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Wed Feb 13, 2013, 09:15 AM

You just might be from the Pacific Northwest if--


• You can taste the differences between Starbucks, Seattle’s Best, Tullys and Torrefazione..
• Every July 1st, it takes half a day to find your sunglasses and sunscreen.
• You remember the date, severity, time of day, where you were, and how long you were out of power for every winter weather event for the last five years.
• You own more than 10 articles of clothing that have microbreweries/brewpubs printed on them.
• You know that Boring is a town in Oregon, not just an adjective to describe your job.
• You know how to pronounce Sequim, Puyallup, Willamette and Oregon.
• You can point to at least two volcanoes, even with cloud cover.
• You say “The mountain is out” when it’s a clear day and you can actually see one.
• You have a bookstore, coffee bar, and brewpub within walking distance of your house.
• You can name more than 10 kinds of berries and where to get them.
• You can name more than 10 beer styles and their hop profiles.
• You know more than 10 ways to order a cup of coffee.
• You know the difference between Chinook, Coho, and Sockeye salmon.
• You think that truck stops, bowling alleys, bait and tackle shops and dry cleaning stores are perfectly reasonable venues for serving espresso.
• When the weather gets above 50 degrees, you put on your shorts, but still wear your hiking boots and parka.
• When the weather gets above 60 degrees, you replace your hiking boots with sandals, but leave your socks on.
• You think people who use umbrellas are wimps or tourists.
• You know what to expect if the forecast is "Today's forecast, showers developing into rain. Tomorrow: rain changing to showers.”
• You have no concept of humidity without precipitation.
• You can go skiing after work.
• A tree or mudslide has ever damaged your house or car.
• You live equidistant to a symphony hall, a winery, and a volcano.
• You feel guilty throwing an aluminum can in the trash.
• You use the term "afternoon sun breaks" and know what it means.
• You obey all traffic laws except "keep right unless passing."
• You never go camping without waterproof matches and a poncho, even east of the Cascades in August with clear weather forecast.
• You design your kid’s Halloween costume to fit under a raincoat.
• You feel overdressed wearing a suit to a nice restaurant.
• You hear the word "fairy" and think of boats and long waits.
• You know more people who own boats than who have central air conditioning.
• You have ever stood on a deserted street corner in the rain waiting for the light to change.
• You consider that if it doesn't have snow on it or has not recently erupted, regardless of altitude, it is a "hill" not a "mountain".
• You have ever used a down comforter in the summer.
• You only honk your car horn if a collision is imminent; never for anything else.
• You think skiing always means being covered from head to toe, in snow or water.
• In winter, you go to work in the dark and go home in the dark, but only have an eight hour day.
• You think of swimming as strictly an indoor sport.
• You have actually ridden your mountain bike on a mountain.
• You know what someone is trying to explain when they tell you “Jesus Christ made Seattle under protest.”
• You knew immediately that the view out of Frasier’s window was fake.
• You have ever had to drive with your headlights, windshield wipers and sunglasses on at the same time.
• You know that a winter storm watch means that snow is expected at sea level, not just hard rain, which is what those wussies in California think it means.
• You can drive with your knees while drinking a latte and talking on your cell phone.
• You have ever attended a Norwegian Fest and eaten lutefisk.
• You know most of Stan Boreson’s lutefisk jokes.
• You know that the state flower is mildew.
• You know that the seasons of the year are Almost Winter, Winter, Still Raining and Road Construction.

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Reply You just might be from the Pacific Northwest if-- (Original post)
eridani Feb 2013 OP
Viva_La_Revolution Feb 2013 #1
eridani Feb 2013 #2
Cirque du So-What Feb 2013 #3
eridani Feb 2013 #4
Cirque du So-What Feb 2013 #6
Scootaloo Feb 2013 #5
countryjake Feb 2013 #12
pnwest Feb 2013 #7
dreampunk Feb 2013 #8
Generic Other Feb 2013 #9
eridani Feb 2013 #13
countryjake Feb 2013 #10
countryjake Feb 2013 #11
eridani Feb 2013 #14
countryjake Feb 2013 #15
marlakay Feb 2013 #16
napoleon_in_rags Feb 2013 #17
napoleon_in_rags Feb 2013 #18
eridani Feb 2014 #19
LeftOfWest Feb 2014 #21
GP6971 Feb 2014 #20
demigoddess Feb 2014 #22

Response to eridani (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 09:24 AM

1. can I steal some of these?

My PNW twitter peeps will love em!

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Response to Viva_La_Revolution (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 09:26 AM

2. Sure--if they have any to add, please post n/t

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Response to eridani (Reply #2)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 09:28 AM

3. My humble submission

When I lived in Portland, I used Mt St Helens as a weather indicator. If I could see Mt St Helens, it was going to rain. If I couldn't see Mt St Helens, it was already raining.

On edit: I coulda said Mt Hood, but seeing that this is the WA Group, I thought it should have a WA reference.

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Response to Cirque du So-What (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 09:34 AM

4. Being able to point to two volcanoes applies to OR as well

I posted it here because I'm in WA. With total cloud cover, you still knew where both were supposed to be, right? Probably Mt Adams as well. In Seattle, you point to Mt Rainier and Mt Baker.

