I was also brought up using both and I am equally familiar with both.
But are you really saying you can't see the inherent awkwardness of imperial compared to the clean logic of metric? Seriously??? You talk about bases but really the most important thing is that it's the same base used for everything (like metric has). OTOH imperial uses different multiples for different things including 3, 8, 12, 16, 22, and that's just off the top of my head I'm sure there are others! Imperial is CATS saying "All your base are belong to us". It's just bonkers.