New Naked Speaker headquarters: San Diego

I’ve moved. From London to California. The Golden State. Specifically San Diego, famous for..um? For the last two weeks I’ve been occupying myself with my new job and whistling the theme from the O.C.

I’ve been struck by the numerous differences between the US and the UK. Especially the food. All the bread is sweet and chewy and it is impossible to find cereal without added sugar. My trips to the supermarket last well over an hour as I study the ingredients searching for products without “high fructose corn syrup” or chemicals I can’t pronounce. Even milk has extra ingredients. Soy protein, condensed Milk, vitamin D. Don’t we get Vitamin D from sunshine? Surely Californians getting enough of that already!

I went to a local Toastmasters club last week. The grammarian let on that the presence of a “master of the English language” was intimidating, but I was still greeted with the outpouring of friendship I have grown to expect from Toastmasters.

I’m going back tonight for a Halloween themed meeting. Members have been told to dress up, with special instructions for the girls: “this is the one time of year when you’re allowed to be slutty!”. Hopefully this US/UK difference will be slightly easier to swallow.

Now that I am settled I hope to start regularly posting again. Watch this space!

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2 Comments

  1. Freddie Daniells
    Posted October 30, 2009 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    Congrats on the move! Hadn’t realised you had moved away. Will be great to hear what it is like at TM clubs over there. Perhaps an article on the differences between UK and US clubs would be good at some point. Best of luck and look forward to reading more soon!

  2. Posted November 2, 2009 at 7:43 am | Permalink

    Welcome to sunny San Diego. I would invite you to our club, but we are closed corporate club. Maybe I can throw my weight around (I eat a lot of sugar-laced food ) as the VPM and get a visitors pass for you. Just let me know. We are ASH Toastmasters in downtown SD in area 6.

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