J: Hello, I'm Jody and welcome to American Cafe. Hey, Yang Chen, how was your trip down to Florida?
J: I did! We drove down too. What a fun time!
J: Oh, you're telling me. We drove straight through too and it was a long drive. Hey, on the road did you notice all the motorcycles?
J: Well, it just so happens that we were coming home just as Bike Week was ending in Florida.
J: Yeah, all the bikes were going to Daytona Beach where they have Bike Week. I think this year it ran from Feb 27 to March 7.
J: And on the way to Florida I stopped at the headquarters of Bike Week and spoke with a biker named Gino. He told me a little about Bike Week and biker culture.
Y: 好啊，我也正想听听这个Bike Week是怎么回事呢。
Gino: Well, my name is Gina Garjulo and I am in St. Augustine, Florida. And we're about 65 miles north of Daytona, which has the second largest Bike Week in the world. This Bike Week here is in its 63rd year. And every year people come from all over the world, literally.
Y: 听Gino这么一解释，这个Bike Week其实就是一种摩托车爱好者或者说摩托车手的大聚会。Gino说这个活动已经有63年的历史，参加者来自世界各地。
J: That's right. People come from all over the world to attend Bike Week at Daytona. A lot of people came and a lot of people spent a lot of money.
Gino: About 500,000 people descend upon Daytona. It's an impact of about $500 million dollars in about a two-week period all together.
Y: Wow! 不过我很好奇，这些摩托车爱好者都是些什么人？
J: Well, Gino explains that Bike Week is a very interesting look into the diversity of the biker culture.
J: Okay, some people think that all bikers have long scraggly hair and tattoos and beards. You know, that's the stereotype of a biker.
J: Yeah, I know. And some bikers do fit that description, that stereotype. But here's Gina again to describe the diversity of people who go to Bike Week.
Gino: It's a very interesting look into the Biker Culture and you've got people that are what we call "one percenters" that are real hardcore bikers that have the long, scraggly hair and beards and everything and the tattoos all over them. Then you have the doctors and lawyers and everything. There are bikes that run up to $150,000. Lots of women ride, uh ... just all interesting people.
Y: 看来人们对摩托手确实有一些误解，其实他们当中有很多受过良好教育的人。Gino 刚才说的 hardcore bikers指的是那些铁杆分子。你说我可不可以形容他们是爱摩托车如命呢？
J: Right. Gino said "hardcore" and that's the perfect word to describe, you know, people who are really devoted to something to a very serious degree. "Hardcore" is one word and it's spelled H-A-R-D "hard," "core" C-O-R-E. And another example of how to use it would be "That's really hardcore, man," really serious.
Y: 我很好奇，这个Bike Week都有些什么活动呢？
Gino: They camp out. They're get here a week or so early. They have camping spots down there. And, uh, they drive all over the place. They have organized rides, contests ...
J: Even tattoos, Yang Chen.
Y: Oh, 别提那个。"Tattoo"中文就是刺青，就是在身上弄得花花绿绿的。我受不了。
J: That's one thing Gina wanted to make sure of ... that not all bikers have tattoos.
(Enter motorcycle sounds)
J: Let's go outside and check it out. Uh, uh, Sorry, everyone. We gotta go! Thanks for joining us on American Cafe.