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June 12, 2017 Jean's View: The Newcomers' Survival Guide
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By Jean Godden

As we know, Seattle is now knee-deep in newcomers. Number crunchers say that 57 newbies arrive every single day. That influx has pushed the city's population up to 704,352.

Johnny and Joanie-come-latelies flock to Seattle attracted by interesting jobs, matchless scenery, mild climate, mouthwatering cuisine and the rhetoric of city boosters. They're drawn Chamber of Commerce hypsters who gave us catchphrases like "Say WA" and "Metronatural -- it's what makes Seattle unique" as well as the spell-checker slogan: "See-AT-L."

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Now that we have squads of tenderfeet in our midst, what's needed is an updated version of "The Official Rules of Seattle," tips to help newcomers assimilate. Here are some basics:

Rule One. Never discard anything whatsoever without placing it in the proper bin. When I worked at the Seattle Times, there was even a bin for "Styrofoam peanuts."

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