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Thursday, July 19, 2012

California's Miss Oregon: What the web reveals

Did Rachel L. Berry of Burbank, California move to Oregon by October 21, 2011, so that she was eligible to compete in the Miss Oregon 2012 pageant? The evidence from the internet clearly indicates that Berry, who won the Oregon competition, did not move to Oregon by then, and that she was therefore not eligible to enter the contest.

Berry has refused to talk about this with a reporter, and she has declined our repeated suggestions to discuss the matter with the public through other means. And so internet research is all the public has to go on. In this case, that will likely be good enough for many people to draw a conclusion.

Here is the timeline of the relevant period: mid-October of last year through this week.

October 15, 2011: Rachel Berry, 23, a graduate of Chapman University, is living in Burbank with her younger sister, Adrienne, who is an aspiring professional dancer and, like her sister, a pageant contestant. The elder Berry works sporadically as a reporter for the City of Hawthorne, California television station, whose programming is seen on cable and on the internet; she also works long hours at a nearby outlet of Cheesecake Factory, a restaurant chain. There are several Cheesecake Factories within driving distance of the Berrys' home, including locations in Sherman Oaks, Woodland Hills, and Brentwood. Berry is the reigning Miss Orange County 2011, and she was previously Miss City of Orange 2010. She has competed in about a half dozen pageants, including at least one in her home state of Indiana.

October 20, 2011: Berry posts on Facebook about a photo shoot "on the Disney lot," presumably in southern California:


Screenshot supplied by a reader.

October 21, 2011: This date is six months before the Miss Three Rivers pageant is held in Oregon City. This is the deadline to be a legal resident of Oregon in order to be eligible to compete in the 2012 Miss Oregon pageant. (Actually, one could read the rules to say that the deadline was earlier than this -- six months before Berry actually entered Miss Three Rivers -- but under any reasonable reading of the rules, this is the latest possible date for the residency requirement to apply.)

October 23, 2011: Adrienne Tweets that she has been out for a walk with Berry:

October 27, 2011: Adrienne Tweets that Berry is just now getting home from work:

October 28, 2011: Berry Tweets that she has just accompanied her sister to an audition:

October 28, 2011: Berry Tweets that she just attended the Radiant Women's Conference:

The conference was held in Van Nuys, California, near Burbank.

November 20, 2011: Berry posts to Facebook a photo of herself with a member of a veterans' post in Hawthorne, at which she shot a TV news segment about the post's Thanksgiving dinner, held that day:


Screenshot supplied by a reader.

Berry is seen on camera in the resulting video (starting at 12:03):

The segment airs on November 30.

November 27, 2011: Adrienne Tweets about leftovers that Berry is bringing home from Cheesecake Factory:

December 9, 2011: Berry posts on Facebook about a celebrity sighting on an L.A.-area freeway:


Screenshot supplied by a reader.

December 12, 2011: Adrienne Tweets that Berry is taking her phone:

December 19, 2011: Berry uploads to YouTube her farewell video as Miss Orange County 2011:

January 4, 2012: Berry and Adrienne attend a church service presided over by "Pastor Mel," whom Berry regards as "my pastor":

There is a Pastor Mel who presides at the In His Presence Church, in Woodland Hills, near Burbank.

January 7, 2012: Adrienne complains about Berry's musical tastes:

January 29, 2012: The two sisters are still hanging out together, on the older sister's 24th birthday:

February 27, 2012: The first sign of separation:

April 21, 2012: The Miss Three Rivers pageant is held in Oregon City. Berry is named Miss Willamette Valley, one of three "misses" crowned that night.

June 30, 2012: Berry wins the Miss Oregon pageant.

July 1, 2012: This blog points out that she was a very recent transplant from California and quotes the residency requirement.

July 2, 2012: Berry appears on the KATU-TV program AM Northwest and tells the hosts there that she has lived in Oregon for "about a year." Later that day, Berry uploads a promotional video for Baker City, with her as Miss Oregon and spokesperson.

July 12, 2012: KATU-TV airs a story bluntly questioning Berry's eligibility. Berry's Twitter page becomes private. Berry's website is taken off line. Most of Berry's YouTube videos are made private.

July 16, 2012: Adrienne's Twitter page becomes private.

