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The events are centered around the woods that surround my friend Matt's house, which is in Rocks State Park in Harford County, Maryland.   Harford County, at least the northern part, is still fairly rural and Rocks is pretty heavily forested. The area use to be the home to a few Indian tribes as well and some of the rock formations in the park may or may not have been holy ground, but that's more or less irrelevant because this story doesn't involve Indians, it's just exposition, Harford County is a weird area. It's also been the home of the Booth family. John Wilkes and his less famous brother (more famous at the time though, he was an actor) Edwin grew up there. But I digress, onto Matt's woods.   The woods at Matt's house have always been a little strange. None of my friends has ever felt comfortable in them really. When we were younger they used to camp out in the woods at night, and apparently they all felt strange in different ways but passed it off as over-active imagination or something. Anyway this continued from grade school up until high school graduation in 1996 that is where I enter the story. After graduation we had a party in the woods down at the old campsite.    Article/200901/60993

Many people were enjoying themselves in the park that Christmas day. A group of people were playing volleyball. All the tennis courts were packed. Some people were lawn bowling. Holding hands, Hugo and Kayleen walked all the way around the park. They played soccer with a pine cone. They petted a dog and talked to its owner.When they returned to Kayleen’s apartment, Hugo dug into the plastic bag and pulled out an old clamp-on lamp from his apartment that he hadn’t used for years. “What’s this?” Kayleen asked.“I thought you might like this lamp,” Hugo replied. “Your apartment needs more light. I was going to throw it out, but then I thought you might want it.”“It’s Christmas day, and you’re bringing me a used lamp? A used lamp that doesn’t even have a bulb in it?! Is that the best thing you could come up with on Christmas day? Look here, you didn’t even bother to clean this thing before bringing it into my house!” Indeed, Hugo had missed a couple of spots on the lamp where dust had accumulated. Jeez, Hugo muttered to her, if she didn’t like it, he’d take it home.“No,” she ordered. “Give it to me.” Feeling better, he gave it to her. She opened the door and threw it outside. “All you can give me on Christmas day is second-hand crap?! That’s all I’m worth to you? Get out of here, and take your bag of garbage with you, Santa Claus!” Article/201105/138414

她得表演虽然说不上奇妙绝伦,也还娓娓动听。唱了一两歌以后,大家要求她再唱几。她还没来得及回答,她的曼丽早就急切地接替她坐到钢琴跟前去了。"You are a very strange creature by way of a friend!--always wanting me to play and sing before anybody and everybody! If my vanity had taken a musical turn, you would have been invaluable; but as it is, I would really rather not sit down before those who must be in the habit of hearing the very best performers. " On Miss Lucas's persevering, however, she added, "Very well, if it must be so, it must. " And gravely glancing at Mr. Darcy, "There is a fine old saying, which everybody here is of course familiar with: 'Keep your breath to cool your porridge'; and I shall keep mine to swell my song. " Her performance was pleasing, though by no means capital. After a song or two, and before she could reply to the entreaties of several that she would sing again, she was eagerly succeeded at the instrument by her sister Mary, who having, in consequence of being the only plain one in the family, worked hard for knowledge and accomplishments, was always impatient for display. Article/201012/121512

Ryan and Amelia traveled in the rented Buick to Tucson to attend a weekend gem and mineral show; the big national show was every April. They mostly browsed. Amelia was partial to natural, unpolished stones. One that she particularly liked was priced at ,600. “We’ll get that one as soon as we hit the lotto,” Ryan promised her. She rolled her eyes.Halfway back from Tucson, Ryan swerved into the emergency lane to avoid a ladder in the number four lane. The emergency lane itself had pieces of metal and other trash in it, but he safely evaded the ladder. Ten miles later, he saw a bumper in the fast lane and a wheel rim in the number two lane. “These freeways are turning into minefields,” Ryan muttered. They returned the rental car at 9:45 p.m. Sunday.The bill in today’s mail was for 0.55, charged to Ryan’s VISA card. Apparently, some metal from the emergency lane had damaged the Buick’s air conditioning system. “I told you to buy their daily insurance,” Amelia yelled. “When are you going to listen to me?”Ryan said that he wasn’t going to pay this bill. That Buick air conditioner had probably died last November, he thought. He dialed VISA to dispute the bill. If VISA didn’t help him contest the bill, he’d talk to his own auto insurance company. Surely they would reimburse him if he had to pay this bill. Article/201108/149428

