Monday, July 14, 2008

Insult to Injury

I was hoping to escape from here....from Utah.

We don't fit in here, we are minorities. Being here feels like being in a different country that technology has forgotten. I get it. Really I do. It has been explained to me really well that these folks have known each other their entire lives, that things have been a certain way for a very long time and they don't want it to change.

But change happens, cheese gets moved.

I thought we were going to move to Minnesota. To Plymouth Minnesota to be exact. It felt like a light at the end of our tunnel, like we would be going somewhere that we would be welcome. But Calvin's boss, who has made work extremely difficult for him, has made it impossible for him to take the job. For the foreseeable future, we will be residents of Utah.

Then today, I see the headline from Money Magazine. 100 best places to live! Guess which city is number one?

Plymouth Minnesota.

I feel like someone just punched me in the gut.

I decide to check to see if any Utah cities are on the list. It takes me a while to find it but I find No. 63 on the list. Orem Utah. Where the hell is Orem? I've never even heard of it before. It must be Utah's best kept secret.

See if your city made the list....


  1. Aww Im so sorry that just sucks! Ive never seen that list we live in a town thats in the 40's.

  2. oh man, that does hurt.

  3. Numbers 14, 18 and 20 are close to me. Move to Texas damnit!

  4. So, no cities in Alabama made the list. Bummer.

  5. Josh lived in Orem for a month when he was opening a Joes Crab Shack. He said it sucked there, expect for this little Mexican Dance club that they frequented after work ;) I'm really mad you can't move to MN! We really could have been neighbors someday!

  6. oh...
    that is a super sucky story!

    quite honestly...plymouth...i grew up there...i work for the district...maybe it's because of me??

    then live in the same place as my best(est) friend and my so-called "niece". i think you have it better. wanna trade?

  7. Jen! Since meeting your best(est) friend and getting to know her a little....I think it might not be so bad here after all!

    You could always come for visit!

  8. To find Orem, UT think BYU. It is the sister city of Provo.

    I have been blog hopping tonight, I'm bored, and I found your recipe for green chile. I'm hoping to try it soon. Your writing intrested me, so I decided to peek in on your blog.

    I'm sorry you don't enjoy it in Ogden. I went to BYU in the early 90's and didn't love the place either. Back then it really did feel like a backwards town.

    Good luck with the job transfer.


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