British people keep telling me I'm very polite. In fact, my girlfriend complained that I'm too polite. I keep thinking this would be a shocking revelation to people at home, who seem to have rather the opposite idea about me. I've come up with a few possible reasons for this change:
Dry humor. The British sense of humor involves a lot of sarcasm. Maybe they're all saying this because it's not true. Alas.
I've changed. Maybe with age I've gained a bit of tact and whatnot?
Cultural differences. Maybe Americans just have much higher standards than Brits. Also, I'm not exactly hanging out with the royal family. And, to be fair, it seems they would have even lower standards.
Gendered expectations. It's possible that people expect a lot less from men than women. Or perhaps what they expect is just different and I did not conform to the standard female model and my laxish manners are good enough for blokes? I find this explanation both likely and annoying. Casual sexism is bad, people!
Anyway, none of this pondering matters to those of you who remember the good old days when I used to run around in my underwear while belching as loudly as possible. Ah, good times. I miss them.