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Vans Girls Music Crushes: Brianna Collins

Meet the soulful singer and keyboardist of the alternative/punk/indie band Tigers Jaw, Brianna Collins. The second we heard her sultry voice and beautiful piano melodies, we were instantly hooked and had to know more about her. We met up with the Pennsylvania native and roamed the streets of Long Beach, CA in our Old Skools, scoping out vintage thrift finds and rare records while chatting about tour, writing, and her band’s new record.

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Alphabet Tag

Tagged by @she-dreams-of-leto Thanks girl!

A - Age: Just turned 19!
B - Birthplace: Pennsylvania 
C - Current Time: 12:08 pm
D - Drink You Last Had: Water
E - Easiest Person To Talk To: my best friend in NC or @sewer-angel
F - Favourite Song: Right now it’s Kiwi by Harry Styles
G - Grossest Memory: I was popping one of my mom’s zits because she couldn’t reach it and it squirted onto my face IT WAS FUCKING GROSS
H - Horror Yes or Horror No: YES
I - In Love?: I have a crush right now?
J - Jealous of People?: Not exactly, I guess?
K - Killed Someone?: If you’re asking the Joker, then yes. Me? Hellz no
L - Love At First Sight Or Should I Walk By Again: I don’t believe in love at first sight. I believe that you can lust after someone at first sight, but you can’t all of a sudden be in love with them.
M - Middle Name: Jo
N - Number of Siblings: 1
O - One Wish: to be on my own
P - Person You Called Last: my Dad
Q - Question You Are Always Asked: When you are getting a job?
R - Reason to Smile: @sewer-angel
S - Song You Sang Last: Joker’s song from the Killing Joke (I’m a nerd)
T - Time You Woke Up: around 8:30 am
U - Underwear Colour: I think they’re purple? yeah I checked they’re purple
V - Vacation Destination: Ireland or Germany
W - Worst Habit: not getting things done
X - X-rays: when I fractured my foot a while ago
Y - Your favourite food: a tie between Tacos and Tater tots
Z - Zodiac Sign: Taurus

Tagging: @uncensored-and-psychotic @random-gallifreyan @frosty-rp @sewer-angel and anyone else who feels like doing it 

half way

driving has become routine. shout out to spotify, bill bryson & george orwell audiobooks (1984, animal farm, a walk in the woods, a short history of nearly everything) and anyone who has cared enough to call me on these crazy long drives. every day i wake up cheated of sleep. i’ve slept on couches, futons, spare beds, and in my car. i’ve driven 4,000 miles, i saw two great lakes. i had poutine. real poutine. i hiked. i saw the splendor of niagara falls. i met someone who dared me to be myself more than i think anyone ever has. i’ve made countless new friends. i had great beer, i tried ecstasy. i left a shirt in new jersey. i lost a shoe in toronto. (the shoe was found) there are moments in life that are very important. there’s no other way to describe them. sometimes there’s no way to unpack that instant while it’s happening. sometimes there’s no one to tell what you just saw or how you’d even explain it if you did. i think the most beautiful stretch of road on the east coast has to be rt 8 in connecticut as it winds along the farmington river. although there are many special people in my life i can only think of one person who i want to make that drive with again. the shows. the shows have been a roller coaster ride of emotion. april snow caused me to be 3 hours late to one of the shows. the anxiety created from it caused me to be 6 hours early to the show the next day. i’ve sold 92 books, and 15 shirts. the things people have said after the shows or during breaks have made all the difference. people approaching me to say they’ve never had a poem move them to tears before, or how my work has helped them in some way. the friends made. the memories. (a small crunching of numbers for people outside of the normal turnout at the events [people from twitter to be exact] toronto ontario 52, (new jersey 2x madison/toms river 20) long island new york 15, philadelphia pennsylvania 3, northhampton massechusetts 4, collinsville connecticut 12, erie pennsylvania 9, baltimore maryland 4, colby sawyer college new hampshire 6. (these numbers are from people who approached after the show, or bought a ticket to the event. the numbers are probably more generous than i am giving credit, but- at half way in, and 8 shows down, less than 100 of 55,000 people from Twitter who have actually come out to a show. these shows are offset by other numbers, because most of the shows come with an audience of regularly attending people. so far the total number of people i have done poems in front of is probably in the generous neighborhood of 250. you have to start somewhere. and this is my start. i’m excited for the remaining string of shows on tour, and to be able to pet my dog kentucky again next week


Collected on this Day in 1935

This eastern wahoo (Euonymus atropurpureus) specimen was collected near Connellsville, Pennsylvania on January 12, 1935 by John Franklin Lewis. 

Eastern wahoo is native to midwestern states and parts of Pennsylvania. This specimen is part of Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s hidden botany collection. 

Botanists at Carnegie Museum of Natural History share pieces of the herbarium’s historical hidden collection on the dates they were discovered or collected. Check back for more!

The Pittsburgh Press, Pennsylvania, October 12, 1909

Mr. Skygack, from Mars.

He visits the Earth as a special correspondent and makes wireless observations in his notebook.

Saw male earth-being, with uncertain tread, approach house — was evidently in weak and feeble condition — on reaching outer portal of house earth-being made un-graceful mesmeric passes over surface of portal, continuing to do so until excited female earth-being within came to his relief.