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Old 08-09-2013, 05:59 PM
 
Location: Piedmont, Okla.
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That is me!!! I live in the heart of Oklahoma where typically the sun shines about 300 days a year, June thru October we average 3 days out of 4 that are at least partly cloudy to clear with blazing, scorching sunshine and plenty of days over 90F. Thankfully this summer, our drought has come to a screeching halt and we have had an abundance of rain but still few days that have been completely overcast. I have told my wife that I think long stretches of monotonously boring sunny weather drives me crazy.. I love weather that changes and actually prefer a cloudier, cooler climate, although I do like a few days warm and sunny enough to swim.
It's just how I'm "wired". The Mrs. however doesn't understand that.. I suppose their are worse things to be at odds about with her. I make the best of it, but it's a relief to know that there are others like me out there that actually love the Seattle climate .. although I would miss the thunderstorms
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Old 08-09-2013, 06:11 PM
 
Location: IN
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That is me!!! I live in the heart of Oklahoma where typically the sun shines about 300 days a year, June thru October we average 3 days out of 4 that are at least partly cloudy to clear with blazing, scorching sunshine and plenty of days over 90F. Thankfully this summer, our drought has come to a screeching halt and we have had an abundance of rain but still few days that have been completely overcast. I have told my wife that I think long stretches of monotonously boring sunny weather drives me crazy.. I love weather that changes and actually prefer a cloudier, cooler climate, although I do like a few days warm and sunny enough to swim.
It's just how I'm "wired". The Mrs. however doesn't understand that.. I suppose their are worse things to be at odds about with her. I make the best of it, but it's a relief to know that there are others like me out there that actually love the Seattle climate .. although I would miss the thunderstorms

It's the sun angle that bothers me also. When I lived further south the sunglasses were never enough as I always wanted to stay inside to avoid the sun. My preferred latitude is above 43N as the sun angle is far less intense and it's just more pleasant to be outside most of the time without battling as much of the glare.
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Old 02-24-2015, 04:14 PM
 
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Default Seattle is not for everyone

Krieger00 is absolutely right.

I moved to Seattle when I was 13, and even then it was very difficult to break into an already established group of friends. After years, I was finally accepted into the group, but only to an extent, and was never considered "one of them". I went to school in Southern California and was forced to move back to Seattle for a major operation. Otherwise, I would not have even considered the idea. Seattle is much more down to Earth than Southern California... but... it has some serious downfalls.

If you are considering moving to Seattle, here are the biggest considerations.

1.) The weather.

It is cloudy 9 months out of the year. Sometimes we will have good years, but don't count on them. I am a very outgoing and cheery person, but the weather has been enough to cause me to start suffering from depression. If you love the sun.. do not move here, ever. Come visit during our beautiful summers, but avoid the other 9 months.

2.) It's pretty dirty.

Maybe my idea of dirty is skewed... I consider a clean city to look like Vienna or London. I live in Capitol Hill as well, and it is pretty grimy and has a lot of homeless and junkies. I live by a park and I am constantly calling the police because violent and loud fights break out all the time in the middle of the night. Living close to downtown was a bad idea... it can be very sketchy and as mentioned before, I see fights break out all of the time between junkies. Not pleasant to see all the time.

3.) The people.

As Krieger00 mentioned, it is difficult to make friends, people are very flakey and unreliable. You are lucky to find someone who actually follows through with plans you have made, if you were lucky enough to have made plans made in the first place. Everyone seems to just prefer to do their own thing. The best way I can describe Seattleites: surface level friendly. They are polite and kind, but don't want to be best friends and are not warm. I thought the Seattle freeze wasn't real... well, I was in denial. It is very much real.

4.) Parking.

This might not seem like a big deal, but if you have a car and depend on street parking, good luck. I have to plan my days around parking. Around 3 pm in my neighborhood, spots become scarce. By 4pm people are racing each other for open spots. Another point about Seattle parking is safety. I see broken glass on the streets everywhere all of the time. My car was vandalized by a heroin addict. He took a huge rock and smashed my car windows and dented the doors. It was not pleasant to deal with, and I now know better than to park by the park. He didn't even steal anything, just wanted to go on a rampage.

5.) Money.

Seattle is expensive... unless you have the kind of money to live in comfort, don't move here. Rent is expensive... you can live in a dump and pay no less than 900. Food is expensive... just overall... it's expensive, and in my opinion, you don't get much for what you are paying. I could be living in so many other wonderful places for what I am paying and get so much more out of it.

6.) People are not very cultured.