* * * * * * * * * *

If there were just one or two of these moments, there might be an explanation. One might think that maybe Berry moved to Oregon in October and was just going back to California to visit her sister. But when you add all of the posts up, it's hard to avoid the conclusion that she didn't move to Oregon until after the deadline. Was she commuting from Oregon to the San Fernando Valley to work at Cheesecake Factory in November? It strains credulity. The feverish internet scrubbing of the past week, by women who previously craved public attention, is an additional, damning piece of evidence.

So now what? Neither Berry nor the Miss Oregon pageant organization in Seaside has shown any indication of admitting her ineligibility, or even acknowledging that there is an issue. Given that Berry's pageant mentor, Connie Benson, is a familiar face on the Seaside pageant scene (although she's now a southern California lawyer, she's back and forth to Seaside quite a bit), it seems unlikely that the local organization is going to take Berry's crown away against her will. The national Miss America organization is notorious for not investigating in cases such as these.

Will the media hound Berry into stepping down? Only one mainstream media outlet -- KATU-TV -- has shown any interest in the story. And the investigative reporter who did the work there, Anna Canzano, has been off duty this week. That station has run only one segment, and no other editor in the state has thought it worth their time (although a station in Eugene apparently ran the KATU clip).

Probably the only way any official change is going to be made is if the runner-up, Nichole Mead of Newport, or other contestants lawyer up and see where they can get with the case in a courtroom. Who knows if they'd do that? It seems like a lot of expense and hassle, and maybe they'll be turned off enough to let the whole thing go.

But there is money involved. Berry took a $10,000 "scholarship" prize; Mead won $3,500; third through fifth places won $2,500, $2,000, and $1,500, respectively. If Berry shouldn't have been allowed to compete, Mead was deprived of an amount of "scholarship" money that the average person would probably say is substantial. And some unknown young woman in sixth place got nothing when she should have gotten $1,500.

One thing is certain: Based on what we've seen so far, we don't think Berry is a real Oregonian, and she doesn't represent us. And we wonder about some of what goes on at the Miss Oregon pageant. As a nonprofit organization, that group is under the jurisdiction of the state attorney general's office; perhaps someone from that office ought to ask a few questions.

UPDATE, 10:49 a.m.: Berry has resigned.

Comments (57)

Excellent sleuthing (though the subject matter is disgusting - and I feel for Ms. Mead).

As for Rachel, the term "plastic fantastic" comes to mind.

Who cares?

Congrats to Nichole Mead. Miss Oregon 2012.

Perhaps Pastor Mel should have preached a little more on the Ninth Commandment "Thou shall not bear false witness".

And maybe it's just me, but if Ms. Berry were from any other state, I wouldn't care. But California? "How Dare You!"

Maybe her talent was teleportation.

That's about the only way her story works.

Unfortunately, I just googled "Nichole Mead".

Keep the crown, Ms. Berry. Keep the crown.

Who cares?

Great question, and I think I have the answer. Generally, beauty pageants are at the bottom of my interest list. However, I do have a great amount of state pride. Oregon has a certain wholesome beauty that is difficult to describe. It can best be represented by a woman who is more or less home grown, and can best reflect those innate NW qualities. If a poser comes into the state and steals what it is ours (no matter the low significance) I get my hackles up a bit. Trying to cover up things only further dimishes what Oregon should be all about. So, while really unimportant in the large scheme of things, I guess I care.

First of all, are the pics and post correct, yes, but your whole theory is wrong. Rachel hasn't responded to you, because she was told not too, not because she has anything to hide. I'm really close to her and I can tell you, the whole Cheesecake thing was actually my idea. There is only one Cheesecake in the Portland area, and they only hire 10 people at a time. Rachel had no waitressing experience, so her getting a job their, was slim to none. I told her, since she was coming home for the holidays, to apply at all of the Cheesecakes in so.cal, since there are a few of them, see if she can get on at one of them, and then transfer to Portland, because then they'd have to accept her. When she got hired, she found out that she'd have to somehow stay on for 3 months before she was eligible to transfer, so that's when the back and forth actually started. As far as the DMV thing, it was me again, I urged her not to switch her plates and stuff over to Oregon back in sept or october because of how tuff California is on an out of towner and taking your car and impounding it for a month and making you pay all kind of crazy fees (1500 minimum) just to get it back. The reason I know, is because it happened to me. I feel really bad about all of this, I had no idea, it would come down to all of this. I'm not really ready to give up my identity yet, but hey, you're the smart guy, so you figure it out.

