it’s done. I can go pee now.

20. I definitely hung up, right? She can’t still see me?? I’ll just close my computer for good measure.



The Plant that Jumped Across the Room: My Grandfather, Anti-Semitism, and the Fight Against Global Oppression


My grandfather, Sam (left), and his brother, Wolf (right).

When I was a kid, my grandfather always told two stories about his childhood. One was about a rocking horse, and the other was the following: One night, his mother took him and his siblings into the kitchen to sleep. My grandfather and his brothers and sisters usually slept in the living room, but this night they joined their parents in the kitchen. As they were about to fall asleep, the plant in the corner jumped across the room!

This was the entire story, which my grandfather ended with such enthusiasm that even as a child, I knew this was an important memory. The story was magical and funny and altogether unbelievable. Even at five years old, I knew plants couldn’t just jump across the room. What I didn’t know was that in this particular case, the plant did jump. When I was older, my mother told me the real story of the jumping plant – a tale that was much less humorous and significantly more terrifying:

In 1919, my grandfather was born in Warsaw, Poland to Jewish parents, Moishe Mendel and Rachel Leah.They lived in a tiny apartment and from the age of seven, my grandfather stopped going to school in order to work to support his younger siblings. On the night of the jumping plant incident, presumably sometime in the mid-1930s, attacks were occurring all over Poland. My great-grandmother gathered her family in the kitchen to sleep in an effort to keep them together and keep them safe. True to the story, before they fell asleep, a plant did indeed jump across the room. Due to the force of the bomb that fell through their living room, the building shook and the plant moved during the explosion. The child-friendly version of “the plant story” that my grandfather told me and my brother ignored the horrors that were taking place in my grandfather’s daily life. It ignored the fact that his family had no way to ensure their safety, that they were being persecuted for a faith they were born into, and that ultimately, many of them perished at the hands of the Nazis for their beliefs.

Earlier this week, East Ukraine released a leaflet ordering Jews to register and provide a list of their property. If they do not comply, they could face deportation, confiscation of their assets, and revocation of citizenship. Whether or not these pamphlets are even real or if these developments will be acted on is still unclear, but the threat is real nonetheless and points to the growing anti-semitism that exists around the world. The year is 2014; we are almost 70 years removed from the end of the Second World War, and yet we still have not overcome the issues we faced in the 1930s.

We live in a world full of survivors of genocide – we have seen the effects of discrimination to the worst degree, and yet we continue to hate. We hate people who look different, act different, and think differently than we do. We alienate our friends and find enemies in the “other.” We have yet to realize that we are a single human race; one people with one common goal. We all want to live and lead happy lives.

We need to fight against oppression. This week is Passover, the Jewish holiday of Pesach, in which we remember the oppression the Jews felt under the Pharaoh in Egypt many millennia ago and celebrate their liberation. We fought back then, and we will fight back now. No people should have to undergo oppression. Ukraine needs to know that we, as a world, as a single people, as the human race, will not stand by and watch. We will act. Do it for your friends. Do it for your family. Do it for the survivors of oppression everywhere. Do it for my great aunt who has an Auschwitz number tattooed on her arm. Do it for the families who live in refugee camps. Do it for the children who are forced to act as soldiers around the world. And do it for yourself – oppression is everywhere and it is a constant fight – stand tall and fight for others; that way if you are ever on the receiving end, you will never stand alone.

“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me–and there was no one left to speak for me.”

– Martin Niemoller


For more information on Ukraine, read the following links:

You’re Definitely from Eugene, Oregon if…

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  • When you tell people where you’re from you follow it up with “It’s two hours south of Portland” or “You know the book One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest?…” or “It’s where the University of Oregon is… no…? It’s two hours south of Portland.”
  • You know that the Civil War is so much more than part of America’s history.
  • You know the difference between IHS and Classic without having to ask what IHS stands for.
  • The Ducks are everything.

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  • When you get to the gate at the airport that finally takes you your last leg home, you’re sure to see at least half the people wearing UO paraphernalia.
  • You know to lock up your front wheel AND the rest of your bike when you leave it outside… and you can just hope for the best as far as the seat being there when you come back goes.

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  • Someone in your family works at/studies at/went to the U of O… because otherwise why would you live in Eugene…?
  • You know nobody wears dresses to homecoming.
  • Every piece of athletic wear you own is Nike.
  • You have very strong feelings about the floor at Matthew Knight Arena.

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  • You never use an umbrella (see
  • “Black tie affairs” really mean maybe it’s time to whip out your Dansko’s instead of just wearing your “newer Birkenstocks” (I really don’t want to talk about the problems you specific Eugenians will face when you go somewhere other than Eugene and try to make this look work… Spoiler Alert: It won’t).
  • Everyone from your dentist to your high school English teacher has seen you less-than-dressed at the Oregon Country Fair.
  • You know the easiest way to pass Frog on the sidewalk is to tell him you already have all the joke books (which you do).

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  • You know what it means if someone asks “if you’re camping” when July rolls around.
  • You know how long someone has lived in Eugene by what they call Market of Choice/Price Chopper/PC Market.
  • You know Aaron Honn.
  • You can’t even with Springfield. But you will fight to the death convincing someone that it is the true Simpsons Springfield. Because it is.

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  • If you don’t buy at least one gift at the Holiday Market each year, it hasn’t been a successful holiday season.
  • Deciding what food you want to eat at Saturday Market is the hardest decision of every week… and every week you get Pad Thai from Bangkok Grill anyways, so you’re not really sure why you try to convince yourself to get something else every week.

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  • You call/called your teachers by their first names.
  • Prince Puckler’s ice cream is the only ice cream that matters.
  • One of your friends adamantly complains about Dutch Bros not being “real coffee” because it was originally a milk company or some bullshit but it doesn’t really matter because you’re still going to get your small blended annihilator with a pink straw every day and they can just shove it.

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  • You feel really out of place not being outdoorsy.
  • You know that there are really only two seasons: Construction (a.k.a. summer) and Rain (a.k.a. everything else).
  • There is no doubt in your mind that Track Town, USA is a really special place to live.

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