24 things that let you know you’re done with Seattle

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The Jet City can be a bit much.  Here are 24 endings of the sentence,

Levi Pulkkinen,

April 9, 2020Updated: April 13, 2020, 6:41 am

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The Jet City can be a bit much.

Here are 24 endings of the sentence: “You know it’s time to leave Seattle when …”

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They make less than $ 70,000 a year.2of24

They make less than $ 70,000 a year.

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You're still on the fence to buy a decent raincoat.3of24

You’re still on the fence to buy a decent raincoat.

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They think a sunset should happen after work.4thof24

They think a sunset should happen after work.

You dream of voting for a local Republican sometime before your death.5of24

You dream of voting for a local Republican sometime before your death.

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You have just figured out what it takes to buy a house.6thof24

You have just figured out what it takes to buy a house.

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You stay inside when it rains.7thof24

You stay inside when it rains.

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You just figured out what you could buy in Minneapolis if you sold the artisan you bought in 2002.8thof24

You just figured out what you could buy in Minneapolis if you sold the artisan you bought in 2002.

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You realize that a Seattle without a viaduct is not a Seattle you want to live in.9of24

You realize that a Seattle without a viaduct is not a Seattle you want to live in.

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You think of summer as a season that starts in June.10of24

You think of summer as a season that starts in June.

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You want to find a friend.11of24

You want to find a friend.

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You and your spouse college sweetheart have been out here since 2012 and still are 12thof24

You and your spouse-partner college sweetheart have been out here since 2012 and still go home to the Midwest twice a year to visit the increasingly expectant non-grandparents.

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You like to drive near the speed limit.13thof24

You like to drive near the speed limit.

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They really want everyone to leave so this can be an empty city with low housing costs.14thof24

They really want everyone to leave so this can be an empty city with low housing costs.

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Your path to starting a family includes WIC vouchers and a one bedroom apartment even though you have a Masters degree.15thof24

Your path to starting a family includes WIC vouchers and a one bedroom apartment even though you have a Masters degree.

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You take the 45 minute walk from Renton so you can have a dishwasher.16of24

You take the 45 minute walk from Renton so you can have a dishwasher.

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You no longer have technical brothers to meet on OK Cupid.17thof24

You no longer have technical brothers to meet on OK Cupid.

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You dreamed of having a savings account.18thof24

You dreamed of having a savings account.

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You can only take so many rich socialists kicking sidewalk sleepers.19thof24

You can only take so many rich socialists kicking sidewalk sleepers.

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You think grunge music sucks and you want to live that truth.20thof24

You think grunge music sucks and you want to live that truth.

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You heard that Major League Baseball has playoffs and you want to see something like that.21stof24

You heard that Major League Baseball has playoffs and you want to see something like that.

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They don't understand $ 7 beers.22ndof24

They don’t understand $ 7 beers.

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You want joints for less than $ 15.23of24

You want joints for less than $ 15.

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They watch the weather on the east coast and the missing seasons.  See Also ... Seattle Quiz: Washington History - The Good, The Bad, The Bizarre 15 Things People Say That Show They Are Not From Seattle How well do you know the story behind Seattle's landmarks?  Take our quiz in Seattle: How do you pronounce Puget, Salish, or Renton?24of24

They watch the weather on the east coast and the missing seasons.

See also…

Seattle Quiz: Washington History – the Good, the Bad, the Bizarre

15 things people say show they’re not from Seattle

How well do you know the story behind Seattle’s landmarks?

Take our quiz in Seattle: How do you pronounce Puget, Salish, or Renton?

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Seattle is not for everyone.

It was already zombifyingly dark and damp and this joyless 38 degree cold. Now it’s expensive and also full of rich people.

In the past, having a big house in Bellevue or Mercer Island meant being rich. Now it’s an apartment between the Seattle Center and downtown and a place for your Tesla.

Wealthy pioneers flock to the emerald city. Seattle remains one of the fastest growing places in the country at a time when the bright and rich people of the country are storming out to coastal cities.

Whether her arrival will be good for the Seattle scene is the current debate. What is clear is that not all of them will make it through. Check out the gallery above to see how newcomers (or sick locals) know it’s time to make cheese.

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Levi is a reporter for seattlepi.com