My good friend Monica came to visit us in the great state of Utah. Lucky for her, it has been about the smoggiest I have seen it here, so she couldn’t really enjoy the mountain view too much (It’s just getting worse this week..gross). Anyways we started the weekend by going shopping at The Gateway Mall downtown (I have missed my shopping buddy indeed). We made the happy accident of walking into the store with the best deals first, so afterwards we weren’t really inspired to buy anything if it wasn’t under $15. We also went to see the movie “Marley & Me.” She had just finished reading the book and wanted to see the movie version. I thought it was very cute, especially in light of my new doggy friend!
Sunday we drove over to Park City to check out the Sundance Film Festival scene. It was interesting to see Park City with it’s snow cover and with the Hollywood/New York fashionable type crowd on it’s streets. We wandered Main Street for a bit and ate some Pizza. On our way back Monica and I recognized Lucas Grabeel who plays Ryan Evans in the” High School Musical” movies hanging out on the sidewalk with some people. Monica and I were originally too shy to go over and ask for a picture, but luckily we had Tim with us, who could care less about what an actor would think, and he asked for us. So we got a picture with him and then he asked us if we would go to a screening of some shorts for his production company. So we went to that, which was in a room with a projector and folding chairs (about 100 people maybe). The shorts were fun to watch, pretty interesting and funny. So it was nice that we did get to go to a showing that felt very film-festivally (shh that’s totally a word). Plus we got personally invited by the actor [insert pretentious throat-clearing noise here].
Monday I showed Monica around some of Salt Lake, most of which was closed (East High & the Library). What was open of course was the Mormon Temple. Monica got the complete Utah experience when she stopped following me for a second to read a blurb about Adam & Eve, and was immediately approached to by one of their missionaries, who proceeded to aks her a bunch of questions about her beliefs. Haha. So I told her next time to never stop when walking around that place or prepare to be proselytized to!
Pictures (many stolen from Monica’s facebook):