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前幾天,接待家庭帶我到Rock Creek露營,算是離別前最後一回旅遊,安排了四天三夜,營地沒自來水沒電源,很有原始味的露營,感覺別有一番風味!
 
今天,我舞會時的舞伴Mina上飛機回日本,我在美國也僅剩一週的時間,生活很單純簡單,但似乎比之前還要忙碌。這種現象每每在倒數時都會出現的心理作用,其實一切一如往常,但數字在減少,世界一切都不一樣。
 
邦喬飛去年出了一張新專輯《Have A Nice Day》,裡頭有一首歌我實在極度喜愛~Who says you can't go home:
 
Who says you can't go home
Who says you can't go home
There's only one place they call me one of their own
Just a hometown boy born a rolling stone

Who says you can't go home
Who says you can't go back
I been all around the world and as a matter of fact
There's only one place left I want to go

 
雖然回家前總會有股「近鄉情更怯」的感覺,但,家是唯一把我當作生命共同體的地方,是唯一一個離開後還想去的地方,誰說你不能回家? 

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◎By Greg Bird

Last week, as most McCreary County students were looking ahead to the last day of school and mapping out their plans for summer vacation, seven students were looking forward to returning home to their families for the first time in 10 months.

Wednesday I had an opportunity to sit down and chat with six of these courageous travelers and learn more about them and their experiences in McCreary County. Ann-Kathrin Bernhauer, Cheng-Chih Hsieh (known as Jacky to everyone), “Anny” Wan Hsuan Lin, Sara Napstjert, Mathias Paumgarten (Matty) and Mina Yokoma all took time out of their day to sit down and talk about how they have changed and what they learned about America from our little slice of the country. (The seventh student, Vera Lichtenhahn, was ill and unable to take part in the interview).

The first question I asked was why they decided to pack their bags and travel halfway around the globe to spend a year of high school in a foreign country.

While getting a better mastery of the English language was high on the list of priorities, there were other, more personal reasons as well.

“I wanted to be an exchange student because I wanted to go abroad and this was a good opportunity to do so. Since Taiwan is a very small island, I wanted to see more things,” said Jacky who hails from Taiwan.

Denmark’s Sara plans to use her experiences to help her in her future career. “I wanted to improve my English because I want to travel in the future with my job. I want to be a construction engineer.”

Austrian Matty learned quickly that this was a life-altering experience. “I signed up for the program because I wanted to improve my English,” he said. “But once you come here you realize it is not the language that matters, you get real growth and maturity. You experience different things. You get out of your normal life and get a chance to see what else you can do.”

For Mina, who wants to go into broadcasting after college in Japan, the trip was all about growth as well. “I wanted to improve my English and wanted to be a stronger person,” she said.

“I wanted to see a different culture and how people live,” said Germany’s Ann.

And McCreary Central’s other Taiwanese student, Anny, was getting a head start on college. “I plan to go to college in America, so this was like basic training for me and it was a great challenge,” she said.

Each of the students admitted they were a little nervous when they first arrived, but every one quickly adapted once they saw how soon they were accepted among their fellow students and made friends.

“When you sit on a plane, you think about what is going to be different and what you are going to be missing,” Matty said. “Then when I came over here, I figured out it is kind of the same thing: you hang out with the same kind of people, you do the same stuff. The setting and the background changes, but my friends are still the same kind of people as over there and I still have the same kind of lifestyle.”

“The first month is weird getting used to the small differences and the food, but apart from that it is kind of the same actually,” he added.

Ann said that the openness of the people she met and the friends she made came as a pleasant surprise, “I think that (my host) family and friends helped a lot here,” she said. “I think that Americans here are so friendly. People are so willing to talk to you even if they don’t know you.”

Anny said after a slow start, she adapted quickly with the help of some patient friends. “I think the beginning was hard because of language problems. But my classmates were very nice, and they helped me a lot.”

All six of the students admitted to being surprised by the cultural differences in America, and the food, but they also found that a lot of the things were the same as they were back home.

“I am from the capital where there is a lot of public transportation,” Sara said. “Here, everybody depends so much on their cars to go somewhere because there is no way you can just start walking. That has been a big change. I had to get used to staying home more and having to be so dependent on figuring out how I am going to get where I want to go and how I am to get home, when I was so used to taking my bicycle.”

