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强手游戏规则试译

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大家都玩过强手(大富翁,Monopoly)吧?但是有些规则,一直搞混的,比如“在牢里能不能收钱”、“出狱规则”等,所以有分歧的地方,译了一下。
Object
The object of the game is to become the wealthiest player
through buying, renting and selling of property.
EQUIPMENT
The equipment consists of a board, 2 dice, tokens, 32 houses and 12 Hotels.
There are 16 Chance and 16 Community Chest cards, 28 Title Deed cards
(one for each property), and play money.
PREPARATION
Place the board on a table and put the Chance and Community Chest cards face down on their allotted spaces on the board. Each player chooses one token to represent them while traveling around the board. Each player is given $1500 divided as follows:
        •        2 $500’s, 2 $100’s, 2 $50’s, 6 $20’s, 5 $10’s, 5 $5’s, and 5 $1’s.
        •        All remaining money and other equipment go to the Bank.
BANKER
 
Select as Banker a player who will also make a good Auctioneer.  A Banker who plays in the game must keep there personal funds separate from those of the Bank. When more than five persons play, the Banker may elect to act only as Banker and Auctioneer.
THE BANK
Besides the Bank’s money, the Bank holds the Title Deeds, and the houses and hotels prior to purchase by the players. The Bank pays salaries and bonuses. It sells and auctions properties and hands out the proper Title Deed cards when purchased by a player, it also sells houses and hotels to the players and loans money when required on mortgages. The Bank collects all taxes, fines, loans and interest, and the price of all properties which it sells and auctions. The Bank “never goes broke”. If the Bank runs out of money, the Banker may issue as much as needed by writing on any ordinary paper.
THE PLAY
 
Starting with the Banker, each player in turn throws the dice. The player with the highest total starts the play. Place your token on the corner marked “GO”, then throw the dice and move your token (in the direction of the arrow) the number of spaces indicated by the dice. After you have completed your play, the turn passes to the left. The tokens remain on the spaces occupied and proceed from that point on the player’s next turn. Two or more tokens may rest on the same space at the same time. Depending on the space your token reaches, you may be entitled to buy real estate or other properties, or be obliged to pay rent, pay taxes, draw a Chance or Community Chest card, Go To Jail, or etc…
If you throw doubles, you move your token as usual, the sum of the two dice, and are subject to any privileges or penalties pertaining to the space on which you land. Retaining the dice, throw again and move your token as before. If you throw doubles three times in succession, move your token immediately to the space marked “In Jail”.
如果你掷出相同的点,将两者相加,象通常一样往前行走,根据到达地遵守奖惩。然后,再扔一次,同样前行。如果第三次依然扔出相同的点,则立刻被关进“监狱”。
GO
Each time a player’s token lands on or passes over GO, whether by throwing the dice or drawing a card, the Banker pays that player a $200 salary.
        •        The $200 is paid only once each time around the board. However, if a player passing GO on the throw of the dice lands 2 spaces beyond it on Community Chest, or 7 spaces beyond it on Chance, and draws the “Advance to GO” card, they collect $200 for passing GO the first time, and another $200 for Advancing to it the second time by the instructions on the card.
BUYING PROPERTY
购买地产
 
Whenever you land on an unowned property you may buy that property from the Bank at its printed price. You receive the Title Deed card showing ownership. Place the title deed card face up in front of you. If you do not wish to buy the property, the Bank sells it at thru an auction to the highest bidder. The high bidder pays the Bank the amount of the bid in cash and receives the Title Deed card for that property.
        •        Any player, including the one who declined the option to buy it at the printed price, may bid. Bidding may start at any rice.
只要你走到无主的地产,你就可以从银行以例示价格购买该地产。你会收到地契,以示所有权。把地契面朝上放置。如果你不想购买该地产,银行则将之卖给出价最高的人。出价最高的人以现钞支付给银行,获得地契。
        •        任何玩家,包括拒绝以全价购买的玩家,都可以竞拍。竞拍可以从任何价格开始。
PAYING RENT
 
When you land on a property that is owned by another player, the owner collects rent from you in accordance with the list printed on its Title Deed card.
        •        If the property is mortgaged, no rent can be collected. When a property is mortgaged, its Title Deed card is placed face down in front of the owner.
It is an advantage to hold all the Title Deed cards in a color-group (i.e., Boardwalk and Park Place, or Connecticut, Vermont and Oriental Avenues) because the owner may then charge double rent for unimproved properties in that color-group. This rule applies to unmortgaged properties even if another property in that color-group is mortgaged.
It is even more advantageous to have houses or hotels on properties because rents are much higher than for unimproved properties. The owner may not collect the rent if they fail to ask for it before the second player following throws the dice.
CHANCE AND COMMUNITY CHEST
When you land on either of these spaces, take the top card from the deck indicated, follow the instructions and return the card face down to the bottom of the deck. The “Get Out of Jail Free” card is held until used and then returned to the bottom of the deck. If the player who draws it does not wish to use it, then they may sell it, at any time, to another player at a price agreeable to both.
INCOME TAX
 
If you land here you have two options: You may estimate your tax at $200 and pay the Bank, or you may pay 10% of your total worth to the Bank. Your total worth is all your cash on hand, printed prices of mortgaged and unmortgaged properties and cost price of all buildings you own.
        •        You must decide which option you will take before you add up your total worth.
JAIL
监狱
 
