In Redmond, I could stand at the end of my driveway and see someone running past. I could say “hi” as they approach, “morning” as they go past and “bye” as they depart. And I wouldn’t get even eye contact.

Welcome to the Seattle Freeze, which that page lovingly summarizes as “have a nice day, somewhere else”.

Every. Single. One. of the people I know who re-located here from another state will tell you it’s hard to make friends here. They may not know the term “Seattle Freeze” but they well know the phenomenon. The only people who will deny it grew up here, and even many of them acknowledge it.

It’s so true, it’s not funny.

Here in Colorado it’s the complete opposite. The happy laser beam of smiles everywhere, and the state isn’t even in the top 10.