I think we can all agree that having Donald Trump as president has endangered the lives of most Americans (some more than others). But even worse, he has sucked much of the fun out of daily life, keeping us glued to our news feeds and riding a near-constant emotional roller coaster of fear, exuberance, and loathing. It ain’t right. And while the news of a special counsel being appointed to investigate Trump is certainly welcome information, rest assured it will take some time to arrive at a suitable conclusion, and the president and his sniveling GOP cronies will continue making life as miserable as possible for the rest of us over the coming months.


Summer is almost here, and we at the Mercury will be damned if Trump is going to ruin our good time. That’s why we’re living this summer as if it’s our last, and offering tons of advice so you can do the same! In this issue you’ll learn about the most scenic rooftops (from which to view the coming mushroom cloud), one of Oregon’s most prepared survivalists (who also happens to be Black), and if that mark on your arm is skin cancer or just an ant. BUT there’s lots of uplifting and fun stuff as well, such as the best summer music festivals, frozen alcoholic treats, water slides, and corn dogs! You’ll also find this year’s Pedalpalooza guide tucked within these pages, and not even Trump can ruin that level of crazy fun!

So go ahead and get started with the Mercury’s Last Best Summer Ever guide... because you only live once, right?