21 reasons you’re from the PNW

Salt spray, rainy days, 90s fray and lattes.

All my recent traveling outside of my regular PNW domain has got me thinking about what I consider normal at home. Especially because I’ll be hitting the road again soon.

You know you’re from the Pacific Northwest if…

  1. You can never find your sunglasses again, so you keep buying more pairs.
  2. You can’t see the mountains through the cloud cover, but you know they’re there. Watching. Waiting.
  3. You know what “The Big One” is.
  4. You can taste the difference between Starbucks, Tully’s and Seattle’s Best Coffee.
  5. You carry recreation equipment in your car that’s more expensive than your car.
  6. Has it erupted recently? Does it have snow on it? If no, it’s not a mountain.
  7. You have a sneaking suspicion the ugg boots/leggings/north face uniform began here
  8. There are no real seasons, there is only Almost Winter, Winter, Still Raining (Spring), Road Construction (Summer).
  9. You know more than five people who work for Microsoft or Boeing.
  10. Oddly, you might not know anyone that works at Amazon.
  11. At least one person you know owns an Outback.
  12. There are a few moments where you’re not certain we’ve left the 90s totally behind
  13. Coffee is a serious business. There’s politics, religion, money, and COFFEE.
  14. You know how to pronounce Sequim, Quil Ceda, Puyallup, Issaquah, Oregon, Yakima, Willamette and way, way more.
  15. You know more than ten ways to order coffee.
  16. Some seasons there are days where you go to work in the dark and come home in the dark. You go whole seasons without seeing natural light.
  17. You recycle religiously.
  18. You don’t use an umbrella- ever.
  19. Boing, Amazon, and Microsoft will rule all. They’re actually in a competition with Apple to rule the world. Starbucks is their fuel and artillery.
  20. Locally there are more boats than AC units.
  21. Swimming is an indoor sport.
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  1. Love it! Shreveport doesn’t have seasons either. It’s Winter, Almost Summer, Summer, Almost Winter. Floods year round. I have no idea why I don’t buy a kayak to get groceries and go to work lol.

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  2. This is awesome. I just moved from Florida to Washington over the summer and it’s a totally different world out here! Washington is great for my coffee addiction though, there’s a coffee shop on every corner. I love it here!

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    1. I’m glad you liked it and hope your transition to Washington went smoothly!! I’m working on a continuation of this, feel free to send in any ideas you may have that about the PNW, especially since you started with a fresh set of eyes.

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