Monday, January 19, 2009

You Know You Have Lived in London Too Long When...

Although I don't feel like I have lived in London long enough, I thought this was both funny and true and will give you some more interesting tidbits about life in London. Oh, I cannot take the credit for this one as a friend passed it along. Enjoy.

1. You don't even bother looking out of the window when you get up in the morning to check what the day is like. You know it is overcast.

2. You believe that Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday are all good nights for drinking. Sunday day is also entirely reasonable.

3. You can't remember what 'customer service' means.

4. After a big night out you find yourself looking for a Curry house and not a 24 hour McDonalds.

5. You start to accept queuing as a way of life.

6. More than three hours sunlight on summer days seems excessive.

7. You always call soccer 'football' ...and you have a team...and it's not Manchester United.

8. You don't think twice about buying a packaged sandwich.

9. A sunny lunchtime means searching for a patch of grass and stripping off practically down to your underwear.

10. You expect men to actually cut, comb and style their hair (using hair products). And to wear decent clothes. Jeans and a t-shirt are no longer socially acceptable.

11. You think 40 quid for a haircut is quite reasonable.

12. You finish every sentence with "Cheers" or "In'it", and start every conversation with Hiya.

13. You only just realise you have lost your sunglasses - you left them in Greece 2 summers ago.

14. You start thinking English cuisine isn't all that bad after all, I mean, it's hard to beat a full English breakfast.

15. You are on to your 6th umbrella and your second overcoat.

16. You buy a disposable baby BBQ from Argos.

17. You realise your sunscreen is the stuff you originally brought from home with you.

18. A day at the beach means wearing the warmest clothes you own while standing on golf ball-size pebbles and the thought of swimming doesn't even enter your head.

19. You actually say, "Sor'ed" or "it's all gone a bit pear shaped".

20. Wearing a suit in a pub is relatively normal attire.

21. You have given up complaining about the Victorian-like banking services offered in the UK.

22. You have given up explaining why you are half an hour late to work as no-one notices or even cares. In fact - you may even join the one hour gossip session around the coffee machine before booting up your computer.

23. Coming to work with a hangover is entirely accepted and indeed expected at least once a week.



Curly said...

Katand Jiggy,

I think you may have forgot a key point....

You are totally fine with paying 20dollars for a hamburger and 5,000 dollars a month to rent your two bedroom apartment!

peter said...

This is some good stuff - although half is about the weather it seems. Anyways, hope you guys are still doing well.

Anonymous said...

Please explain #19 - us Midwesterners have no idea what this means.


Kathryn said...

Number 19 is just another example of some of the words and phrases popular with the Brits. Everyday I hear something new...keeps like interesting


Jiggy said...

"Sor'ed" means "sorted", as in "Have you sor'ed out who your baby daddy, or are you waiting to get on Maury?"

"it's all gone a bit pear shaped" means "it's gone wrong".

Jon said...

Funny, cute post!

Found your blog by Googling our upcoming stay in Hampstead! Will definitely check out the creperie and take these tidbits of London to heart.