“The food is definitely a big difference. I am used to more vegetables, but over here, everything seems to be dipped in grease,” she said.

“Everybody here was friendly and easy to get along with,” said Jacky. “We eat rice everyday, but here the food is different, it was easy to adopt to though.”

Sara didn’t realize that babysitting duties came included with the trip, but she came to love it.

“I am the youngest in my family,” she said. “With my host family, there is a younger sibling. That has been a big change for me. I have had to deal with changing diapers and the yelling and screaming, I haven’t been around younger kids, but I really liked my host brothers and sisters.”

Matty also found American’s dependence on cars as a shock, but welcomed the openness of people.

“Over here, you drive to your grandparents’ house, which is right next door. It takes longer to get in the car and start it than just to walk,” he said.

“In Europe you keep things more to yourself. You just live in your own little world. Over here you can go into a supermarket and people will tell you everything they did yesterday. To me that is interesting. I like to listen to people.”

Ann found that sometimes no matter where you go, people are the same.

“Although there are differences, the basics are still the same,” she said. “You do the same things.

Americans have the same teenage problems that we have in Europe. But I thought prom was awesome, because we don’t have that back home.”

Anny really liked going to school here in McCreary County because she was able to study different subjects.

“I think school here is neat, you can really learn something you want to learn. I think that is good. In Taiwan, you have to learn a lot of things you don’t need,” she said.

“It is different here, but it is fun to meet other people. When you come here, you have a new life and can start all over. You learn new things and you do a lot of stuff you never do at home. I would encourage my friends to be an exchange student.”

The saying goes “all good things must come to an end.” For the exchange students, they are excited about sleeping in their familiar beds again and reconnecting with old friends, but every one of them admitted to leaving a little bit of themselves behind.

“It is hard to say because I like both places,” Jacky said. “I am excited to go home, but I will miss things here. People are so enthusiastic and easy to get along with. If you are used to a busy life, things move so slowly here. If you are only used to one culture or one type of person, you never get to know the outside world. It helps to open your mind and can accept more different things.”

For Sara, she realizes that this past year has left an impression on her that she will never forget. “I think it was easier to leave home because I was thinking ‘I’m going to be back.’ But when I leave here, it’s for good. I’m excited because I am going home and I missed it so much, but I think when I go home, I will start missing what I left behind.”

Mina said her time abroad has helped her to appreciate what she left behind. “I do have my parents back in Japan and all the ordinary stuff, and I never paid attention to it. But I do feel a lot more love for my parents now, and I miss them so much. I am excited to go home. It is a good thing.”

“I really appreciate my host family. It is not easy to put up a stranger in their house for a whole year.”

“It was kind of sad to leave home,” Ann said. “But I really enjoyed being here. I don’t want to leave my host family behind, because I feel really close to them, but I am excited to go home.”

Anny, who plans to attend college in California, will have it easier than her fellow exchange students. “I think maybe saying goodbye is not a bad thing. It will be easy for me to come back,” she said. “My sister is going to get a job in America so it will be easy to visit. I think I will be back next year. It is easier for me to say goodbye. I am looking forward to seeing them again.”

“I had a lot of fun with my host family. We traveled a lot and they took me to a lot of places. I want to thank them for letting me have a really good year.”

Perhaps Matty summed it up the best. “I just left in a‘See you later way.’ It was just for ten months: I thought it would be over so fast,” he said. “When you leave here it is like I may never see you again. That is a weird feeling. I don’t really want to think about it. I really don’t want to go back. I do miss my friends and I want to find out what has gone on. The home thing is like a movie you put on pause. But here is like free TV, you can’t get that back. The whole America thing is over for me; back home it is just waiting for me.”

For all of these young travelers, their future includes college. The experiences they have had over the past ten months will surely help them along the path to success in whatever field they choose.

The students came to McCreary County through an exchange program sponsored by the EF Foundation for Foreign Study. The program matches teenage students in foreign lands with host families all across the country who are willing to take in a complete stranger for a school year.

Eddie Bear and Rebecca Stephens act as International Exchange Coordinators for EF and offer support to the students and host families throughout the year.

While all of the students showed their appreciation for their host families, they saved a final thank you for Eddie and Rebecca.

“Eddie Bear is one of the coolest school counselors I have ever met in my whole life,” Matty said.

