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  • #614106

    Kayleigh
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    I would have remembered the snot rockets. :-)

    I smiled and said hi to several folks on my walk yesterday. One actually looked shocked and turned and stared (*waves* at him if you’re reading this.)

    Still waiting for the first official meeting of the West Seattle Anti-Freezers. And I love board games!

    #614107

    CMP
    Participant

    miws, that would be pretty funny if someone posted about it! I try to blow my nose when no one is around, but sometimes I can’t wait so cars might witness it :) The Anti-Freezers should meet at Beveridge Place since they already have board games…and there’s nothing like some beer to thaw people out.

    #614108

    JanS
    Participant

    I’m liking that we already have a name for this group…The West Seattle Anti-Freezers… :)

    #614109

    WSMom
    Member

    I love the name Anti-Freezers, very clever!

    Here’s an idea to get us started…

    Let’s meet at 4:00, Sunday February 3rd at C & P Coffee Company on California. Jacqueline Leigh is performing until 5:00 and after that we can pull out the board games. I’ll bring an electronic CatchPhrase game that is a great hit at my house.

    I listened to Jacqueline’s Myspace music and she sounds nice & easy.

    http://www.myspace.com/jacquelineleighmusic

    What do you think?

    #614110

    WSMom
    Member

    Oh, and here’s a link to C & P’s website:

    http://www.candpcoffee.com/

    #614111

    Kayleigh
    Member

    Yay for WSMom! It’s on my calendar.

    #614112

    hopey
    Participant

    WSMom, you must not follow sports. That’s Super Bowl Sunday. :) It wouldn’t really stop me from coming, but it may stop others. Perhaps it should be the following week instead?

    Thank you SO MUCH for stepping up and planning though! I can still come even if it’s on Feb. 3.

    #614113

    Sue
    Participant

    I’d love to join you – and don’t care about the superbowl. :) If you move it to the next weekend, I’ll be out of town so would miss you until the next time.

    I’ve lived in the Seattle area almost 3-1/2 years (2+ of those years in West Seattle) and definitely do see this Seattle Freeze. I find that people RSVP for events and then never show. They say they want to get together, but then look uncomfortable if you ever try to follow up on that, like they really didn’t mean to. I’ll admit that I don’t say hi to people on the street, but that’s because I’m a New Yorker – when somebody in NYC talks to you on the street, they’re usually either begging or insane. :)

    I took a Learning Annex class a few years ago on the Seattle Freeze. Didn’t really learn much, but the teacher said that sometimes we’re just homesick and idealizing our old home as being much better than it was.

    There is a meetup.com group called Seattle Antifreeze, but it seems to be all 20 year olds who do nothing but go to bars. Nothing wrong with that, except I’m old enough to be their mom and I don’t drink much, so that’s not really interesting to me (nor would I probably be very interesting to them!).

    #614114

    WSMom
    Member

    Hopey:

    Oops, OK, you’ve caught me, while I don’t mind watching sports, it’s not my favorite pasttime and I as far as the Super Bowl goes, I mostly get excited about the halftime show. The good news is that we might have C & P all to ourselves :)!

    Let’s just go ahead and get together on Feb 3, even if it’s just you, me and Kayleigh who can show up. Hopefully this will be the start of something ongoing!

    #614115

    Ken
    Participant

    Remember there are alternatives to the super bowl.

    Perhaps they warrant a new thread. My favorite is the Animal Planet Puppy Bowl

    #614116

    Kayleigh
    Member

    I can’t stand football (sorry, football fans) so no worries here.

    #614117

    Anonymous
    Inactive

    I have received more of the Seattle Freeze from other parents. God forbid we should get the kids together and have fun! God forbid you should speak to me and get to know me and our kids!

    As for the comment from a parent about her kids preschool and the snotty parents, you must be talking about Little Pilgrims, our daughter went there and each afternoon before and afterschool I had to stand there looking at the building because not one person would speak. Very stuck up people! I felt like saying, People, we all have kids, we are all parents, lighten up! The teachers were OK, but the parents were awful! Most took their kids to Arbor Heights where that attitude continues.

    We felt very at home at West Seattle Preschool at the YMCA junction location, wonderfuk teachers, very friendly and warm staff and very friendly parents. We actually had afew playdates there! Amazing!

