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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Green New Zealand

Windows in New Zealand homes do not have screens. Instead, Kiwis use chemical "fly spray" to get rid of flying pests. To make life easier, one company markets an automatic unit to hang on the wall which dispenses a burst of spray every 13 minutes. "It controls flying insects in a more natural way."

9 comments:

erin@designcrisis said...

What????!!! What? Seriously, WHAT?

Because children and pets love to breathe bug spray every 13 minutes???

Raina said...

When I tell people back in the US that NZ's reputation as a scenic liberal green utopia is utter bullshit no one believes me.

Camilla @ Designalogue said...

The no screen thing i kinda get -(well they are ugly!sometimes practical - but very ugly!) but the spray is just weird!

Psst - cute pic of you & the pea!!!

Raina said...

Thanks, 3M! I need to have the hubby take one of her and me when I actually have make-up on and my hair combed.

hello gorgeous said...

That is a new cute pic.

This is some serious shit. And I thought no-pest strips were bad. I was thinking about doing a post on how we survived our childhoods due to neighborhood activities like following the mosquito truck.

The Nerdy Fashionista said...

Whenever NZ comes up in conversation, I tell people about "my blog friend who moved to New Zealand after she and her husband decided they couldn't live in Bush's America any longer" (that would be you, don'cha know), and actually a lot of people have not been at all surprised by your description of Kiwi culture. One exception was my aunt, who said that my extended-cousin (what's the name for your cousins' cousins?), who taught at a university in Christchurch for a long time (and is also Jewish) had really loved it there; but several other people have either said "I can see that" or "I've heard that too." So not everyone thinks you're crazy.

The Nerdy Fashionista said...

clarification: I mentioned that my Extended Cousin is Jewish not in a "oh, you must have seen her at one of the parties!" sort of way, but as a reference to the fact that she, as a non-WASP, might have been a little more attuned than your average WASP in her observations of bad behavior. Maybe people are less clueless in Christchurch?

Raina said...

Christchurch used to pride itself as being "the most British" of Kiwi cities, but in the past few years it has become a crime-ridden craphole. Tourists are advised to avoid going out after dark unless they are in large groups; "boy racers" tear up and down city streets all night; and even upscale neighborhoods are covered in graffiti (a national past time).

The Nerdy Fashionista said...

Wow. My extended-cousin must have left before all that started happening (she's been back in the US for four or five years). Eesh.