East-coasters might not notice that bagels come, not only sliced across for fixins, but cut in half again to yield two sandwich-like pieces, until they're in some other part of the bagel-yielding country where this doesn't happen and you're left confused as to why you feel uncomfortable and a bit panicky. Civrot, a native New Yorker, has experienced exactly that, and dishes on the frustration of dealing with the communication issues involved with getting a bagel "cut in half".
I have been living on the West coast for almost five years now and whenever I order a bagel I have to remember to always ask for them to cut it in half, which results in a bewildered look. "You mean cut it in half again?", while making a vertical cutting motion with their hands, they ask. To which I respond, "Yes." However sometimes they need more of an explanation. "Well its already cut in half to put the cream cheese on it.", some say. Yes of course it is. How else can you get the cream cheese on the bagel? Just spread it on the top?