Thursday, August 28, 2008


I always get "homesick" for Washington this time of year so to me, this is really funny

The Pacific Northwest According To Frank J Fohn

1. You know the state flower (Mildew).

2. You feel guilty throwing aluminum cans or paper in the trash.

3. Use the statement "sun break" and know what it means.

4. You know more than 10 ways to order coffee.

5 You know more people who own boats than air conditioners.

6. You feel overdressed wearing a suit to a nice restaurant.

7. You stand on a deserted corner in the rain waiting for the "WALK"

8. You consider that if it has no snow or has not recently erupted,
it's not a real mountain.  (SO true!!)

9. You can taste the difference between Starbucks, Seattle's Best,
and Veneto's.

10. You know the difference between Chinook, Coho and Sockeye

11. You know how to pronounce Sequim, Puyallup, Issaquah, Oregon,
Yakima and Willamette.

12. You consider swimming an indoor sport.

13. You can tell the difference between Japanese, Chinese and Thai

14. In winter, you go to work in the dark and come home in the dark
while only working eight-hour days.

15. You never go camping without waterproof matches and a poncho.

16. You are not fazed by "Today's forecast: showers followed by
rain,"and "Tomorrow's forecast: rain followed by showers."

17 You have no concept of humidity without precipitation.

18. You know that Boring is a town in Oregon and not just a state of

19. You can point to at least two volcanoes, even if you cannot see
through the cloud cover.

20. You notice, "The mountain is out" when it is a pretty day and
you can actually see it.

21. You put on your shorts when the temperature gets above 50, but
still wear your hiking boots and parka.

22. You switch to your sandals when it gets about 60, but keep the
socks on.

23. You have actually used your mountain bike on a mountain.

24. You think people who use umbrellas are either wimps or tourists.

25. You buy new sunglasses every year, because you cannot find the
old ones after such a long time.

26. You measure distance in hours.

27. You often switch from "heat" to "a/c" in the same day.

28. You design your kid's Halloween costume to fit under a raincoat.

29. You know all the important seasons: Almost Winter, Winter, Still

Raining ( Spring), Road Construction (Summer), Deer & Elk season
30. You actually understood these jokes and will probably forward

I have to add: your summer wardrobe consists of "summer jeans" and a variety of "light" jackets.  Boy do I miss it ...


Jacquelyn said...

and no, I never wore socks and sandals but my hippie piano teacher did. you could always catch a glimps of them peaking out from under her long skirt as she opened the window to clear out the pot smell before my lessons. She also had a pair of "nice burks" which she wore on recital day (much dressier than the "everyday burkenstocks") Sigh... oh the memories.

Jeannett Gibson said...

I thought you said that it hardly ever rains in Seattle! 3/4 of that list was about rain or otherwise non-sunny/warm weather! :)

Jacquelyn said...

I didn't say it hardly ever rains, I just said it's not the rainiest! Also, it is cloud/partly cloudy a lot of the time ...

Kristen said...

I'm so thankful to live in the Pacific Northwest. The rain makes me so joyful! It has been a pretty rainy summer here and I'm lovin' it! I CAN'T wait for the leaves to turn colors...

My husband and I have joked that one of our favorite things about living in the Pacific Northwest is that nine months of the year people actually dress modestly. It is so nice to walk in downtown Seattle and not worry about what we will see!

Kristen Borland said...

i always knew i'd love washington!! only been a couple of times. :(

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