I wasn’t born here but I’ve called Seattle home for 25 years. It’s just about everything yiou want in a lover: beautiful, laid back, hip, and ahead of the curve without selling out it’s soul. Not just green but verdant calling out for Velvia but as an OH/MI/MA boy I missed fall colors. Snow, I don’t miss. I can see it out my window and drive to those mountains in under an hour. Snows once, maybe twice, each year and usally gone in a day or two. Scandies are a little standoffish IMHO but I gravitate towards other domestic immigrants. Whilst single, I learned not to date the locals.

First things first: no, it doesn’t rain here all the time. It’s cloudy and when it rains it drizzles and spits. Primarily from Nov to Mar. Virtually no lightning or thunderstoms. Only tourists and newbies use umbrellas.

I call West Seattle home but wander the city far and wide. I’ve my favorite Seattle landmarks on a Google map. Explore it with your mouse and your feet. I host a geocache and have been taking photos around town for years.

Check out the links on the left. You may enjoy my ranks’n’raves and outspoken opinions about Seattle. Or not. Your choice, free will and all.

No, I don’t go to Starbucks because there’s way better coffee all over town. I love salmon and it’s heart healthy but sometimes I get sick of it. Never liked grunge so don’t ask. I’ve never been to Lake Chelan and don’t think I’m missing anything (especially if that’s where all the locals go). There’s no ghetto in Seattle in the contemporary American sense. No blocks of burned out housing projects. Don’t get me wrong, there are sketchy neighborhoods, gangs, and crime but this isn’t LA, NY, DC, etc. I love getting off the plane at SeaTac and realizing I’m home.

MMJ and the voters told the police to make simple posessin their absolute lowest priority. And they do. Eco green organic crunchy to the max. Large lesbian, gay, transgender community and little overt homophobia. Casual diversity and a PacRim flavor reflecting recent immigration/migration patterns. Shrinking African-American population that’s migrating south of the city proper, not that it was ever that large to begin with. Alaska looms large compared to the rest of the country. In many ways, it’s just up the road a piece. Don’t forget, Seattle’s a major port city.

I’m not going anywhere. I like it fine just where I am.

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The Geeks Guide to Seattle

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Sorry but I’m not telling you my favorite sushi restaurant. Iit’s crowded enough as it is.

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