15 things you should know about Seattle

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Feb 28, 2011

As I noted last week, Tom Critchlow is currently in Seattle, and our home has never been happier, nor more reminiscent of a Justin Bieber concert (seriously, we’re screaming and running around like pre-pubescent girls. We’re a little crazy right now). After noting that there are a few common, innocent phrases that don’t translate well from English to American-English (and vice-versa), I feel like it might be time to give you all (and Tom, especially) a crash-course on Seattle.

After all, our town is a little quirky. Personally, I happen to find all our little idiosyncrasies adorable, and I can’t understand why anyone would live anywhere else (what’s that? You disagree? Then kindly move along … TO CALIFORNIA.) For those of you who like the Emerald City as much as I do, and have decided to stick around, here are 15 things that you should know about Seattle that will have you blending in like a patchouli-scented, REI-loving, CSA-supporting local.

  1. It’s called Pike Place Market, after the street. Meaning it was not named for some dude named Pike. It is NOT called Pike’s Place, or Pike Market (calling it that will instantly peg you as a newbie). Though you can call it “The Pike Place Market,” or if you want to be really bad-ass, simply “The Market.”

  2. Seattle is located in King County. As in Martin Luther King, Jr. County. This wasn’t originally the case, though – it was first named King County after William R. King, who was vice-president when the Washington Territory was created. He died from tuberculosis after only 45 days in office. In 1986 the King County Council passed a motion to rename King County after Martin Luther King, Jr., instead.ย 
  3. Nobody has an umbrella. My friend’s mother used to boast that she had lived in Seattle for 30 years and never so much as owned one. Truth be told, it rarely rains hard enough to justify needing an umbrella, so most people just have raincoats. If you want to fit in, tease your local friends the second they pull of these out. Though, if they truly are locals, few of them will.
  4. Everyone looks pretty darn good. Even those of us with debilitating cake addictions (um …) are fairly healthy up here. Steep hills, cute walking neighborhoods, and lots of nearby hiking and skiing have helped land us a spot as one of the fittest cities in the U.S. for a few years running. Rand and I do our part by choosing not to live within walking distance to a cupcake shop.
  5. Flannel can be formal wear. Seattle is an incredibly casual town. I’ve seen people wear cargo shorts to weddings up here. That’s what happens when a city is founded by loggers and prostitutes. There are few places in the city that would require you to wear something nicer than a dressy shirt and a pair of jeans. And frankly, I can’t name a single one.ย  (Note: if you do decide to dress up, weird things happen. My old apartment manger inexplicably thought Rand was my lawyer because he was wearing a suit. And I watched my mom walk directly onto the field at a Seahawks game because she was dressed up – no one batted an eye.)
  6. There’s a little hippie in all of us (that’s what she said.) We’re reasonable, logical folk up here. But there’s still an element of counter-culture in Seattle that’s so prevalent, it’s actually just become the culture. So even the most buttoned-up and formal of us do yoga, shop at farmers’ markets, see an acupuncturist, or smell a little, um organic. And that’s okay.
  7. There’s no jay-walking. I was recently ridiculed by someone who had just moved to Seattle recently for not blindly walking against the traffic light. Sorry – that’s just not something we do here. Not only will you get a ticket for it (yes, I’m serious), IT IS AGAINST THE RULES. And we like our rules up here.
  8. We like to shop local. Fortunately, this can include Amazon.com.
  9. We can get nostalgic over anything. The closing of a peep-show club downtown (link is sooooo NSFW). The demolishing of a Denny’s. A wall covered in gum. What? When a city is as new as ours, the 1990s are historical.

    See? It's ... um ... historical.

  10. Seattle leans more than a little to the left. 70% of King County voted for Obama, and more than 80% of Seattle residents did. Seattle is so predominately liberal, it’s actually surprising to see bumper stickers for conservative candidates within city limits.

