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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Crap movies

If you're bored, and decide to get out a movie, do not get out Duece Bigolo 2. It is craaaa-aaaap.

While I am on movies, the USA, or at least this part of it, is VERY censored compared to Australia. Many mainstream popular movies have semi-rude words changed, often badly. A prime example, is Austin Powers, when he is on the bed saying 'Do I make you horny baby', the yanks badly dubbed it to say 'randy' instead of horny making no attempt to change his mouth saying horny. I have noticed many other similar examples. I might keep a list of the ones I notice for posterity.

Also, if that weren't bad enough - they dubbed ALL the Bob the Builder voices to be American!! Josh would be outraged.

  • Austin Powers: 'Do I make you horny/randy baby'

  • Total Recall: Is that your wife? What a BITCH/Monster!

  • Demolition Man: Many expletives washed out with soap...

  • Road Trip: When he realises he has mailed the wrong tape FUDGE instead of F***

  • Lethal Weapon 4: Danny Glover - Arse kicking/But Chew'n

  • Good Morning Vietnam: God Damn/Gosh darn

  • Now I am watching for them, there are too many to keep listing...

  • I will keep edited this post with updates, these are all I can remember right now.

    Saturday, February 25, 2006

    Snowboarding take 3

    Alyssa, Locky and I went back to Snoqualmie Pass today for more snowboard action. We didnt do a lesson today, but boarded pretty hard. Did some jumps, rails etc, it was real fun. A mpg of a railslide is here, sorry its largish (11mb), I dunno yet how to downsize it.

    Wednesday, February 22, 2006

    Silly things

    This is a list of the sily things that have been said to me here. Caveat: I am sure I have said things that sounded silly too.

    1. Whats that accent you have there, are you French ?
    2. What language do you speak in Australia ?
    3. Is that a South African accent ?
    4. Do you have windows in your houses ?
    5. What is a fortnight ? Is that like a big one night stand ?
    6. Do you know the Atkins' from Adelaide ?
    7. I only have to drive one and eight tenths miles to work.
    8. Is that you on the horizon? (A lady looking up a ski slope on the phone to her lost friend)
    9. I like Australian and Brazillian accents. I wish we had an accent.

    Sunday, February 19, 2006

    Snoboarding Day 2

    It was a sensational day today. -12 degrees celcius and not a cloud in the sky, nor a breath of wind. Perfect boarding conditions. For some reason, the slopes were bare too, until about 11am, almost noone was on the slopes. It was sensational. We skipped level 2 lesson and did level 3 and it all went very well. I am still really enjoying being a gnarly boarder duude.

    Saturday, February 18, 2006

    Mt Rainier

    Mt Rainier is a huge mountain twice that of Koziousco right near Seattle, rarely visible due to cloud, fog etc. When it is revealed it is nothing short of breath taking. Heres a pic from today when I was out for a run at 3pm. It was freezing! See pic 2.


    More snowboarding tomorrow at Snoqualmie. I am looking forward to it heaps, although it is supposed to be very cold, 13F (-11). Woohoo.

    Friday, February 17, 2006

    Cold snap

    Crikeys, these yanks know how to have a cold snap. Today was very cold, for me at least, and it didn't get as cold as they said it would.

    Thursday, February 16, 2006

    New car for USA ventures

    I gave back the Grand Prix when I went home for the week, and now I am sporting a Pontiac Montana, best I can figure, its the combination of a SUV and a minivan, either way, it is big. It feels a lot bigger inside that it looks too. I doubt I will get good mileage out of it.

    Today, I tried to fill the car, but the tank is so big that it was more than the $75 pre-authorisation limit on the visa card. It wasnt empty, and after I put 75 bucks in it (at 57c/L) and it still wasnt full, and it had 990km to emtpy. What a tank.

    Monday, February 13, 2006

    My own beea - I'm so proud

    Craig also put together a fine batch of suds for me, complete with personalised/insulting labels. It was a great moment in sports when they were distributed.


    We had a nice little get together once Jessica came home. See pic.

    Wednesday, February 08, 2006

    Jessica has arrived

    See for pics

    Friday, February 03, 2006

    Dangerous place to live

    Most Americans that I have spoken to think that Australia is a rather dangerous place, due to the long list of 'Top Ten' shows they have here, Top ten poisenous snakes, Top ten poisenous spiders, Top ten lethal creatures, Croc killers, many of which spend most of their time filming in Australia. What I think the Americans fail to acknowledge, is that the west coast of the USA is chock filled with volcanoes, earthquake faults, avalanche prone mountain passes and towns etc.

    At least if you get bitten by a spider you get to beat the shit out of it before you die, if you get hit by an Avalanche and the impact doesn't kill you, you wake up staring at your own arse, and then freeze to death. It seems to me to be a terribly unpleasant way to go.

    Thursday, February 02, 2006


    This might give you an idea of what its like to live here. I have snipped the boring ones...

    1. You know the state flower (Mildew).
    3. Use the statement "sun break" and know what it means.
    4. You know more than 10 ways to order coffee.
    5. You know more people who own boats than air conditioners.
    7. You stand on a deserted corner in the rain waiting for the "Walk" Signal.
    8. You consider that if it has no snow or has not recently erupted, it is not a real mountain.
    9. You can taste the difference between Starbucks, Seattle's Best,
    and Veneto's.
    10. You know the difference between Chinook, Coh! o,! and Sockeye Salmon.
    11. You know how to pronounce Sequim, Puyallup, Issaquah, Oregon,
    Yakima, and Willamette.
    12. You consider swimming an indoor sport.
    14. In winter, you go to work in the dark and come home in the dark -
    while only working eight-hour days.
    15. You never go camping without waterproof matches and a poncho.
    16. You are not fazed by "Today's forecast: showers followed by
    rain," and "Tomorrow's forecast: rain followed by showers."
    17. You have no concept of humidity without precipitation.
    19. You can point to at least two volcanoes, even if you cannot see
    through the cloud cover.
    20. You notice, "The mountain is out" when it is a pretty day and you
    can actually see it.
    21. You put on your shorts when the temperature gets above 50, but
    still wear your hiking boots and parka.
    22. You switch to your sandals when it gets about 60, but keep the
    socks on.
    24. You think people who use umbrellas are either wimps or tourists.
    25. You buy new sunglasses every year, because you cannot find the
    old ones after such a long time.
    26. You measure distance in hours.
    27. You often switch from "heat" to "a/c" in the same day.
    28. You design your kid's Halloween costume to fit under a raincoat.

    Wednesday, February 01, 2006

    Home sweet home - soon

    I am having a great time here, seeing lots of great things, working with lots of great people, on a great project, with a great place to stay and cool car to drive, but I miss my friends and family at home. I am really looking forward to getting back next week and hope to catch up with you all.

    Hey - there is still more to see, posts previous to the one above exist in the archives, available on the right hand column.