We went out for dinner tonight at a slightly more expensive joint on the east side (yeah, east side, and I'm going to write about the bizarre "Seattle versus" thing around here at some point soon) overlooking Lake Washington called BluWater Bistro. It was fairly yummy. Diana had surf-n-turf, which she said was very good (pretty outstanding presentation, too). I had surprisingly good chicken parmesan. Pretty basic dishes, but prepared really well. The dessert was this crazy delicious "Toll House Magic," some cookie dough but in a cast iron skillet and baked, then served with ice cream on top. Best dessert idea ever, in the history of man.
In any case, it being New Year's Eve, lots of people were trickling in all dressed up for the evening. Some slightly slutty outfits, sure, but you know, some days I think that's OK. We were looking around as the tables around us filled, and we seem to have noticed that people out here, in a general sense, are more attractive. It's hard to qualify exactly what that means. On one hand, it's often little variations like clothes or whatever, and sometimes it's hair choices. For example, one of the waitresses had kind of standard blonde curly hair, but the under-parts were auburn colored. Sometimes you might see a dude who fancies himself as a musician with integrity, but even with the clothes to match there's something neat and orderly about the look. Like I said, it's hard to qualify.
I think a lot of it comes in the diversity of people too. There's a lot of Indian and Asian culture influence in terms of fashion and style. Lots of piercings and tattoos too, but not in the shitty Pittsburgh prison tattoo sense, but rather the paid a lot for a good idea genre. Even grandmothers have nose rings out here, and I mean rings, not tiny little screws.
Some of it may have to do with all of the money here. Seriously, I've never seen so many nice cars as a percentage of those on the road (which is good because who's gonna fuck with my crappy six-year-old Corolla in a parking lot full of Mercedes and BMW's?). I know money doesn't directly make people happy, but it clearly doesn't hurt. I haven't encountered a ton of people who are dicks about it either, perhaps because it's more common. If you're wealthy in Cleveland, everyone around you is poor. :)
I feel more attractive too. I think that has to do with the lack of snow and straight weeks of gray sky. Your psychological state definitely has a lot to do with how you look and feel.