That's a twist on a University of Utah fight song title, "A Utah Man I Am". I'm not a man-obviously, but I was born and raised in Utah.
A funny thing happened to me on the way back home from the mall. Yes, I was at the mall-don't judge. I was there to see "Rent"-again don't judge (and I really wouldn't recommend that movie to anyone with any kind of decency left in thier soul-talented vocalists definitely, but La Boheme it was not). So I was on the way home from the mall and really annoyed with all the holiday shoppers in my way and people not looking where they were going in their cars and mad at myself for not being clever enough to just make something for my roommates and family instead of buying it and that I was instead feeding consumerism...and then I blamed it all on Utah, yes Utah, I had decided at that moment, was the bane of my existence. What the hell was I thinking coming back to live here with all these narrow-minded, ill-mannered, under-educated conservative sheep? And I was hungry. Hunger had a whole lot of something to do with my rant. Oh, I should mention the night before I had been going through my box of keepsakes and came across all these pictures from DC and I started tearing up at how much I missed it. This is partly why I went to see Rent, which I had planned on seeing anyway, but I had to see it this weekend for that reason, because it reminded me of culture, and urban life, and Broadway-which is really about New York, not DC, but whatever.
Anyway, so I'm driving home after the movie and I have this weird experience where I see an LDS chapel in the middle of this neighborhood I'm driving through and I think to myself how odd that there's a Mormon building right in the middle of a neighborhood, among all these houses. And then, two blocks later there's another chapel and it's right there, just on the corner of the street of this neighborhood I'm driving through and it hits me that this is totally normal here. It's so strange to say it, but it was a very surreal experience when I realized I am in UTAH.
I work on campus at a radio station at BYU, I've been in Utah for six months now, Provo, Utah for four and half of those months. I'm surrounded by the Utah mountains, capped now with brightly glistening snow, and all my neighbors, my roommates, everyone's a Mormon, but for some reason it dawns on me now how odd it is to see a chapel right there, just like that. It makes me think I'm homesick for a place I didn't grow up (as a child grows to an adult), but it changed me and I grew there, and I miss it.