    #614118

    Anonymous
    Inactive

    I also wanted to add, I am having so much fun reading every posting here I it like a West Seattle based sitcom!!:)

    #614119

    To Erik: We could Anti-Freeze our little neighborhood. If you’re interested in a walking buddy, send your email address to the fine WSB-keepers and they’ll pass it along to me.

    #614120

    mlyn1375
    Member

    Hi all! I agreed with so many of the posts here, I wouldn’t even know where to start with a reply.

    I’m new to WS (LOVE it so much more than my old neighborhood), and am actually noticing more friendliness out here, but I definitely know all about the “Seattle Freeze”. After spending a short time on the east coast in 2006, I know conduct experiments like those discussed here where I purposly make eye contact while out walking my dog, or say hello, or say “Merry Christmas” in December just to see what reaction I get. It’s interesting.

    Anyway, I’m up for the Anti-Freeze group, but just not on Feb 3rd :-) Maybe we make this a once-a-month thing?

    #614121

    charlabob
    Participant

    I’ve been frozen and thawed, and thawed is better — when we first moved here in 2000, we depended on an existing posse (of people who relocated before us.) We have a great social life, are busy, and didn’t notice the freeze. If anything, I would say people were more superficially friendly (when I walked the dog, looked lost, etc.) Now I’m temporarily disabled (looks worse than it is) and strangers practically run up to help me load groceries, pick up something, figure out how to get somewhere. I spent 20 years in the Boston area and Seattle feels much more “normal”. BTW, as a NONrunner, I’m never sure if I’m supposed to say “hi” to people who run by my house. So I do if they look at me (or wave). I do say hi to folks who are walking dogs.

    My sweetie and I will try to come on the 3rd. I’ll be the crone with the purple cane. :-)

    #614122

    JoB
    Participant

    i am not sure runners anywhere do much more than nod as they pass you… or bikers…and sometimes dog walkers.

    for dog walkers, it depends upon how well behaved their four legged friends are… and for the rest how intense they are.

    but it is definately possible for me to start a casual conversation almost anywhere here… especially in West Seattle.

    And if I make the effort to attend group functions, I am almost always made to feel welcome.

    I just spent the afternoon being made very welcome by a group of about 50 strangers.

    Friendship will take a while, but there is no shortage of conversation here.

    #614123

    Aim
    Participant

    Charlabob, I’ll be the middle aged woman with the red cane. I’ll be sure to say hello if I see you out and about, if you’ll do the same.

    Anyone else have any identifying characteristics they want to share so we can spot one another out in the neighborhood, at the grocery store, whatever?

    #614124

    JanS
    Participant

    well, my cane is a basic dark brown…but the handle looks like a miniature marble hip bone…actually it’s made for comfort in the hand, but I’ll not quibble :)My goal this year is to be rid of it by summer’s end…we’ll see…

    #614125

    picklemom
    Member

    A Casper Chronicles dispatch: Walked along Alki on this chilly evening and said “Hi” with direct eye contact to the few people I saw. Results: One full nod from a runner, a smile and nod from a couple walking their dog, and a startled look with a slight dipping of the chin from another walker. So I didn’t get the full Casper treatment (aka the Seattle Shun) from anyone. Not too bad!

    #614126

    JoB
    Participant

    holy cane.. it sounds as though the 3rd will be a well rounded event. any guys skipping the game to come as well?

    #614127

    mlyn1375
    Member

    Hey All,

    Again, I second the motion (started by me) that we schedule another time after the 3rd to meet again. Maybe early march?

    My original plan was the Superbowl , but due to a family illness now I will be out of town. :-( Will check this topic again to see if there is an update on meeting another time after the 3rd.

    #614128

    Anonymous
    Inactive

    I just joined this blog and have been reading all the posts from everyone. We just moved to Seattle from Phoenix and I have to say that people seem a lot more friendly here than there.

    #614129

    Aim
    Participant

    NewResident, you are NOT kidding!

    I moved here from San Diego in the early 90’s and the difference was incredible. Down there (at least in the town where I was born and raised) it’s all about money and fame. If you have both, you’re good. If you have one, you might pull through. If you have neither, you better be a perfect 10 or you have no hope of ever making a friend.

    Here I have a number of acquaintances. A lot, in fact. However, good friends take time. But once those friendships are built, they are forever it seems.

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