Thursday, November 30, 2006

So I Was at the Doctor's Office Recently...

...and was waiting patiently for my turn. Remember how I was bleeding irregularly for like 3+ weeks? Well yeah, I was getting that little issue checked out. Gynecologists are not my favorite people to visit, but they do serve their purpose. So I was being patient. (And I was being a patient. Why is that cracking me up so much?!? I'm a dork.)

Ok, so on with the story. I live in Utah Valley. The ratio of Mormons to non-Mormons is even higher here than in SLC, where the headquarters of the LDS church is. The Mormon sludge is so thick here you can feel it settle into your lungs, right next to the inversion crap. Here you find stores that sell knee-shorts, missionary memorabilia, scrapbooking paraphernalia, and food storage/emergency "essentials". Knowing these things, you'd think that nothing much would surprise me.

Oh yeah, on with the story. So I'm sitting there in the office, and on the wall is a magazine rack. Here is a picture, for I didn't want to leave it up to my insufficient words to explain. Direct your attention specifically to the top shelf, and see if you can guess which one of these things just doesn't belong, in my opinion (in a doctor's office).

21 comments:

Sideon said...

You would think an ob/gyn would have porn.

Hustler
Penthouse
Playboy
Playgirl
Inches

The Sunset magazine is the obvious "doesn't belong here" culprit. Since when does Utah even THINK they have a clue about diversity and culture?

My beeyotch meter is in the red - I think I'm done blogging for the day.

Sister Mary Lisa said...

Hilarious. I can just picture some biddy feeling like she'd better reach for the Ensign to avoid being judged poorly by others who may be watching.

Just one of many said...

I SPEWED ZIN ON MY COMPUTER SCREEN WHILE READING YOUR BLOG! OH how I wish I lived in the fucked up city of SLC!! I could have some good times screwing with peoples head!! I agree some smut ought to have been on the rack...

Bishop Rick said...

So was everything OK?

Arizona Expositor said...

My wife's ob/gyn office has BOM's, Ensigns, and the Friend laying around it as well. Her doctor isn't LDS but one of his office mates is, I guess he thinks he can convert them while they wait???

I agree with Sideon the Sunset is most out of place here. It's really not surprising in Utah County, Utah to have doc's offices with the Ensign. If I was a doctor there I would probably have one too, just to fit in. How weak is that??? But in business you do what you have to relate to the masses.

Eight Hour Lunch said...

You know, it could be funny to discretely slip a skin mag in there...of course I'd want to do it as a Candid Camera bit. What's the good if you don't actually get to see the reaction?

Eric said...

There's a magazine on the middle shelf, in the center, which is backwards. I can't effectively give my opinion as to which magazine does not belong. But my first guess is the Web magazine in the top, left corner. WTF?

Thunderchops said...

One fun thing to do in Provo is to mention aloud how much money they make off of members while in one of the supply depots.

You'll pick up a few white and delightsome shadows before you can say "Zarahemla".

La said...

Why is Sunset out of place?!? It's a home magazine, for crying out loud. A "Life in the West" magazine. Sounds pretty normal to me... :)

Seriously we should put some Nog mags in a rack like that, then set up hidden cameras.

Jane said...

I lived in Italy for three years, and my doctor's office had a shrine to the virgin Mary complete with twinkling lights and a backdrop of silk. In the exam room there was a cross on the wall with a bleeding Jesus.

When you live in an area that has a lot of people belonging to the same religion, you're going to find their religion penetrating everywhere. Why can't it just be seen as part of the culture instead of something to make fun of?

No, I'm not LDS, but I don't understand this at all. I'm not being a troll, I've just stumbled onto many of these mormon parody sites and I can't figure out what the big deal is.

La said...

Jane,

I appreciate your insight regarding life in Italy as well. Here's my issue:

If you have read my blog at all, you know that I really have a thing against mixing religion into things that are supposed to be neutral (i.e. medical community, public schools, community programs, etc).

Since I don't feel strongly enough to confront the doctor's office about that particular magazine being there, I decided, instead, to bring it to my blog in a humorous setting. See, unlike you, I WAS Mormon. I either have to laugh about my past life, or I have to cry. I choose to laugh.

Thanks again for visiting. :)

Jane said...

la - interesting. I did just surf in, so I apologize for not being familiar with your overall theme. I suppose I can just see a doctor wanting to offer what a large portion of his patients might be wanting to read.

La said...

Yeah that's kind of what Arizona Expositer was saying in his comment too.

I guess if I was a doctor I'd keep it to neutral things.

Oh, and Eric: That's not just a web magazine, it's WebMD. So it's valid, in my opinion.

the sinister porpoise said...

I don't even know what Sunset is. Now if you had Susquehanna Life there that'd be several thousand miles out of place. However, I can't see the pictures very clearly and don't know what some of the other titles are.

Magazines in doctor's offices aren't necessarily chosen for the appropriateness to the setting though. I was however displeased when the office for my therapist removed the copies of Smithsonian.

Anonymous said...

It would be interesting to know what the publication dates were on the mags. Experience has presented to me that most of them are over 1 year since published and don't always look like they have been read at all (practically brand new). If they are current I say WOW that is out of place!!!!!

Mom

shiree said...

la...that's hilarious, I spotted it right away and giggled. I would've thought it was out of place too....but that's just me.

arizona ex...I can just picture the faith promoting story now. A women gets up in sacrament meeting, and begins with..."I was in my Dr.'s office waiting room when I saw it...the book of mormon...I picked up and began to read............blah blah blah..." ...silly

Just one of many said...

La, hope your ok. Haven't blogged for a few days...Let us know how your doing! :)

Montgomery Q said...

That's really weird to see the predominant religion's magazine available to read in a magazine rack

Anonymous said...

shocking, truly shocking

Anonymous said...

I can't believe there's a good housekeeping there. Don't they know that some people aren't good housekeepers! Man, that gets my goose. Let's keep it neutral, please!

La said...

Take your sarcasm elsewhere.