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:~: Thursday, September 28, 2006 :~:

PNW Truths

I'm not usually big on jokes and funnies, but this came through my email today and I decided to post it here. Not only is it TRUE to the letter, but it made me laugh out loud. Those of you thinking of setting a book in the Pacific Northwest should definitely read this and take notes. PNW isn't a place, it's a state of mind.

You Might Be From The Pacific Northwest If...

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" Signal.

8. You consider that if it has no snow or has not recently erupted, it is not a real mountain.

9. You can taste the difference between Starbucks, Seattle's Best, and Veneto's.

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 cannot wait for a day with "showers and sun breaks."

18. You have no concept of humidity without precipitation.

19. You know that Boring is a town in Oregon and not just a state of mind.

20. You can point to at least two volcanoes, even if you cannot see through the cloud cover.

21. You notice, "The mountain is out" when it is a pretty day and you can actually see it.

22. You put on your shorts when the temperature gets above 50, but still wear your hiking boots and parka.

23. You switch to your sandals when it gets about 60, but keep the socks on.

24. You have actually used your mountain bike on a mountain.

25. You think people who use umbrellas are either wimps or tourists.

26. You knew immediately that the view out of Frasier's window was fake.

27. You buy new sunglasses every year, because you cannot find the old ones after such a long time.

28. You measure distance in hours.

29. You often switch from "heat" to "a/c" in the same day.

30. You use a down comforter in the summer.

31. You carry jumper cables in your car and your wife knows how to use them.

32. You design your kid's Halloween costume to fit under a raincoat.

33. You know all the important seasons: Almost Winter, Winter, Still Raining (Spring), Road Construction (Summer), Deer & Elk season (Fall).


Blogger wavybrains said...

OMG. I'm actually a native now. 90% of that is true for me. How spooky. 3 years in and I'm assimilated!


2:17 PM  
Blogger Piper Lee said...

Yes Bethany, but do you have your webbed feet yet? LOL

7:38 PM  
Blogger Theresa said...


This gave me a big chuckle. I lived in Bellingham while going to school one year and they were celebrating how much minutes of sun they'd had in the last four months. Forty minutes of sun in four months.

Since I was from central washington state-- known for our heat and sun and lack of clouds, it was quite the culture shock.

9:05 PM  
Blogger LaDonna said...

Eli, I've never been to your area, so this was an eye-opener! TN does has a daily phrase for weather, though. It can be MUGGY/hot, MUGGY/damp, MUGGY/chilly, MUGGY/humid...when the mug actually sticks to you, and you have to scrap it off! lol.

6:16 AM  
Blogger Paty Jager said...

Being on the other side of mountains from you and having 300 days of sunshine a year, I don't see how you all don't go crazy when it is nothing but rain and fog. If we have more than three days in a row, I'm ready to bite someone's head off! Even in the NE corner of the state where I grew up, we didn't have that much rain and dreary weather. I applaud those of you who live there.

7:32 AM  
Blogger Edie said...

Eli, this made me appreciate Wisconsin weather. 13 & 14 hold true for us.

8:45 PM  
Blogger TJBrown said...

LOL! I absolutely love these! Am going to print them out and send to my family:)

7:11 AM  
Blogger Karin Tabke said...

I love living in California!

8:04 PM  

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