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Old 11-12-2019, 09:17 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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IMPORTANT NOTE: I understand a lot of you here are miserable in Seattle and hate it. Please DO NOT hijack my thread griping about everything wrong with this city. I believe everyone is entitled to their opinions. But if you want to complain about the city or trying to get people to leave do it elsewhere. I literally do not give a rat's behimd.

So I've been here 7.5 months now and it's great. I am finally able to pursue my dreams and I have a good paying job with a good schedule. The fall/winter weather isn't as bad as many make it out to be. Even though I am a Tennessee native and spent perhaps 20 years out of my life living in the south the weather isn't unbearable, not compared to upstate NY in the dead of winter. I am wearing my waterproof goose down northface I got back in nyc and the jacket seems to keep me a lot warmer and drier here. Mind you, this jacket ran me about $300.

I don't want to give a detailed rundown of pros and cons. I'll do it in one section together. It is a little bit harder making friends. However, if one is an introvert (such as myself) you'll really appreciate the privacy here. People really do keep to themselves although they are friendly. I'm not really experiencing a Seattle freeze although more extroverted people might disagree. While Seattle is a city it seems to operate more like a small town. Things close early and there aren't really as many spots where people can congregate and just sit in the city like I used to do in Times Square. I guess there is less of a sense of community I'm getting.

This is definitely not a town for college aged or the post HS group. Things are really expensive here and lower paying jobs seem to be taken up by immigrants (and I'm not exactly talking the ones that come here with a ton of money either). I'm fortunate in that I have a decent paying job in healthcare. One does not need to work in tech to survive here. I am able to live comfortably and put money away each month. If I wasn't paying for school out of pocket then I'd probably feel more comfortable getting an apartment. It wouldn't be fancy but the rent wouldn't eat up my income either.

Seattle is doable for a single person making 50-60k at the least. I know some people do it on slightly less but I feel this is the minimum annual wage one needs to be comfortable here.

The dating scene in general is probably not ideal either, especially for those of us under 30. To be fair I admit I don't bother with this but one is less likely to be approached by someone of the opposite sex compared to other cities (it is nice not to be followed by creeps in vehicles like I was in certain parts of nyc).

The food here is...meh. Seattle's food is much healthier than any of the other places I've lived and they have higher standards for food quality. But anyone wanting any kind of fried chicken or buffalo wings or just anything greasy prepared to be disappointed. The only Popeyes I know of is in west Seattle and that's out of the way for some of us. I'm still having a hard time finding an abundance of fast food type places i.e. bodegas, halal food carts, dollar pizza places or Kennedy fried chickens. I didn't eat at those places daily but when you're busy those are a life saver.

The bus system is great for a town this size. Buses are always clean although my grips with the system is that the bus drivers always seem to be on their brakes a lot (I don't recall this happening in Tn or nyc) and when bus stops need to be moved bc of construction or parades, there is never enough advance warning. And the signs are very vague about where the bus stop has been moved to.

I finally have become a true Seattleite since I've gone to Starbucks for a coconut milk based Chai Latte. This drink is great and helps me to wake up. I probably would not have tried one of these drinks otherwise.

It's nice that there are still leaves on certain trees during the fall. I happen to live in an area with a lot of pines so at times it makes it feel less like winter.

I don't think I'm gonna make Washington State my permanent home but I'm in no rush to leave either. I'm an Lpn and I'll probably consider going for my RN before I leave. I'm also going to try and get rid of as much debt as possible and I'll definitely have a 5 figure savings somewhere.
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Old 11-12-2019, 09:25 PM
 
Location: Frisco, TX
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Where exactly do you in Seattle? How far is work from your residence?
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Old 11-12-2019, 11:08 PM
 
Location: Portal to the Pacific
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I thought true Seattleites b*tched about drinking Starbucks (while drinking it, of course...).

I've been in WA for 9 years (8 on the Eastside). I'm getting closer, but I still wouldn't claim to being from here. I feel like one of two things will need to happen:

1) Exceed the number of years I lived in Dallas, which is 12.
2) Visit all four corners and national parks in the state.

I DO feel like I've gotten to know Seattle pretty well because of this staircase walking tours book I bought years ago, but I still don't have the feeling that it's MY town. Truthfully, I might never have that feeling... but my kids do and I'm happy about that! I really want to stay here, even through retirement... if I can afford it!
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Old 11-13-2019, 12:51 AM
 
Location: Seattle
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Where exactly do you in Seattle? How far is work from your residence?
I live in Pinehurst which is North Seattle. I work as a private duty nurse so work is in someone's home which is located downtown. I take the 41 downtown and it's a quick 25 minutes there (at night because I work nights)
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Old 11-13-2019, 08:08 AM
 
Location: West Coast
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Food is definitely meh at best, but I’d also say the quality is extremely poor (restaurants are dirty, crowded, terrible seating/ambience, service, selection, etc) compared to other larger cities, especially considering the prices
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Old 11-13-2019, 08:26 AM
 
Location: Seattle
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Food is definitely meh at best, but I’d also say the quality is extremely poor (restaurants are dirty, crowded, terrible seating/ambience, service, selection, etc) compared to other larger cities, especially considering the prices
Thatguy, you are going to be very excited by this. Study this thread, read it, learn it. Go to these places, your Seattle culinary observations are about to change radically, here you go: Stop saying Seattle doesn't have great restaurants, you are wrong.
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Old 11-13-2019, 09:30 AM
 
Location: Alamogordo, NM
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Thatguy, you are going to be very excited by this. Study this thread, read it, learn it. Go to these places, your Seattle culinary observations are about to change radically, here you go: Stop saying Seattle doesn't have great restaurants, you are wrong.


Ha-ha-ha. Don't cha just love the copy/paste function, homes? I love it how you stick up for Seattle things. I'm not hard to please with food - give me a Taco Bell and a Carl's Jr. and I'm good. Turn on NFL Sunday ticket and watch the Seahawk's decimate the rest of the NFL and I'm fine.
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Old 11-13-2019, 10:18 AM
 
Location: Seattle
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Food is definitely meh at best, but I’d also say the quality is extremely poor (restaurants are dirty, crowded, terrible seating/ambience, service, selection, etc) compared to other larger cities, especially considering the prices
Where has better food? I've traveled a lot and think that Seattle has a lot of restaurants that are good. Not as cheap as they once were, but still, compared to east coast cities very good-- there it seems like it's either a chain restaurant, eating from a street cart or expensive. Here one can get a lot of good, reasonably priced food.
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Old 11-13-2019, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Thatguy, you are going to be very excited by this. Study this thread, read it, learn it. Go to these places, your Seattle culinary observations are about to change radically, here you go: Stop saying Seattle doesn't have great restaurants, you are wrong.


Ha-ha-ha. Don't cha just love the copy/paste function, homes? I love it how you stick up for Seattle things. I'm not hard to please with food - give me a Taco Bell and a Carl's Jr. and I'm good. Turn on NFL Sunday ticket and watch the Seahawk's decimate the rest of the NFL and I'm fine.
Not really sure what Home did to get this reaction.
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Old 11-13-2019, 02:32 PM
 
Location: Alamogordo, NM
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Not really sure what Home did to get this reaction.

Umm, Gaylord, I'm not acting up in my response. I'm just loving it that homes copy-pasted that link for the person to check out and see if Seattle really doesn't have any appealing foods available. I'm pretty sure Seattle does have tasty food all over the Seattle Metro in all kinds of places. That's all.
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