You land in Jail when…
        •        (1) Your token lands on the space marked “Go to Jail”,
        •        (2)you draw a card marked “Go to Jail” or
        •        (3)you throw doubles three times in succession.
进狱规则
        •        (1) 正好走到 “Go to Jail”,
        •        (2) 拿到的卡上写着 “Go to Jail”
        •        (3) 三次扔出同点数的骰子.
When you are sent to Jail you cannot collect your $200 salary in that move since, regardless of where your token is on the board, you must move directly into Jail. Your turn ends when you are sent to Jail.
If you are not “sent to jail” but in the ordinary course of play lands on that space, you are
“Just Visiting”, you incur no penalty, and you move ahead in the usual manner on your next turn. You still are able to collect rent on your properties because you are
“Just Visiting”.
A player gets out of Jail by…
        •        (1) Throwing doubles on any of your next three turns, if you succeed in doing this you immediately move forward the number of spaces shown by your doubles throw. Even though you had thrown doubles, you do not take another turn.
        •        (2) Using the “Get Out of Jail Free Card”
        •        (3) Purchasing the “Get Out of Jail Free Card from another player and playing it.
        •        (4) Paying a fine of $50 before you roll the dice on either of your next two turns. If you do not throw doubles by your third turn, you must pay the $50 fine. You then get out of Jail and immediately move forward the number of spaces shown by your throw. Even though you are in Jail, you may buy and sell property, buy and sell houses and hotels and collect rents.
出狱规则
        •        (1) 在下面三轮的任何一轮,扔出同点的骰子,如果成功,按扔出的点数行走。即使扔出同点,也不能再走一轮。
        •        (2) 使用 “Get Out of Jail Free” 卡片
        •        (3) 从其他玩家手中购买并使用 “Get Out of Jail Free” 卡片
        •        (4) 在后面两轮前,支付$50后,掷骰行走,或在第三轮没有掷出同点,支付$50后行走。即使在牢里,你依然可以买卖地产,买卖房子并且收取租金。
FREE PARKING
 
A player landing on this place does not receive any money, property or reward of any kind.
This is just a “free” resting place.
HOUSES
房子
 
When a player owns all the properties in a color-group they may buy houses from the Bank and erect them on those properties. If you buy one house, you may put it on any one of those properties. The next house you buy must be erected on one of the unimproved properties of this or any other complete color-group you may own. The price you must pay the Bank for each house is shown on your Title Deed card for the property on which you erect the house. The owner still collects double rent from an opponent who lands on the unimproved properties of there complete color-group.
如果一个玩家拥有同一颜色的所有地产,他可以向银行购买房子并且竖立于这些地产上。如果你购买1幢房子,你可以放置在这些地产中的任何一块。以后的房子必须放置在这组地产的空地或其它组地产上。每块地产上建立房子的价格显示在地契上。对于没有建房的地产,拥有人依然可以收取双倍的租金,只要他拥有同一组地产。
Following the above rules, you may buy and erect at any time as many houses as your judgment and financial standing will allow. But you must build evenly, i.e., you cannot erect more than one house on any one property of any color-group until you have built one house on every property of that group. You may then begin on the second row of houses, and so on, up to a limit of four houses to a property. For example, you cannot build three Houses on one property if you have only one house on another property of that group.
根据上面的规则,你可以根据自己的判断和经济情况,在任何时候够买房子。但你必须平均建房,就是说只有同一颜色组上都建了一幢房子,你才可以建第二幢,真到建满四幢。例如,当同一颜色组的地产上各有一幢房子时,你不能在某卖地产上建三幢房子。
As you build evenly, you must also break down evenly if you sell houses back to the Bank (see SELLING PROPERTY)..
就象建房一样,当卖房的时候,也必须等同地售卖。
HOTELS
When a player has four houses on each property of a complete color-group, they may buy a hotel from the Bank and erect it on any property of the color-group. They return the four houses from that property to the Bank and pays the price for the hotel as shown on the Title Deed card. Only one hotel may be erected on any one property.
BUILDING SHORTAGES
 
When the Bank has no houses to sell, players wishing to build must wait for some player to return or sell their houses to the Bank before building. If there are a limited number of houses and hotels available and two or more players wish to buy more than the Bank has, the houses or hotels must be sold at auction to the highest bidder.
当银行没有房子可以售卖的时候,想造房子的玩家必须等到其它的玩家把房子还给银行或者卖给银行时才能建造。当有两个以上的玩家想买数量有限的房子时,必须通过拍卖的方式,卖给出价最高的玩家。
SELLING PROPERTY
资产售卖
 
Unimproved properties, railroads and utilities (but not buildings) may be sold to any player as a private transaction for any amount the owner can get. However, no property can be sold to another player if buildings are standing on any properties of that color-group. Any buildings so located must be sold back to the Bank before the owner can sell any property of that color-group.
没有建房的地产,铁路以及公共设施允许以任何价格以私人交易方式售卖给其他玩家。然而,同一颜色组中的地产只要建了房子,就不能被售卖。同一颜色组的中的地产在售卖前,房子必须先卖还给银行。
Houses and Hotels may be sold back to the Bank at any time for one-half the price paid for them. All houses on one color-group may be sold at once, or they may be sold one house at a time (one hotel equals five houses), evenly, in reverse of the manner in which they were erected.
房子和酒店可以在任何时候以半价卖还给银行。同一颜色组的房子可以一次卖给银行,也可以一次只卖一幢(一个酒店相当于五幢房子),也可以与建房相反的顺序卖还给银行。
MORTGAGES
抵押
 