“Who cares?”
Well, I do. As a lifelong resident of Oregon, I get a little bothered by someone claiming to live here and then pass themselves off as representing all of us. I don’t like a Californian, like Miss Berry, selected as Miss Oregon nor a New Yorker, like Ron Wyden, elected as an Oregon Senator.

In a society awash with inflated resumes, imaginary degrees, situational ethics and a view of truth that is summed up as "whatever works" I guess it is not surprising that someone fudged on the facts when they entered a contest. The Great American Hot Air Industry perpetuates the myth that the truth is whatever is shouted out the loudest and the longest. Just do not look behind the curtain.

"Who cares?"

I care about the matter of a $10,000 scholarship.

I'm curious how many man hours have been spent on this non issue?

It appears to be an unnatural obsession with pageant phoniness.

NOT a shock to most of us!

And not an expense to any of us.

Rules don't matter anymore if you have the connections.
It's everywhere.

NOT a shock to most of us! And not an expense to any of us.

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

So we are supposed to believe that Rachel COMMUTED to a job in LA from Aloha Oregon for 3 months? I didn't know the Cheesecake Factory was the only restaurant or place to work in the state. Really, this is lame. Rachel lied and Connie (I assume she must be "feel sorry for Rachel) helped her do it. Shame on both of them.

The cover up stinks. She lied and cheated and literally stole the money and the title.
Go back to Hawthorne and work on those head shots for Disney. Maybe you can get a gig as Snow White, on the day shift, in August.

She also commuted to Hawthorne to shoot and edit video the Sunday before Thanksgiving?

To my knowledge, the only Cheesecake Factory in Oregon is in Tigard.

"Feel sorry for Rachel" is posting from an IP address that is located in the New York City area.

An anonymous caller tells us that Berry worked at the Glendale Cheesecake Factory.

http://locations.thecheesecakefactory.com/ca/glendale-141.html

I like how you write on behalf of the true Oregonians...Jack, that doesn't include you. You transplanted here from the east coast. Although that was eons ago because you're probably 2x the age of this young girl you're bullying, you're not a real Oregonian, either. I'm sure this girl has a more promising future than aspiring to sit around making up theories to post on a blog as a way of trying to be a "credible" media source. What a joke.

A few letters to the editor in the Seaside Signal would probably start smoking out the decision-makers among their friends and neighbors.

Somebody phone Pastor Mel. A member of his flock has strayed from the path of righteousness. Situational ethics, indeed.

I've read "feel bad for rachel"'s post about the Cheesecake Factory/residency excuse about 10 times, and I find myself understanding it less and less with each successive read.

This young woman age 23, is NOT a girl.
She was apparently also not a legal resident of the state of Oregon for the 6 months prior to the competition as required by the rules of the organization that sponsors this pageant.
The 1st prize of $10,000 scholarship money is a significant sum to most people and by "winning" under false pretenses Rachael Berry has deprived someone else of that money.
She has now apparently tried to cover up the fact that she was not a resident of the state.
Lying, cheating and stealing...pure and simple.
Pointing this out is not bullying.

I take no pleasure in this.

Berry has resigned now. She should have taken my advice and done it on Tuesday.

BTW, this story would have gone nowhere if Anna Canzano at KATU hadn't run with it. She should get the credit, although I'll accept the hateful comments. God forbid anybody in Portland ever speak up about anything.

Miss Berry resigns due to her deceitful actions leading to her election. She has greater cojones than our mayor.

I'm assuming this blog owner, who is clearly obsessed with Rachel losing her crown, is somehow related or best friends with the first RUNNER UP -who wasn't the TRUE winner of Miss Oregon and who won't have a snowballs chance in hell to win Miss America, because she's a malicious person on the inside. Go ahead and do your best at Miss America, runner up. You weren't chosen as the winner of Miss Oregon because they felt you weren't the one for the job. I don't see how you could be proud of that.

I do not know Ms. Mead or anyone related to her. I only know about her what I can read on the internet.

It is people like you, who encourage young people like Rachel Berry to win at all costs, who are responsible for this mess.

It's also a little funny that you're posting from L.A.

And this matters why, jack Bog? Its a Pageant not the race for President of the United States. Move along folks nothing to see here.

Is it funny Jack? You're posting from Oregon. I find that funny. Go to hell.

