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Moving From Texas To Seattle...Advise?

Fri Jan 06, 2006 4:33 am

First off, I've decided to leave my job in Texas and move to Seattle and work for Boeing.

Everyone here seems to be saying "Oh, Seattle! Fun!" and then in the same breath "Oh, it rains all the time...they have a lot of suicides." Or something that "you'll need to go to a tanning place to get sunlight". Is this true?

I spent a summer working for Boeing and the weather was fantastic (I know, key word - summer). I'm a native New Yorker so I am used to the cold and dreary winter days (although not as persistent as Seattle's), but I've certainly been spoiled by the warmer weather here in Dallas in the winter months.

Any advise from those in Seattle or similar climates? Any tricks on beating the blues?

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RE: Moving From Texas To Seattle...Advise?

Fri Jan 06, 2006 4:46 am

You should find Seattle's weather nicer than New York on just about any given day of the year. Philadelphia, Cincinnati and Memphis all get more rain than Seattle. It rains frequently in Seattle, but just not very much, or not for very long. You may find it overcast for fairly lengthy periods - a few weeks or so. If that bothers you, hop in your car and drive up Snoqualmie pass or somewhere and get some sunshine.

I found the traffic to be more of an issue. Fortunately I didn't have to deal with it except when shopping, but I-5 and its branches are pretty crowded.

Fairly expensive. Good living there, though. I still like to go from time to time just for the sights and the activities.
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RE: Moving From Texas To Seattle...Advise?

Fri Jan 06, 2006 4:51 am

Quoting SlamClick (Reply 1):
I found the traffic to be more of an issue. Fortunately I didn't have to deal with it except when shopping, but I-5 and its branches are pretty crowded.

Fairly expensive. Good living there, though. I still like to go from time to time just for the sights and the activities.

I've heard of the famed Seattle traffic and the fact that they apparently drive UNDER the speed limit as opposed to Dallas where 10-15mph ABOVE it is the norm.

I'll be commuting from Seattle to Everett, so I'll be doing a counter commute, but I'd imagine it'll have its bad days just like anywhere else.

Does Vancouver see any more sun than Seattle?
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RE: Moving From Texas To Seattle...Advise?

Fri Jan 06, 2006 4:55 am

LY4XELD:
Congrats on the job at Boeing!  bigthumbsup 
Congrats on getting out of Texas!
Congrats on moving to Seattle!

Sounds like a step up.
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RE: Moving From Texas To Seattle...Advise?

Fri Jan 06, 2006 4:58 am

Quoting LY4XELD (Reply 2):
I'll be commuting from Seattle to Everett, so I'll be doing a counter commute, but I'd imagine it'll have its bad days just like anywhere else.

I'd recommend looking for a place in Everett (Snohomish county) where taxes are a little cheaper. Avoid living in King County if you can. There has been a lot of development of single family homes and townhomes in south Everett, where I live, which is right off 128th/Airport Rd. which you will drive on to get to Boeing.

Quoting LY4XELD (Reply 2):
Does Vancouver see any more sun than Seattle?

They both have very similar climates.
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RE: Moving From Texas To Seattle...Advise?

Fri Jan 06, 2006 4:58 am

Quoting LY4XELD (Thread starter):
Everyone here seems to be saying ... "Oh, it rains all the time...they have a lot of suicides." Or something that "you'll need to go to a tanning place to get sunlight". Is this true?

Despite how hard it's raining at this very moment, this reputation is a bit undeserved. The rain's never been bothersome for me, though it does get overcast quite often. This is the trade-off for the temperate climate. If you like the Texas heat and sun (which I don't) you'll be disappointed.

Quoting SlamClick (Reply 1):
I found the traffic to be more of an issue.

        

Seattle's no SoCal in terms of traffic, but it's close.



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RE: Moving From Texas To Seattle...Advise?

Fri Jan 06, 2006 5:04 am

Quoting Lentigomaligna (Reply 5):
If you like the Texas heat and sun (which I don't) you'll be disappointed.

I've learned to call it simply "The Hot". And when The Hot is here, it's here to stay. I do enjoy the summer in Seattle. And from what I've heard and seen, when it is nice, it's really nice.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 3):
LY4XELD:
Congrats on the job at Boeing!
Congrats on getting out of Texas!
Congrats on moving to Seattle!

