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.
- 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.”
- 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.
- 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. (more…)