A: Listen, the garbage truck’s coming, quick!
B: Wow, it’s time for the Taiwanese most important evening social ritual! As soon as you hear The Maiden’s Prayer, it’s like someone’s pushed a button, you get all flustered, grab all the garbage bags and rush out of the door as if your life depended on it.
A: Ha ha. When in Rome… Hey, look, she seems to be the one who just moved in. And she’s rather well dressed.
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B: Yeah, not like us, standing here in our flip-flops and shorts, the standard get-up.
A: Well, I once had a roommate who would insist on changing into their outdoor clothes and shoes whenever they took the trash out, not wanting to look too unkempt, but also wanting to be prepared to run after the garbage truck.
B: Let’s go and say hi to the new neighbor.
(Translated by Paul Cooper, Taipei Times／台北時報林俐凱 )
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“As if your life depended on it”
With an appearance of (often unnecessary or unwarranted) desperation.
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