Wow. Calling Pastor Mel!

Bravo Jack. Glad someone spoke up and persisted. Obviously those who are ticked off at you are from the Berry camp who thinks its acceptable to disregard rules. Sincere thank you for standing up an injustice to the other 1st runner up who looks like she worked hard for the title over the years.

And is actually from here.

Nothing more hypocritical than a bible-thumping cheater. Good riddance.

Hell of a good job Jack! We true Oregonians support you and your efforts.

My comments to 2 people:

Rain Check: I understand that your friends/family/whatever with Ms. Berry... so you REALLY want her to do well. I get that. But put emotion aside for a moment and explain to me why it's okay that she cheated to win? I can't imagine you can justify that. Maybe your answer would be that that's the way the pagaent world operates. Everybody does it. I dunno, so enlighten me, please. Also, why the slams on the First Runner Up? So not necessary.

Ms. Berry: As we've seen COUNTLESS times over the past 10 years, it's the cover-up and half-ass apologies that bury people. If you really want to do the right thing - admit you cheated, apologize FOR THAT, and move on in life. You'll be fine. In fact, you'd change from being a shitty role model to being a responsible role model. That's a cool opportunity. If you asked Pastor Mel, I bet he'd agree with me. Own it, and move on.

Good work, Jack.

All is not lost. Ms. Berry can look forward to a long, successful career on public access cable television. Look what it did for Jim Spagg.

The pageant world is a nasty little place.

RainCheck - Obviously this situation is a terrible one for many reasons. I know BOTH girls personally and look at this situation from all sides. Rachel is a wonderful woman, and unfortunately the bottom line is that what happened was wrong. Proving your residency is just not that challenging of a task, and a drivers license is most certainly not the only way to do it. A cable bill, utility bill, rental contract etc.

But as for you attacking Ms. Mead's character? What exactly do you truly know about her? How much time have you spent getting to know her, one on one. It's not her fault that these things have come to light, nor that they happened in the first place. She is in fact a wonderful person with a HUGE heart.

Let us refer to an old saying, "If you have nothing nice to say, then don't say anything at all."

I am proud to be a born and raised Oregonian with quite a bit of state pride, and I for one would be delighted to see Ms. Mead receive something that all those who know her, know how incredibly hard and passionately she has worked for. A true representative of our state.

So please keep your nasty comments to yourself. You're not being kind, or representing Rachel very well.

To all the people saying Rachel is not an Oregonian.. We have had plenty of women win the title of Miss Oregon who are not "true" Oregonians.. Last years Miss Oregon was not from Oregon. Secondly, she won the crown, obviously the judges thought she was best one for the job.. or else they wouldn't have picked her, Oregonian or Not they felt she would do the best job. and Lastly, I have met Rachel and she is the sweetest girl ever.. it is not her fault that her county directors let her compete back in April, if her residency was an issue it should have brought up in April, not after she won the crown, Her local directors and the Miss Oregon directors are the ones to blame for this, they should have checked before hand.

I agree that the pageant directors in Oregon did not do their jobs here, at all. It would be interesting to know why.

All Rachel had to do was move here by October 20. But she didn't.

I have little to no opinion on the subject matter. I did, however, want to point out that Rachel is not from California as several posters have assumed due to her previous residence there. Several have subsequently unjustly categorized her as "plastic fantastic" and the like. She is from Indiana and attended high school with me. She was a few years behind me and I did not know her personally, and thus cannot say anything about her character or what she have or may not have done in this situation. I can however attest to the fact that she looks nearly unchanged today from 10 years ago and that people should not be stereotyped based on presumed facts. There are plenty of pageant winners who are not native to the states for which they compete. It seems cruel and un-Oregonian to lambast her for competing for miss Oregon simply because she is not a native. That being said, if she did indeed attempt to falsify the length of her residency, then it seems appropriate that she resign, which she did. Now let it go an move on.

Sorry, Kellie - Rachel lied on KATU television.
We are also aware that she's from Ft. Wayne, Indiana, and is apparently a serial pageant entrant. And if she looks "nearly unchanged" from ten years ago, then perhaps the term, "plastic fantastic" isn't so far off the mark.

Let's put this into perspective:

1) Rachel misrepresented her eligibility in terms of residency requirement.

2) She's a carpetbagger.

3) She lied in a television interview without batting an eye.

