Moving to Seattle soon - any tips/life-hacks?

Amazon Zero cool
Feb 9, 2018 76 Comments

Any admin-related tips or life hacks you can share from experience?
Thanks!

Edit: I’m married with no kids (yet)

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  • Amazon / Eng
    DaaamDoood

    Amazon Eng

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    DaaamDooodmore
    Don’t bring an umbrella. You’ll look like a tourist.

    Bring a hoodie instead.
    Feb 9, 2018 11
    • Amazon xEon51
      Live outside city of seattle and work from home whenever you can, huge increase in quality of life
      Feb 9, 2018
    • Google jghyrh
      The cost of a trip to Portland is around $45 for fuel (and similar if you take a boltbus), so make sure you spend enough to make it worth your while.
      Feb 9, 2018
    • Amazon / Product
      crosswalks

      Amazon Product

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      crosswalksmore
      OP do you have a family? The hacks depend on your life situation and kid situation
      Feb 9, 2018
    • Costco / Eng
      zaphod99

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      zaphod99more
      I moved from the DC area and I was SHOCKED at how nice the summers are. In DC you can do stuff outdoors for a couple of months in the spring and autumn. Either it’s too hot in the summer or too cold in the winter. Winter this year in Seattle has been very wet but two years ago we hardly had any rain and it was mild all winter. The summer was spectacular as usual. Just when you think you are going to lose your mind to the rain the sun starts to come out. Trips to Arizona, California and Hawaii in the winter can help a lot. Traffic sucks but not any worse than a big city on the east coast. Housing prices are insane.
      Feb 9, 2018
    • Oracle x(dnrje3
      Umbrella is not about looks, it's about not poking people in the head in an urban environment. People stay dry with waterproof clothing.
      Feb 9, 2018
  • Microsoft / Eng 20% raise
    Vitamin D pills. You’re gonna need them.
    Feb 9, 2018 0
  • Oracle x(dnrje3
    Keep looking for the next place to live.
    Feb 9, 2018 0
  • Rakuten eM01aN10
    Lookup “seattle freeze”
    Feb 9, 2018 12
    • Amazon UeOB22
      Seattle people are really chill, much better than NYC. I haven't seen anything such as the Freeze. Moved here same time last year.
      Feb 9, 2018
    • Amazon BlueAvian
      Seattle freeze seems real, but it seems like a culture thing and people are plenty friendly once you break through. Plus, it seems like a Seattle-native thing, and particularly in the tech scene, there are a lot of people who have relocated from elsewhere who don't share this trait.
      Feb 9, 2018
    • Amazon Yygh67
      The trick is to make friends with other transplants. The Seattle freeze is real, so don’t take it personal. :)
      Feb 9, 2018
    • Varsity Tutors
      KPwQ88

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      KPwQ88more
      Freeze is for real. Its super passive aggressive, and pretty isolated to King County. The Natives from North, South or East of the city have been real nice, friendly people. It takes awhile for people in the neighborhood to warm up, but our kids can talk to a fence post and have poor boundaries, so they’ve made a lot of friends for us.
      All my friends at work are mostly transplants.
      If you guys are married, no kids - I’d look at Greenlake, Maplewood into Lake City. Nots of young transplant families in the same situation
      Feb 17, 2018
    • Microsoft Lotl
      The freeze is from the natives, especially old-school UW grads.
      Mar 13, 2018
  • Don’t?
    Feb 9, 2018 0
  • Square 2spooki5me
    Antidepressants
    Feb 9, 2018 0
  • Amazon louq46
    Have a ton of lighting in your home so that during the long dark and dreary winters you don't hang yourself. 👌
    Feb 9, 2018 1
    • Amazon / Eng cDgs64
      Bright White/daytime bulbs instead of warm bulbs👍🏻
      Feb 9, 2018
  • Microsoft / Eng craplach42
    Here’s the area broken down for you: Seattle is a bunch of broke people pretending they’re too rich to talk to you, Ballard is a bunch of artisanally sourced hipster douchebags who think they are too cool to talk to you, on the eastside, Bellevue is a bunch of actual rich people who are too lame to want to talk to, and Kirkland is s bunch of middle-aged women in yoga pants and baseball caps driving around in the Range Rover their husband bought them so they won’t complain he’s fucking a barista from Starbucks
    Feb 10, 2018 6
    • Microsoft / Eng craplach42
      It’s fine if your name rhymes with “Guysenburg”
      Feb 10, 2018
    • Amazon FreeHat
      Wow, what a bunch of dusty old cunts you are. Quit your jobs and do something fun before you have a heart attack.
      Feb 10, 2018
    • Microsoft cutilwaMpa
      bravo!
      Feb 10, 2018
    • Microsoft / Eng craplach42
      @freehat don’t get your Fedora all bent out of shape, no one is going to take away your tee shirt hand-screened with a band no one has heard of except you or your thrift store glasses with no lenses, Jeff must be working you too hard
      Feb 10, 2018
    • Amazon FreeHat
      Hate, hate, hate...
      Feb 16, 2018
  • Microsoft / Eng craplach42
    Find a good budtender
    Feb 9, 2018 2
    • Amazon Zero cool
      OP
      Any recommendations?
      Feb 9, 2018
    • Microsoft / Eng craplach42
      Uncle Ike’s is good, I like Have a Heart in Fremont too
      Feb 9, 2018
  • Amazon FreeHat
    The right clothes make a big difference. For winter, a water resistant coat with a hood is essential. In spring/fall you’ll want a light jacket or pull over as an option. Summer is pure bliss. My advice is: do stuff, even if it’s lightly raining. Winter here isn’t bad at all if you have the right clothes, and confining yourself indoors due to a little rain is not helping anything.
    Feb 9, 2018 1
    • Amazon / Eng
      DaaamDoood

      Amazon Eng

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      DaaamDooodmore
      Yep a rain jacket is a must (my other thread on umbrellas is just for fun - but people seem to have taken that seriously).

