Seattle: beautiful place to visit, horrible place to live

Submitted 6 years 1 month ago by maxpain.

The people are the most self-congratulatory, self-obsessed lot I’ve ever encountered in a city populous outside of San Francisco, not to mention socially-inept and awkward. Talking with your average Seattleite is like talking to a sixteen year old kid with Aspergers who spends 2/3rds of their time on the internet looking at anime. If you look like you spent more than four minutes preening yourself before exiting your apartment and are wearing anything other than earth-toned sweaters and khakis, you will get sneers and derisive looks from tattooed, pierced, hobo-replicating citizenry. People talk about folks from LA being flakes? No. In LA you can get ten coworkers, friends, and acquaintances to go out to a bar with relative ease. In Seattle? Good luck…

Seattle is one of the many places I’ve been that have the largest amount of socially challenged people. This place is so much of a sociology nightmare, that my friends that live elsewhere think I’m lying when I tell them about my experiences here. How does a place rooted in hippie culture have such a high level of isolationism and pretentiousness?

All the stereotypes about Seattle and rain don’t begin to scratch the surface. Take a bunch of socially inept, backward, unattractive people and put them in a crumbling, moldy, overcast, depressing looking city. Instill them with no sense of work ethic (or even rudimentary driving skills), but grant them a huge sense of entitlement. Then listen to them talk about how superior they think they are to the rest of the country (which they either fled from or have never visited). Give about 70% of them a companion dog that they dote on in lieu of human interaction. That’s Seattle.

I was surprised to see how boring the major art museum is, how ugly the new library is and how little there was for me to do after three days. I’ve been to many other real cities in the world; Seattle is not a city. It was formed as a boom-town; it remains a minor outpost now filled with arrogant people who yearn only to get rich quick; it remains a boom-town. The people are self-centered and small-minded. I suppose I would not be writing this if I had not run in to so many people from Seattle who seem to think they live in a world class city. When I visit a new place I like to discover for myself what is good about it, and I would like Settle better if I hadn’t been bombarded with the hype that it is such a great place.

Again, the people are rude for no reason, uptight, asexual, unfriendly, obnoxious, narrow-minded, hypocritical, hypercritical, phony, flabby, sloppy, stinky, passive-aggressive, self-entitled, stingy, tattooed, tattooed, tattooed, conceited, DEEPLY insecure, wooden, devoid of expression, and refuse to smile, laugh, make eye contact, dance, frolic, or otherwise suggest that they are perhaps enjoying themselves.


Aleksey's picture

You've described the city very well. The boom town get rich quickly mentality appears to be a large part of Seattle. I've encountered it in everyone, from managers to doctors to financial advisers. (My Ed. Jones advisor is so flaky and obviously looking for a quick killing, it's horrifying.) After four months of that guy not answering my questions and trying to sell me products I don't need, I am taking my money away from him. And I think I am taking myself out of this horrible town as well. Boom town predators. That's what this town is all about.