Moved here two years ago for a new job after many years in San Diego & Oceanside. Originally from Rapid City (western SD).My experience had been largely positive. Seattleites let you fly as big a freak flag as you like, as long as you're a good person. They give you your space, but will engage really well if you put a little effort into letting the world know that's what you want.What this means, of course is that I/you have to. (A) be OK with others' occasional extravagant freak flags; and (B) put yourself out there and do some actual work re. friendship and community. I know these have both been learning curves for me ... but they have been well worth it.P.S. The most polite "public space" crowds - movies, the market - anywhere. And - the exit out of my apt garage is onto a very busy street near a stoplight. Drivers always let me into traffic. Always.