Journey in Life: 06/23/19

Sunday, June 23, 2019

"Hitch your wagon to a star" nghĩa là gì?

Biến nỗi sợ hãi thành động lực, bạn làm được không? Photo by Yeshi Kangrang on Unsplash
"Hitch (one's) wagon to a star" có từ "hitch" là buộc/ kéo và "wagon" là xe đẩy chở hàng hóa, vật nặng. Cụm từ này có nghĩa là hãy luôn khao khát những điều tuyệt vời, theo đuổi các mục tiêu lớn hơn. Nếu bạn muốn "hitch your wagon to somebody/something" tức là bạn đang cố gắng thành đạt bằng cách tạo dựng mối quan hệ với người giỏi giang/ đã thành công trước đó. 

Ví dụ 
People we look up to in their respective genres, learn from, quote them, and generally admire (ngưỡng mộ) them. Icons are not bad things or people as long as we make sure they are worthy of being admired. As the old saying goes, “Hitch your wagon to the star,” just don’t hitch it to a star that is heading into a black hole (hố đen) somewhere. 

It’s too early but we are now hearing certain names being dropped as possible “presidentiables” (có khả năng làm Tổng thống) in 2022. Astute (sắc sảo, tinh khôn) politicians (chính trị gia) who like to hitch their wagon to the star have now been heard endorsing (xác nhận, xác quyết ủng hộ) names with the expectation that their bread would be buttered when the opportune time comes. 

So, how do you get the biggest possible payout (trả lương) in Hollywood? It depends on your path. You can work your way up until your name alone is enough to command a massive salary. You can win an Oscar and then negotiate (thương lượng) a big payout for your follow-up film. You can hitch your wagon to a franchise (nhượng quyền thương mại) and keep riding that wave as long as possible. You can even do some combination of all three. 

Thu Phương 

"Written in the stars" nghĩa là gì?

"Ta là những gì phải xảy đến!" - Gã khoai tím khổng lồ tuyên bố. Photo courtesy: AntMan3001
"Written in the stars" = được viết ở các vì sao -> nghĩa là tất cả là định mệnh, số phận sắp đặt; 'rành rành định phận tại sách trời' (Tiệt nhiên định phận tại thiên thư) đó các bạn :) 

Ví dụ 
While the moment was a dream come true (giấc mơ thành hiện thực) for Brink, it might’ve actually been written in the stars long before he laced up his skates (giày trượt băng) for the first time. His full name is Bobby Orr Brink, for crying out loud (khóc rất to). 

Some say love is written in the stars, others insist (khăng khăng, nhất quyết (khẳng định rằng)) it's all about a hot body and six figure salary (lương 6 chữ số, ý nói triệu usd). But Tinder (ứng dụng hẹn hò) has revealed that when it comes to finding love the stars might actually be playing a bigger role than we think. 

St Mirren boss Oran Kearney felt it was “written in the stars” that goalkeeper (thủ môn) Vaclav Hladky would be the club’s penalty shoot-out (loạt sút luân lưu) hero in their Ladbrokes Premiership play-off (trận đấu quyết định) win over Dundee United. 

25,217 fans were inside the stadium to witness his match-winning header (cú đánh đầu làm nên chiến thắng), but there was one person in particular who Jennings is sure was watching on. “It’s really emotional. I was saying to my family upstairs, it was probably written in the stars for him (granddad), to score the winner - it was a pretty special moment”, he said. 

Thu Phương 

"Born under a lucky star" nghĩa là gì?

"Làm việc" hăng say, vận may sẽ tới. Photo by dylan nolte on Unsplash
"Born under a lucky star" = sinh ra dưới ngôi sao may mắn -> người cực kỳ may mắn, vận may tốt. 

Ví dụ 
Even as a kid he was born under a lucky star. As a baby he opened the back door of the family car as it was moving and fell into the road – apparently (dường như) none the worse for the wear. 

Her father, Dr. David Griffin, was the first black physician (bác sĩ (nhất là người chuyên điều trị không phải dùng phẫu thuật)) and surgeon (bác sĩ phẫu thuật) in Glynn County. He delivered Elaine in the white section of the then-segregated (cách ly) Brunswick Memorial Hospital, making her the first African-American (người Mỹ gốc Phi) baby to be born across the color line at the hospital. “It’s almost like I was born under a lucky star,” she said. 

Well done Mr President; it is with gratitude (lòng biết ơn) that as a white man note the trouble to appoint (bổ nhiệm) a token white minister. Ms Creecy is no doubt a competent (tài giỏi) lady, with a flair (sự tinh, tài nhận thấy ngay (cái gì tốt, cái gì lợi)) for politics. But the Ministry of Fisheries (Bộ Thủy sản)? She must have been born under a "Lucky Star". I hope she stops the Chinese abalone criminals. - Peter Bachtis, Benoni. 

Thu Phương 

Tinh thần Mỹ ở đâu?

thật không yêu nước gì cả,

quán bar phải dừng khuyến mại cốc bia miễn phí cho mỗi bàn thắng của đội tuyển ở World Cup, 
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"What a historic performance (buổi trình diễn)! All USA soccer fans had a great time at all of our restaurants and we will continue to cheer (chúc mừng) on the USWNT team to - hopefully - another World Cup throughout the summer. Our ‘free shots’ promotion is not meant to be taken literally, especially when records (thành tích; kỉ lục) are shattered (phá vỡ). No one expected this, so instead of passing around shots, we have welcomed our patrons (người ủng hộ) back for a round on us during the match vs Chile on Sunday," Paul Greenberg, Managing Partner, American Social.

But no one seemed to be upset (buồn) by the cut-off (cắt giảm; ngừng) of the free shots – which were mixed drinks, and not straight alcohol (cồn), the bar explained.