Today we’re going to play a game of Mind Meld. Question: “What three associations to mind when I say the word, “Oregon’?”
If you’d asked me this question 10 days ago, my answers would have been something like:
- Oregon Trail. I mean, let’s be real here–who didn’t think of Oregon Trail lickety-split? Who among us can forget (am I dating myself?) that wonderfully pixelated covered wagon trundling along a two-dimensional river; your passengers dying of dysentery because you decided the “Rest for a while” option was for chumps; and the tiny box telling you that, congratulations, you shot 102938475 lbs of meat and probably sped up the extinction of wild buffalo species tenfold and oh yeah, you were able to carry back 2 lbs of it. Go you!
- Monopoly: Okay, so I thought I was remembering correctly when I got up to write this but apparently I’m crazy (surprise), because the classic Monopoly board contains no such thing as an Oregon Street. I checked this picture and the only states in the orange section are New York and Tennessee Ave, so what I thought was a lifelong association between the state of Oregon and the color orange is a complete sham and probably just a result of the fact that both words begin with the letter ‘O.’
- Quarters: Remember when they started minting those nifty quarters customized to each state? This one is Oregon’s and holy freakin’ bananas I think I just had an epiphany when I Google searched that.
But first, some photos of this amazing flourless peanut butter cookie dough–I’ll talk about it in a second…
Up until this moment, I never realized Crater Lake was on Oregon’s quarter. Do you all know what Crater Lake is? It’s this massively isolated lake in the middle of a c rater when a volcano blew up and collapsed in on itself thousands of years ago.… Read more