I'm a mother of three, 14 and 4 (little gap in there) and 2 months. I'm thirty-seven years old and don't give a hoot (immaturity keeps me feeling young). I live in Tacoma Washington and work in Seattle (commuting is a fact of life in the Puget Sound - seriously, 1st question when two of us locals meet is "where do you lie" 2nd question is "how's your commute?"). Having grown up here my whole life, please feel free to hit me up for local factoids... although seeing people call it "The Bay" rather than "Puget Sound" makes me giggle. A few other bits of local flavor:
We say, "The Sound" not "Puget Sound"
It's U-Dub, not U of W
we say Pike Place or The Market, not Pike's Place or Pike Street Market
if you're in Seattle, you may "go down to the water" or head "down to the waterfront" (referring to Elliot Bay... but we hardly call it that)
Seattle is made up of neighborhoods: Downtown, SoDo, Belltown, West Edge, Georgetown, Ranier Valley, Madison Park, Madrona, Lower Queen Anne, Upper Queen Anne, Fremont, Wallingford, First Hill (aka Pill Hill - where the hospitals are), Capitol Hill, International Dist., Ballard, West Seattle, Beacon Hill, Eastlake, U District, Ravenna, Green Lake, Northgate, Interlake, White Center, Greenwood, Phinney Ridge, Magnolia, Pioneer Square... I'm sure I'm forgetting some, this is just off the top of my head.
If you live in Seattle you wrinkle your nose at the very idea of living on the Eastside (Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, etc), and if you live on the Eastside you do the same at the idea of living in Seattle. Everyone makes fun of Kent and Auburn and looks down on Federal Way. If you're a Seattleite you think Tacoma is a gang-ridden, blue-collar, 3rd world (you're wrong, btw...big up to the 253!)
We don't get much snow, ever. But we do get ice in the winter, and since most of the Puget Sound area is in on or around a hill, getting around in the winter can get really nasty. And there's frequently not much in the way of snow plows or sanding trucks. Seattle in particular is VERY hilly, steep hills too, ones that walking up during the summer can be a bit much. Every winter the news has footage of a bus with chains on sliding uncontrolled down a hill in downtown.
Coffee is everywhere, they're really not exaggerating when they say that about Seattle. My building alone has two Starbucks and a Tullys, and they ALL have long lines in the morning.
It rains A LOT... but it doesn't rain that much at any one time. We don't get the heavy rain and storms that other parts of the country get, but we do get sporadic light rain off and on for weeks; it may only be for an hour a day, but that still counts when they're counting the number days of the year with rain. Honestly, it's not that bad. I go for hour long walks on my lunches and almost never have to skip them due to the weather.
No one likes the "pop-in", it's just not done here.
We're very friendly and polite person to person (we thank our bus drivers as we get out of the bus)... in a car we turn in to complete assholes.
Traffic is on par with LA and NY, we vie for top spots in "worst traffic in the US" lists.
According to people who move here, we're provincial and a hard group to break in to. When you commute an hour or more each way to work, it doesn't leave much time for cultivating new friendships. Much easier to maintain ones with people you've known all your life.
We have one of the highest suicide rates in the country (seasonal depression probably). We even beat out Alaska.
The Pacific Northwest is a breeding ground for serial killers. I heard once that the FBI has been known to refer to the area as "The Killing Fields".
I read fan fiction CONSTANTLY (can't emphasize that enough) and am always looking for something wonderful read and am thankfully kept completely spoiled by all the fantastic writing that happens here. All the stories I have marked as favorites are my current addictions and I highly recommend every last one of them; and I also try to keep out stuff that I don't absolutely love or wouldn't recommend to absolutely everyone. If you're one of the writers I've reviewed or have marked as a favorite, Thank you Thank you for giving me literally hours of completely absorbing reading.
I don't leave criticism for people I don't believe in. If I didn't think what you were writing is worth it, I wouldn't comment at all. I only try and leave what I hope is constructive criticism for stories I think are wonderful and want to see be as phenomenal as I know they can be. I fall in love with so many fics and its painful when I see them jumping the shark or taking a bad turn.