Unimproved properties can be mortgaged through the Bank at any time. Before an improved property can be mortgaged, all the buildings on all the properties of its color-group must be sold back to the Bank at half price. The mortgage value is printed on each Title Deed card.
未建房地方可以在任何时候抵押给银行。已建房地产在抵押前,必须先将同一颜色组中的所有房产卖还给银行。抵押价格印在地契上。
No rent can be collected on mortgaged properties or utilities, but rent can be collected on unmortgaged properties in the same group.
被抵押地产和公共设施不能收取租金,但是同一颜色组中的未抵押地产,依然可以收取租金。
In order to lift the mortgage, the owner must pay the Bank the amount of mortgage plus 10% interest. When all the properties of a color-group are no longer mortgaged, the owner may begin to buy back houses at full price.
为了偿还抵押,所有者必须支持抵押金的十分之一作为利息。当同一颜色组中的所有的地产都不再抵押,拥有者可以开始用全价购买房子。
The player who mortgages property retains possession of it and no other player may secure it by lifting the mortgage from the Bank. However, the owner may sell this mortgaged property to another player at any agreed price. If you are the new owner, you may lift the mortgage at once if you wish by paying off the mortgage plus 10% interest to the Bank. If the mortgage if not lifted at once, you must pay the Bank 10% interest when you buy the property and if you lift the mortgage later you must pay the Bank an additional 10% interest as well as the amount of the mortgage.
抵押者依然对地产拥有所有权,任何其他玩家不能从银行购买。然而,拥有者可以将被抵押的资产以任何价格售卖给其他玩家。如果你是新的拥有者,你可以用抵押金外加十分之一的利息立刻从银行赎回。如果不是立刻从银行赎回,你必须额外再支付10%(总共20%)的利息,才能赎回。
BANKRUPTCY
 
You are declared bankrupt if you owe more than you can pay either to another player or to the Bank. If your debt is to another player, you must turn over to that player all that you have of value and retire from the game.
In making this settlement, if you own houses or hotels, you must return these to the Bank in exchange for money to the extent of one-half the amount paid for them.
This cash is given to the creditor. If you have mortgaged property you also turn this property over to your creditor but the new owner must at once pay the Bank the amount of interest on the loan, which is 10% of the value of the property.
The new owner who does this may then, at their option, pay the principal or hold the property until some later turn, then lift the mortgage. If they hold property in this way until a later turn, they must pay the interest again upon lifting the mortgage.
Should you owe the Bank, instead of another player, more than you can pay (because of taxes or penalties) even by selling off buildings and mortgaging property, you must turn over all assets to the Bank. In this case, the Bank immediately sells by auction all property so taken, except buildings. A bankrupt player must immediately retire from the game. The last player left in the game wins.
MISCELLANEOUS
 
Money can be loaned to a player only by the Bank and then only by mortgaging property. No player may borrow from or lend money to another player.
只有银行才可以通过抵押的方式贷款给玩家。任何玩家不得与其它玩家发生借贷。
RULES for a SHORTGAME
 
There are three changed rules for this Short Game.
1. During PREPARATION for play, the Banker shuffles the pack of Title Deed cards, then the player to the left cuts them, then the Banker deals out two, one at a time, to each player. The players must immediately pay the Bank the printed price of each. Play then begins as in the regular game.
2. In this short game, it is necessary to have only three houses (instead of four) on each lot of a complete color-group before the player may buy a hotel. Rent for a hotel remains the same as in the regular game. The turn-in value of a hotel is still one-half the purchase price, which in this game is one house fewer than in the regular game.
3. END OF GAME. The first player to go bankrupt retires from play, as in the regular game. However, when the second bankruptcy occurs, the game ends. Play immediately ceases, with the bankrupt player’s turning over to there creditor all that they have of value, including buildings and any other properties.
This happens whether the creditor is a rival player or the Bank.
Each remaining player then values his/her property.
        •        (1) Cash on hand
        •        (2) Lots, Utilities and Railroads owned, at the price printed on the board.
        •        (3) Any mortgaged property owned, at one-half the price printed on the board.
        •        (4) Houses, valued at purchase price.
        •        (5) Hotels, valued at purchase price including the value of the
        •        three houses turned in.
THE RICHEST PLAYER WINS!.
ANOTHER GOOD SHORT GAME
 
TIME LIMIT GAME…Before starting, agree upon a definite hour of termination, when the richest player will be declared The winner. Before starting, the Banker shuffles and cuts the Title Deed cards and deals two to each player. Players immediately pay the Bank the price of the properties dealt to them.

美西纪行之十五 LA半岛午茶

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(这篇文章已经写过一遍,结果系统出错掉了,只能再写一次,气死我了)
02/07/07Diamond Plaza半岛
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(Diamond Plaza的立牌,好玩的是,还有“大上海”)
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(从门口放着的椅子来看,晚上生意应该不错,看看广告,优惠也不少)
        《纪行十四》里说到了Monterey Park的半岛,这回说到的,在Diamond Plaza。这里也是个华人聚集的地方,但较蒙市来说,洋人稍微多一点,比较有点秩序,也比蒙市干净一点。
        半岛本来就是典型的港式餐厅,午茶是“本作里货色”,难得的是,居然远在美西,即使大多只能就地取材,倒也尽显神通,味道也和香港八九不离十了,就算有些东西不能尽然“形似”,不过已然“传神”,所以,在半岛“吃午茶”(上海话中所有放进嘴里的都叫“吃”),要有“欣喜”的心。
        我曾经在DC的唐人街吃过一次面,那是一次倒足胃口的面,我第二次在DC的时候,经常在路口的中式店吃,那家倒不错,只是一点都不是中国的中式店,而是美国的中式点,丝毫吃不出中国菜的味道。从这点来说,半岛已经算得上“难能可贵”了。
        因为诸如猪肉之类的原料,都是在本地采购的,当然没有国内的走地猪味鲜肉精,可是经过厨师调理,味道还真不差。
        再如凤爪一物,国内的凤爪个小,有嚼劲却无肉感,美国的凤爪就大上许多,油里炸透后再蒸,一盆只需凤爪一只,吃起来才叫过瘾。美国人不吃凤爪,正好拿来做成佳肴,何乐而不为。这种凤爪,甚至远渡重洋,来到广州、香港,风靡一时,虽说大多数原料是土生土长的“国货”为好,可偏偏大家就喜欢这种大大的“进口凤爪”。
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(进入半岛,看似生意一般嘛,这是走道厅)
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(大厅里,其实很热闹)
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(还有个台,唱不唱广东大戏呢?)
(不管了,贴上去,饿死自责)
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(东西很多,吃了还带,总共三十多元,加小费不到四十)
(吃到大半,已经饱了,小豆无聊,于是我到门口抽烟,小豆问我讨了相机,下面的照片就是小豆拍的)
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美西纪行之十四 LA半岛酒店年夜饭

