0903_Worst Case Scenario: How to Deal With Travel Disasters (2)

Learn how to deal with missed flights, blocked credit cards and more

Deal with travel trouble and live to tell the tale

[Steve]

To share his rich travel experience.

Think it as valuable possession. /pəˈzeʃn/ , C [a torchlight procession 火炬遊行隊伍]

Do your own check-in.

We try to avoid travel disaster.

[Vicky & Chelsea]

Lost boarding pass in Lima
Travelers seem to delight in gamboling (running and playing) through airports with their boarding pass hanging from a pocket, clutched (hold very tightly) in two fingers or tucked behind their ear. Bad passengers. No pass, no passage.
What to do: A gate agent or airline service-counter staffer can replace the lost boarding pass when you show valid ID.
How to prevent it: Pretend it’s a $200 bill. Keep your boarding pass in a secure pocket except when you have to show it at security and the gate.
Lost luggage in Luxembourg
In our case, we’d made a tight connection through Heathrow (London Heathrow Airport), but my wife’s suitcase didn’t.
What to do: Find the luggage office immediately and file a claim (fill out some paperwork, making a demand or request). Be prepared to return to be the airport to retrieve the bag once it appears. If the bag never arrives, you can always buy some basic garments and supplies.
How to prevent it: Upon check-in, always ask to see the destination tag before your bag goes on the conveyor belt. If you’re departing on a long, expensive trip for which there will be little recourse if either you or your luggage fails to arrive, plan to fly in at least one day early. Also, don’t choose the last flight of the day. And don’t forget to put essentials, such as cameras and documents, in your carry-on-bag.

[Traditional Chinese Translation]

[More Information]

[Ashley & Ken]

K: So are you guys still short-handed after your co-worker quit?
A: Yes, I’ve been so busy the past couple of days. My boss is interviewing
several job applicants.
K: So the library can find a new staff to take over the work.
A: Ah, Ken. The library doesn’t need a new staff. It just needs a new staff member.
K: A new staff member?
Why can’t I say a new staff?
A: Because staff is
a collective noun. It refers to a collection or group of people who work at a place. If you say the library needs a new staff, then you’re saying all the employees will be replaced.
K: I see. What about using staff as a verb? Can we staff a company?
A: Sure. A restaurant might want to hire more cooks until it has staffed the kitchen fully. And when all the cooks are hired, then the kitchen is fully staffed.
K: Fully staffed, meaning
there are no more openings (空缺的職位).
A: Yes, that’s right.
K: So, now the library just needs a new staff member.
A: Or a staffer. That’s another term you can use.
K: Staffer?
A: Yes, a staffer is an informal word that refers to a member of
a staff. It’s often used in the government referring to an assistant. You might talk about a White House staffer or a staffer in a Congressional committee.
K: I see. Well, I hope you find a new staffer soon.
A: So do I.

今天的課文提到airline service-counter stafferstaffstaffer我們可以來做一個區分。staff是指一個機構的全體職員,全體的工作人員,一般而言staff不能夠用來指個別的人員。我們可以說某個人是a staff member,但卻不能說他是a staff。為了要應付這個需要,美國人就創造了staffer這個可數名詞來表示單一或者個別的職員或工作人員。比如說He is a White House staffer(他是白宮的職員)。staff也可以當動詞用,表示為某一個地方配備人員。因此形容詞短語fully staffed表示人員的名額已經滿的,也就是沒有空缺的意思。

 

[Liz]

[課文] Upon check-in, always ask to see the destination tag before your bag goes on the conveyor belt.
[Tips] 
Upon ~ 1. often use in formal situation to talk about location above something
*Upon the surface of the water, dragonflies were dancing.
2. In this article upon has a different meaning; it means
at the time of. Use this word to make people focus on that time.
*At the time of check-in, always ask to see the destination tag before your bag goes on the conveyor belt.
*Upon seeing her boyfriend on his knee with a big diamond ring and a large bouquet of flowers, Alicia began to cry.
*Upon the singer’s arrival at the airport, the fans who had been waiting quietly became a screaming mob.

