Eavesdropping is a time-honored tradition up there with people watching. Nobody likes a gossip, but sometimes it's impossible not to overhear snippets of eyebrow-raising conversation at the coffee shop or on the bus.
At their best, these wonderful moments—often hilariously lacking context—can be telling of a certain city or region. They capture a sense of place like an audible terroir, but with shareable punchlines that write themselves. Bless the good people of Twitter for recounting these brilliant slices of Seattle life on social media. For better or worse, these brief (and sometimes bizarre) exchanges offer voyeuristic snapshots of our ever-changing city. God help us all.
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Overheard at coffee shop: "We have rice, almond, coconut, soy, and hemp milk." Only in Seattle...
— Rachel Lynn Solomon (@rlynn_solomon) February 8, 2016
today I overheard a girl ask if her birth control is vegan and I just think I'm really not assimilated to seattle life anymore
— spooky jordan (@milanadroj) June 18, 2017
Gendered footwear is a construct.
Overheard in Seattle restaurant: "Most of our shoe stores here are gender neutral. And thank God for that."
— Molly Edwards (@_mollyedw) August 24, 2017
— Nicole Hardy (@nicolejhardy) July 15, 2016
OK, now you’re just trolling us.
Overheard at my North Seattle caucus: I'm in debt, it's not my fault, I have a degree in Elizabethan Studies and can't find a job....
— Jillayne Schlicke (@jillayne) March 26, 2016
Cities like ours give Bronies across America hope. Good on these two.
Overheard construction workers in Seattle "my sons play with dolls and I don't care." "Yeah, nothing wrong with that"
— Ali Jensen (@ajensen002) September 27, 2016
Even we can’t defend this.
"Emerson and Blakley, would you like more sugar-free carrot cake?" -overheard at Seattle brunch
— Dan Carpenter (@dbcarpenter) April 16, 2017
Clearly, this "hipster" was visiting from Portland.
Just overheard a hipster in Seattle say "oh, pizza and beer? Kinda the worst combination. Ever."
I'm going home now.
— Kylianne (@kyliannabelle) August 11, 2017
The struggle is real.
Overheard at a Seattle restaurant this morning: "I just want to write bitchin' code and be left alone." Oh, you rebel.
— David Meinert (@davidmeinert) December 21, 2015
Doctors may disagree, but this seems right.
overheard in seattle: "he did a lot of acid and stuff in high school so I feel like his brain pathways are more open than mine"
— kylie schwaller (@kylieschwaller) May 1, 2016
You see, in Seattle, friends don’t let friends make mixtapes that aren’t fire.
I'm in Seattle, and I just overheard someone say "how do you tell your friend that their mix tape isn't fire??" I've got a question: wtf??
— Matthew Kolker (@MattKolker) July 24, 2016
This is why they make the big bucks?
Overheard at Seattle bar, among Amazon engineers: "It shouldn't be Netflix and Chill, it should be Dine in and Prime"
— Dave Conroy (@conroydave) August 3, 2016
Seriously, what the hell is going on in Bellevue?
"I want Seattle to be all about boobs and rainbows" --overheard in Bellevue
— Daniel Warwick (@danielmwarwick) March 4, 2017