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02/16/07 小年夜,家宴。
        LA有好几家半岛,Monterey Park的半岛,中国人最多,本来Monterey Park就是中国人最多,以前的“小台北”,如今的“小上海”,现在蒙市的政府官方网站,专门有中文版。
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        半岛,名字来自于香港的半岛,香港的半岛是香港最好的酒店之一,也是历史最久长的之一。蒙市的半岛,小年夜的晚上,已经定不到包厢了,只能在大堂吃,大堂挤得要命,不得已只能找来经理,换了个稍微空一点的桌子。在美国,至少LA,春节没有假期,许多人都要在大年夜、年初一上班,所以春节前后的几天,象半岛这种店,生意会特别好,只要家人们一起,就算是年夜饭了。
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        半岛,根本不用说英语,国语和广东话都行,甚至有些服务员,也听不懂英语。店不小,比上海的要挤上许多,绝对没有上海的豪华,可是在LA,已经算是不错的中餐馆了。
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        席面的拥挤程度,让人想起80年代的上海,其实半岛是港式店,如今的香港,依然有许多这种格局和装修的店。
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20070216_190129-LUMIX.jpg卤水拼盘,味道一般
20070216_190629-LUMIX.jpg炒龙蜊鱼片,味道还可以
20070216_190136-LUMIX.jpg这是用龙蜊鱼的边角料炒的,倒比用纯鱼片炒的好吃
20070216_190527-LUMIX.jpg黄毛走地鸡,以前LA只有“洋鸡”,如今也有白斩鸡吃了,真是大变样了
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20070216_190920-LUMIX.jpg烤鸭的皮,在美国也能吃到片皮鸭,真是不容易了,其实在LA,要吃烤鸭、片皮鸭,并不难
20070216_191343-LUMIX.jpg京都排骨,味道极好,本是给小豆点的,但是小豆已经吃不下了,别说她吃不下了,连我也吃不下了
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20070216_200530-LUMIX.jpg龙虾,炒得极其一般,其实那天中午,我们在Redondo beach吃的白灼龙虾,原汁原味,才好吃
20070216_203959-LUMIX.jpg在美国,也能吃得盆碗堆叠,不容易吧?
20070216_204312-LUMIX.jpg这份“避风塘炒蟹”,是饭店经理送的
        另外,还有一份三只的乳鸽,偏瘦一点,味道还可以,总共这些,包含六瓶啤酒,总共三百六十几元,外加小费,四百元整

美西纪行之十三 小豆的朵拉汤

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        这是一罐condensed soup,就是“浓缩汤”的意思,不是那种虾皮紫菜汤料哦!是小豆在R/H的大华超市自己挑的,后来这罐汤跟着我们到了Monterey Bay,到了Las Vegas,也到了Grand Canyon和San Diego,因为吃的东西太多,一直没有想到吃,最后,这罐汤远度重洋,带回了上海。
        这罐汤,打开,加一罐水,倒是很鲜的呢,当然,大多是味精啦,不过小豆很开心,一枚枚挑来吃,吃一枚挑一枚,好玩⋯⋯

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里面一共有6种形状,你可以从下面的照片里找到吗?
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打开罐子就是这样的
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居然还有肉哦,这是煮过以后的样子

[上海]韩罗苑

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03/24/07 晚宴
        上午十点,Sam打电话给韩罗苑定位,只听Sam说“是不是龙柏韩罗苑?”、“我要定位”、“六七个人吧⋯⋯”、“要个包房”、“啊?没有包房啦?”、“来了再看看?”,最后听Sam说“没有包房就算了吧。”
        下午一点,在恒隆鹭鹭吃完,我不死心,再打电话,这回我打的,“我要个包房”、“八个人”,最后我说“噢,好的,釜山包房。”
        记住,定韩罗苑的房间,一定要说“八个人”,因为他们有六个人位子,让你挤挤可以坐七个人,不舍得把包房给你。
        晚上六点,准时到达龙柏韩罗苑,开吃。
        韩罗苑其实并不便宜,奇怪的是,我老爸居然说便宜,一般的店,我认为便宜的,他说不便宜。

