- Nov 30 Wed 2005 12:42
- Nov 27 Sun 2005 06:34
When the first guy discovered America, he and the native American celebrate their harvest. Than, American start celebration "Thanksgiving".
Thanksgiving in the fourth Thursday every November. My host family has family reunion every Thankgiving and Christmas. Every member of this family will go to one of their house, and have a big dinner. This year is Felicia's tern, so we take place the big dinner in our house.
Our big dinner was on Saturday. (Althought Thanksgiving was on Thursday.) We started preparing at Friday night. Felicia's two sisters came to help with their children. Children play the Play Station 2 all night. We adult(I'm 18!) prepared mashed potato, beans, bread, gravy, dressing, corn, dessert, and the most important meal, turkey. We did that until midnight. It was tired but happy.
Saturday, I woke up until the turkey odor came to my nose. Felicia's sister and mother came, and we did the rest meal, than began eating after praying. We had more than 10 different food. It was great!
But the great thing is not food on holiday, it's family reunion!
Rick asked me "Do you remember what Sylvester Duncan(Anna接待家庭的爺爺，見Going Home...) told you?"
"Yes, tied one on!" I said.
He smiled, but I knew he was sad......
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上回的"Newspaper"忘記提到這是份「週報」！美國的許多縣都有自己的報紙，不過大多以週報形式發行，畢竟只報自己縣上的大小事；而日報則是最小以"州"為單位發行（ex:肯德基州），至於紅遍台灣的美國報紙The New York Times，老實說迄今我還沒看到它的真面目，即使在肯德基的大城市，較常看到的是U.S.A. Today。
- Nov 22 Tue 2005 12:01
In McCreary County, there are 2 newspaper. THE VOICE is close to us, because I can read it once a week in school. Caleb is Jacob's friend, his father, Andrew Powell, is an editor in THE VOICE. So, I got an opportunity to visit the editors' office.
THE VOICE is a local newspaper, so it's not so big as United Daily News(聯合報) in Taiwan, it's only as big as your house. In fact, thanks for the computer technology, a tiny editors' office is enough to make a good newspaper.
There are 8 desks in the office, and every desk has an iMac computer. I had met one of the editors, Greg Bird, he has a feature in the newspaper, and he reports our school news a lot, so he is very famous in MCHS.
Andrew introduce the details about their newspaper for us, and he also show me the latest issue on the computer, let me compare to the real newspaper. It's awesom!
I asked how they know the "news" happend. He told me they have a police scanner that they listened to. The police scanner scan every kinds of frequency, including of policemen and firefighters' interphone and emergency news. When they hear somewhere happened something, they bring camera and drive there.
I told him what I thought about the difference between Taiwan's newspaper and their newspaper. They encourage students a lot, they must have school news in every issue; we have spaces to let reader contribute their articles, feeling, and opinion. Let reader feel that he/she is not only a reader but also a member of the newspaper. Both newspaper have their own advantages.
Anyway, I like to contribute my article to newspaper in Taiwan, that's why I'm so interested to newspaper. I heard a good news, I may have chance to put some photos and articles in this BLOG on THE VOICE. If it come ture, that will be my first time to publish my article in American newspaper. It must be cool!
↑Greg, Andrew, and me(start from left)
- Nov 19 Sat 2005 14:42
- Nov 15 Tue 2005 11:43
星期五(11/11)是Veteran's Day，放假一天，一連三天假期，Felicia, Jacob, Jessica,和我四人一同旅遊度假去，而Jess則跟朋友去打獵！我們將近中午才出發，目的地是Pigeon Forge，也就是Smoky Mountain的所在地，除了把上回還來不及欣賞到的一切在這回補上，但主要是為了週六要前往DollyWood！DollyWood是主題樂園，主題是啥？是Dolly！Dolly是歌手，出過Ｎ張唱片，我較有印象的一首是"I will always love you"。
晚上七點多，驅車駛進沿路的旅館，幾乎都掛上了"NO VACANCY"，總算最後找到了一家Family Inn，為明天DollyWood養飽體力囉！
週六上午，我們八點多就離開旅館，前行DollyWood，九點多抵達，早起鳥兒有著相當不錯的停車位，入口還不太擁擠，入園拍照留念後，便開始使用遊樂設施，遊樂設施並無特別，大自然美景才是這裡的最大特色，老舊古物在園內也有不少，車牌、冰淇淋機、車子.....，最棒的是這裡有一台蒸氣火車Dolly Express，而且可以搭乘繞園15分鐘，我們搭乘下午五點十五分班次，十一月的太陽比較早下班，寒風陣陣，車長帶領著大家向其他遊園者祝賀Marry Chirstmas，列車撥著聖誕節音樂，Winter Holidays的腳步近了，園內滿是聖誕燈飾，在夜裡看來格外的有氣氛，隨著列車移動欣賞，好不享受！
我們玩到晚上七點才離開，其中不少時間花在排隊上，就連出口也大排長龍，工作人員連緊急逃生出口都開了才舒緩些。原本預計今天要回家，卻因嚴重塞車而放棄，駛入另一個景點－－Gatlinburg，今晚"NO VACANCY"的情況比較不嚴重，因為週日上午許多人要上教堂，週六晚上找旅館自然比較容易些；找到旅館後，我們開車入市區吃晚餐，但塞了一半小時的車回到原點，找不著停車位，所以回旅館叫pizza，等了四十分鐘，pizza才送到，飽餐後我們累得倒頭就睡，今晚的旅館比昨日樸素簡單，但因疲倦卻更感到舒適，Good night！
週日睡到自然醒，早午餐合併吃，回到昨晚那塞一個半小時車的市區路上，駛入停車塔停車，逛街！這裡最多的店面是Gift Shop，美國人頗喜歡小飾品妝點家裡，而這類東西一概Made In China 或 Taiwan，所以就算再可愛對我都毫無吸引力，因為這些東西台灣都買得到，這裡加稅加運費加海關，我只用心用眼睛用嘴巴嚐鮮就心滿意足；街上商家裝置藝術爭鮮爭艷，眼睛實在來不及休息，而金氏世界紀錄博物館在這裡也有一分館，可惜我無緣參觀；街景艷麗襯底的是Smoiky Mountain，人為與自然的對話，嘈雜與寧靜的對比，和諧與不和諧的在我眼前不斷發生著......
回家的路上，我們經過一家不知賣什麼的店面，外頭放著眼熟的橘色轎車－－General Lee；美國很ㄏㄤ的一部電視劇Duke of Hazzard，這部電視劇大概三十年前拍攝的，幾個月前也才剛翻成電影上映，而這台轎車正是劇中的General Lee，而這家店的所有人就是劇中的主角，我們毫不猶豫的下車拍照。回車上後，我們直奔家中，三天的行程充實又有趣，但也相當疲憊，今天我可得早早上床睡覺，Tomorrow is a new begining！
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