Saturday, February 9, 2008

you know you’re a Seattleite in Paris when…part deux

Here’s the second part of my composite You know you’re a Seattleite in Paris when list. On a completely unrelated note, the weather is very nice today in Paris (nice for February at least). If this keeps up, we may be in for an early summer.

  • When you're discussing rainforests and volcanoes, you're NOT talking about Hawaii.

  • You remember the Kingdome. (I was working in Pioneer Square when it was imploded)

  • You have tried to forget about WTO. (WTO was a serious pain in the butt, I took the bus to work at the time and the bus couldn’t go through downtown because of the protestors.)

  • The guy at 8:30 am at Starbucks wearing the baseball cap and sunglasses who looks like Phyllis Diller is really a tranny named Eva Destruction that used to play with Hole. (this one doesn’t apply, but I had to leave it in just for the humor)

  • Your mayor is straight, 1/2 your friends are gay, the man who delivers your mail has a bumper sticker that reads "when they pry it from my cold dead fingers....", and your Burger World drive thru order taker was a computer millionaire last week. (ok, maybe a bit longer than last week)

  • You consider Boulogne, Neuilly, Saint-Denis etc to be the countryside. I mean, Porte de Versailles or Porte de la Villette mean there IS a door, and therefore an outside and an inside, right? (not the countryside, but they are definitely not the city)

  • You know that a martini means a martini, and not that gross vermouth and gin mixture.

  • You find it normal that someone is randomly peeing in the street. (unfortunate but true)

  • You peed in the street at least once in your life. (this was in a city in southeastern France, not Paris)

  • You're surprised when someone holds the door for you at the subway exit. (or any door for that matter)

  • You're even more surprised when a sales person asks if you're looking for something in particular. Actually that would never happen. (this has never happened to me in France)

  • "Putain", "bordel", "merde" or the ever famous "putain de bordel de merde" are not considered "bad words".

  • You know that Paris is not a city, it's an attitude. (and what an attitude…)


La Belette Rouge said...

I didn't know they blew up the Kingdome. I haven't been back to Seattle in many years.

And, while Paris and Seattle have their differences, both Paris and Seattle have an appreciation of fine food, coffee and both have their space needley/eiffely thing.

A Seattleite in Paris said...

The Kingdome implosion was a big day in Seattle. You should go back for a visit if you can, just to see how much certain neighborhoods have changed.

Anonymous said...

There is a movie about WTO being Vancouver BC. *groan*

A Seattleite in Paris said...

A movie about WTO??! I think I'll skip that one, the real thing was more than enough.