Even when they mutter, "Norwegians," under their breath as I leave the room, I don't mind. Because I am, and because it's good to get my way when I'm right and the only thing opposing me is "policy," and it's particularly good to get my way efficiently when I'm right. It's obviously convenient to be able to pull out Immovable Object when necessary, but it's even more convenient if you can wave a little sign reading "Immovable Object" (like Wile E. Coyote in midair) and have people recognize it and react accordingly.
It may be that there were similar cues I could have invoked when we lived in California, but I didn't know them. Here I know them.