Washington December 24, 2016
10 Things People From Washington Always Have To Explain To Out Of Towners
Are you entertaining guests from out of state this holiday season? If so, there are probably a few things you’ve had to explain, especially if they rarely come here. Think about it –
if you didn’t live in our corner of the Pacific Northwest, it would probably seem like a pretty strange and fascinating place. Actually, it is. And we like it that way.
Have you ever had to explain any of this to someone from out of state before?
1. Coffee is a big part of our culture.
And no, we don't just mean Starbucks... though rest assured, we've got plenty of opinions on that. We conduct business meetings, catch up with old friends, write and read in coffee shops. We all have our favorite brew. Even those of us who don't like coffee typically have an alternative hot drink of choice.
2. We're really, really into enjoying nature here.
This sometimes means spending too much money at REI or Cabela's or (shhh) calling in sick to work to be outside. Can you blame us?
3. Eastern Washington and Western Washington are basically different worlds.
Those of us who truly love our great state appreciate both... but there's no denying that there are some differences.
4. And on that note, not all of us live in Seattle or anywhere close to it.
You might assume everyone in Washington lives there if you ever get stuck in Seattle traffic, but for some of us, Seattle is a six hour drive from home. That's hardly a neighbor.
5. If we had a state sport, it would probably be skiing.
We're lucky enough to have plenty of options for snow sports, and we take full advantage.
6. A lot of the brands and corporations you're familiar with got their start here.
Most people know where Starbucks and Microsoft came from... but hearing that Costco, Nordstrom, Amazon, Expedia and Zillow were founded here are sometimes surprising.
7. Our islands are AMAZING.
Spend some time on Bainbridge, Whidbey or the San Juans and you'll fall in love.
8. The cannabis users might not be who you'd expect.
Forget every stoner stereotype you've ever heard. Since Washington legalized recreational marijuana, we've come up with some downright creative ways to indulge, and some successful professionals are both involved in the production of it and using it themselves.
9. We're REALLY into wine and beer here.
Who needs Napa when you have the Yakima Valley and Walla Walla?
10. We keep it pretty casual here.
Some Washingtonians have to dress up for work, and plenty of us enjoy going all out for an elegant evening on occasion. But for the most part, you'll see us in jeans at some of our best restaurants and even at the office. We still make an effort, we just love to be comfortable.
One wonderful thing about Washingtonians: We can always laugh at ourselves. Here’s a list of
jokes about Washington that are actually funny.