Look, I wouldn't have known to turn off my mic either.

Over the weekend I dined at Provisions, my favorite SLC restaurant. Because I am who I am, I was thrilled when the hostess sat my friend and I next to the table where Heather and Mary sat in Season 1 of RHOSLC.

And I made our waiter tell me everything about that day. She told me a story that since she willingly told me, a complete stranger, I assume she's okay with me now telling thousands of people.

On the day of the shoot, production mic-ed the waiter. Shoots are long, and the time eventually came for the waiter to visit the restroom. When she emerged, production asked if next time she might kindly turn off her mic. Because they had heard everything.

And I just think maybe production could include some general "turn your mic off before peeing" instruction during the initial auditory set up to save all parties from humiliation moving forward.


YIMBY and the Growth Mindset

If you've been feeling

about the Utah housing market, you are not alone. We're running out of inventory and wages are not rising at the same rate as house prices. It seems impossible for anyone not already in a home to get into a home.

BUT DON'T WORRY. Scott Wessman is here to tell us how to get out of this particular pickle.

The way out of the Bay Area trap lies in adopting a default, pro-building approach to housing. Here are three suggestions for how this pro-building mindset works.
First, we should preserve and defer to the rights of landowners (including developers) to build housing. Japan, for example, has broad protections for property owners and a simplified zoning model that significantly reduces the barriers to build. We should resist the urge to use zoning to artificially constrain housing to low density because of aesthetic preference.
Second, we should resist the urge to protect every older building, recognizing that historical significance is subjective and ultimately less important than serving our present and future housing needs. This shift can be difficult emotionally—I love historic homes and historic neighborhoods. Of course, there will still be historic homes and neighborhoods where the housing market supports them. Freedom to build is also freedom to restore—there is nothing to prevent someone from purchasing one of these historic homes, restoring it, and happily owning it for as long as they like. But that isn’t the only valid fate of a historic home or building.
Third, we should use public and private initiatives to preserve open spaces, including through conservation easements. Being pro-build does not require us to be anti-open space, and we have to be proactive to create parks and nature for the future.

Read the full piece here:

YIMBY and the Growth Mindset
My wife and I bought our first house in Provo in 2004. It had three bedrooms and two bathrooms, 1,500 square feet, and was built in 1955. We paid $134,000. If Zillow’s “Zestimate” is any indication, the same house is now worth around $415,000.

RHOSLC Season 2, Episode 3: Always Fight in Full Makeup

L.R. Encinas has outdone herself in her recap of episode 3 of season 2 of The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City.

Heather explains that until a few years ago, she raised her kids “militantly Mormon,” including sending her oldest daughter on trek. For one, I’m not about any militant form of parenting; and two, I really don’t want to have a trek conversation here, but as a Mormon recapping this stupid show, I feel it my duty.
Ashley, I’m so sorry about this screen grab, but your mother set you up for it.
Trek is a youth activity that happens every few years where teenagers wear pioneer-style clothing, pull handcarts, and recreate the Mormon pioneer trek over a few days. There are weird things in every faith tradition, and this is definitely something we can get rid of. I did not go on trek as a teenager, but attended as an adult leader, and I hated it more than childbirth.
Instead, let’s send the kids on a three-day backpacking trip and call it a day. Outside of Utah, we Mormons have tried very hard to explain to our friends that we’re just your everyday Christians. And we’re not doing a good job of this by trekking through humid, tick-infested state parks in period clothing amongst The Normals.

Read the full piece here:

RHOSLC Season 2, Episode 3:Always Fight in Full Makeup
Heather explains that she raised her kids “militantly Mormon,” including sending her oldest daughter on trek. I really don’t want to have a trek conversation here, but as a Mormon recapping this stupid show, I feel it my duty.


This week on Hive Mind we have some questions about the mental state of everyone involved with the making of The Labyrinth. We also covered the latest on Bachelor In Paradise, and The Real Housewives Of Salt Lake City Season 2. Plus a bunch of celebrities wrote a letter to world leaders demanding they end Covid-19. Thanks, guys. Super helpful.  

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