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…
- You can never find your sunglasses again, so you keep buying more pairs.
- You can’t see the mountains through the cloud cover, but you know they’re there. Watching. Waiting.
- You know what “The Big One” is.
- You can taste the difference between Starbucks, Tully’s and Seattle’s Best Coffee.
- You carry recreation equipment in your car that’s more expensive than your car.
- Has it erupted recently? Does it have snow on it? If no, it’s not a mountain.
- You have a sneaking suspicion the ugg boots/leggings/north face uniform began here
- There are no real seasons, there is only Almost Winter, Winter, Still Raining (Spring), Road Construction (Summer).
- You know more than five people who work for Microsoft or Boeing.
- Oddly, you might not know anyone that works at Amazon.
- At least one person you know owns an Outback.
- There are a few moments where you’re not certain we’ve left the 90s totally behind
- Coffee is a serious business. There’s politics, religion, money, and COFFEE.
- You know how to pronounce Sequim, Quil Ceda, Puyallup, Issaquah, Oregon, Yakima, Willamette and way, way more.
- You know more than ten ways to order coffee.
- 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.
- You recycle religiously.
- You don’t use an umbrella- ever.
- 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.
- Locally there are more boats than AC units.
- Swimming is an indoor sport.