Everywhere we go, and I mean EVERYWHERE, I am asked about my accent. So much so that people here don’t even comment on how tall I am (something that I’m accustomed to); they only want to know where I’m from. In addition to the way people talk, there are several other differences that I’ve noticed when comparing living in Washington to living in Tennessee.
8 things that separate the Humidity Capital of the World from the Coffee Capital of the World:
Sweet Tea – This doesn’t exist here. You can get just about every other flavor of tea that you could dream of besides sweet. It’s been very hard for this sweet tea lover to adapt.
No A.C. – Most houses, apartments, and businesses in our area don’t have air conditioning. That’s right, NO A.C.! I know, it was hard for me to believe, too. It’s because it never really gets hot here, so people just open their windows. Our house has no A.C., and we had the windows open from the beginning of June until late September.
Coffee – People here drink coffee like it’s water. They drink it with breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. There are little coffee huts on almost every corner, about the size of a shed. And on a few corners, you can even find a bikini coffee hut where the baristas make and serve you coffee in their bikinis – don’t even get me started.
Clothes – No monograms or Matilda Jane here . . . just lots of flannel and comfy shoes. People here are much more casual and laid back about everything, including their clothes.
Sundays – Nearly everything is open on Sundays; most shops and restaurants close on Mondays instead.
Ma’am and Sir – You won’t hear “yes ma’am” or “no sir” unless you’re on the Naval base.
Church – Slim pickings! There aren’t churches scattered all throughout town, although there are a few. The few that we do have in town here typically only have one service on one day a week, Sunday mornings. That puts a lot of pressure on you to get your butt out of bed on Sunday!
Food – People here like fish; so much so that it’s served at places like the Mariner’s games. Almost every restaurant uses local veggies, and of course everything is organic – even the ketchup.