In the Quiet Moments

A week ago, my nieces and nephew were sweet enough to let me tag along on a zoo adventure.

 

The animals were fun, the weather was delightful, but the best moment of all was in the few quiet minutes the kids drew and took photos while waiting for their mom.

Sometimes the best of life happens in the quietest moments, and on a rowdy, crowded day at the Hogle Zoo, it was watching children create for in a moment of calm.

It was a wonderful day and a fantastic reminder of how lovely family is.

 

 

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KSL’s “New Normal”

Photo Courtesy of Inside TV

To anyone living in Utah, who watched the local NBC affliate KSL ever, it comes as no surprise that the LDS-owned media organization has chosen not to air “The New Normal.

The show protrays a happy homosexual family. And that is too much for Bonneville International to handle.

The station also doesn’t air “Saturday Night Life.” They never have and they never will.

I know there is absolutely nothing I, NBC, “The New Normal” or anyone else can do to change Bonneville’s collective hive mind. They are led by the prophet, a man they believe to channel the voice of god. I can’t compete with that. NBC might have shot if they dangle enough money at them. But taking on someone’s religious convictions when it comes to entertainment rarely goes the way of TV winning.

However I still find this latest decision upsetting. Media allows us access to different people, different ideas, different places. Books, movies, TV, radio, blogs, podcasts, newspapers, magazines, they influence what we think about and sometimes they can change the way we think about things.

KSL is doing their audience a disservice by not providing access to a show they believe their audience wouldn’t watch. I wonder how different they’re audience would look if they didn’t put religious ideals before customer service.  They fear “The New Normal” because they know it’s exactly that. The LDS Church is losing members in droves. There are hundreds of quietly ex-Mormons who stay in the faith because the social costs are too high to leave. There are millions of homosexual couples in the United States. Many of them proud and happy parents. But a faith which demands fear as a requisite to belief can not allow its members to see something so different be “normal.”

The actors of the show are attempting to combat KSL’s fear of this show, this  protrayal of something different. But there is no petition that will allow the men who make up Bonneville International’s board to change. They are afraid of this new world, one where it is so easy for people to interact and connect with those who are different from themselves. (Thankfully, NBC has taken to the Internet to promote the show with the pilot airing online now.)

I don’t think KSL will ever embrace anything that isn’t white, male and Christian unless they are provided with “appropriate financial compensation.” But taking away access to the million people or so who live in this state to watch a show that would challenge them or maybe even is about them, is a travesty.

It’s a sign and reminder of why it is so important to keep media as open and accessible. The easiest way to access different ideas is through media. And TV is slowly becoming too entrenched in it’s own traditions of bias to allow an audience, spectacularly undervalued, to choose what they want.

Utah’s Jell-o Love

This week, I haven’t experimented in the kitchen much. However I do have some cherries and pineapple that are screaming for some form of cupcake or crepes incarnation this weekend.

So instead of sharing a wonder from my kitchen with you, I’ll link to Slate’s article on just why Utah is so strongly associated with Jell-o. Turns out I can forever blame marketing, the Olympics and Mormons for making this gelatin grossness something to defend. I have lived in Utah most of my life and spent the majority of that time being Mormon. I have eaten my fair share of Jell-o, and I hate it. Trust me I don’t need another green jell-o with carrots dessert line to know, it is a terrible food.

In addition Jell-o is the official state snack. (Clearly this is a declaration in which I had no say.) There are so many things I didn’t know before I read that sentence. Do other state’s have official snacks? How do they choose a snack? Is anyone claiming chips and salsa? If not, I want all the chips and salsa to be mine.

The official snack of the state of Krista.

Mmmhmmm.

Why didn’t you say so?

Among the many places, I’ve never been, but should go in my Utah backyard is Antelope Island.

The State Park is about 40 minutes north of Salt Lake and apparently one of the most scenic places in the state. But when I read there were beaches, I knew I had to go. Beaches need me. I need them. There are white sand beaches within an hour of my home! I must see this. I also hear the wildlife is impressive and the starry night skies breathtaking. However I must admit most of my motivation for this day trip comes from a desire to drink on a beach.

I’m also planning on taking gross clothes with me so I can attempt to swim in the Great Salt Lake because that’s a thing people do, I suppose. I’ve also never been to the lake really. So this should be interesting.

There will be beer.

There will be photos.

There will be weird smells.

I’m pretty confident the views will make up for the lake stink I anticipate. So here’s to sunny skies on my last-minute adventure to the water world. Now it’s time to get packing so I can hit the road and spend some quality time at the beach.

What last minute adventure will you have today?

Disneyland Steampunk

Sometimes living in the great state of Utah, best known for its Mormons, I just have to embrace the strangeness and giggle uncontrollably while taking pictures.

Pioneer Day in Salt Lake City was one of those days. (Pioneer Day is a state holiday to celebrate the Mormons showing up in 1847 and declaring “This is the place.” It’s pretty much a less alcoholic version of Independence Day.)

Most of the giggling occurred when the above Disney does steampunk with faith float above went by. I love a good steampunky anything, especially costumes. So when the colorful Dream Machine went by I was thrilled with the amount of gears and googles happening, albeit a bit confused by the happy color scheme. Now imagine my delight when the second version of the float went by led by a banner declaring “Spirit of Faith” award.

Yep, that happened.