Seattle: Do you like living there ? Why ? or Why not ?

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    Jan 23, 2013 7:43 PM GMT
    Hello y'all,
    thinking about moving to seattle after being offered a job there. any help is appreciated to help me decide. i'm single and want to live in a city that i can be gay and comfortable. where i can also meet a potential long term mate.

    thanks !
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    Jan 23, 2013 8:43 PM GMT
    Good grief. There's been a new seattle thread almost every day for the last month. You guys ought to link them up.
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    Jan 23, 2013 9:16 PM GMT
    seattle is mega hot and people are lining up to move here, ... the truth is a good rainy winter makes the average person only last 3 to 4 years here....

    tough town to make friends as it seems to attract loners, or drive people into a loner state to survive.....

    lots of "too much partying" going on here (a survival tactic)

    plenty of arts and culture, but the rain...... be ready for the rain.......
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    Jan 24, 2013 7:29 PM GMT
    you paint such a gloomy picture of seattle. now i'm worried.
  • MarvelBoy23

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    Jan 24, 2013 7:34 PM GMT
    I love Seattle but I love the San Juan Islands more, and would one day love to live there! My parents are getting older, and I feel I can't make the move now! I wouldn't worry too much about the rain, but that's just me I guess! From what I was told from a local, they don't get it as much as it's made out like they do.
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    Jan 24, 2013 7:55 PM GMT
    thanks for the useful responsesicon_wink.gif
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    Jan 24, 2013 7:58 PM GMT
    Have heard mostly good things about Seattle, and have had several friends move there over the years. I decided not to move there because of allergies. Seattle is the mould capital. I hear they have mould index on the weather report the way other places have UV-index. But if you don't have health issues like that, have a great time! There's lots of culture and opportunity. Its close to other nice places like Oregon and BC.
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    Jan 24, 2013 8:02 PM GMT
    omg. didn't know about the mold issue. luckily i dont have any allergies. i'm allergic to assholes. does that count ? lol

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    Jan 24, 2013 8:04 PM GMT
    MarvelBoy23 saidI love Seattle but I love the San Juan Islands more, and would one day love to live there! My parents are getting older, and I feel I can't make the move now! I wouldn't worry too much about the rain, but that's just me I guess! From what I was told from a local, they don't get it as much as it's made out like they do.


    yeah i heard the rain is more like a light drizzle. i interviewed last week and it was bright and sunny, but cold. like 30's -40's F cold. they say the clouds are good to insulate the city and keep in some of the warmth.
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    Jan 24, 2013 8:10 PM GMT
    Haha, yeah this is the third seattle thread I've seen in a month. You guys should all get together!
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    Jan 24, 2013 8:18 PM GMT
    hellurs said
    MarvelBoy23 saidI love Seattle but I love the San Juan Islands more, and would one day love to live there! My parents are getting older, and I feel I can't make the move now! I wouldn't worry too much about the rain, but that's just me I guess! From what I was told from a local, they don't get it as much as it's made out like they do.


    yeah i heard the rain is more like a light drizzle. i interviewed last week and it was bright and sunny, but cold. like 30's -40's F cold. they say the clouds are good to insulate the city and keep in some of the warmth.



    I was told the rain sticks mostly to the peninsula which is further south-west of Seattle. I have a good friend who just moved there last year and he loves it. I loved it when I visited. It's my kind of climate. It usually doesn't get above 80 in the summer, so there's no air-conditioning anywhere. When I went, it happened to be 105, the hottest it's ever been there before! BUT, it was one of the greatest places I've been to. People out there were great from what I could tell!
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    Jan 24, 2013 8:24 PM GMT
    I live in Toronto....

    However, Seattle is by far my favourite American city.

    Yes I have traveled quite a bit, been to almost 1/2 the US states. Most major cities.

    What I like about Seattle

    - People/Guys are amazingly friendly, hot, scruffy, and rough around the edges
    - Its beautiful
    - Its got this outdoorsy, hippy kind of feeling but not dirty like Vancouver...
    - Bainbridge Island and the Olympics are amazing
    - Tons of hiking
    - Great restaurants

    Seriously fell in love with a guy there once before... He's amazing! We are still very close friends to this day but obviously the distance thing was the deciding factor keeping us from being together.

    Anyhow, I may be biased since I fell for someone there but I certainly think its a must see city in the US.