Thanks!  spin 
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RE: Moving From Texas To Seattle...Advise?

Fri Jan 06, 2006 5:07 am

Quoting LY4XELD (Thread starter):
Any advise

I think a last minute trip to Buenos Aires would really ease the transition  Silly.
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RE: Moving From Texas To Seattle...Advise?

Fri Jan 06, 2006 5:12 am

Quoting LY4XELD (Thread starter):
First off, I've decided to leave my job in Texas and move to Seattle and work for Boeing.

Matt, you lucky da*n dog! I was in Seattle for only 4 days, and was ready to move there from Pa. Unfortunately, I'm not lucky enough to have a Boeing job waiting for me.
The weather when we were there (June 05) was pretty good. We left the East coast, and it was 90 and humid, and arrived in Seattle to a pleasant 70 and clear. It rained only one day when we were there. That was the Monday that we went up to Everett for the Boeing tour. Traffic wasn't too bad. We stayed near SEA-TAC and went to Everett via the I-405. Luckily, we had three people in the car, so we were able to travel the whole way in the diamond lane!  bigthumbsup  that was a real time saver. We left to go there about 8:30am, so rush hour was at full tilt. I have to concure with Slamclick though, the traffic seemed to be an issue just about everywhere we saw, especially the I-5. that's why we chose to go on the 405 instead. Only took us a little more than an hour to get there, and that was in the rain.
As far as the city goes, like I said, I was ready to move there after a four day visit. One guy told us that the rain thing is a misconception. Because Seattle is not on the coast, alot of the rain actually gets wrung out of the clouds as they come over the coastal mountains. Yes, Philly does get more rain per year than Seattle.
Anyway, that's my  twocents .
I envy you. I hope you have a great move and find seattle to be a place to call home.

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RE: Moving From Texas To Seattle...Advise?

Fri Jan 06, 2006 5:14 am

One of my friends and former coworkers just moved from Dallas to Seattle to work for Boeing  Smile She absolutely loves it up there. Rents are going to be higher than in Dallas or Houston, but I don't know by how much. Visit the flagship REI store up there, it is absolutely amazing! Good luck

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RE: Moving From Texas To Seattle...Advise?

Fri Jan 06, 2006 5:23 am

Thanks for the advise, everyone!

Quoting 777DadandJr (Reply 8):
I envy you. I hope you have a great move and find seattle to be a place to call home.

I'm dreading the move. Moving with my cats will be interesting!

Quoting MaverickM11 (Reply 7):
I think a last minute trip to Buenos Aires would really ease the transition .

Perhaps Big grin

Quoting Texan (Reply 9):
Rents are going to be higher than in Dallas or Houston, but I don't know by how much. Visit the flagship REI store up there, it is absolutely amazing! Good luck

Thanks! I found rents to be slightly higher, but it's real estate that's crazy. I own a condo in Dallas now and it'd be at least twice as much to purchase the same place in Seattle!

Ok...I think I'm feeling better that I won't be hurling myself off the nearest bridge!  Smile
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RE: Moving From Texas To Seattle...Advise?

Fri Jan 06, 2006 5:58 am

Quoting LY4XELD (Thread starter):
Moving From Texas To Seattle...Advise?

Do you mean "advice"?

Stay in Texas.
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RE: Moving From Texas To Seattle...Advise?

Fri Jan 06, 2006 6:05 am

Hey LY4XELD, welcome!

Unless you are really into the city lifestyle I suggest you take StevenUhl777's suggestion and consider an apartment further north. If you commute from Seattle, you will be doing a reverse commute, but around here the reverse commutes can be almost as bad as the regular ones. Also consider that thousands of people work at the Everett facility and that work hours tend to be pretty defined so I think you can get bad traffic coming and going around the plant. Apartments will also be cheaper a bit further north out of the city. Consider Lynnwood, South Everett, Edmonds, Brier, Mill Creek, or Bothell. Even Snohomish is not too bad, you can just scoot in on highway 2.

Your cats will be fine. Are you going to drive or fly them up? Hopefully they are already indoor-only cats. We do have coyotes and other critters around here that are not good for outdoor cats.

