I'm a Brit living in Southern California. I’ve been here for about 20 years now and yes, I can be a bit gobby. These are my observations, comments and sometimes rants about the differences between my home and my adopted home.
While I was back in England, I realized there were a few things I had actually forgotten all about or things that I really, really like. Here’s a few:
Now I know every American tourist complains about the lack of ice in drinks and warm beer, but I had totally forgotten that when you order an alcoholic beverage in a pub, not only is it in a tiny little glass, you only get one or two ice cubes. It threw me for a minute. Then I realized that although my glass was tiny, I still had the same amount of alcohol, minus the half a glass of ice you get everywhere in America. There are two upsides to this: your drink doesn’t get watered down so fast (if at all) and you can actually drink more (*smile*). Although this will tend to cost you more, but hey.
As for going out to dinner, there was never a time when someone just dumped a huge glass of ice water in front of me without even asking. I never drink water with my meals, let alone a frosty one and it annoys me that waiters just assume I want it. What a waste. Anyway, back to my point, when you did have water with your meal, it had no ice and that was really nice (for me anyway).
No Ice Please
Serviettes (or should I say Napkins?)
I don’t think I am a messy eater, but having lived in the good
ole USA for 20 years, I’m apparently rather used to the overabundance of
serviettes everywhere.You go for a meal
and the waiters are continually bringing you new 'napkins,' go for a burger and you get
about ten in your bag.Even at home, I
am now used to using a bit of kitchen roll while I’m eating.(I don’t think of myself as posh enough to
use serviettes – kitchen roll is perfect for the job).
You can only have ONE!
So when going out to eat in England, I realized you only get
ONE serviette – and not a very big one at that.You better not order anything messy, because you will regret it later
when you have dirty hand prints on your clothes from wiping your hands.(I find it’s a bit rude to use the table
cloth).Even when eating at home (my
sister’s house) I found myself getting a bit of kitchen roll.I’m not sure what’s happened to me that all
of a sudden I am a sloppy eater who needs to wipe her face and hands all
throughout a meal.Nobody else seemed to
have a problem.I think I’ve become brain
washed by American-eze.
Ahh, what a lovely surprise when I walked into my mum’s
bathroom and saw green toilet roll!Yes,
green!Oh hello coloured loo roll, how I
have missed you.When we went to the
supermarket, I even stood in the tissue aisle for a while gazing in wonder at all the
lovely colours: peach, blue, green, yellow…..I have become so used to only
having boring old white.What is that all
about?Why does America only use white
toilet roll?I Googled it (obviously) and the only
definitive answer was that apparently white was more popular (oh, and apparently the dye might cause irritation or bladder infections to the overly anxious Americans)Hmm…. okay.Maybe I should have brought some coloured
stuff home with me.
Although, I did find
out that National Toilet Paper Day is on August 26 and there’s something I never knew.