The British Rant

I’ve been debating whether to write this or not, just because I know so many people do it and it may offend? Just know thats not my intention before reading. These are just observations and real life conversations. 

Being from England and living in San Diego is simply four things. Amazing, irratating, eye-opening and culturally difficult.

It only really hit me when I started working at my first restaurant. I would open my mouth for one simple ‘hello’ and would get instant attention. Whether it was as simple as “nice accent” or as confusing as “what part of Australia are you from?”. 

I think one situation that still sticks out to this day was when I was shopping at my local mall and met a gentleman selling jewellery. I asked him if he had any ‘stretchers’, looking at me confused I repeated myself, then to be interrupted by my bestie to correct me. “She means a gauge”. Naturally eyerolling, I nodded. He then proceeds to laugh and say “thats a good one, you’ve even got the lingo down”…. excuse me, what? My friend and I looked at each other confused, which he then proceeds to ask for ‘proof’ that I am really from England. I humored the poor guy and gave him my English ID, he apologized and began to explain this confusing scenario. Aparently it wasnt a rare situation that American girls would pretend and put on a ridiculous accent. It certainly baffled me why anyone would want to do it. We ended up deciding it was because English people sound more attractive and they somehow believed they weren’t attractive enough. Ha. 

So now, not only do I get it when I am out and about, I get it at work. Some days I don’t mind it, and somedays it gets on my nerves! Here are a list of things would say to me:

“Where are you from?” – this is the most acceptable question to ask me in my opinion. It isn’t getting too personal and it isn’t assuming or rude.

“Why are you here?” – why do you need to know this? To be honest, now I am a bartender and have a lot of regulars, so this question is a hit and miss. If I have been talking to you for awhile and you think you’d like to get to know me a little more, than this question is acceptable, but if you’ve just met me? Not sure I am ok with sharing my personal reasoning for moving across the world… on another note, for those of you who want to know, the only answer I am giving is “because I wanted to”.

“Are you on a work visa?” – ??? Why?

“What part of England are you from?” – acceptable and most common.

“What part of Australia are you from?” – no, no and NO.

“Do you like sharks?” – WHAT?!

“Are you from South Africa?” – *eye rolling*

“Are you from New Jersey?” – ….

“How long ago did you move here?” – common also and acceptable but also annoying. Its annoying cause I KNOW they are asking me because they either don’t believe I am from the UK or they think I am loosing my accent so they are trying to figure out if their mums, best friends, uncles, daughter is going to loose it too!

“Do you like tea?” – no I don’t, why? Are you ordering one or not?

“Say *insert corny British commerical shown on American TV*” – eugh, leave me alone.

“Do you like Harry Potter?” – yes, why? Did a new movie come out?!

I respect people so much for the courage to ask some of the questions that they do. Just understand, if you are asking a British person something personal, while they are working, you are going to slowly drive them up the wrong wall. 

Love you really, you Yankees… I mean, Americans 😛

Peace out, yo.
Oh and just a heads up. Mr Barnaby gets a little thanks and mention for this blog for the status he wrote a couple months ago. Made me want to write a full rant haha. 

Good Morning From JBJ

Hello there! Its 7am on a rainy Friday morning, and guess where I am? You got it, the gym. Its nice to be able to write a quick blog while I am limping along on the treadmill. 

Thats right, I am STILL in pain from my leg workout 3 days ago! Its okay though, They feel significantly better, and I’m able to up my speed on my ‘walking machine of wonders’. You’re probably wondering how I messed up my legs so bad, but before I get there, lets talk about my fitness structure when I began working out. 

I mentioned beforehand that I do a 3 mile walk in the morning, which to be fair to myself, is more like a hike. This takes me around an hour. Thats workout number 1. In case of rain, I go to the gym and do a good 3 miles on that ‘wonders’ machine I talked about. Then I go to work, pretty much doubling my step intake, so technically, thats workout number 2. To top it of to a close 20,000 steps (which I don’t hit everyday), I go to the gym and use my guest pass at Chuze to bring a friend. Number 3. 

What do I do at the gym? Before my strength training, all I did was hop on the treadmill. Which, if you have the targets I have, of backpacking and running 5ks, is a great way to start. On the other hand, if you are looking to loose weight fast (recommend NOT doing), then this machine is not for you. It has helped me spread out my gradual weight loss, pushing at a 20,000 step goal using my fitbit. I occasionally pump up the speed, which with my legs how they are now – not very fast, to a light jog/run. Let me emphazie that running on a treadmill is definitely NOT the same as running on regular ground haha. It is a lot more strenuous. After finding out that little detail, I am for sure waiting until I can run on my ‘walking wonder’ before I venture outside again. 

After getting my schedule on a steady routine, which took a couple months, I finally started my strength training. Was super excited, until the next day that is. I decided it was a great idea to make myself do a circuit of 30 jumping jacks, 10 weight squats and 20 weightless lunges and then repeat them 3 times. Also adding abs to the mix with russian twists, a lying down bicycle and a few short planks, I was to say the least, in much pain and exhausted. 

The next day was so painful, that i literally couldnt walk. So yeah, my advice to you, is dont jump into countless squats and lunges until youve trained your legs a little more. Especially if you’re a server! I found also that doing a soft walk twice a day loosened up the pain a little, along with multiple piping hot baths. I heard a lot said about Creatine? Excuse me if I spelt that wrong. Maybe I’ll tty this stuff next time! Being low on funds means I can’t go all out with products. But my finacial stuff is for another blog.

Good luck with your Friday guys!

Peace out, yo.