“Rebecca has done a lot of stuff. It is hard to keep up with seven teenagers, as well as her own kids,” Sara added. “We really want to thank them for all they have done for us.”

~from McCreary County's newspaper <The Voice>

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畢業典禮後隔天一早,大部份的畢業生又再度見面了!為期三天的畢業旅行就此展開!
 
我們的畢業旅行地點在俄亥俄州的桑達斯基(Sandusky, Ohio)的Cedar Point Amusement Park,這座遊樂園除了歷史悠久之外,還有一些項目是列名世界前幾名的:例如探索頻道(Discovery Channel)世界十大驚悚樂園第六名(World's Best Thrill Parks),裡頭有座目前世界最大的雲霄飛車,另外還有一座世界屬一屬二大的木製雲霄飛車.........。
 
我們周日上午八點出發,一路向北從肯德基州的最南端驅車到俄亥俄州,這是一趟八小時的車程,我們中途除了午餐停格一個半小時外,直到下午五點腳才再度登陸,鼻子才呼吸到不經過空調的新鮮空氣。
 
大家住進了Cedar Point Amusement Park裡的飯店,聽說若自費一晚要兩百美金左右,裡頭還有高檔的T.G.I. FRIDAY餐廳,如此聽來五星期飯店的地方,不提供早餐,不提供報紙,不提供免費電話(他們連撥免付費電話都收錢),不提供房內咖啡,凡你想得到兩星飯店該有的服務,他們都收錢,簡直「罄竹難書」。
 
它的地點在一座像極了大海的依利湖(Lake Erie)旁,緯度又比肯德基州向上爬了些,風大,低溫,連站在太陽下我都得穿著外套。
 
我們入園的時間是週一,所以週日抵達飯店後大夥兒便分小組活動。我與一群人到飯店附設的泳池與spa泡水去。我常覺得游泳在美國是貴族運動,因為公共游泳池不常見,而許多有錢人家裡也常設有泳池;一般百姓必須等大熱天到家裡附近的河或溪,或是渡假時到飯店時才有機會游泳,每每提到台灣到處都有室內溫水游泳池,夏天時還有海水浴場,一年四季都可以游泳,總讓一些夏天常跑河或溪的同學羨慕不已。
 
星期一很快到來,大家都興奮的找刺激去!我搭了許多不同的雲霄飛車,其中一項很令我印象深刻:我和Ashley一同搭了三座雲霄飛車,她說很害怕可是好玩,一副就是勇敢玩也愛嚐鮮的樣子,同時也是搭雲霄飛車時尖叫的半死可是下來後會喊很爽的典型人物。我看上了一座木製的雲霄飛車,她也點頭答應一起搭乘。 
 
這座木製雲霄飛車的高度與速度都是世界木製雲霄飛車之最(他們的文宣是寫One of the tallest and fastest wooden roller coasters in the world.)我們排了約十五分鐘隊才輪到我們,直到雲霄飛車開始爬坡時,Ashley開始緊張了,不過,不同於先前的兩座雲霄飛車,她開始發汗,眼框也濕潤,笑容也凋謝,不時嘴巴輪流著唸著God與Jacky。
 
我看她臉色發紅發紫,除了安慰她也不知能怎麼辦,等到下波的剎那,她雙眼緊閉,雙手握住像是唯一能保住性命扶桿,青筋都凸顯出來,不停問著「快到終點沒?」,最恐怖的是,她完全沒有尖叫。這全程近一分鐘的雲霄飛車不停的上下坡,她問了幾回「快到終點沒?」後,乾脆抿上嘴唇,頭猛然靠到我肩上,像是找到手之外的另一個安全點。 
 
捱了許久,雲霄飛車總算回到原點,她不停發抖。我等她冷靜下來後很坦白的對她說:「這次我完全沒感到雲霄飛車的恐懼,但你卻把我嚇死了!」

晚上回飯店後,九點多與一群同學到Pizza Hut聚餐,接著大家回到其中一個房間狂歡,播著嘻哈音樂舞動著,很多人打算玩通宵,留下畢業的美好回憶,我很自知自個兒的身體不能那樣操,所以很乖的在午夜時上床。
 
週二上午十點我們才離開飯店,又是八小時的車程,電影仍一部部播著,其中一部與我年紀一樣大的電影<致命的吸引力(Fatal Attraction)>,有一幕真是刻骨銘心:男主角在雨中想要撐傘,但撐了半天雨傘確死命的閉合著,好不容易把雨傘撐開時,雨傘卻成開花狀;此時一位令男主角出軌的女人撐著傘走過來,指著他雨傘嘲弄的說道"Made in Taiwan?"。我簡直無法相信這部電影在世界各地播放著,嘲弄著台灣產品的品質,我肯定這導演對於台灣有著頗差的印象,不過這是十九年前的電影,現在的台灣產品希望不再讓外國人看笑話了!

