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  • Oct 30 Sun 2005 11:30
  • snow?!

"Look! It's s now!"今天早上九點多,Jacob指著窗外對著剛睡醒的我說,我仔細瞧了一會兒,揉了揉眼睛,我想我大概還在睡夢中眼睛白花花的,所以就對他說"You cheat me!"也沒多在說什麼,趕緊盥洗後,準備一天的行程。

 

等到近十點時正要出門,我踏出門外不可置信的望了一會兒,不會吧!真下雪了?!近看之後才發現是霜,昨夜已低於O度C,露珠在夜裡凝結,而上午九點左右還盤旋在10度C內,出了門就像進了冰箱般寒冷。

 

而打從今天午夜起,時間從夏令時間轉成冬令時間,也就是午夜時分,鐘聲敲響十二下後,便要把時鐘與手錶往前調一小時(23:00),重新等待午夜到來,目的是為了讓白天日光時間能夠長感覺比較夠用!

 

至於真的snow何時來?據說得等到12月,我已等不及啦!

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Have you ever seen a fashion show? It introduced new cloths, or designer's new works. I never seen a fashion show before, and our school take place fashion show every year, so I would like to know what's that looked like.
 
The tickets were sold by 2 dollers per each. When I want to buy that, one of the model told me he cannot be here on Friday, and asked me to instead of him. I was exciting, so I agreed without thinking. Suddenly, I become protagonist from audience.
 
The show on the fourth period on Friday. But I'm one of model, so I left class on third period. We started to practice walking on the stage with good posture. I saw the empty seats and thought what post should I do. I have 6 different cloths, every cloth are expensive and famous brand. Between 2 cloths, I didn't have much time to change, so I tried as fast as I can.
 
The show started on time. My first cloth was number 6. When I went on stage, the audience screamed and yelled "Jacky! Jacky!", I just like a super star enjoyed they exciting to see me, than I didn't feel nervous anymore. It was very fun, and I relly enjoyed the "super star" feeling.

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在幾週的練習後,老師從合唱團中精選十人參加每年舉辦的"All-state Choral Adjudication",這是個合唱團的一個評判,全州各校合唱團都會派人參加,雖然我還沒全然弄清楚這評判結果的真正用意,但聽說是個頗重要的合唱團評判。
 
自詡歌聲本來就不錯,也就成為參與的十人一,成員中有Soprano, Alto, and Bass各三人Tenor一人,而我就是那個唯一。
 
今天早上,我們十人坐上校車,前往London, KY的檢定場地。兩小時的車程,我們練習了幾回,(也因為"我就是那個唯一Tenor",而我們有三組四部合唱,所以我練習了幾回*3)為避免喉嚨沙啞,我吃了一堆喉糖,吃到呼出的空氣都散發薄荷香。
 
下午展開正式評判,三次合唱一次獨唱與視唱,成績卷握在評判手中,些許的緊張讓我手心直冒汗,不過感覺頗順利的,相信有不錯的成績。
 
晚上六點,已經在家準備用晚餐,合唱團老師突然致電,好消息一樁:我竟是各校Tenor中成績最高的,這陣子的練習一切都值得了......
 
 
也許考試量可以少一點,讓學生有多一些呼吸空間;也許鼓勵可以多一點,讓學生能更有自信,能抬頭挺胸的走好學習路。
 
FRESH THING IN THE U.S. (9)
「這還可以吃嗎?」最初到接待家庭時,我看到他們家的一些食品過期了,忍不住疑問;他們的回應令我吃驚:「大部分時候那些食物都還可以吃」,起初我不可思議,後來Felicia帶我到"Junk Food Store",這家店以低價銷售食品,但大部分都已過期,"吃了只要沒異味就是可以吃"我已試著接受概念。我想大概是因為他們氣候乾燥,食物不易壞吧!

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I have 4 classes a day, and the schedule is the same everyday. Art class is one of my favorite one. American art class is different from ours, if you want to do good, sometimes copying is easiest choice. They're not required student must be creative, but I like creative stuff, so I prefer do something interesting.
 
I had made some picture, some of them I copied from other picture, some of them created by myself. I put my picture in the new list(清單),"ART線上藝廊". Share with you!
 
即使我只是人海中的這麼一小粒水珠,但把台灣這艘大船推向國際大海裡發光,可少不了每一粒水珠的同心協力......

