Most of us can get to CenturyLink Field and Pike's Place Market without getting into trouble, but if you decide to take a week to explore the city (and please do) here are a couple things to remember to avoid being robbed, killed or taken advantage of:

  • If someone offers you his new rap CD, just keep walking and don't make eye contact.
  • Pay attention around umbrellas. Those things will poke your eye out.
  • Don't stand on a corner staring at a map. You may as well shout, "I have a wallet full of money and plan to walk slow and aimlessly around your neighborhood!"
  • Don't dress like your credit card has a high limit. If you go on vacation to impress strangers you deserve to be mugged.
  • If you can swing it, fake a Russian accent. People are scared of Russians. If you cannot, fake a Boston accent... same effect.
  • Go pee every time you find a nice restroom. There are no guarantees in life.
  • If a train car is empty... there's a reason.
  • Don't make eye contact with the crazy people.
  • If every other business is a quick loans or liquor store you're in the wrong neighborhood.
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