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Today is commencement. This is my second time to graduate from high school. But it was a totally different experience.
 
MCHS 2006 Commencement started at 10:00. But we had to be school at 8:30, since they knew most of students will be late. I was on time, so I walked around and took some pictures. Everyone wore cap and gown, it's the very first time American students all wearing the same like our unifom 
 
The Commencement started! All seniors walked in to gym with music. It was slowly walking. We were the leading role today. Than I went on stage with madrigal, and sang my last time American National Anthem and Kenucky State Song, "My Old Kentucky Home". The last song was performed by senior madrigals only, we sang for everyone, "Maybe We'll meet again." 
 
Our song was so touching.
 All the smiles and tears we've shared through the years.
 Forever will be in my heart and mind.
 You believed in me, always there for me.
 Take my hand, stand by me one last time.
 One day my friend, maybe we'll meet again.
 
After the class president's and some teachers' speech. It's time to get diploma. When I was in HCHS last year, each class had one student to represent us to get diploma. But here, everyone will be called and go on stage to get it.
 
Our principal tried his best to pronounce my name, Mr. Hsieh, Cheng-chih "Jacky". There was big clapping and screaming voice while everyone was going on stage. Oh...it sounds very good......ha ha......
 
Some of friends I may never see them again. My Exchange student is almost over, too. There was a song we sang on Senior Breakfast the day before yesterday. It's called "Friend."
 Friends are friends forever if the Lord's the Lord of them,
 And a friend will not say never 'cause the welcome will not end.
 Tho' it's hard to let you go, in the Father's hands we know.
 That a life time's not too long to live as friend.
 
Thank you all my friends for your helping this year. I'll miss you.

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Today I went to the movie which I wait for a long time, The Da Vinci Code. I went with Justin and Amber, we read the book, so we all were very exciting.
 
Last night, I was reading newspaper online. There is an interesting news. Thailand and Philippines are Catholic country, so Thailand cut 10 minutes of the film and put a sentence "This is a fiction film" in the end of the movie. And The Da Vinci Code is rated "R"(限制級) in Philippines. It means you can watch this film if you older than 18, so there are still some people complain about this in Philippines.
 
Although America is a Christian country, but I'm glad they didn't against this movie like Thailand or Philippines. So I went to watch on the coming out day.
 
We were in a rush. We took 15 mintues to finish our lunch at McDonald's, and drive to the theater as fast as we could. But we missed few mintues movie. The professor Robert London(Tom Hanks) and Sophie Neveu(Audrey Tautou) was in the restroom in Louvre museum when we were finding seats in the theater.
 
I read the book one year ago, so I don't remember many details. But the film made me recall some parts of the book. It's a great movie, just like the book.
 
This film is so dark. When we came out the theater, we can barely open our eyes because of the shining sun. We were very satisfied about The Da Vinci Code. But I guess it aggravates many very devout Jesus' follower.

There is an interesting article adopt from Time Magazine May 22, 2006 issue<6 Ways to Break the Da Vinci Code>, by JEREMY CAPLAN:
 
1.  BAN(禁演) Both cinemas in the Faroe Islands, a Danish territory, are refusing to show the adaptation of Dan Brown's blockbuster novel on grounds of sacrilege. This isn't the first film banned there. Monty Python's Life of Brian was nixed for its naughty nuances.
2.  STARVE(絕食) If their government nixes a ban, a group of Catholics in India may fast--"unto death," said one of its leaders.
3.  SUE(控告) Top Vatican official Francis Cardinal Arinze said the film's insults to the faith may merit legal action to stop its dissemination.
4.  RIDICULE(嘲弄) The Da Vinci Code Response Group says it won't stoop to condemnations or boycotts but calls the film "harmless" and "grotesque."
5.  PREACH(傳教) More than half of U.S. pastors polled by Leadership, a Christian magazine, said they planned sermons, classes or seminars to discuss biblical and theological issues raised by the film.
6.  COUNTERPROGRAM(反制) Along with the usual pre-movie trailers, 250 theaters in Sydney, Australia, will show a brief Anglican Church video challenging the film, part of an effort to get 10% of the city's population to become churchgoers by 2012.
 
