State Mythology Series: Washington State ( Nod to Benning )

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  1. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    1) Best indigenous food - I would have to say that our salmon and our coffee are really well known. Having said that, we have a lot of Pacific Rim influence and we have some great Asian food here. We have some of the best Mom and Pop Teriyaki chicken places I have found around the country.

    2) Biggest plus to living there - Well, it's not Kalifornia, there is no state income tax ( yet ) and depending on where you live in the Puget Sound region, you are never more than 1.5 hours from doing just about anything. Want to go sea fishing? Short drive and you can charter a boat. Want to go skiing or snow boarding? Short drive to one of three or four really good resorts. Want to go hunting? We have an entire mountain range full of game. Want to go trail riding or hiking? We got a ton of State maintained trails and tons more than are part of the national Parks.

    3) Biggest minus - Traffic. We have terrible traffic in and around the cities. We have NO public transportation that is worth a damn. The "monorail" that everyone talks about is a joke and a maintenence nightmare. The ferry system is about 20 years overdue for being completely overhauled. The "Sounder" train is a good step forward, and if you want to go to Seattle, it's great, but it does not take you anywhere else that is useful. And we got 3 counties of Democrats that vote the state Blue because of the population density.

    4) Weirdest wildlife - Geoduck. Look it up.

    5) A word or phrase that an outsider wouldn't understand - "Eastside", which basically means the Eastside of Lake Washington, where all the money and high end folks live. "Passive Aggressive" - No one here says it, everyone here practices it. What a bunch of quiet, take it and plot behind your back bunch of girly men we have here. "Sounder" - It's the light rail system that cost a ton of money and helped reduce about 1% of our traffic problems. "The Troll" & "Freemont" - No self respecting FTF member would be caught dead in Freemont, unless it was to photograph the Troll and leave. Yes, we have a big assed Troll that lives under a bridge and it's a "landmark". The "Soft" or The "Dark Empire" = Microsoft.

    6) Local boy or girl who made good. - Bill Gates ( born here ). Paul Allen ( born here ). Kasey Kahne ( some Nascar driver or something ). A bunch of worthless artists from the "Grunge" era. Steve Largent was a wide receiver here and became a US Senator, but I think he was from Oklahoma though.

    7) Gun laws - Good, but confusing. I can buy any pistol over the counter with my state carry permit. No waiting required. I can buy any sound suppressor with the proper paperwork. I CAN NOT shoot said sound suppressor, ever, inside the state. :eek: We have a lot of Class III, private, firearms owners here and the local PD does not frown on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. Obtaining gun permits and carry licenses is very easy and without red tape.

    8) Biggest misconception the rest of us might have about your state - That is rains all the time. It does. Stay away. We don't need any more of you transplants that can't drive in the rain... LOL! Actaully our rainy season is less than New York and several other places around the country. Our winters are never too cold and our summers, though increasing in temp, are never heat waves. Few homes have A/C. Most homes have gas burning fireplaces that are more show than actually used to heat the house.

    9) The thing an outsider should never do - I don't know about this one. Visit Hill Top in Tacoma unarmed. Or Parkland. Wear rubber rain boots ( or galoshes ) to work. Wear flannel to anywhere that isn't REI or work. Drink Starbuck's Coffee and assume it's the best we have to offer. Actually go and throw a fish at The Market. This will tell everyone how much of a tourist you are.

    10) Restaurant - The Metropolitan Bar & Grill. Go and have the ( assumed ) best steak in Seattle, rub elbows with the local semi famous and any traveling, visiting celebrities or high ranking mucky-mucks.

    El Gaucho - Go and have the best steak in Seattle no one knows about. And expect to get there EARLY. Expect to wait for a table. Expect to wait for the meal. Expect to enjoy the evening. Just don't expect all this to happen in a 2 hour time frame, because only the locals know about it.
     
  2. cpttango30

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    Geoduck. Look it up.

    LOL that is the oddest dam thing I have ever seen. Some say it tastes great but for one reason and one reason alone I am not putting that thing in my mouth.

    Once you nonknowers looks that thing up you will know why......
     

  3. Benning Boy

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    You ever look at something, and some primal force inside you wants to destroy it for no good reason? No?

    Look up the geoduck, and you will.

    Good thread, J.D., I'm understanding more already, if you were to compare the vibe to some other place, what would it be?
     
  4. Jess

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    geoducks rock, nothing like a giant phallic animal...
     
  5. Benning Boy

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    For what???:eek:
     
  6. Troy Michalik

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    For what!? Dude, it's Jess......:D
     
  7. orangello

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    LOL! That was a great episode on "dirty jobs".
     
  8. Benning Boy

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    Okay, and he wasn't kidding about the Freemont Troll, either.:eek:
     

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  9. NGIB

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    Good stuff JD. I'd do one for Georgia but we're just a bunch of laid back rednecks down here - nothing special at all...
     
  10. Benning Boy

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    Georgia was the first time I left home. I loved that place, except for the f*****g red clay.:mad:
     
  11. Dillinger

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    The geoduck needs to be eradicated. There is just no use for that critter. People here love them though. I don't get it. But I know people who've eaten it and say it tastes great.

    The thread was actually yours, My Friend. ;)

    If I had to compare it to somewhere? I don't know to be honest.

