Daily Archive for May 22nd, 2004

kangaroo loveNothing escapes the froboy love cam. I feel kind of bad because these two roos(wallabies?) were obviously trying to find some privacy under a footbridge in the Australia Zoo. We nosy humans were clicking away and giggling at them as they were trying to make the sweet love. Oh well, those are the advantages of being at the top of the food chain, I guess.

Australia Zoo, by the way, is the zoo owned by that crazy Crocodile Hunter guy who recently was seen dangling his toddler above the hungry mouths of crocs at an exhibition in the zoo. Didn’t actually see Steve Irwin, but his face and that of his American wife and kids are plastered everywhere in the zoo. Don’t know if it’s ego or just smart salesmanship. I must say, though, that the zoo is very well put together. Very green, with tropical vegetation everywhere, clean, decent tucker(food), and handlers with animals are constantly roaming around giving you the opportunity to actually touch and ask questions about them. Pretty cool.

Just a couple of days left in this wonderful country. It was so cool to wake up to the laughing call of the Kookaburra and the smell of the Eucalyptus trees.

Strange, beautiful, and wonderful. Not once did I hear anyone say “G’day mate”, though I heard a lot of different words for familiar things: brekkie for breakfast, chook for chicken, a dodgie is when you’re trying to avoid(dodge) something, a dag is something nasty/bad(actually a name for the matted wool with dangly bits at the back end of a sheep), tomato sauce is what they call ketchup, but my favorite is hoon for hoosier(as we Missourians would say). They even have converted this to to a verb, as in “hooning”. A teeneager just made the news the other day for getting fined for hooning: he was cruising in his tricked out GT and playing his stereo too loud. And there are lots of cool place names with oos, ahs and ums in them(e.g. Mooloolaba, Noosa, Maroochydore, Mullumbimby…to name just a few) – undoubtedly from the Aboriginal language.

Lastly, and not to rip off Pulp Fiction too much…but this is true – they have a burger here at McDonalds that’s called the McOz. I think it’s the equivalent of the Quarter Pounder, but it’s got beetroot on it. Beetroot on a burger is quite normal here, and it’s actually not bad. It sorta takes the place of the pickles. They also call McDonlads “Mackers”….that’s “Mackas” with an Aussie accent.