中文解讀版本,取自開演電影網e周報<破解達文西密碼>,作者藍祖蔚:
 
01禁演 對,不准演,就可以控制損害,就可以避免「毒素」四散。
02絕食 這是一種抗爭的姿態。為了一部電影而去絕食抗議,一定是因為你有滿腔怒火,願意為信念獻身,據說印度就有天主教徒揚言如果政府不禁演該片,就要絕食至死。
03控告 這是必要的法律行動,有的罪犯,明明做錯了事,卻死鴨子嘴硬,不肯認錯,一狀告進法庭,尋求司法仲裁和司法救濟,其實是文明人的理性行為。
04嘲弄 有的人一受激,就會暴跳如雷,這種人最容易上當,卻未必能夠解決問題。面對別人的惡意挑釁或污蔑,不要隨之起舞,是很重要的應對之道,揶揄《達文西密碼》,說它不成氣候,影響有限,其實也是一種消毒策略。
05傳教 正面迎戰「邪說」,以傳教、開課、舉辦研討會等訴諸理性的辯論與對話,讓信徒更加定信念,也許還會增加更多信徒呢!
06反制 澳洲人的態度比較有趣,雪黎教會研判當地會有250家戲院映演《達文西密碼》的預告片,於是他們也跟著製作了一部反制短片,駁斥《達》片的論述,讓影迷知所比較,找到生命中的真理。
  

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美國有許多單位與世界大部分其他國家不同,我們加油用公升,他們用加崙;我們身高用公分,他們用呎與吋;我們體重用公斤,他們用磅;我們溫度用攝氏,他們用華氏;我們開車用公里/小時,他們用哩/小時.........。

 

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今天是基層選舉日,投票項目主要有州參議員(Kentucky State Senator)、警長(Sheriff)、監獄長(Jailer)..........很多我不曾知道竟是由人民選舉出來的公家職位。學校因此停課一天,我的接待家庭並沒有投票的打算,原因是不知該投給誰好,但我好奇美國投票所與台灣有何不同,所以Felicia帶我到離家最近的投票所(但非我們的投票區)。 
 
Strunk投票所約是兩坪大的一間小屋,有些投票區並無設置投票所,則會使用學校或公共活動中心當投票所。美國已開始使用電腦投票,在你秀出身分證明確認後,便進入圈票區裡,圈票區就像台灣投票所的蓋章處,只是裡頭放置的只有一台電子投票機。
 
我很想拍幾張照,監票人員為此打電話給他們的上級,向他們說明這裡有位外國交換學生想拍他們的投票機,輾轉問了兩位上級之後,得到的答案竟是"Better not."。我搞不懂這是會洩漏國家機密還是威脅到美國政府.......
 
雖然沒拍到照,但監票人員仍秀出一張紙,上頭印著投票機上顯示的畫面,向我說明投票機螢幕上就是如此,而她還說明今天投票時,若你是民主黨(Democratic),你必須投民主黨,若是共和黨(Republican)則需投選共和黨。

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  • May 15 Mon 2006 10:14
  • Prom

昨晚是一年一度的舞會。學校的舞會只有junior與senior可以參加,你可以在舞會前先找好"date",也可以隻身前往。
 
我的"date"是來自日本的交換學生Mina。在舞會之前,男生要到女生家接送,Mina前晚到來自德國的交換學生Anna的接待家庭過夜,所以Felicia便載我到Anna的家接Mina。舞會晚上7:30開始,我大約7:00到達Anna家,不過那時Mina與Anna正在化妝,我們便在屋外靜心等待;不一會兒Anna的男朋友Jordan(當然就是她的"date")也到此準備接送Anna。
 
男生實在很難想像女生化妝的過程究竟是如何「艱辛」,我們竟足足等了半小時,她們才光鮮亮麗的走出來。男生幫女生將花環套在手上(那僅僅四朵花竟要17美元,一朵花100多台幣),然後護送女生上車,前往舞會場地。
 
到會場後,我們遇到許多同學,但大家都變了個模樣,尤其女生經化粧後更是十八遍,不仔細看還可能認錯人呢!
 
