You know you’re from Western Washington if …

 You know you’re from Western Washington if …

  1. You know what “sun breaks” are.
  2. You seldom use an umbrella when it’s raining.
  3. Although you never personally use an umbrella, you celebrate a festival called “Bumbershoot.”
  4. You find blue skies a pleasant surprise.
  5. You use the phrase “the Mountain’s out today.”
  6. Your first outdoor chores in the spring are killing the moss in your lawn and removing pine needles from your roof and gutters.
  7. You expect trees to be green in the winter.
  8. You know where “the Eastside” is located.
  9. You keep a supply of books on tape in your car for those long commutes.
  10. You look at the ground when you’re out for a walk so you won’t step on a slug.
  11. You keep a ferry schedule in your car.
  12. You either used to, currently do, or hope to someday, own a boat.
  13. You’ve worn shorts and a parka at the same time.
  14. You measure distance in hours.
  15. You can identify ten different apples by taste and smell only.
  16. You know that Grey’s Anatomy takes place in an alternate universe where the Space Needle and Pike Place Market are both right next to a “hospital” which is REALLY the KOMO 4 News building!
  17. You get angry when Dr. Bailey asks for a “mocha latté” on Grey’s Anatomy, even though those are two COMPLETELY DIFFERENT DRINKS!!
  18. You feel overdressed wearing a suit to a nice restaurant.
  19. You always have to specify “the state of Washington” instead of just saying Washington because of DC.
  20. You know that it’s Pike Place Market, not Pike’s Place Market.
  21. You know where Bill Gates lives and try to point it out whenever you’re driving on the 520 bridge.
  22. You’re proud that Grunge started in Seattle.
  23. When you visit another state and it rains, all the other people around you run and take cover while you continue to slowly walk around in your flip flops and shorts.
  24. You know where Jimmy Hendrix is buried.
  25. You consider a floating bridge a pain in the butt, not an engineering marvel.
  26. You personally know someone from Alaska.
  27. You’re amazed at an accurate weather forecast.
  28. You can wear a sweatshirt and jeans any time of the year and be perfectly fine.
  29. You’re shocked when people go to the beach and actually go into the ocean.
  30. You drink tap water and think nothing of it.
  31. When you’re out of state, you call the University of Washington “U-Dub” and nobody knows what you’re talking about.
  32. Flip-flops are a year-round thing.
  33. You still call it “The Bon” even though now it’s Macy’s.
  34. You regularly pass volcano evacuation route signs when driving around town.
  35. You live in utter fear of black ice
  36. You miss the King Dome.
  37. You don’t think the Panama Canal is anything special because it’s just like the Ballard Locks.
  38. Seeing a submarine, aircraft carrier, or battleship isn’t a big deal.
  39. You know the significance to the phrase, “My Oh My!”
  40. You can name at least one bridge that’s collapsed or sunk in the last 50 years.
  41. You see “Sonic” fast food commercials but have never been to or know where one is.
  42. You’re proud that Hempfest is in Western Washington.
  43. When people point out how beautiful Mount Rainier is, you say, “Oh, yeah. I guess.”
  44. You don’t grab an umbrella even though you know it’s going to rain.
  45. You go to Wild Waves even when it’s raining because you know the wave pool is heated.
  46. You have to know what time of day someone’s traveling in order to tell them how long it will take to get somewhere.
  47. You consider swimming an indoor sport.
  48. You can tell the difference between Japanese, Chinese and Thai food.
  49. You aren’t fazed by “Today’s forecast: showers followed by rain,” and “Tomorrow’s forecast: rain followed by showers.”
  50. You can’t wait for a day with “sun breaks.”
  51. You have no concept of humidity without precipitation.
  52. You know how to pronounce Sequim, Puyallup, Enumclaw and Issaquah.
  53. You keep snow chains in your trunk, but they’ve never been used.
  54. You see a person carrying an umbrella and figure they must be a tourist.
  55. Eating seafood isn’t anything special.
  56. Your lawn is mostly moss and you don’t really care.
  57. You’re extremely picky about your coffee.
  58. 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.
  59. You rarely wash your car because it’s just going to get muddy again tomorrow.
  60. You wouldn’t dream of putting an air conditioner in your house.
  61. You go to Eastern Washington to get some sun.
  62. You remember where you were on May 18th, 1980 (and you know the significance of that date).
  63. You get a terrible sunburn on the first nice day of summer.
  64. You look forward to SeaFair.
  65. You assume Christmas will be rainy, not white.
  66. You’ve owned the same bathing suit for years because you never have a chance to wear it out.
  67. You still can’t believe the new Seahawks stadium is open air.
  68. Your phonebook contains a tide table.
  69. You only visit the Space Needle if you need someplace to take out-of-town guests.
  70. You — or someone you know — works at Boeing or Microsoft.
  71. You “Do The Puyallup.”
  72. You feel guilty throwing something away that could be recycled.
  73. You know more than ten ways to order coffee.
  74. You know more people who own boats than air conditioners.
  75. You can point to at least two volcanoes even if you can’t actually see them through the cloud cover.
  76. You wear shorts when the temperature gets above 50, but still wear your hiking boots and parka.
  77. You switch to your sandals at about 60 degrees, but keep your socks on.
  78. You’ve actually used your mountain bike on a mountain.
  79. You buy new sunglasses every year because you’ve lost last year’s pair after such a long time not needing them.
  80. You design your kid’s Halloween costume to fit under (or over) a raincoat.
  81. When you hear people from Eastern Washington say they’re going to “the Coast”, you assume they mean Ocean Shores (and, believe it or not, you’re wrong!). 😉
  82. You know how to pronounce “geoduck” and know that it doesn’t quack or have feathers.
  83. You get upset when a store doesn’t carry your favorite brand of bottled water.
  84. You can taste the difference between Starbucks, Seattle’s Best, and Tully’s.
  85. It’s not a “real” mountain unless it has snow year round and has erupted within the last 200 years.
  86. You can tell it’s summer because the rain is warmer.
  87. You know what a Frango is.
  88. You have an earthquake story, and so does everyone else you know.
  89. You can identify seven different types of rain.
  90. You can identify five different cities by smell alone.
  91. You think espresso was invented in Seattle.
  92. You know exactly where Tom Hank’s houseboat was in Sleepless In Seattle.
  93. You know the difference between a “boat house” and a “house boat”.
  94. You know who J.P. Patches is.
  95. At least one of your neighbors has a hot tub they haven’t used in over a year.
  96. You’ve used every setting on your intermittent wipers.
  97. You know you’d better enjoy the snow the first day it falls before the rain washes it away.
  98. You marvel when the autumn leaves stay on the trees for more than three days before the rain knocks them to the ground.
  99. You give directions using Puget Sound and the Cascades as points of reference.
  100. You lose your sense of direction if you go east of the Cascades.
  101. You know at least five different ways to kill slugs.
  102. You know the difference between a rhododendron and an azalea.
  103. You know what a Dick’s Deluxe is.
  104. You know someone whose house has been partially crushed by a tree.
  105. You know the difference between an evergreen and a deciduous tree.
  106. You don’t know what a turnpike is.
  107. You own a barbeque that’s rusted.
  108. You change your wiper blades more often than your oil.
  109. You prefer one mountain range to the other.

