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You live in Washington State if:

1. You know the state flower (Mildew).

2. Someone in a Home Depot store offers you assistance and they don’t work there.

3. You feel guilty throwing aluminum cans or paper in the trash.

4. You use the statement “sun break” and know what it means.

5. You know more than 10 ways to order coffee.

6. You know more people who own boats than air conditioners.

7. You feel overdressed wearing a suit to a nice restaurant.

8. You stand on a deserted corner in the rain waiting for the “Walk” signal.

9. You consider that if it doesn’t have snow or has not recently erupted, it’s not a real mountain.

10. You can taste the difference between Starbucks, Seattle’s Best, Tully’s and Cutters Point.

11. You know the difference between Chinook, Coho and Sockeye salmon.

12. You know how to pronounce Sequim, Puyallup, Issaquah, Oregon, Umpqua, Yakima and Willamette.

13. You consider swimming an indoor sport.

14. You can tell the difference between Japanese, Chinese and Thai food.

15. In winter, you go to work in the dark and come home in the dark while only working eight-hour days.

16. You never go camping without waterproof matches and a poncho.

17. You are not fazed by “Today’s forecast: showers followed by rain,” and “Tomorrow’s forecast: rain followed by showers.”

18. You have no concept of humidity without precipitation.

19. You know that Boring is a town in Oregon and not just a state of mind.

20. You can point to at least two volcanoes, even if you cannot see through the cloud cover.

21. You notice, “The mountain is out” when it is a pretty day and you can actually see it.

22. You’ve worn shorts, sandals, wool socks and a parka at the same time.

23. You have actually used your mountain bike on a mountain.

24. You’ve had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialed the wrong number.

25. You think people who use umbrellas are either wimps or tourists.

26. You buy new sunglasses every year, because you cannot find the old ones after such a long time.

27. You measure distance in hours.

28. You have switched from ‘heat’ to ‘A/C’ and back again in the same day.

29. You know several people who have hit a deer more than once.

30. You design your kid’s Halloween costume to fit over a 2 layers of clothes or under a raincoat.

31. You install security lights on your house and garage but leave both doors unlocked.

32. You can drive 75 mph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard without flinching; you live in Central, Southern or Eastern Washington.

33. Driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow and ice.

34. You know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter, and road construction.

35. You actually understand these jokes and forward them to all your Washington friends.


I want to play airsoft with locals in my town… but idk anybody other than 3 people in my town that go airsofting. Frustrating and annoying seeming as I want to start an airsoft field in my town because the closest one is 2 1/2 hours away

Barry Dale Loukaitis was 14 years old when he killed his algebra teacher and two students at his school, Frontier Middle School. He held his classmates hostage for ten minutes before a gym coach managed to subdue Loukaitis. 

Loukaitis entered the school dressed as a Wild West style gunslinger, wearing a black duster. He was carrying his .30 caliber hunting rifle and two handguns (.357 caliber revolver and .25 caliber semiautomatic pistol) which belonged to his father. He had about 78 rounds of ammunition on him, as well.

He had walked from his home to the school and entered his algebra class during fifth period. He started to open fire on the class, killing two 14 year old students, Arnold Fritz and Manuel Vela Jr. Natalie Hintz, 13 years old, was critically injured by gunshots to her right arm and abdomen. She was airlifted to a medical center in Seattle. 

Loukaitis turned the gun and shot his algebra teacher, Leona Caires, in the chest. The class began to panic and Loukaitis said, “This sure beats the hell out of algebra, doesn’t it?” This is reported a quote from the novel Rage by Stephen King. 

After hearing the gun shots, gym coach Jon Lane came into the classroom and found that the killer was holding his classmates hostage. His plan was to use a hostage in order to escape the school safely. The gym coach volunteered to be a hostage and he was kept at gunpoint using his rifle. Lane took his chances and grabbed the weapon from the hands of the gunman and proceeded to wrestle him to the floor. He then assisted with evacuating students. Lane kept Loukaitis down until police arrived.

In June of 1996, the Spokane Court of Appeals had to come to a decision if Barry should be tried as an adult or a juvenile. In July, three members of the Court were able to convince the Judge to allow a court appointed psychiatrist to present testimony based on the health of the killer. 

Loukaitis pleaded that he was insane and said that “mood swings” caused him to commit the murders. His court appointed psychiatrist testified at his trial that he was experiencing delusional and messianic thoughts directly before the school shooting. She said, “He felt like he was God and would laugh to himself. He felt he was superior to other people, and then those feelings were later replaced by hate, disdain, and not measuring up.”

The prosecutors saw it differently, arguing that he had planned the shooting, even picking up ideas from the Pearl Jam song, Jeremy, which was based on a troubled child who took his life in front of his classmates at school. They argued that he also got his ideas from the novel by Stephen King, Rage, and from the film, Natural Born Killers. Loukaitis himself also admitted that he tried to model his life after the protagonist in the book, Rage, and the films Natural Born Killers and The Basketball Diaries. 

