A 'Rain City' mystery: Why don't people in Seattle use umbrellas?
A lot of people in the “Rain City” take pride in the fact that “real” Seattleites don’t carry umbrellas. But, I walk around town with a portable roof over my head.
The result? I stay dry, my hair doesn’t get tousled, and I can use my iPhone while I wait for the bus. I also get dirty looks. Granted, my umbrella isn’t small. I actually call it my yurt. That might have a little to do with it, but the reality is this region is anti-umbrella.
Why? Is it weather denial? Affinity for wet jeans? An attachment to rain jackets?