How to Show Pride in Your City

Of course, this strip was written a month ago, before we knew the Seahawks would be going to the Super Bowl.

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Reader Comments (29)

You can't just backdate a comic, just because your stupid team made it to the Superbowl?

Oh wait, I'm glad the beat San Francisco. Go Seahawks!

Now bring back 2014, before I go get my knife.

January 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterWAIT IT ISN'T 2013

Here in Colorado Springs, Colorado we only express pride in our city behind closed doors. To express such sentiments openly would undermine our concerted efforts to perpetuate our image as lame and boring, which is necessary to discourage all but the most inquisitive and discerning Californians from settling here. Or at least that is what some of the locals like to think.

January 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGregory Bogosian

You really hit the nail on the head with Orlando...

January 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterA Floridian

I went to the University of North Dakota, and there was a disturbingly large number of people from Seattle, for no discernible reason. A few of them truly were amazing at being polite while making their arrogance and contempt quite clear. The rest hadn't mastered that and were proud and rude, like most college students. The only two things all the Seattlites had in common were their pride and their fancy scarves, all though most of them had a lot in common.
I have a few questions about the majority of the Seattle population, Scott, if I may.
1) What's the deal with all the scarves?
2) What's with the apple snobbery? I mean, as long as it's not a Red Delicious apple, it's probably a decent apple, so why go on for hours about it?
3) What's with the silly hats? They just look silly.
4) What's with all the hair gel? (I sure hope you don't wear hair gel too.)
5) Why do they keep going to North Dakota, when they say they hate everyone they ever meet in North Dakota?

Note from Scott: I will answer your questions in order.
1. When I lived in Seattle, i wore a scarf too. If you move to Seattle, you would also learn to love the scarf. It's not as cold there as it is in North Dakota, but it's a wet, penetrating cold that makes your joints ache. It leaves you wiling to try anything that might help, even a stupid scarf.
2. The Yakima valley floods the region with apples. That familiarity breeds a certain level aof appreciation.
3. The hats are the same deal as the scarves. If it looks warm, it looks good.
4. I don't wear hair gel ... now. I have to admit though, back in the mid '90s, when I had hair, I wore CRAZY amounts of hair gel. Never really thought about it until just now. Weird.
5. I don't know why they go to North Dakota. If anyone I know moved to North Dakota they didn't tell me.

January 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBrady

Phoenix is like Orlando in that way. Almost everyone here is from someplace else.

January 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

And living in Seattle, holy crap has it gone crazy with the usual fairweather fan things (just like last time the Seahawks made it to the superbowl). You'd think this city was a non-stop sporting-fanaticism city the way people are acting right now, instead of the usual aloof "Eh, football's okay if you're into sports, I guess" thing.

January 26, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterfluffy

Aren't people from Seattle just Canadians with US passports?

January 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNH

I take Sherman didn't master the subtle part of Seattle contempt yet. Sorry, had to make the jab. Still, looking forward to the Bowl. My family is split nicely on who to root for. I did most of my growing up in Boulder, CO, during the Elway era, and while I hate the city, the Broncos will likely always be my football team. Though the rest of sports is just rooting for where ever I currently live.

January 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSimpler Simon

Uhm, excuse me, but I was actually born in Orlando, and have lived here my entire life. =P

Note from Scott: You're right, of course. You have to admit, you're in the minority on that though. I'd also be interested in knowing if your parents were born here. There's a chance they were, but odds are the moved here from somewhere.

How about this rain this morning, eh? looks like Seattle out there!

January 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRokas

Perhaps they moved to North Dakota to get away from having any pro teams at all. Unless there is a National Curling Federation or something up there.

January 27, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermarr

Orlando?
Furioso? (which is opera-ese for "u mad bro?"

January 27, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterkhereva

@ marr: The University of North Dakota is one of the top college hockey teams in the country. Jonathon Toewes went there! Their basketball team used to be great. Phil Jackson went there!

