I've lived in several areas around Seattle for the last ten years and I'm ambivalent about Seattle. The rainy, gray weather is about to drive me insane, every winter I get severely depressed -- and put on weight from lack of outdoor activities. On one hand, I love something about the Seattle people, they are highly intelligent and easy-going compared to the East Coast. The summers here are wonderful, very beautiful and full of activities. There are many intellectual and artistic activities, lots to do with the kids. The air is always fresh, the traffic easy, nothing is really crowded, and the cost of living not great, but not terrible. It's a pretty town, very quaint. On the other hand, I haven't made a single real friend in ten years, I'm unemployed -- yet again even though I have really good tech skills, my boyfriends lack a certain ambition and drive -- very sweet but-- boring? I crave a real man, someone who doesn't wear a baseball cap and dress like a ten year old. The winters are too long and dreary. Every year I plan on leaving and get beguiled by the summers into thinking this place isn't so bad. This year I'm going to leave... really.