4) When first Jack and then KATU began digging around, she and her family desperately attempted to eradicate all traces of their online activities, which clearly indicated misrepresentation/fraud.

5) She and the folks in Seaside have signed nondisclosure agreements, which means that the coverup is ongoing.

Bottom line, Kellie: Rachel is an attention-hungry, manipulative cheat, a liar, a fraud. She doesn't have any business purporting to represent our state; it was all about attention and financial gain for her.

Now let that sink in. There is a difference between right and wrong.

Really Jack? Rachel was approved every step of the way by the pageant officials. You know they had a responsibility to everyone, including Rachel, to not allow her to compete at the local competition let alone the state competition. Why is it that the 24 year girl is the only one taking the hit for this and is now being silenced by a nondisclosure agreement? Gee seems like you would mount a greater assault on them then you did on Miss Berry and make sure they feel the pain as well...

As I said in the last paragraph of this post, I agree with you that the pageant organizers should be questioned. Maybe next week when Anna Canzano is on duty at KATU, she'll get back to them. You can bet they would never talk to me.

It might also be interesting to talk to the five judges in this year's state pageant to see what they knew or didn't know:

Jai C. Harrelson, who has judged more than 100 pageant competitions, 25 of them Miss America state pageants; Leigh Gettman-Allen, who has served on the judge’s panel for hundreds of Miss America preliminaries and four Miss America state pageants; Don Accuardi, who is actively involved in the Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors – he and his wife were chaperones for Miss Oregon judges for four years; Carol Henry, a graduate and employee of Robert Spence Modeling Academy who has volunteered for the Miss America pageant system for more than 26 years, beginning as the wardrobe chairman for a local pageant; and Craig Campbell, president and legal counsel for the family lobbying firm.

Campbell and Accuardi are local; the other three are regular judges on the national pageant circuit.

There's a bit of an odor here, and it isn't just about the eligibility question.

Usually I wouldn't chime in on things like this, but I just can't stand here and watch you all speak so horribly about someone you don't even know.

First of all, who here has even competed, helped, and/or contributed to the Miss America Organization? We all seem to have something to say here because we want an Oregonian to have this title, but how do we have something to say if you have never been a part of this organization? My involvement with this organization gives me some perspective in what is going on here.

Second, this organization has a strict set of rules, and in order for Berry to qualify for the local pageant, she obviously had been approved prior. The fact that she had paperwork and qualifications to become her local title is enough evidence to continue to Miss America. She is a bright and intelligent girl and would not go into the contract blindly. The fact that she changed her registration officially proves she is becoming more a part of the state.

Third, if any of you have a problem with the monetary value, I would say look at the women who are participating in these pageants. When it comes to talent costumes, evening gowns, make up, and all the pageant essentials, the scholarship money they receive is balancing out if not adding just a bit more to their true scholarship funds. The money should not even be brought into question. The runners up, including Nichole Mead, had a decent wardrobe. If it wasn't her, I'm sure it was a pageant girl that served as the anonymous tipper. If they are so bold to do so, they should say it was them. Actions speak louder than words, right? In the end, they probably wanted the crown so badly that they had to find behind a news organization in order to get what they want. An Oregonian decided it was their opportunity to hurt someone else in order to get what they want.

Lsstly, this comment is meant for Jack. While it is obvious Berry spent some time in California instead of Oregon, that does not make the fact she began living in Oregon invalid. Look at the dates; most of her sister's tweets and mentions are near holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas. Do you really think Berry, a new Oregon resident, is going to spend 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, even on holidays, alone as opposed to with her family in California? It seems like she was honoring her commitments to work and family and closing things out and coming home. If anyone had the opportunity to see their family when transitioning to a new job and town, I'm sure they would take it too.

It's really sad that you would take your time to look at personal profiles in order to make a case, if there is any.

Cut the girl a break.

If ever Miss Berry is allowed to talk, then she will be able to tell her story. I'm sorry for whoever started this little trail ... It has grown into a mountain. If she did indeed try to establish residency early and ha a difficult time finding work, but followed advice given to her, she deserves the benefit of the doubt. Mistakes are made everyday; when she can, she will let everyone know about it. I am from a Portland born and raised mother - she would be embarrassed by the small town minds here. Calling names doesn't clear up any of your accusations or the situation. The pageant has helped many girls mature and grow and become incredible and beautiful poised contributing citizens when the winner has worked the job, as it IS a job. There are "pageant patties" who think beauty and talent are all - but it is the women who have substance that become role models. California grooms their girls to work and perform at a higher level. Miss Berry could only have helped your pageant and perhaps that is what the pageant officials were hoping. I must admit, since Miss Berry won't be going to Miss America, I won't either.

