The Last Best Summer Ever
A Guide to Going Freaking Nuts During this Last Summer Under Trump
The Best Summertime Rooftops for Mushroom Cloud Viewing
Sharon “The Afrovivalist” Ross is Prepared for the Worst. Why Aren’t You?
Last Supper’s Last Supper
The Most Decadent Shit to Eat This Summer Since We’re All Going to Die Anyway
Waterslide Hacks for Adults
Why Should Kids Get to Have All the Fun?
Keeping Cool with Booze
How to Eat, Slurp, and Lick your Alcohol
Is That Skin Cancer, or Just a Bug?
The Helpful ABCDEs (and Less Helpful LMNOPs) of Checking Yourself Out
Hiking Highway 26
The Freeways Are Only Getting Worse. Time to Find Another Way Out of Town
Corn Doggy Style
A Comprehensive Corn Dog Power Ranking
In Praise of the Summertime Shame Drink
The Time Has Come for Pleasurable Consumption Without Apology
Portland Finally Has a Mountain Bike Park
It’s Sandwiched Between Two Freeways, and It’s Probably Just the Beginning
Comics Artist, Cyclist, Activist
Eleanor Davis Took a Bike Ride That Awakened Her to Injustice.
Our Picks for Pedalpalooza 2017
Ride the Lightning!
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.
BUT FUCK IT, RIGHT?
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?