As those of you who follow me on social media know, I’m now in Seattle, Washington, and have been for the past week.
So far, I’m liking my new home city. The northwest is scenic, though unlike what TV will tell you, I don’t have a view of mountains or the Space Needle from my apartment. However, unlike the Midwest, there are plenty of hills here, as I’ve experienced first-hand from doing a lot of walking over the past week.
The people here I’ve encountered seem friendly as well, despite some claiming the existence of “Seattle Freeze” (some phenomenon of coldness/rudeness). Of course, there’s a difference between casual greetings at a supermarket and trying to actually socialize…
I’m also still adjusting a bit to being on Pacific Time, mostly for bedtimes (trying to not think about what time it is back in the Midwest) and for TV watching.
The big emphasis on recycling and ecology’s been interesting. While I’m not adverse to recycling, seeing separate bins for food/compost along with recyclables and garbage at restaurants is pretty different from the single trash can of elsewhere. Ditto the local ban on plastic bags at stores; while environmentally a good thing, it’d never occur to me until now to bring my own bags to, say, Target. I already brought my own bags to supermarkets back in Milwaukee (they’re easier to carry than paper/plastic ones), so this wasn’t a big change.
If wondering, the post title’s a reference to the opening theme song of obscure late 70s cartoon “The Galloping Ghost” (only it was a dude ranch instead of a city “way out west…”).
To address other questions/remarks:
- Yes, there’s a lot of coffee shops here in town, including the usual chains (Starbucks, etc.).
- I don’t see myself owning a bicycle anytime soon; dealing with city traffic plus the hills make the idea not too appealing to me. My apartment itself is on a hill…
- I’ll probably visit Vancouver eventually.
- There’s comic book shops and other geek-centered stuff here, including role-playing game stores, etc.
- No earthquakes so far. It’s also Seattle’s summer period, so less overcast than usual.
- And finally, there’s a lot of Asian cuisine/restaurants here; while I’m something of a picky eater, I’ll probably consider giving Thai food a try at some point.
I’ll let you know what else develops in the future, though my Twitter feed might be better for my more casual, spur-of-the-moment observations.