Washington May 27, 2017
10 Surprising Ways Living In Washington Changes You For Life
Were you lucky enough to be born and raised in the Evergreen State? Or have you spent at least a decade of your life here? Where you live definitely has an effect on the person you become, and it’s true that living in Washington changes you for life.
Do any of these sound familiar?
1. You never, ever take a summer for granted.
No matter what part of Washington you call home, winters can be a bit brutal and spring is sometimes rainy and gray. Summer, or "patio dining weather," is amazing and beautiful. Even if you leave Washington for a warmer climate, you'll always appreciate the warm sun a little more than most.
2. It's endless wide open spaces, not confined areas, that start to make you feel strangely claustrophobic.
Even if you live on the plains of the Palouse or on an Ephrata farm, you're never far from rolling hills and mountains in Washington. The first time you drive through a completely flat area in the Midwest feels surreal and a little odd.
3. Coffee just isn't quite the same anywhere else.
we're not saying Washington has the only good coffee on the planet. That's certainly not true. But our neighborhood coffee shops do tend to make the best lattes on Earth (and often the prettiest).
4. You never quite drop the Washington slang.
Watch what happens the first time you say "The mountain is out!" anywhere other than the PNW.
5. You get spoiled by all the amazing local beer...
6. ... not to mention the wine.
We have the ideal growing condition for hops and grapes in Washington. That's something you won't find everywhere.
7. Turns out, everyone else DOES have an accent. But they'll think you do.
You may start to lose your PNW accent after you live elsewhere for awhile. In the meantime, expect to get asked where you're from.
8. Impending threats of a natural disaster will never really faze you.
When you grow up hearing that an enormous earthquake and possible tsunami (not to mention that whole Hanford situation) could wipe you out at any time, no threat of a hurricane, tornado or even a California quake ever seems quite as terrifying as it probably should.
9. Even if your new home (or the place you're visiting) has amazing food, you'll be surprised by now much you miss your old Washington favorites.
Whether it's Dick's burgers, Ivar's, Miner's or the Satellite Diner in Spokane, you'll find yourself missing your comfort food of choice from home.
10. You may grow up longing to leave, but no matter what, Washington will always be home.
And despite what you might think, you'll always defend it proudly.
If you grow up here in Washington, you’ll most likely exhibit some of