During my recent trip to San Antonio, I found myself in a small shop
(gourmet dog cookies, if you must know) across from a Starbucks.
I told the proprietor that I was visiting from Seattle, and she immediately
said, “Yes, the home of Starbucks!”
It made me realize that I’m really, really from Seattle, because:
I’ve had coffee at Starbucks original store – before they took over the
I regularly shopped at Costco’s flagship store until they built another
closer to my home.
Yes, of course, I worked at Microsoft, before they took over the world too.
(1983-2001, employee count ~360 to over 54,000).
My dad consulted for Boeing on a regular basis and his equipment was used
when building the 747 in its early years.
I know that UPS started in Seattle.
And I know how to pronounce both “Puyallup” and “Sequim”.
There’s a bunch of local trivia too, but those would interest only those
that live here. I may have one specific one in the coming days … a test,
of sorts, for the locals.