You might be from the Pacific Northwest if you
You might be from the Pacific Northwest if 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 to a nice restaurant.
7. Stand on a deserted corner in the rain waiting for the "Walk" Signal.
8. Understand that if it has no snow or has not recently erupted, it is
not a real mountain.
9. Can taste the difference between Starbucks, Seattle's Best, and
10. Know the difference between Chinook, Coho, and Sockeye salmon.
11. Know how to pronounce Sequim, Puyallup, Issaquah, Oregon, and
12. Consider swimming an indoor sport.
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. Cannot wait for a day with "showers and sun breaks".
18. Have no concept of humidity without precipitation.
19. Know that Boring is a town in Oregon and not just a state of mind.
20. Can point to at least two volcanoes, even if you cannot see through the
21. Notice "the mountain is out" when it is a pretty day and you can
actually see it.
22. Put on your shorts when the temperature gets above 50, but still wear
your hiking boots and parka.
23. Switch to your sandals when it gets about 60, but keep the socks on.
24. Have actually used your mountain bike on a mountain.
25. Think people who use umbrellas are either wimps or tourists.
26. Knew immediately that the view out of Frasier's window was fake.
27. Buy new sunglasses every year, because you can't find the old ones after
such a long time.
28. Measure distance in hours.
29. Often switch from "heat" to "a/c" in the same day.
30. Use a down comforter in the summer.
31. Carry jumper cables in your car and your wife knows how to use them.
32. Design your kid's Halloween costume to fit under a raincoat.
33. Know all the important seasons: Almost Winter, Winter, Still Raining
(Spring), Road Construction (Summer), Salmon runs season (Fall).
34. Actually understand these jokes and forward them to all your friends in
the Northwest or those who used to live here!
Love that, Don!
It certainly applies here in the lovely Pacific SOUTHwest of Canada, as well, except that being 3 hours (as in #28 ) North of Seattle, the days are even shorter in the winter. Of course, being able to fly in the summer from 5:00AM to 10:30PM sort of makes up for that.
Brad (I don't own an umbrella, and it's rained every day since Nov. 6th)
OK, now I'm homesick
I knew I had been fully corrupted by this desert when I walked outside one night, went back in to get a jacket, and noticed on the way back out that the temperature was between 55 & 60.
I've been here 13 years now. EVERY summer I swear I'll...
I'll spare you the shot of me in spandex on the mountain bike at 10,000 ft, it's not a pretty sight! But the bike is called a "Sasquatch", and I can claim to have seen a real one (Bigfoot, to you Yanks) in the flesh, and the tracks of another in the snow on another occasion.
Can you tell that I love this part of the world, in spite of the rain?
Frankly, everything in the initial post is true.
And, as a native Oregonian, I sincerely miss former Oregon Governor Tom McCall's campaign to dissuade people from moving to the state (but not backto it.) This also gave rise to the Oregon Anti-Greeting Cards—great Christmas Card substitutes!—that were extremely popular in the 1970s, one of which Terry quoted in this thread.
I've been trying to find a career path to take me back every since leaving for college in the east.
How true! Especially ther part about feeling guilty about tossing the cans. Iremeber back in the 70"s when we had several attempts at having poptop-less cans. Had some really strange and even slightly dangerous designs until they settled on the current one.
I'll never forget how "environment" was a required class in Jr. high. We used to make a sport of having nuclear powerplant guys come in to speak to us on how safe the nuke plants were, then ambushing them with questions they could not answere! Memories....
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