Also, Grand Forks regularly wins the state high school hockey championship (or at least they used to)

January 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMoon

Does Seattle also have douchy "Native" stickers for their cars so snobs can stick their noses up? People born in Denver and still live here think they are superior to those of who have seen the world, traveled, experienced different cities, and have moved here to be close to both the mountains and the city. I would have rather traveled than stayed stagnant all my life. Also, we will kick Seattle's butt on Sunday.

January 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterManinDenver

As somebody who grew up in the Denver metro area, I hate Denver with a passion. I like to watch episode 1 of Jericho just to see the scene where Denver gets nuked.

January 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDenver Hater

I live in a corn-and-soybean-intensive rural township, so I have no pride. It saves time.

January 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

Thanks for getting all of the moral victories out of the Sonics Thunder for us.

- Oklahoma City

January 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChris

First of all, while yes, we all wear scarves here, 90% of them are green and worn in support for our Seattle Sounders now. It's a soccer thing.
Also, we only appear (passive agressively) arrogant and superior to those who are not.

And third, to those Bronco fans, I have only this to say.
"August 17, 2013. Seahawks-40, Broncos-10."
We look forward to a repeat.

January 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMike N

I have lived in Seattle for over 10 years. I was from Spokane, before. This brings me great joy.

January 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCassiSu

That thing you said about Orlando is true about Seattle now. Oregon was supposed to keep the Californians out but somehow they leapfrogged up here. When I meet someone else who was born here we both act surprised.

January 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterZen

I am from Ohio - the state nobody likes.

January 27, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteruwg

My dad met some guys from Seattle in the lobby of a New Orleans hotel. They were staring out the window at the sky and when he asked what they were doing they replied "we've never seen it rain this hard before."

As for me, I take great pride in being a native Floridian. My mom's not, but it's okay because she's from Louisiana and not some damned Yankee.

January 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSavannah

The Seattle people I've met in college weren't into hockey as far as I know, and I think they could have avoided professional teams if they'd have gone to Wyoming, and saved themselves the trouble and gas. The only explanation any of them gave was that UND has an elite aviation program, and so does Washington, so naturally they'd have to go to come here. These students took pride in their skills in logic. And were usually philosophy majors, not aviation.
I would understand the scarves, except most of them didn't do anything else to stay warm. They went hatless to show off their hair gel, except for the ones who wore silly hats.
I grew up in a rural township, and I did have pride in those days. I was dumb then.

January 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBrady

I beg to differ on one point: In Alaska, there is a little town called "Naknek". In this town, there is a restaurant/hotel called "D&D" (Dino & Dino's. It was established by two Greek brothers). In this restaurant, which is still owned an operated by a Greek, the absolute best pizza on the planet is made.

Chewy undercrust, thick, crusty cornicione, just the right amount of sauce, and more toppings and cheese (mozzarella only) than you know what to do with. It is a life-changer.

Its only downside is that it's very expensive (relative to, say, Papa John's), but that's partially due to the locale. Everything's expensive in my home town.

Also, I wonder if you know what REAL smoked salmon is like.

January 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBAH!

@Brady & Scott. My guess is the hair gel is so they don't get hat hair.

January 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMike

As someone from New Jersey, this loyalty strikes me as odd: we're a state at war with ourselves over which out-of-state city to identify with, just so we can ignore being from Jersey!

(although we do keep trying to remind folks that the Super Bowl is here, not in New York -- especially those of us on the Philly side of things looking to spite NYC just because...)

January 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

@uwg - are you familiar with the webcomic toothpastefordinner.com? the guy who writes that is from ohio, and has the occasional ohio-bashing joke.

January 28, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjoseph

@ Anne wrote: "I live in a corn-and-soybean-intensive rural township, so I have no pride. It saves time."

Me too. Not only does it save time that might be wasted on mundane matters that, IMHO, don't really matter, but it also tends to keep the riff-raff out.

January 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterR. Dan

Savannah: True, it doesn't rain hard in Seattle...just constantly

January 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJustRuss

Greek pizza is the best. The recipe has migrated to Venice without loosing anything in translation. Also, I know a Cuban who had a Greek friend who gave him the recipe. He makes it and sells it in Antigua, Guatemala. Honest to god, every time I find the best pizza I've ever eaten, the recipe is from Greece.

February 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSunny

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