Wednesday, November 09, 2005

City Weekly On SLCSpin

With a few exceptions, if SLCSpin shows up when you Google your own name, chances are you're not going to like what you read. John Saltas of City Weekly Googled his name this week and sure enough... I've now learned that, with a few exceptions, if you show up in John Saltas' column chances are you're not going to like what you read. That's fair. But in my own defense, he said this: "I guess he didn’t like that I recently wrote that my Mormon grandmother once gave me the recipe for a hot toddy, and that in the good old days in Bingham, kids could buy booze for their parents." about this post. Clearly, we have misunderstoodified each other.


Anonymous Justin said...

Let me see if I got it...

A reader wrote a letter to the City Weekly complaining about being asked for ID when he bought Nyquil at a Target pharmacy.

John Saltas concludes that the reader was ID'ed because Nyquil contains pseudoephedrine and the pharmacist was enforcing some peculiar aspect of personal morality particular to Utah's dominant culture which stigmatizes the consumption of liquor, and possibly by extension, the use of Nyquil, which also happens to contain 20% alcohol.

You point to an article explaining that Target pharmacies nationwide are no longer stocking any over-the-counter medications which contain pseudoephedrine because that substance is a precursor chemical in the production of methamphetamine. This article would seem to disprove John Saltas' conclusion that Utah's anti-liquor moralism was involved.

(note: A quick google search would have also found that it's a violation of federal law to purchase more than 3 packages of cold medicine containing pseudoephedrine in a 24-hour period. A store might feel it necessary to ask for ID in order to comply with that law)

Finally, 2 weeks later, John Saltas discovers your blog and somehow thinks you were attacking him for Mormon-bashing, when you were actually pointing out that he incorrectly assumed that Utah's peculiar culture was the sole reason why his reader was asked for ID when he attempted to purchase a substance that is coming under tighter control around the country.

11/09/2005 02:27:00 PM  
Blogger Mike Jones said...

Yeah, I guess it was the part where John said "Still, I never would have guessed that a store clerk or pharmacist would prevent a person from buying NyQuil. But that’s Utah’s liquor stigma for you" that also made me think that John was connecting buying NyQuil with Utah perculiarities.

Memo to John: If you think Utah is peculiar, try living in Alabama and dealing with liquor laws in the deep south. And I can promise you that its not the blankety-blank Mormons that are getting tough liquor laws through the legislature in Alabama.


11/09/2005 03:44:00 PM  
Blogger Tyler Farrer said...

Justin, Thanks for clearing that whole scenario up for me. Like every narcissist I know, Saltas says a whole lot, in his article, about nothing.

Ethan, Just keep on digging dirt. You keep people honest.

11/09/2005 03:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Dexter said...

i just ran into this quote:

I get all my news from blogs. It's accuriffic!

no offense ethan, it just made me laugh.

11/09/2005 05:39:00 PM  
Blogger John said...

Nice try fellas. It's not as hard or deep as you make it out, nor as empty headed as I have left it.

11/09/2005 09:02:00 PM  
Blogger John said...

Nice try fellas. It's not as deep or conspiratorial as you guess. But, if it gets you all thinking about something other than being pissed upon, all the better. Yet, while you all wonder about my motives, or make me the issue, you offer little relevance to the debate about the ease of purchase of non-prescription medications. Please resist the knee-jerk temptation to paint me as biased against you or Mormon Utahns, but the fact is, Utah is a leader in abuse of such medications as well as legal prescription drugs. City Weekly did a cover story on this topic a year ago and you all sat on your asses. Until the past few weeks, you remained there. If it takes a rambling essay to wake your silly asses up, then, so be it. I'm off to my mirror now.ciao.

11/09/2005 09:17:00 PM  
Blogger Tyler Farrer said...

Okay, John. We'll 'resist the temptation' and let you do the painting yourself. You did such a fine job, as it is, with your last post.

Okay, let's get back to real problems.

11/09/2005 10:56:00 PM  
Blogger Mike Jones said...

John: you didn't see a reaction from me on whatever City Weekly wrote a year and a half ago mostly because I quit reading the City Weekly when Phil Jacobsen quit writing for it.

11/11/2005 01:24:00 PM  

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