Local traditions and culture in Seattle

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    Gasworks Park

    by frankcanfly Written Oct 15, 2005

    This park was once the location of an old gas plant that burned coal, can you imagine? There are still remainders of the plant evident as you walk around. It's now a fine example of Industrial Art.

    It's located right on Lake Union, and offers great views of downtown.

    I enjoyed the Statue of Liberty head that was inflated on the top of the hill to celebrate Independence Day.

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    Seattle Advocates

    by jamiesno Updated May 29, 2005

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    When I was in Vancouver, Canada I remember seeing advocates around and here in Seattle on the Underground Tour I saw this saying that said Leave Vietnam!

    It was obvious that Seattle has a history of being advocates as well.

    It is clear that on the west coast of the United States their values and politics are pretty liberal and that's a good thing I would suggest.

    Historic Leave Vietnam scratches

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    Smile!

    by jamiesno Updated May 29, 2005

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    I thought this guy had the right attitute so I asked if I could take his picture. He then had the Seattle spirit and was quick to request his identity not be put on the Internet!

    They are all Internet savy in Seattle!

    Local encouraging others to smile!

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    Tacoma / Seattle Rivalry

    by jamiesno Updated May 13, 2005

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    Throughout my visit I found it humorous that there was a rivalry between Tacoma and Seattle. I can only speak from the Seattle perspective but it was noticable that Seattleites enjoyed making jokes about Tacoma. Enroute to Mount St. Helen's the guide first alerted me that this was actually a regular activity and part of the culture in the area.

    It all started to finally make sense when I then went on the Underground Tour and started to learn some of the local history. When the Puget Sound was first settled there was a lot of competition between Seattle and Tacoma and all other early settlements like Centralia and Olympia. For example they competed for the official "Capital" status, who would get the university and so forth. Tacoma seemed to get a feather in its hat when it was decided in the early days that the railroad would terminate in Tacoma leaving Seattle in the lurch. I think this was one of the very early bones of contention. Seattle would later get its own railroad as well because of the famous Seattle will and spirit.

    In the end I think it is clear Seattle has blossomed into the superior city. To give an example of the Seattle spirit and the rivalry when I was on the Underground Tour my guide Lucy explained the history of this early Seattle water system. She explained how city workers uncovered the peice of history and then called Bill Speidel to ask what it was. He promptly called a press release and claimed to have found it generating great press and increased sales for his tour. That enterprising spirt.

    She then explained how one was put on display for the tour and the rest where generously donated to the city of Tacoma so they could upgrade their water system. That is the rivalry :-).

    If you listen closely you will enjoy this sort of rhetoric on your trip as well. Cheers and may the best man win :-)

    Early Seattle water system.

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    Boating & Sailing

    by davequ Updated May 6, 2005

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    Over the years lots of my friends and co-workers in the Seattle area have acquired their own boats, and could you think of a better place to do that, with so much water and beautiful scenery?

    You haven't lived until you peek out a high floor window over the sound on a sunny afternoon and watch all the locals sailing, boating, and even paragliding in and over Elliott Bay.

    In the picture at left is a little boat that went chugging quietly past me, headed west on Elliott Bay across Puget Sound to Eagle Harbor & Bainbridge Island, with the Olympic range in the far background.

    Sailing....
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    THE SUPERSONICS!!!!

    by Summer33 Written Dec 10, 2004

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    Ahhh I love this team, right now 12/10/04 we are 17-3....what a record! WIth Luke Ridinour helping lead us to victory, Luke is my favorite on the team because of the simple fact that he helped Oregon become number 2 in the nation when I was going to school there. We use to watch every game there at McArthur court for free, now we have to pay $25 a seat (for the cheap seats anyways) to watch him...but its well worth it. We have a great team and I'm proud!

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    Perpetually 1992

    by Carmanah Written Sep 7, 2004

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    If part of your motivation coming to Seattle has to do with fullfilling your teenage desires of seeing the birthplace of grunge, you'll be happy to know that the local Seattle FM radio station, 107.7 The End, is permanently locked in the early 90's. While driving around the Seattle area, tuning into The End will provide you with endless hours of Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Hole, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Screaming Trees, Smashing Pumpkins, etc, etc, etc. It's like 1992 never went away.

