Hitting your pre-middle ages in Utah will be an adjustment. Do any of these sounds familiar?
1. Do I have to go hiking?
Everyone you know will suddenly start asking you if you want to go hiking on the weekends…typically after Sunday brunch. You will pack up your Camel Bak, Cliff Bars, Chacos and be forced into walking into the majesty of our backyard. There is nothing wrong with it, but you will wonder how everyone suddenly got into walking on dirt paths (this goes for rock climbing, too). Oh, don’t forget to sign up for an REI membership. Most bars in Utah won’t serve you a triple-double IPA unless you have it on you.
2. Which Subaru is right for me?
Outback, Impreza, Forrester…it will say a lot about where you hike and how many dogs you own and if you’re single. Also, if you live downtown, University, Millcreek, the Aves, or Sugarhouse there’s a great drinking game you can play: around 5 pm when everyone is coming home from work, you take a drink for every Subie that passes in front of your house. Double drinks if you have one parked in your driveway.
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3. Do I have to shop at Whole Foods & Farmers Markets?
Yes, you do…if you want to live to see 115! You have to put chia seed in and on everything. Same with kale. You’ll pay $5 for a 6oz bottle of liquid called Super Food and you will have no idea why. Organic, GMO-free, fat-free, gluten-free, fair-trade are all your new best friends.
4. Brunch? What time? How long is the wait?
Of course! You will have to go to brunch on Sunday mornings and wait 75 minutes to get a table. Once there you’ll wai for another 45 to get eggs and yogurt, which would have taken you 10 minutes and saved you $40 if you’d stayed home. The good news? You forgot to hit up the liquor store on Saturday to get champagne and they have $2 mimosas. Drink 4. Do not collect $200. Nap the rest of the day.
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5. Do I have to go to shows at The Depot, Red Butte and Kingsbury Hall for live music now?
Yes, you do. Lindsey Stirling isn’t playing Kilby. Nor are any of your other favorite bands. Besides, science has told us you stopped caring about new music at 33. I would guess Taylor Swift comes to Salt Lake and plays Deer Valley in August. More Malbec and olives, anyone? Also, you’ll go to shows like Sheryl Crow, but no longer in an ironic or cynical way.
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6. What happened to my favorite bar?
It closed. You’re old and the kids have moved on. Another fantastic live music bar with cheap drinks is about to close. Say goodbye to that place you got crazy at in your college days!
6.5. Now that my favorite bar is closed where do I go?
Cheers to You is probably still okay…probably. You are over 30 and established, so try a place that doesn’t have a collection of old cans or a special on mind erasers. Maybe Rye, White Horse, Beer Bar/BarX, Whiskey Street or a dinner party, because you are over 30.
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7. Drum circle? Why the heck would I want to do that?
The Liberty Park drum circle has suddenly become less mysterious and a little more “why?”
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7.5 Who do I call to make tree reservations for my slackline?
You can’t. Sure Salt Lake park have a lot of trees, but there are more slacklines than trees these days. You just have to show up early to rack your slack.
8. Which one of my friend’s yoga classes should I attend?
All of them, of course. Your metabolism is slow and that Del Taco pack you had for lunch isn’t going to sweat and stretch itself out. It’ll do something to you, but not make you look 23. Double points for yoga hiking.
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9. Do I have to have gluten-free friends?
Yes, if you are over 30, never married and single you do. It might help you meet someone at this point. What else are you going to talk about aside from the lack of gluten-free options on the menu of the place you decided to meet up when you were conversing on Bumble? Hey, you’re over 30 in Utah. Accept it.
10. What Utah beer will become my beer of choice?
Well, you should go local, unless you’re some kind of a Utah-hater. Since you’re older, pilsners are out. IPAs are in. We like Red Rock‘s Elephino or Squatter‘s Ghostrider White IPA. Hop Nosh is darn fine as well and they come in bottles and not a Utah tap, so they’re regular or high-point brews…because you are an adult.
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