On day three of living in Bellevue I shared 10 things I learned in my short time on the west coast. Then a couple of days ago I shared my frustrations with pacific time.

Many say regret is a feeling deep inside of you, one that can be tough to express. Nope, in this case it’s on the screen of my iPhone.

Florida, I’m sorry I left you! Take me back and I’ll never leave you again!

  1. October 23rd, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    AdamH said,

    Perhaps it’s time to hit the road…

  2. October 23rd, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    bmvaughn said,

    Your iPhone battery went down by 3% in 6 minutes? :O

    One thing about Seattle weather – we get seasons here. It’s quite nice, actually, and makes you appreciate the various weather patterns.

  3. October 23rd, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Brian said,

    This is what happens when you make snap decisions. You seem mature and well grounded for someone your age, but honestly, your snap decision to move was pretty surprising.

  4. October 23rd, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    lucky said,

    @ bmvaughn — Only 3%? That’s pretty good. My phone is usually dead within an hour. :D

  5. October 23rd, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Stvr said,

    Should have gone to LA man

  6. October 23rd, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Andy Assareh said,

    Complaining about Seattle weather? Must be a slow news day.

  7. October 23rd, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Vlad said,

    Got a “renter’s remorse” clause in your lease?

  8. October 23rd, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Micky said,

    stop whining and start a life in Seattle

  9. October 23rd, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    lucky said,

    @ Brian — Being mildly tongue in cheek here. Don’t regret my decision, but just seems convenient to bitch about the weather. :D

  10. October 23rd, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    MM said,

    Is the weather affecting you that much? Or are you just feeling homesick?

  11. October 23rd, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Blandon said,

    Think how great your skin will be in a few years!

  12. October 23rd, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Bryan said,

    one word: SoCal!

  13. October 23rd, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Stuart Falk said,

    Wait until Washington implements a state income tax; then, coming from Florida you might have something to really bitch about. However I’m sure that was not a factor in choosing Bellevue over Los Angeles…

  14. October 23rd, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Carolyn said,

    Give in to the weather and it will be kind to you. Buy the best umbrella on Amazon and a nice coat from REI. Get used to lots of cozy evenings indoors until next June. We do cozy right.

    Or take up skiing, because THAT we definitely do better than Florida by a long shot.

  15. October 23rd, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Geri J. said,

    I loved the Pacific Northwest (we lived in Portland), but they do get the rain. Plus, this is fall so the temps will go down — kind of how it works. Look how far north you are.

    Give Seattle a chance. The cooler weather makes for wonderful book store and coffee house haunting. Plus, there is a vibrant art and performing art scene there that eclipses anything available in Florida. And then there’s the microbrews. Try Hales Pale Ale. Yumm.

    In other words, see how the locals enjoy their town and follow suit. When we moved to Ecuador, we were given this piece of good advice: Enjoy what is here. Do not compare — either positively or negatively. You will be happier that way.

    [So Cal is OK, but we preferred the Bay Area. There is a winter there, but it is softer than in the north. Plus, San Francisco is an amazing city.]

  16. October 23rd, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Larry said,

    85 and sunny in Phoenix!

  17. October 23rd, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    The Weekly Flyer said,

    You should consider moving :)

  18. October 23rd, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    zeffer said,

    @bmvaughn – As an Aussie who never had seasons, I agree that they’re awesome… but Seattle barely qualifies. “Seasons” require sweltering summers evolving into snowy winters. The Northwest is just cyclically glum.

    @Lucky, move to the greatest city in the world.

  19. October 23rd, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Quark said,

    As a lifelong NW resident, all I can say is when you go back, PLEASE tell everyone you see how horrible it is here! Repeat what you say twice if you’re talking to a Californian. They’ve infested the Puget Sound region like cockroaches.

  20. October 23rd, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Tao said,

    Bitching about weather is what most ppl do around here. Seems nothing else to talk about. Oh the damn weather, lol!
    And told you so. You didn’t listen.

  21. October 23rd, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Tom said,

    Keep breathing, Bro. I’m in Orlando, and yes the weather’s nice, but in Seattle the culture and food are extraordinary, the people know how to connect and converse, and there’s so much beauty to explore. You are at that brilliant age when you get to sample the miracles of life, and get to enjoy them for their own sakes, rather than have to consider the needs of a spouse-lifepartner, and/or children. Relish it, and even if it sucks, don’t worry, it’s not a mistake; it’s education, exploration, life.

