The Roths Down Under

A collection of daily events, activities, thoughts and reflections. Check back often as we will update our log every day or so. Don't forget to stay in touch by clicking on the comment link below each daily entry!

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Location: Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States

A young family having many "adventures of a lifetime!" Ed, Karen, Eddie & Heather


Friday, May 20, 2005

Soda, Pop, or Coke?

OK, this was pretty cool. Having lived in three different places, Karen and I are always talking about word choices, accents, etc. This is by far nothing official, and VERY easy to trick if you wanted to, but below are the results of an online linguistic analysis of my use of American English. When I was honest about it, the results came out making a lot of sense. Click on the link below my results and get your own - let the rest of us know how they turn out!

Your Linguistic Profile:

60% General American English

25% Upper Midwestern

15% Yankee

0% Dixie

0% Midwestern

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Gas, Meat Pies, and International Play by Play

Thanks for all the well-wishes for my cousin Aaron in Iraq. His Mom (and maybe his Dad also) reads this blog now from time to time and I'm sure she appreciates them a great deal.

Gas prices - I know everyone back in the States is going crazy over gas prices being over $2.00/gallon (rightly so perhaps), but let me drop these figures on you for some perspective. Last week Friday, gas (or petrol as referred to here) was around $3.85/gallon. Then on Saturday it shot up to approx. $4.40/gallon!! Then back down to around $3.50/gallon on Monday. How's that for gas prices!

Pre-packaged meat pies here are sort of like small pot-pies in the U.S. and typically don't necessarily have vegetables. Well, I had my first meat pie courtesy of Karyn's dad at a Brisbane Lions football game a few weeks ago. You just rip it out of the package and eat it with your bare hands. Well, on Saturday when I was down at South Bank, I ordered a meat pie, and sat down getting ready to eat it (they really taste great!) and realized the kid at the counter forgot to put a fork in the bag. See, I thought the whole 'eat it with your hands' things was just because it was at a football game. Well, when I went back to ask for a fork, the kid responded with, "uh... yeah... maybe there's a fork around here somewhere". Then, as I started to eat it, with a fork, I could see people glancing in my direction with that "what the hell are you doing" look. I thought I was just imagining it, but after I talked it over with my friend, apparently eating meat pies with a fork stops at about 8 years old! It wasn't just a football stadium thing - you're supposed to eat these things with your hands and people were looking at me like I was some kind of a mutant!

OK - now for something really cool. I called Karen on the cell (mobile) phone this morning, about 6:15 p.m. K'zoo time, about 15 minutes after Eddie's baseball game started. As we were talking, she said "oh, wait a minute, Eddie's up to bat" I asked her if she would give me a play by play of his first at-bat for the day, and here it is:

Eddie steps up to plate, pitch is on the way, he swings, and foul tips it off the top of the bat.
He gets back into his stance, pitch on the way, oooh - it almost hit him but he foul-tipped it.
Third pitch was a ball.
He's back in the box. Pitch on the way, bam - hit between the 1st and 2nd baseman - he's on base with a single!

How cool was that?!!! I got an international LIVE play by play of my son's first at-bat for the day - that was so great!
I talked to him today also and he told me about another great play that he was excited about. He was on third, batter pops one up, he makes the catch (which he was excited enough about) then notices the runner at first took off running without tagging up, so he throws the kid out at first to turn his first double play! Not bad eh?

Monday, May 16, 2005

So Much Stuff Going On

Originally uploaded by ed_roth.

Well, here's a picture of my cousin Aaron in Iraq. I wish I could tell you exactly how long he's been over there - it seems to me about 2 and a half months now. If any of you reading this know differently, just post it as a comment.

Also got an e-mail from Karen's Mom today with a link to the orphanage she spent part of her time working at during a recent mission trip to Haiti. Incredible simultaneously heartbreaking and hopeful information with a chance to learn and help if you're interested.

I won't derail completely, but after seeing yet another Vietnam documentary on Friday night, this picture of my cousin in Iraq, and the e-mail from my mother-in-law regarding the tragedy(ies) taking place in Haiti, you can't help but wonder if there really is any order in the world. Why do some get sooooo much and so many have sooooo little? Sorry. Anyway... back to more meaningless blogging.

Well, it seems like there were other people relaxing this weekend including a few relaxing wannabees based on the number of comments to Saturday's lazy blog. Sunday wasn't much more active - well, did laundry and went for a nice run - best run since I've been down under which you can read about at Two Fools Running if you'd like. I got to work today and saw 82 e-mails in my inbox - of which - 63 were junk - some crazy e-mail snafu, but still, it took well over two hours to reply to all of the remaining e-mails as many of them were from current WMU students trying to get their thesis either wrapped up or just getting started. Also I posted a few photos from Saturday's lazy ramblings which you can find by clicking here and clicking on the Australia album when you get there. Be well gang.