24 September, 2008

Stereotypes

This is only going to be a short post as I'm tired and I have a very short attention oooh, look, there's some chocolate over there......sorry, attention span tonight but I heard something hilarious this evening and I just want to pass it on to you, my four readers.

Stereotypes are funny, aren't they? As an English person I'm supposed to be cold, unemotional and unclean, apparently. As a female who happened to be born in Essex I'm supposed to be a right old slapper. As a nurse I'm supposed to be either an angel or a right old slapper.

But I digress.

I work with a Chinese nurse who lives close by, occasionally if we're on the same shift she gives me a lift home. We have a little chat and tonight we were discussing Chinese food. Earlier in the day I'd told one of the other nurses that I fancied an egg roll. She was confused because she didn't know what I meant as she'd heard about egg rolls on the TV in American shows and she didn't know what they were. I told her that I didn't know what they were either and it was highly unlikely that I wanted something that I didn't know what it was.

Are you still with me? Good. I repeated this conversation to my Chinese colleague during the shift and we Googled 'egg roll' only to find out that it's a spring roll. Later in the car we were rehashing the whole Chinese food thing and I was telling her how my chopstick technique was somewhat unorthodox but effective. She was telling me how she usually ate noodles or rice for her evening meal as well as for lunch. She paused for a moment then said, "I don't like to eat sandwiches. You eat one then half an hour later you're hungry again."

Come on. It's not just me, is it?

8 comments:

Foodycat said...

So did you want a fried egg with a bit of brown sauce on a bread roll?

And that is funny!

SSS said...

Yes, that's exactly what I wanted. With the yolk still a bit runny.

Honestly, I burst out laughing when she said it. Hilarious!

NiC said...

Where's the chocolate again, I can't see it?

NiC said...

Heh, heh....the other story in the post is excellent too.

But I still want the chocolate.

SSS said...

I ate it, Nic. It was Green & Blacks milk chocolate and it was delicious.

Jacki said...

It is funny. My in laws are in complete agreement too. They will often go home and eat rice after eating Western food (including roasts, seafood meals etc) as it doesn't fill them up. And they totally didn't get my attempt at explaining the comment often made about Chinese food (and the neuropsych views about appetite/satiety centres which attempts to explain it)

I have been eating some Haigh's chocolate frogs- very nice :)

NiC said...

Green and Black's milk is my favourite.

I have some of the 70% Dark at the moment which is apparently better for me (how can it be better when it doesn't taste as good?).

HH said...

lol! Very true. I have only ever had one bar of green & blacks milk and it was amazing, best I have ever had, I ate the whole thing! I could really go some now, medicinal of course!