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As a kid, I spent my summers with my grandparentson their ranch in Texas. I helped fix windmills,vaccinate cattle, and do other chores. We alsowatched soap operas every afternoon, especially"Days of our Lives." My grandparents belonged to aCaravan Club, a group of Airstream trailer ownerswho travel together around the U.S. and Canada.And every few summers, we'd join the caravan. We'dhitch up the Airstream trailer to my grandfather's car, and off we'd go, in a line with 300 otherAirstream adventurers.

在我还是一个孩子的时候,我的夏天总是在德州爷爷奶奶的农场中度过。我帮忙修理风车,为牛接种疫苗,也做其它家务。每天下午,我们都会看肥皂剧,尤其是《我们的岁月》。我的爷爷奶奶参加了一个房车俱乐部,那是一群驾驶气流拖挂型房车的人们,他们结伴遍游美国和加拿大。每隔几个夏天,我也会加入他们。我们把房车挂在爷爷的小汽车后面,然后加入300余名气流房车探险者们组成的浩荡队伍。

I loved and worshipped my grandparents and I really looked forward to these trips. On oneparticular trip, I was about 10 years old. I was rolling around in the big bench seat in the backof the car. My grandfather was driving. And my grandmother had the passenger seat. Shesmoked throughout these trips, and I hated the smell.

我爱我的爷爷奶奶,我崇敬他们,也真心期盼这些旅程。那是一次我大概十岁时的旅行,我照例坐在后座的长椅上,爷爷开着车,奶奶坐在他旁边,吸着烟。我讨厌烟味。

At that age, I'd take any excuse to make estimates and do minor arithmetic. I'd calculate ourgas mileage -- figure out useless statistics on things like grocery spending. I'd been hearing anad campaign about smoking. I can't remember the details, but basically the ad said, every puffof a cigarette takes some number of minutes off of your life: I think it might have been twominutes per puff. At any rate, I decided to do the math for my grandmother. I estimated thenumber of cigarettes per days, estimated the number of puffs per cigarette and so on. When Iwas satisfied that I'd come up with a reasonable number, I poked my head into the front ofthe car, tapped my grandmother on the shoulder, and proudly proclaimed, "At two minutesper puff, you've taken nine years off your life!"

在那样的年纪,我会找任何借口做些估测或者小算术。我会计算油耗还有杂货花销等鸡毛蒜皮的小事。我听过一个有关吸烟的广告。我记不得细节了,但是广告大意是说,每吸一口香烟会减少几分钟的寿命,大概是两分钟。无论如何,我决定为奶奶做个算术。我估测了奶奶每天要吸几支香烟,每支香烟要吸几口等等,然后心满意足地得出了一个合理的数字。接着,我把头探到车前排,拍了拍奶奶的肩膀,然后骄傲地宣称,“每天吸两分钟的烟,你已经少了九年活头了!”

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