I recently moved to Salt lake city. I am not sure if it is me, or some of it is in my head but dealing with the slc culture has been difficult for me. It is very hard to explain, it is not necessarily just the conservative nature of people in slc, there is something else to it. I have dealt with many different type of people in my life coming form new jersey which is one of the most culturally diverse places in the country. I have found a few things since i have been here.
There are basically two groups of people, ultra conservative religious, and then the backlash from that is the hipster liberals. One thing they both have in common is that they do not like to have there views challenged. I think this is my biggest problem, I think everyone is entitled to an opinion and I love to share and express different view points. I do not take offense when people have other views, as long as they see the opposite side of the coin and realize there may be opposing view points out there. I have found that this is NOT the case in SLC. I also feel that people identify with one group or sub culture, ie lds, skier, hipster. This is common anywhere you go but I see less people living diverse lives and crossing those boundries
The other thing I have noticed is people do not know how to joke around. I love to banter, and I will just say something to stir up a conversation. It does not mean that I believe whole hardely in what I am saying. I may just say things is jest to make a joke or to explore a conversation and I feel this concept is lost on people out here. They do not understand the idea of sarcasm or dark humor at all. It as if everything you say is an official statement that is being submitted for record.
Third people are overally concerned with other peoples views of them. I thought this was bad in New Jersey but SLC takes the cake. It is not even necessarily judgement on materialism but people are also so concerned with offending people or with them judgeing them for there thoughts, actions or words. I quess someone of this has to do with the fact that it is a small town, but I like to be me and I beleive that if people do know me than they will take me for who I am and will understand that my actions thoughts and words are not always to be taken seriously.
I realize that someone of this could be chalked up to adjusting to any new place, and some of it may be in my head for as I did have some pre concieved notions about the religious conservative nature of the community, but has anyone else had any similar experiences when moving or in SLC in general.
That being sad the skiing is AWESOME.