The pressure to make small talk on the bus or respond to that Facebook event was completely gone. I could pop in my headphones, go to work, come home, and not feel guilty about not grabbing drinks with my coworkers at the end of the day. They had their busy lives and I had mine, so there was an understanding. We weren’t being rude to each other; we were just being selective about our social interactions. You can be sure that if you make a friend in Seattle, they are a true friend. The fake niceties are gone, and if they’re hanging out with you, it is because they actually want to.
And isn’t that the great thing about the Seattle Freeze? After a few months, I was able to form a close Seattle family -- a friend group that I know values me for who I am, and not because of a social code. They had the opportunity to freeze me, but they didn't. And that's just the way it is.
As for my new trivia friends? They asked me, as I left for my walk home, if I’d ever be back. I thought about it for a second and joked that it would be a good way to end this adventure by never seeing them again.