September 5, 2006 posted by

Funny Utah Story

I recently bought a house in Utah and have been busy in transition, which is affecting my blogging. I’ll be settled soon enough but, for now, I’ll have to be content with pasting in little tidbits once my other work is finished.

Things happening in the world include the Vuelta a Espana, or the Tour of Spain. So far, only one person has been ejected for doping and, otherwise, the race is spectacular. I’ve got a big doping post in the works as well as an article for the end of the month.

Yesterday, I saw two “shocking” headlines. The first, that greenhouse gasses were at the highest levels in at least 800,000 years and the other, that “American’s don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables” should both be in the section of the paper titled “Duh”.

Today, I found this on goji berries, which you’ll be hearing a lot about in the coming months, for sure. As is often the case with readers of my own articles, people tend to skip reading ALL of a piece and, instead, tend to focus on the bullets, headlines, or numbers. So for this piece I’ll tell you now to focus on the part where they tell you that no matter how great goji berries may be, they are still only a part of your diet and won’t make up for excesses in calories and junk foods in other areas. Of course, this warning is pretty much ubiquitous for all foods and, frankly, just isn’t what the public wants to hear. Just don’t say I haven’t warned you about it.

Anyway, Utah seems sublime, so far. Not sure if it was the skiing, biking, or climbing that caused Brigham Young to utter his “this is the place” statement but, as far as the USA is concerned, I think he nailed it. My goal is to train every single day in Utah and, so far, I’m on it 100%. Of course, I’ve only spent a couple of weeks there and am currenlty in CA, so maybe today I’ll just work. But I’m not about to run out of recreational options near my new home, at least for the next dozen years or so, and am psyched to check em out.

First funny Utah story:

Everyone seems to love Salt Lake–at least the people I run across, who are usually outside doin’ stuff. So far, I’ve only run into one exception. I went to get a haircut and the woman hears I’m from California and asks what I think of SLC. When she hears I love it, she erupts into a tirade that lasts until I leave. Some highlights include:

“You sure do look like them, riding in on that bike and all healthy and shit.”

“I hate it here. Everyone does stuff all the time. All I want to do is go back to California and sit on the beach and not move.”

“I tried to ski once. Oh, my, God! I thought I was going to have a heart attack.”

“I’m an inside girl. The only reason I ever want to leave my house is to shop.”

She was, incidentally, originally from Anaheim.

Yep, I think Utah is the place.


  • Steve, I had a dream last night that you had coffee on tap… l,d

  • Great story, Steve!! Some people just don’t get it, do they?

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