Washington May 07, 2017
11 Strange Habits Every Washingtonian Will Defend To The Death
We’re a little weird here in Washington (and no, we don’t just mean Seattle)… at least, that’s how it looks to the outside world. But what seems odd to others is just everyday life for us, and we’re proud of our “strange” habits.
Not all of these apply to all Washingtonians, of course, but if you’ve grown up in the Evergreen State, you can probably relate to a few of these.
1. Being obsessed with coffee.
Yes, Starbucks originated here, but for us, there's so much more to coffee. Of course you'll find plenty of Washingtonians who don't drink it, but those of us who do love the coffee culture - we support new local coffee shops, meet for coffee dates and are always down to try new drinks.
2. Being extremely passionate people in general.
We may embody a "laid back West Coast" vibe for the most part, but all it takes is the right topic to get Washingtonians fired up. For some, it's politics or social issues, for others, it's sports or hobbies, others could go on all day about charitable causes. We are passionate here and we make no apologies for it.
We don't mean following you too closely, we mean setting up shop hours before a sporting event and grilling and drinking in the parking lot. And it's amazing.
4. Waiting (and waiting) for brunch.
Whether you live in a tiny town or the big city, your favorite breakfast joint is probably packed all weekend. But the best things in life are worth waiting for.
5. That whole "I don't need an umbrella" thing...
There's a running joke that you can spot a tourist in Washington by their umbrella usage. And while this is certainly not true (you'll see plenty of Washington natives using them), there does seem to be a large number of Washingtonians who insist on going without. Power to them and their wet hair.
6. Contributing to the Gum Wall at Pike Place Market.
Yes, this is mostly a tourist thing, but you'll find the chewed gum of many a Washingtonian up there as well.
7. Dressing casually for practically any occasion.
It's not that we don't enjoy getting dressed up, we just love our casual vibe here. You'll find people in jeans at fine dining restaurants sitting right next to people in suits and dresses. We prefer a "come as you are" culture.
8. Our unabashed love of music.
We're no Tennessee or California, but music is still a huge part of our culture. Many a famous musician hails from Washington, and you'll find devoted fans of all genres spread across the state.
9. Bundling up for the beach.
Our beaches are beautiful, but they're often quite cold. You'll see more sweatshirts than bikinis on the coast.
10. Being loyal to our sports teams, no matter what.
Win or lose, we love 'em.
11. Calling in "sick" on nice days.
Even in the sunnier parts of Washington, the winters are downright dreary. Anyone who claims to have never called in "sick" to enjoy a beautiful day is probably lying.
Can you relate to any of these? If so, you probably
belong here in Washington.