Thursday, October 06, 2005

Brian In Mormonland

Brian arrived yesterday in Salt Lake City, the Mormon Vatican, for a (secular) two-day seminar concerning a business opportunity involving an on-line photo service. An odd destination for Brian, whose spirituality is Zen open-ness, the polar opposite of Mormon straight-and-narrow strictures. This city is built around Temple Square, the main mormon compound, which took 40 years to build, in the 19th century. Its construction once had to be camouflaged from visiting Union Soldiers. Nonetheless, Salt Lake City has a small town feel. Its metro area is really a subtle meshing with three other nearby cities that gives no sense of sprawl. I did visit the lake, salty, lifeless but for micro-organisms, and thoroughly aromatic. This was on my August, 2003 cross-country foray.

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