Friday, July 1st, 2011 07:07 pm
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.

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011 03:49 am (UTC)
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 am (UTC)
Saturday, July 2nd, 2011 04:00 am (UTC)
From where I live, it's a 35 mile round trip just to go to McDonalds.
Saturday, July 2nd, 2011 04:32 am (UTC)
I like Cap Hill's hipsters. Seattle hipsters are adorable.
Saturday, July 2nd, 2011 05:04 am (UTC)
Thats cause you live in the middle of nowhere :-P
Saturday, July 2nd, 2011 06:23 am (UTC)
You make it sound -wonderful-! [sighs - because I love that kind of weather and the sun is 'that bright icky thing in the sky']
Saturday, July 2nd, 2011 08:17 am (UTC)
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...
Saturday, July 2nd, 2011 11:45 am (UTC)
Redding however is not that far from you, twoish hours IIRC.
Saturday, July 2nd, 2011 11:53 am (UTC)
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!
Saturday, July 2nd, 2011 02:32 pm (UTC)
Del Taco is totally worth the 45 mile trip.
Saturday, July 2nd, 2011 03:05 pm (UTC)
> 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.
Sunday, July 3rd, 2011 06:31 am (UTC)
We have two wonderful In-N-Out's in Santa Rosa.

Should I take offense when the employees hold the door open for me?
Sunday, July 3rd, 2011 02:24 pm (UTC)
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.
Monday, July 4th, 2011 06:26 am (UTC)
Ahh! Thanks.
Monday, July 4th, 2011 01:11 pm (UTC)
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.
Monday, July 4th, 2011 02:04 pm (UTC)
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.)
Monday, July 4th, 2011 02:12 pm (UTC)
Picking you up at Mars house, had more to do with timing then distance.

Del Taco IS better then Carls however :-P