    We flew a rainbow flag atop the Space Needle for pride.
  11. We know our music. Even those of us who don’t know music know music. We freak out about indie cover bands of already indie bands, fronted by a guy with a ukulele. Even if we aren’t that into music in the first place.
  12. No one speeds. I remember the time I found myself driving down I-5, and zooming past every single other car on the freeway. Panicked, I checked my speed – and found that I was going 64 miles per hour. In California, that is what they’d call slow. But not up here.ย  Like jay-walking, speed limits are another rule that we just can’t seem to ignore.
  13. We’re still a little sore about the Sonics. So let’s just not talk about that one, okay?
  14. It’s okay to talk endlessly about the weather here. We all do. Anywhere else in the world, it seems like a last resort – by the time you’re talking about the weather, you might as well be discussing your uncle’s vasectomy. But in Seattle, the weather is actually interesting. I’ve seen it go from sunny and warm to gray and hailing to sunny and hailing in about 20 minutes.
  15. The Starbucks in the Pike Place Market isn’t the first Starbucks. It’s just the oldest one. The first Starbucks moved from its original location onย  Western Avenue to the Pike Place Market (a block or so away) sometime in the 70s. It’s a silly distinction, but think about how much smarmy cleverness you’ll exude when you walk by all the tourists and mumble, “It’s not even the first Starbucks.” That sort of attitude? So Seattle.

    Also, the original Starbucks logo featured a mermaid with boobs.

So there you go – 15 things you should definitely know about Seattle. Obey them diligently, and you’ll find yourself growing out your facial hair and ignoring Dave Matthews at the Wallingford QFC in no time at all.

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  • I once jay-walked in Seattle (outside of Kell’s after a long night there) and I got hit by a cab. No joke. Suffice to say I will never again jay-walk, even if I am the only idiot in Southern California who waits for the light. I learned my lesson.

    • Everywhereist

      Wait, WHAT?

      • Yeah, I had one too many (or six too many) Irish car bombs one night in college. And I ran across the street to catch a cab, and another cab knocked me over with his mirror and ran over my left ankle. I have scars to prove it, broke my ankle in two places and I now have a metal plate and a bunch of pins in there.

  • This is a fabulous list – I love it!

  • Firstly, it rains on me *all the time* when I visit Seattle. You’re crazy about the umbrellas (though everyone wearing goretex all the time probably renders it moot).

    Secondly, I can live with not speeding, but as a Londoner, the whole “no jaywalking” thing is weird. So weird we don’t even have a word for jaywalking. It’s just called “crossing the road” here. It’s why you are taught to look both ways first.

    I love Seattle. You crazy people.

    • Everywhereist

      We’re not so different from you folks, and you KNOW it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Ruth Burr

    You are SO right. Especially about not jaywalking because it’s against the rules! Seattlites + rules = super best friends.

    I do carry an umbrella, though – I don’t want my hair to get messed up.

    • Everywhereist

      Ruth – sometimes I do, too! Shhh! Don’t tell anyone or they’ll kick me out.

  • Love the list! I’ve only been to Seattle once, but would LOVE to go back. I was only there for a couple days, Pike Place Market was one of my favorite places! There was always so much going on!

  • Thanks for writing a post in my honour! Though I still don’t understand the obsession with not jay-walking. I mean seriously, I have eyes, I should be trusted to use them before I cross the road. Waiting on the pavement by the side of an empty road is just ridiculous. Especially since all your roads are straight lines and your cars are as big as elephants so it’s easy to see if there’s anything coming.

    I’ve already checked out the market – it’s rad. I may have to sell a kidney to afford it though. You’re sure there isn’t like a secret handshake locals can use to get the fish any cheaper?

    As for music – you know I love music and I’m well up for seeing some gigs while I’m in town if you can recommend something?

    PS – yes I did use honour and pavement in this comment. What of it?

  • Oh, I jaywalk all the time down in Belltown. You can take the boy out of Boston, etc.

    And, if I may add one more to your list: Nordstrom. It’s not possessive.

    Diva out!

    • Everywhereist

      But I actually say “Nordstrom’s”! Hell, I occasionally say, “Nordie’s.” I think it’s acceptable, because a Google search justifies my usage of the term (search for “Nordie’s,” and the first result is Nordstrom.)

  • It only works because Nordstrom the store is owned by the Nordstrom family… Hence, if we go to the “Nordstrom’s” (possessive), we’re going to the place they own – Nordstrom. This wouldn’t work for the Market because Pike doesn’t own it.

    • Everywhereist

      I love that you always have my back.

