How ya going? This is used the way we say "how's it going" except the how does not rhyme with cow it is "ha" like the first part of hat. The first part of "going" is pronounced like it rhymes with cow. Got that? We are keeping a list of uniquely Australian terms, like slip, slap, slop which means don't spare the sunblock.A wanker is a jerk. Another one is halfer for half an hour, and Eli's contribution to the list is root which means sex. This reportedly results in heaps of snickers in math class.
Our schoolies are settling in, both of them said on the first day they were asked if they had been to Disneyland, and did they know any famous people. Melissa also said the kids want her to say words like "orange" because she sounds so funny. Everyone also asked them what part of California they were from, which I think is an interesting observation of the larger understanding of geography of these kids. I doubt very many Californian kids would ask an Australian what part of Australia they were from!
California has been drenched in winter rains and we have recently been blanketed by summer rains. A storm hit on Friday night and it was spectacular! Thunder, lightning, howling wind, and then buckets of rain poured for about 30 minutes. This little movie clip is the rain pouring over our front deck.( the quality of the movie may be less than great, sorry!) It's still warm and humid, but the rain has cooled things off a bit. I've noticed many restaurants have very large permanent awnings over the tables for shelter from the breezy rains.
On one of our early morning walks we saw a couple of 'roos quite close to the road, happily munching on the grass. They are like deer, sort of around a lot and but I don't think they eat roses. I haven't even seen any roses though...so maybe the kangaroos do eat them..... We have large pandanus tree in our yard, it has leaves like an aloe vera plant and a large fruit that is as big as a pineapple but it isn't edible. On the back deck are several large pots of herbs we have been raiding to enliven our dinners. We have heaps of bougainvilleas and hibiscus but the air does not smell like flowers the way it does in Hawaii. I don't miss the smell of redwood trees yet, but give me time...
We have a pool table downstairs and Eli has been challenging Tom to a game most nights. The other day I said the loser had to vacuum so Eli got a chance to try out our central vac which is a pretty cool invention. Melissa is of course not one to be left out of anything so she is learning to play as well. She is a bit of an unconventional player, and short for a pool player, so she figured out a way to get the best shot. I have a feeling this would not be acceptable in tounament play.
We have our phone/internet sorted out finally I think. Today I had to resort to paying somebody to remote in on my computer and reload my drivers (whatever that means) so that the DSL would work on my laptop too. It was rather eerie to have the mouse being moved by somebody on another continent. I learned that when you pay for a technician from India they don't feel the need to take an american name. hmmm.Interesting.
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