ROSE (roz) n. One of the most beautiful of all flowers, a symbol of fragrance and loveliness. Often given as a sign of appreciation.
RASPBERRY (raz’ber’e) n. A sharp, scornful comment, criticism or rebuke; a derisive, splatting noise, often called the Bronx cheer.
We hereby deliver:
• ROSES to news of a beautiful new political friendship.
Well, OK, that's overstating matters, but it is true that Gov. Kate Brown and President Donald Trump finally see eye to eye on an issue.
Both came out this week against our twice-annual time change as we toggle, meaninglessly, between standard time and daylight saving time. We made the most recent switch at 2 a.m. Sunday, springing forward and losing an hour of sleep.
Momentum is growing to do away with the time switch; as we noted last week, a bill to keep Oregon on daylight saving time year-round has been introduced in the Legislature, although Oregon voters would first need to approve the move (and Congress gets a say as well).
This week, reporters asked Brown if she was in favor of the proposal to abandon the time switch, and she did something she rarely does in public: She swore. (Warning: The next paragraph contains mild profanity.)
Here was her answer: "Hell, yes! I think everyone's done with the time change."
"Everyone" now includes Trump, who noted on Twitter this week that year-round daylight saving time would be "O.K. with me!”
• RASPBERRIES to Rick Singer, the man behind a multimillion-dollar college admissions bribery scandal, for using an iconic Oregon State University building to help promote his crooked scheme.
Singer is at the heart of a nationwide conspiracy that used fraud, cheating and bribery to help the children of wealthy families gain admission to elite universities, prosecutors say. Singer pleaded guilty this week to charges related to the conspiracy.
Here's the OSU connection: A photograph of Weatherford Hall, the stately brick structure that houses the university's entrepreneurship program and serves as a dormitory, appears on the Twitter profile page of The Key Worldwide, a nonprofit foundation that Singer ran.
There doesn't appear to be any connection between OSU and Singer, and OSU officials were baffled (and a little miffed) as to how the image of Weatherford showed up on the Twitter page.
Here's the best explanation: The exterior of Weatherford Hall practically screams "college campus." It's likely that Singer or someone who worked for him ran across the image online and just nabbed it. OSU officials said they've received no payment for use of the photo.
OSU officials said they planned to contact Twitter to ask that the image be removed. And even though OSU has not been implicated in the scandal, the officials said they planned to meet to review the safeguards in place for the university's admissions process, a wise idea.
• ROSES to the family and fans of Hal Blaine, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame drummer who died on Monday at age 90. Blaine estimated that he had played on recording session for more than 6,000 songs, including eight that won Grammy Awards for record of the year. His versatility kept him in demand for decades: Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys called Blaine simply "the greatest drummer ever," and in this case, it might not be hyperbole.
But even if Blaine had just drummed on one track, the Ronettes' "Be My Baby," his reputation would be secure: The thunderous drum riff that opens that song is burned into our collective brain.
• RASPBERRIES, as always, to scammers. We keep our eyes open for the latest scams in the mid-valley, and we've noticed a disturbing trend over the last couple of weeks.
Let's say you're on one of your social media sites, and you're chatting with a new friend. It's going great, and so the conversation takes, shall we say, a bawdy turn. Or your new friend suggests that now would be a great time for you to send along some revealing pictures.
Why, you think, this could be the cement that truly seals this new bond of friendship!
Alas, it is not. The next thing you know, your new friend is asking you to pay money to prevent the dissemination of these photos all over the internet.
Variations of this scam popped up twice in the mid-valley over the past week. On one occasion, it cost the victim $800. The moral here is the same as it is every time you're confronted with a situation that doesn't seem quite right: Skepticism can be your friend. (mm)