Now, don't get me wrong... I love the Seattle area. I have lived here my entire life! We are blessed with gorgeous mountains, lakes, the Puget Sound, the rivers and streams, and the Pacific Ocean! We have beautiful tall Evergreens all around! It truly is a wonderful place to call home. But, I have been told by a few people over the years, that we are a little "cold" "unwelcoming" "unpleasant" and yes even "rude" and "Stuck Up"! I myself have done a little bit of traveling, but not enough to compare other parts of the country and say that we are lacking in the hospitality department.
If it is true, why are we like this? We get a lot of rain here. Is that the reason why we have our clouds in our eyes all the time? I notice things that coincide with the stories that I've heard from people that have moved here from out of state. I have looked people in the eye when I'm talking to them (after all, I'm not talking to the wall behind them now, am I?) but I've noticed people don't always look back.
I was talking to a neighbor of mine the other day, a nice husband and wife from Texas. They explained to me that they go into the same local grocery store everyday and say hi to the same people on a daily basis. They have been here for over 7 months and last week the people they see everyday started to recognize them, finally! They said that in the south, the people in the local grocery store would know your life story by the 3rd day! Not because they are being nosey, but because they care to make you feel welcome and get to know their neighbors.
I have also heard that our personalities while driving are insane! We get bent out of shape over the smallest mistake. In other parts of the country people actually allow you to make a mistake while driving. They give you the benefit of the doubt. Maybe you are new to the area you are driving in. Wow! You mean, it's possible to make a mistake and not get the dreaded eye-roll or the finger or someone yelling obscenities at you out of their car window?!
At the airport in other parts of the country, people will help you. If you are elderly, or have your hands full someone will offer to help you with your luggage. Someone told me a story about flying into SeaTac to visit. She had her new born baby in one arm and a toddler in her free hand, she asked for help, and no one helped. Then someone rolled her eyes and made a snide comment about people "thinking the world revolves around them". In the end she got her luggage, but with no help from anyone!
Have you heard any stories like this? What about the rest of the country? I'm curious if Seattleites need a lesson in manners? I never realized that this phenomenon might be isolated to just the Seattle area...