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Today should be a beautiful Saturday, I may wake up at 10:00, and do nothing but enjoy weekend. But I woke up at 6:30, as early as school day, because I had an ACTtest that just like College Extrence Examnation in Taiwan.
 
The test have four subjects, English, Math, Reading, and Science. I brought my test ticket and followed the rule "I.D. REQUIRED", so I brought my only I.D.-Passport, but test center is our school, if any teacher know you, you shouldn't need I.D.
 
The test system is really different from Taiwan. Every year, they have 6 test times. And if you're junior(=2 grade in Taiwan high shool), and you want to have ACTtest, you may have more opportunities. So, some of students already had applied college when they were just a junior.
 
In my opinion, the easiest subject of these four is Math. Their Math question level almost equal our Basic Competence Test(國中基本學歷測驗). For example," If 7+3x=22, than 2x=? ".
 
The most difficult one is Reading. This test was killng me. In only 35 minutes, I have 4 long articles and 40 questions. I tried to concentrate on every words and questions, but vocabularies didn't know me, I didn't know them, either. Oh, gosh!
 
"I bet you must be the highest grade in this school." A friend talked to me before test.
 
I replied, "I hope so." How's my grade, only god knows.
 
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"Check this out!"這是我每天必定聽到n次以上的話,這裡的小孩可不謙虛,做什麼小事大事都要你注意他,"Check this out!"就是要你"注意!"

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10/1/05的網誌,與大家分享了McCreary Festival Parade,幾天後,鎮上的週報發刊,介紹這遊行的新聞當然少不了,細看了一下照片,竟然發現我出現在頭版照片中!有趣的是,報社為了要讓照片幅度夠寬,一共合成了3張照片,我就在同張照片中出現兩回耶!嘿!來找找吧!我在那兒呀?
 
新文章分享 小水珠的使命(原命題/暫定)
即使我只是人海中的這麼一小粒水珠,但把台灣這艘大船推向國際大海裡發光,可少不了每一粒水珠的同心協力......敬請鎖定2005/10/25聯合報繽紛版

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  • Oct 17 Mon 2005 08:26
  • Church

Almost every American are Christian, they go to church every Sunday. I have no choice but to obey, I go to church, too. Most of Christian are friendly, they're nice to me, even I like to ask some question about their god from The Da Vinci Code (達文西密碼).
 
In my opinion, I think church is not interesting. Most of time, we listen to preacher preaching. They have Sunday School, it classified students (based on age) to different group. When the first day I arrived KY, the church I went has young group for Sunday School. We had some activities(of course, talk about Jesus and HOLY BIBLE), it was not boring. But now the church I go has only children group, so youngs will sit with adult and listen to preach.
 
Last time, the preacher in my church gave me a HOLY BIBLE, and there's my name printed on the book. He hopes I can read it some time. "Do in Rome as Romans do."(入境隨俗) I'll try to read and know their god.
 
This Sunday, our church has second time big dinner.(We ate the meal at about 12:00. Felicia told me, if the meal before 12:00, we called that lunch; after 12:00, we called that dinner. The meal at about 17:00, we called that supper.) Every family cooked one meal to share. I prepared stir-rice(炒飯) this time. I thought they like it, because when we finished the big dinner, the rest of rice are not much.
 
新文章分享 月光
月光灑入車窗,這時我才想起電子信箱中家人及朋友從「遙遠的台灣」捎來的中秋節祝福。這是出國迄今我首次為台灣冠上「遙遠」二字,更首次體會何謂「每逢佳節倍思親」......
 
之前的網誌不見了?!
如果你有興趣閱讀我之前的網誌,或是想溫故知新,歡迎參觀以下這個網站:

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美國的學生假放的可真不少!我現正在享受著10天的「秋假」,接待家庭也早就計畫著CAMPER CAPING。第一次在Big South Fork National Park,第二次因Boy Scout在somerest(縣名),這兩個地方都在肯德基州境內,這次我們到了Tennessee州的Pigeon Forge(縣名),感覺上跨了一個州,但其實我們住的地方就在肯德基與田納西州的邊境(車程大約小於半小時),不過我們仍開2小時的車才抵達鄰近Somkies Mountain National Park的營地。

 

第一天(10/10),我們抵達的時間已是下午三點,十點的早餐早已消化徹底,肚裡的空城記正熱鬧上演,我們找了一家BUFFET餐廳,吃的飽漲。

 

哈!我得解開牛仔褲的釦子,否則扣不起來啦!接下來,我們一連逛了好幾家店,有一家電視購物兼廉價商品銷售店面最令我印象深刻,Made In China & Made In Taiwan是當中的大盤商,我不知道看了是否該感到高興,也許台灣製的棉花棒用來更有家的感覺吧......