    Safe Travels...
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    Jan 25, 2013 1:16 AM GMT
    well all points taken , ask yourself this....

    when you wake up, and see a cloudy or dreary day. or a rainy day, does your affect sink a little, or are you completely unaffected by the weather....

    if you dont like cloudy days, or need a boost of sun to liven things up, then think twice about moving here....

    it rains a lot, and yes much of it is drizzle, ie, light rain.,, it can also pour buckets here for days.... the common thread is the overcast skies for weeks.... but for me its more of a mood to the day.. im native here, so im used to it, but it still can get to me...

    otherwise the city, and the people here are wonderful, polite, and relatively calm, compared to other metropolitan areas.... its also very gay friendly.

    best JR
  • tazzari

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    Jan 25, 2013 1:22 AM GMT
    If you come here, live in the city - Capital Hill or Bell Town - the traffic is awful, and living in the suburbs makes Seattle a foreign country. There is good transportation in the middle of town however, and some really great neighborhoods.

    For the rest, it depends on what you're looking for.
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    Jan 25, 2013 1:29 AM GMT
    I live in Orlando, however, when I went out there for business years ago...I was hooked after being in my hotel for only a few hours. I immediately felt Seattle would be a city I could spend the rest of my life in.

    And that was during the rainy season. Seriously, that town is a winner! Do it!

    I would kill to have an opportunity like yours.
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    Jan 25, 2013 4:31 AM GMT
    hellurs saidomg. didn't know about the mold issue. luckily i dont have any allergies. i'm allergic to assholes. does that count ? lol



    Been here this week on work. Gets dark around 5pm. Gets "light" about 0700ish. Stagnant air warning too.

    But, the culture is great here. The men are hot.
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    Jan 25, 2013 4:49 AM GMT
    MarvelBoy23 saidI love Seattle but I love the San Juan Islands more, and would one day love to live there! My parents are getting older, and I feel I can't make the move now! I wouldn't worry too much about the rain, but that's just me I guess! From what I was told from a local, they don't get it as much as it's made out like they do.


    The thing about the rain is that it does it lightly 2-3 times a day, or often all day long. So what you get is a city that's constantly wet and dreary even though the total rain is lower than other parts of the country. Around 80% of the days it rains at around 5am until 7 or 8 so your morning commute is wet, then rains again once the sun goes down around 5, so your way home is also wet. And what makes it worse is the drivers around here still drive in the rain like a Floridian would in the snow. I've lived here my whole life and I still get serious seasonal depression starting around the end of January. Luckily this year we've had a week or so of partly cloudy skies so we've actually been able to see the sun, but this is not common at all. Oh and what we call partly cloudy in Seattle, the rest of the country considers mostly cloudy. This weather starts around October and can last until the end of May. Then around July to August it'll get to 90+, and no apartments here have AC, so it gets miserable, especially trying to sleep without drenching yourself in sweat 15 minutes after you get in bed.
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    Jan 25, 2013 4:55 AM GMT
    If you are fortunate, you can find a job in downtown Seattle and get around without owning a car. Public transportation is amazing in certain areas...as long as you don't have to find a place to park your car. Work in Redmond and live in Capital Hill, have flexible hours (graveyard shift) or you will spend a lot of hours sitting on the interstate, barely moving.

    Check out our traffic on Goog maps. Basically, you can tell Goog maps to show historical traffic patterns based on day of the week and time.

    We don't have state income taxes here. But, we rank #10 in general living costs as we probably have the highest minimum wage and legally mandated benefits like sick and maternity leave.

    Fortunately, we have gay marriage.
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    Jan 25, 2013 4:57 AM GMT
    SkittleGangsta said
    MarvelBoy23 saidI love Seattle but I love the San Juan Islands more, and would one day love to live there! My parents are getting older, and I feel I can't make the move now! I wouldn't worry too much about the rain, but that's just me I guess! From what I was told from a local, they don't get it as much as it's made out like they do.


    The thing about the rain is that it does it lightly 2-3 times a day, or often all day long. So what you get is a city that's constantly wet and dreary even though the total rain is lower than other parts of the country. Around 80% of the days it rains at around 5am until 7 or 8 so your morning commute is wet, then rains again once the sun goes down around 5, so your way home is also wet. And what makes it worse is the drivers around here still drive in the rain like a Floridian would in the snow. I've lived here my whole life and I still get serious seasonal depression starting around the end of January. Luckily this year we've had a week or so of partly cloudy skies so we've actually been able to see the sun, but this is not common at all. Oh and what we call partly cloudy in Seattle, the rest of the country considers mostly cloudy. This weather starts around October and can last until the end of May. Then around July to August it'll get to 90+, and no apartments here have AC, so it gets miserable, especially trying to sleep without drenching yourself in sweat 15 minutes after you get in bed.


