It's been one year since I moved away and I have ZERO regrets. Best move ever. I went to Plano,Texas. Why you ask? Well Texas also has no state income tax. Think of Bellevue Square, full of tech companies and shopping districts like what you would find in Lincoln Square and University Village but better! http://shopsatlegacy.com , so it's not just about Applebees and cheese sticks you fuckin goon.
Texas has it's own faults but not as flawed as King/Snoh County. I am a much much more positive person these days. I have access to roads, native foods, and all the same bullshit that Seattle brags about and MUCH more. I still hit the trader Joes nearby without having to take a half day off to reach it in the muck.
My utilities are half the cost compared to WM. Trash/water/sewer bills that would give me unpredictable shock every month are now acceptable. My utilities are 68.00 for two months of recycling and trash PLUS water/sewer included!!! (they aren't nitpicky about recylcing here, containers are not priced by the size and BOTH are picked up weekly). I have modern amenities like central heat and air and roads that are fast, efficient, and well maintained. Texas does have toll roads but they also have parallel two lane access roads if you don't want to pay a toll. I am okay with tolls if it felt like getting value for it.
The drivers here are much much more aggressive, but it's for speed, not for being passive aggressive dicks. If you are not stepping on the gas or going 85 in a 75, they will let you know about it. Not just 1 dick driver, but all of them and it helps get that lazy driver to get in the right lane.
If I need furniture, there's Nebraska Furniture Mart in the colony about the size of 5 football fields, fresh restaurants, authentic mexican joints like Hacienda Ranch (which invented the frozen margarita), and it's just a refreshing pleasant place to be despite what you view and read in the news.
One of the most disgusting things I hated about Seattle metro was the gas stations. Cramped, dark, antiquated service pumps. Just really ghetto with nothing convenient about them. Always felt like I needed a tetanus shot. Always seemed like you would have to go inside these shitty stations to use the "outhouse" on the inside. You know, gang signs, non functional sinks, borrow a key. Like the backwoods you see in movies. Here in Texas, we have QuikTrip, RaceTrac, and Bucees. QT offers made to order kitchens, I think RaceTrac does too, and Bucees is very famous for going above and beyond for having clean restrooms and other treats they make in-house.
Grocery stores here are similar to Seattle. We have Tom Thumb (Safeway), Kroger (Fred Meyer), and Trader Joes. But in addition, there's not one but several Trader Joes and Whole Foods. But my all time favorite is Market St. They actually make some decent take home foods in their deli that rival making it at home. My tastes are Whole Foods style but price conscious and they definitely meet that requirement. Just very FRESH and with a smile. They don't have racks to stick the cart in, as they insist on taking the cart out for you and taking it back 100% of the time. Each time I've gone grocery shopping minding my own business (because that's what Seattle instills in you), I always get someone striking up a joke about the produce or ideas on what they plan to make that night, or the hard to open produce bags and smiles all around. None of this passive aggressive bullshit I had for 8 years.
To that asshole "HarryWang", ohh that's so original. Anyway, some Seattle coworkers came for their 1st visit and they LOVED it and can't wait to come back. So fuck you if you think it's all about "Applebees" you one dimensional piece o shit. If everywhere else was sooooooooo shitty, why is Toyota and Kubota relocating their headquarters to north Texas? Yeah, exactly your blinded jealousy has you sounding like a 3 year old who won't share.
In the week these coworkers visited, we went to Top Golf and Dave and Busters. Top Golf is a full serve facility and they kissed our ass to make our visit enjoyable. You NEVER saw service like that in Seattle. Yeah D&B is a chain, but at least it's variety that you can choose or NOT choose to participate in. In Seattle, it was just one dimensional shit like teriyaki and dive bars serving the same over rated Red Hook. Where's your precious Boom Noodle? Ohh it closed. Where's your other dive joints that can't seem to stick around more than a year?!!
That's my random experiences so far which has been terrific and I would encourage those who think they are "stuck", to start packing. Take the negative "why don't you leave?" mentality from these damp hillbilly tards and act on it on YOUR terms. Why stick in a shitty damp region that hates you and has the customer service skills of a disgruntled postal worker? Anywhere is better than PNW.