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Response to eridani (Reply #4)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 09:39 AM

6. Oh, yeah, it was almost as though I could feel the gravitational pull from those mountains

Mt Adams was visible occasionally as well, but it was kinda 'shy' compared to the other two. I lived in Portland before St Helens went *BOOM!*, and it was so beautiful & symmetrical. I visited afterward and was shocked at the scale of destruction on the mountain and surrounding countryside.

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 09:35 AM

5. Indeed, I get a giggle out of people who use umbrellas

It's not rain unless it's horizontal.

Then again I also get a laugh out of my fellow Washingtonians who tell me, "it's cold outside!" As a former Alaskan, it is not "cold" until your hair freezes.

Abd be sure to look with contempt upon anyone who tries to feed you pink salmon. "Oh, you mean cat food?"

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Response to Scootaloo (Reply #5)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 06:36 PM

12. There's another one!

You just might be from the Pacific Northwest:

if you are personally acquainted with someone from Alaska!

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 11:20 AM

7. Thank you for the assimilation guide! I moved to WA

a year and a half ago, I can tell you where and at what time of year to find salmonberries and blackberries - still need to learn about the salmon. Here's my contribution: If you know the difference between fog and marine layer, you may be from the Pacific Northwest COAST.

edited to add: my handle is "PNWest"... shows how much I love my adopted home

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 11:34 AM

8. Long Beach

brings visions of a funky little place, likely drizzly and cold that folks call "going to the beach", rather than that balmy, busy harbor to the South.

(our artist community is much better because of the forced indoor time!)
[link:http://beachartist.org/event-calendar/|

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 04:29 PM

9. If you think Louie Louie is our state song

You are definitely a native.

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Response to Generic Other (Reply #9)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 03:00 AM

13. The State Legislature actually tried to do that in the 80s

The Campaign to Make Louie Louie the State Song of Washington
http://louielouieweb.tripod.com/state_song.htm

http://louielouieweb.tripod.com/state_song.htm

http://www.kpluwonders.org/content/why-louie-louie-washingtons-theme-song
Why is "Louie Louie" Washington's theme song?

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 06:00 PM

10. Living in the shadow of a hill that's nearly as high as anything east of the Mississippi...

and there's a volcano sitting directly behind it.

I used to live in a cabin about half way up that "hill" and when I first moved there years ago, I was stunned to learn that it's official name even dubbed it a Hill. I tried debating this with locals, explaining that Mt. Washington in New Hampshire is some 6,200 feet tall and is the highest mountain in the East, so how could our massive little piece of paradise be considered a "hill".

Several decades later, I would never be so foolish as to attempt such a conversation and I now look for snow up top there to tell me if it's gonna be cold enough outside for a hat, that is, if it's "out".

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 06:24 PM

11. You should now include "plastic water bottle"...

to that guilt thing with the aluminum can; this list is rather old, eh?

I can add one, too:

You will haul a virtual ton of saved styrofoam more than a hundred miles, just to get it to a proper recycling center.

Also, (remembering this list from when it first came out) I used to haul my $800 mountain bike on the back of my $200 car.

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Response to countryjake (Reply #11)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 03:20 AM

14. And you have $200 shoes or boots that you wear with an outfit that--

--cost $20 total at a thrift store, right?

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Response to eridani (Reply #14)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 03:45 AM

15. Ha, no, but I do know a few people just like that!

I have been seen out and about wearing a pair of Birkenstocks (always with good fuzzy socks), tho, I paid $84 for them back in 1983 (same year I bought my mountain bike) and I think that they must be the best cared for pair of shoes in the entire state. The ones I had before them are now my rainy day birkys, still fairly presentable, too.

I can't even remember the last time I bought anything brand new or even shopped for clothes at a store other than a thrift store. My ducks cost me two bucks at Goodwill; got me a practically brand new pair of mud boots at a garage sale last year for 50 cents; and my favorite sneakers I found hanging in a cedar tree on this property (climbing up to get them is a whole 'nother story)!

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 06:05 PM

16. How about..

You know your from up here if you expect to lose your subaru outback in parking lot.

I live in small town and still have walked up to wrong car!

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Response to marlakay (Reply #16)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 03:17 AM

17. LOL! So true.

The worst are the forest green. Everywhere!

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 03:27 AM

18. My contribution:

You just might be from the Pacific Northwest if "Taking The Stranger in to the bathroom with you" doesn't sound risky or promiscuous at all.

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Wed Feb 5, 2014, 09:37 AM

19. ou just might be from the Pacific Northwest if--

--you are a strong Christian and you don't think of the Apostles when you hear the number 12.

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Response to eridani (Reply #19)

Thu Feb 6, 2014, 05:20 PM

21. Snort!

LOVE it.

Great list.

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Wed Feb 5, 2014, 08:27 PM

20. Thanks for posting

Not a native, but have been here long enough to know a lot of them

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Tue Feb 11, 2014, 04:50 PM

22. the last one is wrong

the seasons are rainy, rainy, rainy, and construction.

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