Yes, it does rain. Yes, it is pretty damned gray from about November through May. And it rains from mid-October through July 4. We get very few thunderstorms and it doesn't usually rain hard. It just tends to mist. One year not too long ago we had 93 days straight where it rained every day. Not all day every day, you understand, but at least some rain every day. That was a bit hard to deal with. The gray can get you down, but then that's the price we pay for the forests and lakes. And if it really gets you down, a flight to Phoenix or Hawaii is not that expensive. I try to get away in February or March just to get rejuvenated.

There really are few places more beautiful than Seattle in the summertime. July 5 through mid-October are just beautiful.

We moved out here from Southern Ontario when we were 23, fresh out of school, and have been here over ten years now. It's a great city. You'll also find that everybody is from somewhere else. I haven't come across many born and breds.

Good luck with your move! Let us know when you get up here and maybe we can get an A.nutters dinner together, or something.
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RE: Moving From Texas To Seattle...Advise?

Fri Jan 06, 2006 6:16 am

Quoting LY4XELD (Reply 10):
Moving with my cats will be interesting!

Eh just leave 'em. They're resilient.
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RE: Moving From Texas To Seattle...Advise?

Fri Jan 06, 2006 6:21 am

Quoting ScarletHarlot (Reply 12):

Thanks! My cats are indoor cats, and they'll be flying with me up to Seattle. I just want to keep the stress level to a minimum.

I'm tending to want to live closer to Seattle itself. I don't want to live downtown, but I heard good things about the Green Lake area 'cept that it's expensive.

I remember July 4 in Seattle when I was there in 2001 being quite cool...I had to wear a sweatshirt and people were "bundling up" (for July 4, it was bundling) to watch the fireworks on Elliott bay.

Quoting StuckinMAF (Reply 11):
Do you mean "advice"?

Sorry, one of my typos that is hard to see 'cause they both look right.
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RE: Moving From Texas To Seattle...Advise?

Fri Jan 06, 2006 7:12 am

Quoting LY4XELD (Reply 14):
I'm tending to want to live closer to Seattle itself.

Unless your politics lean way to the left, anywhere south of Snohomish County will drive you nuts.

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RE: Moving From Texas To Seattle...Advise?

Fri Jan 06, 2006 7:37 am

Good luck and congrats on your move. I've lived all over the country, and I keep heading back to Seattle. I can't think of place that offers a better combination of city, access to the outdoors, culture, etc.

Quoting LY4XELD (Reply 2):
I've heard of the famed Seattle traffic and the fact that they apparently drive UNDER the speed limit as opposed to Dallas where 10-15mph ABOVE it is the norm.

The only reason people drive under the limit in Seattle is because the traffic is backed up. You'll find that if there is an open stretch, they'll floor it. I used to commute from Seattle to Lakewood (S. of Tacoma) and the average speed was 70.

Quoting LY4XELD (Reply 2):
I'll be commuting from Seattle to Everett, so I'll be doing a counter commute, but I'd imagine it'll have its bad days just like anywhere else.

Actually there is no good day on that stretch of I-5. You won't have it as bad as the folks going the other way, but I-5 from Everett to Seattle is now #1 or #2 in the nation for backups, stock up on CDs for your car!

As for where you live it all depends on what type of lifestyle you want. I personally can't stand the suburbs (livedin Fed Way for 2 years), and when we move back this spring, we're targeting Ravena, Green Lake, Sand Point area. These provide great established (1920s) neighborhoods, easy access to both downtown and I-5, and moderate (for Seattle) home prices.
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RE: Moving From Texas To Seattle...Advise?

Fri Jan 06, 2006 8:27 am

Quoting Tod (Reply 15):
Unless your politics lean way to the left, anywhere south of Snohomish County will drive you nuts.

Nonsense! Try Bellevue...

I wouldn't worry too much about the weather, just as SlamClick said, it just rains a little bit a lot of the time. The winters are pretty gray around here, but anyone that's lived here for any length of time will tell you that the summers in Seattle make the dismal winters worth living through...simply amazing. I've lived in the Puget Sound region my entire life and wouldn't want to live anywhere else, it's fantastic.