舞會音樂總喜歡播rock或hip-hop類的舞曲,這對我缺乏舞蹈細胞的人而言,真的身體都不知該怎麼扭才好看,我們便遊走在會場中找同學拍照,直到音樂進入浪漫羅曼蒂克系列,就算不會跳舞也只需勾肩摟腰的左搖右晃即可,我們便上場跳舞。
 
我們邊晃邊聊也邊看別人的跳舞情形,有一些本來就是情侶檔的同學在慢舞時,身體便靠在一起「難分難解」,有些更情不自津得吻起來,不過可惜的是,慢歌都僅在數首快歌中穿插一首,我想目的就是避免以陷入愛情的男女吻到過度而忘我吧?!
 
我們仍在幾首聽過的快歌中上舞池搖擺身體,雖然我只能踏腳、拍手等等一些像聽搖滾演場會進入高潮時的那些基本動作,但在人群當中仍感受到舞動快樂氣氛。
 
我一開始頗擔心因不會跳舞所以可能提早離席,不過Mina與我仍堅持到DJ播放最後一首曲子跳上最後一支舞,十一點才離開會場。 
 
雖然在舞會後我還是不會跳舞,不過這美好的回憶會深刻於心!
 
新文章分享懂我的母親
過了十八歲應該就是位「成人」了!但每每讀起母親的信,我就仍是位小孩子,從母親身上汲取知識,也因此更清楚生命的意義。想借幾米《地下鐵》的一句話「我總是忘記跟您說聲謝謝,謝謝您一直陪伴著我!」獻給母親,我永遠愛妳……
 
Collecting Motto <7>
●Life is like a box of chocolates. You’ll never know what you’re gonna get.
~Winston Groom, The Author of <Forrest Gump>
●生命就像一盒各式各樣的巧克力,你永遠不會知道自己會得到什麼。
~溫斯頓葛魯, 出自<阿甘正傳>

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My RC(Regional Coordinator), Carolyn, invited me to introduce Taiwan to his son's, Michael's, class. She told me there are 18 boys in his class, it's a writing class, since I have experience about writing articles. I want to make my presentation better, so I made a PowerPoint to introduce Taiwan.
 
Until this morning, Michael's teacher told Carolyn she changed her mind. I will not speech to the writing class but all students of 6 grade. Wow! Instead of 18 students, there are 100 and more in 6 grade in Meece Middle School. I had some nervous feeling.
 
I prepared many candies from Taiwan as gifts. My rule is once you ask or answer a question, you can get one candy. Foreign candy is very charming. Every students pay a lot attention on my presentation.
 
I afraided they may know nothing about Asia (Since I had a classmate point America Map and ask me where is Taiwan.). So, my presentation started from a world map. I asked them point out where is America, Asia and also tell me and point out some countries in Asia. There were over 50 students raising their hand and answering it. It's amazing me! I bet them have a great geography teacher.
 
After introducing the location of Taiwan, I talked about our school, culture, food, and sports. Every question I asked, almost all students want to answer it. Even someone said the wrong answer, but just for candy, they tried their best.
 
Some students asked me some interesting question. "Do you have cow in Taiwan?" "What kind of food you eat in school lunch?" "Do you like America?" There is one my favorite, "What's the difference between Chinese and Taiwanese?" My answer is, "We write difference(Traditional/Simplified Chinese) but speak the same(Mandarin)."
 
After presentation, Carolyn told me, there were 4 exchange students from Norway, German, Denmark, and Japan have talked to them. It makes me envious of them so bad. When I was in middle school, our Geography class only text book and test but nothing else. How lucky they are. They can not only see the map in text book"where's Taiwan", but also a real people from Taiwan to talk to them.

