The major difference between Oregon and Washington is not that it rains even more in Washington, although that comes a close second. The major difference is that Washington has Boeing. All Oregon has is Nike. Boeing is in Seattle, and when Boeing is booming, Seattle is a boom town. In the middle of the eighties, Boeing was booming. The visible proof was the visible prosperity, leaving Seattle fat and happy even during Reaganomics, a model American city and a complete anachronism. That too seems typical of Seattle. Beautiful Seattle, city of airplanes, blackberry bushes, and rain, surrounded and infiltrated by water, and then, as if that weren't enough, having more of the same element dumped upon it constantly; beautiful Seattle, the envy and refuge of many Oregonians--no longer just a provincial big city like Portland, Seattle has become a real big city. Even foreigners have sometimes heard of it.