    Seattle is an enigma. It's both pretentious and laid back. You can go to a big money restaurant, like The Met, and see people in jeans a nice button up shirt. Then look across the room and see a guy in a suit and tie. It's weird that way. We don't have "Opera Night" here. An opening night of anything will have people dressed up and people dressed casual.

    If you go to a sporting event, you will find people in top of the line Goretex, and people in Carhartts sitting side by side watching the game. Or in the summer, people in REI zipper shorts and someone with cut off sweats, flip-flops and a wife beater sitting side by side. It's just weird that way.

    Then you take a look at the vehicles in traffic and EVERYONE is driving a $60K vehicle like a luxury car or SUV, or they drive a Prius and have an Obama sticker.

    Seattle folks want everyone else to do what they want the world to be like. You need to recycle because I recycle. You need to live green, because I live green. Then someone like Mayor Nickels imposses a $0.10 bag tax to force people in Seattle to reuse bags and stop wasting plastic bags and the City comes UNHINGED. Nickels didn't make it through the primaries to even run for his job against another candidate, he was ousted on Jan 1st.

    The out lying areas are just like the midwest. You have big trucks, people that go to church, or like to hunt, or both. They love our country, respect our troops, go to work in the morning and drink at night or on the weekends. They set off fireworks for the 4th and on New Year's - they chip in and donate to causes like the Fallen Officers charity.

    All of Eastern Washington, with the possible exception of parts of Spokane, is all RED. The people take care of themselves and their loved ones. They work, they pay their bills, they rely on themselves. When the weather gets bad, they deal with it. When it's a drought and the crops don't grow, they deal with it.

    When you see people on the news rallying, or crying, or whining about something from the Seattle area, they aren't from the outlying regions, unless it's a march on Olympia for gun rights or over spending.

    The WTO Riots? Yeah, those were out of town folks and Seattlites.

    Seattle itself is not well built. A good earthquake and you will see us on the news for MONTHS. That place will crumble like a house of cards. In the outlying areas, it will be business as usual as long as we don't have to work in Seattle. Most of us will probably chip in to help though.

    Mt Rainier is one of the bigger threats, as it blowing it's top could result in hundreds of thousands of pounds of mud and ash and liquid hot Magma spilling down the mountain and into the Puget Sound Valley.

    No one with any realization of that fact, actually lives in the Valley. Those that do, probably voted Obama. :rolleyes:
     
  12. Dillinger

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    That's him. In his left hand, that's a full sized Volkswagon Beetle. :eek:

    About 3 or 4 blocks from there, there is some spot along the Prime Meridian or some such shi'ite that brings Druids to town about once a year for some crazy "festival".

    Seattle is an enigma....
     
  13. Benning Boy

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    I'm sorta getting a Boston kind of feel for Seatown, kinda ruggedly metro.

    If nothing else, I've got a new name for my Murphy.

    Fear my Geoduck!:eek:
     
  14. Dillinger

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    Race isn't as much of an issue here as it is in Boston. We also don't have the "social class" drinking establishments here. You can tell the clientele at some of them by looking at the outside, but we don't have the type of places where you are going to get the music to stop by walking into the wrong blue collar joint.

    Boston has WAY MORE tradition and history than we do. Seattle exploded with internet money. It doesn't have burroughs or places were will find nothing but $$$ million dollar homes.

    Right down the road from both Bill Gates' ( Medina ) and Paul Allen's ( Mercer Island ) places ( I have been to both ) you will find homes that are 60 years old and people living there just refused to sell to allow new expansion.

    Nobody here is going to start a fight with you because you wore a Denver Bronco's jersey to a Seahawk's game. We don't have fanatical fans. We have fair weather fans. Which is how we lost the Sonics... LOL

    Fear my Geoduck!! That is effing classic. :D
     
  15. Benning Boy

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    "What, that? Why that's just my two meter burrowing clam, baby.":eek:
     
  16. orangello

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    "In 1852, people from all over what was to become Washington state gathered in Monticello (now Longview) to draft a memorandum to Congress. The memorandum expressed their desire to be granted statehood under the name of Columbia. This meeting came to be known as the Monticello Convention. The desires of the Convention were met favorably in Congress, but it was decided that a state named Columbia might be confused with the preexisting District of Columbia. In a manner which strangely enough did not solve the problem of being confused with the nation's capital, the state was instead named Washington in honor of the first U.S. president.[13] Washington became the 42nd state in the United States on November 11, 1889." Washington - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    I wondered why a west coast state was named after a President from the east coast. I think this should've been a sign of things to come from Congress.
     
  17. user4

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    Other odd facts about Washington state...

    America's 2nd city is Port Angeles. If the capitol gets nuked, Port Angeles, WA is the new capitol.

    Most Washingtonians know that Starbucks BLOWS. It's SBC or specialty blends, FTW.

    The Gorge is the BEST place to see a concert.

    Despite have lots of ocean front, there isnt SQUAT for public access.

    The native Americans all think they are gangstas and know more about rap and hip hop than their own culture. It's sad. Still, they make a mean casino.
     
  18. lonyaeger

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    Now that's just a horrible-looking thing.
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  19. lonyaeger

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    I disagree, sir. I lived in Augusta and LOVED it there!
     
  20. Benning Boy

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    Easy, Lon. that's what I gotta wrangle with every time I go to the bathroom.