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aaangyl
aaangyl
YES WE CAN HAS!
Fri, May. 9th, 2008 07:12 pm
// Is there something in the coffee? /

In Safeway, headphones on, minding my own business, shopping.

Guy goes by with one of the car-buggies kids love. Two kids in it. He parks the buggy and shops. I notice the kids waving frantically, pull my headphones. They talk all over each other, assaulting me with a barrage of enthusiastic pronouncements.

"Hi! We like you a lot!"
"You're very pretty and we like your Tigger!" (referring to my tiger-character backpack)
"We also like Pooh too!"
"Yeah but we like Tigger more!"
"Yeah. Will you be our friend and play with us and Daddy?"

At which point their daddy returns from down the aisle, looking mostly embarrassed. "They...like my tigger, I guess," I say, pointing to my backpack. He shuffles them off, not making eye contact, and they carry on shouting and waving at me until I'm out of sight.

I wonder at what point Seattle people go from exuberantly extraverted kids (which seem to be the norm here) to quiet, shy, withdrawn adults (which also seem to be the norm here)?

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agentsteel53
agentsteel53
Danger Moose
Sat, May. 10th, 2008 02:39 am (UTC)

the real question is: how do shy, withdrawn adults meet and procreate?


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resipisco
resipisco
Liberator of Skies
Sat, May. 10th, 2008 06:55 pm (UTC)

Microsoft.


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aaangyl
aaangyl
YES WE CAN HAS!
Tue, May. 13th, 2008 02:52 am (UTC)

Hahahahahahahahahahahaha.


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aaangyl
aaangyl
YES WE CAN HAS!
Tue, May. 13th, 2008 02:57 am (UTC)

They hook up in rehab. Or on Aurora Ave. Or maybe they share their social on their Zunes?


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turbogrrl
turbogrrl
turbogrrl
Sat, May. 10th, 2008 02:57 am (UTC)

I think they were trying to find daddy a new playmate.


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aaangyl
aaangyl
YES WE CAN HAS!
Tue, May. 13th, 2008 03:00 am (UTC)

My mom says I used to try to invite homeless people to the house for dinner, I was so hypersocial when I was little. I bet this was like that. ;)


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aaangyl
aaangyl
YES WE CAN HAS!
Tue, May. 13th, 2008 02:55 am (UTC)

It's...interesting. I actually LIKE the fact that I don't walk around with this sensation of all the people around me wanting to invade my head and have my attention and get me to go to their parties or work at their companies or date them or do art with them or whatever. I've never been very good at describing how or why the Bay felt so personally invasive to me, but at this point I'd say I'd take a bunch of shy withdrawn people that I can manage over the constant psychic crush of being in the Bay - that got really wearying!


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resipisco
resipisco
Liberator of Skies
Sat, May. 10th, 2008 06:55 pm (UTC)

Seattle: where the shy go to become depressed.


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aaangyl
aaangyl
YES WE CAN HAS!
Tue, May. 13th, 2008 02:52 am (UTC)

Or vitamin D deficient anyway!


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phoebe_k
phoebe_k
phoebe_k
Sat, May. 10th, 2008 07:38 pm (UTC)

Yanno, I can't say my experience fits that description, exactly. In Seattle, I've made friends in bookstores and scored professional contacts out of people who talked to me at the bus stop. People chat with me every day in the supermarket, at cafes, just walking down the street. I do think there's a "freeze" whereby the locals don't want to give you their phone number or invite you into their houses for the first year they know you, esp. if you still have that "new-from-California" smell, and the dating scene is more like the "hanging out scene"... but they're hardly quiet, shy, and withdrawn. Actually, I wish people would shut the hell up from time to time in this town. Like those rowdy #$^%ers on the bus after every #$&*ing Mariners game.


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aaangyl
aaangyl
YES WE CAN HAS!
Tue, May. 13th, 2008 02:50 am (UTC)

I should note that West Seattle (which is mostly Santa Cruz) and the more urban areas like downtown weren't included in my generalization. I was thinking about the suburbia I live and shop in, north seattle around greenlake. Granted, I might just smell "new from California".


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phoebe_k
phoebe_k
phoebe_k
Tue, May. 13th, 2008 05:28 pm (UTC)

Ah, yeah--I see what you mean. My friendly experiences have been in: Queen Anne, downtown/id, Fremont, Ballard, Capitol Hill, U-district, and West Seattle. North Seattle does seem quieter. when I hang out in Greenwood (a neighborhood I absolutely love btw) I have this sense that they all know it's not where I live, somehow. It took me a very long time to develop "regularhood" at Diva Espresso there. I say give it time... :-)


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ilcylic
ilcylic
Custos Amissarum Viarum
Sun, May. 25th, 2008 03:45 am (UTC)

Kids tend to be outgoing until they've been abused "enough", by their parents, their teachers, older kids, bigger kids, smarter kids, dumber kids, whatever.

If we'd stop torturing children as they grow up, we'd have a happier world. Of course, that would probably require a population of adults who weren't angry at the universe and withdrawn, leading to a rather depressing chicken-and-egg problem.


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