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January 18, 2015 at 12:08 PM

Native residents: We’re a bunch of relocated misfits

I cheered when I read Ron Judd’s column about the Northwest character, especially the part about liking the rain and getting quickly tired of warm summer days [“If you weren’t born in Seattle or the Northwest, you’ll never be one of us” [Pacific Northwest magazine, Jan. 9]. But I do think he missed one thing: who we came from.

Surely it was not the well-settled complacent types on the East Coast or Midwest who moved West. It was the misfits. And I think they brought with them a new view, even though they set quickly about exploiting all the natural resources they could get their hands on.

I was feeling fairly cranky when I read that Ron Judd is a fifth-generation Northwesterner. I am only a third generation, but it cheered me up when I realized that I am probably twice his age. My great uncle came out to Blaine in 1890 and jumped up and down and yelled until some of his siblings joined him from Minnesota. Another great uncle from the other side came out to Hillsboro, Ore., and jumped up and down and yelled until some of his siblings came as well.

They strutted around and created businesses and made waves throughout British Columbia, Washington and Oregon and I grew up believing that from Prince Rupert to Crescent City, it was all one and all mine to enjoy. I still feel that way despite the annoying wait at the Canadian border.

I especially appreciate Northwestern in-group humor. I loved the sign in the Pike Place Market at the produce stand that said “Copper River Corn.”

Joanne Daniels, Seattle

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