Land of the Midnight Sun 芬兰 —— 圣诞老人的家乡One of the lands of the midnight sun, Finland has much more to offer than the cold nights, saunas, and skiing it is often associated with. Visitors are enchanted by charming villages alongside sophisticated cities and the largest unspoiled wilderness in Europe.Finland is one of the most progressive countries in the world. For example, traffic fines are linked to gross income; an Internet millionaire recently paid US,000 for a speeding ticket. A reputation for efficiency and organization has also made Finland host to many international meetings.This modern country maintains its traditions and hearty spirit, celebrating many festivals. Its most popular Midsummer's Day finds many Finns lighting bonfires and drinking enthusiastically at their country homes. Finland is also home to the world's longest-running rock festival, Ruisrock. The best-known event is the Savolinna Opera Festival, while the strangest is probably the annual wife-carrying championship, where the winner is awarded his wife's weight in beer. Helsinki, Europe's northernmost capital, boasts over 30 art galleries and museums. Although it is a cultural and economic center, it brings to mind small town charm with its many cafe and lack of tall buildings. While the city's public transportation system is renowned, Helsinki's extensive bicycle trails make riding around the city and its seaside parks a breeze.After seeing the Market Square and great architecture, including the Church in the Rock, which was cut from solid stone, tourists may want to check out Helsinki's bohemian art scene. Highbrow and popular culture meet at the Tennispalatsi with its museums and movie theaters. Lovers of modern art will also enjoy taking in the Lasapalatsi "Glass Palace" media center. A sight not to be missed is nearby Suomenlinna Island, where you can wander amid the ruins of an old sea fortress and visit several museums. And only a few hours outside of Helsinki is Finland's most notable historic building, Turku Castle, which was founded in 1280.While Finland is best enjoyed during the warmer months of May to September, its most famous resident is busiest in December. A little known fact is that Santa Claus does not live at the North Pole, but in the Lapland region of Finland. There, Santa receives about 600,000 letters a year written by children from over 150 countries.Besides dropping in on Santa, visitors to Lapland can enjoy trekking and skiing in Lemmenjoki Park with its dreamlike arctic landscape, dense forests, and free wilderness huts that dot the area. Tourists may also stay in glass igloos, from which they can see the midnight sun and the northern lights, and ride in dogsleds and reindeer sleighs.Lapland is home to the Samis, a native people who were gradually driven northward by development in Scandinavia. Their traditional livelihood revolves around reindeer, which number about 200,000 in Finland. Finally, don't tell Rudolph, but a great reindeer stew can be had in Lapland as well. 芬兰,一个在午夜可以见到太阳的国家,除了常被人们想到的寒夜、桑拿浴与滑雪,还有更多风格独特的面貌。优雅城市周边的迷人村庄和欧洲占地最广、未遭人工破坏的荒野,往往令游客们陶醉不已。芬兰是全球最发达的国家之一。举个例子,其交通罚款的金额视个人总收入而定。最近一名网络巨子就因超速驾驶付了7万美元的罚单。芬兰也因其高效率和很强的组织力的美誉而主办了许多国际会议。这个现代化的国家仍保留其传统和蓬勃的朝气,并为许多节日举办庆祝活动。在芬兰最受欢迎的"施洗约翰节"这天,可以看见许多芬兰人在他们自己的乡间农舍,点燃篝火,痛快畅饮一番。芬兰也是世界上历史最悠久的摇滚音乐节"路易斯摇滚"的主办地。节庆中最富盛名的,首推"沙弗力拿歌剧节";而最匪夷所思的,则是一年一度的扛老婆大赛,大赛冠军可赢得和老婆重量相当的啤酒。赫尔辛基,欧洲最北的首都,有30多座美术馆及物馆。虽然它是芬兰的文化及经济中心,但因其为数众多的咖啡馆,和罕见的高楼大厦,而让人感受到小镇般的迷人风情。尽管这里的公共运输远近驰名,遍布赫尔辛基的自行车道,使在城市和海滨公园骑车驰骋,成为一件轻松惬意的事。参观过市场广场和用坚石砌成的"岩石教堂"等雄伟建筑,游客们可能也想一探赫尔辛基自由奔放的艺术景观。高雅与通俗文化交汇在坦尼斯宫的物馆与电影院。现代艺术的爱好者也会乐于一游拉撒宫里"玻璃宫"的媒体中心。另一个不容错过的景点是邻近的"苏欧门里那岛",在那儿你可以徘徊流连于海洋要塞的古老遗迹和参观多座物馆。建于1280年的"土尔库堡",离赫尔辛基仅数小时之遥,是芬兰最著名的史迹建筑。虽然芬兰在暖和的5月至9月间气候最为宜人,一位最负盛名的芬兰居民则是在12月最忙碌。一个罕为人知的事实是圣诞老人并非住在北极,而是住在芬兰的拉普兰一带。在那里,圣诞老人每年会收到来自世界150多个国家孩子的约60万封信。除了顺道拜访圣诞老人,前往拉普兰的游客也可以在"拉门乔基公园"享受徒步旅行与滑雪之乐,并欣赏它如梦似幻的北极圈风光、蓊郁的森林和这片辽阔荒原上星罗棋布的小屋。游客们也可以呆在玻璃冰屋内观赏午夜的太阳和北极极光,或是乘坐或驯鹿拉的雪橇畅游一番。拉普兰是撒密斯人的故乡,这些土著居民由于斯堪的纳维亚半岛的开发而被迫逐渐向北迁徙。他们传统的生计是靠芬兰国内的大约20万只驯鹿。最后,别告诉鲁道夫,在拉普兰还可以尝到棒极了的炖驯鹿大餐呢。 Article/200803/29203