He was convicted of two counts of first degree murder, one count of second degree murder, one count of first degree attempted murder and 16 counts of aggravated kidnapping. He was given two life sentences and another 205 years without the possibility of parole. 

A year before the shooting, the Loukaitis family were dealing with some dysfunctional problems. His parents separated in 1995, after his mother found out about an affair his father was having. It is said that Barry’s mother was a domineering woman who started to become distant and talking about killing herself. She would imply that her son would have to kill himself as well. She set the date of the double suicide for Valentines Day. Barry managed to convince his mother not to do that, telling her to write down her feelings.

Barry Loukaitis also suffered from hyperactivity and was on Ritalin at the time of the shooting. He was dealing with clinical depression, which was present for at least three previous generations in his family.

Loukaitis also claimed that he only meant to kill Manuel Vela and any other deaths were accidental.

Terry Loukaitis saw the look in his son’s bloodshot eyes - a look of “cold fury” - and recoiled in fright.

“He was a completely different person. I was shocked, horrified,” the Moses Lake man testified Thursday, his voice quaking with emotion.

“I didn’t know what to think. It was like the whole thing was a nightmare. It was as if all of this stuff that had been boiling up inside of him all of a sudden started coming out.”

The eruption came the afternoon of Feb. 2, when 14-year-old Barry Loukaitis stepped into his fifth-period algebra class at Frontier Junior High School and started firing his father’s hunting rifle.

The rampage ended when a physical education teacher grabbed the boy and the gun. By then, the classroom was splattered with blood. Two classmates and a teacher were dead; a third student was wounded.

Later that day, Terry Loukaitis told police there was nothing wrong with his son, but when he visited Barry behind bars, he knew it was a lie.

“He was scary looking,” he said Thursday at a hearing to determine if the boy will face aggravated murder charges as a juvenile or an adult.

The confessed killer’s mother also took the witness stand. In a quiet voice, she detailed her son’s two-year slide into angry isolation.

When Barry was in sixth grade, JoAnn Loukaitis said, he was a happy kid - brighter than most, popular, with a flair for writing.

“He was really friendly; he was outgoing,” she said. “He was in student council; he had friends that came over a lot.”

But the next fall, when he started seventh grade at Frontier, things started to change. “He didn’t have friends over as much anymore. He started slowly backing away from people,” his mother said.

JoAnn Loukaitis, 47, clutched a tissue, stared at her lap and said she understands because she long has suffered from depression. When her marriage began falling apart, dissolving into fistfights and curses, she said, some of the fallout wounded Barry, who then was about 12.

By eighth grade, Barry had become so withdrawn, gloomy and angry that his parents had to order him to do fun things, such as go to the movies.

“He just totally isolated himself,” she said. “It was like all of the sudden he didn’t like people; he didn’t trust people; he thought all people were bad.”

Those feelings intensified a couple of weeks before the shootings, when JoAnn Loukaitis, who had just filed for divorce, revealed her plan to kill herself in front of her husband and his suspected lover.

She said Barry urged her not to do it. “Mom, just write about it,” she said he told her. “That way, you’ll get it off your chest. … I don’t want you to die.”

Afterward, the teenager avoided his parents, he ate in his room - if he ate at all - and he slept away much of the day.

JoAnn Loukaitis said her son didn’t snap out of his depression until he was prescribed lithium a couple of months after his arrest. “He started being like the old Barry, who was fun to be with,” she said.

Defense attorney Guillermo Romero later called his third mental health expert, Seattle psychologist Kenneth Muscatel.

While Muscatel ruled out full-blown psychosis, he described Barry Loukaitis as “one of the strangest kids I’ve ever met.” He found the boy, now 15, to be angry, detached and depressed - warning signs of suicide, not murder.

During cross-examination by Grant County Prosecutor John Knodell, Muscatel said Loukaitis’ preparation for the shooting, such as stockpiling ammunition and weapons and buying a trench coat to hide the rifle, required sophistication.

In previous testimony for the defense, a psychiatrist and a psychologist said Loukaitis was mentally ill and wouldn’t have resorted to violence if he’d been properly treated.

Spokane psychologist Mark Mays said the boy was suffering from depression brought on by his troubled home life. Psychiatrist Julia Moore of Federal Way, Wash., went further, diagnosing the teenager as having a bipolar personality disorder - depression combined with unrelenting anger and mood swings.

That was challenged late Thursday by University of Washington psychology professor Alan Unis, the prosecution’s first rebuttal witness.

Unis found Loukaitis to be mentally ill, but not bipolar. The witness said Loukaitis is too young to have that disorder because his personality hasn’t fully developed.

Loukaitis, who has no prior criminal record, is charged with three counts of aggravated first-degree murder and one count of first-degree assault. Killed were classmates Manuel Vela and Arnold Fritz and teacher Leona Caires. Student Natalie Hintz was wounded. Testimony is expected to conclude today.