  • Even though I left the Emerald City for a move to Spain, I’m still so nostalgic about all of its eccentricities. Great post! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • JDinBrooklyn

    Excellent list. I lived in Seattle for 8 years, have been away for 7 and visit several times a year. But there are things about Seattle you don’t realize until you move away. Here’s my addendum to your list…

    Seattleites are passive/aggressive. This is somewhat surprising considering the city’s transplant population. On the East Coast, if you piss someone off, they yell at you and then they’re over it. In Seattle, if you annoy someone, you will never know about it because they are too polite to confront you.

    People with big personalities are generally looked upon with suspicion in Seattle. There are small pockets of unique people, like Seattle’s amazing burlesque community, but compared to culturally-rich NYC or the fantastic characters in the South, Seattle is relatively milk-toast.

    Almost everyone you meet in Seattle is affiliated in some way with the tech industry. You can’t sneeze in a crowded elevator and not hit someone who did time at Microsoft. So when you socialize with architects or a writer-who-has-never-been-a-tech-writer you feel like you scored in the Cool Friend department.

    This is an extreme sport city (although I’m told not as extreme as Boulder). People don’t just ski, they get dropped off on top of mountains by helicopters. People go to Moab to bike. As for hiking, Mt. Rainier is so 2003. It’s all about Annapurna, baby. As a result, it’s great city for gear cast-offs. (Second Ascent in Ballard).

    Perhaps it’s the rain, but women in Seattle don’t seem to make much of an attempt at beautifying themselves. It’s all about natural beauty. All the vanity is in Bellevue.

    Seattle is hands down the most beautiful city in the country and not because of its architecture. The beauty lies in the location. Seattle is very hilly and those hills provide amazing views of the many different bodies of water that surround the city. The rain rewards the city with lush carpets of grass. Mt. Rainier pops its head out on beautiful days, reminding you of why you moved here in the first place.

    • Megan

      It is the rain and, for me, the lack of humidity! Coming from Oklahoma where the summer brings a whopping 115 degrees and a humidity index similar to Hell, my hair did not know what to do. Once you realize that there is no way to force it into anything managable, you relax. I think I can pay half the rent with the money I used to spend on anti-frizz products. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • T.A.

    Spot on. Wrapping my arms around my torso and completely hugging myself for moving here. Ok, that’s a little creepy, but you get the idea.

  • Silvia

    Sembra un po’ come Vienna – dove vivo io adesso. Molto divertente il tuo blog, complimenti! Ciao

    • Everywhereist

      Mille grazie, Silvia. Non ho mai stato a Vienna – forse e un po come Seattle!

      • Ashley

        Complimenti! Questo post รจ stato veramente utile. Sto per trasferirmi a Seattle da New Jersey a Marzo e non conosco nessuno. Sarebbe bello trovare alcuni amici italiani per praticare un poโ€™ la lingua!

  • Emilie

    Moving to Seattle area at the beginning of 2012. Anything else I need to know about not looking like a newbie. I want to look and act like a local people. My husband calls me the only barefoot hippie left in the Midwest and I’m really looking forward to the counter-culture… And flannel!

    • Everywhereist

      You are a midwest hippie? You are going to fit in just fine here. I promise. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Mitch

      I’m planning to relocate to Seattle in early 2012 as well. I visited this summer and loved the Pacific Northwest. From the advice posted here I should fit in quite nicely. Just hoping to land a few job interviews at UW…and a job offer would be nice too. It’s a long way to move without a job offer, but I feel like Seattle is the right match for me.

  • Chelsea

    Can you please tell me how to survive the Seattle Freeze?
    I’m a Midwestern hippie transplant. I’ve been here for a year with my husband. I was drawn to this city thinking I’d love it, that I’d get fit(ter), and flourish. Since moving here I’ve been ridiculously lonely, down-trodden, out-of-place, and I’ve gained more weight than ever because I’m so stressed by everything else.

    I really love a lot of things about this place, and I want to end this feeling that the move was one of the most expensive mistakes I’ll ever make.

    • Everywhereist

      Oh, no! Chelsea, this comment breaks my heart. ๐Ÿ™ Feel free to email me at contact(at)everywhereist.com if you want to talk. It might not just be the Seattle freeze – it might be the weather and vitamin D deficiency that’s getting you down. ๐Ÿ™

      • crazy’boutSeattle

        One word: Couchsurfers

    • Jeremy

      It took me almost two years before I really started to make friends. Hang in there. Also, I tended to make friends with other transplants, so look for them

    • Bob

      I think the freeze comes from we love the outdoors and wildlife. When it comes to meeting people we treat it like spotting a wild animal we sit quietly and wait for it to move. If you want to meet someone in Seattle smile talk in non threatening ways and ask them if they want to do something with you.