 

第二天我起了個大早(8:00,大早?上次一位同學這麼跟我定義"8 O'clock? That's pretty early!"),不過近十點才離開營地,先到了一個小型遊樂園開賽車,一直玩到中午時分,不過今天太陽不太露臉,中午該有的熾熱完全感受不到,秋天果然降臨了!我們到一家PIZZA BUFFET餐廳,數種PIZZA口味供選擇,想當然爾的,又是吃的飽漲!我們翻閱著商家提供的coupon,計畫下一站到那兒?結果出爐:ZOO!

 

已不記得上一回到動物園是幾歲的事了!不過難得與動物親近,我的閃光燈可從沒停過,也嘗試餵食肯德基州最具代表性的動物──馬。當馬把他的嘴巴貼向我手中的食物時,可以感覺到牠濕黏軟滑的舌頭快速抽動,柔酥的鬍鬚摩蹭著,三兩下就把我手中的些許稻穀舔食乾淨,我把手心貼向鼻子嗅嗅,「ㄧㄝˊ~」。除了馬之外,袋鼠、山豬、孔雀、麋鹿、駱駝......,一一親近拜訪後才離去。

 

收音機播送著鄉村音樂(country music),古典吉他與清脆的歌聲環繞著我們的小貨車;應我要求,在我們回到市區後光臨了書店!我的接待家庭並不愛閱讀,在我們待在書店兩小時間,我完整的把書店走過一遍,他們就在禮品區選購了兩小時的禮物,我秀給接待媽媽看了之前我提問關於基督教疑惑的原由──《達文西密碼》與前些日子剛讀畢的《恐懼之邦》,原文版比我之前讀的中文版還厚,價錢更是讓人覺得該多利用圖書館。這家書店主要把書分成以下幾類:小說、歷史、Civil War、傳記、兒童、青少年、食譜、DIY、聖經、禮物書、nonfiction﹔以前在金石堂或誠品已經感到自己的渺小,現在在這裡更覺自己已淹沒在書海裡頭,讀過的書屈指可數邈邈無幾(哈!還好《哈利波特》現在已出了六集,《波特萊爾的冒險》現在出了十二集)美國幾乎可以說是基督教國家,我說在台灣有好幾位不同的GOD,他們聽了可都瞠目結舌,書店裡關於基督教的書籍佔了不少,光是聖經各式各樣版本就有三櫃以上!

 

下午回到營地,Jacob和我到營地的小游泳池玩水,把體能消耗後才享用晚餐。我們升起營火Bar-B-Q,烤的是熱狗和麵包,以及棉花糖(marshmallow)。嘿!想不到吧!烤棉花糖,這可是美式流行的吃法,外層的烤焦程度自己決定,內部因熱而成固液體,放入口中可是入口極化呀!

 

我說:「我們的marshmallow叫做cotton candy。」Felicia告訴我他們稱另外一種棉花糖(糖粉吹成白雲形狀的那種棉花糖)cotton candy!總而言之,下回烤肉時別忘了把棉花糖列入你的清單裡頭,是很不錯的甜點選擇!

 

第三天,我們開車駛入Smokeies Mountain National Park。看著車上的方位標示,規律的"N, NW, W, SW,...(北,西北,西,西南...)",繞著Smokeies Mountain外環爬升,氣溫從山下的華氏67度直到山上的58度,窗景也從綠色樹林轉而變成針闊葉混合林(6,643feet=2,025m,針闊葉混合林約分布於海拔1,800-2,500公尺左右的山區),不過現在是一片枯木,除了因為秋天葉子掉光之外,有一部分的數木早已被昆蟲啄食而死亡。車子停定點後,接著剩下0.5mile(=0.8km)的上坡就抵達Smokies Mountain最高峰──6,643feet的Clingmans Dome。這段路途並不算遠,但全程上坡加上今天沒太陽使得霧氣瀰漫寒氣逼人,所有旅客幾乎都走走停停,沿路的坐椅從無虛席,這時發現自己的體能還不賴嘛!一路到底呼吸順暢,我想這是竹中三年越野賽跑鍛鍊的吧!

