July 17, 2006

Conestoga Chic

Tis the season for all my friends to move to Utah. Seriously, about 6 of our good friends here in L.A. have just left for "the happy valley" to do who knows what. I just got an email from my good friend Rachel who left for Utah a month ago. She had some pretty funny observations about the differences between life here in California and here new life in Lehi, Utah.

Here is an excerpt from her email (which I am posting without her permission >:)


1. Today I saw a truck driving through the Wal-Mart parking lot with a handcart in the back of it. Hmmmm...

2. Today I saw three men pushing above mentioned handcart through Wal-Mart. I think they are using the handcart to set up a produce display. How clever.

3. A Thai food restaurant which is an early 1900s home converted into a restaurant that has you'll never guess....a small wagon in the front yard for decoration.

4. The PIONEER SPECIAL at Papa Murphy's pizza. This town has really embraced the pioneer theme.

5. A lady at the OB/GYN office wearing a baseball cap advertising "Cabela's worlds largest hunting store." I just never saw that in my doctor's office on Fair Oaks.

6. Never ever have we seen so many women with the exact same hairstyle. Everyone goes for the bleached blonde, big poof in the back and slight flip up on the ends. I don't know if they all have the same hairdresser, or if this style truely is the best thing since sliced bread.

7. Brad and I are with your sister Caroline on this one. Laser Hair Removal. The advertisements are everywhere. Are people in Utah really that much more hairy than the rest of the country?

8. Ice cream flavored Skittles? Has this crazy new phenomenon hit the Target in Alhambra? Because they are flying off the shelves here!

There you have it. A few of my observations around town. They make me smile, and in a few months I won't think twice about them.

Rachel, I miss you!! I'm sure next time I come to visit Utah you'll have a nice little Conestoga wagon of your own in your front yard and will be sitting in it with your puffy new hair style sipping herbal tea and listinging to MoTab on your headphones. By then you'll be so far gone that you'll have no idea why I'm laughing my butt off.

7 comments:

Angela said...

I miss Rachel!!!!! At least now we get to hear her clever commentary about the place we know we are all destined to live. I hear it calling...pioneer children sang as they...

Jared said...

All of the Pioneer stuff is because of Pioneer Day on July 24. I think that it is a bigger holiday in UT than the Fourth of July.

Adrienne said...

OMG... MoTab? Please, tell me you're joking, and please tell me that is NOT an abbreviation for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Jared said...

unfortunately it is...man, i miss tx.

Sarah said...

Yes, Draino, I'm happy to report that there is a whole dictionary of Mormon acronisyms that we fling around with wanton disregard of the cool factor:

RM, RS, GA, LDS, MoTab (not a true one, but close), PPI, CTR, The Six B's, and oh so many more. Having a language within a language makes us feel cool.

amanda said...

My favorite Utah thing is seeing sandwich boards at the entrance of neighborhoods that say, "8th Ward Enrichment Meeting tonight at 7 PM." Only in Utah.

Plus all of the engagement ring ads on the radio.

One other thing about Utah is that it's the only place that I have been to Wal-Mart that has a majority of normal looking people shopping and working there. Every place else, the customers and employees are uncommonly large and scary looking. But maybe people of other faiths wouldn't agree that all of those blonde, poofy haired expectant mothers with 3 or 4 small children are exactly "normal looking."

bill said...

sarah, don't forget that our family has pioneer ancestors who settled in lehi...