Friday, April 13, 2012

The Evergreen State

It's that time in the semester when everyone starts getting excited to go home. Finals are here and freedom is just around the corner. I, however, am not going home. I don't want that to sound depressing. I am actually super excited about staying for another two months, but I do miss home a little bit. So I am going to dedicate this post to the beautiful state of Washington. 

I love Washington! I love the attitude. I love the people. I love the ocean. I love the mountains. I love the trees. I even love the rain. I saw a post on facebook about the ways that you know you are from Washington. They come from Jeff Foxworthy and I just though I would share/ comment on them. So here we go.

1) If someone in a Home Depot store offers you assistance and they don't work there, you live in Washington.

I am not sure if this is because everyone is super friendly and helpful or because we all know so much about yard work, but it's definitely true.

2) If you've worn shorts, sandals and a parka at the same time, you live in Washington.

This is me pretty much every time I go to the beach...

3) If you've had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone... who dialed the wrong number, you live in Washington.


4) If you measure distance in hours, you live in Washington.

Seattle is 1.5 hours away from my house. I have no idea how many miles!

5) If you know several people who have hit a deer more than once, you live in Washington.

Bahahahhahaha. YES! The Lola aka the hooker mobile....

6) If you have switched from 'heat' to 'A/C' and back again in the same day, you live in Washington.

Springs are so bipolar. Sunny one hour, pouring rain the next.

7) If you can drive 75 mph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard without flinching, you live in Central, Southern, or Eastern Washington.

I am not from any of those places.

8) If you design your kid's Halloween costume to fit over 2 layers of clothes or under a raincoat, you live in Washington.

I had so many beautiful costume that couldn't be seen because they had to be covered by a coat. Then I discovered the magics of a cloak...

9) If driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow and ice, you live in Washington.

Maybe in Eastern Washington?

10) If you know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter, and road construction, you live in Washington.

I actually disagree with this one. I think the seasons are rain, rain, rain, and slightly sunny. Summer really is not that rainy in Washington. Also, the road construction in Utah is infinitely worse.

11) If you feel guilty throwing aluminum cans or paper in the trash, you live in Washington.

This is so true! At my house our recycling bin is bigger than our garbage can, but the recycling in my apartment sucks. At first I tried to separate everything, but it was too much of a hassle.

12) If you know more than 10 ways to order coffee, you live in Washington.

I don't even drink coffee and I can think of at least 12.

13) If you know more people who own boats than air conditioners, you live in Washington.

Very, very true. I remember when we bought a small swamp cooler for my house. It's only turned on for two weeks of the year.

14) If you stand on a deserted corner in the rain waiting for the "Walk" signal, you live in Washington.

I never realized how polite pedestrians in Washington are until I moved to Utah. Here when I cross the street and wave to the drive people look at me funny.

15) If you consider that if it has no snow or has not recently erupted, it is not a real mountain, you live in Washington.

YES! These mountains in Utah are like foothills. There little and they don't always have snow. I guess I have just been spoiled by Mt. Rainier.

16) If you can taste the difference between Starbucks, Seattle's Best, and Tullys, you live in Washington.

Maybe I can't taste the difference, but I think I can smell it.

17) If you know the difference between Chinook, Coho and Sockeye salmon, you live in Washington.

I am pretty sure that every science class I had in elementary school had a section just on salmon. 

18) If you know how to pronounce Sequim, Puyallup, Issaquah, Snoqualmie, Wenatchee, Spokane, Umpqua, Yakima, and Willamette, you live in Washington.

Are the really that hard? I would also add Chehalis and Enumclaw to the list.

19) If you consider swimming an indoor sport, you live in Washington.

Why would anyone want an outdoor pool they can only use for about a month.

20) If you can tell the difference between Japanese, Chinese and Thai food, you live in Washington.

Once again, very true.

21) If you never go camping without waterproof matches and a poncho, you live in Washington.

I am pretty sure that our camping backpacks have a never ending supply of these.

22) If you have actually used your mountain bike on a mountain, you live in Washington.

I don't like biking, but this is true for the rest of my family.

23) If you think people who use umbrellas are either wimps or tourists, you live in Washington.

Agreed. People with umbrellas should just suck it up unless they are going to be outside for an extended period of time.

24) If you buy new sunglasses every year because you cannot find the old ones after such a long time, you live in Washington.

I didn't even have sun glasses for the longest time.

Well I just love Washington and all it's quirks. It is just so awesome and unique.

The beautiful capitol city I call home.

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