An Open Letter To R5 For Their "New Addictions" Tour

An Open Letter To R5 For Their "New Addictions" Tour

Thank you for the music, the friendships, and the memories.
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The day was March 20th, 2013. It was late in the afternoon and I, a fourteen year old high school freshman, was making my way to the Bluebird in uptown Denver whilst looking up at the unwelcoming skies of the Denver cold. On any other day at this point in my lifetime, I would certainly not be found in the midst of the winds and rain of the dirty city streets. However, this day was no ordinary day. Today was the day of my first concert-a day that would change my life forever. Today was the first day that I saw my you all.

The night was as special as I had interpreted it would be. I was given the pleasure to meet the you before and after your show and was able to claim at spot directly in the front row. I was in awe of your passion, talent, and the simple fact that they you were real people in the same place as me. Being a naive fourteen yer old girl, I assumed this would be the last time I would be able to see you incredible people. I couldn't of been more wrong.

Fast forward five years to my sophomore year of college after recently moving to downtown Denver-less than a mile away from the venue in which I originally saw you. I have now been to every Denver show since and am still just as in awe of you as I was when I saw them that first time in 2013. During June of this year, I was given the absolute pleasure of seeing you all open your New Addictions tour in Denver. This experience was so incredible, that it prompted me to travel for the first time in my adult life to see you all an additional two times on this tour, and it was the best decision of my life. I am so grateful for the experience, the friendships, and the memories.

I don't think you truly understand how meaningful the friendships we have made through you all are. In 2014 during your Heart Made Up on You tour run, I met one of my very best friends Sophie. This year, I flew out to Portland with her to see you close the New Addictions tour. There, I had the pleasure of meeting my friends, Natalie, Julia, Rebecca, and Kimmy. I was able to Oklahoma with two of them to meet even more friends while seeing one last time you before your European show run. Thanks to you, I have connections with friends across the country, and across the world. In addition to all these wonderful girls, I have so many more pals I haven't even met yet, but I'm still closer to them than you know, and I can't wait to see there smiling faces on future tour runs. So thank you for the travel buddies, the late night conversations, and the unbreakable bonds that I wouldn't have if it wasn't because of you and this tour.

Additionally, thank you for not only taking the time to say hello to us, but to have good intentions when you do it. Between touring, traveling, writing music, making films, and doing everything that you do in your incredibly busy lives, we are so unbelievably thankful that you still make time to chat with us. Thank you for stopping at the airport. Thank you for stopping before and after the shows. Thanks for coming to the barrier to say goodbye. Thanks for buying my friends drinks at the clubs. Thank you for constantly going out of your way to not only know us as fans, but to know us as people.

Riker, thank you for learning my hometown, for always giving me extra love at your Denver shows, for recognizing me at the other shows I travel to. It makes me happier than you realize.

Ellington, thank you for learning my last name and for going out of your way to learn all my friends' names, too. Thanks for making sure that we all left your Portland show with a drumstick. Thanks for simply going above and beyond to create meaningful memories for me and my friends this tour.

Ross, thank you for the lasting conversations about movies, traveling, and music. You have such interesting ideas and its a pleasure to listen to you share them. The fact that you stop to chat with us and want to have real conversations with us makes us happier than you know.

Rydel, thank you for going out of your way to make sure that every fan feels special even though you make your way through meeting hundreds of people at meet and greets. Thanks for always giving the best hugs, and thank you for being the big sister we never had.

Rocky, thank you for going out of your way to say thank you to me and my friends each time we come and see you. We notice it, and we appreciate you and your kind heart more than you realize.

Thank you for the new music. Thank you for the passionate, high energy shows. Thank you for always reciprocating the energy that we send you from the crowd. I've been to a lot of shows, and I've made friends in a lot of "fandoms" but nothing compares to seeing you guys and to experiencing the love that comes with being a part of the R5 family. We are so grateful for you and from the memories we've made from this tour.

Cover Image Credit: Ella Pizarro

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9 Eligible Princes You Need To Know About Now That Prince Harry Is Off The Market

You too could have a Meghan Markle fairytale
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Prince Harry's royal wedding is officially over and there won't be another British royal wedding for quite some time now, as Prince George is way too young to start thinking about that. Fortunately, there are plenty of other countries with plenty of other princes that are still eligible bachelors at the moment. Lucky for you, I did my research and compiled a list of all the eligible princes you need to know about know that Prince Harry has tied the knot with Meghan Markle.

1. Prince Louis of Luxembourg (31)

Prince Louis is the third son of the Grand Duke Henri and Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg. He has recently become a bachelor again after his separation with his wife of 10 years, Princess Tessy.

Fun Fact: He graduated from Richmond, The American International University of London with a BA in Communications. He can also speak Luxembourgish (the fact that's even a language is fun fact by itself), French, German, and English fluently.

2. Prince Sebastien of Luxembourg (26)

Prince Sebastien is the youngest child of the Grand Duke Henri and Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg, so if you marry him, you'll probably never actually be queen because he's pretty far removed from the throne. However, he's relatively young and single, so best of luck.

Fun Fact: For some bizarre reason, this prince actually went to college in Ohio. He played rugby and graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2015. Now, he is back in his home country and is an officer in the Luxembourg Army.

