You Know You’re From Washington When…

13 09 2007

1. You know how to pronounce Sequim, Puyallup, Enumclaw and Issaquah.
2. You consider swimming an indoor sport.
3. You keep snow chains in your trunk but they’ve never been used.
4. You see a person carrying an umbrella and know they must be a tourist.
5. Eating seafood isn’t anything special.
6. Your lawn is mostly moss and you don’t really care.
7. Your daily commute to work involves riding a ferry.
8. You know the difference between “showers followed by rain” and “rain followed by showers”.
9. The sight of Mt. Rainier is still awe inspiring.
10. You’re extremely picky about your coffee.
11. You yell at the TV if they pronounce the name of a city wrong or make an inaccurate Seattle reference on “Frasier” or “Grey’s Anatomy.”
12. You rarely wash your car because it’s just going to get muddy again tomorrow.
13. You wouldn’t dream of putting an air conditioner in your house.
14. You go to Eastern Washington to get some sun.
15. You can drive from your home to a lake, a river or the Puget Sound in 20 minutes or less.
16. You’ve seen or know someone who has seen Bigfoot.
17. You remember where you were on May 18th, 1980.
18. You get a terrible sunburn on the first really nice day of summer.
19. You look forward to SeaFair and all its related activities.
20. You take a heavy coat and a hat with you for a day at the beach.
21. You have learned to assume Christmas will be rainy, not white.
22. You’ve owned the same bathing suit for years because you never have a chance to wear it out.
23. You still can’t believe the new Seahawks stadium is open air.
24. Your phone book contains a tide table.
25. You only visit the Space Needle if you need someplace to take out of town guests.
26. You or someone you know works at Boeing or Microsoft.
27. You “Do The Puyallup” every year.
28. You feel guilty throwing something away that could be recycled.
29. You use the word “sunbreak” and know what it means.
30. You know more than 10 ways to order coffee.
31. You know more people who own boats than air conditioners.
32. You know the difference between Chinook, Coho and Sockeye salmon.
33. You never go camping without water proof matches and a poncho.
34. You have no concept of humidity without precipitation.
35. You can point to at least 2 volcanoes even if you can’t actually see them through the cloud cover.
36. You wear shorts when the temperature gets above 50 but still wear your hiking boots and parka.
37. You switch to your sandals at about 60 degrees but keep your socks on.
38. You have actually used your mountain bike on a mountain.
39. You buy new sunglasses every year because you’ve lost last years pair after such a long time not needing them.
40. You measure distance in hours.
41. You often switch from heat to a/c in your car in the same day.
42. You use a down comforter in the summer.
43. You carry jumper cables in your car and your wife knows how to use them.
44. You design your kid’s Halloween costume to fit under a raincoat.
45. You choose your vacation spot according to the best latte stands.
46. You purchase a new car and the ‘Northwest Package’ includes a built in umbrella holder.

47. Your children don’t get chicken pox; they get ‘rust spots’ instead.
48. When you think ‘big hair’, you think of Kent.
49. You can’t make it two blocks without seeing a Starbucks.
50. When you hear people from Eastern WA say they’re going to the coast, you assume they mean Ocean Shores.
51. You make reference to the new neighborhood going up down the street and people have to ask, “Which one?”
52. You can’t believe that people in Spokane actually have yellow grass in the winter and green grass in the summer.
53. You know how to pronounce geoduck and know that it doesn’t quack or have feathers.
54. You expect snow for Valentine’s Day, not Christmas.
55. You get upset when a store doesn’t carry your favorite brand of bottled water.
56. You can tell the difference between Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean and Thai food.
57. You can taste the difference between Starbucks, Seattle’s Best and Tully’s.
58. It’s not a real mountain unless it has snow and has erupted within the last 200 years.
59. You go to work in the dark and come home in the dark even though you only have an 8 hour workday.
60. You’ve ever stood alone on a deserted street corner in the rain.
61. You can tell its summer because the rain is warmer.
62. You know what a Frango is.
63. You think the “Middle East” is Ellensburg and the “Far East” is Spokane.

And that’s enough for today.

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6 responses

13 09 2007
Jennifer James

*hysterical laughter*

When I think big hair, I think Kent.
You are so clever, seriously, we need to write a book. I love the sandals and socks one. Nothing about hiking in your Teva’s though, or the pivotal cold water swim, which is the only kind of swim we have in Seattle.
My co-workers think I am a coffee snob because I won’t drink the over roasted, made in a diner, you could stand a spoon in it, and not in the good way gross black coffee they make here at work.
*clutches Starbucks cup protectively*
I love you Starbucks.

13 09 2007
Jennifer James

Hey I posted a comment earlier! It was good! Where did it go?!

13 09 2007
Aaron James

Wow you really put some thought into it.

13 09 2007
Father Smith

Meghan The Younger,

Loved this post, very creative! I would like you to know that your Mum and I are actually going to do the Puyallup today. I plan to eat a fist full of scones and a basket of corndogs.

To add to your list…

You have a rack on top of your car that holds both a mountain bike and kayak.

The majority of a typical days conversation centers around how bad the traffic is.

Everyone around you is wearing a “Northface” jacket.

Well…really enjoyed your email last night…we continue to pray for you (as always). I look forward to dancing independently with you on your return:)

Dad

13 09 2007
Father Smith

Me too! Where did my exceedingly long creative comment go? Oh my!

Father Smith

13 09 2007
Jennifer James

That’s not fair. I love the Kent one….

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