Washington January 02, 2018
9 Undeniable Habits That No Washingtonian Can Ever Unlearn
When you’re born and raised in Washington (or you spend a few decades here), certain habits and tendencies become ingrained. And while this isn’t a bad thing (we’re pretty awesome here), they become impossible to shake and are especially noticeable if you ever leave the Evergreen State. Do any of these sound familiar?
1. Calling the Washington State Fair the Puyallup Fair.
Sorry, we will forever "do the Puyallup" here.
2. Saying "state" after Washington when someone from out of state asks where you grew up.
It's absurd that we have to do this, but we do.
3. Having this reaction when you tell people you're from Washington and they assume you're from Seattle.
There are many, many other places that are nowhere near the Emerald City.
4. Having a strong reaction to this sign.
Have you ever met a Washingtonian who is neutral on Starbucks? Exactly. We either love it or hate it.
5. Bringing a jacket or sweatshirt to the beach no matter what time of year it is.
Our beaches are beautiful, but they're cold.
6. On that note... being used to being near the water.
Even if you live in Eastern Washington, you're never more than a few hours from the ocean. If you've ever moved to a landlocked state, you may notice you never quite feel "right."
7. Scanning restaurant menus for Washington beer or wine.
Ours is the best.
8. Foregoing the umbrella.
This works for Washington's drizzle, but if you get caught in a rainstorm somewhere, you'll probably wish you didn't have this common PNW habit.
9. Feeling the need to be outdoors.
Growing up in Washington means being surrounded by natural beauty. We get uncontrollable cabin fever if we're cooped up for too long.
If a few of these things made you smile,
you probably grew up in Washington.