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This is in honor of sopdetly, who had a great list of "How to Tell You're From Pennsylvania," which looked very clever but left me rather bemused since I've, um, never been within a thousand miles of Pennyslvania.

But! Here is an oh-so-true list, stolen off the web and adapted slightly by Me, for the Pacific NW. So without further ado...

You Know You're From the Pacific Northwest When You...

1. Know the state flower (Mildew)

2. Feel guilty throwing aluminum cans or paper in the trash. 

3. Use the statement "sun break" and know what it means.  

4. Know more than 10 ways to order coffee.  

5. Know more people who own boats than air conditioners. 

6. Feel overdressed wearing a suit [or nylons and a dress] to a nice restaurant. 

7. Stand on a deserted corner in the rain waiting for the "Walk" signal. 

8. Consider that if it has no snow or has not recently erupted, it is not a real mountain.  [Well, it clearly isn't!]

9. Can taste the difference between Starbucks, Seattle's Best, and Tully's. 

10. Know the difference between Chinook, Coho, and Sockeye salmon.  

11. Know how to pronounce Sequim, Puyallup, Issaquah, Oregon, and Willamette. 

12. Consider swimming an indoor sport, and/or consider yourself so brave if you go swimming in natural waters that you brag about it to people for the next week.

13. Can tell the difference between Japanese, Chinese, and Thai food. 

14. In winter, go to work in the dark and come home in the dark - while only working eight-hour days. 

15. Never go camping without waterproof matches and a poncho. 

16. Are not fazed by "Today's forecast: showers followed by rain," and "Tomorrow's forecast: rain followed by showers." 

17. Have no concept of humidity without precipitation. 

18. Can point to at least two volcanoes, even if you cannot see through the cloud cover. 

19. You exclaim "the mountain is out" when it is a pretty day and you can actually see it. 

20. Put on your shorts when the temperature gets above 50, but still wear your hiking boots & parka. 

21. Switch to your sandals when it gets about 60, but keep the socks on.  [I object here. I do not wear socks with sandals. Eck. Which isn't to say other Northwesterners don't...]

22. Have actually used your mountain bike on a mountain.  

23. Knew immediately that the view out of Frazier's window was fake.  [I delight in telling people that. < snarky voice > "He's apparently hovering in the air somewhere over Queen Anne Hill." < /snark >]

24. Buy new sunglasses every year, because you can't find the old ones after such a long time. 

25. Measure distance in hours. 

26. Use a down comforter in the summer. 

27. Design your kid's Halloween costume to fit under a raincoat. 

28. Know all the important seasons: Almost Winter, Winter, Still Raining (spring), Road Construction (summer), Deer & Elk season (fall).

29. Regularly find yourself stalled at an unmarked intersection playing the "No, you go first" hand-waving game with the other car, cyclist, or pedestrian.

30. Know about a dozen people who speak an Asian language, but practically no one who speaks Spanish.

31. Stay home when it snows, because, dude, that one city snowplow ain't going to cut it.



( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 12th, 2004 10:33 am (UTC)
100 different kinds of rain
OK...gotta stop laughing here...
Seattle sounds a lot less backwards than Portland, but just about everything on the list rings true!!!
Aug. 13th, 2004 08:41 am (UTC)
Re: 100 different kinds of rain
Of course Seattle is less backward than Portland. ;) We're just so much cooler...
Aug. 12th, 2004 11:11 am (UTC)
Awww, you made me a touch nostalgic for a few moments.
Aug. 12th, 2004 11:16 am (UTC)
Man, that list takes me back to my junior high days when I lived on Whidbey Island. Some of those apply to New England as well (specifically, #s 2, 5, 14, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26).

<a href="http://www.freakinjen.us/weblog.php>jen</a>
Aug. 13th, 2004 08:41 am (UTC)
Ahh, Whidbey. Very pretty. Good to see you again, Jen! :)
Aug. 13th, 2004 02:03 pm (UTC)
I've been around - blurking. Damn the misplaced quote in my link. =)

jen (http://www.freakinjen.us/weblog.php)
Aug. 12th, 2004 12:12 pm (UTC)
LOL, I have family in Oregon, and while I've never been out there, I saw a few similarities to their tales ;)
Aug. 13th, 2004 08:42 am (UTC)
Hee hee. Well, your list sounded familiar from what I've heard from my Penn. friends too--though I haven't verified it firsthand!
Aug. 16th, 2004 08:16 pm (UTC)
Ha ha! So true! Being from Vancouver which is the Pacific SW of Canada (although it is never called that), it rings so true to Canadian life.

11. Know how to pronounce Sequim, Puyallup, Issaquah, Oregon, and Willamette. 
For BC-ers this could be changed to Twwassen, Ucluelet, Oyoosos and Squamish.

30. Know about a dozen people who speak an Asian language, but practically no one who speaks Spanish.
Again, BC-ized to: Know a few dozen people who speak an Asian language but no one who speaks French (Canada's other national language)

Aug. 17th, 2004 08:42 pm (UTC)
Hehe. Well, I'd fail on that pronunciation test, though I've been to BC a few times.

I've heard BC and Alberta, though moderately similar to each other, are worlds apart from the eastern provinces like Quebec. Maybe over there people actually do speak French. :)
Aug. 17th, 2004 09:09 pm (UTC)
Yes that's true - in Quebec they're almost entirely French speaking. The West Coast is sort of it's own little world within Canada :-P
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