After spending five years as a student in Provo, you become attuned to the peculiarities and odd fixations of the students and people in the area. However, you don’t need to have spent that long here to notice the Stuff BYU People Like.
If that phrase rings a bell, it’s because it’s a popular knock-off blog of the even more popular blog-made-book Stuff White People Like. Stuff BYU People Like provided an “in depth exploration” of Provo’s culture and more importantly, a “flagrant mockery” for the same reasons. Unfortunately, the blog hasn’t been updated since 2011, leaving many readers disappointed. Yet, the culture continues to churn out clichés and stereotypes that must be addressed. Here’s my attempt at a few:
The LDS Film Collection
I’m not talking about LDS Cinema (The Single’s Ward, Saints and Soldiers, etc.), but movies that BYU people love to watch. These include
- The Princess Bride
- Cool Runnings
- The Prince of Egypt
- The Lord of the Rings (be sure to emphasize that it is the extended edition)
- Monty Python
And the seasonal favorites:
- Hocus Pocus
Most of these films aren’t particularly terrible (keyword most), but like every Maroon 5 song that is overplayed on the radio, these movies are prone to appear as an option for every movie night.
If your summer Facebook feed wasn’t already filled with enough wedding invitations, it was with Bonfire invites. Majority of these under planned events boast to be the “hottest” party (pun always intended), with the biggest fire and the best people.
More commonly, these parties will consist of the host gathering a plethora of pallets to burn, having no way to transport those pallets and soliciting anyone who owns a truck, never realizing that said pallets are illegal to burn. Creating a Facebook event (with a googled picture of a bonfire) with an original name:
- Bonfire Night
- End of Summer Bonfire
- Back to School Bonfire
- Biggest Bonfire Ever
- Bodacious Bonfire (really)
- Fire Friday
Not checking land/property rules and getting shut down by the cops at 10 pm. Not considering how to put the fire out ahead of time and having to resort to the Boy Scout method.
Occasionally, these events can balloon into dance parties. The hosts of these events are usually graduated, hanging around Provo and do summer sales. They build up hype for the event by advertising a DJ only known by close friends and family who encourage him to pursue his dream. That dream remains unreachable with names like DJ Fizbo, DJ Puff, PBaby, and Kevin. These parties can be a bit edgier: tank tops, NCMO’s, and coolers of Red Bull.
If you missed any of these over the summer, just wait for a “Winter Wonderland Bonfire” invitation.
Odds are, you’ve been the recipient of baked goods for either doing a good deed or just for living in the vicinity of someone who loves to bake. No harm in the occasional plate of cookies. For many, it is what brings people together on weekends and in matrimony. It is when these palatable plates are used as bargaining tools in return for something greater when they become problematic.
Holidays and the end of the school year bring people to the airport. Facebook feeds become filled with requests to be taken to the airport – from Provo, the whole trip would take approximately 2 hours. If it fits my schedule, I have no problem helping people out if they are willing to pay for gas. However, instead of gas money, people are more prone to offer baked goods. Brownies won’t fill the gas tank! To me this sounds like
“Hey, can you give me a ride to the airport? I’ll help you put on a few pounds if you do.”
What about taking the frontrunner which goes directly to the airport? “But that’s expensive . . .” is commonly the response. Well so is driving there.
What are some other activities for which baked goods can be used as payment?
- Sport’s passes
- Moving a piano
- Breaking up with someone for someone else
- Giving up your Star Wars movie ticket