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You Know You're from the Pacific Northwest if:

post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 
(Borrowing the idea from Jenny1124's post about Wisconsin )


You know you're from the Pacific Northwest if:


You know the state flower (mildew).

You feel guilty throwing aluminum cans or paper in the trash.

You use the statement "sun break" and know what it means.

You understand, and use, 20 terms to describe precipitation.

You know more than 10 ways to order coffee.

You know more people who own boats than air conditioners.

You feel overdressed wearing a suit to a nice restaurant.

You stand on a deserted corner in the rain waiting for the "Walk" signal.

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

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

You know the difference between Chinook, Coho, and Sockeye salmon.

You know how to pronounce Sequim, Puyallup, Issaquah, Oregon, Yakima, and Willamette.

You consider swimming an indoor sport.

You can tell the difference between Japanese, Chinese, and Thai food.

In winter, you go to work in the dark and come home in the dark—while only working eight-hour days.

You never go camping without waterproof matches and a poncho.

You are not fazed by "Today's forecast: showers followed by rain," and "Tomorrow's forecast: rain followed by showers."

You have no concept of humidity without precipitation.

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

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

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

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

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

You have actually used your mountain bike on a mountain.

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

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

You measure distance in hours.

You often switch from "heat" to "A/C" in the same day.

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

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


If you know more, post them
post #2 of 27
OMG as I am looking outside right now getting ready to leave I think to myself.....


nah, It's just a sprinkle, t-shirt weather.

I love Oregon!
post #3 of 27
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Originally Posted by Bonnie1965 View Post
(Borrowing the idea from Jenny1124's post about Wisconsin )


You know you're from the Pacific Northwest if:


You know the state flower (mildew).

You feel guilty throwing aluminum cans or paper in the trash.

You use the statement "sun break" and know what it means.

You understand, and use, 20 terms to describe precipitation.

You know more than 10 ways to order coffee.

You know more people who own boats than air conditioners.

You feel overdressed wearing a suit to a nice restaurant.

You stand on a deserted corner in the rain waiting for the "Walk" signal.

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

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

You know the difference between Chinook, Coho, and Sockeye salmon.

You know how to pronounce Sequim, Puyallup, Issaquah, Oregon, Yakima, and Willamette.

You consider swimming an indoor sport.

You can tell the difference between Japanese, Chinese, and Thai food.

In winter, you go to work in the dark and come home in the dark—while only working eight-hour days.

You never go camping without waterproof matches and a poncho.

You are not fazed by "Today's forecast: showers followed by rain," and "Tomorrow's forecast: rain followed by showers."

You have no concept of humidity without precipitation.

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

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

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

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

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

You have actually used your mountain bike on a mountain.

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

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

You measure distance in hours.

You often switch from "heat" to "A/C" in the same day.

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

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


If you know more, post them
I'm from Seattle. I would not about any of these things.
post #4 of 27
I didn't see anything about slugs. I have a T-shirt with a picture of a flying slug on that says Washington State bird.
post #5 of 27
Seattle Native here, and yes, where are those banana slugs?
post #6 of 27
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Originally Posted by Persi & Alley View Post
I didn't see anything about slugs. I have a T-shirt with a picture of a flying slug on that says Washington State bird.
I wondered about that, too. I remember that shirt!
post #7 of 27
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Originally Posted by Arlyn View Post
Seattle Native here, and yes, where are those banana slugs?
Here ya go

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slugs
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banana_slug
post #8 of 27
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You know how to pronounce Sequim, Puyallup, Issaquah, Oregon, Yakima, and Willamette.
Cracks me up when local newscasters don't even know how to say them.

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You feel overdressed wearing a suit to a nice restaurant.
I don't know anyone who owns a suit.

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You stand on a deserted corner in the rain waiting for the "Walk" signal.
And you wait for the pedestrian to cross all six lanes of traffic before you go around the corner.

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You buy new sunglasses every year, because you cannot find the old ones after such a long time.
Don't know where exactly you're from, but I've never needed any in the first place!

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You feel guilty throwing aluminum cans or paper in the trash.
Amen to that.
post #9 of 27
[quote][You feel guilty throwing aluminum cans or paper in the trash.

Amen to that.
/QUOTE]

Yes because they are worth 5 cents!!!
post #10 of 27
Thread Starter 
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Yes because they are worth 5 cents!!!
you betcha!
post #11 of 27
Okay, I think I understand 'em except for the traffic one... enlighten me, please?

Well... maybe I should check my pronunciations:

Sequim - SEK-wum
Puyallup - PUH-yuh-lup
Issaquah - ISS-uh-kwuh
Oregon - Oh, come on, surely it's just ORE-uh-gun...?
Yakima - YAH-kuh-muh
Willamette - wil-uh-MET

Will that get me a job as your local weathergirl, hm?
post #12 of 27
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Originally Posted by CarolPetunia View Post
Okay, I think I understand 'em except for the traffic one... enlighten me, please?

Well... maybe I should check my pronunciations:

Sequim - SEK-wum
Puyallup - PUH-yuh-lup
Issaquah - ISS-uh-kwuh
Oregon - Oh, come on, surely it's just ORE-uh-gun...?
Yakima - YAH-kuh-muh
Willamette - wil-uh-MET

Will that get me a job as your local weathergirl, hm?

