You might be from Olympia if...

Managing Real Estate Broker with Riley Jackson Real Estate Inc.

1.  Rain or shine, you wouldn't miss the annual Procession of the Species parade during Spring Arts Walk.

2.  You'll shop at least at one of these places: The CoOp, Trader Joe's or the Farmer's Market.

3. Your coffee order is a minimum of 10 words. For example: "I'd like an iced, venti, non fat caramel macchiato, light on the drizzle."

4. It makes your day when "The Mountain Is Out"

5. You own at least one of the following: Birkenstock sandals, solar panels, a hybrid car.

6. You're either a 12th Man or a Sounders fan

7. You know not to head north on I-5 on Sunday late afternoons

8. You don't need to own an umbrella because you have appropriate rain gear

9. You know the Flower Lady and the Kissing Couple

10. You know how to pronounce "Puyallup" "Sequim" and "Sequalitchew"

11. You actually go down-town to see the annual return of the salmon nature spectacle at the 4th Ave. bridge.



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Sandy Nelson

Olympia Realtor®

Our community is important to me. I take pride in our beautiful locality, and our quality of life.


Feel free to contact me for questions about local attractions, events, or real estate information.



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mary s.

You misspelled Olympia.

Apr 08, 2015 01:07 PM #1
Penny B

You didn't spell the name of our town correctly.  It's OLYMPIA

Apr 08, 2015 01:11 PM #2
Dan Tabit
Keller Williams Bellevue - Sammamish, WA

Hi Sandy, 

I have Puyallup & Sequim down, but you lost me, a WA native with Sequalitchew.

Apr 08, 2015 03:25 PM #3
Sandy Nelson
Riley Jackson Real Estate Inc. - Olympia, WA
your Olympia area Realtor

Dan, can you imagine how hard it was for me, a German native, to figure out how to pronounce those towns?

Apr 09, 2015 01:00 AM #4
Sandy Nelson
Riley Jackson Real Estate Inc. - Olympia, WA
your Olympia area Realtor

Mary and Penny,


Thanks for pointing out the typo and for reading my blog post. Much appreciated.

Apr 09, 2015 01:01 AM #5
Retired from ActiveRain
Baker, OR

Sandy, As a fellow resident of the Pacific Northwest, I can relate to many of your observations.  I've driven through Olympia many times on my way to visit my wife's family in the Tacoma and Seattle areas, but never explored the city itself.  I do look forward to seeing the state capitol as I'm heading north on I-5.  Thank you for participating in the ActiveRain contest.

Apr 09, 2015 10:37 AM #6
Sandy Nelson
Riley Jackson Real Estate Inc. - Olympia, WA
your Olympia area Realtor

Rick, When you stop in Olympia to see the Capitol, don't miss the Farmer's Market and the Board Walk downtown.

Apr 10, 2015 01:21 AM #7
Claude Labbe
Real Living | At Home - Washington, DC
Realty for Your Busy Life

I love Washington state, but you folks just have to move on without me when you start pronouncing your place names.  Unique, that I'll grant you.

Beautiful country.

Apr 30, 2015 11:01 AM #8
Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
Marketing in the Digital Age

Spoken like a true Northwesterner :O) Sandy Nelson ... I enjoy conversations with friends talking about how easy it is to spot those that are "not" from around these parts... They have umbrellas in the rain. Fun read! Thanks...

May 05, 2015 05:27 AM #9
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