This is Bethells Beach, on the west coast of New Zealand. It’s where the Kiwi and I spent our first anniversary. Most of the time, it was stormy. But sometimes, the sun would peek through and it would be glorious. Would this be considered a fine day? A fine moment? What does a fine day even mean?
Back in the day, when I was a teenager and my parents would ask how my day at school was, I’d go “fine [whatever, school's non-eventful, math is stupid, gonna go hunker down with my four hours of AP homework now, kthxbye.]”
Fine (adj.): Should be used to describe something really nice (“fine leather goods”). But can also be used in a “meh” sort of way. How was the meal at Chateau Fancy? It was fine, I wouldn’t go out of my way for $13 popcorn.
Reading the weather report in New Zealand, especially when it called for fine weather, underwhelmed me at first. I was thinking that the weather will be OK. It’s not gorgeous, it’s not crap. You don’t need an umbrella. It’s … fine. It’s … meh.
This is an incorrect assumption. In New Zealand, if the weather is fine, you’re gonna have a good day. According to MetService:
Fine: Weather in which the sun casts a shadow for most of the time. Link
I’d probably just call that sunny, or partly cloudy.
I think my misunderstanding was a result of being conditioned to different terms in American broadcasts. If Sam Champion (the NYC weather guy, turned ABC weather guy, turned Weather Channel weather guy) were to say the weather is fine, I wouldn’t know what to take from that. Just fine? Do I need a sweater? Just… fine? Are you sad it’s not sunny? WHY AREN’T YOU HAPPY SAM CHAMPION?!
Yesterday, the weather was fine, so we went over to check out Devonport, a little suburb a ferry ride away from Auckland’s CBD. It was an opportune chance to go explore, climb a volcano, you know, totally normal Auckland things to do. It was a fine day. Really.