25.08.2013 33 °C
A while back, a friend sent me a hilarious e-mail entitled “You know you're in Darwin when...” followed by a series of funny, but oh so true reasons. A week or so ago, one of Darwin's radio-stations went on a quest to find the “31 ways you know you're a Territorian”. We are definitely no Territorians, but most of these resonate with us, even if we are merely honorary residents. Anyway, time to share some Darwin fact with you!
You know you're in Darwin when... / You know you're a Territorian when...
1 - … the best parking space is determined by shade instead of distance.
2 - … hot water comes out of both taps.
3 - … you learn that a seat belt buckle makes a pretty good branding iron.
4 - … the temperature drops below 32' C and you feel a little chilly. [This is where Ben and I differ greatly. I get chilly with the slightest breeze and temperature drop, Ben would gladly see the temperatures drop to English standards]
5 - … you discover that in February it only takes two fingers to steer your car.
6 - … you discover that you can get sunburnt through your car window.
7 - … you develop a fear of metal car door handles [and seat belts / black scooter seats]
8 - … you break a sweat the instant you step outside at 7:00am
9 - … your biggest bicycle wreck fear is, "What if I get knocked out and end up lying on the pavement and get cooked to death?" [hahaha]
10 - … you realise that asphalt has a liquid state.
11 - … farmers are feeding their chickens crushed ice to prevent them from laying hard-boiled eggs [most pets and children regard ice-cubes as a real treat]
l2 - … the trees are whistling for the dogs [hahaha]
13 - … while walking back barefoot to your car from the beach, you do a tightrope act on the white lines in the car park [we no longer attempt to walk around barefoot anymore!]
14 - … you catch a cold from having the air-con full blast while you sleep during the night [and on public transport, shops, work places, other people's cars, etc!! Ben disagrees]
15 - … you learn that Casuarina Square [shopping complex] isn't a shopping centre, it's a temple to worship air-conditioning [NOT true for me – I need to rethink my entire outfit and opt for jumpers and winter gear every time we go there!]
16 - … sticking your head into the freezer and taking deep breaths is perfectly normal behavior [Ben]
17 - … an electricity black out is life threatening because your aircon and your fans no longer work and you are seriously going to be cooked!
18 - … you no longer sit on a couch, why would you when you can settle down on the cooling tiles instead?
19 - … you need a stubby holder to keep the drink cold [Ben] not your hands warm [Emilie] and have a whole collection of them.
20 - … no one cares if you walk around with no shoes on
21 - … you keep everything in the fridge, including potatoes and bread etc. [no choice there!]
22 - … people have enough left over beer cans to make boats out of and have a whole regatta with! [Beer Can Regatta the first weekend of July is awesome!]
23 - … the effort of towelling off after a shower means you need another one right away/ you get out of the shower, dry yourself and are still wet.
24 - … standing naked under a ceiling fan is an acceptable way to pass time [True!]
25 - … you can wear shorts and thongs [flipflops] to work and when you get an invitation asking to wear Territory Formal
26 - … you have a thong [flipflop] tan and not necessarily from the sun.
27 - … you are drinking 2- 3 iced coffees a day [everyone except us seems to!]
28 - … knowing that dragon flies mean the Dry Season is starting [stunning sight]
29 - … going to work thinking of an excuse to get out early to fish
30 - … driving down Dick Ward Drive into Fannie Bay are common driving instructions
31 - … whinging at the 'traffic' when there are only three cars in front of you.
32 - … you can get to work in under 20 minutes from pretty much anywhere.
33 - … when you look forward to the end of financial year to let fireworks off [each 1st of July]
34 - … daylight savings confuses you [and the seasons]
35 - … going for a swim in your pool but the crocodiles beat you there
Some of our own:
36 - … the best form of entertainment is brought to you by the NT news headlines.
38 - … look forward to Anzac Day as that's when Mindil Beach market and Deckchair Cinema open up again for the Dry Season.
39 - … getting shouted at by Aboriginals is common courtesy.
40 - … spelling (and literacy in general) is so passé
41 - … you look for (preferably) fat people paddling in a lake before you will consider to get in to make sure the crocs, stingers, jellyfish and sharks get to them first: http://www.smh.com.au/national/man-taken-by-croc-at-nt-party-20130825-2sjgk.html
42 - … “you mob” is an acceptable form of referring to someone
43 - … any excuse to have a 'barbie' is a good one.
44 - … going to Bali a few times a year is perfectly normal.
… and so much more! Might come up with some more as time progresses!