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Weather: A Fine Day in NZ

Is this a fine day? Bethells Beach, New Zealand. Photo / Tina

Is this a fine day? Bethells Beach, New Zealand. Photo / Tina

This is Bethells Beach, on the west coast of New Zealand. It’s where the Kiwi and I spent our first anniversary. Most of the time, it was stormy. But sometimes, the sun would peek through and it would be glorious. Would this be considered a fine day? A fine moment? What does a fine day even mean?

Back in the day, when I was a teenager and my parents would ask how my day at school was, I’d go “fine [whatever, school's non-eventful, math is stupid, gonna go hunker down with my four hours of AP homework now, kthxbye.]”

Fine (adj.): Should be used to describe something really nice (“fine leather goods”). But can also be used in a “meh” sort of way. How was the meal at Chateau Fancy? It was fine, I wouldn’t go out of my way for $13 popcorn.

Reading the weather report in New Zealand, especially when it called for fine weather, underwhelmed me at first. I was thinking that the weather will be OK. It’s not gorgeous, it’s not crap. You don’t need an umbrella. It’s … fine. It’s … meh.

This is an incorrect assumption. In New Zealand, if the weather is fine, you’re gonna have a good day. According to MetService:

Fine: Weather in which the sun casts a shadow for most of the time. Link

I’d probably just call that sunny, or partly cloudy.

I think my misunderstanding was a result of being conditioned to different terms in American broadcasts. If Sam Champion (the NYC weather guy, turned ABC weather guy, turned Weather Channel weather guy) were to say the weather is fine, I wouldn’t know what to take from that. Just fine? Do I need a sweater? Just… fine? Are you sad it’s not sunny? WHY AREN’T YOU HAPPY SAM CHAMPION?!

Screenshot from WABC-TV'S Farewell Video For Sam Champion, as uploaded to YouTube (

Screenshot from WABC-TV’S Farewell Video For Sam Champion, as uploaded to YouTube (

Yesterday, the weather was fine, so we went over to check out Devonport, a little suburb a ferry ride away from Auckland’s CBD. It was an opportune chance to go explore, climb a volcano, you know, totally normal Auckland things to do. It was a fine day. Really.

Mount Victoria in #Devonport, #Auckland

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There’s a Cricket Cricket, Ready to Predict Cricket World Cup Wins

The cricket cricket says Black Caps gonna win today. #cricketworldcup #nzherald #tastyorange #auckland

A photo posted by Tina Trenkner-Meade (@tinatrenkner) on

According to the Weekend Herald, there’s a cricket cricket ready to predict Cricket World Cup match winners. As this picture shows, he chose New Zealand (aka the Black Caps) to win today’s match over Sri Lanka.

Why am I blogging about this? Because if you’ve ever been a copy editor, determining when to capitalize “cricket cricket” will drive you insane. In this case, a cricket cricket is to refer to any cricket [bug] that has a link to cricket [game]. The Cricket Cricket is the name of the cricket at Butterfly Creek in Auckland, who is referred to as Cricket in the Herald article. Capitalize for the proper noun Cricket Cricket of Butterfly Creek, lowercase for common noun cricket-bugs interested in cricket-game.

But also: It’s a cricket! Predicting cricket games! It’s the same word twice! Oh, English language. I love you and how delightful you can be sometimes (and how maddening you can be as well). Can you be my second valentine?

The 2015 Cricket World Cup starts today, hosted by New Zealand and Australia. Today’s New Zealand/Sri Lanka match will be down in Hamilton, about 90 minutes south of Auckland.

I’m slowly learning about cricket, which is kinda like baseball in that it can be long and boring, a sentiment I don’t agree with. As a former Braves fan and a crappy fair weather Mets fan (grandpa is a die-hard Mets fan, I grew up in Atlanta in the 1990s, John Rocker spoke: that’s how you produce a Braves-to-Mets fan), baseball usually means heartbreak. As it may be the same for cricket, if your team carries a history of letdowns. But also, cricket is not like baseball at all (different field, different terms, etc.) has a guide to how the American outlets (ESPN, Wall Street Journal, New York Times) are covering cricket. Oddly, I can’t embed the ESPN animation, which — why would you NOT want bloggers to embed it? Or maybe I’m dumb and I can’t figure out how to do it. Don’t downplay the latter. But here’s a link to the explainer.

And here’s a video from Wall Street Journal:

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