Weekly Tangent – Umbrellas in Seattle

Hello Tangenters!

Confession time: I use an umbrella.

That may not seem like such a big deal, but I was born and raised in the Seattle area. I’m an “Emerald City Native” as it were. Here, there is a culture of not using an umbrella when it rains. And, it’s always raining. You tough it out or you wear a waterproof coat with a hood. But, umbrellas?! Pshaw! Only tourists use umbrellas!

Well, tourists and I.

Pair of yellow rubber boots with an open umbrella

My arsenal. Bring it, Seattle weather!

I started using umbrellas in college. I hated it when the rain soaked through my backpack as I trudged across campus. Because I had two very different majors in two very different departments, I was taking classes on the opposite sides of a very large campus – so there were many opportunities for my not-Northwest-rain-rated book bag to get sopping wet. Also… I’m shorter, so I was that girl who poked everyone in the eyes with the ribs of my umbrellas. That was just a bonus, though. I swear.

Suddenly, I realized that I didn’t always have to have a waterproof parka with a hood. And, my glasses weren’t all covered in water drops and I could see!

It was a revelation!

So, I started buying coats that were wool and/or didn’t have hoods. What a concept! And, I started carrying an umbrella.

I won’t use my umbrella if it’s just sprinkling or even lightly raining (I am a Seattleite, after all – represent!), but I will use it when it’s pouring.

And, sometimes the locals trash talk my umbrella because, clearly, I’m not from the area.

Then I just “accidentally” make sure my umbrella is at eye-level threat range. And, miraculously, my umbrella is no longer a problem.

girl with umbrella on black field

Confession #2: Sometimes I miss my hoods on windy days like this.

So I say, “Let it rain.”


Tell me about your part of the world and its weird cultural quirks in the comments!

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7 Responses to “Weekly Tangent – Umbrellas in Seattle”

  1. Spock November 19, 2013 at 7:40 PM #

    Interesting article. It takes a brave person to challenge culture sometimes. Now it’s obvious why you were put in charge of the Blog here. :)

    Hope we don’t lose contact when the WT Forum closes in January. :(

    • Mari November 20, 2013 at 11:25 AM #

      Hi Spock,

      I’m such a rebel, aren’t I? :)

      I, too, hope we can stay in touch!

      Thank you for the comment! It’s lovely to see you on the blog.

      • Spock November 21, 2013 at 11:01 AM #

        Thank you for the welcome. To be honest, I had to do something different. It gets deadly boring trying to transfer posts from one forum to another all day!

        I hope to see you over a our new Community when you have the time. :)

        • Mari November 21, 2013 at 11:03 AM #

          Hehe. Good luck with your transferring!

          And, I’ll try to pop by when I can! Thank you for the invitation!

  2. Spock November 25, 2013 at 12:56 PM #

    I sent Adam M a PM today with an invitation (and a warning about how hard it would be to register! ) I hope it gets wide dissemination. I would hate to lose contact with so many that we have grown to respect over the years.

    In fact, there are even some who have left Wildtangent for other ventures that I wouldn’t mind seeing again. 😉

    • Mari November 25, 2013 at 3:43 PM #

      Very cool! It looks like there are already some familiar faces.avatars on your site, already. :)

  3. Harvie April 11, 2014 at 3:06 AM #

    I was recently in Seattle and the weather wasn’t all that bad. Who made the yellow wellies, they look awesome

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