Terror in the Cemetery

I like to bet on anything that is exciting, so when my friends tried to tempt me with an offer, I took it. The idea was for me to spend a frigid December night in a cemetery, all alone, in order to win twenty dollars. Little did I realize that they would use dirty trick to try to frighten me into abandoning the cemetery, therefore losing my wager.

My plan was to recline in front of a large grave, covered by a warm blanket, with a flashlight to help me cut through the dismal darkness. After midnight, I heard a wild shriek. I thought I saw the grave open and a corpse rise out of it! Although I was somewhat numb with fear, I tried to keep my senses. Using good judgment, I knew that no peril could come to me from that sinister figure. When I did not run in terror, my friends, who had decided to conceal themselves behind the nearby tombstones, came out and we all had a good laugh. Those spirits that may inhabit a cemetery must have had a good laugh, too.

  • tempt –  menggoda, membujuk
  • frigid – dingin
  • wager – taruhan
  • dismal- suram, muram, sedih
  • shriek – menjerit, berteriak
  • numb- mati rasa, kebas, kaku
  • peril- bahaya
  • conceal- menyembunyikan, merahasiakan
  • inhabit – mendiami, menghuni

An Unusual Strike

The baseball strike of 1994-95, which kept the public from seeing the annual World Series, was not a typical labor dispute in which low-paid workers try to persuade their employers to grant a raise above their minimum wage. On the contrary, players who earned millions of dollars yearly, who were visible on TV commercials, drove expensive autos, and dined with presidents, withheld their essential skills until the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of our government were forced to devise solutions to the quarrel.

The team owners, a blend of lawyers, manufacturers, corporate executives, etc., felt that something had to be done about the huge salaries that the players were demanding. Since the talent beyond the major leagues was scarce, they had to start spring training in 1995 with a wholesale invitation to replacement players. The regular athletes returned in late April but there was a feeling that the strike could happen again.

Terror in the Cemetery

I like to bet on anything that is exciting, so when my friends tried to tempt me with an offer, I took it. The idea was for me to spend a frigid December night in a cemetery, all alone, in order to win twenty dollars. Little did I realize that they would use dirty tricks to try to frighten me into abandoning the cemetery, therefore losing my wager.

My plan was to recline in front of a large grave, covered by a warm blanket, with a flashlight to help me cut through the dismal darkness. After midnight, I heard a wild shriek. I thought I saw the grave open and a corpse rise out of it! Although I was somewhat numb with fear, I tried to keep my senses. Using good judgment, I knew that no peril could come to me from that sinister figure. When I did not run in terror, my friends, who had decided to conceal themselves behind the nearby tombstones, came out and we all had a good laugh. Those spirits that may inhabit a cemetery must have had a good laugh, too.

  • tempt- menggoda, mengumpan, membujuk, menguji
  • frigid- dingin, berhati dingin, tidak ramah, tidak bersemangat
  • recline- berbaring, bersandar, menaruh harapan
  • grave- kuburan
  • dismal- suram, muram, sedih
  • shriek- jeritan
  • corpse- mayat
  • somewhat – sedikit, agak
  • numb – mati rasa
  • peril- bahaya
  • sinister- seram, jahat, yg mengancam/beralamat buruk
  • conceal- menyembunyikan, membungkus, merahasiakan
  • inhabit – mendiami, menghuni

My Brother, the Gentleman

The story of Sir Walter Raleigh, who spread his cloak on the ground to keep Queen Elizabeth from the hardship of crossing a muddy puddle, can qualify that nobleman for an award as a man of tact and good breeding. My brother Kenny, a bachelor with a keen interest in history, was impressed by that anecdote and thought he might demonstrate his excellent upbringing in a parallel situation. Accordingly he decided to abandon his subway seat in favor of a woman standing nearby.

Although unaccustomed to such generous treatment, the young woman was pleased to accept Kenny’s kind offer. However, her jealous boyfriend swore an oath under his breath because he thought my brother was flirting with his girlfriend. I don’t have any data on the number of young men who get into similar trouble as a result of a gallant gesture, but it’s probably one in a thousand. Poor Kenny! He pointed to the now vacant seat.

  • cloak- jubah, mantel, selubung, jas
  • hardship- kesulitan, kesukaran, penderitaan, kesengsaraan
  • muddy- berlumpur, kotor
  • puddle- genangan air
  • qualify- memenuhi syarat
  • tact- kebijaksanaan, akal sehat, budi bahasa
  • breeding- asuhan, pendidikan
  • bachelor- sarjana, bujangan
  • keen- tajam, kuat
  • upbringing – asuhan, didikan
  • abandon – meninggalkan
  • accordingly – karena itu
  • unaccustomed- tak biasa
  • jealous – cemburu
  • oath- sumpah
  • flirting- main mata
  • gallant- gagah, perletne
  • gesture- gerak isyarat, sikat
  • vacant – kosong