If nothing else, it's a great place to live if you like aviation!
 
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RE: Moving From Texas To Seattle...Advise?

Fri Jan 06, 2006 8:50 am

Quoting Gunsontheroof (Reply 17):
Quoting Tod (Reply 15):
Unless your politics lean way to the left, anywhere south of Snohomish County will drive you nuts.

Nonsense! Try Bellevue...

You are correct, east of Lake Washington is a little better politically.
Affording to live in Belleveue is another issue.

Quoting Gunsontheroof (Reply 17):
I've lived in the Puget Sound region my entire life and wouldn't want to live anywhere else

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RE: Moving From Texas To Seattle...Advise?

Fri Jan 06, 2006 8:57 am

Quoting Tod (Reply 18):
You are correct, east of Lake Washington is a little better politically.

I didn't say it was better, just more conservative.  Wink

Quoting Tod (Reply 18):
Affording to live in Belleveue is another issue.

Very true. Woodinville/Bothell is quite a bit more affordable, but commuting to Seattle from the eastside is kind of a drag.
 
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RE: Moving From Texas To Seattle...Advise?

Fri Jan 06, 2006 9:02 am

Quoting Tod (Reply 15):
Unless your politics lean way to the left, anywhere south of Snohomish County will drive you nuts.

Or you could turn it around and say unless you like suburban Republicans, anything north of Northgate will drive you nuts.  Wink

Seriously, Seattle is no more/less liberal than any other city out there. I know plenty of 'bunny huggers' up in Monroe, and plent of NRA members on Capitol Hill (both wild generalizations I know).
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RE: Moving From Texas To Seattle...Advise?

Sat Jan 07, 2006 8:26 am

Pack an umbrella. We'll visit the Museum of Flight sometime.

Oh, and summers are usually on a Thursday, so keep an eye on the weather page.

Until you get here, study these "jokes". They describe us perfectly:

The Pacific Northwest According To Jeff Foxworthy

1. You know the state flower (mildew).

2. You feel guilty throwing aluminum cans or paper in the trash.

3. Use the statement "sun break" and know what it means.

4. You know more than 10 ways to order coffee.

5. You know more people who own boats than air conditioners.

6. You feel overdressed wearing a suit to a nice restaurant.

7. You stand on a deserted corner in the rain waiting for the "Walk" signal.

8. You consider that if it has no snow or has not recently erupted, it is not a real mountain.

9. You can taste the difference between Starbucks, Seattle's Best, and Veneto's.

10. You know the difference between Chinook, Coho, and Sockeye Salmon.

11. You know how to pronounce Sequim, Puyallup, Issaquah, Oregon, Yakima, and Willamette.

12. You consider swimming an indoor sport.

13. You can tell the difference between Japanese, Chinese, and Thai food.

14. In winter, you go to work in the dark and come home in the dark - while only working eight-hour days.

15. You never go camping without waterproof matches and a poncho.

16. You are not fazed by "Today's forecast: showers followed by rain," and "Tomorrow's forecast: rain followed by showers."

17. You have no concept of humidity without precipitation.

18. You know that Boring is a town in Oregon and not just a state of mind.

19. You can point to at least two volcanoes, even if you cannot see through the cloud cover.

20. You notice, "The mountain is out" when it is a pretty day and you can actually see it.

21. You put on your shorts when the temperature gets above 50, but still wear your hiking boots and parka.

22. You switch to your sandals when it gets about 60, but keep the socks on.

23. You have actually used your mountain bike on a mountain.

24. You think people who use umbrellas are either wimps or tourists.

25. You buy new sunglasses every year, because you cannot find the old ones after such a long time.

26. You measure distance in hours.

27. You often switch from "heat" to "a/c" in the same day.

28. You design your kid's Halloween costume to fit under a raincoat.

29. You know all the important seasons: Almost Winter, Winter, Still Raining (Spring), Road Construction (Summer), Deer & Elk Season (Fall).
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RE: Moving From Texas To Seattle...Advise?

Sat Jan 07, 2006 12:35 pm

LEAVE TEXAS?! Oh...North Texas. I am not too keen on that area myself. (love Austin and the Hill Country!) Have fun with Boeing up in Seattle. From what I have heard it's pretty nice up there. At least you won't have to worry about watering your yard....in January!