    I would slit my wrists within a week of moving there. I need the sun and warmth. I couldn't live anywhere north of I-10.
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    Jan 25, 2013 5:06 AM GMT
    SkittleGangsta said
    MarvelBoy23 saidI love Seattle but I love the San Juan Islands more, and would one day love to live there! My parents are getting older, and I feel I can't make the move now! I wouldn't worry too much about the rain, but that's just me I guess! From what I was told from a local, they don't get it as much as it's made out like they do.


    The thing about the rain is that it does it lightly 2-3 times a day, or often all day long. So what you get is a city that's constantly wet and dreary even though the total rain is lower than other parts of the country. Around 80% of the days it rains at around 5am until 7 or 8 so your morning commute is wet, then rains again once the sun goes down around 5, so your way home is also wet. And what makes it worse is the drivers around here still drive in the rain like a Floridian would in the snow. I've lived here my whole life and I still get serious seasonal depression starting around the end of January. Luckily this year we've had a week or so of partly cloudy skies so we've actually been able to see the sun, but this is not common at all. Oh and what we call partly cloudy in Seattle, the rest of the country considers mostly cloudy. This weather starts around October and can last until the end of May. Then around July to August it'll get to 90+, and no apartments here have AC, so it gets miserable, especially trying to sleep without drenching yourself in sweat 15 minutes after you get in bed.


    This sounds like Portland, OR haha. I just moved here from Texas a couple months ago for university and I thought I wouldn't mind but it's starting to get to me. I get so excited whenever the sun comes out. Never thought I'd miss TX hah. There are pros and cons definitely, not sure if I'll stay here after I graduate. I might go down south to California.
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    Jan 25, 2013 5:09 AM GMT
    cndplayer saidI live in Toronto....

    However, Seattle is by far my favourite American city.

    Yes I have traveled quite a bit, been to almost 1/2 the US states. Most major cities.

    What I like about Seattle

    - People/Guys are amazingly friendly, hot, scruffy, and rough around the edges
    - Its beautiful
    - Its got this outdoorsy, hippy kind of feeling but not dirty like Vancouver...


    Vancouver is 100 times cleaner than Seattle. Seattle is full of hipsters, it's filthy, and the people are the exact opposite of friendly. Perhaps you should ease off the drugs...
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    Jan 25, 2013 5:14 AM GMT
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    hellurs saidomg. didn't know about the mold issue. luckily i dont have any allergies. i'm allergic to assholes. does that count ? lol



    Been here this week on work. Gets dark around 5pm. Gets "light" about 0700ish. Stagnant air warning too.

    But, the culture is great here. The men are hot.


    The stagnant air has been a little unusual. The fog something fierce. Normally it isn't like that here. It is true that during the winter it is dark around 430 or 5 and no light until around 7, but during the summer it is the complete opposite. It is light until after 10 in fact the 4th of July fireworks don't start until after 1030 and it still isn't 100% dark yet. And it starts getting light super early. Summer is awesome weather with great long sunny days to enjoy.

    But of the OP, I came to visit a friend that just moved here 6 years ago. I fell in love with the city and moved here shortly after. Not a single regret in my decision.
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    Jan 25, 2013 6:41 AM GMT
    thanks for all the insight. seems like the weather is a major factor for some. i think i should be alright. i actually like rainy days. i tend to get agitated when is bright and sunny outside. the rain calms me down.

    i will be extremely busy with my work. i'm a physician so i'll be working downtown at the 4 major hospitals of UW. this also means i'll be indoors a lot. i've also gotten offers in san diego, new haven, baltimore, and d.c. the department that i'd be working in at uw is excellent. the people are so friendly and smart w/o being arrogant. it's number one on my list, so i just wanted to get an idea of the city before committing to a possible lifetime commitment (esp being single).

    thanks again y'all for the honest opinionsicon_smile.gif
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    Jan 25, 2013 6:43 AM GMT
    you must I say must MUST LOVE RAIN

    yes to other positive comments in other aspects but weather sucks big if rain and humidity is not your cup of tea
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    Jan 25, 2013 6:45 AM GMT
    Its good for a while, but the rain and gloomy weather get old. Summers are perfect ...and by summer I mean month of August.