The Kramer Quotient

‘ll always remember first arriving in Seattle

for college all those years ago. My new University of Washington classmates seemed enchanted that I was from a land so far away called “Spokane.” They’d look at me like I was a lost tribesman of Indonesia and just repeat it to me, “Really, Spokane. Huh!”

Later, in grad school in Missouri or working in Boston, I finally gave up telling people I was from Spokane because they had no idea what I was talking about. I just started telling people I was from Seattle. “Oh, Seattle! I love Seattle,” they’d say, like I passed the cool test.

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