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RE: Moving From Texas To Seattle...Advise?

Sat Jan 07, 2006 2:17 pm

Quoting We're Nuts (Reply 21):
Until you get here, study these "jokes". They describe us perfectly:

Those are hilarious but eerily true... I'm good for at least 25 of the 29, and I don't even drink coffee!


Seattle in the winter can be a little depressing for some people (the current streak is a good example), but I've never had it get to me. Catching glimpses of the mountains or downtown Seattle skyscrapers through the mist is just part of the charm.

The rain and clouds do pay off in the end; Seattle summers are the best I've seen anywhere. As ScarlotHarlot said, summer here runs from early July to late September and sometimes into October, almost like clockwork. Expect mid-70s to mid-80s, pleasantly cool evenings, low humidity, and sunshine almost every day. Unlike most other parts of the country, grass and trees usually stay vivid green through the summer.

My favorite thing about the area is probably our mountains. If you're at all interested in hiking, camping, skiing, geology, vulcanology, etc., it's a paradise. Mt. Rainier is simply awe-inspiring, especially on a hot mid-summer day when those immense glaciers are still cold and gleaming white. You should have good views of Mt. Baker and maybe Glacier Peak from the Everett area as well, and on a very clear day from a tall building or a hilltop, you might see Mt. St. Helens sending up a steam plume on the southern horizon.



Boeing's latest baby passing by Mt. Rainier


The other big problem here is of course the traffic. I-5 and I-405 are usually a nightmare in either direction during rush hour, as are the floating bridges across the lake; God help you if there's a wreck on the 520 bridge. If you plan to live in Seattle, you might think about the Sounder commuter train between Seattle and Everett. Ridership is apparently not good, though, so it may not be very convenient. If you can find a place, living in Snohomish County is cheaper (taxes, cost of living) and would allow a much faster commute.

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RE: Moving From Texas To Seattle...Advise?

Sat Jan 07, 2006 2:37 pm

Quoting LY4XELD (Thread starter):
Any advise from those in Seattle or similar climates? Any tricks on beating the blues?

I live in the downtown area, Belltown, but the traffic is not really an issue for me. I'm going in the opposite direction to where the heavy traffic is

Quoting ScarletHarlot (Reply 12):
Consider Lynnwood, South Everett, Edmonds, Brier, Mill Creek, or Bothell. Even Snohomish is not too bad, you can just scoot in on highway 2.

Consider Shoreline, and Kenmore too. south of Lynnwood, and has somewhat better affordability compared to most of the rest of the area as far as rentals. Luckily, this year, King County relinquished the silly moronrail tax which brings the car reg fee back down to the statewide level. Enjoy living here, it grows on you like moss, and won't want to leave.
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RE: Moving From Texas To Seattle...Advise?

Sat Jan 07, 2006 3:21 pm

Welcome to my hometown!

First off, it dosen't rain as much in Seattle as we tell the Californians.  Wink

Seriously though, July to October make the grey drizzle the rest of the year bearable. It's fairly temprate even when the sun is out and it tends not to be that humid when it's warm. People complain about seasonal affective disorder, but if you're here long enough you just get used to the weather.

Also, I agree with everyone here regarding housing. You would do much better in the North End or South Snohomish County. Shoreline, Kenmore, Juanita, Lake Forest Park are all possibilities. You might also consider Mukilteo. It's just minutes from the Everett plant but it is an attractive little town that is the ferry terminal for Whidby Island.

Housing in Seattle is rediculously expensive and the traffic is really bad. I'd opt for something close to work.

Property taxes are lethal, as is the sales tax, but there is no income tax.

Hope the move goes well,

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RE: Moving From Texas To Seattle...Advise?

Sat Jan 07, 2006 3:24 pm

Quoting B2707SST (Reply 23):
Boeing's latest baby passing by Mt. Rainier

Here's another cool thing about living in Seattle. That same plane flew just east of my house today, quite low, on its way from BFI to PAE. Now THAT is totally cool.
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RE: Moving From Texas To Seattle...Advise?

Sat Jan 07, 2006 3:39 pm

Quoting LY4XELD (Thread starter):
Moving From Texas To Seattle...Advise?

