After the first few days I spent in Seattle, I kept wondering what was up with the rumored "Seattle Freeze." A quick scan through the cons of moving to Seattle had left me with the impression that people wouldn't be particularly friendly there (on the street, in stores, in restaurants, etc). I didn't find that to be the case at all. Every stranger I came across was suitably friendly, if not downright fun to talk to. So I asked my friend, Jamie, to explain why people always talk about this "freeze," of which I had seen no evidence, whatsoever. I also started referring to it as the Snickelfritz. Just because. "This chick has a serious case of the Snickelfritz." Doesn't that sound so much more interesting?
Anyway, Jamie took the time to explain to me that it's actually about making friends in Seattle - it seems it is often hard to do, even for people who are pretty outgoing. I am not-so-outgoing, but I have already been adopted by a few lovely people, thanks to their friendships with a dear friend of mine who lives there. Still...does my future in Seattle hold some hermitting? And would that bother me?
Here is the definition of the Seattle Freeze according to UrbanDictionary.com:
A phrase that describes a local public consensus that states the city of Seattle and/ or its outlying suburbs are generally not friendly, asexual, introverted, socially aloof, clickish or strictly divided through its social classes, thus making the city/ area difficult to make social connections on all levels.So will I, a year from now, be writing a post in which I kvetch about my friendlessness? I might just be so awkward and introverted myself that I won't notice people being standoffish. Or perhaps I will become a hermit, living on a Seattle hillside, who occasionally comes down to the city for hugs from those select few whom have been hugged into submission in the past (Jonie!), would hug me into submission if I didn't visit (Steph!) or adopted me because Jenn made them (everyone else!).
Wait...am I going to be in a co-dependent relationship with Seattle in which the city totally enables the worst of my personality?
In any case, all you can do when checking out a new place to live is to make sure you are somewhat prepared, at least mentally, for what it may be like. And really, no city will be entirely perfect (and every one will have good and bad surprises). I will be the first to admit that I have no idea if I'll suffer from the drabs from the constantly overcast Seattle winters. I won't know until I've fully experienced one. What I do know is that I felt instantly at home when I visited (and for the duration of my trip). The more I read about it, the more I want to be there now. I'm also happy to have isolated the two biggest cons and am excited to share some of the pros I discovered on this blog. Including tater tots. Tater tots and biscuits. But not together. Well, maybe. Oh, you. just. wait.