LL: Hey, Li Hua, I'm fixing to go to the post office to mail a package. Do you need to buy stamps or mail something?
LH: Larry，你要去邮局寄包裹。这和修理东西有什么关系？为什么你说fixing to go to the post office？是不是你去邮局前，要先修什么东西啊？
LL: No. Fixing to do something means that you are getting ready to do it. "I'm fixing to go to the post office" means that I'm getting ready to go to the post office.
LH: 啊！我懂了，fixing to do something就是准备要做什么事。Larry，我从来没听过这种说法。
LL: It's used all over the U.S., but it's more commonly used in the southern states.
LH: 原来这是在美国南方常用的说法。Larry，我很想和你一块儿去邮局，不过我准备去图书馆，我想在晚饭前看点书。I am fixing to go to the library to study before dinner. Larry，我这么说对吗？
LL: Absolutely! Hey, did you notice how tired Professor Smith looked in class today? He looked as though he was fixing to fall asleep in the middle of his lecture.
LL: I didn't know that he's fixing to compete in a marathon? Wow, that's impressive.
LL: No wonder he's tired. I'd be exhausted.
LL: Yeah, I'm going to go and mail this package before post office closes. They should be fixing to close up soon, so I had better hurry.
LL: Hey, Li Hua. On the way to the post office, I saw Bob's new car. It's awesome! It's totally tricked-out with every accessory you can imagine.
LH: What? 你说Bob的新车怎么样？什么是tricked-out？
LL: If a car, or boat, or other machine is "tricked-out", it means that it has all kinds of luxury accessories.
LL: Exactly. It has a satellite radio system, big speakers, special wheels, and an amazing paint job. It has a super turbo-charged engine, too.
LH: 哇，车上有卫星收音系统、大的扩音器、特殊的轮子....啊呀，我可不懂这些东西，但是听起来真的很酷！Bob's new car really is "tricked-out."
LL: I can't imagine what he paid for it. It must have been really expensive. I can't wait until I can afford such a tricked-out car.
LL: A simple car would be less expensive than a tricked-out one. But why do you think it would have fewer problems?
LH: 当然啦！你车上的装置越多，就越容易出故障，修理起来一定也很贵。 这是必然的。
LL: That's true. It's probably more expensive to maintain a really tricked-out car because there are more things that could go wrong with it.
今天李华学到两个常用语。第一个是fixing to do something, 就是准备要做某件事。另一个常用语是tricked-out，是形容一样东西很豪华，有各种新式的装置。