I'm a 3rd generation "native" Oregonian, both my father and 89-year-old grandmother were born here. Northwest Natives take a great deal of pride in it as much of the city is being taken over by Californians. I saw this recently and it was the first list like this where every single item was absolutely spot-on. If you're new to Oregon or Washington (< 5 years) you probably can relate to some of these, likewise if you have a Birkenstock-wearing relative living here.
I'm not sure if #26 is just a NW thing, but it sure is true here.
Are you from the Northwest?
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, Coffee People and Longbottoms.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 comehome 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 have no concept of humidity without precipitation.18. You know that Boring is a town in Oregon and not just a state of mind.19. You can point to at least two volcanoes, even if you cannot see through the cloud cover.20. You notice, "The mountain is out" when it is a pretty day and you can actually see it.21. You put on your shorts when the temperature gets above 50, but still wear your hiking boots and parka.22. You switch to your sandals when it gets about 60, but keep the socks on.23. You have actually used your mountain bike on a mountain.24. You think people who use umbrellas are either wimps or tourists.25. You buy new sunglasses every year, because you cannot find the old ones after such a long time.26. You measure distance in hours.27. You often switch from "heat" to "a/c" in the same day.28. You design your kid's Halloween costume to fit under a raincoat.29. You know all the important seasons: Almost Winter, Winter, Still Raining (Spring), Road Construction (Summer), Deer & Elk Season (Fall).
Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. I am a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.
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