Move back.
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RE: Moving From Texas To Seattle...Advise?

Sat Jan 07, 2006 3:56 pm

Even though it is far away from the rest of my family, I live in the PNW (PDX area) since the scenery here is unbelievable. The rain can get old, but the views and the green are a good trade off and during the late June, in SEA, the sun does not totally set until almost 10p. It's proably (not to say that there is no racism here) the least racist part of the US, in my opinion anyway and I have been and lived all over. I was going to recommend the south end (since during the 1 or 2 times a winter Seattle may get snow, that part usually gets the least amount), but I forgot you will be working in Everett. Marysville is fine. If you really want to live in peace and quiet, try Camino Island.
 
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RE: Moving From Texas To Seattle...Advise?

Sun Jan 08, 2006 9:49 am

Quoting Ctbarnes (Reply 25):
First off, it dosen't rain as much in Seattle as we tell the Californians.

Well put.
 
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RE: Moving From Texas To Seattle...Advise?

Mon Jan 09, 2006 3:16 am

Quoting Wobbles (Reply 28):
working in Everett. Marysville is fine. If you really want to live in peace and quiet, try Camino Island.

If you are coming into Boeing Everett from the north, traffic on I-5, just before the exit can be a drag. Get an early start schedule if you can, late arrivers end up parting way way out. Camano is nice but add at least half an hour past Marysville. That comute is starting to get heavy, but so far it's still moves fast most of the way. Myself, I live south of Stanwood and find it to be a good compromise.

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RE: Moving From Texas To Seattle...Advise?

Mon Jan 09, 2006 4:15 am

Welcome to the best city in the country!! (OK, I'm a totally biased Seattle native, everyone knows this..) But still, WELCOME!

Quoting LY4XELD (Reply 14):
I don't want to live downtown, but I heard good things about the Green Lake area 'cept that it's expensive.

Only the immediate area around Green Lake is pricy. I live less than a mile from the lake and bought my first house here... so it is possible to find good places. Try north of 85th -- this land was the last to be annexed by the city. You'll notice that's where the sidewalks end and other expected stuff is not there because the city never did anything after they annexed the land. My neighborhood has that 'unincorporated' feel to it -- I have a gravel ally to my garage, there are no sidewalks (which makes it LOOK a bit trashy) yet I'm still fairly deep in the city proper with all those good services and it's just a lot of working-class folks living their daily lives harmoniously. Interesting places. But DO NOT live within 4-5 blocks of Aurora Ave-- perhaps the only place in the city not worth living in. Stay close to or west of Greenwood/Phinny Ave. The other side of I-5 (east) is also good in the same area. Lake City could be a good area for you in the city -- close to Downtown yet good I-5/405 access to the north. Also has that unincorporated feel and lower prices, but with good city services. Again, be wary of anything close to Lake City Way (but it's not as bad as Aurora)

I loved Ballard when I lived there -- close to everything and reasonable. Walkable to everything you need and lots of activities. Freeway access not the best, though.

Quoting Tod (Reply 15):
Unless your politics lean way to the left, anywhere south of Snohomish County will drive you nuts.

Oh come on now! Plenty of closeted conservatives around, although it is true the city population is pretty diverse and left-leaning...but no more in general than most other urban cities. Sometimes I think it's not necessarily the city, but the urban-ness of a place that drives it's "liberalness" because of all the different types of poeple, all close together. All urban centers tend to have this quality, i think.

The thing to learn about Seattlites, especially naitives, is this: We're a generally liberal-thinking, yet reserved people. At the initial outset we seem cordial, yet superficial. We wait for the traffic light to cross the street. Honking a horn is a sin. Yet we rarely help others unless we are specifically asked. We have this outer "shell" that once you break through it you will find the inner gold of people and loyalty says a lot around here. I think this is just part of our group ethos -- all the overcast and grey weather tends to make us pretty inner-reflecting bastards a lot more than other places. But don't be fooled! We're "real" inside. Just work a tiny bit harder at making friends than you usually would.

Ohers may argue this, but this is what I've been told by other "transplants," especially when it comes to dating (don't know if that applies to you...) Of course you will have some instant friends from here at a.net, so you're transition will be fun!

