Something about UK that always psyches me out. I wrote about this little complex almost a year ago -- but that was only when one British colleague was visiting San Jose. Today, I'm the visitor. And that magnifies and intensifies the inferiority complex.
Flashback to several hours ago to a Proudly Serving Starbucks pseudo coffee bar:
"Tall coffee, room for cream, thank you," I say.
"Pardon?" asks the barista
"Um, tall coffee, room for cream?" I reply, suddenly self-conscious.
"(ah of course, perhaps they refer by cup size) Oh, a 16oz please"
"(how silly of me, I need to convert to metrics!) Sorry, I meant a 14.72 cubic cm coffee please."
Finally, a bemused local colleague steps in to save me.
"16oz coffee, mate. Cheerio."
"Brilliant, here you go! Cheers!."
Mark my words, one day, I shall learn their secret handshake.