When and why did you move to Hermiston?
I grew up in Hermiston my entire life; went off to college and moved away in 2012 and only recently moved back to be around my family.
Where is your favorite place to eat in Hermiston?
Fortune Garden is a family favorite; I tend to get the Egg Flower Soup whenever I can, no one else’s comes close!
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Watch Gordon Ramsay yell at incompetent cook/wait staff (he has like 7 shows on Hulu alone!) or playing Diablo with my boyfriend and our kitties on his days off.
What surprises you about Hermiston?
Nothing anymore really ... It’s DEFINITELY changed from when I was growing up, for better or worse.
What was the last book you read?
“The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts,” by Gary Chapman.
What website or app do you use most other than Facebook?
I’d say a tie between WhatsApp to stay in contact with siblings, share videos or memes and Reddit for pretty much everything else.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
Well there’s so many places I’d love to visit in Europe, like Greece or Iceland, but I’ve mostly dreamed of visiting the United Kingdom like Glasgow or London.
What is the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you?
Hmm, not super funny, just a funny instance, but when I was in my blonde phase as a bartender in Salem, I got told I looked like Marilyn Monroe, which I thought was sweet. I think because one of my face birthmarks just looked similar to her mole next to her nose. Usually I’d hear it from the older crowd, or because of my first name I’ll get Archie Bunker references; it’s interesting what pop culture reference someone will bring up to me.
What is one of your goals for the next 12 months?
Remain educated, even after finishing my schooling, ideally at this year’s end.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
It’s a hard question to answer, but I guess I’d say exploring and going zip lining near Monte Verde, Costa Rica. I don’t remember how high the last line was but we hiked for, I’d say, several hours throughout the day so, on the last one I felt like I was flying through the clouds and treetops. I still get an adrenaline jump when I think about that feeling!
Editor’s note: Edith Aguilar recently started as a volunteer for the Hermiston Herald, putting together the Hermiston History feature each week.