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餐前送的小碟,照片下方的那块白白的,是土豆泥,土豆泥前的是牛肉,辣的,很香,很酥,但不柴,装得多一点,当冷盘卖,加一下热,当热菜卖,一定都挺受欢迎的
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炭火来了,是钢炭,而非木炭,钢炭灰少,热量大
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盖上烤架,韩罗苑有个好处,就是烤架换得特别勤快,不象有的店,烤架已经很脏了,尚且“千期万待仍不换”
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烤培根,很香,一下子点了两盆
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烤牛舌,这是生牛舌,没有酱过的,原汁原味一点,但是比酱过的硬,吃不惯的朋友,可以点酱过的牛舌,嫩而入味
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烤精品五花肉,很好吃的东西,但是挺难烤的,这玩意油大,包生菜吃最好
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韩国冷面,有两种,玉米面和芥麦面,芥麦面的更韧一点,一般这道冷面,都是坐下就点,让店里先上先吃,然后再吃烧烤,如果要分吃的话,需要用到店里的剪刀,把面剪开
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我的最爱之一,串烤牛板筋,酥而有弹性,四元钱一串,事先烤好的,端上来就可以吃,再烤一下也可以
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烤小墨鱼,记得有个沈阳的朋友,发音作“咪斗鱼”,挺好玩的,但是我后来学着说,居然没有东北人听得懂的
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大酱汤,看着不错吧,其实是很小很小的一锅,不过味道很好哦
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sushi,扁而薄,远远不及日式店里瘦而长的那种
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烤酱好的牛肉,鲜美啊,肥而多汁
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炸小虾,就是小的河虾啦,要是我在家里做的话,一定把须都剪了
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玉米饼
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炸蔬菜,可能是仿天妇罗吧,其实并不是很象,长的是山芋,很甜很糯
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看到吧,480元,其实并不便宜,那天喝得多了(不止单上的两瓶真露,因为碰到了小豆的同学圆圆,结果圆圆爸爸盛情,请我喝了几杯二锅头),连赠券也忘了拿,其实赠券只能吃午饭,而且拿了赠券就会来,来了又会拿,拿了又要来,来了还有拿,来来拿拿无穷尽也,生意经不错。

包子有孕育小笼

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包子怀孕
包子怀孕?绝对不是笑话,真事,真事,拿我人格担保。
今早吃包子,一个肉包、一个菜包,象往常一样。
问题出在那个肉包上,咬下一口,看了一眼,或许有许多人是不看的吧,我习惯看看里面到底是啥样的。
不看不知道,一看吓一跳,这个肉包,里面居然是个小笼包,显然是用面粉裹在小笼包上做成的。
同事们戏说“包子怀孕了”、“怀的是小笼”,还说我吃了它们,是“一尸两命”。
于是留下许多遐想:这个摊位是不是卖小笼包?如果不卖小笼包,这个小笼包是哪里来的?怎么做进去的?
想到前段时间电视里放的包子摊收购烂猪肉,再想想这个“怀孕包子”,真有不寒而栗之感!
午饭时说起此事,谈笑风生,吃了个饱,连我自己都很佩服自己。
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(附笑话一段)
Part 1
        某天,面条与肉包因为琐事而发生争执,双方便大打出手,但是肉包因为太菜(梅玺阁主注:肉包太菜?假冒伪劣),被面条打的落花流水,于是在离去时,对面条撂下一句:“有种的别走,我去叫伙伴来教训你。”
        肉包就去约了煎包、馒头、面包等,准备去找面条理论理论,就在路上遇到了泡面,肉包等人于是围住了泡面一阵毒打,泡面被青红皂白打了一顿后,问肉包为何打他?
肉包回答:“面条,别以为烫了头发,我就不认得你!”
Part 2
        话说泡面被海扁完以后觉得很不爽于是伙同米粉,乌龙面,日本荞面和炸酱面要去找肉包算帐不料在路上遇到了小笼包泡面仔细看了一会儿,说道:“兄弟们,上!”泡面扁的更是用力。在扁完小笼包后,面族人扬长而去。后来其它人问泡面说:“你刚刚扁的好卖力,我们都不知道你那么讨厌他耶”,泡面说:“本来想稍微K一下就好,没想到他还装可爱,还穿童装……越想就越气”。
Part 3
        话说泡面海扁完小笼包后,真是越想越气,由于想来个续摊,再次伙同众面们再去找小笼包,没想倒在路上遇到了割包,哗!泡面狂怒一声,带头狂扁呀,打得众面们都有点觉得残忍了,众面把泡面拉开来,问它说:“你怎么这么生气呀?”
        泡面说:“太过分了,装可爱就够了,还给我头发中分……”
Part 4
        小笼包知道自己为何被扁之后,觉得很受委屈,于是把情形告诉菜包、豆沙包、水煎包、酸菜包……
        “你待在这边.我们去找那个烫头发的”,
他们很生气的去找泡面算帐……
        途中.遇到了米粉,于是狠狠的把米粉修理了一顿,离去的时候说”老兄,自己头发烫坏了,就该乖乖待在家里,不要看人家可爱,就心理不平衡,变态!!”
Part 5
        话说,小笼包心里越想越不甘心,居然被平白无故打了一顿,于是就找了一堆包子族要去打泡面,结果在路上看到科学面,于是就害怕的赶快躲起来……
        因为科学面身穿着防弹衣,小笼包不敢去招惹。于是在逃跑的途中遇到了银丝卷,想说把这个躲在被窝睡觉的面条拖回去当人质,于是就带回包族。
        准备把银丝卷架上火炉严刑逼供结果包族长老说话了:“那个不是面条啊,他是我们派去的卧底呀!@#$%&………….”
Part 6
        小笼包在被打完之后,就觉得越想越不甘心,于是就跑去通知弟兄们众包子们为帮小笼包打抱不平。
        每人手拿家伙要去给他们好看,但是不料路上又遇到炸酱面,小笼包冲去准备开拳!却被众人们阻止的说放过他吧!
        小笼包很气地跟大伙们离去走到一半小笼包很气忿的问:“为何要放过他?”大家异口同声的说:“还没打他他就已经拉了一裤子大便,打下去他不就挂了!”
Part 7
        话说肉包上次被面条海扁一顿后,心情又够郁卒,因此找了小龙包、菜包、水煎包、汤包等包一起去吃火锅去去霉气,一进门看到了金针菇,包族不分青红皂白把金针菇打了一顿,留下一句话说:“不要以为你戴了帽子我就认不出你来!”
Part 8
        话说面条一族和包子一族,两族族人积怨已深。
        两方人马常常看不顺眼就互殴一场。
一天,面族一群人在路上闲晃,看到叉烧包一人落单。
        仇人相见分外眼红,想起之前泡面等人的恩怨,二话不说,就把叉烧包恶狠狠的痛打一顿,面条边打边嚷“给我用力打,不要因为他吐血了,就放过他!!”
        话说自从叉烧包被扁后相当的不满意,一直找机会报复,有一天他竟然和意大利面成为患难之交。
        因为他终于找到一个被打的很彻底也会流血的面族同胞……
Part 9
        有一天晚上肉包因为烦闷不已而出去走走当他逛道圆环夜市时看到面条慌慌张张的跑进夜市,于是肉包就回去找馒头、大烧包和豆沙包,决定要为小笼包报仇,众包包进夜市时却到处找不到面条,此时肉包的脾气已经快发作了过一阵子…….
        馒头跑过来说:我找到面条了 他躲在一缸水里,于是大伙就冲了过去 不让他有说话的机会 又是一阵拳打脚踢扁完以后就迅速离开了(回去后 肉包拿出两串肉,说道:这次不但扁的高兴还有肉吃,哈哈…….)
        (约五分钟后)面条从夜市的公厕走了出来看到凌乱的现场 说道:唉!怪了,这年头连卖个肉羹面都会被砸场子…….

