You know those cozy Facebook status updates people post about rain on their windows and tea in their hands? For a Seattleite, the rain is the constant background noise to busy, yet very cozy lives. As a friend of mine visited Seattle once said, “I feel like I could go anywhere in pajamas and it’d be completely acceptable.” This is almost completely true. However, the point remains- the majority of the year for a Seattleite starts with the light pattering of rain on the window.
Afterwards, this same Seattleite brews a local coffee or heads to a favorite cafe (because, let’s face it, there are about five in walking distance) and gets the usual. Perhaps morning exercise is the start to the day, or most likely a misty, scenic ride to work. Considering it is about 10 miles away, that’s enough cardio for the Seattleite.
Getting dressed can get very tricky because there will be rain, but there will also be sun breaks and perhaps some warmth. Especially in the spring, when weather can go from typhoon to paradise in less than 60 seconds. What’s the trick in getting dressed? Removable layers; hats, gloves, scarves and earmuffs.
Then, after a locally-sourced breakfast, probably including some kind of kale, the Seattleite heads to work. Most likely, this is at a coffee shop, a tech company, a start up or something benefiting the environment/charity. Of course, Seattle is a fantastic place of opportunity for music and the arts in general, but we are known for the plethora of jobs within our ever-advancing coffee and techie culture.
Being that this specific day is a Friday, the Seattleite leaves work in hope of a restful weekend. Leaving work a little early to sift through some favorite second-hand shops (bookstores or clothing or antiques) to find any quick steals and the Seattleite ends up at a quaint tavern with friends. The nightlife options are endless for a Seattleite; one can stay casual and enjoy a homebrew at a pub or get dressed up and club hop in posh Belltown.
After a few drinks with some great friends, nothing is better than a Seattle dog at a late-night hot dog stand. For those of you who haven’t had the treat of indulging in these hot dogs covered in cream cheese, onions and barbecue sauce, I promise you it’s a killer combination that tastes better than it sounds. I have yet to understand what cream cheese and barbecue sauce have to do with Seattle, but once you take a bite, you won’t want to question the genius behind the recipe.
Ending the night back at home, the Seattleite is greeted by furry friends (there are statistically more dogs than children in Seattle) and falls asleep, because what’s a Saturday without an early bike ride and an amazing brunch?
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