Ask Rachel

Ask Rachel

Email Rachel at telegraph@durangotelegraph.com

Dear Rachel,

In this age of data collection, what is the real cost of a rewards program? I know that my personal information must be worth more than the 32 cents I’m saving on La Croix at City Market. But is it my own personal self that’s worth more to City Market? Or am I just a demographic – oh hey, we didn’t expect the La Croix dude to also buy Oreos. I can’t decide if I’d rather be anonymous, or if I can derive self-worth from being valuable to corporations the world over.

– Valued Member

Dear Cardholder,

I was just talking to a friend about how philosophy may be dead. I mean, I’m sure every generation thinks that philosophy is dead; that’s how we annoy our elders. But seriously, what thought has yet to be thought? And then I read your letter. You have determined a new benchmark for self-identity and self-worth. For what are we, in the scheme of existence, but data points? Keep on confounding them, you Oreo-scarfing champ.

– Swipe or insert card, Rachel

 

Dear Rachel,

I’m afraid my dog might be smarter than me. That fact doesn’t actually bother me, except when I can’t seem to outsmart her when I need to. For instance, she can figure out I’m about to leave the house about 30 minutes before I think I’m showing signs of it. I let her out to pee, and she refuses to come in. Not even another dog made entirely of Zuke’s treats would convince her to so much as look at the front door. And I can’t get her in by her collar; she’s too fast. How can I train myself to be smarter?

– I’maGoodGirl,YesIAm

Dear Mensa Candidate,

’Tis true, nothing makes you feel dumber than being unable to convince a dog to listen to you. I mean, a strange dog, or a frightened one? Sure. But your own. damn. dog won’t listen to you. I think it’s time you resign yourself to the cold, hard truth: you’re better off as a cat person.

– Meeeow, Rachel

 

Dear Rachel,

I just found out that dandelion tea is a thing. I know it’s not a new thing, but now I’m wondering what other weeds get steeped in hot water and sold to the no-caf-free-trade yuppies of the world. Relaxing Goathead? Herbal Thistle Remedy? Another Goddamn Elm Tree Brew? Seriously, I’m pretty open to different diets, but this is taking the “anything is edible” alternative food craze too far, don’t you think? Or am I just a tea square?

– Steeped in Befuddlement

Dear Teabagged,

I can’t really get too baffled over dandelion tea when I’m still trying to figure out why we’re creating new Oreo flavors that don’t belong in Oreos. Seriously, it’s not just hot chicken wing-flavored Oreos, but wasabi ones too. It’s enough to make me want to go outside to pee and never, ever come back.

– Add milk to taste, Rachel

 

 

Top Shelf

Loco-motion, Chatham County & Baracutanga in Buckley
Loco-motion, Chatham County & Baracutanga in Buckley
By Chris Aaland
06/13/2019

“More cowbell!” Will Ferrell famously shouted in a “Saturday Night Live” skit. Well, dust them bells off because Grand Funk Railroad comes to the Sky Ute Casino Resort at 8 p.m. Saturday on its 50th anniversary tour.

Best of the fest, Tab Benoit and Naughty Professor
Best of the fest, Tab Benoit and Naughty Professor
By Chris Aaland
06/06/2019

The 14th annual Pagosa Folk’n Bluegrass rolls onto Reservoir Hill this Friday through Sunday, bringing a host of bluegrass and indie folk bands to the region and offering the best camping/music combo festival around.

Rockin' out, Diggin Dirt and Railroad Earther
Rockin' out, Diggin Dirt and Railroad Earther
By Chris Aaland
05/30/2019

Once upon a time, landscaping was my life. 

Iron thrones, iron horses, Jewell and Denver
Iron thrones, iron horses, Jewell and Denver
By Chris Aaland
05/23/2019

Many of you have taken a few days to digest the final episode of “Game of Thrones.” I certainly have.

Read All in Top Shelf

Day in the Life

It's Aliiiiive!
It's Aliiiiive!
By Stephen Eginoire
06/13/2019

For most of the year, the idyllic waters of the Animas Animas turns into a heaving, surging, icy torrent of fresh River flow lazily downstream, meandering through snowmelt.

Strainer things
Strainer things
By Stephen Eginoire
06/06/2019

As the Animas River once again roars to life, the features that define its rushing waters follow suit. Common along its boulder- strewn banks are piles of debris and detritus that create what is effectively known as a strainer.

Wet and wild
Wet and wild
05/30/2019

This past month has seen more than its share of brooding skies and torrential downpours. 

Cyclists of the Iron Horse: A Field Guide
Cyclists of the Iron Horse: A Field Guide
By Stephen Eginoire
05/23/2019

It’s everyone’s favorite bike-frenzied weekend, the 48th annual Iron Horse Bicycle Classic!

Read All in Day on the Life