[上海]王朝

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03/25/07晚宴
        曹家渡已经早就没有渡口了,打我记事起就没见过。以前的曹家渡是个脏乱差的地方,现在房价也已很高了。
        王朝在长宁路与万航渡路(又来一个渡口?)的转角上,风水宝地。王朝很气派,可谓“金碧辉煌”,让第一次到上海的老外来,绝对吓一跳,心想这顿该要多少钱啊!
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口水鸡?浸在辣油中的,不过连小豆都能吃,都说“不辣”,可想而知,小豆可是一点辣都不碰的人哦,鸡还嫩,可是丝毫不辣,这个分难打
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烤籽鱼,炸得够脆,可惜时令未到,没有籽,打个6分了不起了
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鹅肝,哗众取宠的东西罢了,6分
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樟茶鸭,味道不错,可惜太辣,7分吧
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冷拌香莴笋,中规中矩,7分
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糖藕,中规中矩,7.5分
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银丝芥菜,这是道家庭不常制作的菜,因为大多数人家不会用两斤油去做三四两不值钱的蔬菜,一般是做成酸甜口味的,这道还不错,7.5分
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墨鱼,一般,卖相不错,6.8分
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色拉,卖相好,味道也好,主要是酱的味道好,7.8分
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素鸭,里面有蔬菜,千呼万唤如上桌的菜,也难怪,那天有好几家在办婚宴,一般的饭店,又要做散客,又要做婚宴,的确招架不住,8分
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这道虾仁,怎么说呢?别人都说不错,但在我看来,打个5分已经给足面子了,为什么?至少我吃到的是生的,你要说虾仁生的有什么关系,你梅玺阁主自己有时也炒生的,可那是小虾仁,不是如此之大的,这么大的,生的根本就没法嚼
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水笋千层肉,我一直怀疑这种千层肉有专门的地方用机品把冰肉片好了一包包卖的,这道菜,别说大饭店,甚至路边小店也有,我是可以把豆腐干片12片的人,也整不出这么薄的肉来,路边的小店何德何能,用得起如此基本功的好厨师?水笋味道还可以,7.5分
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鱼面筋,不过菜场水平,6分
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八宝辣酱,极其一般,和“枣子树”的有得一拼(这还了得?枣子树是素店),6分
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清蒸鳜鱼,有人说极好,但我说不好,鱼太大,太老,鳜鱼定要八两朝上,一斤二两以下才行
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蟹钳虾球,哗众取宠之物,蟹钳的确有个把,尖的,蟹钳的一爿,但是只有形象、口感,却没有味道,而且炸得太干(或许原料就干,没有juicy的感觉),不知道是用什么蟹做的,一样东西,失却了应有的味道,卖相再好也是白搭,5分
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萝卜丝酥饼,我是极喜欢吃这个点心的,所以对些也深有讲究(不是研究是讲究),这道烤得不够,吃上去软扑扑,不行,6分
        当天还有一道汤,乃是芋艿小排番茄汤,Helen对此推崇有加,味道也的确不错,可以打到8分。另外一道点心酒酿圆子,倒不如称之为勾芡着腻糖汤圆子,和隔天鹭鹭的不可同日而语。
        外加橙汁一扎,啤酒两瓶,可乐若干,总共九百出头,打个折,只有八百多,倒还真是不贵。