Again, welcome!!!

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RE: Moving From Texas To Seattle...Advise?

Mon Jan 09, 2006 11:43 am

Dont let them fool you, the weather is that bad. Not the most in amount, but easily the most days of rain per year. After 20 years, I happily left. Went back for one year for a job and happily left again. Can't beat California weather. The drivers truly suck too. Something about driving slow in the passing lane seems to turn them on. In my experience, the worst drivers in the country. Maybe it has something to do with the Washington State Gestap-I mean Patrol with their entrapment traps. In fairness, it is beautiful, when you can see it through the clouds. 2 months a year is not enough.
 
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RE: Moving From Texas To Seattle...Advise?

Tue Jan 10, 2006 12:12 am

Quoting Charlib52 (Reply 31):
Quoting Tod (Reply 15):
Unless your politics lean way to the left, anywhere south of Snohomish County will drive you nuts.

Oh come on now! Plenty of closeted conservatives around,

Plenty is kind of a strong word for the less than 20 percent of the population that vote against Congressman (Baghdad) Jim McDermott ever time around.



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RE: Moving From Texas To Seattle...Advise?

Tue Jan 10, 2006 12:48 am

Quoting Charlib52 (Reply 31):
Welcome to the best city in the country!! (OK, I'm a totally biased Seattle native, everyone knows this..) But still, WELCOME!

Wow, I didn't go online much this weekend and didn't realize people were still posting on my thread! Thanks!  Smile

Quoting Wobbles (Reply 28):
Even though it is far away from the rest of my family, I live in the PNW (PDX area) since the scenery here is unbelievable. The rain can get old, but the views and the green are a good trade off and during the late June, in SEA, the sun does not totally set until almost 10p

I've accepted the fact that although I'll probably miss the sunny days in winter in Texas, I'll actually be able to go outside in the summer and not suffocate because of the heat. And ANY scenery is better than NO scenery in DFW (my new office area has a view of the Cascades, Mt. Baker and Mt. Rainier, when it's clear of course  Smile )
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RE: Moving From Texas To Seattle...Advise?

Wed Jan 11, 2006 4:31 am

23 days straight of rain. Woo! This is not what I love about Seattle. We are having mudslides now, since it has rained so much. It POURED last night.
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RE: Moving From Texas To Seattle...Advise?

Wed Jan 11, 2006 4:33 am

Quoting ScarletHarlot (Reply 35):
23 days straight of rain. Woo! This is not what I love about Seattle. We are having mudslides now, since it has rained so much. It POURED last night.

Why should we in the Bay Area have all the fun  Wink

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RE: Moving From Texas To Seattle...Advise?

Wed Jan 11, 2006 5:35 am

I've lived out this way for just over a year now. Currently work for Boeing as well. Let me be real with you. The weather does suck most of the year. Plain and simple. But the area is beautiful and if you're an outdoorsy person you'll love it. I live in Everett because it's close to the Boeing campus and I can be at work in less than 10 minutes. It actually takes me longer to walk from the parking lot to my office than the drive itself. However, Everett is not an ideal place to live. You did the right thing by moving closer to Seattle. That's where all the action is anyway. Good luck with everything. If you're on the 787 program you'll definitely be busy.
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RE: Moving From Texas To Seattle...Advise?

Wed Jan 11, 2006 6:11 am

Quoting ScarletHarlot (Reply 35):
23 days straight of rain.

Okay, but was it dry rain or an actual "wet" rain? You know, were you tempted to run to-from your car?

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RE: Moving From Texas To Seattle...Advise?

Wed Jan 11, 2006 6:50 am

Quoting SlamClick (Reply 38):
Okay, but was it dry rain or an actual "wet" rain? You know, were you tempted to run to-from your car?

Yesterday it was wet rain - I did run from the car into the grocery store. Looks like more of the same today! I woke up this morning to no power. I do live rather in the boonies so this is not unusual, but it always seems to happen when we have high wind or heavy rain.
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RE: Moving From Texas To Seattle...Advise?

Wed Jan 11, 2006 7:34 am

Weather report says 7 more days. My friends on Vashon are on slide alert for their cabin - the whole NW slope is unstable and waterlogged.
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