February 14, 2006

The one time you will see me repeat an email forward

You know you're from the Pacific Northwest when ...

1. You know the state flower (Mildew)
2. You feel guilty throwing aluminum cans or paper in the trash.
3. Use the statement "sun break" and know what it means.
4. You know more than 10 ways to order coffee.
5 You know more people who own boats than air conditioners.
6. You feel overdressed wearing a suit to a nice restaurant.
7. You stand on a deserted corner in the rain waiting for the "Walk"
8. You consider that if it has no snow or has not recently erupted, its
not a real mountain.
9. You can taste the difference between Starbucks, Seattle's Best, and
10. You know the difference between Chinook, Coho and Sockeye salmon.
11. You know how to pronounce Sequim, Puyallup, Issaquah, Oregon, Yakima
and Willamette.
12. You consider swimming an indoor sport.
13. You can tell the difference between Japanese, Chinese and Thai food.
14. In winter, you go to work in the dark and come home in the dark
while only working eight-hour days.
15. You never go camping without waterproof matches and a poncho.
16. You are not fazed by "Today's forecast: showers followed by
rain,"and "Tomorrow's forecast: rain followed by showers."
17 You have no concept of humidity without precipitation
18. You know that Boring is a town in Oregon and not just a state of
19. You can point to at least two volcanoes, even if you cannot see
through the cloud cover.
20. You notice, "The mountain is out" when it is a pretty day and you
can actually see it.
21. You put on your shorts when the temperature gets above 50, but still
wear your hiking boots and parka.
22. You switch to your sandals when it gets about 60, but keep the socks
23. You have actually used your mountain bike on a mountain.
24. You think people who use umbrellas are either wimps or tourists.
25. You buy new sunglasses every year, because you cannot find the old
ones after such a long time.
26. You measure distance in hours.
27. You often switch from "heat" to "a/c" in the same day.
28. You design your kid's Halloween costume to fit under a raincoat.
29. You know all the important seasons: Almost Winter, Winter, Still
Raining (Spring), Road Construction (Summer),
Deer & Elk season (Fall).

Throw in the disclaimer about this only being the western (or, as I say, 'important') part of the PNW for MosBen.

1 comment:

MosBen said...

Ok, as a born and bred Washintonian, I'll give you all the real score on this quiz.
1. Cute, but it doesn't rain in all of the NW.
2. True
3. I don't know what that means.
4. I don't like coffee, but I think I'm the weird on there.
5. Yakima gets mighty hot in the summer. I knew plenty of people with air conditioners. On the West side, however, this is true.
6. So very true.
7. Pretty true.
8. That's just the definition.
9. Again with the coffee.
10. I don't know the difference, but I know what they all have in common, deliciocity.
11. I think it should say, "pronounce correctly".
12. ??
13. Well, they're fucking different.
14. So true.
15. Not true for most of the NW, the exception being the Olympic National Forest.
16. Yup, there are different types of rain.
17. Humidity without rain is the devil.
18. I did not know that.
19. Yes.
20. Very true.
21. I don't generally wear hiking boots, but yeah, shorts come out before the fleece comes off.
22. We're not savages. Not true (for most people).
23. They sort of seem pointless otherwise, yeah?
24. It's just another thing to carry around.
25. We're not morons and the summer isn't that short.
26. 100% fact. I had to think a second to realize why this was notable.
27. Absolutely true.
28. Oh, it rains a lot in the NW! Hahahahaha. Stupid.
29. The only truth is summer road construction. And what a truth.

Not bad for one of these things. They did have the obvious "rains a lot" and "people love coffee" stuff, but they got some pretty weird-but-true stuff too.