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I am back on the mainland and blogging from Seattle with South Austin in the rearview mirror. Don't worry Virgin Island fans, I will most certainly be back in the Caribbean for visits if not full-time. And I'm sure St. Thomas will creep it's way into many future posts. For now, it's all about living in the Pacific Northwest!

March 27, 2016

The Pacific Northwest Part One: Dark Days and the Seattle Freeze

I'm sure that my two or three readers (mostly my family) have long ago stopped looking for new posts from me but I figured I'd provide an update anyway. After all, this is therapy for me. Therapy that I noticed I neglected and needed. I noticed further that the reason I hadn't posted was that I was avoiding the wrath of a particular individual that would have surely been stoked by any post regardless of the tone or content. Eff that! That's very easy to say after so long.

That said, here's the update... just in case anyone out there was curious.

I did make it to Seattle shortly after my last post - nearly two and a half years ago now, full of hope and optimism... and quite sure I was making a great decision. Yay!

The best laid plans right? Hmpf! First, my moving company who ironically is named Ship Smart lost all my possessions in a warehouse in Austin for three weeks. It took nearly six before "most" of my stuff arrived (along with "some" of other people's stuff) which meant I spent the first month camping... and not the good kind of camping. When my things finally arrived, everything was double-boxed. This was a very expensive special service that I had specifically declined. No joke... 400lbs of cardboard. I know this because a friend weighed it at a truck stop before responsibly recycling it. By now, I was on a first name - speed dial basis with the owner of the company and called him gurgling beneath the ocean of boxes, he informed me that he regrettably must charge me for the extra care taken by his employees (contractors).  No no Sir. I took a deep breath and gave him my bottom line which was basically fuel and labor. Hey I'm reasonable but I draw the line at storage cost. We had a deal as long as I didn't write any negative reviews or publicly relate this story!

My temperament continued to deteriorate during these dark days of winter. I don't even mind the rain... really... I don't! But short days and a lack on sun do a number on me. Utter darkness at 3:30pm is just not natural. Even the "happy light" that my Secret Santa gave me for Christmas didn't seem to help. I decided to make friends. The traveling that I have done and the Southern hospitality that I'm used to has made me one of those people who has never met a stranger. But for the first few months, everyone that I met gave me the "have you heard about the Seattle Freeze thing... it's real" talk. What is the Seattle Freeze you ask? Well, Urban Dictionary says "People are insincere. Norms of social interaction don't apply here. Most people don't like or dislike you, they're totally indifferent. Every interaction will be maddeningly superficial." Oh there's more to it than that. If you care, look it up. But the thing is this... it's an excuse to be a flake. I noticed that the people who wanted to warn me of the phenomenon, were the one's who relied on it to excuse their behavior. 

As with most other times in my life, the big plans and vision for my future in the NW turned out to  look very different than I had thought. But, despite the failure of opening a business with a great friend (sadly, both the business and the friendship), I have again landed in a place where I feel at home and in an unlikely job that I didn't know I would love. It's slow going getting back on my feet but the opportunity for PTO and a steady paycheck has me feeling optimistic. Also, it took awhile but my Southern charm and winning sense of humor won out and despite their best efforts, Seattlites have grown to love me as I have grown to love them and this emerald, quirky and vibrant city. So, no more posts about my next big idea (that is most likely a lie), and most definitely no more posts about pie.

Spring is coming and is sure to bring lots of stuff to be noticed!  

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