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Friday, November 26, 2010

MV: Letters to Juliet

2010 - Letters to Juliet

An American girl on vacation in Italy finds an unanswered "letter to Juliet" -- one of thousands of missives left at the fictional lover's Verona courtyard, which are typically answered by a the "secretaries of Juliet" -- and she goes on a quest to find the lovers referenced in the letter.


This is Sophie Hall from The New Yorker.
  • The New Yorker = magazine in New York
It is a bit like being a detective, yes.
  • detective = a police officer whose job is to try to discover information about a crime so that the criminal can be caught
Can you confirm where you were when you found out World War II was over?
  • confirm = to prove that something is true
The kiss, was it spontaneous or was it staged?
  • spontaneous = happening in a natural way without being planned or thought about
  • staged = deliberately arranged for effect
...said that the nurse was the bee's knees
  • bee's knees = {old slang} the absolute best, perfect, the greatest
Speaking of which, I understand that you're headed off to Verona
  • to head off = to leave
...we're gonna get a little tipsy,
  • tipsy = slightly drunk
-And they dig these exquisite truffles...
  • exquisite = extremely beautiful and delicate
  • truffles = a fungus that grows under the ground and is very expensive to buy because people consider it a special food
Yeah, the lovers' quarrels, the breakups, the really tangled hearts.
  • quarrels = an argument, especially one about something unimportant between people who know each other well
  • tangled = very complicated and difficult to deal with
Okay, what shall I do? I mean, my hands are tied.
  • my hands are tied = {slang} not able to do anything
and he's invited me to this amazing wine auction that's happening in Livorno.
  • auction = public event where things are sold to people who offer the most money for them
It's super-exclusive.
  • exclusive = limited to a particular person, thing, or group and not shared with others
What, are you some lonely American girl who has to live vicariously through others?
  • to live vicariously through others = to experience life through the actions of other people
My condolences to the groom.
  • condolences = the things that you say to show sympathy when someone has just died
...that can manage to jam, "Oh, my God" and "awesome" into the same sentence.
  • jam = to push someone or something somewhere using a lot of force
...it seems a little churlish not to meet the woman responsible
  • churlish = impolite and unfriendly, especially toward someone who does not deserve to be treated in this way
-Of course, if it's not an intrusion.
  • intrusion = the act of becoming involved in something in a way that is not welcome
Gran, a journalist trying to pry into our private lives.
  • to pry = to be interested in someone’s personal life in a way that is annoying or offensive
Her soul mate was my grandfather. Let's not invalidate my entire existence.
  • soul mate = someone who you have a special relationship with because you share the same feelings, attitudes, and beliefs
  • invalidate = to prove that an argument or opinion is wrong
Both skeptics.
  • skeptics = someone who has doubts about things that other people think are true or right
There's no need to prolong the disappointment.
  • to prolong = to make something last longer
I find things. And through process of elimination
  • process of elimination = a way of finding an answer or solution by first deciding which answers or solutions are not possible
...and caveat emptor, which will require assembling a few more facts,
  • caveat emptor = A Latin phrase meaning “buyer beware.”
-This is utter, complete mad...
  • utter, complete madness = 100% crazy
Charlie, why don't you tell Sophie about your pro bono legal work?
  • pro bono legal work = done without the usual payment that a lawyer charges
I just didn't have you pinned down as the save-humanity type at all.
  • to pin down = to understand or describe something exactly
You wrote that blasted letter.
  • blasted = used for emphasizing that you are annoyed with someone or something
You know, I'm not the buttoned-up, buttock-clenching killjoy you try to make me out as.
  • buttoned-up = {slang} closed minded
  • buttock-clenching = not tolerant of other view points
  • killjoy = enjoys ending the happiness of others
How am I to be sure that I'm being properly portrayed?
  • portrayed = to show or describe someone or something in a particular way
Churchill in a dress.
  • Churchill = Winston Churchill was the prime minister of the UK during WWII
Admirable trait.
  • admirable = deserving to be admired or respected
  • trait = characteristic
Because I guess I'm a perfectionist.
  • perfectionist = person who want's everything perfect
You know that's just another way of saying "I'm a chicken"?
  • "I'm a chicken?" = "I'm frightened?"
You are the Montagues and the Capulets.
  • Montagues and Capulets = waring families
Over the next hill? Or the next? Scour the whole country?
  • scour = to look for with great effort
I think you did more than tag along.
  • tag along = come along with
I never should've kissed you. I was completely out of bounds.
  • out of bounds = not according to rules of politeness
Okay, okay, then don't sugarcoat it, Gran.
  • sugarcoat = make something sound nicer than it is
That you were Romeo. You were throwing pebbles
  • pebbles = small rocks
La mia bella Claire!
  • mia bella = {Italian} my beautiful


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Monday, November 22, 2010

Nike: Lacing Shoe Eyelets

originally posted April 02, 2009 by Coach Jay


Hi, Should running shoes be laced all of the way or should I leave the last eyelet at the top open? Thanks, Gary

Hi Gary,
That top-most eyelet is for use at your discretion. Some runners find that they need that added eyelet to achieve a secure heel fit, but in most cases it goes unused, which is entirely okay. It’s all just a matter of what feels and works best for your feet.

Thanks for the great question!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Lyrics: Jewel - Satisfied


Jewel - Satisfied

If you love somebody
You better lead it out
Don’t hold it back
While you’re trying to figure it out
Don’t be timid
Don’t be afraid to hurt
Run toward the flame, run toward the fire
Hold on for all your worth

Cause the only real pain
Your heart can never know
Is the feeling of regret
When you don’t let your feeling’s show
So did you say it
Did you mean it
Did you lay it on the line, did you make it count
Did you look ‘em in the eye & did they feel it
Did you say in time
Did you say out loud
Cause if you did Hun
Then you lived some
And that feeling inside
It’s called satisfied

Busy people walkin’ by
I can’t help but worry some
So many things to do
So little love gets done
Empty hearts everywhere
Drownding the dine(?) of thirst
But if you want love, it’s not that tough
Start by giving it first

Cause the only real pain
Your heart can never know
Is the feeling of regret
When you don’t let your feeling’s show
So did you say it
Did you mean it
Did you lay it on the line, did you make it count
Did you look ‘em in the eye & did they feel it
Did you say in time
Did you say out loud
Cause if you did Hun
Well then you lived some
And that feeling inside
That’s called satisfied

Horses were made to run
And the sun was meant to shine above
And flowers were made to bloom
Then there’s us
We were born
To love
We were born
To love
So did you say it
Did you mean it
Did you lay it on the line, did you make it count
Did you look ‘em in the eye & did they feel it
Did you say in time
Did you say out loud… oh
Cause if you did Hun
Well then you lived some
And that feeling inside
It’s called satisfied