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昨晚(5/4)是MCHS的春季合唱音樂會,這一回比冬季聖誕音樂會(見Christmas Choral Concert)的練習時間還緊迫許多,所以我們原本打算排練一整套全新的曲目,但只能回鍋使用曾經在募款餐會(見Pearl Milk Tea)上的兩首舞曲、三首在喬治亞州(見Georgia Music Festival I)時比賽的曲目,不過仍另外排練了五首新歌。
 
音樂會點開始,首先由我們Madrigals領軍開場五首歌曲,歌曲內容大多與耶穌基督有關;我想大概這裡因大部分居民都是基督教徒,所以合唱團的練唱內容常像是聖歌般的曲目,不過不可否認的,這些聖歌都很好聽,我們也唱得很盡興,搏得滿堂喝采。
 
接著是Girls Ensemble與Concert Choir登場,Anna在Concert Choir演出時,受邀長笛伴奏;十五首曲目後,Madrigals二度上場,舞曲時間!又唱又跳心情無比雀躍!
 
在壓軸兩首大合唱前,是頒獎典禮,我除了拿到All-state的獎狀外,還領到一座「畢業生獎(Senior Choral Award)」,每座畢業生獎的獎牌上的題字皆不同,我的題字是"Presented to Hsieh Cheng-chih for your dedication to excellence, being a postive role-model"。老師還特別準備玫瑰花給所有畢業生每一人朵,似乎悄悄開啟了畢業季的憂傷氣氛。音樂會的最後一首曲目很輕快舒暢,又把那股淡淡的憂傷氣氛打得不見蹤影。
 
我們的音樂會圓滿成功!
 
Collecting Motto <6>
●It's never an insult to be called what somebody thinks is a bad name. It just shows you how poor that person is, it doesn't hurt you.
~Harper Lee, The Author of <To Kill a Mockingbird>
●被人叫了人家認為難聽的綽號算不得是什麼汙辱,那反而讓你知道那個人是多麼可憐,這對你是沒有傷害的。
~哈特麗, 出自<梅岡城的故事>

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  • May 04 Thu 2006 11:05
  • RV

Columbia Pictures' R.V.
Robin Williams(羅賓威廉斯)is one of my favorite movie actor. And he has a new comedy movie this year. It's <RV>(休旅任務). Since you can watch this movie in Taiwan until June 30, so I'm exciting to watch it 2 months earlier.
 
Williams always do good at comedy and encouragement kind movies, such as Jumanji(野蠻遊戲) and Patch Adams(心靈點滴). His new film, RV, is talking about a family need to be closer.
 
Bob(Robin Williams), an overworked guy, made a decision to take his family to Hawaii, and get some quality together with them. But, his company asked him to do a presentation in Colorado in the same time as the trip to Hawaii. Bob didn't want his family to feel bad, but he didn't want to lose his job, neither. So he lied to his family and changed the trip place from Hawaii to Colorado, and also changed living in HOTEL to RV(Recreational Vehicle).
 
He didn't want his family figure out their thip is his working time, he tried his best to do everything. The target for him is, don't lose the job and also close to his family. During their trip, they met a weird family, but, this weird family help Bob to go back his family.
 
It's a happy ending. Bob didn't lose his job and also reconnect with his family. The film is interesting, because Bob doesn't know much about RV, so he met many troubles. And he had to take care both his job and family, he was just like a candle burnig at both ends.
 
But this movie has some boring part. And the funny part of the movie is caused of the action not the story. I think the movie is okay ,but most of newspaper critics gave it not much grade. Since it's Robin William's movie, I will still recommend it.
 
Movie Poster came from Yahoo! Movies
  
給繁體中文的使用者For someone who use Traditional Chinese
連署反對聯合國廢除使用繁體中文
Say NO to United Nations' abolishment of Traditional Chinese in 2008
 
Collecting Motto <5>
●「只有經常贏的人,才知道怎麼贏。在打得難分難解、緊要關頭時,永遠是有贏的經驗的人佔上風。」這是爸爸給我的智慧。原來我到游泳隊的目的之一就是「學會怎麼贏」。
~徐安廬, 出自<不只是天才>

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Jacob的童子軍一年有兩回露營,一次在秋季(見Boy Scout),一次在春季,上週五起的三天假期是本學期童子軍的第二次露營。
 
童子軍露營主要活動是讓小朋友闖關晉級;記得我在國小童子軍時,我們的闖關內容大致是野外求生基本技能(例如:指南針使用、搭帳篷),以及童玩(例如:打陀螺、滾鐵圈);也許文化不同之故,美國的童子軍闖關內容則是射擊、釣魚、騎自行車(美國地大,汽車家家有,但腳踏車與機車則屬罕見)等等。
 
