5 Things People Get Wrong About Seattle

My hiking friends decided my trail name should be “dream crusher”. Not necessarily because of anything I do on the trail but because of a story I once told about a tourist couple I interacted with at a local drug store.  This couple was asking the cashier for directions to the “original Starbucks.” The cashier wasn’t sure so I interjected, “well, the one they will tell you is the original is…”. The couple looked deflated. They were so excited to see the site where the company started.

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Not the original Starbucks (photo credit:  Wikipedia user Postdlf, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license)

Ready to have your dreams crushed?

There is a lot that people get wrong about Seattle. This is by no means a definitive list.

1 – The original Starbucks is in Pike Place Market

This Starbucks location is a big tourist draw at the Pike Place Market. The only thing is, this is not the original. The building where the original store was located was just north of Pike Place Market, roughly where the current building housing the Seatown restaurant is located. I really hope this couple didn’t travel all the way from Asia to see this only to have their dreams crushed by a know-it-all local.

Oh, also, it’s Pike Place Market, not “Pike’s Place Market”. Just so you know.

2 – It rains all the time in Seattle. 

At the risk of even more people pouring into the fastest growing city in the U.S., let’s get this out of the way. Yes, we have dark and dreary winters, often with slow drizzles that never seem to stop. However, our summers are beautiful and mostly clear. We get a few nasty storms, mostly in the late fall and early spring, but Seattle has some of the mildest weather you can hope to experience in North America. The average precipitation is only 37 inches per year.

3 – Microsoft and Boeing are headquartered in Seattle.

Nope. Microsoft is headquartered in Redmond, a city near Seattle but has very little presence in the city itself. Boeing moved their HQ to Chicago years ago.

4 – Seattle only has three professional major league sports teams.

Why does everyone forget about women’s sports? We have two great professional women’s teams, soccer and basketball and three men’s (baseball, Amercian football and soccer). Also, did you know our local Rat City Rollergirls roller derby league helped found the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association and promote that sport to become popular worldwide?

5 – Everyone in Seattle will give you the cold shoulder. 

We’re really not the passive aggressive jerks you think we are. We’re just a bit non-confrontational and like to let things slide. Also, it can take us a bit of time to warm up to strangers. Take a little time to get to know us and decide for yourself. That jerk that cut you off on the freeway? He’s from California.

 6 – Everyone in Seattle works in tech? 

Yeah, that one is pretty much true, especially now that Amazon.com is using downtown Seattle as a base for world domination.

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