3. Prince Phillipos of Greece and Denmark (34)

You read that correctly, Prince Phillipos is the prince of not one, but two countries. He is the youngest son of King Constantine and Queen Anne Marie of Greece and Denmark. Unfortunately, Greece abolished their monarchy, so he's a prince in name only there.

Fun Fact: Like Prince Sebastien, Prince Phillipos also went to college in the United States. He earned his B.A. in foreign relations from Georgetown University in 2008. Fortunately, for us American girls, he is actually still living in the US and he works in New York City as an analyst at Ortelius Capital.

4. Prince Albert of Thurn and Taxis (34)

Ever heard of Thurn and Taxis? No? Me neither. Anyways, Prince Albert is from the House of Thurn and Taxis, which is essentially a very old German aristocratic family. He is the son of Prince Johannes XI of Thurn and Taxis and Countess Gloria of Schonburg Glauchau. His family is well known for their breweries and castles, so unless you're gluten-free, you can't really complain.

Fun Fact: He's not just a prince. He's also a racecar driver and 10 years ago he was ranked 11th on Forbes Magazine's List of The 20 Hottest Young Royals.

5. Prince Mateen of Brunei (26)

Prince Mateen is basically like all the guys you already know, except he's royalty. He's the prince of Brunei, which is a small country on the island of Borneo, south of Vietnam. He is one of the five sons of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, and he also has seven sisters. Maybe that's a little different than the guys you know, but one thing he takes very seriously, just like most frat guys, is his Instagram.

Fun Fact: Mateen enjoys playing polo, flying in his private plane, cuddling cute wild animals, and keeping up his Insta game with 890k followers. You can follow him @tmski.

6. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum of Dubai (35)

Sheikh Hamdan also has a killer Instagram with 6.3 million followers. Anyways, Sheikh Hamdan is the billionaire crown prince of Dubai and the second son of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is the prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and essentially the king of Dubai (Emir). He's actually next in line for the throne because his older brother died in 2015.

Fun Fact: Hamdan's hobbies include skydiving, zip lining, and diving, just to name a few, so if you're an adrenaline junkie, Sheikh Hamdan is the prince for you.

7. Prince Hussein of Jordan (23)

Prince Hussain is the son of the extremely beautiful, Queen Rania and Abdullah II of Jordan and next in line for the Jordanian throne. At 23, he's already a second lieutenant in the Jordanian Armed Forces and he was the youngest person ever to chair a UN Security Council Meeting


Fun Fact: Like Prince Phillippos, Prince Hussain also graduated from Georgetown University in Washington D.C.. Also, like Prince Mateen and Prince Hamdan, he's Insta famous with 1.3 million followers and you can follow him @alhusseinjo.

8. Prince Constantine-Alexios of Greece and Denmark (19)

Like Prince Phillipos, Prince Constantine-Alexios also has two countries. Lucky for us though, he is also living in the US right now attending Georgetown University in Washington D.C. (like pretty much every other prince, amirite?) He is the oldest son of Crown Princess Marie-Chantal and Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece.

Fun Fact: He's Prince William's godson, so that's pretty neat. However, if that wasn't cool enough, you might like to know that this Greek/Danish prince was actually born in New York. Oh yeah, you can also follow him on Instagram @alexiosgreece where he has 88.7k followers.

9. Prince Joachim of Belgium (26)

Prince Joachim of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este is the third child of Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este and Princess Astrid of Belgium. Although he bears the title, "Prince of Belgium," he is also Archduke of Austria-Este, Prince Royal of Hungary and Bohemia, and Prince of Modena. Unfortunately, he'll probably never actually be king in any of these countries as he is ninth in line to the Belgian throne.

Fun Fact: Prince Joachim has degrees in economics, management, and finance, but he decided to join the Nautical School in Brugge after completing college and is currently an officer in the Belgian Navy.

Hope is not lost for all you girls dreaming of finding a Prince Charming that's literally a prince. After reviewing the data, my best advice is to transfer to Georgetown where princes are basically around every corner.

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Poetry On Odyssey: The Room

It is difficult to let go of childhood traumas, but if you don't, you will never be able to move on to a healthy life.

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Can you hear it?

The Sound of Silence.

I can. There I am.

Back in the little, old cube.

It's bland;

Only a single light bulb decorates the Room.

Shush….

It takes me back to When.

I close my eyes.

There it is again.

The Silence.

It echoes.

It aches.

I open my eyes to a small child.

He hunches his body in a corner.

With his little shuttering voice, he speaks,

They're coming.\n\nThey're coming.

Who's coming?

I ask.

The Monsters,The Monsters,"

He replies.

Over and over he repeats:

They're coming.

They're coming.

The Monsters are coming.

Each time, his whisper grows louder.

Each time, his voice grows firmer.

Then, he stops.

I slowly approach the corner where the child sits.

His figure is so small and meek.

He is probably no more than five.

I grab his shoulder.

I turn his face my way.

What I discover is…

Appalling.

His eye sockets are shallow.

They are deprived of a soul.

Yet

They cry blood.

His face is sickly pale.

His dry lips part.

Then he speaks:

They're here.

______________________________________________________________________________________________________Disclaimer: This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events and incidents are either the products of the author's imagination or used in a fictitious manner.

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