 

登上高峰後,我們朝另一個方向下山,窗景逐漸回復到綠色樹林,溫度也回升了五度以上,我們抵達了Cherokee,Oconaluftee Indian Village。這是一個印地安部落,但早已商業化徹底,唯一原始的一小戳保留原始的地方是在一家印地安手工藝品店前方有一個印地安帳棚,和一位著原始服裝的印地安老人,前方掛著一片大大的牌子寫著「拍照:用我的相機~5元/用你的相機~小費」我和他握手拍照,掏出了一元交給他,這才想起之前在西雅圖聽街頭藝人表演,我拍了他好幾張照卻沒給半毛錢是多失禮的事了!也因為印地安文化特色只被保留在手工藝品店,我們便一家一家的逛,商品大概八九不離十,最具特色的是皮製品和補夢網。

 

「A very well known Native American tradition, is he presence of the "Dream Catcher" in their homes. Dreams flow in succession in the night. These dreams, through good or bad, succumb to the magic of the Dream Catcher. Good dreams know their way thru the Dream Catcher never awakening the dreamer. Unpleasant dreames, however, become entangled in the weaving perishing in the first sign of a new morning.」這是印地安人為補夢網下的定義,好夢可以穿越,但惡夢會卡在網上不再打擾你!

 

等到我們欣賞玩各式印地安手工藝品後,起程回營地的時間已是下午六點,山路的曲折靠著地圖尋找方向,我們規劃循著另一條道路回營地,不料竟在半途發現"road closed",使得我們浪費好一段時間折返換路走,原預計一小時多的車程竟延長成三小時,我們在路上簡單吃些巧克力充飢,待回到營地後大家都累了,只簡單的解決晚餐後休息。睡覺前,我們不忘掛起補夢網,盼今晚大家都好夢入眠。

第四天早上,我們收拾環境後便離開營地,停留在第一天抵達時的BUFFET餐廳享用早午餐後,背著Smokeies Mountain駛向肯德基州,三小時的車程回到久違的家,Jacob一句"Home, sweet home.",大家聽了都微笑的點點頭......

 
FRESH THING IN THE U.S. (7)
電視購物在這裡也流行,他們稱電視購物"As seen on TV store"

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“Why we celebrate Halloween?” I saw every supermarket or shopping mall started sale Halloween stuffs in September end, so I asked this question.

My host mother said that long time ago, everybody will provide food to poor and beggar on Halloween. But poor and beggar become naughty, they make up like ghost to scare people and ask more food. So, that’s why children”trick or treat?” now.

I asked the same question to my classmates, most of them said” We just celebrate and have fun. I don’t now” Than, I asked English teacher, he said Halloween is All Saints Day‘s eve (Nov. 1 is All Saints Day). I got 2 different answers, so I decided to check on internet.

A lot of different opinions about Halloween hereinafter are some of them. Which one is truth? It’s up to you!

◣Chinese version◥

傳說中最早的萬聖節,可就帶點陰森森的氣氛哦!十一月一日是所謂的『萬聖節』 (All Saints Day)。西元前五世紀愛爾蘭的凱爾特人,他們 的新年是在每年夏季結束的時候,就是十月三十一日那天。凱爾特人認為在新舊年交接時刻的夜晚,也就是十月三十一日的夜晚,看不見的靈 魂會在陽世中穿梭,找到替身後得以重生;因此活著的人為了躲避靈魂的搜索,就在這天晚上把家裡的爐火滅了,營造出一個寒冷陰森的環境 ,並且打扮成鬼怪的模樣,口中發出可怕的聲音,企圖嚇走靈魂也讓靈魂分不清誰是活人,因而不能夠找到替身;只要過了這個晚上,第二天 就是萬聖節,一切也就回復平靜了。

萬聖節的裝飾多以橘色和黑色為主,這兩個顏色也是傳統的萬聖節裝飾代表顏色。黑色的代表像是黑貓、蜘蛛和巫婆,和橘色的代表南瓜燈 (Jack-O’-Lantern) ,都是常見的萬聖節象徵,除此之外還有各式面目猙獰的鬼怪和骷髏等等。

--Adopt from 新竹關東國小(http://www.ktps.hc.edu.tw/ghost/index.html)



萬聖節早期象徵一年的結束與新年的開始,歐洲人除了舉辦儀式感謝太陽神讓穀物豐收,並深信醜陋面具可嚇走惡靈,這種觀念後來演變成為 小孩變裝,按鄰居門鈴嚇人、要糖果吃的習俗。