I think this was in Seaside less than a month ago:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=4147077996505&set=a.3622425760527.164686.1270462742&type=3&theater

Connie left Oregon early to go back to her Cali business, but Rachel made sure she was there in spirit:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=4168891781836&set=a.3622425760527.164686.1270462742&type=3&theater

Connie will also reportedly be in town to be inducted into the Seaside High Hall of Fame this summer.

You guys' inability to get your stories straight is why Rachel will soon be back signing autographs on tabs at Cheesecake Factory in Glendale.

Remind me to never enter into a business contract with these supporters.
Need never know the problems missed.

Maybe next week when Anna Canzano is on duty at KATU, she'll get back to them.

Are we sure she's in town? Her husband is in London covering the Olympics for The O. I wouldn't be surprised if she were there too.

She isn't even from Cali! She's orignially from Illinois. She should have stayed there.

She's from Indiana* My mistake.

You better watch your back, Jack: Hell hath no fury like a Beauty Queen dethroned.

If the sock puppet circle jerk is any indication, this won't go away anytime soon

In response to Tara S:
1. I've been involved in the MAO for 30 years.
2. That she was approved is the fault of the local director, and the state director not requiring PROOF of residency, which is a separate issue. It does not negate the fact that the girl lied. You said she was smart and knew the contract, as she's been competing for years, so she KNEW she was lying when she signed. 'Trying' to establish residency is NOT establishing residency. You said it yourself-- there are strict rules, and this is NOT a gray area.
3. You are using the fact that girls put a lot of money into competing to justify her STEALING $10,000! I'm wondering if she could be prosecuted for fraud?
And then BLAMING the runners-up as vindictive, 'do anything to win' girls and accusing them of tipping off and hiding behind the media!! You say the tipster should have made themselves known--there was an injustice to them that this girl ever competed in the state, and I believe that if someone wouldn't have contacted the media, they would just lie their way out of it (which they tried) and people like you would attack them, BLAME THEM and try to black ball them from the program. You've proven my point exactly!
Accusing the runners up as 'wanting to hurt (her) to get what they want!!' RACHEL BERRY IS THE 'WIN AT ANY COST' PLASTIC FANTASTIC!!! SHE HURT THESE GIRLS IN NOT ONLY STEALING THEIR SCHOLARSHIPS, BUT ROBBING ANOTHER GIRL OF HER CROWNING MOMENT.
Put the blame WHERE IT LIES (double entendre meant).
-Rachel Berry for lying about her residency.
-The local and state directors for their incompetence.
On a side note: her 'personal' profile is NOT personal when she publishes it to the internet herself for literally the WHOLE WORLD TO SEE! You can't have it both ways: look at me, look at me, look at me. Oh you have proof of me lying from my twitter account?? Oh, that's private. Pleeeeeeeeease!
Cut this girl a break?? Why? Cause she talks about reading the bible and her love of Jesus?? What a horrible role model of a Christian, and I'm not even religious. People like her are the reason.
Thank God for the internet trail or this girl would have kept on lying, like she did to the TV station!! Jack Bog was right all along. Rachel Berry was the lier. You need to reexamine your ethics, especially if you claim to be a Christian as well.

*ps. You're the exact kind of person that needs to go within the MAO! Your 'logic' is completely out of whack with reality.

While it is obvious Berry spent some time in California instead of Oregon, that does not make the fact she began living in Oregon invalid. Look at the dates; most of her sister's tweets and mentions are near holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas. Do you really think Berry, a new Oregon resident, is going to spend 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, even on holidays, alone as opposed to with her family in California? It seems like she was honoring her commitments to work and family and closing things out and coming home. If anyone had the opportunity to see their family when transitioning to a new job and town, I'm sure they would take it too.

You are so delusional, Tara. Get help. She was busted, and she admitted it. Now you need to get over it.

Tara - even if it was a pageant girl who sent in the tip, Rachel was the one who lied. Who is more desperate for the crown, the person who lied in signing a legal contract then lied on the news, or the person who pointed out that lie?


