Since I'm so not used to living in a town like this, I figured I'd share with you the most notable things I've come across while living in eastern Washington, both good and bad.
1. There's (almost) no trees. When I first moved here, I thought it was a desert. I was quickly corrected. There is just a little too much rain here to be considered a desert. It's a shrub brush. I didn't even know those existed.
2. There's no humidity. On the east coast, when it's 85 degrees out, it feels like it's 100, and you're probably hiding inside for fear of having heat stroke. Here, 105 degrees is just a normal July day. The difference is entirely humidity. It's amazing how almost-pleasant the heat can be when it's dry.
3. SPUDNUTS! I'm not sure if these exist in other towns or only the one that I live in, but spudnuts are the greatest thing that has been introduced to me since I came to this town. They're donuts, but made with potato flour. Now, I love potato bread. Potato bread french toast was one of my favorite things when I was little. Now take that, but turn it into a donut. Or a maple bar. Or a cinnamon roll. All amazing things that are sold at the spudnut shop. Also, almost every single business meeting at my lab has spudnuts. And when the people in the meeting don't finish the spudnuts, they dump them in the intern room. Which is where I am. Which means free spudnuts all the time. Life is glorious.
4. There's WinCo. I had never heard of winco until I came out to Washington, but it is by far the best supermarket I have ever been to. For those of you who haven't been there, imagine Costco, but instead of having to buy everything in bulk, they sell them individually. And there's a "bulk" section where there's tons of seasonings and candy and nuts and cereals in big containers and you just scoop out however much you want and they're sold by weight! I definitely miss this on the east coast.
5. Everyone has Direct TV. On the east coast, everyone uses Verizon Fios or Comcast (ugh). I think it probably has to do with the lack of rain though, because we had Direct TV for a little while as a kid and it went out every time it rained. Here, that's not an issue.
6. More than 5 cars within your line of sight is considered traffic. I'm not kidding. Today we were on a 5 lane road and there were 4 other cars and my friend made a comment about how much traffic there was.
Hopefully this gave you all an insight into my charming little town. It's a great place to live, and I imagine to raise a family, but it's definitely not the permanent place for me. But I will miss the spudnuts.
Side note: My laptop is currently broken so I will be attempting to blog from my phone, please forgive me of the formatting is wonky. I will fix it as soon as I can.