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06.07.2010 14 °C
Since slugs are icky let’s start with a fabulous made in NZ incredible new movie called Boy. Go check out http://www.flicks.co.nz/movie/boy/ Boy ; it was raved over @ Sundance. Finally got to see and wow….. Think back to being 11 and even younger. This movie is about a boy coming of age in the 80s, great social commentary, and alternatively quirky, creative, funny, and sad. There is deep poignancy, family drama, imaginative thoughts portrayed in crayon, and sheer rough south eastern NZ remote coast land. People here say it is very realistic and authentic. Oh yeah, there is a goat too…. A very important goat! If you have a chance to see it, please do. It is one of those small, finely cut jewel type stories, with finely carved characters.
Our cable TV is satellite TV. There are five (5) free channels in NZ, the rest are shipped in from the UK and US. The basic package consists of 51 channels & costs $51/month. How tidy! We have a new dish planted on the north facing outside roof line. I do like having a TV after a few months without. Some of the prime time US shows include Comedy Central, Ellen, Oprah, 3rd Rock, Modern Family, CSI etc. I like the UK PM soap operas too, very cheesy and dramatic. We have all sorts of sports channels and Maori TV too.
Interestingly, Maori TV is really popular with Pakeha (white people). There is now a research study going on to see why white people like Maori TV so much. I would volunteer to join but have not seen very much of it. All I have really seen is groups of school kids singing and dancing and the news. The news is fascinating. The announcers have the exact cadence and tone of US newscasters: monologue, serious pause, emphasis noted here, low voice there, then dramatic ending, and sometimes an exclamation. Of course I don’t have a clue what they are saying. Surprisingly, RUGBY is turning out to be fun!
Rugby is crazy and kiwis are obsessed with it. Hunky cute young guys in short shorts - without padding, helmet, or equipment - run in lines and try to bash though another line of guys wearing same albeit different color. Two guys at a time smash and tackle the guy with the ball. There are head locks and loud grunting. Then, very calmly the down guy stands up and tidily taps the ball behind him for the next guy in line to run and try to bash through the other line. Sometimes, someone drop kicks the ball really far. Every once in a while they get in that group hug thing where they pass the ball underneath. I’m not sure what that is all about. So far I’m pretty enamored with the hunky cute guys in short shorts running around. It is all very exciting and loud.
Toxic sea slugs, what, are you kidding me? Yes. Apparently, along some local beaches there are areas with poisonous sea slugs that dogs have eaten and who have consequently died. Pretty gross and scary. So…. we spend all this $$ to get Kenzie here, have her in quarantine for 30 days ($$), and she licks a slug and dies… NO WAY!! We now need a fully enclosed muzzle for her to wear at the beach so little Miss Hoover doesn’t slurp up this new type of escargot. Who knew? We bought a mesh muzzle and I plan to sew rain coat type fabric over the nose so she can’t get near the slug mucous. How disgusting is this on a scale of 1-10? I’d say 12.
So friends, adieu. It is still raining and quite cold. We yearn for our winter clothes, they are probably roasting in Singapore or some other equatorial port I’m sure. Again thanks for the comments and emails. We love to hear from you!!