  • freewaydiva

    #1. Amen, and amen.

    The whole list is beautiful, really. This needs to be provided in handy tourist packets that also include coupons for Starbucks and a ticket for a ride on the SLUT.

    Unfortunately, the Seattle Freeze is real. I wish that it weren’t, and I don’t really know where it comes from, but all of the transplants I know have experienced it at some point and I’ve even caught myself doing it a time or two. We are, it seems, a tough crowd…

  • kEVIN

    The highway’s systems are called Interstate 5, 405, State route 99 Ect…Not the 5, the 405, the 99!!

    • Mark

      Who says that outside of Southern California? Even in Northern California it’s an obvious sign of an LA-area transplant.

      I lived in Seattle for awhile. It has so much going for it. One thing that drove me nuts though is people looking down on newcomers, referring to the ‘Californication’ of Seattle like Californians were taking over (in fact, the migration RATE is higher from WA to CA than the other way around). With their next breath, they’d talk about their time in college in California at a public school (with in-state tuition after the first year, no less), and thoughts about moving back or plans to visit all of their siblings and friends who moved there too. Of course if they actually did that, they’d then constantly talk about how much better Seattle was (while sitting in the sun drinking a beer on a beautiful Saturday in December). All this made me proud of California, because no matter how much more we’ve dealt with outsider invasion than Seattle ever will, when we learn someone is from somewhere else we might be welcoming, we might be curious, we might be indifferent, but we’re never hostile. So remember Seattle…when you come to California you’re coming to someone else’s home too. And we’ll be pleased to have new neighbors.

  • jennie

    I’m thinking about moving up there, whats a good neighborhood to move to?

    • Everywhereist

      So many neighborhoods here are great! I like Wallingford, Fremont, Capitol Hill, Ballard … really, you should just plan a visit and scope a couple of places out. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Dana

    You hit everything dead on. Nice list! Makes me sad to move away ๐Ÿ™

  • Jaye

    You make Seattle sound like a horrible place to live.

  • Will

    No information about what you published makes me want to live/visit Seattle, and I actually find Seattle a one of the most beautiful cities in the states.

    • Everywhereist

      Wow. You sound AWESOME. If you come to town, let’s be BEST FRIENDS, okay? Besties. For life.

  • Jason P.

    Love the list. My wife and I are planning a move to Seattle this year. We live in the Deep South and we are growing tired of the culture. We made a visit to Seattle last year and despite the weather, we both found it to be beautiful. I have never heard of the โ€œSeattle Freezeโ€ before. Maybe this could be explained a little further. We look forward to getting there but like so many other people, we are trying to figure out the best place for us to live. There are so many suburbs to choose from and we have found little guidance on the web. Maybe someone can point us in the right direction. I will probably be working in Kent. Yes, I have read all about Kent but the job is a good one. So where would be a good place to look for housing?

    • Lauren

      Jason, have you moved there? My husband and I are moving there from New Orleans and would love to know firsthand how a southerner has adjusted. I’m excited about the move although I have read several bad forums on how terrible Seattle is. I’m staying positive though and trying to focus on the MANY happy transplants to the area. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Kelly

        My husband and I moved here from Memphis Memorial Day weekend — and have loved every minute of it. Maybe we should organize all the Deep South Refugees.

        Jason, we live in West Seattle and really, really like it — may be a good option for you if you work in Kent.

  • Max O.

    For being so “liberal”, why don’t people in Seattle have a sense of humor? I moved up from L.A. where I can walk into “any” establishment and have pretty much an instant fun and funny rapport with whomever is behind the counter, up here not so much. I guess it goes back to Seattle and those “rules” and comedy is all about breaking rules. Also being “liberal” is kinda about breaking rules also…so what gives?

  • I visited Seattle in May 2010 and fell in love with the city. I’ve been obsessed with wanting to relocate from Boston to Seattle, but am having trouble finding a job out there since I don’t have a WA address to use on my resume. I’m extremely jealous of all of you that get to live there. If you have any tips on how to find a job in Seattle without living there let me know. I actually don’t know anyone that lives in WA state, otherwise I’d ask them if I could use their address on my resume.

