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alohawolf ([personal profile] alohawolf) wrote2011-07-01 07:07 pm

Looking at 5 years in Seattle..

So, In November of this year, I will celebrate a wonderful 5 years in Western Washington, a couple observations stick with me:

The Bad.

  1. You people still cannot drive.
  2. Merging is a foreign concept, people drive 45 till the end of the acceleration lane, then try to merge.
  3. 'Old Man with Pickup Truck' or 'Subaru Driver' will never exceed 45 MPH on the Freeway.
  4. If your doing the speed limit, please move out of the fast lane.
  5. Seattle Nice is a real thing.
  6. Tourists are clueless here too, thankfully unlike in Southern California, they only come 4 months a year.
  7. People are amazed when I tell them I make a 45 mile one way trip for Del Taco.
  8. There is no In-N-Out.
  9. The cellular deadzone in the middle of the Ship Canal Bridge is annoying.
  10. Hipsters annoy me, hence I avoid Cap Hill, Belltown and Lower Queen Anne.

The Good.

  1. 13 Coins is amazing, 24 Hour fine dining is a wonder to behold.
  2. Ivars Salmon House is also a similar wonderful thing.
  3. Weather - Most of the time its so pleasant, even if pleasant might be cold.
  4. I dont need Air Conditioning.
  5. 90 Miles to Fish on Rice
  6. Friends - I have some of the best friends in the world up here.
  7. RainFurrest is the best furry convention in the world
  8. Jobs - If you want work, come to Seattle, there are lots of jobs to go around.
  9. Housing is Cheap - you can get a 2 bedroom as little as a half hour from Downtown for 800 a month.
  10. Social Scene - The Fandom here is active, lots going on, lots to do.

Overall, I'm happy, I miss sunshine sometimes, I miss warmer weather sometimes, I miss real community, but I'm happy here.

ext_56720: (comments)

[identity profile] mortonfox.livejournal.com 2011-07-02 03:49 am (UTC)(link)
After reading about Seattle Nice, I think it'd be great there. It's a city full of people who are polite but will leave me alone. And I'm just as emotionally distant too or so people have told me.

Yeah, I travel long distances to Hardee's and Long John Silver's too. There are lots of things in this area but not everything.
Edited 2011-07-02 03:49 (UTC)

[identity profile] captpackrat.livejournal.com 2011-07-02 04:00 am (UTC)(link)
From where I live, it's a 35 mile round trip just to go to McDonalds.

[identity profile] alohawolf.livejournal.com 2011-07-02 05:04 am (UTC)(link)
Thats cause you live in the middle of nowhere :-P

[identity profile] mister-century.livejournal.com 2011-07-02 04:32 am (UTC)(link)
I like Cap Hill's hipsters. Seattle hipsters are adorable.

[identity profile] melchar.livejournal.com 2011-07-02 06:23 am (UTC)(link)
You make it sound -wonderful-! [sighs - because I love that kind of weather and the sun is 'that bright icky thing in the sky']

[identity profile] plushlover.livejournal.com 2011-07-02 08:17 am (UTC)(link)
One of my personal driving rules: keep your distance from any car that has mountains and/or trees on its license plate. There's a better than 50/50 chance the driver is whack. (This includes cars from Washington, Oregon, B.C., Idaho, and Colorado. Overall the worst drivers in the West, IMHO.)

BTW, they don't have In-N-Out in my part of California, either, alas. Or jobs...

[identity profile] alohawolf.livejournal.com 2011-07-02 11:45 am (UTC)(link)
Redding however is not that far from you, twoish hours IIRC.

[identity profile] plushlover.livejournal.com 2011-07-02 11:53 am (UTC)(link)
Haven't been to Redding in five years. Need more reasons to go than just to get a hamburger. Will be going to L.A. this September, though. My In-N-Out urge will be satisfied then!

[identity profile] loranskunky.livejournal.com 2011-07-02 02:32 pm (UTC)(link)
Del Taco is totally worth the 45 mile trip.

[identity profile] foxmajik.livejournal.com 2011-07-02 03:05 pm (UTC)(link)
> If your doing the speed limit, please move out of the fast lane.

The fast lane is only for passing. You're not supposed to cruise in it.

[identity profile] stilghar.livejournal.com 2011-07-03 02:24 pm (UTC)(link)
That largely depends on the laws of the state you're barreling through at the moment, IIRC.

I do cruise in the fast lane, at usually about Limit +5-10 or depending on traffic, unless I see signs specifically stating the lane is for passing only. About the only place I've ever seen that is west-central Texas.

[identity profile] stilghar.livejournal.com 2011-07-04 06:26 am (UTC)(link)
Ahh! Thanks.

[identity profile] broduke2000.livejournal.com 2011-07-03 06:31 am (UTC)(link)
We have two wonderful In-N-Out's in Santa Rosa.

Should I take offense when the employees hold the door open for me?

Social Scene - The Fandom here is active, lots going on, lots to do.

[identity profile] fionacat.livejournal.com 2011-07-04 01:11 pm (UTC)(link)
I can haz more information plz?

I have a very good friend that just arrived in Seattle and knows a few peoples there but more = betters.
ext_185737: (Rex - Gimme a break...)

[identity profile] corelog.livejournal.com 2011-07-04 02:04 pm (UTC)(link)
I do not believe that you would drive a 45 mile one way trip for Del Taco. You won't drive 25 miles one way for Carls Jr.--or even 16 miles round trip for a friend. (Specifically me. Now, to be fair, that may say something about the quality of both Carls Jr. and me, compared to Del Taco.)

[identity profile] alohawolf.livejournal.com 2011-07-04 02:12 pm (UTC)(link)
Picking you up at Mars house, had more to do with timing then distance.

Del Taco IS better then Carls however :-P