Reason #437,618 why Salem, Oregon's tribute to boring white bread living, sucks big time: Trader Joe's has chosen to open a store in Corvallis rather than here.
Salem Mayor Janet Tayor has been lobbying hard to get a Trader Joe's in Salem. Great job, Mayor. Somehow her efforts were useless in convincing the company that a city of 155,000 people is a better Trader Joe's site than a town of 55,000.
My wife and I would drown our woes in a gallon of Two Buck Chuck, but we can't buy any -- because there's no freaking Trader Joe's near us! Now, it looks like...forever.