Friday, February 8, 2008

you know you’re a Seattleite in Paris when…

You’ve probably seen the You know you’re from (insert city) when…lists. I decided to take the applicable parts from the Seattle and Paris lists to create my own You know you’re a Seattleite in Paris when list. It's long so I’ll split it into two posts…

  • You have a very strong opinion about where your coffee beans are grown, and you can taste the difference between Sumatran and Ethiopian. (I’m not that bad, but I am particular about coffee)
  • You feel guilty throwing an aluminum can in the trash.
  • You use the words "sun break" and know what it means. (this isn’t the actual term?)
  • You know at least eight people who work for either Microsoft or Boeing. (I have to include former employees to get up to 8)
  • You invite twice as many people as you really want to a party since only half will actually show up. (I'm not convinced that only Seattleites do this)
  • You know what Lutefisk is. (no I am NOT from Ballard!)
  • You personally know someone from Alaska. (I haven’t kept in touch with her, but a former manager is from Alaska)
  • You consider floating bridges a pain in the butt, not an engineering marvel. (no one who's lived in Seattle would use the term "marvel")
  • You know how to pronounce "Sequim", "Puyallup" and "Issaquah." (btw, for any French people reading this, Seattle has 3 syllables not 2)
  • You use more than 5 words to order a cup of coffee. "I want to order an unleaded, double, short, skinny, wet cappuccino with a shot of Amaretto please." (if isn’t espresso or café crème in France, don’t you need at least 5 words?)
  • You consider it a sunny day if the sun is visible at some point of the day. (That IS sunny!!)

10 comments:

Doc said...

Lutefisk is yucky... ;-)

La Belette Rouge said...

As one born in Seattle, who wishes she lived in Paris,I always thought Tacoma and Yakima should be pronounced the same way.

Betty C. said...

Most of this is true (and could go for Olympians too...) I've seen similar lists but not this one exactly.

But aren't people everywhere recyling their aluminum cans, even in Paris? Please reassure me on this point!

Betty C. said...

Belette, I didn't know you were born in Seattle!

Puyallup actually probably shouldn't ever be pronounced at all...

A Seattleite in Paris said...

Doc - I'll have to take your word for it. :)

Belette - I always thought Tacoma should be pronounced "don't-go-there".

Betty - Unfortunately Parisians aren't as into recycling as Washingtonians. They're pretty good at recycling glass (i.e. wine bottles) and apartments have dumpsters for plastic and cardboard but that's where it ends. Some offices don't have recycling bins at all.

La Belette Rouge said...

Seattleite: "Don't go there!!"Love it!! LOL!!!!

La Belette Rouge said...

BettyC: Yep, Swedish Hospital! Is it still there?

A Novelist said...

LOL - I LOVE this list! ;)

LN said...

Oh my god, are there really so many kinds of coffee????
Just came accross your blog, it's nice! ;-)

A Seattleite in Paris said...

ln - you'd be surprised :) and thanks!