November 09, 2007


Just a few things for ya today, including some "fun with words", a new blog feature and a new project Darren is working on -

First, fun with words!

Here are some new phrases I've learned:

Jumper = another word for sweater

Pet Hate = easy to recognize as the Kiwi version of "pet peeve"

Hen Night = bachelorette party

And finally, Spit the Dummy. I love this phrase! When I first heard it, I thought my co-worker was just stringing words together to create a hilarious phrase. Turns out it's a widely used phrase to describe someone who is really upset/angry. A "dummy" is a pacifier! Apparently, when babies cry, they spit out their pacifiers and then throw a tantrum (who knew? Certainly not me!!). So...that gives us "Spit the Dummy". Love it!


In other news, you can now 'subscribe' to this blog. Yep, due to popular demand - ok, just my friend Jude, but he's popular. Well, he was in high school...I think...
In any case, just go to the sidebar over there <-- and scroll down a bit. You'll see a link that will take you where you need to go to subscribe. Why subscribe? Well, because I am lazy and I don't update the blog very often. The subscription will let you know when I finally get off my ass and write a sentence or two!

Kiwis continue to amaze me with their cuteness

I've written before about the morning traffic report and how there is often nothing to report. However, yesterday morning, the traffic lady reported a backup on the main highway coming into town. Why? She didn't know for sure, but she guess it was because a barge was coming into the harbor.


Each November, men in New Zealand compete with each other by growing mustaches (a ‘Mo’) for a good cause - thus the moniker “MOvember”.

Every year in New Zealand 2,656 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer and about 600 die of the disease, making prostate cancer the second largest cause of male deaths, after lung cancer.
As you would expect, each “Mo” can be sponsored. All donations are made directly to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand who will use the funds to create awareness, increase support networks for those men who suffer from prostate cancer, fund research and scholarship programs.

As we arrived at the very end of November/Movember last year, Darren has decided he would like to compete this year. If you’d like to sponsor his “Mo”, go to the Prostate Cancer Foundation’s Foundation’s website and enter in his number: 117992.

It’s only been a few days, but he already looks like a State Trooper! Ack!!

Finally, read this little quote on the Overheard in New York website, and it gave me hope for tolerance in the future:

"Mom, about man on train with flowers: Awww, he has flowers. They're probably for his girlfriend.

Eight-year-old daughter: Mom, you never know! They could be for a boy.



Here's a picture of Darren's "mo" so far - I'd say he surpassed 'State Trooper' and is well on his way to 'Ned Flanders'. Maybe if he could grow the sides out a bit...


Katybug said...

Awesome about the suscribe feature! I check this about every other day to see if you've posted. Love to see a pic of the 'mo though :P Miss ya!

KJ said...

Spit the dummy?! That's awesome. I can't wait for the opportunity to use it!

Michael said...

Movember is great fun! Everytime I look at myself in the mirror after shaving I can't stop laughing :-)

Arthur (AmeriNZ) said...

Don't forget Bucks Night, the male equivalent of Hens Night. It used to be that the groom-to-be ended up in his underwear tied up to a lamp post somewhere, but that tradition seems to have faded.

We've sponsored Darren--I hope your other readers, do, too!

Marrisa said...

Just an update but hubby shaved tonight and tonight he looks a little like Burt Reynolds! Its sooooo bad!!

Yep, I often use 'spit the dummy' as a phrase - its a classic!!

PS. We will sponsor you if you sponsor us ;-)

d said...

Thanks for the generous contribution, Arthur!

New pics of Darren to come soon!

Amy said...

Oh man, that's..... quite a 'mo.