Monday, January 28, 2008

From the northwest

Here, for your reading pleasure - and mine - is a list of some ways you'll know if you're from Seattle or from the Northwest in general. I gathered these from a bunch of other places. Ah, the northwest. =)

  1. You feel guilty throwing aluminum cans or paper in the trash.
  2. You use the expression "sun break" and know what it means.
  3. You know more than ten ways to order coffee.
  4. You know more people who own boats than air conditioners.
  5. You feel overdressed wearing a suit to a nice restaurant.
  6. You stand on a deserted corner in the rain waiting for the "walk" signal.
  7. You consider that if it has no snow or has not recently erupted, it's not a real mountain.
  8. You know the difference between Chinook, Coho and Sockeye salmon.
  9. You know how to pronounce Sequim, Puyallup, Issaquah, Oregon and Willamette.
  10. In winter, go to work in the dark and come home in the dark--while only working eight-hour days.
  11. You obey all traffic laws except "keep right except to pass."
  12. You never go camping without waterproof matches and a poncho.
  13. You are not fazed by "Today's forecast: showers followed by rain" and "Tomorrow's forecast: rain followed by showers." Can't wait for a day with "Showers and sun breaks."
  14. You have no concept of humidity without precipitation.
  15. You can taste the difference between Starbucks, Seattle's Best Coffee, and Tully's
  16. You say "the mountain is out" when it's a pretty day and you can actually see it.
  17. You switch to your sandals when it gets above 60, but keep the socks on.
  18. You buy new sunglasses every year, because you can't find the old ones after such a long time.
  19. You've scraped your icy car windows with a credit card.
  20. You've "shoveled" your driveway with a whisk broom or dust pan.
  21. You don't think twice about wearing Teva sandals, blaze yellow Gortex, rip-stop pants to a nice steakhouse.
  22. You don't go to work for a whole week if there's 2 inches of snow.
  23. You know what "Keep Clam" is from.
  24. You recycle everything possible and think people who don't are criminally irresponsible.
  25. You'll always like watching the fish throwers at Pike Place.
  26. You don't wear high heels/hose or neckties, pretty much ever.
  27. You've experienced firsthand the difference between "water-resistant" and "water-proof" clothing.
  28. You know Seattle actually gets less annual rainfall than NYC and that summer is amazingly perfect.
  29. You don't tell too many people because than it will get even more crowded here than it already is.
  30. You personally know someone who owns a boat.
  31. You have a giant moss carpet outside your house, not a lawn.
  32. Your bathroom has black mold somewhere.
  33. You don't iron your clothes.
  34. You've tried lutefisk.
  35. You don't need to call a computer specialist for home computer problems because you or someone you know can fix it.
  36. You've been in subterranean downtown Seattle via "The Underground Tour"
  37. You've been on most of the ferry routes and missed ferries by just a few seconds.
  38. You expect people to come to complete stops in highway merge lanes.
  39. You've bought something really good from Value Village.
  40. You've seen bald eagles and orca whales in the wild.
  41. You know University of Washington is known as "udub", not "u of w" or "uw".
  42. You know where all the free wireless is.
  43. You never have a real tan but you do get badly sunburned at least once every year.


@bdul muHib said...

#38- that's what happened to you two yesterday! You ran into a Seattelite!

Omar P. said...

That's so funny. I always expect people to know how to merge here in Seattle. It's everywhere else across the country where folks come to complete stops in the merge lane, right?!

Aimee said...

Well, I suppose some of these could be relevant to any city anywhere. =)