Had a really good talk with my friend Laura about wanting to stay “home” more (Seattle) but also traveling a lot for work/speaking and being so far away from people we love. A realization we had was that it wasn’t about traveling and exploring to be away from home, but rather expand the grounds in which we call home—to be a citizen of the world. It’ll be nice to be Seattle for a week or two but then it’s back to San Francisco, Portland, and a return to New York City.
The definition of Seattle’ing someone is making plans with a person or event and saying you’ll definitely make it initially.
A few days (usually 2 or 3) before the event you say “I’m excited. I’ll try to make it!”
Six hours before the event you send a text saying that you will try to swing by.
The day after you say “Oh I’m sorry I couldn’t make it.”
(Clearly this does not to apply to every person who lives there and does not exclude people outside of the city, but it is part of the city’s reputation now…that people will say “yes” despite wanting to say “no”)