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10 thoughts on “You know you’re from Western Washington if …

  1. As a native Oregonian, I can identify with most of those! It’s true that SoCal rain is different and drops in torrents, but I still don’t carry an umbrella.


  2. Grew up in Burien/Renton but haven’t lived there in 20 years and I STILL”get” all 109. Once a Pacific Northwesterner, ALWAYS a Pacific NW’er!


  3. I lived in Olympia 7 years in the 70’s…and I can STILL identify with most of the statements. Thanks for a really good laugh, smile and reminisce ((word?)
    And I do know a person living in Alaska…my son. Since we live in Tennessee, people think it’s odd…but I know he’s still a Washingtonian at heart, so Alaska isn’t so unusual.
    Thanks for this!


  4. I live twenty minutes north of Seattle and you have really hit the nail on the head! Lol. And I LOVE it out here! 😀 If only it was located on an island in Hawaii we would have perfection.


  5. I’ve lived in Olympia my entire life (which, needless to say, hasn’t been all that long, really) and I really enjoyed reading all of these and marveling at how ridiculously true everything was.😄


  6. I loved this!! Having lived in AK and WA as a kid and now being back in the Olympia area they all really fit! lol Thanks for sharing!


  7. Lived in Seattle twice for a few years at a time and love Western Washington. Almost all of these I was going, “yes, yes, yes, yes, yes.” too. The snow thing, remember the snow storm that cost Nickels his job? Where was the rain after that one?!?!?! Ugh!

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