Journey in Life: 02/19/18

Monday, February 19, 2018

"If you would be happy for a week, take a wife; if you would be happy for a month, kill a pig; but if you would be happy all your life, plant a garden" nghĩa là gì?

'If you would be happy for a week, take a wife; if you would be happy for a month, kill a pig; but if you would be happy all your life, plant a garden'
~ ngạn ngữ Trung Quốc

= muốn hạnh phúc một tuần, cưới vợ; muốn hạnh phúc một tháng, mổ lợn; nhưng nếu muốn được hạnh phúc cả đời, trồng một khu vườn...

trồng vườn và lấy vợ Nhật nữa thì sao... Photo courtesy

Bài trước: "Teach your son in the front garden and your wife on the pillow" nghĩa là gì?

Muốn không khí sạch phải có luật

đó là (cấm, hoặc) dùng ít chất khử mùi thôi, nước hoa, xà phòng v.v... toàn chất hóa học, ô nhiễm cao như từ khí thải của ôtô...

The deodorants, perfumes and soaps that keep us smelling good are fouling the air with a harmful type of pollution — at levels as high as emissions from today’s cars and trucks.

...Researchers found that petroleum-based chemicals (chất hóa học dẫn xuất từ dầu mỏ) used in perfumes (nước hoa), paints (sơn) and other consumer products can, taken together, emit as much air pollution in the form of volatile organic compounds, or V.O.C.s (các hợp chất hữu cơ dễ bay hơi gốc carbon), as motor vehicles do.

The V.O.C.s interact with other particles in the air to create the building blocks of smog (sương khói, khói lẫn sương), namely ozone, which can trigger asthma (bệnh hen, bệnh suyễn) and permanently scar the lungs, and another type of pollution known as PM2.5, fine particles that are linked to heart attacks (đau tim), strokes (đột quỵ) and lung cancer (ung thư phổi).

Smog is generally associated with cars, but since the 1970s regulators have pushed automakers to invest in technologies that have substantially reduced V.O.C. emissions from automobiles. So the rising share of air pollution caused by things like pesticides (thuốc trừ sâu) and hair products (sản phẩm làm tóc) is partly an effect of cars getting cleaner...

Cẩn thận những tương khắc trong chuyện vợ chồng

sai vợ dọn nhà -> bị tóm chim giật lia lịa luôn...

...Deputies spoke with the victim, who told them that while he and his girlfriend, forty-seven-year-old Melinda Dillashaw were sitting around the house, he told her to start cleaning the house, which he says was fully covered in animal feces (phân). He says that angered Dillashaw and she started a verbal altercation (cãi lộn, đấu khẩu), which turned physical when she grabbed him by the genitals (bộ phận sinh dục ngoài) and attempted to rip them off.

Dillashaw told deputies the victim got mad at her for the state of the house, threw her on the ground, and tried to choke (bóp cổ, làm cho ai không nói nên lời/lặng người) her.

Niềng răng hô bao nhiêu tiền và sử dụng BHYT được không?

mang thẻ đến phòng khám để gọi điện đến công ty bảo hiểm mới biết được :),

anyway, đừng quyết định trong thời gian ngắn rồi lại hối tiếc "dự đoán trước" - anticipated regret (chắc chắn sẽ hối tiếc...)

gặp những offer từ dân sales như vậy, nên tách mình khỏi khung cảnh, không bị bó buộc về thời gian, tự hỏi... nếu... thì ta có thật sự cần không, nếu câu trả lời là không, thì nếu quyết định buy vào lúc đó sẽ bị anticipated regret :)
Dear Dan,

Some time ago, my dentist urged me to get clear aligners, a plastic form of dental braces. He said that my insurance would cover most of it, but I didn’t really want the braces, so I held off.

Then I quit my job and went to see the dentist one more time for my regular hygiene appointment—my last visit with the old insurance. Again he encouraged me to get the clear-aligner treatment, because it wouldn’t cost me that much. For some reason, that convinced me, and now after three days of wearing a clear aligner, I am miserable and regret the decision. What drove me to it?


Your story illustrates the power of anticipated regret. We get this feeling when we have only a moment to take a certain action—and can’t stop imagining how we’ll feel if we don’t do it.

I had my own run-in with anticipated regret when my wife, Sumi, and I went to buy a large-screen TV, and the salesperson said, “How would you feel if some of the pixels broke and you hadn’t bought the extended warranty?” We felt the anticipated regret and, of course, got the expensive warranty.

One defense is to imagine scenarios that are not time-sensitive. You could say to yourself, “What if my new job also offered insurance coverage for clear aligners? Would I go ahead and get them?” If the answer is no, it should tell you that anticipated regret, not a desire for the treatment, is driving you.