Reasons I am becoming more Kiwi.
1. I don't like wearing shoes in the summertime.
2. "Bloody" is all-purpose cussing that doesn't quite sound like cussing to my American ears, so it gets a great workout by me, particularly at work.
3. I know who the All Blacks Captain is.
4. I love sausage rolls even though they're bloody terrible for you.
5. I know it's pronounced Fahng-arai, not "Whangarei."
6. Much of the time I will say "mobile" instead of "cell," "holiday" instead of "vacation," and "boot" instead of "trunk."
7. I pretty much think of temperature in terms of Celsius now.
8. I'm vaguely irritated about Australians.
9. I say "mate" a lot without much irony anymore.
10. Voted in an election.
Reasons I'm not really a Kiwi yet.
1. My brain still defaults to "miles" over "kilometres" and "feet" over "metres."
2. Just haven't gotten into most TV NZ-made television programs at all, except for "Flight of the Conchords" which doesn't quite count as TV New Zealand turned it down.
3. Don't have a bloody clue about cricket.
4. I can only just tolerate Vegemite.
5. I don't know the difference between Super 14, Rugby League, Rugby, Soccer and Sevens.
6. My Maori pronunciation is dodgy at best.
7. Couldn't care less about Tony Veitch.
8. I secretly like Australia.
9. Don't say "sweet as," "choice" or "eh" properly.
10. I now like our President more than our Prime Minister. Six months ago, this would've been reversed.