My neighbors down the street had a party today and invited me over as we’ve become good friends in the years that I’ve been here.
There were quite a few people there, a few of whom I’d met before, and they all had one thing in common. They were all boring as hell. Don’t get me wrong, they all seem to be pretty nice people, they just don’t have much of anything to say.
The parties there always consist of lots of food and lots of beer and discussions of dogs, big fish, work and vehicles, and what people did when they were drunk. That’s pretty much it. They don’t know much of anything about any form of science or history and don’t want to talk about it, and they’re happy that way.
I couldn’t tell you why Washington people are that way, but they mostly are. I joined the local rockhound club expecting to meet interesting, outdoorsy type people who are enthusiastic about mineralology, geology and so forth. What I found was a lot of insular people who were there only to get in on the field trips for collecting agates and such, and had about zero interest in each other at all. A few of them were actually friends with each other but the rest had nothing to say to each other. The meetings were amazingly boring.
People in Washington state have few interests. They go to work and come home. They drink a lot, smoke a lot of pot, go fishing sometimes, a few of them go hunting, and that’s pretty much their life. Maybe it’s the rain that comes down for 8 months out of the year that’s stifled their brains but I wonder just how much brains they have to begin with.
Washington state is an Obama, Liberal Left state. I didn’t realize that when I moved here but it’s sure apparent now. There are plenty of people here who despise him but the majority are for him. Of course, I am moving to California and we all know what the political climate is there, so I don’t expect to be surrounded by brilliant, inquiring minds there either. But at least I’ll stay dry.