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今天是籃球季開始的第一天,同樣於當時足球季的首日,第四節課全校齊聚體育館,為今年度的男籃女籃選手加油,啦啦隊表演當然也少不了,大家尖叫著"Go Raiders Go!",並大力的為依依叫名出列的選手們與啦啦隊精湛的表演鼓掌。
 
第一場籃賽耶!我還頗想到場觀賽的,但基於週五有項考試降臨,我心中天人交戰後....決定回家!
偏偏到家後,Jacob告訴我他們籃球隊今天第一場比賽(他小三,初入國小籃球隊,迄今練習一個月,共六回),他要上場,懇請我參加(因為他知道我要考試,一定會拒絕);我想了一會兒,仍是搖頭拒絕,因為練了六回的籃球隊,還是小三程度,我連高中籃賽都放棄了,實在沒理由花一晚上在這上面!但小孩子的那張臉苦了起來,我就心軟了.....
 
駛向國小體育館的路上,我想像著場內的所有觀眾全是選手家長,為自己的孩子拍照,然後沉沉靜靜的結束一場比賽,Oh!饒了我吧!還是載我到高中籃賽吧!
 
到了國小體育館,我簡直不敢置信那停車場竟然是八分到九分滿,入口竟然還有售票員"學生$1,大人$2",竟然也有啦啦隊?!我真的傻眼了!
 
比賽開始!兩隊球員以跳球開球,Felicia興奮的隨著啦啦隊加油拍手,坐在一旁的其他家長也喊著自己孩子的名字加油,每每Jacob球到手時,Jess & Felicia口中都念念有詞的為Jacob加油,"Go son! You can do it!",父母對孩子的愛不論在世界各地各區各家庭都是顯露無遺的。
 
賽中當然也發生不少趣事,例如A隊的球員進攻時竟猛跑向B隊籃框,走步、二次也一再發生,不過這些細節都被過濾掉了,在父母眼中的每個孩子,都是the best!
 

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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。

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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)

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Daniel Radcliffe , Rupert Grint and Emma Watson star in Warner Bros. Pictures' Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Today I was so exciting! Becase Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is coming to the screen. I decided to go to movie with friend. Don and his sister are big Harry Potter fans, too. Sure they must watch the movie at first day, and they're good partners to go with.
 
After school, I stay until 18:00, than took Don's sister's car to Somerset Cinema. All the parking spots were full. I believed all because of Harry Potter attrecation. We bought the 21:20 ticket, than went eating dinner.
 
At 21:20, theater turn off the light. We watched the preview movie but thought about Harry Potter in our heart. Until the icon "WB"(the movie company that made Harry Potter, Warner Brothers) appeared, every audience screamed and claped hands. No one didn't focus on screen.
 
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is more risky and dangerous. Harry joined the三巫鬥法大賽(The competition against two other wizard) unexpectedly. In the end of this competition, he met the Lord Voldemort who relive and grow his body. It's more magic this time. and add more "Love". It's hard to say, you have to feel by yourself.
 
P.S. The other thing make me exciting is that The Davinci Code will become a move next May.

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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"。

 

週五下午我們先逛了Flea Market,印象中的跳蚤市場該是在二手貨裡尋寶,可是這裡卻像是世貿展場,各商家擺攤銷售,價格大多不低於市價,所以我只抱著開眼界的心情逛街;場外的攤子有著雷同我們夜市裡能見到的一律十元店,一籃籃商品通通一元(USD)起,盜版商品層出不窮,但日常生活用品就不講究這麼多了;我們一連逛了四家,四家都是Chinese老闆,這種情況我總愛秀幾句中文給其他人開開眼界,不過也難怪盜版商品層出不窮了!

 

晚上Felicia說要帶我們看黑熊,卻把車停在一家Gift Shop前,我已為她打消念頭了,沒想到黑熊就在店裡!商店底有個入口,「五隻黑熊,觀賞:大人$2,小孩$1」,走進之後,有個15坪大的透天鐵籠,五隻黑熊隔著兩道鐵杆,無精打采的觀賞著人類拿著照相機閃光燈閃個不停,笑容早已擠不出來,只是一心想著曾經在大自然裡繽紛的生活,何只15坪天地呀?

 

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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Inn,字典裡翻譯"小旅館";Hotel,字典裡翻譯"飯店,賓館";但不論旅館大小,這裡的招牌多半都寫Inn而不寫Hotel。

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學校每九週會寄發一次成績單到家裡,讓父母了解孩子學習的狀況,同時對學生而言也有著極大意義,因為如果成績四科全A(90分以上),將有一次與校長吃大餐的機會,地點次次不同,總之在自助式餐廳(All-you-can-eat buffet)享用午餐!
 
我榮幸也是其中的一員,而今天上午11:00,校車載滿了四科全A的學生們,駛了一小時抵達Somerest的King Buffet餐廳,更令我興奮的是,它是Chinese Restaurant!
 