吉英这样的性子,本来不会轻易意志消沉,从此便渐渐产生了希望认为彬格莱先生准定会回到尼日斐花园一,使她万事如意,尽管有时候她还是怀疑多于希望。;If we thought alike of Miss Bingley, ; replied Jane, ;your representation of all this might make me quite easy. But I know the foundation is unjust. Caroline is incapable of wilfully deceiving anyone; and all that I can hope in this case is that she is deceiving herself. ;;That is right. You could not have started a more happy idea, since you will not take comfort in mine. Believe her to be deceived, by all means. You have now done your duty by her, and must fret no longer. ;;But, my dear sister, can I be happy, even supposing the best, in accepting a man whose sisters and friends are all wishing him to marry elsewhere?;;You must decide for yourself, ; said Elizabeth; ;and if, upon mature deliberation, you find that the misery of disobliging his two sisters is more than equivalent to the happiness of being his wife, I advise you by all means to refuse him. ;;How can you talk so?; said Jane, faintly smiling. ;You must know that though I should be exceedingly grieved at their disapprobation, I could not hesitate. ;;I did not think you would; and that being the case, I cannot consider your situation with much compassion. ;;But if he returns no more this winter, my choice will never be required. A thousand things may arise in six months!;The idea of his returning no more Elizabeth treated with the utmost contempt. It appeared to her merely the suggestion of Caroline#39;s interested wishes, and she could not for a moment suppose that those wishes, however openly or artfully spoken, could influence a young man so totally independent of everyone.She represented to her sister as forcibly as possible what she felt on the subject, and had soon the pleasure of seeing its happy effect. Jane#39;s temper was not desponding, and she was gradually led to hope, though the diffidence of affection sometimes overcame the hope, that Bingley would return to Netherfield and answer every wish of her heart.They agreed that Mrs. Bennet should only hear of the departure of the family, without being alarmed on the score of the gentleman#39;s conduct; but even this partial communication gave her a great deal of concern, and she bewailed it as exceedingly unlucky that the ladies should happen to go away just as they were all getting so intimate together. After lamenting it, however, at some length, she had the consolation that Mr. Bingley would be soon down again and soon dining at Longbourn, and the conclusion of all was the comfortable declaration, that though he had been invited only to a family dinner, she would take care to have two full courses. Article/201109/152704

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