Sunday, August 24, 2014

Tan Lines to be Proud of

You guys. The Ironman is now four weeks away!


That can be counted on one hand! Unless you're my eighth grade shop teacher who only had three fingers on each hand.

I remember showing up to the first day of class and seeing how many fingers he had and thinking, "your fingers were chopped off? Really? So cliche."

But then I ended making a damn impressive wooden Model T Ford truck out of that class so my attitude changed entirely. Well. Truth be told I didn't make an impressive Model T truck. Mine was a total disaster. The wheels were uneven and I thought I could fix it by sanding down two of them. But the wheels were specialized rounded pieces so I have no idea why I thought this would work. Then when it came time to take the trucks home, I just picked a different one that went unclaimed but looked pretty good and that's the one I brought to Bob and Cathie.

It's still prominently displayed in the McCann home.


On a side note, that whole sanding down the rounded wheels to fix the uneven problem is exactly why I don't work in a job that requires me to have skills that translate to anything practical.

Note: I'm a lawyer.

Where was I?

Oh. The Ironman.

So this weekend a group of friends and I headed south to Zion National Park, which is truly one of the most unbelievably gorgeous parks in the history of parks in the history of the world in the history of the universe. It's in southern Utah right next to all of the world's polygamists.


Earlier this year when I ventured to southern Utah with Disney Prince Hair Brandt, we stopped by the polygamists and tried to attend church. But we weren't exactly ushered in and so we awkwardly drove around the parking lot until finally just heading home.

It was like high school prom all over again.

My friend Nic biked a portion of my 90-mile ride with me while the rest of our friends hiked through God's greatest creations.

And you guys. Guess what? I BIKED 90 MILES IN THE HOT DESERT HEAT OF SOUTHERN UTAH. And I survived.

We finished the ride and I unzipped my bike shirt and pulled it off. And suddenly everyone gasped. I don't know what happened. I guess I didn't wear enough sunscreen. But somehow I ended up with the world's worst tan line.

I know it doesn't look super pronounced in that picture. I tried to take a picture that would show how bad it is. But it's not showing up like I need it to. But at least you can see where the line is and just imagine how obvious it must look in person.

Ok FINE. I showed you that picture so you could see how amazing my hair looks just after I get out of the shower. Plus O2 and the lamb haven't been featured on Stranger lately so I needed to find another excuse to bring them in.

After biking, Nic and I wandered to a local pizza place. I want to take a moment to just say that the only time I ever feel like I live in a big city is when I venture to southern Utah and the locals ask me where I came from.

Eli: Salt Lake City.

Local: Oh wow! I ain't never wanted to live up there! Too many people! I don't know how you do it!

Eli: Oh you know. You get used to the city life after a while.

Note: Salt Lake City has fewer than 300,000 people. You run into half the people you know at the grocery store. This isn't exactly Manhattan.

Anyway, we walked into this pizza place. I had thrown on a sleeveless shirt BECAUSE I'M TRASHY LIKE THAT ON VACATION so a few of the patrons began commenting loudly on my ridiculous tan lines.

Then we began ordering food. The girl cut us off and said, "hang on a sec." Then she walked back into the kitchen and yelled, loudly enough for us to hear, "TAMI! YOU GOTTA COME OUT HERE AND SEE THIS!"

Tami returned with homegirl and the two gawked at my sunburn. And I was all like, "I know. I'm a celebrity. Super exciting."

Because any time anyone pays any attention to me in public I like to pretend like they're just doing it because I'm a celebrity. Even though usually it's just because I accidentally got naked.

But Zion was nice.

We went "camping." Note: this cabin had A/C and wifi. This is camping to me. SO LEAVE ME ALONE.

I saw this at a local shop. WHAT. THE. HELL.

~It Just Gets Stranger


  1. Just a heads up, you are very attractive. Plus you travel, are very insightful, a lawyer, funny, and have an appreciation of art. You are the full package. I think you might be hiding something (or someone!) from us strangers!

  2. Hang on... The girl who was called out to observe your epic tan lines was named TAMI?!!! How is this NOT a bigger deal?! I can't believe you didn't introduce the two Tamis to each other and take a picture fur side by side comparison!...

    1. I had the same thought......EXACTLY the same thought. He just glossed over that crap.

    2. Well maybe the Tami from the kitchen was the same Tami from my toe.

      THE PLOT THICKENS!! [Thunder and lightening]

    3. Hahaha well I also have a co-worker who just started where I work and HER name is Tami too!!! I can't help but giggle every time I hear or say her name. Pretty sure she thinks I'm making fun of her but maybe she's ALSO the same Tami!!! Yeah... I'm gonna go with that... :-P

  3. You are looking mighty lean my friend! You are going to kill the Iron Man!! Zion looks time, I'm comin' too!

  4. Bacon toothpicks are nothing! I have bacon bubble gum... It's good the first two bites then is gross

  5. You loved the attention. Specifically because you weren't naked in public, #amiright?

    I'm still laughing over your swiping another kid's car to present as your own. Heh heh...

  6. I thought maybe O2 and the lamb were what you had nicknamed Gun 1 and Gun 2 there. Then I saw the lambie looking thing in the background. And so...O2 is the plant?

    I like my plan better.

  7. I enter the MTC (Missionary Training Center) on Wednesday.
    I think the only thing I will have withdrawals about is this blog.

    1. Have your mom or someone send them to you! I'm doing that for my daughter and my niece who are both on missions. But I print them up and mail them, so they don't scream with laughter in the library.

  8. There's only 300,000 people in Salt Lake City oh yea no big deal I mean I live in a town of 1500 people that's not such a big difference... (note this should have been read in a very sarcastic voice)
    Also how can you possibly meet that many people you know at the grocery store? Do you know everyone? Because honestly even in my podunk little town I come across people I don't know more often than not.

    1. I live in LA and constantly run into people I know... something around 12 million people there so ya... SLC is tiny. Eli probably knows everyone, or at least everyone knows him.

  9. That hair.....damn!

  10. Zion is beautiful. Congratulations on surviving 90 miles!

  11. Hey crazy! We stayed there just a week before. Zion Ponderosa Resort? :)