    • Lauren

      Katie, if you still haven’t scored a job or found an address to use, you’re more than welcome to use ours once we get up there. My husband had the same trouble, was passed over repeatedly to local candidates. As soon as he applied his cousin’s local address, he had 6 in-person interviews lined up within 2 days. He left yesterday. Fingers crossed!

      • Mark

        I did the same thing ! I have a grad degree and applied everywhere in Seattle. Once I put a local address on my resume lol I got call after call. I am from the north east. The HR people never looked at my phone number only the address that said Seattle. It works!

  • Lindsay

    I moved to Seattle from Northern California a little less than a year ago and I think this list is pretty perfect. Aside from my irritation with the speed at which people drive (and let’s be honest, I should most definitely be slowing down….) I am overall having a love affair with this beautiful city. It’s clean, the food is to die for, and on a sunny day there’s no where else in the world I’d rather be. I was, however, told about the whole umbrella=tourist thing and yet I see a ton of people on rainy days with umbrellas (definitely locals as we’re all on the way to the bus together). It’s usually too windy to use one effectively and when the mist is shooting at your face sideways, it’s really a lost cause ๐Ÿ™‚

  • A Seattleite

    SO TRUE!! Every last word. I would never live anywhere else. Besides. As soon as it gets into the mid and upper 70ยบs, I am either in my tank top and shorts, desperately trying to cool myself off, or swimming.

    I saw a comment asking WHY umbrellas are never used by true seattleites. Because using one will brand you as a wimp. It never rains very hard, and even when it does, you are only going to dash out to the car, anyways. You’re not Salt nor Sugar, you won’t melt. And personally, I love the rain. I would go to the trouble of fishing out my boots and finding my raincoat just to take a walk in the rain. Though with my luck, the rain would have stopped by then. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Hi, I’m planning my first visit to Seattle in August this year! I’m so very excited. This will be my first time on the west coast and I can’t wait.

    I’ve been searching the web for things to know about Seattle and found your list. It’s great. I can wait to share my insider info with my fiance family, which btw they visit Seattle often. Were going for my fiances cousins wedding, and then I have 4 days to play tourist!

    I have plans to visit the Pike Place Market, and I’d really like to try Lowell’s Restaurant. Has anyone ate there before? I know I won’t have enough time to see and do everything I want to, but I’m gonna try my best! Any suggestions on places to see I’m all ears!! Thanks

  • A Mc

    Indeed, Pike Place Market is not possessive, though it was indirectly named after a dude. Pike Street was named after Harvey Pike, one of the early settlers in Seattle and did such things as trying to dig a canal between Lake Union and Portage Bay way back in 1860. (Note, it was not successful and was not completed until 1917). Anyway, a dude inspired the naming of the street and the street inspired the naming of the market.

  • vix

    Hi, found this info really good, thanks guys, me, husband and dog are moving to seattle around November time, currently living in Singapore but UK born and bred.
    Thinking of bellevue to live (close to husbands office) but I will be coming over without a job at first, does anyone have any ideas on sites to make some new friends, just for meet ups as I know that the first few months are the hardest with no social networks, also any other information on area’s to go and things to do and see and practicalities that we might need to know.
    I’m a proper country girl, most comfortable in my jeans and wellies getting down to nature but also love a special occasion getting really dressed up (also sometimes for husbands work things) am I going to look really out of place if I turn up at a works party dressed up to the nines.
    Thanks in advance if anyone replies it’s always good to have some local help x

    • Bob

      You will fit in perfectly, the thing about Seattle is there are no rules.

      • Unknown

        Hang on.. thought one of the points to the list was that people love rules up here (jaywalking and speeding… which let’s face facts. People might not speed here, but that would just be because they don’t have a clue how to drive safely to begin with).

    • Unknown

      Oh, and for Vix. Bellevue is a decent but costly place to live (I worked there for a few years). Best to live where you (your husband) work as commuting is generally not fun.

      As for meeting people, I can’t give much advice on that. Most people I have met have been entirely consumed with their lives (family) to be interested in friendly activities.

      Regardless, good luck and I hope you enjoy the area.