  22. October 23rd, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Pat said,

    Two tips:

    1. Delete Tampa from from your Weather app.
    2. More face time; less screen time.

  23. October 23rd, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Ann W said,

    New places take some time to get used to :) Give it awhile before you move back

  24. October 23rd, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Scottrick said,

    I bitched for a year when I moved here. I learned to spend my time in windowless bars. After about year three or four I had a few positive things to say. But I still agree the weather sucks here. You’re lucky to have three days of sun (two with highs over 50) on that forecast. Wait a month or two and you’ll go weeks without anything that good.

  25. October 23rd, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Peter said,

    Speaking of getting away, when can we look forward to your next report from somewhere exotic? I discovered your site a few months ago and subsequently read all the 2008-2012 trip reports. I’m now going through withdrawal, (however, my productivity at the office has rebounded.) ;-)

    Hang in there on the weather. It makes you really appreciate sunny days when they’re not the norm.

  26. October 23rd, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Todd said,

    Bemoaning the weather already? Keep that up and no one will know you’re weren’t born and raised in the PNW.

    Next thing you’ll tell us is that you bought a Starbucks card. ;-)

  27. October 23rd, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    lucky said,

    @ Peter — LOL, should have a big trip in the next week or two now that I’m all moved in. Leaning towards Korean Air and China Southern first class, though still not positive. Hang in there, help is on the way. :D

  28. October 23rd, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    ArizonaGuy said,

    Damn, Ben. I thought I complained a lot.

  29. October 23rd, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    FredW said,

    Dude, I could have told you. Rained a bit last night but a glorious day here in Marina del Rey (LA).

    Years ago a bunch of different friends sold their houses and moved to Portland and Seattle. Most were back within a couple years. When you are used to lots of sunshine it is a hard adjustment to make.

    Then again, I may in your boat because a move to Vancouver (BC) is not out of the question for me :)

  30. October 23rd, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    hobo13 said,

    Not to mention, your vote no longer counts….

  31. October 23rd, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    SC Parent said,

    I saw three sunny days coming up this week. You should thank your lucky stars!

  32. October 23rd, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Katie said,

    Take your fancy rental car for a drive to the other side of the mountains. Leavenworth is beautiful this time of year. If you get on the other side of the Cascades, the weather changes to sunshine and not so wet.

  33. October 23rd, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Carl said,

    was a bit surprised you moved there in the winter. given your mobile occupation, why not live in the sun belt in the winter and up north in the summer?

  34. October 23rd, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Diana said,

    grab a meal at Boiling Point (Bellevue Way and 10th). At least you’ll be warm on the inside.

  35. October 23rd, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Andrew said,

    I know you’re (somewhat) joking, but it pains me to see anyone write “Florida, I’m sorry I left you!” I have family there, and but if I didn’t, I would work as hard as I could to make sure I never set foot in that state again for the rest of my life. Unless you’re within 50 yards of the beach, such an ugly state…cookie cutter gated community next to cookie cutter gated community next to strip mall, laid out in a grid, flat as a pancake, rinse and repeat…just awful.

    Appreciate the fact that you now live somewhere with character/culture and geographic diversity.

  36. October 23rd, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    lucky said,

    @ Katie — That’s the plan for this weekend!

  37. October 23rd, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Michael said,

    One thing about Seattle (and the NW in general), as beautiful as the nature you have about 270 days out of the year where you won’t see the sun. That’s why they have such a coffee culture there (why do you think Starbucks was founded there:)

  38. October 23rd, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Jim in PHL said,

    I agree with Andrew. As I’ve always said: “Florida – Jersey with Palm Trees!”

  39. October 23rd, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    WishyAnand said,

    I moved to Bellevue from Cleveland almost 2.5 years ago. Winters here were actually an improvement for me:-)

    Welcome to this great city. Google Ron Sher versus Kemper Freeman and then check out the other parts of Bellevue too:


  40. October 23rd, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Apaperture said,

    Move to the bay area where you get winter weather driving 3 hr north and summer(ish) weather 2 hrs south.

  41. October 23rd, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Carol said,

    At least you live adjacent to Din Tai Fung.

  42. October 23rd, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Chris B. said,

    Buy a UV lamp, you’re gonna need it.

  43. October 23rd, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Susan said,

    Have you been out to the Peninsula and Olympic National Park yet? Port Townsend? Sequim? Vancouver? Vancouver Island?

    There is just so much to see and do in the Pacific Northwest. I envy you that you moved out there. Enjoy it while you are there!

  44. October 23rd, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    MZT said,

    Does it even matter that the weather is bad? Don’t you spend all day inside in that comfy Westin bed?