[上海]鹭鹭酒家

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03/24/07午宴
        恒隆转眼之间就造好了二期,象是变出来的;重庆的钉子户,三年多没被人拆掉房子,在全国人民都支持她的时候,房子被拆掉了。
        鹭鹭就在恒隆的楼上,五楼,上海的许多店,同一家店,在不同的地方,味道、装修、价格,都会大相径庭,也算是个奇闻。比如上海人家,红翔楼上的和航站楼上的,就大不一样,又比如办公室边上的小南国,开了好几年,突然有天打架(其实是械斗)关门了,结果其它几家小南国声明此店是个“假店”,开了那么多年,怎么没听小南国抗议过呢?
        鹭鹭晚上很难定到位子,中午还行,有人说鹭鹭很贵,也有人说还可以,其实主要看怎么点菜,特别是当有老外时候,你完全不必去点深海鱼、大龙虾,没准这玩意就是他们那里去的,一点都不稀奇的。倒是煮干丝,在老外眼里是极“吃价钿”的东西,因为手工比较贵。
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鸡汁百叶结,清爽,百叶极薄,够鲜,8.5分
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牛筋冻,真价实货烧出来、冻起来,比有种地方的“芥末牛筋”好过千倍,8分
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干菜花生,味道不错,席间大家猜测如何制作,我猜是油、水烧干菜,着味,加糖收干,放入花生滚裹而成,7.8分
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熏鱼,用叉扁鱼(鲳鱼)制成,很入味,也讨巧,8分
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糟毛豆,糟味恰到好处,重而不咸,7.5分
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肴肉,只只好,总也有一般的,这个就一般,6分
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拌黄瓜,也一般,6分
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盐水鸡,不错,皮黄肉嫩,原料好,做得也不错,8分
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卖相极好,好在盘子极漂亮,味道嘛,so so,枣子被浸胖了,5分
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白切肚尖,不错,弹性稍欠,6.8分
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清炒虾仁,肉不够紧,可打7到7.2分
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最近(半年了吧),鹭鹭在推“蟹菜”,每天有个蟹菜是首推的,周六则是“蟹粉烂糊”,蟹黄的确有,却没有蟹味,不鲜不腥,5分
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樟茶鸭,极好,鸭够嫩,8分
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肴蹄,够酥,卖相不行,可以打到7.2分
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磨菇面筋,味道好,8分
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清蒸鳜鱼,快吃厌了的东西,每次吃饭都吃,而且都没有我蒸的好,这条算是很好的了,7.5分
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清炒豆苗,不够嫩,因为原料不够嫩,7分
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算是鹭鹭特色,刀豆洋山芋,鹭鹭开张时就有的菜,味道还是可以的,7.8分
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鸡汤够鲜,8分
        另外酒酿圆子一份,味道极好,很多店都是另外着腻,不象鹭鹭清清爽爽,酒酿又舍得摆,香甜可口。
        这顿,外加两瓶啤酒,几罐可乐、王老吉,一千出头。

美西纪行之十三 驾驶,停车,让行

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        先从“开”车说起,美国的驾驶和中国一样,是左驾驶位靠右行驶,所有的“左”和“右”都和中国一样,即“不是英式”的。我见过的最夸张的一次,是在柬埔寨,在那条著名的National Highway 6(好象是6,我忘了号码了,从泰柬边境到吴哥的),驾驶位是在右边的,而行驶方向也是靠右的,你想有多惊险。
        如果你是在美国租车,那么大多数车都是自动排挡的,以前租到的车还是美国制式的,就是左脚前方有个刹车(起到手刹的作用),变速档在方向盘的下方。现在这种车几乎已经租不到了,手刹、排挡,都是和中国一样的。
        说说灯光的使用吧,许多美国人白天的时候,车灯也是开着的,那是因为美国售卖的车,和中国不一样,那里的车,锁车门的时候,车灯会自动关闭,中国的车要求先关闭灯光,再锁车门,否则的话,灯会持续亮着,甚至耗完电池。而且,在中国,如果哪辆车白天开着车灯,一定会被其他司机欺侮的,因为在中国,白天开灯意味着是个新手。
        再说灯,中国的大灯是黄色的,美国的是白色的,看上去比中国的更亮一些。好在美国的路上,几乎不会有人会蹿出来,也不会有车辆“横杀”进来,所以哪怕你被对路的灯照得什么都看不见,你只要保持车道,就不会有危险。
        转弯灯,在中国,车辆上的转弯灯是黄色的,一定是黄色的,而美国的车有两种,有黄色的,也是红色的,都是跳闪灯,一定要注意,不要看到红色跳闪,反应不过来。
        前面说到了柬埔寨的National Highway,其实那是一条土路,其等级绝不比江南的一条乡道好,二个车道左右的宽度,起伏不平、颠簸不止,一辆车开在前面,扬起沙尘,后面的车就看不清了。
        美国的高速路,倒是真正的高速路,只要不是rush hour,一般50 mile是绝对没有问题的,许多高速路上,限速是65 mile,据说不要超过70是不会吃罚单的,我们曾经在5号州际(Interstate)上开到过85 mile,好在没有警察。台湾的朋友说,当大家一起speeding的时候,只要不开在最前的一辆,就不会被警察抓,倒也算个“窍门”,不过还是不要超速的好。
        既然说到警察,就来说说警察,大家都知道,美国的警察很漂亮,主要是因为人家的“码子”大,警服挺,装备又好,所以看上去很舒服。
        在美国,如果你的车开在前面,而你在反光镜中看到有辆警车在闪灯,不管这辆车是不是针对你的,你唯一的选择就是:靠边停车,这和中国完全不一样,在上海,和警车抢道争先是很正常的事。
        停车后,你还是只有一个选择:等待,双手放在方向盘上等待。如果后面的那辆警车是执行其它任务,他就呼啸而过,你可以重新启动上路。如果那辆车就是找你的,警察会朝你走过来。千万千万记住:不要开门,什么都不要做。
        在中国,大多数司机被警察拦下,会停好车,“屁颠屁颠”地朝警察走去,而警察“笃笃悠悠”地坐在警车里,等司机过去处理。这种事,在美国是不会发生的,如果你除了停车之外,还有啥动作的话,警察会认为你想攻击他,那后果就可想而知了。千万记住。

