Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Ask an Aussie with Michael D'Agostino and Cherdo


One of my favorite blog buddies is Michael D'Agostino. As the creator of A Life Examined, he brings a maturity and introspection to his posts - but the boy knows how to have fun, too. His zest for adventure and tireless pursuit of new experiences is inspiring.


Some of  you know that I work with students who homeschool. Michael and I thought it would be fun to have a few of the kids here in the USA ask Michael about Australia. Crikey, I've gone international! 

I'm proud to announce this is his first guest post for Cherdo on the Flipside and in my humble opinion, he nailed it. Enjoy!



Thank you, my friend.

44 comments:

  1. I'm interested in Australian living and would love to visit one day. Great and fun video. :)

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    1. If you ever do, get in touch with me and I'll let you know what the good sights are :)

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  2. That man sure seems handsome. Someone give him an Emmy.

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    1. How'd you know about my niece? You do know she's already married, right?

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  3. Hi, Chedo,

    Well it was great to meet Michael and learn a few tidbits more about Australia...This was a fun way to do a guest post... highly original!

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    1. Michael did the hard work and brain power stuff, ha ha! Thanks (my OTHER favorite Michael...no less affection).

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  4. Good morning, dear Cherdo, and hello to you, MIchael! This guest post Q&A video was a great idea and nicely executed. As it happens Mrs. Shady is currently reading a book about the bites of various types of animals and she told me she would be afraid to visit Australia because there are so many poisonous species living there (plus the sharks in the water). I speculated that the dangerous areas were far away from the cities and that seems to match what you told us. Mrs. Shady and I love Australian accents. I am jolted when I hear my two favorite actresses, Naomi Watts and Nicole Kidman, speak as they normally would back home without the accents they use so often in American movies.

    It is a pleasure to meet you, Michael, and thanks for telling us a little about your life down there.

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    1. The pleasure was mine :) Even I get surprised when Australian actors speak normally :P

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    2. Thanks, Shady! (It's Michael's day and I'll be back with longer comments tomorrow).

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  5. Michael, what kind a criminal activities were you involved in in England that got you shipped to Australia?

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    1. Ah the usual. Stole a loaf of bread. It was my third offense.

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  6. This was great, Cherdo, so happy you did this! Good job, Michael and kids from the Think Tank!

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    1. They did a great job - Michael is a hit!

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  7. Cherdo, saw this on Michael's blog as well, and so happy that you two got together to put this video up for the kids to view. What a great lesson for them! I love Mike's question above!

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    1. Hopefully it was actually educational and not just an excuse to make gags ;)

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  8. haha awesome idea indeed. Christmas in that kind of weather would sure make one cranky santa

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    1. We love it down here, but I would prefer the magic of sleigh bells and sitting by the fire.

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  9. Lol ah I thought that was really great. But! Michael I live only a couple of suburbs away from you and I have an issue about your spider talk. I have a number of redback spiders in my shed. Seriously. Sinister.

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    1. Christina disputed that as well. We wouldn't get that much more than America do...

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    2. What is it about that spiders don't like, Michael? Let's bottle it and sell it in Tina's neighborhood! (Thanks, Tina!)

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  10. How frickin awesome was this?!! What a clever way and entertaining to teach some lessons to home schoolers. Michael is a cutie-patootie! Great job you two!

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    1. First time I've ever been called a cutie-patootie, but hopefully it won't be the last.

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    2. Aw, Michael...you will be re-cutie-patootied...it's gonna happen...how could it not?

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  11. I had the lovely privilege of working with a women from Australia for about a year or so. I fell in love with her (tho it was strictly platonic) and her accent and "G'Day!" as her greeting to me every morning. Thanks Cherdo for reminding me of that time and for all the great info from Michael. G'Day Mate!

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  12. Those guys in the Simpsons skit - there accent was a bit all over.
    Funny that kid had a deeper voice than Michael.
    And eight hundred degrees? That's hot...
    Excellent job, both of you!

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    1. Thanks, Alex!

      That boy's voice change happened overnight. :-)

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  13. Ah, that was REALLY neat-o! (Oops! Used the word "neat-o". Someone will be knocking at my door to confiscate my "Cool card" any second now.)

    I loved Michael's English acce-- er... I mean, his Australian accent.

    This was fun and I hope you two team up for more.

    OK, I'm off now to put a can of Foster's Lager in my car's engine
    and to drink a six-pack of Heartbreak Motor Oil.

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

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    1. I think it went over pretty well - Michael did a great job. The kids were so excited.

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  14. Excellent choice, Cherdo. Michael, I have seen palmetto bugs in my home office the last two nights in a row, and I haven't managed to kill them. Will you please come to visit and get rid of them for me? Last night one of them was flying around. I had to go to bed to escape it. And if you'd ever like to do a video for my blog, you would be welcomed with bells and whistles. I don't know why. You just would be.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. I'll take you up on that as soon as I think of a good idea. Oh, and if you pay for my flight there, I can pay for Carol's David to come and install a hammock. We'll all be square.

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    2. Run from the palmetto bugs, Michael! They freak me out. To me, they look like a giant cockroach. Yuck!

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  15. Michael seems like a great guy. I think I'll check out his blog.

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    1. He's great! You won't be disappointed. :-)

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  16. That was pretty cool, eh? Ooops, that was Canadian...

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    1. Oh, how I love their bacon...eh?

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  17. Okay I've already let a comment at Michael's. but am really curious: what is that hat about?

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    1. 1) He is a bit of a jester.
      2) If you've ever put a funny picture of yourself on the internet...I'll find it and make it your logo.

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  18. Great questions because I freak when I see a spider and I grew up in the country and there were many especially saw a few big black spiders (not bird eating or anything that huge) that made me freak. I could not celebrate Christmas in the heat. I am a Canuck and my mom is German so snow and cold is needed:) Love the Simpsons

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    1. I LOVE heat, just not during Christmas :P

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Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,
Love, Cherdo