  45. October 23rd, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Rick said,

    Seattlites get out during the good days in Summer and mostly stay inside between now and March, when suddenly everyone shows up outside one day.
    Not to say the traffic during these 270 days is pretty bad.
    Enjoy its fun side though. Maybe meet up with your readers? ;)

  46. October 23rd, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    John said,

    Ben- I want you to finish that Maldives trip report before you start your next long trip!

  47. October 23rd, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    lucky said,

    @ Rick — Now that I’m settled in, absolutely!

    @ John — Back on my “to do” list!

  48. October 23rd, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Lola said,

    I left Florida for NYC in October a few years ago…should have waited until the spring. It made getting settled a bit harder (not to mention I didn’t own socks or appropriate clothes!) but all in all leaving Florida (orlando) was a great decision. You can always go home…but I bet you won’t want to…good luck!

  49. October 23rd, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Chrissy said,

    Hi Ben,
    I’m in Seattle. Even worked for Starbucks for most of the 90s. Can I urge you to try some other coffee here? Caffe Ladro’s beans and baked goods are exceptional. On Capitol Hill, try Vivace. At the base of Queen Anne Hill, there’s Uptown Espresso (U.E.s baked goods are also very good.)
    There’s a coffee festival next month – I’ll be volunteering there on Sunday morning. I went as a consumer last year and really enjoyed it – it’s not Coffeefest, which is a trade show, just a small gathering of local, indie roasters, artisans, chocolate makers, etc. Last year Tom Douglas’ people were there too, making everyone little pulled pork sandwiches – SO appreciated after downing three lattes in a row!

  50. October 23rd, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Chrissy said,


    There you go. Our late, lamented local sketch show’s take on Seattle Summer

  51. October 23rd, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Chrissy said,

    You might want to watch all of Almost Live’s Guide To Living In Seattle too – 20 years old but still very accurate:

  52. October 23rd, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Rich said,

    Florida is way too humid for me. Scottsdale I do miss greatly. Maryland, well it sucks big time- taxes, expensive, traffic and weather. And I am a native although I hope to return to AZ eventually.

  53. October 23rd, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    lucky said,

    @ Chrissy — LOL! And thanks for the coffee suggestions, I’ll check them out. :)

  54. October 23rd, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Chris S. said,

    Did you catch Conan’s ode to Florida last night?


  55. October 23rd, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Iolaire said,

    Maybe it will make you appreciate getting on a plane more?

  56. October 24th, 2012 at 12:19 am

    Duncan said,

    China Southern First Class Hahahahahahahah as in the 757 wifi “you crazy” pack a lunch and PJ’s in your size!

  57. October 24th, 2012 at 5:28 am

    Maury said,

    Get into climbing! I live in Florida and go to Seattle every year to climb Mt Rainier. Can’t wait to go back next year.

  58. October 24th, 2012 at 7:35 am

    Willy said,

    Temporary lodging in the FCT?

  59. October 24th, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Lauren said,

    you need to change your ABOUT section :)

  60. October 24th, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Jorge said,

    I find Seattle fascinating but deeply depressing at the same time. I have never been able to understand that feeling.

    Something about that area of the world. And this includes Vancouver.

  61. October 27th, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Bryan said,

    I’ve lived in Bellevue (Eastside Area of Washington) my whole life. You honestly get use to the rain/cloudy weather, if you stay active. Running/Hiking/Biking in Summer OR Skiing/Snowboarding in Winter. Plus, once summer hits (our true summer is 7/5 – 10/1), you will be truly thankful you live here. Now sit back, relax and get use to seeing rain for the next 6 months :)

  62. July 25th, 2013 at 6:51 am

    Elenor said,

    “just seems convenient to bitch about the weather”

    And so it is…. especially in front of tourists and visitors! It’s also the case that: if you wait for good weather, you’ll never do anything! Golfing in the drizzle (usually called “Oregon Mist”), hiking, fishing — whatever outdoor thing you wish — IS done without really considering the weather (other than mountain-gear/clothing if that’s your thing! Don’t get caught ‘up’ and freeze to death!)

    (And whoever suggested an umbrella?! Must be an out-of-stater!! No Washingtonian / Oregonian carries an umbrella — it never rains hard enough to need one!)

    A good bumper sticker (mental concept towards tourists and Californians) to keep in mind:
    Welcome to Washington! Now GO HOME!

  63. July 25th, 2013 at 6:51 am

    Elenor said,

    There also used to be a “Lesser Seattle Chamber of Commerce” — that was dedicated to keep Seattle SMALL! (Well, smaller…)

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