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If You See Kay, Red 2011
Turnbull, Old Bull Red 2010
Cherry Tart, Cherry Pie Pinot Noir 2012
Trader Joe's Grand Reserve Cabernet, Oakville 2012
Benton Lane, Pinot Gris 2012
Campo Viejo, Rioja, Reserva 2008
Haden Fig, Pinot Noir 2012
Pendulum Red 2011
Vina Real, Plata, Crianza Rioja 2009
Edmunds St. John, Bone/Jolly, Gamay Noir Rose 2013
Bookwalter, Subplot No. 26
Ayna, Tempranillo 2011
Pete's Mountain, Pinot Noir, Haley's Block 2010
Apaltagua, Reserva Camenere 2012
Lugana, San Benedetto 2012
Argyle Brut 2007
Wildewood Pinot Gris 2012
Anciano, Tempranillo Reserva 2007
Santa Rita, Reserva Cabernet 2009
Casone, Toscana 2008
Fonseca Porto, Bin No. 27
Louis Jadot, Pouilly-Fuissé 2011
Trader Joe's, Grower's Reserve Pinot Noir 2012
Zenato, Lugana San Benedetto 2012
Vintjs, Cabernet 2010
14 Hands, Hot to Trot White 2012
Rainstorm, Oregon Pinot Gris 2012
Silver Palm, North Coast Cabernet 2011
Andrew Rich, Gewurtztraminer 2008
Rodney Strong, Charlotte's Home Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Canoe Ridge, Pinot Gris, Expedition 2012
Edmunds St. John, Bone-Jolly Gamay Noir Rose 2012
Dark Horse, Big Red Blend No. 01A
Elk Cove, Pinot Noir Rose 2012
Fletcher, Shiraz 2010
Picollo, Gavi 2011
Domaine Eugene Carrel, Jongieux 2012
Eyrie, Pinot Blanc 2010
Atticus, Pinot Noir 2010
Walter Scott, Pinot Noir, Holstein 2011
Shingleback, Cabernet, Davey Estate 2010
Coppola, Sofia Rose 2012
Joel Gott, 851 Cabernet 2010
Pol Roget Reserve Sparkling Wine
Mount Eden Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains 2009
Rombauer Chardonnay, Napa Valley 2011
Beringer, Chardonnay, Napa Reserve 2011
Kim Crawford, Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Schloss Vollrads, Spaetlese Rheingau 2010
Belle Glos, Pinot Noir, Clark & Telephone 2010
WillaKenzie, Pinot Noir, Estate Cuvee 2010
Blackbird Vineyards, Arise, Red 2010
Chauteau de Beaucastel, Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2005
Northstar, Merlot 2008
Feather, Cabernet 2007
Silver Oak, Cabernet, Alexander Valley 2002
Silver Oak, Cabernet, Napa Valley 2002
Trader Joe's, Chardonnay, Grower's Reserve 2012
Silver Palm, Cabernet, North Coast 2010
Shingleback, Cabernet, Davey Estate 2010
E. Guigal, Cotes du Rhone 2009
Santa Margherita, Pinot Grigio 2011
Alamos, Cabernet 2011
Cousino Macul, Cabernet, Anitguas Reservas 2009
Dreaming Tree Cabernet 2010
1967, Toscana 2009
Charamba, Douro 2008
Horse Heaven Hills, Cabernet 2010
Lorelle, Horse Heaven Hills Pinot Grigio 2011
Avignonesi, Montepulciano 2004
Lorelle, Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2011
Villa Antinori, Toscana 2007
Mercedes Eguren, Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Lorelle, Columbia Valley Cabernet 2011
Purple Moon, Merlot 2011
Purple Moon, Chardonnnay 2011
Horse Heaven Hills, Cabernet 2010
Lorelle, Horse Heaven Hills Pinot Grigio 2011
Avignonesi, Montepulciano 2004
Lorelle, Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2011
Villa Antinori, Toscana 2007
Mercedes Eguren, Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Lorelle, Columbia Valley Cabernet 2011
Purple Moon, Merlot 2011
Purple Moon, Chardonnnay 2011
Abacela, Vintner's Blend No. 12
Opula Red Blend 2010
Liberte, Pinot Noir 2010
Chateau Ste. Michelle, Indian Wells Red Blend 2010
Woodbridge, Chardonnay 2011
King Estate, Pinot Noir 2011
Famille Perrin, Cotes du Rhone Villages 2010
Columbia Crest, Les Chevaux Red 2010
14 Hands, Hot to Trot White Blend
Familia Bianchi, Malbec 2009
Terrapin Cellars, Pinot Gris 2011
Columbia Crest, Walter Clore Private Reserve 2009
Campo Viejo, Rioja, Termpranillo 2010
Ravenswood, Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Quinta das Amoras, Vinho Tinto 2010
Waterbrook, Reserve Merlot 2009
Lorelle, Horse Heaven Hills, Pinot Grigio 2011
Tarantas, Rose
Chateau Lajarre, Bordeaux 2009
La Vielle Ferme, Rose 2011
Benvolio, Pinot Grigio 2011
Nobilo Icon, Pinot Noir 2009

