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Old 11-16-2014, 04:27 PM
 
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You can tell when the S.A.D. settles in as threads/posts like this about socializing in Seattle start popping up...

It must be unendurable at times to always see all that grey, all that misty wetness one has to go several thousands of miles away to escape it. I know, I used to live there.

Though not as cold or as isolated as Alaska, there they too must endure drabness and fellow loners too 'chill' to conduct a conversation. Congratulations on doing your best to escape such creeping dread by blowing sunshine up our collective _______s!
Ha! I know, isn't it hilarious?? I don't even live there anymore, and I can tell the exact week rainy season starts by browsing the new threads on this forum!
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Old 11-16-2014, 07:40 PM
 
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Ha! I know, isn't it hilarious?? I don't even live there anymore, and I can tell the exact week rainy season starts by browsing the new threads on this forum!
What is even more hilarious are the perpetual boosters of a place like Seattle getting incensed because those who left still have interests there and may input opinions on a public forum? Perhaps if you don't like that you could simply not respond or start a private forum moaning in dancing ecstasies to all the white-wash Seattle has to offer to those who know it is just as great a place as any other desirable place to live? Or leave, as many aloof Seattleites of a smaller mind tend to tell those who dare critique their soggy paradise? Or perhaps some people can't stand the fact that not everyone agrees with their views?

Whatever. I long ago spotted those who are intolerant and that is but one reason Seattle isn't a place for me, money be damned, the itchy adoption of trendy social causes be damned, too. For all the pretty words describing pretty communes 'by the people, for the people', the Seattleites of yesteryear are very narrow and closed 'bout anything which may perturb that WASPy community-by-executive-committee atmosphere it clings to as they're to afraid of change. Well, the town isn't in Scandinavia nor any longer a sheltered American backwater. Adjust accordingly or sulk in misery. The weather up there is perfect for the latter, no?

FYI, I was in Seattle this year from mid-September to the first week of November. The only thing visibly altered in the 2 years since to my last visit with the native Seattleites' scared aloofness (aka 'freeze') is that people are more conscious of their silly social fears but it is ingrained so will take time to change.
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Old 11-16-2014, 08:00 PM
 
Location: Alamogordo, NM
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Go to the freezer and get your Dad a raspberry freezee!
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Old 02-13-2015, 08:23 PM
 
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Here's an interesting tidbit from wiki:

"Seattle has a relatively high number of people living alone. According to the 2000 U.S. Census interim measurements of 2004, Seattle has the fifth highest proportion of single-person households nationwide among cities of 100,000 or more residents, at 40.8%"

Seattle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Perhaps that supports the idea that there's a 'Seattle Freeze'?
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Old 02-14-2015, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Wallace, Idaho
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I've said this before, and I fervently believe it. The "Seattle Freeze" comes down to frustrated extroverts not understanding how introverts function. For whatever reason, and I have my own theories, the PNW seems to attract introverted people, and introverts find their comfort zone in quietness and solitude, not in socialization. Small talk stresses and tires introverts out. Extroverts interpret this as rudeness and aloofness. They need an explanation for it, and the "Seattle freeze" is born.

Laugh it off if you want, but Es and Is have a fundamentally different way of looking at and interacting with the world, and that can lead to a lot of misunderstandings between people. I've seen friendships and relationships fall apart over this difference, between people who were otherwise perfectly compatible -- but the Es and Is would put expectations on each other that the other person couldn't deal with.
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