Alright, so I have to admit, I sort of love Utah.
Growing up I spent many summers getting sunburned between Provo canyon and Utah Lake. My grandparents and all of my remaining extended family are settled in the heartland of those lovable Mormons. I attended the BYU where I found out that there are a lot of different types of people, even if they do profess to believe the same basic thing. I learned about myself and I grew to love the people around me.
However, this last weekend I noticed a new and shocking trend advertised on the omnipresent billboards up and down the freeway. We were in town for my beautiful cousin's wedding and I started to pay attention to the products being pushed.
The first? An ad for a bridal show held at one of the best venues in the valley. They were offering a door prize of a $100,000 dream wedding complete with a picture perfect bride and groom.
The second? Tooth whitening, because heavens knows you can't be happy without the most gleaming white teeth on the block.
The third? An add for a home theater installation company. The words read, "Make the Jones's keep up with you."
The fourth? Plastic surgery. It reminded me of this article published in Forbes about the SLC being the vainest city in America.
These ads placed so close together really got me thinking. Is there an overemphasis on looking and being perfect? Or am I reading too much into this here?
Oh, and please don't be offended in any way if you live in Utah. I'm not saying anything about you personally at all! YOU are cool, great, wonderful and so very awesome!