I have had the good fortune to have travelled a good bit.... whenever I go to parties or get into conversations with 20 somethings and 30 somethings, I can't even hold a conversation. If I even mention something about a country other than the US or a different culture, the conversation gets shut down immediately. There are a lot of tech people here too... and though they are intelligent in their own way does not they have much, let's call it "range" in personality. Topics will either be computers, football, or beer. Seriously, that is it. I have to speak to people in their 40's or 50's to have an interesting conversation.

7.) Housing.

It is difficult to find housing here within your budget unless you don't have a budget. Especially during the summer.


Here are the positives:

1.) Glorious summers.

Summers here are so beautiful and there is a lot to do in the area, such as hiking, going to beaches and swimming in the lakes. The temperature is perfect. It rarely gets too hot.

2.) People don't care about status.

You can tell just by walking around that fashionable in Seattle means Northface or hipster. Beyond that, no one really gives a damn about the way you look here, unlike Southern California. Being rich here is not cool. So flaunting money is a good way to get shunned and judged. It was very refreshing for me to move here at first after spending years in LA. Key word "at first".

3.) Nature.

Seattle is a beautiful city because it is surrounded by mountains and the sound and has surrounding lakes. They are stunning when not covered by clouds.


I hope this is helpful to someone. It was helpful to me.. I really needed to vent.
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Old 02-24-2015, 04:17 PM
 
Location: Huntsville, AL
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I moved to seattle from San Diego a few years ago. It was for a job promotion. Seattle looked great in the summer when the company was trying to convince me to come. Although it is nice in summer it is horrible 9 months out of the year.

This is personal opinion and the biggest problem is probably that I came from such a wonderful place. Am just warning people from southern calif. or other sunny places to not make the same mistake I did. I bought a house at the top of the market and it has had rot and mold issues from the horrible winters. 9 to 10 months out of the year the seattle area is dark, cold , incredibly wet and so depressing. I never experienced depression before, but I had it my first winter here. I am trying to move back, but issues with the house, marriage problems from my depression and job etc making it difficult. it was so bad I had a suicide attempt last winter and if I don't get out before this summer it could happen again. Just warning if you like the sun at all , you will never see it in western Washington. I also am used to friendly people which I don't see up here.

I URGE you to seek a professional to talk to about your depression. Make sure you include your wife, as she's affected by this as well, and could easily end a marriage if you don't include her... By all means, PLEASE seek to talk to a professional, and know you're in my prayers...
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Old 02-24-2015, 04:20 PM
 
Location: Nashville TN
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RIP Kurt Cobain, I Miss NIRVANA
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Old 02-24-2015, 09:15 PM
 
Location: Alamogordo, NM
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Kurt Cobain was not ready to die. He was murdered by Courtney Love. True story. Because I said it you know it's true. He was reportedly happy at the time of his death. The gun would have to be operated by some sort of pulley-system by his feet because the gun had absolutely no fingerprints on it whatsoever. And no, Kurt was not wearing gloves when he was found dead, either.

You do the math, he was talking about divorcing Courtney because of her zany drug-infested lifestyle. Kurt was on heroin but apparently heroin was the only thing he found that would relieve his constant stomach pain. She didn't want ta be left high and dry moneywise by Kurt so she set the whole murder up so she would get his vast chunk of money.

I believe he was murdered and did not commit suicide. What do you think?
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Old 02-25-2015, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Pacific Northwest
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Seems you're not the only one:

Justice For Kurt Cobain - Was Kurt Cobain Murdered?

But yeah, anyone who is depressed, please get help. Don't resort to suicide. Happiness it out there.
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Old 02-25-2015, 02:13 PM
 
Location: Nashville TN
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Seems you're not the only one:

Justice For Kurt Cobain - Was Kurt Cobain Murdered?

But yeah, anyone who is depressed, please get help. Don't resort to suicide. Happiness it out there.
Nope, I rather wallow in misery in like people on City Data do lol
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Old 02-26-2015, 11:57 AM
 
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I hope this is helpful to someone. It was helpful to me.. I really needed to vent.
This is a great post, thank you. I've been around myself and I think these are all very salient points for someone considering moving to Seattle. The biggest thing for me is how dirty and grimy the city is, this contributes a lot to the gloominess of the city and its residents I believe. The layout and location of some of the industrial zones is very unfortunate.

Another point that I was not aware of is that the dampness makes the air temperatures feel much colder in the winter. Even 50 degrees F on a damp winter day can be uncomfortably cold in Seattle.
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Old 02-26-2015, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Pacific Northwest
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They have lights which apparently simulate natural sunlight (more so than the average bulb claims). Some even emit ions and play sound effects. Has anyone here actually tried these and notice any positive effects from using them? Aside from placebo
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