Friday, January 30, 2009

you know you're from Western Washington when

I feel really bad about all the horrid icy weather people are dealing with on the other side of the country. Not bad enough to move...but still.

I culled some Washingtonisms I found on the net and some I made up.

You know you're from Western Washington when:
  • You know how to say goeduck and know it has no feathers.
  • You measure distance in hours.
  • You have used the a/c and the heater in your car--on the same day.
  • If someone complains about the weather, you tell them to wait ten minutes.
  • You can name five ways to kill a slug.
  • You know who the twelfth man is.
  • You remember where you were May 18, 1980.
  • June is also referred to as "Junuary".
  • You feel guilty throwing anything away that could be recycled if you were at home.
  • You have only been to the Space Needle when you have out-of-town guests.
  • You know what a Frango and a Dick's Deluxe are.
  • An inch of snow = arctic blast and all schools are closed.
  • A snow day means you have roughly four hours to play in the snow before it rains.
  • Everyone you know is pink after the first sunny day in May.
  • There are two types of sandal days: regular and wool sock combo.
  • You can pick out Starbuck's, Tully's, or Seattle's Best in a blind taste test.
  • You know more Canadian rock songs than American rock songs.
  • If someone is carrying an umbrella, you know they are a tourist.
  • Surfing requires wetsuits.
  • You don't know what a turnpike is.
  • You think it's pretty funny that people come from all over the world to get their picture taken with the Sheriff in Forks just because Bella's dad was a sheriff in a book.
  • Your restaurants have signs that say "Bella ate here" only Bella is a character and the author has never even actually been here.
  • The Christmas display at your State Capital also contains a Menorah, an atheist poster, and a festivus pole.


  1. I know how to say goeduck. But I've never tasted one. Yes.

  2. Actually, neither have I.

  3. The thing with the umbrella is so true. That's how I know (from down here in OlyWA) that someone's not a native.

    Another weather one: You wear a parka and shorts (with socks and sandals) at the same time.

  4. haha Connie. It's all about the sunbreaks, isn't it? You can wear shorts--just not usually all day. You get intermittant breaks to throw off of the parka and bask in the sunlight.

  5. NW Oregon here, but I love the true, lol.

  6. Amanda Brice1:15 PM

    Honestly, I think all State Capitols should include Menorahs or other December symbols from other faiths and/or traditions in their holiday displays. Atheism as well.


  7. It was the festivus pole I was especially proud of.

  8. Duuuude that's awfully familiar. LOL Wrong side of the country, but still.

  9. I didn't know about the Festivus Pole...I'm thinking y'all might have topped (ha!) us with that one.

  10. Anonymous8:08 PM

    Other WW things:
    - Fleece goes with everything.
    - You flip a coin about which bridge to take -- 520 or I-90 -- knowing either way you're going to be stuck in traffic.
    - You've almost been hit by the Duck in Pioneer Square.
    - You've dodged naked bicyclists in Fremont during the summer solstice.
    - Guys proudly wear their Utilikits in public.

    Thanks for making me nostalgic, Gwen. Damn, I miss living in Seattle. I'll be back as soon as I can thaw out of Spokane.

  11. OMG! I was laughing at some of these, since I can TOTALLY relate to it down here on the Northcoast of California. Except for the Space Needle. And the Bella stuff. LOL.

  12. Shelli Stevens11:11 AM

    I love this list, Gwen! And so much is true. Yay for the twelfth man! And so true about the umbrella.

  13. OMG! Too Funny! Not from that area, but I still got some of the references...and I'll remember to leave my umbrella at home next time. lol

  14. Cass, come visit. We'll let you carry an umbrella.

  15. Anonymous7:32 PM

    LOL Bella ate here...luv that.