Below happened this week- How did I get here?
Friday at 6 pm, standing in the Blockbuster in Bountiful, I realized that we were in a very unique place. Brent and I stood in front of approximately 50 empty cases for the LDS romance movie “Anxiously Engaged”, every single one had been checked out, along with every other cheesy LDS genre film.
In church some one said in their prayer “We’re grateful to live in Utah” Have you heard some one in California say in a prayer, “We’re grateful to live in California”? And we Californians LOVE our state. I don’t think even Texans would say such things. I wonder if there is a local Rameumptom.
My sister’s boyfriend has been living with his parents (in Kamas, UT) as he is preparing to go on a mission. He needs his parents financial support in order to finance his health bills and living expenses. They tell him, “While you live in our house, you live by our rules” One of which was to cut off all communication with my sweet 19 year old sister except for letters, in July, 2 months before he leaves on his mission. They forbade him from calling/talking to my sister weeks before his farewell. So much for teaching them correct principles and letting them govern themselves.
I was taken back when in the middle of the frozen food aisle at the local grocery store I saw President Hinckley's face staring at me, on a greeting card saying "Congratulations on your Baptism!", along with other cards congratulating people on missions, temple weddings and the likes, right across from the frozen peas.
A friendly guy introduced himself to us at a local HomeDepot. We had an interesting conversation with this total stranger, and liked him. Brent and HomeDepot dude exchanged cards. A week later he left a message on Brent’s phone saying there was something that he felt he REALLY needed to talk about. As suspected, he had a 'business opportunity', he wanted Brent to join his MLM. Be wary when a Utahn says he owns his own business- what he means is “I own my own downline”.
Friday, I got my haircut by a very nice young man. He mentioned that he spoke Chinese, he learned it on his mission, in New York. I said, "Man, that must have been tough" and he said, "Yeah, especially since I'm gay"
Driving down I-15 in the middle of the August heat, watching the billboards for the Missionary Mall and the newest CD by Janice Kapp Perry- I began to sing...
There are more stories about Utah Crazy, better stories, please share yours. I want to know as Michael McClean sang on the radio this morning, during Sounds of the Sabbath- "I'm not alone"
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