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!