2016年5月28日 星期六

Convenient Storage 最方便的回憶


How many 7-11s are there in Taitung?  How many Family Marts?  How many other convenience stores?  台東有幾家7-11?  幾家全家?  幾家其他的便利商店?

I don't know.  我不知道.

But I can tell you that in many of these stores lie memories of someone I talked to, or something that happened, or somewhere I was on the way to, not so long ago.  但是我可以告訴你, 很多便利商店留有我許多的回憶:  我跟誰在那裏聊過天, 在那裏發生過什麼事, 或是我不久前要到哪裡的路上所發生的事的回憶.

The 7-11 on the corner of Jung Shing and Chuan Guang.  My base of operations.  Beers purchased on Friday nights.  Friends stopping by when they're in the area.  中興跟傳廣路交叉口的7-11是我的基地.  星期五晚上買啤酒,  或是來到我家附近的朋友都會停的地方.

The Family Mart on Jung Shing, across from the Dong Ba Wang.  My alternate base of operations.  Ice creams my daughters ate there.  Watching the buses unload their daily quota of Mainland tourists.  東霸王餐廳對面, 中興路上的全家.  我另外一個基地.  我孩子們在那裡吃冰淇淋.  看遊覽車"卸下"當天的大陸旅客.

The 7-11 on Shin Sheng, near Shin Sheng Junior High.  A student I used to teach in that area.  A coke purchased on the way to Jer Ben.  Other students, now in the junior high, that I used to teach.  靠近新生國中, 在新生路上的7-11.  我以前的一位學生住在那附近.  我往知本前會順路在那裏買瓶可樂.  也常見到之前讀我學校的新生國中學生在那裡.


The Family Mart on Da Tong, not far from the 85 and Kasa.  Sitting around a dirty table with friends, watching people come in and out.  Jokes someone told me, or stories.  靠近85度CKasa, 在大同路上的7-11.  我會跟朋友坐在髒桌子看人們進出商店.  說著從其他朋友那裡聽來的笑話和故事.

Or even other 7-11s and Family Marts, these no longer with us.  The 7-11 that used to be on Jung Hua and Jong Jung.  Guys I used to run into there.  還有其他現在已經不存在7-11全家.   我以前常在中華跟中正路口上的7-11遇到很多朋友.

Or the other 7-11 that used to be on Chuan Guang and Jeng Chi North, across from the Triangle Park.  Running into the parents of various students.  On my way to somewhere else, late at night.  以前也有一家7-11在傳廣路跟正氣北路的路口, 在三角公園對面.  我通常在那裡遇到學生家長.  深夜時我也會在那裡順便買東.

Or that weird "Taiwan" convenience store I used to visit.  I can't even remember the name of the little road it's on.  Buying lichi wine there, and the nice guy who worked there.  還有家很有特色的 "臺灣" 便利商店.  我忘記那家的巷子名稱.  我在那裏買過荔枝酒.  那位老闆也很熱心.

And other convenience stores, further outside the city.  The Family Mart in Guanshan.  The 7-11 in Chr Shang.  The other 7-11 in Shang Wu, on the way to Pingdong and Kaohsiung.  Conversations come and gone.  Trips well remembered.  People I used to know, but see no longer.  市區外還有其他的便利商店.  關山的全家.  池上的7-11.  也有往屏東, 高雄路上的尚武7-11.  我記得之前的對話,  快樂的旅遊,  和很久沒見面的朋友.

So many convenience stores, crowded with memories.  I can't even remember them all.  那麼多的便利商店, 都充滿了我的回憶.  只是我不記得確切的數目了.


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