 

[Michelle]

 

Delight verb, to give somebody a lot of pleasure and enjoyment 使高興;使愉快;使快樂 VN

This news will delight his fans all over the world. 這消息將使全世界崇拜他的人都感到高興。

Phrasal: delight in something/doing something no passive

to enjoy doing something very much, especially something that makes other people feel embarrassed, uncomfortable, etc. 以…為樂(尤指做使別人感到尷尬、不舒服的事)

 

Gambol (v.)(n.) (嬉戲地)跳躍,蹦跳。Compare to gamble (n.)(v.) 打賭,賭博。
*children/lambs gamboling (about/around) (
四處)嬉戲蹦跳的兒童/羔羊。
Boarding pass (n.)
登機證。

Clutch /klʌtʃ/ (v.) to hold something tightly because you do not want to lose it 緊抓,握,抱。(n.) 1. 抓,握,捏。2. set of eggs that a hen sits on and that hatch together一窩蛋。
Clutches (pl.) 勢力範圍,控制。
*He clutched the rope we threw to him.
他急忙抓住我們扔給他的繩子。
*Mary was clutching her doll to her chest.
瑪莉把洋娃娃抱在懷裡。
*He clutched at the branch but couldn’t reach it.
他想抓住樹枝,可是沒勾著。
*fall into the clutches of sb/sth
落入某人/某事物的勢力範圍。
Tuck /tʌk/ (v.) to push something, especially the edge of a piece of cloth or paper, into or behind something so that it looks tidier or stays in place 摺疊,塞進,塞入。
*He tucked up his shirt-sleeves.
他捲起襯衫袖子。
*He sat with his leg tucked (up) under him.
他盤腿坐著。

valid   /ˈvælɪd/ DJ   /’vælɪd/ KK, adjective

that is legally or officially acceptable (法律上)有效的;(正式)認可的

a valid passport 有效的護照
Retrieve [rɪˈtriːv] (v.) (formal) to find something and bring it back 重新尋回,挽回,取回某物。
*It took four days to retrieve all the bodies from the crash. 
花了四天才從墜毀地方找回全部的殘骸。
*I should like to retrieve my umbrella which I left in the car.
我想取回我留在車上忘記帶走的雨傘。
Garment [ˈgɑːrmənt] (n.) (formal) 衣服。, a piece of clothing (一件)衣服 noun formal
*She disguised her true sex under a man’s garment.
她身穿男裝來掩飾自己的真實性別。
*If a garment won’t wash, it must be dry-cleaned.
用水洗就退色或縮水的衣服得乾洗。
Conveyor belt [kənˈveɪər] (n.) 輸送帶。
*We lifted our baggage from the conveyor belt.
我們從輸送帶上提起我們的行李。

[Vocabulary]

gambol (v) 嬉鬧,跳躍

The puppies are gamboling around their mother.

小狗狗在媽媽的身邊蹦蹦跳跳的。

Kids are gamboling around on the playground.

小朋友在操場中四處蹦蹦跳跳。

clutch (v) 緊握,抓緊

The old lady clutched her handbag to her chest while walking to the bank.

這位老太太在走到銀行時緊緊抓著皮包在胸前。

Patricia clutched her husband’s hand while she was in labor.

Patricia在生產的時候緊抓住先生的手。

retrieve (v) 取回

I try to retrieve the email that I accidentally deleted but I didn’t succeed.

我試著找回之前誤刪的電子郵件,但是行不通。

The wide receiver quickly retrieved the ball after dropping it.

接球員掉球之後很快重新把球接住。

 

Delight, gambol, hang, possession, procession, clutch, tuck, valid, job applicant, fully staffed, staffer, opening, file claim, retrieve, conveyor belt, upon, carry-on-bag, in labor

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