美西纪行之十二 道路与标志

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        在美国开车,你必须知道一点常识,包括道路系统,信号系统,标志系统以及行车礼仪,听上去很麻烦是不?其实不难。
        就象中文一样的,那些“街、胡同、弄堂、路、巷、道、高架、便道、国道”等等,甚至还有“衢”这种字,代表的都是道路,美语也一样,有“freeway, route, street, road, highway, expressway, drive, avenue, ”,其实也一样,代表的都是路。
        美国最大的贯穿全国的公路网是National Highway System(NHS),有16万英里(相当于25.6万公里)那么长,没有概念是不是?这么告诉你吧,全中国的高速公路截止到2006年底,总长是45400公里(28210英里),约是美国的三分之一左右,想象一下,如果中国的高速道路,变成如今的三倍,而且大多数两车道的高速,都变成了五六车道,是个什么情形?
        NHS系统,包含了几个子系统,其中最著名的就是Interstate Highway System,全称是Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways,一般称之为Intersate Highway,全长46837英里(75376公里)。
        美国还有一个公路网,叫做U.S. Numbered Highways(美国编号高速公路网),也称为U.S. Routes或U.S. Highways,这些编号高速公路的号码由American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)制定,注意这是个Association,而非政府(Department of Transpiration, DOT),而NHS系统以及Interstates系统,都是由政府发展而且制定标准建设的。
        编号公路,有时也称之为“双位公路”(2-digit),南北向的路大多是单数的,而东西向的则是双数,纵向路从东向西以数字2递增,从最东面的1号公路到最西面的101公路,同样,横向的路从最北面的2号公路到最南面的98号公路,同样以2为递增。按这样说来,加州著名的101公路,我曾经从旧金山开到过Stanford的那条,应该读成“Ten one”,而不是“one hundred one”。
        有点明白了不?来看看标志吧。
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        前者是Interstate系统的标志,后者则是编号道路的标志,在所有的地图上,这两套系统,都会有这样的标志,明确地标识出来,在所有道路上,标志也很一清二楚,不会弄错。还要记得这个系统的写法,在GPS或者各种导航手册上,Interstate系统写作“I-”,而编号道路则写作“U.S.”,如“I-5”和“U.S. 101”,读法也是如此。美国政府对Interstate系统的道路要求很高,一般来说,如果达不到Interstate系统的跨州道路,会被纳入编号道路系统。
        在美语里,highway, expressway, freeway,都被译作“高速公路”,而在说话的时候,通常都说“freeway”,到底是怎么回事呢?Highway是个总称,expressway指有平面交叉的高速公路,而freeway则是没有平面交叉的,所有的道路入口、出口,都采用立体交叉的形式。还有一点,这些道路是分段的,所以有可能同样是101公路,其中一段是expressway,而另一段是freeway,明白了不?这只是定义上的区别,除非有关部门需要弄清,真正的美国人也搞不清的,就象你不必搞清到底为什么叫国道、省道、乡道,车也一样开。
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        刚才所说的道路,都是贯穿全国,或者跨州的,还有州内的高速公路,比如风景奇美的加州1号公路就是,州内公路,也是编号的,多数也是高速公路。
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        这个象梨子一样的标志,就是州公路标志,也有标示作一个圆圈的。
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        这也是州公路的标志,或许,可以说作是州内道路,以区别于州际道路(Interstate)。
        看得懂这些道路的标识,就不会迷路了,你可以在MapQuest上事先设定路径,然后拿着打印纸,对照着开就是了。而且,freeway都标志着方向,比如“I-5 N”,就表示沿着5号公路朝北开,多容易。美国的freeway造得很简单,绝大多数的地方,发现方向开错了,只要这边下了高速,大转弯,就可以看到对面的高速进入通道,
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        上图是显示的是一个典型的高速上下口,加州57号公路,看到吗,Yorba Linda大街上,从右到左,共有六个口子,分别是57N上口(供由东向西车辆),57N下口,又是57N上口(供由西向东车辆),57S上口(供由东向西车辆),57S下口,57S上口(供由西向东车辆),多容易。从非封闭道路进入高速道路,不论从哪个方向来,都可以轻易地进入高速路的各个方向,哪怕开错,下个路口下来,大转弯,再小转弯进匝道就可以了。
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        其实,在每个地面道路的路口,都有这样的标志,只要知道目的地的方向,大的东南西北总有个概念吧?知道自己要往南去,你再开上north,也太那个点了吧?
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        上了高速,当然要下来,容易。所有的出口,都会在很远的地方,就有告示,一般提高四五个mile,就会告知,然后过一段,提醒一下,导航仪和道路指南上都有出口的标号,你哪怕不识英语,也只要跟着数出口号码,就可以下去了。
        在美国开车,要比在中国容易得多,大家开车客气是一个原因,标志科学、明确,也是一个很重要的原因。除了这几种道路系统的标志外,还有各种各样的禁止、警示标志,好在只要懂一点简单的英语,就可以畅行无阻,那些都是“连傻瓜都看得懂”的标志。
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        挑几个说说,stop sign是八角形的停车标志,上面写STOP,在许多没有红绿灯的路口,都可以看到。车子开到STOP标志前,必须刹停(full stop),然后再起步,绝对不可以“意思意思”带点刹车,那算是“rolling stop”,是要吃罚单的。
        在任何有stop sign的路口,那条所属的道地面上也有STOP字样,路够长的话,还没有到路口的时候,地面上有“STOP AHEAD”字样。
        关于道路标志,包括所有的警示、警告、禁止标志的细节问题,可以查看美国交通部的Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD)手册。在美国,行人道前有XING的字样,我在MUTCD手册里没有查到,可能是查得不够仔细吧,但我依然认为那是“行人”的拼音写法。(好友Jam Guo告诉我,X是cross的意思,所以XING就是crossing)