    • Lauren

      Not local but you sound just like me! My husband is moving to Seattle for a job (left yesterday) and I am not heading up there until November. I believe we will be on the Eastside (he’s staying in Kirkland as of now) but won’t be putting down roots until I get up there in November. Feel free to email me when you get up there if you’re looking for someone to explore the city with or try out different scenes. Wooldle at hotmail dot com.

  • I have been living in Seattle for about 8 months. You really hit the nail on the head. I do jay walk but do not use an umbrella. I love when people say it is pouring. When pouring to them means a steady rain other than mist. The one that drives me the most crazy and might be the hardest change to get used to is the no speeding. It isn’t just that no one speeds, but people merge onto the highway and drive directly to the left lane even if there is no one else on the highway to pass. I moved here for the mountains and love the outdoors options here.

    Great post!

  • Amber

    This is perfect! I have lived in a small town outside of Seattle my whole life and frequently travel into the city. Everything you said is completely true!

  • GGVV

    True born, raised, native here and I can’t wait to leave. There is something seriously wrong here. I have watched this City transform from a working class, Boeing, fisherman town to a Tech town of arrogant assholes. They have an absolute fear of anything that is not vanilla in a box. You would think a City with over 60% transplants that would not be the case but the people are so insecure, troubled and angry they take on this passive aggressive personality that is truly yes a Seattle core but in ways that transcend its origin. Seattle has more Canada in then Scandanavia and when you go to Vancouver you see it, heavily influenced by whom.. migrants… largely Asian who are inclusive and exclusive by nature. Even expressing your opinion unless shared by the majority opens one up for a level of hate and nastiness that transcends the “liberal” nature of the city…

    You can have this city I am done with it

    • RJE

      Thank you for your honesty. There’s two sides to every coin.

    • John Cesar Sarmiento Garganera

      I love this city.

  • Unknown

    Nice place to visit.. but hate living here. I’ve seen MANY things from this list just not right (many Seattleitte are delusional about many things). Don’t worry though.. leaving soon enough and we can both be happy.

  • CAM

    I’ve always been so perplexed by fellow Seattleites (I was born in Ballard) that refuse to Jay walk even when their are zero cars for as far as the eye can see…

  • Justin

    Another thing about Seattle; we’re all introverted. We may be liberal, but we’re not going to talk to you about politics either, so just drop it. People from other cities that just want to sit and chat creep me out. And “maybe,” “we’ll see,” and “let me think about it,” all mean ‘no.” ‘How you are you?” get’s a quick smile, and then the back of someones head.
    People seem to think we drink gourmet coffee, or go to little coffee shops. We go Starbucks like everyone else, we just drink way more. “I’ve only had one cup of coffee today” is a sob story.
    Jaywalking is just rude. It’s going to be your turn soon. And it’s dangerous. Just wait. Same thing with the speed limit; Fremont isn’t going anywhere, just calm down.
    For a city its size, Seattle has a lot of crazies. Downtown is just random transients shouting, at nothing, hopefully, but sometimes at you.
    The Space Needle. I honestly feel everywhere else in the world would notice it’s gone before we would. We’ve never been there, but we hear it’s a restaurant that’s overpriced. And it’s odd that a privately owned business is somehow how the icon of Seattle.

  • Rachel

    Old post but MAN is this making me miss Seattle something fierce ๐Ÿ™ Lived there for four years and am now transplanted to Berlin, which is great, but Seattle holds a special place in my heart. I want to sit in the balcony of Joe Bar on the Hill and write my term papers while peeping on all the hottie baristas and wishing I was watching a movie across the street instead. mmmm

  • Laylah Lauree

    I love visiting Seattle occasionally, but live there…NEVER. It can get boring, the rain is annoying, the people super suck, the food is excellent! Seattle is a cool place to visit, but it would suck to permanently live there.

  • Johnny Houston

    Just got back from Seattle….First thing my friend said when i got off the plane was to hide my jewelry. Seattle is a very nasty town. Smell like urine with bums all over the place. Hundreds and hundreds of them. Lots of closed businesses. All the rich people live on the island and everyone else is just strange.

  • Spencer Jackson

    I’ll hopefully be moving up to Seattle from San Diego in about a year and a half. Reading this article has only excited me more. I feel like I’m really going to love living there!

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