Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 151

You’re welcome!

Now, I like the phrase ‘you’re welcome’, but it doesn’t come naturally to me because I am British.

For example:

I am packing my own grocery bags in the grocery store. Usually the person on the checkout does the packing as that is way it works in the USA, but I’m used to Tesco in the UK, where they really can’t be arsed / don’t want to / it’s not in their job description.

When I’m packed up, the checkout girl says to me, ‘Thanks for helping.’

And I say, ‘That’s okay.’

And she says, ‘You’re meant to say ‘you’re welcome’. But I guess that’s just our cultural differences.’

And she’s right, it is.

When I say ‘that’s okay’ I mean ‘no problem’, but it’s like I did her a massive favour, and to be honest, I really do not have an issue packing my own bags at the checkout, all said and done, so ‘you’re welcome!’

He's not going to be much use packing, me thinks...

He’s not going to be much use packing, me thinks…

Private medical insurance is driving me crazy!

a) You have to give the same info about yourself and your details over and over and over again to many, many different people
b) I am not used to calling in yourself and giving the same info about yourself and your details over and over again to get an appointment
c) I miss the NHS

I miss you

I miss you

I get that it’s great to have private medical insurance in the USA, and I am lucky to have it, but bloomin’ ‘eck it don’t half take some time to get an appointment sorted!

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6 Responses to Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 151

  1. She actually said that to you? Wow- that was ridiculous. Saying “It’s okay.” to me means “No problem.” Let me use a popular English expression here: “Sorry!”

    I’m glad you miss the NHS. Cherish and protect it. It’s a beautiful thing – not without it’s problems – but still a beautiful thing.

  2. Robyn says:

    I can’t stand having my things packed for me in supermarkets over here… I bring plenty of reusable bags and I still end up with half the shopping in plastic bags and only one or two items per bag! Drives me nuts!

  3. Pat and Pam says:

    I am very grateful for the NHS, but I find myself getting annoyed having to give details over and over again when they have centralized computer system and it should all be available. It’s always the same — full medical history and a list of all the meds you’re taking. We have a file for each of us on the computer that I keep up to date and when they (consultant, specialist, etc etc) ask for the usual, we just hand over the printout. Much easier, less time consuming, and READABLE!

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