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The Urban Coyote试译9

(2009-11-07 20:41:42)
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Bumper cars? I didn’t know they had bumper cars at the Fair. Back to the coupon booth. Five coupons later, my niece was riding the bumper cars, driving insanely as we watched. Bumper cars may be the nail in the coffin of male domination. Over half the drivers in this electric flotilla were female, all with determined experssions on their faces, delighting in male bashing.

Wait a munite! Could that really be the world’s samallest Horse, so small a beay can ride it? fed by only a cupful of water and a handful of grain? Back to the booth. Nine tickets later, we were peering down onto a vary small horse indeed, about the size of a collie, but one instantly recognizable as a standard miniature breed. There are thousands of these horses around the country. “what a rip-off,” we complained to each other as we excited.

The attendant saw me writing something in my notebook and came over to offer helpful information. “they live to be six, then they die after that,” he said. “say, this ain’t for no TV show, is it? I ain’t for no TV show. Then we’d lose business.” I’ll say.

Next I saw posters for “ The Fattest Man in the World, Fat Albert. 861 pounds. 22 pounds at birth. Guiness Book of World Records. 9-foot waistline. Size 20 shoe.” Fascinating, but we passed, finally hip to the hype. We noted that the sign didn’t say Fat Albert is in the Guiness Book of World Records.

But the Ferris wheel? We have to do the Ferris wheel. Back to the booth. Fifteen coupons later, we were climbing one hundred feet over the Minnesota State Fair. Clumps of white clouds floated like cotton candy above us, the fair grounds full of brightly coloured gummi bear humans below. So what if we had to look at the paiting of Fat Albert’s navel twenty times as the wheel circled? It was worth every coupon. As we scratched the sky, we saw the high-rises and neighborhoods and lakes and farms of Minnesota radiate out from its festival heart.

Still high from spinning we excited the Midway past the lasr grinning hucksters and immediately downed three pronto pups and a sack of greasy donuts made fresh right outside the gate. As for the stawberry malts from the Dairy Building, they were the best ever, in spite of the long wait in line to get them.

Before leaving the fairgrounds for home, we walked through wild animal exhibit in the Department of Natural Resources Building. We particularly noted the coyotes, canislatrans, sleeping with his tail over his eyes. We read that Coyotes have expanded their range throughout the state nearly to the subutban perimeter of the Twin Cities. This one must be dreaming of all the food he sees here. Will there soon be urban coyotes as well?

Outside, we leaned over the large fishpond. We marveled at our indegenous underwater neighbots crusing in the fresh water. Several Mississippi River paddlefish were as big as small sharks. A massive catfish swan below us with twentynine cents balanced on his broad forehead-nine pennies, two nickels and one dime thrown there by youthful wellwishers. Each of us tried our luck. Our three copper pennies flashed in the sun like Ferris wheels, then fluttered through the clear water to settle on the pond bottom. We thought we saw the catfish smile.

At the Minnesota State Fair even the fish take cash. The celebration of statewide community is worth every penny.

碰碰车?我都没发现游乐场里还有碰碰车。回去买点券。花了五张券以后,我侄女开着碰碰车,在我们眼皮子底下玩的很疯。碰碰车也许会导致男权统治的没落。女性成员超过这个电玩战队的半数,她们脸上都写满了坚定与果断,不亦乐乎地围攻着男同胞们。

空中大转轮?嗨,我们去玩空中大转轮吧。回到买几张券。花了九张券,我们得以依次进入半圆形的碟状座舱中。“好了,”服务人员说道:“大家都准备好了吧?”我捏扁了手中的空啤酒罐。

等一下,这是那种小孩可以骑上去,只需喂一把谷子,一杯水,世界上最小的马么?回去买券。用了九张券,我们得以端详到这只非常小的马,仅有科里牧羊犬那么大。但我突然发现这是个标准的小型马。全国有成千上万这样的马。“真是个冒牌货,”我们互相埋怨着出了门。

服务人员看到我在往自己的笔记本上写东西,就过来提供帮助。他说:“这些马活到六岁就死了。”“我说,这不是应该上电视么?我没在电视上见过。那么我们就要失去生意了。

接下来我看到一张海报,上书“世界上最胖之男,肥仔阿尔伯特,861磅,出生时22磅。吉尼斯世界纪录。9英尺的裤腰,20码的鞋。”尽管很吸引人,但我们并没进去,而是将这天花乱坠的宣传抛在脑后了。我们注意到广告没说肥仔阿尔伯特入选了吉尼斯世界纪录。

那么摩天轮呢?我们要坐摩天轮。回去买券吧。花了十五张券,我们升向明尼苏达州游乐场百尺的高空,一片片白云想棉花糖一样在我们头顶飘飞,游乐场空地上满是兴高采烈开怀大笑的游人。那么要是我们随着轮子转动,连看肥仔阿尔伯特的肚脐画报二十次将会如何呢?这值得花这么多券。当划过天际时,我们看到了向四周伸展开去的高楼,市区,湖泊和农场。

依旧在高空中旋转,我们在兴奋中,越过了底下的那个咧嘴而笑的小商贩,三只毛茸茸的普鲁托小狗,和大门外一大袋子新鲜的油炸甜甜圈。至于乳品大楼的草莓麦芽糖,除了得排好一会儿队外,依旧是最棒的。

在离开游乐场回家前,我们步行穿过自然资源大楼处的野生动物展览。我们尤其注意到了用尾巴挡着眼睛睡觉的郊狼,凯尼斯兰特然斯。阅读资料告诉我们,郊狼将其领地扩展至整个州,几乎到了双子城的郊区边缘。这头狼一定在做梦,梦见他在那里见到的美食呢。那里也很快会有城市狼吗?

出来后,我们斜靠着立在在一个大鱼池边。那些在一汪清池中游曳的水下邻居让我们惊叹不已。几条密西西比鲟鱼大若小鲨。巨大的鲶鱼在我们脚下游动,宽阔的前额均衡的放置着29美分九个1分的,两个5分的和一个10分的硬币,都是祈福者抛下的。每个人都试试运气。我们的三个铜板犹如摩天轮般闪烁着太阳的光辉,接着噗通坠入一片碧水中,沉入池底。我们都觉得看到了鲶鱼的笑脸。

在明尼苏达州游乐场,每条鱼都载着硬币。这个全州各界的庆典物有所值。

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