I recently moved to Seattle and I am getting to know the area. As with any move, there is a lot to do… locate a place to live, find a job and make friends.
This is overwhelming and there is a lot of “rejection” in each of those tasks.
At the same time, there is a lot of excitement in exploring a new area. Thank goodness for GPS.
Not long ago a friend asked me if I had experienced the “Seattle Freeze.” Being new, and not thinking quickly enough on my feet, I said, “I didn’t know it snowed here.”
My friend laughed and said, “It’s not about the weather, it’s about the culture. It’s been said that while Seattle folks are friendly, they don’t take it further than answering questions, no one will invite you for coffee, a walk, etc.”
I am happy to report that so far I have not felt the Seattle Freeze!
I was first welcomed by this cat that seemed to be prowling around the front door. He does look a bit like a lion. You can see he was investigating WHO the new tenant was and he didn’t look too pleased. Maybe he was missing the old tenant who left food for him, but I still tried to be friendly.
Oh, and I was recently asked out for drinks… OK, it was a fellow Midwesterner, but “HEY,” she’s been here for two years, so technically not a newcomer anymore.
When the rain starts, I can just walk down the street and find a book.
Look at this lovely bird house called the “Little Free Library.” The concept is that you take a book, return a book. Great idea!
Is there really a Seattle Freeze?
If it turns out there is, just look for me at the “Little Free Library.”