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Thursday, March 30

You might be from the Pacific NW if ...

1. You know the state flower (Peronosclerospora sacchari, or 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. Know more than 10 ways to order coffee.
5. Know more people who own boats than air conditioners.
Mildew under a microscope6. Feel overdressed wearing a suit to a nice restaurant.
7. Stand on a deserted corner in the rain waiting for the "Walk" signal.
8. Consider that if it has no snow or has not recently erupted, it is not a real mountain.
9. Know the state colour (rust).
10. Can taste the difference between Starbucks, Seattle's Best and Craven's.
11. Know the difference between Chinook, Coho and Sockeye salmon.
12. Know how to pronounce Sequim, Puyallup, Issaquah, Oregon, and Willamette.
13. Consider swimming an indoor sport.
14. Can tell the difference between Japanese, Chinese (different regions) and Thai food.
15. In winter, go to work in the dark and come home in the dark ... while only working eight-hour days.
16. Never go camping without waterproof matches and a poncho.
17. Are not fazed by "Today's forecast: showers followed by rain," and "Tomorrow's forecast: rain followed by showers."
18. You cannot wait for a day with "showers and sun breaks."
19. Have no concept of humidity without precipitation.
20. Know that Boring is a town in Oregon and not just a state of mind.
21. Can point to at least two volcanoes, even if you cannot see through the cloud cover.
22. You exclaim "the mountain is out" when it is a pretty day and you can actually see it.
23. Put on your shorts when the temperature gets above 50°F (10°C), but still wear your hiking boots and parka.
24. Switch to your sandals when it gets about 60°F (15°C), but keep the socks on.
25. Have actually used your mountain bike on a mountain.
26. Think people who use umbrellas are either wimps or tourists.
27. Knew immediately that the view out of Frazier's window was fake.
28. Buy new sunglasses every year, because you can't find the old ones after such a long time.
29. You measure distance in hours.
30. You often switch from "heat" to "a/c" in the same day.
31. You use a down comforter in the summer.
32. You carry jumper cables in your car and your wife knows how to use them.
33. You design your kid's Halloween costume to fit under or over a raincoat.
34. You know all the important seasons: Almost Winter, Winter, Still Raining (spring), Road Construction (summer), Deer & Elk season (fall).
35. You actually understand these jokes and forward them to all your friends in the Northwest or those who used to live here and wish they still did.

2 Comments:

Blogger salty said...

thanks for your post! funny. if i may i'd like to notate that the rules are slightly different in alaska (considered pnw)

in seattle i did notice that they give out jaywalking tickets but in alaska no-one would wait on a deserted street corner in the rain for the walk signal... also recycling, though there are some that attempt it, really is an anomaly in alaska - it all goes to the garbage, sad but true. in fact i was amazed during my seattle stint when they brought us the recycling bins free! as for your salmon list don't forget your pinks and chum, and the slight difference is that many alaskans use the salmon's street names: king, silvers, reds, humpys, and dog.

oh, as for coffee the big one in ak is kaladi brothers, in fact there is an attempt to get ak airlines to make it their official coffee.

i present this more as info for the curious, i certainly enjoy your posts!

9:07 PM  
Anonymous Alex said...

well, i'm not from the Pacific NW, but i do understand these jokes very, very well!!! I'm from Munich in Germany. All these fit very good here, too. (except the volcanoes and the salmon)

11:49 AM  

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