Things Seattleites Won't Admit to Doing
I must admit, I did not grow up quite in Seattle, but on an island about 45 minutes away. However, as someone who grew up in the Pacific Northwest and spent a fair amount of time in the Emerald City, I got a feel for what my Seattle friends and even myself tried to act low key about but were really just lying about it to save face. We're a proud region with some intricacies that much of America will never understand, and sometimes people right in the heart of the city don't like to admit that we too enjoy the things about that make it special to tourists. These are a few things I've witness Seattlites doing after claiming they're sooooo over it.
Enjoying Pike Place Market
I'm pretty sure as much as Seattle people complain about how much of a tourist trap Pike Place Market is, they still jump at the chance to take any visiting friends there. Seattleites like to act like these out-of-towners are the only reason they'd even get close. But truly, Pike Place Market is fun to walk through each and every time you visit. It's definitely not someplace a Western Washingtonian would go on the daily, due to all the foot traffic and expensive parking fees, but there's always something new to see and gum to put on the famous wall.
Wanting To Go Up The Space Needle
It costs a lot of money to visit ($19-29 for an adult ticket), but any Seattle area person who hasn't gone up the Space Needle secretly wants to go up it sometime in their life to at least say that they did. I know that I didn't finally get up to the top until I was 18, even after living in the Pacific Northwest my whole life. I was proud to say, "I've never been up and I'm from here!" But it really was worth it the day I went up. Seeing all of Seattle and the Puget Sound laid out before you is really a treat. And Seattleites are lying if they say they don't care about going to the top. Everyone is curious about what it looks like from up there.
Drinking Too Much Starbucks
In true hipster fashion, many Seattleites won't admit to supporting such a large organization, even if it did start right in their city. Tiny, non-chain espresso places tend to get a lot of praise around the city. But at the end of the day when you're in a hurry and need coffee fast, many PNW people will end up in a Starbucks and then try to defend their decision ("It's organic and fair trade! I read about it online!") to make themselves feel better about their corporate purchase. And then they'll throw away the cup as fast as possible so their barista friends don't know that they betrayed them for the 'buck.
Being Jealous of Portlandia
Washingtonians, especially Seattleites are constantly wondering why "Portlandia" is set in Portland, when Seattle life is basically the same, and we have many of the same day to day issues that Portland citizens face. I was in the audience when Fred Armisen performed at Bumbershoot in 2012. People demanded to know why there's no "Seattleandia," to which he responded that Seattle is already popular enough without needing a TV show based on it. While that's true (I mean technically we already have Frasier, Grey's Anatomy, iCarly, etc.), we still wish we had our own Portlandia-type show that showcased how wonderfully weird we are here in Seattle, Washington. Perhaps a spin-off, Fred and Carrie?
What other Seattle things do Seattlites claim they don't do? Let me know in the comments below.