We've lived in Seattle for more than five years now, and it's very different here from living in the South. There are fundamental cultural differences as I described in 2019. I've run into people who love Seattle and people who hate Seattle. Ever since we've moved here I have been trying to develop a list of "cutting questions" to identify whether you might identify as a Seattleite.
By "cutting question," I mean a question where the answer is indicative of a broad swathe of other questions. This is the approach that Gallup's "Q12" employee engagement survey uses: Gallup identified twelve questions, such as "do you have a best friend at work," that distill the knowledge they've learned about employee engagement.
All that said, here are the questions:
- Are you happy to sort your trash into landfill waste, recycling, and compost?
- If someone in a jester costume skips down the sidewalk near you, are you cool with that?
- Are you content not to have access to a private yard?
- Do you feel that the sun is too bright?
If you answer yes to all four, you could identify as a Seattlite! If you answer no to all four, don't move here!