This does not happen in American culture, where women rarely make fun of themselves. American family dynamics is still something that remains a bit of a mystery to me.
Which brings me to American girlfriend number five, who was paralyzed by her hoards of self-help books. In the UK, girls are open with their parents about sex and dating. Girlfriend number three, who came from a conservative family, would often talk about the importance of transparency and honesty, but would lie to her parents about where she was staying, afraid of what they might think of her.
There is more emphasis on "keeping up appearances," especially on the West Coast where I have been living for the past six months.
Similarly, American girls are much more lavish in their approach to life; and this includes the restaurants and hotels they expect to be taken to.
I tried to brush this off—preconceptions are always dangerous when entering any sort of relationship.
I've always loved this approach: under-sell, over deliver. Where British women live in the moment, unafraid to admit their flaws, American women want to project an heir of success to the world.
It was a night full of spontaneity, which American girls—naturally outgoing and vivacious—have perfected.
They know how to have a good time wherever they are, with a zest for life uncommon in British women.
She had a vision of the man she was going to marry: tall, dark, handsome, and a millionaire.
After all, as she put it, "dancers don't make a lot of money." I wasn't the guy that could spoon feed her, so it ended.
Money and salary is brought up frequently, and name dropping is prevalent in a good portion of conversations, especially in Los Angeles where status is paramount.