      If you are coming from warm weather get warm innerwear - they make a big difference to your comfort.

      And then go out and enjoy the city and the amazing outdoors here.
      Feb 9, 2018
  • Amazon xVOB24
    Don’t sell any stock until you are officially a resident. Reduces the taxes you have to pay due to no state income tax. Could save you thousands.
    Feb 9, 2018 1
    • Amazon deskglass
      Oh man, I did not think of this! :/
      Feb 26, 2018
  • Oracle US$0.02
    Buy a philipps wake up light
    Feb 9, 2018 1
    • Lyft Pop
      Lol i have one, it helps
      Feb 9, 2018
  • LinkedIn engtpm
    Bring heatlamp
    Feb 9, 2018 1
    • Amazon xEon51
      For what?
      Feb 9, 2018
  • Microsoft seemsfastr
    Get ready to experience one of the dumbest cities in the country
    Feb 9, 2018 5
    • Amazon YLAc73
      Please elaborate
      Feb 9, 2018
    • Microsoft seemsfastr
      -$300 car tabs
      -Endless traffic "improvement" projects always over budget and behind schedule
      -Heroin injection sites
      -Mass 3rd world homeless encampments
      -You will be forced by law to pay for political campaigns of people you might consider reprehensible
      -Radical SJWs farther left of communist
      Feb 9, 2018
    • Microsoft / Other triumph
      $300 car tabs are a bargain compared to other places.
      Feb 9, 2018
    • Microsoft seemsfastr
      Really? Cause I know people in TX who pay $50 for tabs
      Feb 10, 2018
    • Microsoft / Other triumph
      I paid nearly 1000 for a 3yr old car in Midwest. They called it personal property tax. I started driving old cars just to keep registration cost down. Was shocked how cheap it was when I moved here.
      Feb 10, 2018
  • Amazon / Design MiddleWest
    Ignore the negativity. There’s plenty of that around here, and on Blind especially.

    If you’re not into the outdoors, getting into mountaineering, climbing, hiking, biking, and skiing will make for a really lovely transition into the best of this area. The city of Seattle itself is getting wildly transformed by the nonstop tech growth. Traffic is only going to worsen, so if you can live either in walking distance or near a bus route, you’ll be grateful. You can do suburbs and get on a shuttle line but...it’s still a long commute. Can be wearying.

    Would advise NOT living around SLU, so that makes walking tough. You can do Capitol Hill if you’re on the western side of it and walking, depending on your building.

    The freeze is definitely real, but if you like any of the outdoor activities it’s really not too bad.

    For neighborhoods give Pioneer Square a look. It’s got a strong urban feel, and the traffic to and from (for bus, assuming you won’t drive) is pretty chill.
    Feb 9, 2018 2
    • VMware JizzBuzz
      Fuck Pioneer Square. Bums, drugs, crime and urine. I feel like I'm getting AIDS every time wind blows ground dust in my face. One of the worst places in a 100 mile radius.
      Feb 9, 2018
    • Amazon / Design MiddleWest
      That’s the charm of it :-)
      Feb 10, 2018
  • Amazon rkjH37
    Come married, dating suuuuuu ks
    Feb 9, 2018 2
    • Costco / Eng
      zaphod99

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      zaphod99more
      That’s because it’s about 80% brogrammers and 10% queer and 10% women.
      Feb 9, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng
      Fakk2

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      Fakk2more
      Plenty of women if you're a normal guy -i.e. You were able to date women before making six figures in tech.

      I've seen a lot if entitled coworkers complain about dates. But these are typically the same types of guys who likely would struggle anywhere and didn't date in college.
      Feb 9, 2018
  • Microsoft cutilwaMpa
    your commute will suck and you will be taxed up the ass. welcome.
    Feb 9, 2018 1
    • Costco / Eng
      zaphod99

      Costco Eng

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      zaphod99more
      No income tax so you get a lot less taken out of your paycheck. RSU only taxed at the federal level. Lots more money in your pocket.
      Feb 10, 2018
  • Amazon Yygh67
    I suggest living somewhere that is off of the Light Rail. It’s the fastest way to get into SLU since traffic is so bad and busses are overcrowded. I live across the street from a light rail station and my commute is way less stressful than it was prior. Try Beacon Hill.
    Feb 9, 2018 1
    • Amazon Mvs56x
      I don’t live by the airport. There are many stops/neighborhoods on the light rail aside from the airport. :) Columbia City, Beacon Hill, International district... to name a few that have somewhat reasonable cost of living and are close to city center via light rail.
      Mar 5, 2018
  • Amazon / Product
    UMFR43

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    UMFR43more
    Downtown Bellevue is a great place to live for married people without kids. Nice, clean, everything’s walking distance and bland new. As long as you can figure out your commute to work and you’re fine with that. For Amazonians, there’s a shuttle that takes us to Seattle. I’m sure MS has something too. I can’t recommend living in Bellevue enough.
    Feb 9, 2018 0
  • Intel jdavola
    Vitamin D. Get a SAD lamp. Pizza is good from Pagliacci. Get a jacket with a hood or an umbrella. If you want to buy a house, buckle up and get ready for multiple (no contingency) offers...
    Feb 9, 2018 0