美國2007年11 月第四個星期四是Thanksgiving Day, 原意是感謝上天賜予的好收成,像我們的中秋節,在這一天不管多忙都要和家人團圓。感恩節前夕的教會,常可以看到美國女人頭戴古代村姑的布帽、男生圍著黑色方巾,應景慶祝,敘說舊時代印地安人幫助新移民清教徒度過寒冬,學習這塊新大陸的生存方式。



今年結交的一個Buddy S (Irish man),我們都覺得當初政府強調感恩節的快樂及友好,緣由應該是帶有統治意義,不過,這樣大肆慶祝對於印地安人其實並不公平,讓人們完全忘記白人對印第安人做過的剝削與屠殺。

佛州其實充滿印地安文化背景(Ais, the Apalachee, the Calusa, the Timucua and the Tocobago tribes),到處的路們都是很難唸出口印地安語英文拼英,例如首都Tallahassee,連接該市市中心的Apalachee Rd。 Tallahassee的市中心更是位在高低起伏的山丘地上,地形好比舊金山,忽高忽低的,在這裡騎講踏車算是一種挑戰,到超市買個東西,開車五至十分鐘的路途,但騎腳踏車可是要翻山越嶺。探究原因發現,這城市是從印地安人部落演變而來,丘陵地易守難攻,在過去的時代自然成為首選。

My Buddy家住在佛州的南部,感恩節還邀我到他家去玩,這算是我人生最過最酷的事,感覺就是跟老外一起過年,但有趣的事,台灣人講長幼有序,吃團圓飯安安靜靜的,老外則是七嘴八舌聊成一塊,年輕的有時還會調侃年紀大的。總之,Irish man煮飯的功力真的不是蓋的,我也Grand Pap, Grand Mom到處叫。

Jimmy Buffet是S很愛的一個歌手,他說Buffet 寫的歌詞常寫出男人內心很有趣的事。Margaritaville,加上S很愛航海,自然是酷愛這個歌手的調性。



感覺上Margaritaville是Jimmy Buffet最紅的一首歌,他自己好像也很愛這首歌,還架了一個網站http://margaritaville.com 兼賣帶有海洋度假氣息的個人商品。

在感恩節的周末,我們往返佛州狂飆了300多英里,MARGARITAVILLE時常出現在廣播中。還記得兩個王老五到Palm Beach港邊喝著小酒、啃三明治時,路邊駐唱的歌手們,竟不約而同的唱了這首歌,有趣極了。

Wasted away again in Margaritaville
Searchin' for my lost shaker of salt.
Some people claim that there's a woman to blame,
But I know, it's my own damn fault.
Yes, and some people claim that there's a woman to blame, And I know it's my own damn fault
Jimmy Buffet唱出了王老五的心聲。



MARGARITAVILLE
Jimmy Buffett
Nibblin' on sponge cake,
watchin' the sun bake;
All of those tourists covered with oil.
Strummin' my six string on my front porch swing.
Smell those shrimp--
They're beginnin' to boil.
Wasted away again in Margaritaville,
Searchin' for my lost shaker of salt.
Some people claim that there's a woman to blame,
But I know it's nobody's fault.
Don't know the reason,
Stayed here all season
With nothing to show but this brand new tattoo.
But it's a real beauty,
A Mexican cutie, how it got here
I haven't a clue.
Wasted away again in Margaritaville,
Searchin' for my lost shaker of salt.
Some people claim that there's a woman to blame,
Now I think,-- hell it could be my fault.
I blew out my flip flop,
Stepped on a pop top;
Cut my heel, had to cruise on back home.
But there's booze in the blender,
And soon it will render
That frozen concoction that helps me hang on.
Wasted away again in Margaritaville
Searchin' for my lost shaker of salt.
Some people claim that there's a woman to blame,
But I know, it's my own damn fault.
Yes, and some people claim that there's a woman to blame, And I know it's my own damn fault


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