Sequim is pronounced Skwim
Puyallyup is Pew-al-up
Issaquah you almost have, but it's Iss-uh-kwah
Oregon you got
Yakima is Yak-im-uh (im as in him)
Willamette is Will-am-et (or Will-am-it, either are acceptable)
post #13 of 27
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Originally Posted by Cinder View Post
Cracks me up when local newscasters don't even know how to say them.
Why does everybody NOT from the NW laugh when they hear the city Walla Walla?
post #14 of 27
Hee! Those are good and so very true.
I like the umbrella one. My MIL gave me an umbrella last week-end. I thought "hmm, I'll never use this" But I said thank you. Today I worked in the rain wearing shorts, t-shirt, and a hat to keep the rain off my glasses. We're tough out here!
post #15 of 27
Hehe yeah us PNWers are a tough bunch.
I'll wear shorts year round here in Utah, but if the temp gets above 80 or below 40, I'm the first one indoors.

Rain? we do get some in fall and spring here, mere sprinkles compared to what I'm used to, and yeah, I'll stand in the downpours here.
post #16 of 27
LOL>.. I love these

Just today I got caught in a thunderstorm and went hummm do I have an umbrella or a rain coat??


This one is about where I am currently.. North Idaho .. yup it is all true thou the kids have snow jackets for halloween here... and they aint mtns but big hills
post #17 of 27
hah..good thread. I may not be a native, but I've been here almost 12 years now.

Compared to my college town, where there was a bar on every corner, here it is a coffee shop - drivethrough of course. Big Foot doesnt' just refer to sasquatch!

Unlike where I moved from, here, even in the suburbs, many homes are heated with wood or pellet stoves...I find that distinctive.

My roses bloom up through October
post #18 of 27
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Originally Posted by Arlyn View Post
Sequim is pronounced Skwim
Puyallyup is Pew-al-up
Issaquah you almost have, but it's Iss-uh-kwah
Oregon you got
Yakima is Yak-im-uh (im as in him)
Willamette is Will-am-et (or Will-am-it, either are acceptable)
I just wanted to say great job on the phonetic translation. I love the NW...sure, I complain all winter but the fact that I keep moving away and then coming back must say something about how great it is.
post #19 of 27
Thanks, but I was born and raised in Seattle, these are all part of my every day vocabulary

I do miss it terribly, but what can ya do, the man owns our condo, and he doesn't want to sell it and relocate *sigh*
post #20 of 27
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Originally Posted by Arlyn View Post
Thanks, but I was born and raised in Seattle, these are all part of my every day vocabulary

I do miss it terribly, but what can ya do, the man owns our condo, and he doesn't want to sell it and relocate *sigh*
I'll take an extra deep appreciative inhalation of all the lavender fields when we go to this years Lavender Festival up in Sequim
post #21 of 27
I've seen a few others:
  • You still can't believe the new Seahawks stadium is open air
  • You have learned to assume Christmas will be rainy, not white
  • You only visit the Space Needle if you need someplace to take out of town guests
  • You or someone you know works at Boeing, Amazon, or Microsoft
  • You design your kid's Halloween costume to fit under a coat
  • You can endure 100 days of rain and wind but an inch of snow means school cancellations
post #22 of 27
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Originally Posted by Pat & Alix View Post
I'll take an extra deep appreciative inhalation of all the lavender fields when we go to this years Lavender Festival up in Sequim
When is the festival? I heard about it on my gardening board...I'm interested in checking it out.
post #23 of 27
Too bad it's too late for the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.
Love the riot of colors up there when all the bulb flower fields are in full bloom.
post #24 of 27
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Originally Posted by joanne511 View Post
When is the festival? I heard about it on my gardening board...I'm interested in checking it out.
Here is the website - I highly recommed it! I am hooked on two different farms particular lavender and citrus handsoap..I'm buying a years worth this time!

http://www.lavenderfestival.com/
post #25 of 27
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Originally Posted by Arlyn View Post
Too bad it's too late for the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.
Love the riot of colors up there when all the bulb flower fields are in full bloom.
We love it...we go every year and spend time photographing at Roozengarde, and I shop at their gift shop. Some years we go up just for the daffodils, and then back for when the Iris are in bloom.
post #26 of 27
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Originally Posted by Pat & Alix View Post
Here is the website - I highly recommed it! I am hooked on two different farms particular lavender and citrus handsoap..I'm buying a years worth this time!

http://www.lavenderfestival.com/
Cool, thank you!
post #27 of 27
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Originally Posted by CarolPetunia View Post
Okay, I think I understand 'em except for the traffic one... enlighten me, please?
I believe it was Salem where a law was enacted that when a pedestrian was in the crosswalk you could not go until they had completely crossed the road. This used to drive me NUTS. So, if you were in the far right hand lane, turning right, you were supposed to sit there and wait until the pedestrian crossed all four lanes and was on the other (left) curb. Seriously.

They've made some changes to this in the past year. But...there are still people who sit there and wait until the pedestrian crosses the entire road.
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