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    SEA FAIR

    by Summer33 Written Sep 2, 2004

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    Every august on Lake Washington is sea fair, a fabulous celebration with the blue angels and all the hydroplane races, we always watch it from the shore at ghetto places because we dont' have a boat or money to pay to get into the "special" park with the best views but it's still fun. Our house has a view of lake washinton and we can watch the blue angels up close and personal for a couple days before sea fair while they practice, a must do if your ever in Seattle in August. Here is one of the best and most close up pics I got of one of them, they are to darn fast!

    Blue angels
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    University Village

    by Summer33 Written Jun 1, 2004

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    Couldn't decide whether to put this in the tourist trap or local customs I decided to put it here because I think it's mostly crowded with locals rather then tourists nevertheless this place has grown with leaps and bounds in the last decade. When I was young all there was in U-Village as we call it was a lamonst, QFC, Ernest and a bowling alley. Now you can find every fancy pants shop you can name along with 3 starbucks which is absolutely ridiculous if you knew how big this place is. If you want to do some shopping and downtown just isn't the place for you then give the village a try, they have a ton of great restaurants and they actually just built a big parking garage which I think you'll soon have to pay for once this strip of new stores opens its doors this summer.

    U-Village sign
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    OUR NEW LIBRARY

    by Summer33 Updated May 25, 2004

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    Oh I'm so excited to go see this new library, it just opened downtown 2 days ago (5/23/04). With 11 floors, 320 public use computers, 362,987 sq. feet and 49,000 sq. feet of parking you can't miss this!! I will be sure to update this when I visit it this weekend. Check out my travelouges for more pics.

    Seattle Central library
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    Sunday and Farmers Markets

    by Summer33 Written May 25, 2004

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    There are hundreds of sunday and farmers markets in Seattle in the summer and I'm going to share a few of the best and most worthy with you all hope you enjoy.
    BALLARD SUNDAY MARKET
    5300 block of Ballard
    Sunday from 10-4pm April-Nov
    11-3pm December-March
    Amazing fresh fruit and vegetables that last for weeks at a time, something your not use to with store bought veggies and fruit. Check out the great wines sold by market vendors as well.

    FREMONT SUNDAY MARKET
    Year round Sunday 10-5pm
    This is more of a european flea market rather then a farmers market. There is more then 150 booths to browse from and tons of locally made handbags, jewelry, soap, candles, vintage clothes, leather and even those "water pipes" for you stoners out there.

    There are also markets in the University district, Lake City, Magnolia, west Seattle, and Columbia City. If you have additional questions about those feel free to email me.

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    Morning talk radio

    by Summer33 Written Feb 26, 2004

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    If for some reason your up early while here be sure to tune into Robin and Maynard on 100.7 the buzz between 5 and 10. These guys have been around forever and in my humble opinion about the best morning talk show you'll find.

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  • Take the Metro!

    by mrbassman03 Written Sep 11, 2003

    Seattle has a great Metro bus service that goes everywhere in Seattle and to neighboring cities, such as Mercer Island, Bellevue, and Kirkland. The bus tunnels are great fun to ride in, and the fares are extremely reasonable. ($5 for an all day pass) There are bus stops everywhere, and it is very easy to transfer between them. Find the entrances to the bus tunnels by the Bon-Marche, by Pioneer Square, and in the International District. Another great way to save more money is to park for free at the Park & Ride on Mercer Island (take I-90) and take bus route 550 into the city. It goes through the underground tunnels, and stops right by all tourist attractions.

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    You might be from the Pacific Northwest if:...

    by joyryd Written Jun 12, 2003

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    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, 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."
    18. You have no concept of humidity without precipitation.
    20. You can point to at least two volcanoes, even if you cannot see through the cloud cover.
    21. You notice "the mountain is out" when it is a pretty day and you can actually see it.
    22. You put on your shorts when the temperature gets above 50, but still wear your hiking boots and parka.
    24. You have actually used your mountain bike on a mountain.
    25. You think people who use umbrellas are either wimps or tourists.
    26. You knew immediately that the view out of
    Frasier's window was fake.
    27. You buy new sunglasses every year, because you can't find the old ones after such a long time.
    28. You measure distance in hours.
    29. You often switch from "heat" to "a/c" in the same day.
    30. You use a down comforter in the summer.

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    Making reservations at restaurants in Seattle

    by joiwatani Updated Aug 20, 2012

    It is best to make reservations to restaurants in Seattle especially in fine dining especially on Fridays and Saturdays. People in Seattle like to go dining on Fridays after work.

    VT Meeting at Marrakesh Restaurant in Seattle
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