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Rina's Next Tattoo

Rina talks about the next tattoos she plans to get.

Wendi: OK, so I want to talk a little bit about how you decided where to put your tattoos.

Rina: You know, that is kind of spur of the moment. I will admit that. I'll just be thinking one day and "I just want one there" and that's where I plan my next piece.

Wendi: So in your mind now, you have, well first of all you have a tattoo on your leg, a pretty big one. A tattoo down the spine of your back. Another tattoo on your rib and one on your wrist, so where are you thinking next if you thought of like three spots? What are those places?

Pause 1

Rina: My first one I want on the back, just between my hip and my but on the back and I'm thinking of getting the green Tara Buddha. Another place I want is, I would like a dragon going up my thigh and then the third place, I would like one on the back of my neck.

Wendi: Really.

Rina: Yeah.

Wendi: Wow!

Pause 2

Rina: It's actually, because it's a smaller piece, I'll probably do that first.

Wendi: That sounds so painful.

Rina: You're ... It is. I won't like about it. It does hurt. Tattoos hurt and who ever says it doesn't, I don't really think are being truthful.

Pause 3

Wendi: Of all the places you've had tattoos done, which has been the most painful spot so far?

Rina: Definitely the ribs. It was the absolute worst and I sat for six hours straight because I wouldn't let them take a break because I couldn't find my happy spot.

Wendi: Wow. That's very uncomfortable.

Rina: Yeah it is quite an uncomfortable feeling but once you have it done. I don't know. Some people jump out of airplanes as their adrenaline rush. I think that's my adrenaline rush to be honest with you.

Wendi: That's an expensive adrenaline rush.

Ruth: Well, it is.

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson

spur of the moment

I will have to admit that decision was kind of spur of the moment.

When you make a decision 'spur of the moment,' you are deciding about something that wasn't planned before. It is something that is happening at the last second. Notice the following:

  1. I didn't really think about the consequences. Everything just happened so spur of the moment.
  2. If you want him to come, you will have to tell him in advance. He hates making spur of the moment decisions.

spine of your back

So you now have a tattoo down the spine of your back.

Your 'spine' is the line of knobby bones that goes down the center of your back. Notice the following:

  1. This is a good exercise for stretching the spine of your back.
  2. I got bruises all over my spine when I fell down the stairs.

Tara Buddha

I'm thinking of getting the green Tara Buddha tattoo on my back.

'Tara Buddha' is a female figure whose image has many different meanings depending on her color. The green Tara Buddha is the Buddhist symbol for 'enlightened activity.' Notice the following:

  1. There is a figure of Tara Buddha next to my bed.
  2. I wear this Tara Buddha necklace when I study, because I think it gives me strength.

my happy spot

I wouldn't let them take a break because I couldn't find my happy spot.

Here, a 'happy spot' refers to a place where you mind goes when you are mentally escaping from something that is uncomfortable. Notice the following:

  1. Meditation can really help you find your happy spot.
  2. Sorry. What did you say? I was just in my happy spot and wasn't paying attention.

adrenaline rush

It is quite an uncomfortable feeling, but I think for me that's my adrenaline rush.

You feel an 'adrenaline rush' when your body responds to physical excitement. A common time to have an adrenaline rush is when you are scared. Your heart beats very quickly and your senses are in high alert. Notice the following:

  1. Asking a beautiful girl out on a date gave him a huge adrenaline rush.
  2. People can perform superhuman actions when they are scared because of an adrenaline rush.

Vocabulary Quiz

moment • spine • Tara Buddha
happy spot • adrenaline
  1. My isn't straight, so I have a lot of pain.
  2. Winning the game was a huge rush.
  3. That is a beautiful painting of .
  4. My coffee time in the morning is when I find my .
  5. I know that this spur of the , but would you like to go out to dinner with me tonight?
Answer these questions about the interview.


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