What Are The 4 Things We Don’t Do in Washington State?
We Washingtonians do a lot of things. With a population that's as diverse as our climate and topography, there is simply no shortage of things to do, that we do. We ski, swim, fish, hunt, recreate, drink beer, drink coffee - oh how we drink coffee - climb mountains, stroll through the desert, grow hops, learn, pray, protest, listen, work, eat - oh how we eat.
Washington is known for so many awesome things that someone from somewhere else could ask, what don't y'all do in Washington?
What Are The 4 Things We Don't Do in Washington State?
Of course, there are likely far more than 4 things we don't do in Washington State. The things listed informally here are the first FOUR things I thought of. I mean, who wants to read a list of the 2,236 things we don't do? I don't have the time to write about all those things and I'm sure you don't have the time to read it. But these FOUR- check 'em out!
#1 - We Don't Prepare for Hurricanes in Washington State
It's simple. We don't prepare for hurricanes in Washington State because we don't have them. Now, to be sure, we've seen our fair share of wind-packed storms. But a hurricane is more than just high winds. Hurricanes are only going to be found in tropical or sub-tropical areas with warm and deep enough ocean waters. I'm no meteorologist, but the ones I've spoken to looked at me with a kind of shock and horror as though I was completely nude when I asked the question. Speaking of nudity.......
#2 - Washington State Residents Can't Legally Wander Around in the Nude in Public
Sorry if that's your jam, but public nudity is out in Washington State. Of course, there are nude beaches and other private resorts, etc. but as far as walking down the street or mowing your lawn in the nude, it's not legal. Washington State law says:
RCW 9A.88.010 Indecent exposure.
A person is guilty of indecent exposure if he or she intentionally makes any open and obscene exposure of his or her person or the person of another knowing that such conduct is likely to cause reasonable affront or alarm. The act of breastfeeding or expressing breast milk is not indecent exposure.
I'd have a hard time arguing that I wouldn't expect to cause a reasonable affront or alarm if that's the way I mowed the grass. My wife, for one, would lead the protest.
#3 - In Washington State, We Don't Pay State Income Tax
In your face Oregon, you're too lazy to fill your own gas tank and you hold still for paying state income tax. Sheesh! We pay far too much in sales and other taxes in Washington though, so I guess it evens out.
#4 - We Don't Have Service Station Attendants Pump our Gas
That's a thing of the past for Washington. I remember the good old days when a service station attendant would come running out and ask you if you wanted regular or unleaded and if you wanted them to check to oil. If not, they're while away the time as your tank filled, but washing your windshield and checking your wiper fluid levels. Some states, Oregon for example, require an attendant to pump your gas and does NOT allow the driver to fill their own gas tank. I'll occasionally forget this while stopping for fuel in Oregon and boy do they get testy.