You know what I like? I like the sunshine. When everyone's complaining about the heat, I just think about how good it is not to be in dark, gloomy Seattle, where people drink overpriced coffee just to keep themselves awake. I like wearing shorts to work, and I like getting sunburned on the weekends. I like mild winters, and not having to wait too long to go swimming. Sunshine is great. 你知道我喜歡什麼嗎? 我喜歡陽光. 當大家都在抱怨天氣太熱的時候, 我就想只要不是在陰暗的西雅圖就好, 不用跟那邊的人一樣喝很貴的咖啡只為了保持清醒. 我喜歡穿短褲上班, 我也喜歡在周末把自己曬紅. 我喜歡比較溫暖的冬天, 短短冬季過後也不用等很久就可以去游泳了. 陽光很讚.
You know what other thing I like? I like not being afraid of the police. In the States you're never sure about the police, because maybe you did something illegal, or maybe the officer you're dealing with is suffering from some post-Iraq PTSD. I enjoy being able to TALK to police officers, and I enjoy not feeling like they're going to shoot me and/or imprison me if I get out of line. 你知道我還喜歡什麼嗎? 我喜歡不怕警察的感覺. 在美國我們比較怕警察, 因為有可能沒注意到做的事情是違法的, 或是在你面前的那位警察有點精神狀況. 我喜歡可以跟這裡的警察講話, 不用害怕他們會開槍射我, 還是隨便把我丟進去監獄.
Another thing I like? Good food. And Taiwan has a lot of good food, no matter what certain (snobbish) people will tell you. I like eating Vietnamese sandwiches at night markets, having hot pot at upscale restaurants, and trying local specialties. A lot of people complain that the food here is "oily" or "dirty," but I think that's a lot of nonsense. No one's making anyone eat oily or dirty food, and there are plenty of other options available. 我還喜歡什麼? 美食. 不管某些人說什麼, 台灣的好料理真的很多. 我喜歡在夜市吃越式三明治, 在高級餐廳吃火鍋, 在所有的地區吃他們的特產. 很多人會說這裡的食物太油膩或是很髒, 可是我覺得說這種話沒有意義. 沒有人強迫你吃油膩還是很髒的食物, 你還有很多其他的選擇.
I also like people who end meetings on time. I like people who are able to both contribute to a meeting and remain aware of the clock. I think it shows respect for everyone present when you can end a meeting when it's supposed to end. It shows that you respect both your time and theirs. 我也喜歡準時結束會議的人. 我喜歡可以一邊有效地進行會議, 一邊注意到時間的人. 我想準時把會議結束就是一種尊重他人的行為. 這樣子大家知道你珍視他們的時間, 也珍視自己的時間.
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I even like snakes. I think snakes are fascinating animals. Most people see them and freak out, but I think that as long as you're aware of them they're no problem. For me snakes aren't even half as scary as monkeys. You never know what monkeys are going to do. 我連蛇都喜歡. 我覺得蛇很有趣. 大部分的人看到牠們就很害怕, 可是我覺得你只要注意到牠們出現的地方就沒有問題. 猴子比較可怕. 因為永遠看不出來猴子的下一個行動.
I like it when people get worked up over local elections. I like it when parents of students say hello to me on the street. I like taking the MRT around Taipei. I like driving down strange mountain roads. I like temples dedicated to unusual gods. I like eating rice with every meal, and I like tables loaded with stir-fried goodness. 我喜歡當地人民努力參加當地的選舉活動. 我喜歡學生的家長在校外跟我打招呼. 我喜歡在台北坐捷運. 我喜歡走奇怪的山路. 我喜歡較沒名氣的神明的廟. 我喜歡吃白飯配菜, 也喜歡餐桌擺滿炒好的料理.
Wherever we are, and whatever we're doing, there are always so many things to like. Or maybe "enjoy" is a better word? A lot of people will think you're strange for liking certain things, but the more there is to enjoy, the happier you'll be. There can be a sense of community in complaining together, but people are also very good at making each other miserable. Maybe it's better to focus on the positive? 到處都有令人喜歡的東西... 還是說 "欣賞" 比說 "喜歡" 好? 很多人會認為你喜歡的一些東西很奇怪, 可是有愈多值得欣賞的東西也會讓你更開心. 跟其他人一起批評某事會產生團體感, 可是一起討論讓人心煩的事也會讓心情更煩. 還是重視光明的那一面比較好吧!
Yes, liking things is good, and finding new things to like is even better. 有喜歡的東西是一件好事沒錯. 而找到新的喜歡的東西更好.
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