1. Trying to breathe in Utah’s Inversion.
The air quality can get pretty horrible in the Salt Lake Valley.
2. Shoveling snow in the morning, before going to work.
There’s nothing worse than waking up on a Monday morning to find eight inches of snow on the driveway, especially when you can’t find your boots and gloves.
3. The craziness of fans during Utah’s Holy War.
Pick a side, even if you don’t like football. Your choice says more about you than you might think.
4. Utah politics.
If you’re liberal, you think the conservatives run the state. If you’re conservative, you wish the liberals would stop whining and move to another state. It’s a no-win.
5. Driving on I-80 during a snowstorm.
Slippery, slushy and just plain miserable. And there’s always that dude in the big 4x4 truck who thinks he should still drive 80 mph.
6. Crying kids at the late night movie.
Who brings a baby to the 10 p.m. showing of a horror movie? Some Utahns, that’s who.
7. Orange cones.
Is there ever a single day in this state that road construction doesn’t exist on one of our freeways?
When UDOT doesn’t get to the construction, the potholes get downright dangerous.
Watch where you step when you hike in Utah.
10. The liquor laws.
Even if you don’t drink, it gets tiresome to continually explain the rules to visiting guests.
11. Trying to get tickets to that world-renowned film festival that’s happening in your backyard.
You’d better get online well in advance, or you’ll miss it.
12. Driving canyon roads at dusk.
Hitting a deer is dangerous; hitting a moose can be fatal.
13. The smell of the Great Salt Lake.
The lake kind of smells like rotten eggs sometimes, especially in the summer.
14. Crowds of tourists.
It’s pretty tough having five gorgeous National Parks and the world’s best snow. Tourists come from all over to enjoy our natural wonders, and we have to wait patiently in line with the out-of-staters, remembering that they’re bringing valuable tourism dollars with them.
15. Being stuck at work while fresh powder is covering the ski slopes.
Some days, it’s hard to be a grown-up in Utah.