I told Yuki that some Americans consider tea drinking fancy.
Here's how it went:
M: "So, some Americans think tea drinking is fancy."
Y: "What do you mean, the tea ceremony?"
M: "No, just drinking tea."
Y: "Oh, so a handmade tea then, someone who only drinks tea made by teamasters..."
M: "No, just tea. Like Lipton, or Twinings. Teabags."
Y: "But that's garbage. What do you mean 'fancy'? Why did you use that word?"
M: "Because that's what some Americans think - I just learned about it. It's one of the stupidest things I've ever heard, I just wanted your take on it."
Y: "People think drinking Lipton tea is fancy?"
M: "Probably they think a can of Dinty Moore is fancy, too."
Y: "What's Dinty Moore?"
M: "Cheap canned stew."
Y: "You live in a very strange country."
M: "You don't have to tell me, mongol sister."
Y: "Did you just call me 'mongol sister'?"
And again, I was grocery shopping last night, and passed by the coffee and tea isle... all they sold was teabags, Lipton, Twinings, Celestial Seasonigs... and I thought, "who in their right mind thinks this junk is 'fancy'?" I laughed out loud at the absurdity of it. Like eating a Snickers bar and someone chiding you for being 'fancy'. Sheesh. What a country.