Official Washingtonian

Yup, it's official. I'm a Washingtonian and a Seattleite. I had today off and Josh was working, so I thought I'd take some time to go to all those places that we never want to this case, the DMV. I was pretty impressed with the experience though. I got to the DMV counter with only a 15 minute wait. The process was fairly simple. The only troublesome part was that the location I visited only did licensing, not license plates. I had to go to another place for that. The license plate wasn't hard either though. They got me in and out under 10 minutes. Overall, no the long lines and waiting I'm used to. Hurray. Points for Seattle.

Official Washingtonian Now

Now that I'm a Washingtonian, I feel I should learn more about the state. I'm not a native, so I didn't learn all the state history and facts in elementary school. I know all about California (thanks Mom and 4th Grade), but Washington...not so much. I took it upon myself to do a bit of research.

I've shared some of my findings here on the post. I would like to say that I did learn a lot about Washington, true or not, on the Underground Tour I took when my friend Irene visited. Bill Speidel gives a pretty darn good history lesson.

Here's an abbreviated list of Washington State Symbols:

  • Fruit: Apple

  • Flower: Pacific Rhododendron

  • Bird: Willow Goldfinch

  • Fish: Steelhead Trout

  • Bug: Green Darner Dragonfly

  • Veggie: Walla Walla Sweet Onion

Learn more about Washington on Wikipedia or find out some fun facts.

You'll see Seattleite hyperlinked above. The definition there is pretty accurate and funny. I think #4, #5, and #8 are pretty true...Check them out:

  1. Any person living in, or within ten miles of The city of Seattle, WA

  2. Is easily agitated when tourist asks to see the original Starbucks, Microsoft or Kurt Cobain's house. True Seattleites do not care for these things.

  3. Considers Seattle to be the best city on Earth.

  4. Is a pretentious coffee snob due to the thousands of delicious coffee houses and rostaries that surround them.

  5. Any person who knows not to visit Pike Place Market on a Saturday.

  6. Any person who was disappointed by EMP (unlike the inbred hicks from across the country who come to visit it).

  7. Anybody who knows that "eating dicks" means eating burgers.

  8. Any person that hates it when Californians drive through Washington and cry about the rain and the cold.

  9. Typically a city that is completely devoid of soccer moms.