I went home early last night to work on the next batch of episodes but instead got started reading Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and could. not. stop. In fact, I can’t wait to get on the train home tonight and continue reading it.

I also bought Tony a little globe for him to learn where all the countries are that listen to us. Is anyone out there aware of how expensive globes are? Little ones about the size of a small melon cost US $30-50! It made me realize what an incredible bargain Google Earth is. I bought a wee little blow-up one for US $3. He now knows where Vietnam and Kuwait are. 39 more to go.

The reason Andy did one of the podcasts last week was because he had an all-out, no-holds-barred, poo-flinging temper tantrum when he thought we were excluding him. We recorded it after he calmed down, and I guess he decided it wasn’t for him. He hasn’t asked to do another one. If wants to do another one in the future, I’ll have Tony write down the translation beforehand and Andy will just read it. He’s never been as bilingual as Tony. Gotta get back into the habit of reading bedtime stories with him.

My wife listened to all the episodes. I could tell by the look on her face that she’s wasn’t thrilled with the content. That’s OK. It’s 10 year old boy humor, not mommy humor. But still, she’s very proud of Tony for being able to come up with dead-on translations. They’re not word-for-word exact translations, but rather he’s able to convey the tone and feeling of the original English better than anyone I know. It’s an amazing talent and he does it without even thinking.