This definitely falls into my top 10 signs I am from Philadelphia: I wave.

That’s right. I wave.

As opposed to flashing a double peace sign or breaking out a shaka (hang ten).

Both of which I received when out running two quick errands today. Oh, and they weren’t errands like say, to an organic farm or the local surf shop where those greetings might be expected, and, really, probably preferred so you have a more authentic / immersive experience. I was at the UPS store. In a strip mall. And Starbucks. Also in a strip mall.

Grace, unlike me, is Oregon greeting ready. Lately, she’s been either winking or giving Kenny and I a thumbs up to communicate.

Not me. I need to come up with something. If you are looking for me this weekend, I will be locked in my bedroom practicing something way cooler than waving to adopt as my new Oregon greeting.

(Hand Jive? Gangsta guns? Double thumbs up? Two thigh slaps and a double clap? What do you think?)

I like to fit in.



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I'm Bridget. 37. Mom. Wife. Worker. I lived in Philadelphia (or thisclose to the city) for 35 years. That's all changed. We moved. From Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. To Portland, Oregon. Cue minor culture shock.

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  1. You’re lying. You just *have* to be! lol

    So…did you have to Google “shaka”, or did you already know what it was called? As for your own greeting, I like the thumbs up/wink, accompanied by that slight clicking sound that you make with the side of your mouth – know what I mean?

  2. LOL – seriously, right? Nope – double peace signs coming out of Starbucks and a shaka from a dude I let cross in front of my car. I learned shaka in Hawaii in January for a work trip – had it not been for that – I would have called it a ‘hang ten’. Hahahaha. :)B

  3. thanks to Ken’s dinner tutorial I know that difference between guns and gangsta guns now. I say go with those; they are super cool….. at least thats what Ken taught Grayson.

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