坐定位後,大伙兒紛紛步向Buffet桌享用。Chinese Restaurant顧名思義該是Chnese Food,但為迎合美式口味,炸食很多,Pizza也在其中;餐廳提供叉子湯匙等美式習慣餐具外,也提供筷子選用,身旁的同學嘗試著使用筷子,有人很快上手,但惹笑話的也大有人在;"How to say Thank you in Chinese?"同學試著學我發音,跟服務員說"Hsieh-hsieh",她們微笑道不客氣,其中一位服務員和我聊了一會兒,同學好奇的眼神令我真有滿足感。
 
在將近尾聲時,有同學率先要了個餐盒,把吃不完的食物包走,沒想到這小石頭卻打起一大串漣漪,幾乎整桌的人都要了餐盒;此時大家邪念升起,有人趕緊續盤假裝吃不完,甚至有人大方的拿著餐盒就到buffet台裝外帶,老闆看了當然火大,派了兩位服務員來解釋餐盒是供你帶走吃不完的食物,而不是外帶用,豈知兩位小姐大概不敢直說,就問我:"你會說中文對不對?麻煩幫我跟他們解釋這些餐盒只可以裝吃剩的食物,不可以......"還真聰明呀!壞人由我當!
 
不過同學聽我解釋後,卻趕緊向她們道歉,回校甚至說了我今天在餐廳翻譯的趣事。這餐的收穫真多呀!不僅稱飽了肚皮,還首次當了翻譯官!

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Everybody always be crazy on Fridays. Because weekend is coming!
 
I borrow <Harry Potter III>(哈利波特:阿茲卡班的逃犯) DVD from friend. Don , although I had watched that before, but <Harry Potter IV>(哈利波特:火盃的考驗) is coming next Friday, so I wanna review it again. Jacob and I watched Harry Potter on Friday night. He isn't a Harry Potter fan, so he didn't so enjoy movie as me. After movie, I went online the internet and used messenger that I didn't use for a long time. I met a lot of friends, we chat all night (they were in the afternoon) until I felt sleepy. I was exciting to talk with old friends.
 
Saturday, I woke up at noon. And a friend called me and invited me to his home. So we 2 exchange students, Matty and me, went to Devin's home and enjoed movie: <American Pie>(美國派) and <We Were Soldiers>(勇士們). <We Were Soldiers>is a war movie, <American Pie> is funny and talking about sex movie. We 3 big boys all laughed very loud, Devin's 12-year-old brother also joined the movie, but I thought the detils about sex is too early to let him know. (Believe it or not, lots of classmates only 16-year-old here, they told me they are already not virgins.)
 
I back home at about 8:00 p.m., I also borrow 3 movies DVD from Devin, <Finding Nemo>(海底總動員), <Catch Me If You Can>(神鬼交鋒), and <Big Fish>(大智若魚). <Finding Nemo> and <Catch Me If You Can> are good movies, so I wanna review even I had watched that before. <Big Fish> is a special movie, it talk about a man who love to talk story of his life. But his son thought that is a tale, so left him alone. His mom tried to let them get close, and he tried to understand his dad's feeling and the truth of the story......
 
I watched the rest 3 movies on Sunday. So all my weekend was full of movies. Some are funny, some are touching. Movies just like our life's minimize, that can make me full of imgination. That's why I love movies.
 
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我現在住的接待家庭是貨櫃屋,聽起來似乎感到寒酸,事實並不然,這裡鄉村有多數人的房子是貨櫃屋,磚瓦建造的房子在都市才比比皆是。

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Trick or treat? 不給糖就惡作劇!萬聖節受小孩喜愛的原因,不外乎是可以挨家挨戶的拿糖果,化妝成自己喜愛的卡通人物;我這個年紀還可以trick or treat嗎?我忍不住在學校就先打探一下,究竟同學們怎麼過Halloween的,我得到的答案有要帶弟妹去trick or treat,不然就是晚上還要打工,不過,我管不著他們的答案了,晚上六點,以樸素裝扮與打扮成不知何許人的Jacob和他已結婚有兩個小孩的堂姐一家人trick or treat!
 
我們在親戚家展開第一站,他們端了一盤糖果各抓一把放入我們的南瓜提袋中;緊接著便在他們附近的人家繼續trick or treat,有幾戶人家看到我這大孩子都以為是來陪小孩,不過我仍拿到了許多糖果。商家們仍營業中,不過都在門口派店員拿糖果分送小孩。
 
我們走過了一家中國餐廳,老闆對我疑惑的問"Are you Chinese?"
"Ya, I'm from Taiwan!"
"來這裡念大學?"
"不是!是交換學生!"
......
 
突然一陣中文交談,心裡頗溫馨的,一旁的Jacob就像那時看成龍的Rush Hour,突然成龍用中文與外交官對談片段的那個表情,之後他好奇問我們的對談內容,我裝神秘的告訴他,這是秘密!
 
今年Halloween限定晚上6:00~8:00,因為是星期一,School Day;我們花了兩小時,各拿了滿滿一袋糖果,滿心歡喜的回家!
 
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我的高中每間廁所在下課時間都有老師站衛兵,因為怕學生在廁所抽煙或打架,但上廁所後頭還有人盯,感覺真.....

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