For better or for worse, Seattle is now the place I call home. So far, I love the city I live in and its surrounding areas. There’s a great deal to do, so much culture to absorb and (despite the misgivings of my former LA neighbors), I really like the weather. It’s not raining yet and there’s just enough of a chill in the air to warrant cuddly blankets while eating New England clam chowder in a bread bowl. There is however, one particular “meteorological” phenomena that I was NOT prepared for: The Seattle Freeze. To paraphrase from Wikipedia:
The Seattle Freeze refers to a belief that it is especially difficult to make new friends (particularly for immigrants from other cities) in the city of Seattle, Washington. Newcomers to the area have described Seattleites as being standoffish, cold, distant, and not trusting.
The first time one of my friends had mentioned The Seattle Freeze to me, I thought they were referring to how cold it would get around here. I brushed it off immediately, as I was looking forward to different seasons and the cold air. I just am SO not a fan of unnecessarily hot climates like I’m used to experiencing in Los Angeles. There would be days you could find me taking multiple ice-cold showers just to keep from sweating like a prostitute in church. I mean it was bad. This guy knows what’s up:
Coming from Los Angeles, my personality can be very “in-your-face“. It’s big and loud and doesn’t mind climbing right up inside your personal bubble and asking if it can crash on your metaphysical couch for a few days. Fact is, most people in LA are kinda like that. It’s not seen as a bad thing though. SoCal in general is just one big melting pot of people and everyone likes knowing everyone else, even if for the sole purpose of adding new Facebook and Instagram friends to your social media feeds. I was kinda thinking that having such a friendly and bubbly disposition would work to my advantage in meeting new people despite this cautionary tale I was sent to armor myself against the culture shock I would experience. I probably should’ve paid attention. Without going into too many details, let’s just say I’ve come across more than a handful of individuals I would normally classify as: snooty…
… I actually had more colorful adjectives to describe these people, but in the interest of maintaining my self-inflicted PG-13 rating for my blog, I’ll stick with snooty….
Regardless of the setbacks in meeting people I’ve come across, I refuse to be deterred. This is my home now and that means Seattleites are just going to get used to me. In fact, given the growth the Emerald City has been experiencing with big companies like Microsoft, Amazon, etc bringing in major players from all across the globe to work in their office, people are just gonna have to find a way to get along.