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Things I’ve Learned So Far in Seattle

I’ve only been in Seattle for about four days, but here are a few brief, unscientific observations I’ve made during my time here:

Rain – WTF, dude? It’s everywhere. It’s constant, and it’s cold. And people don’t use umbrellas? My local friend Megan told me that using an umbrella is a really good way for people to tell that you’re not from here. I say, if using an umbrella results in social ostracizing, then I am ready to become a pariah.

Speed – I haven’t been here that long, but already I’ve had a person tell me, “We do things a lot slower here on the West Coast.” I’ll leave it to your imagination what the context of this was. Suffice it to say, people here are a lot more chill. They drive at the speed limit. They are patient and good at waiting. They don’t flip out in the middle of department stores. Basically: the opposite of how people behave in Boston.

The Seattle Freeze – I haven’t experienced this directly yet, but many of my friends have made mention of it. To quote from Urban Dictionary:

It’s not that people here are unfriendly, they will hold the door for you and wave you into traffic and stuff like that, it’s that everything is maddeningly impersonal. The attitude is “have a nice day, somewhere else”. It’s easy to get along but making friends is almost impossible. People will say they want to hang out with you sometime and look at you like a freak when you actually suggest something. People enthusiastically say they are coming to a party then don’t show up. People are flaky and hard to pin down. Girls lead you on for weeks and snub you with no explanation. People are insincere. Norms of social interaction don’t apply here. Most people don’t like or dislike you, they’re totally indifferent. Every interaction will be maddeningly superficial. 

This sounds like the worst fate imaginable. I shall endeavor to counteract this as often as possible by forcing my way into people’s homes and having dinner with them against their will.

The Food, My God, The Food – I thought I had it good in Boston, but the food scene here is far better than I could have possibly comprehended. I’ve only eaten at a few restaurants so far and already I have been blown away by the selection and the quality. Dollar for dollar, you cannot beat this place. And I’ve only just begun my culinary journey.


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  • Portland is very similar to all of those points, except for the "freeze". It's pretty much the opposite down here, where everyone is overly nice.

  • Hey Dave! I have only been in Seattle a handful of times but I find it still so refreshing with each visit. The last time I lucked out and it was full of Sun and blue skies! I hope you enjoy your time there! Can't wait to hear more about your adventures!

  • Hi Dave- As a Seattle-area native who lived on the East Coast for several years and then came home 6 years ago, I can attest to the reality of the Seattle Freeze. However, it depends on the context, so persevere! You might be pleasantly surprised.

    Hope to see you around town sometime!

  • I've visited Seattle five or six times at this point, and I have such a soft spot for the city. Given, I've only visited during the less-rainy summer, but I enjoy the rain anyway, so I have a feeling it's exactly my kind of city no matter the time of year.

    Congratulations again on your move to the West Coast!

  • Regarding the "Seattle Freeze": I think this is just something people say about almost every major city. I heard it in Portland, I heard it in SF, and now from you I've heard it about Seattle.

    I think it's all confirmation bias.

  • Welcome to Seattle! I've lived here for 13 years and use an umbrella.Having a wet head is not fun. That description of the "Seattle Freeze" is a little harsh. I would describe Seattle people as cliquish. Overall it's a wonderful place to live.

  • Regarding Rain … London has alot of rain too. eugh.

  • Umbrellas are most certainly for jabronies.