我們周五抵達本次營地,位在坎柏嵐湖(Cumberland Lake)水庫與其水力發電廠和狼溪國家魚類孵化養殖場(Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery)。我們抵達時已下午三點,活動的起點是週六上午,我們有很多時間消磨。

這座魚類孵化養殖場很有趣,那裡有一座圍起來的魚塘,裡頭的蓄水池養著各種魚類,由人工協助繁殖,然而這些魚並不是特別稀奇或將絕跡,只是為了滿足人類釣魚的欲望,因為等待繁殖後,再由人工放生至一旁的狼溪,可想而知,狼溪則是釣客聚集處。這樣的方式有一點點像是台灣的釣魚場,然而不同的是,被人工放至狼溪的魚兒可以選擇一直游到下游或是待在上游等著吃釣客的餌。
 
以前在台灣不曾釣魚(這是住在海島的好處,不必釣魚就可以吃到鮮魚;我實在很懷念台灣的鮮魚,這裡唯一吃到的魚是:麥當勞麥香魚......),只聽過姜太公釣魚的心甘情願,這會兒可以嘗試,感覺頗新鮮。
 
第二天,童子軍活動正式展開,Felicia帶著Jessica參與Jacob的童子軍闖關,Jess則帶我去坎柏嵐湖釣魚。我小心翼翼的拿起紅色釣竿準備,在第一次童子軍露營時我已學會正確甩出釣竿,但還沒放過餌在吊勾上,所以我從整盒新鮮的蚯蚓中取出一條,但卻猶豫半天不知如何下手,Jess為我做了示範,他似乎不需經過大腦思考便輕鬆的把蚯蚓穿刺至掛鉤上,我看得戰戰兢兢,彷彿聽得見蚯蚓身軀被穿刺而爆裂開來的聲響,噁!
 
我甩了五六次竿,但同一隻蚯蚓仍好端端的待在勾上,等到第七回,有東西了!哇!Jess也見著我的釣竿抽蓄了一下,要我順著水流走一下並同時收線,天知道我是釣到多大的魚,竟然線拖不起來,Jess也過來幫忙,最後竟把魚線扯斷了!我實在有些失望,但Jess說可能是卡到水底卻誤以為魚兒上鉤。
 
我重新放回釣勾,並自己放上蚯蚓。蚯蚓剛從泥土取出時,大概像剛睡醒,沒有太多反應,直到把他的身軀刺入釣勾中,那第一針開始讓他全身蠕動拼命掙脫,Jess教我的放法是S型,所以蚯蚓的身軀還必須被穿刺入第二回,第三回,第四回,掙扎,蠕動,血跡,蚯蚓汁液滲出,一直到你甩竿的那一剎那,蚯蚓還在那勾上掙扎,等到第一次收線,蚯蚓才安分的待在勾上,可悲的結束他短暫的一生。(阿密陀佛!耶穌基督!真主阿拉!.........)
 
也許是技巧不好(釣魚有時也講運氣),我們待在同一個地點三小時竟然一隻魚都沒有釣著,我宣告放棄先走回營地,Jess則繼續奮鬥。走回營地的路上,遇上RC(交換學生的區域接待員)也是童子軍的一年級小兒子,他們邀我轉戰狼溪釣魚。然而又過了兩小時,我仍是空手而回(狼溪因童子軍活動,佈滿童子軍來釣魚破關,不過絕大部分的人都空手而回)。
 
週六晚上有個童子軍晚會,不過可惜天公不作美,我們竟生不起營火,使得晚會失去不少色彩。這晚會也為整天的童子軍活動劃下句點。
 

FRESH THING IN THE U.S. (30)

畢業後,畢業紀念冊往往喚起你的美好回憶;美國稱畢業紀念冊為「年冊(Year Bok)」,它不僅專屬畢業生,全校學生皆可購買,裡頭也有全校師生照片;我的學校特別款待畢業生的作法是:年冊裡僅畢業生的照片為彩色,在校生則是黑白照片。

 

Collecting Motto <4>
●Before I can live with other folks I've got to live with myself. The one thing doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.
~Harper Lee, The Author of <To Kill a Mockingbird>
●我得先和別人生活在一起,才能和自己生活。人的良知是不可以靠少數服從多數的規律約束的。
~哈特麗, 出自<梅岡城的故事>
 
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