Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Utah

Countdown to rewrite: 38 days

I've lived in Utah more than 90% of my life. My dad is fond of telling us that his mother used to call Utah "God's Country," to which he would reply, "That's because no one else wanted it." But you know, he must love it here. We haven't lived anywhere else in almost twenty years.

Some reasons to love Utah:
  • For the most part, the people here are friendly, helpful, and generous. Teens from the LDS church are always out on service projects, students generally help each other on campus, neighbors watch out for each other, and the friends I've made seem to love lending us stuff.
  • The arts are very supported and considered valuable. The Mormon Tabernacle choir is huge, of course, Salt Lake City has acquired all sorts of 'street art,' mostly ranging from cool-looking twirlymajigs to silhouettes and sculptures. Plus the CWC at the library supports writers--I found one of my writing groups through them.
  • The landscape. Utah has tons of state and national parks, my favorite of which is probably Bryce Canyon. Okay, so I get a little sick of all the red rock because I've lived here all my life. But even I have to admit that this is really cool. Doesn't it look like a castle?
Sunrise from Artist Point #2 by Alain Briot
Some reasons to not love Utah:
  • The bipolar weather. Only here could you get frostbite and heat stroke in the same week. Yeesh.
  • If you're not LDS, the church can seem a bit pushy. Also, it's a very Republican state, so people like me who base their votes on candidates, not parties, can feel like their votes don't matter.
Well, that's about it for now. How's everyone going in this last stretch of the A-to-Z challenge? I'm feeling pretty worn out, and I haven't been able to visit as many blogs as I had hoped. But I've made a few friends, and it's been a lot of fun. Keep going, guys, we're almost done!

-Tsira

11 comments:

  1. I grew up an LDS democrat in Logan, Utah. I certainly felt alone a lot of the time, but there's so much to love about Utah.

    Laura Barnes @laurabwriter.blogspot.com

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    1. Yeah, I certainly understand that. It can be rough, especially when you have very outspoken neighbors. But there's still so many good things about Utah. :)

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  2. That is a gorgeous photo! :)

    Happy A-Z! We're in the home stretch now. It is exhausting but it's also a lot of fun. :)

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    1. I know, right? He has lots of gorgeous photos on his site... I think it's here:

      http://www.beautiful-landscape.com/

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  3. Well said. I love the fact that I can travel 50 miles in any direction and be in a different geographical setting. Great fodder for landscape inspiration. :)

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    1. That's another really cool thing about living here. There's so much diversity. More deciduous trees and more water would make this place pretty much perfect for writing purposes. :)

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  4. I've never been to Utah, but I have to admit I would love to visit, just to see the landscape, so different from what we have in eastern Ohio.

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    1. Every time I visit one of the national parks I'm kind of amazed at all the places people come from. I remember one time where I heard German, Spanish, French, and Japanese on the same hike. :) It's also fun to see how many different state license plates you can find.

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  5. "Only here could you get frostbite and heat stroke in the same week. Yeesh." - Obviously you've never been to Vancouver, BC or outside Utah for that matter. Not a big surprise for a Mormon. Get your facts straight before you shoot off your mouth.

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    1. Actually, I have lived outside Utah, but I freely admitted in my post that I've lived here for most of my life. I was speaking from experience, not an encyclopedia. Also, I don't believe I stated my religion and in fact mentioned how pushy Mormons could be. Regardless, I apologize that my year-old post offended you.

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