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  • Oregon Trail Could Have Used Some Multifamily Housing

    Back in the day I used to sit in my elementary school’s computer lab, playing the game Oregon Trail. Originally developed in the early 70s to teach school children about the harsh realities of 19th century pioneer life on the Oregon Trail, the game was a real gut check. Sitting in front of Apple computers the size of coffee tables, my classmates and I each assumed the role of a wagon leader,...
  • You Live, You Cut Your Own Bangs, You Learn

    I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life. Bangs, for example. I grew up in the late 90s, a decade after Bubble Bangs were in, but I said to hell with fashion and continued to sport them well into Y2K. If that wasn’t bad enough, I attempted to cut said bangs with poultry shears on several occasions. My mom would ask me why there was hair in the bathroom sink and I would shrug, my bangs creeping...
  • Pay to Play: Winning Ways to Hold Community Contests

    A unicorn, an unlimited supply of Toaster Strudel and Zac Efron. When I went in on the Mega Millions in late-March with several co-workers, these were the things I dreamed of purchasing with my cut of the money. I knew I had a better chance of being pecked to death by a hummingbird than winning the lottery, but I’ve always been lucky and didn’t see any reason why this would change. Few people...
  • Making Your Community The Happiest Place on Earth

    A few weeks before my 12th birthday, my Uncle Mark called me. “If you could go anywhere in the world for your birthday, where would it be?” he asked. “Hawaii!” “Uhh…pick another place.” I thought for a second before the obvious came to mind—Disney World! “Guess what,” Uncle Mark said, “we’re going.” I knew he was lying and I told him so, but he insisted the trip was happening. The more...

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