The Occasional Book

Maria Dermoȗt - The Ten Thousand Things
William Faulkner - As I Lay Dying
Markus Zusak - The Book Thief
Christopher Buckley - Thank You for Smoking
William Shakespeare - Othello
Joseph Conrad - Heart of Darkness
Bill Bryson - A Short History of Nearly Everything
Cheryl Strayed - Tiny Beautiful Things
Sara Varon - Bake Sale
Stephen King - 11/22/63
Paul Goldstein - Errors and Omissions
Mark Twain - A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
Steve Martin - Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
Beverly Cleary - A Girl from Yamhill, a Memoir
Kent Haruf - Plainsong
Hope Larson - A Wrinkle in Time, the Graphic Novel
Rudyard Kipling - Kim
Peter Ames Carlin - Bruce
Fran Cannon Slayton - When the Whistle Blows
Neil Young - Waging Heavy Peace
Mark Bego - Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul (2012 ed.)
Jenny Lawson - Let's Pretend This Never Happened
J.D. Salinger - Franny and Zooey
Charles Dickens - A Christmas Carol
Timothy Egan - The Big Burn
Deborah Eisenberg - Transactions in a Foreign Currency
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. - Slaughterhouse Five
Kathryn Lance - Pandora's Genes
Cheryl Strayed - Wild
Fyodor Dostoyevsky - The Brothers Karamazov
Jack London - The House of Pride, and Other Tales of Hawaii
Jack Walker - The Extraordinary Rendition of Vincent Dellamaria
Colum McCann - Let the Great World Spin
Niccolò Machiavelli - The Prince
Harper Lee - To Kill a Mockingbird
Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus - The Nanny Diaries
Brian Selznick - The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Sharon Creech - Walk Two Moons
Keith Richards - Life
F. Sionil Jose - Dusk
Natalie Babbitt - Tuck Everlasting
Justin Halpern - S#*t My Dad Says
Mark Herrmann - The Curmudgeon's Guide to Practicing Law
Barry Glassner - The Gospel of Food
Phil Stanford - The Peyton-Allan Files
Jesse Katz - The Opposite Field
Evelyn Waugh - Brideshead Revisited
J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
David Sedaris - Holidays on Ice
Donald Miller - A Million Miles in a Thousand Years
Mitch Albom - Have a Little Faith
C.S. Lewis - The Magician's Nephew
F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby
William Shakespeare - A Midsummer Night's Dream
Ivan Doig - Bucking the Sun
Penda Diakité - I Lost My Tooth in Africa
Grace Lin - The Year of the Rat
Oscar Hijuelos - Mr. Ives' Christmas
Madeline L'Engle - A Wrinkle in Time
Steven Hart - The Last Three Miles
David Sedaris - Me Talk Pretty One Day
Karen Armstrong - The Spiral Staircase
Charles Larson - The Portland Murders
Adrian Wojnarowski - The Miracle of St. Anthony
William H. Colby - Long Goodbye
Steven D. Stark - Meet the Beatles
Phil Stanford - Portland Confidential
Rick Moody - Garden State
Jonathan Schwartz - All in Good Time
David Sedaris - Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Anthony Holden - Big Deal
Robert J. Spitzer - The Spirit of Leadership
James McManus - Positively Fifth Street
Jeff Noon - Vurt

Road Work

Miles run year to date: 212
At this date last year: 60
Total run in 2013: 257
In 2012: 129
In 2011: 113
In 2010: 125
In 2009: 67
In 2008: 28
In 2007: 113
In 2006: 100
In 2005: 149
In 2004: 204
In 2003: 269


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