根據業者資料指出,基督紀元以前,每年10月31日對塞爾特族人(現在的蘇格蘭、愛爾蘭人)而言,象徵著一年的結束及新年的開始。這一天塞 爾特族人舉行儀式,感謝太陽神讓穀物豐收,但這一夜是惡靈力量最強大的一天,因此牧師和祭司主持祭典,以安撫掌管死亡的神。

古時的歐洲人相信帶來厄運的惡靈,會被醜陋的面具嚇走,因此有人夜間出門,便會戴上面具,希望惡靈認不出他們,以保安全。

到了第四世紀,因為基督教興盛,這一天改為上帝死亡日,相信上帝會趕走惡靈。後來,演變成小孩穿上鬼和精靈的衣服,按鄰居家的門鈴, 依傳統發出「Trick or Treat」的威脅,鄰居們不管是否被嚇著,總是會為孩子準備糖果、餅乾、焦糖蘋果等點心,讓孩子滿足的將戰利品收 入袋內離去。

--Adopt from大紀元10月26日報導(中央社記者楊淑閔台北26日電)



◣English version◥

It all began in what is now France and the British Isles. It was started by the Celtic people long ago....

The Celtic people feared the night of October 31. It was the night of their festival of Samhain, Lord of the Dead. The Celtics feared Samhain and in order to please him, the Druids (Celtic priests) held cruel fire rites in his honor. They made huge bonfires every year at this time. The bonfires were usually made of oak and considered sacred.

At this festival, the Druids made sacrifices to the gods. They burned criminals, prisoners, and animals alive. By observing the victims die, the Druids saw omens of the future, both good and bad. The powers to make predictions of the future were thought to be strongest on this night. Why? It was because the Druids believed that the spirits were allowed to roam free on this night of the year. The Druids believed the spirits were powerful and wild on this night, and if they were treated right, they would help with predictions of the future. However, if the spirits were ignored, they would punish the Celtic community.

The Druids believed that, above powerful and wild, some spirits were evil. This is why the Celtic people wore costumes during the Samhain festival. The purpose of the costumes was to frighten the spirits. Plus, this way, the spirits wouldn't be able to recognize them.

(This is the origin of costumes.)


To please the spirits, the Celtic people left food outside their houses on Halloween. If any hungry spirits came by, they could take the food and leave the Celtics in peace.

(This is the origin of 'trick or treat'ing.)


--Adopt from http://www-atdp.berkeley.edu/2030/tgonzalez/halloween.html



This web site have a lot detils about Halloween. I think it's worth to visit! It's History Channel! http://www.historychannel.com/exhibits/halloween/

 

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記得高中國文曾讀陳之藩的「哲學家皇帝」,提及美國的教育以及美國青年的人生觀,「作卑微的工作,樹高伊之自尊」,現在我可應證了!

因駕駛年紀限制不同,美國同學16歲就可以開車上學,許多同學也都駕使自己的小客車上學、打工,聊天之中他告訴我:手機、保險、加油費......都由他的打工支出,幾乎全然是個自己為自己負責的大人了!

學校各科老師也會為同學想了賺零頭的機會,與各廠商合作,銷售季節商品、食物、年曆等等,然後有30%~60%的營利,錢並不會直接給我們,而當我們校外教學付旅費時,之前賺越多,需要繳得就越少。

迄今我已經銷售了三種不同商品,總是銷售成績最好的,因為接待家庭的媽媽幫我拿到她工作的醫院向同事推銷,真是太感謝了!

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Every year, the first Saturday on Oct. is McCreary Festival Parade. Everyone can join the parade. You can walk, ride motorcycle or horse, or drive vehicle. My host brother, Jacob, his school join the parade, but I didn't. So I were an audience. On the main street in McCreary County, there were full of people. I guess all the residents join the parade. When I were concentrate on making photos, something hit me. Oh! It's candy! Everyone in the parade line prepared many candies to share with audiences. Children saw candies, nobody didn't ignore candies, I don't eat candy much, but I still picked up some.

The parade only one hour, we backed home to eat lunch. Than host parent found a good deal--there's a store in Whitley City now on closing sale. So, we visited the store, 20% off to 75% off, I got some good and cheap stuffs. Than I saw a familiar looking slippers, even they're the same as the slippers on my feet. I saw the price, it's amazing me. After the slippers 50%off, the price is the same as my original price. Because of cheap, I bought a lot of cards, they may be enough used for this year!

p.s.我把時區調整囉!此篇之前都是台灣時間! (I change the time zone! Before this article, the time is Taiwan time!)

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