Thinking about moving to the Seattle, WA area?

  • AlphaDen

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    Sep 02, 2015 8:42 PM GMT
    Anybody got any advice, thoughts, warnings, info of any kind about moving to Washington?

    -Dennis
  • Import

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    Sep 02, 2015 11:46 PM GMT
    Despite it's cool and often overcast weather, I hear good things!

    watch out for those straight techies tho!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • tazzari

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    Sep 03, 2015 12:18 AM GMT
    Not a bad place to live, especially for people on the more liberal side. Outdoors is easy to get to, there is magnificent scenery, the economy is strong, there are increasing great cultural opportunities. But horrible traffic (light rail is steadily expanding, so there will be more and more alternatives to spending the day in you car), rents are skyrocketing and it's supposed to be a hard town to find relationships in.

    I've lived here most of my life - in the suburbs - and you could do much, much worse!
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    Sep 04, 2015 6:55 AM GMT
    I think the earthquake thing is overhyped. California has been anticipating the "big one" since the 80s. We've had a few major quakes between then and now, but not the apocalyptic seismic disaster that everyone was anticipating. Right now, survival and outdoor gear stores in Seattle are getting wealthy from the increase in sales. icon_lol.gif
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    Sep 05, 2015 6:20 AM GMT
    I lived there for years and found the people to be self-absorbed, shallow and insincere. It is a very hard place to make friends. Especially genuine friends. The people seem nice, but they aren't. Also the long and dreary winter can be hell if you are prone to depression. The summer, as short as it is, is perfect.
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    Sep 05, 2015 6:25 AM GMT
    That is true about the big one, there will be a gigantic earthquake in that area sooner or later, could be next week, could be next century, but it is coming. (Unlike Jesus)
  • roadbikeRob

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    Sep 05, 2015 1:30 PM GMT
    cunjevoi saidThat is true about the big one, there will be a gigantic earthquake in that area sooner or later, could be next week, could be next century, but it is coming. (Unlike Jesus)
    The entire Ring of Fire around the Pacific is due for the "big one" or big ones. Since all of Taiwan in seismically unstable and has major faults slicing through it, I am curious as to how Taipei's signature 101 story skyscraper is going to withstand a violent temblor. Is it designed to withstand violent earthquakes or are they playing Russian roulette with this bad boyicon_idea.gificon_question.gif

    Are Seattle's tallest buildings including the signature though dated Space Needle all designed to withstand violent temblors or is Seattle doing the same possible thing as Taipei that is playing Russian roulette with these bad boys well over 30 stories highicon_idea.gificon_question.gif
  • FitBlackCuddl...

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    Sep 05, 2015 7:49 PM GMT
    AlphaDen saidAnybody got any advice, thoughts, warnings, info of any kind about moving to Washington?

    -Dennis


    Lived there early to mid 90s...enjoyed it immensely. Would have remained had there been any work.

    Washington has quiet charm, is more humane than California. You can technically walk throughout Seattle and it is less hectic. Think of it as a Northwest version of Boston. In the 90s, there were many homey coffee shops with muted lighting and filled with comfy chairs that you could fall asleep in.

    There are four seasons in Seattle/Washington. Overcast to light-rainy weather which made the sunny blue skies all the more brilliant. Being overcast gave the decorated well-lit Christmas downtown the warmth of being in your living room.
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    Sep 06, 2015 4:13 AM GMT
    FitBlackCuddler said
    AlphaDen saidAnybody got any advice, thoughts, warnings, info of any kind about moving to Washington?

    -Dennis


    Lived there early to mid 90s...enjoyed it immensely. Would have remained had there been any work.

    Washington has quiet charm, is more humane than California. You can technically walk throughout Seattle and it is less hectic. Think of it as a Northwest version of Boston. In the 90s, there were many homey coffee shops with muted lighting and filled with comfy chairs that you could fall asleep in.

    There are four seasons in Seattle/Washington. Overcast to light-rainy weather which made the sunny blue skies all the more brilliant. Being overcast gave the decorated well-lit Christmas downtown the warmth of being in your living room.
    There are also four seasons in South Florida:
    -Summer
    -Summerer
    -Summerest
    -Summerish