I’ve learned a few things about my new hometown since moving here. Some of them are apparent as soon as you step off the plane, while others are more subtle.
- Seattle is so liberal that one of the sections, Ballard, sent not one but two Kucinich delegates to the DNC.
- In Capitol Hill, the area I live in, if you’re not pierced, tattooed or gay you’re generally considered an outsider. You get bonus points for looking like The Ramones.
- You need a tape measure and a compass to park.
- All the rumors about people in Seattle taking their coffee seriously is the understatement of the century. I hear oders like “grande non-fat latte with extra foam” every day in any of the 3 (yes 3) Starbucks in my building.
- Don’t walk on the metal parts of the sidewalk when it’s raining.
- The rain is actually more like mist and nothing like the rain back in the midwest.
Overall, I rank Seattle behind only a few of the cities I’ve visited in my few years on this planet. San Francisco is still tops and San Diego is either tied with Seattle or slightly ahead.