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1143 Shipwrecked

Jeff talks about surviving a ship accident at sea near the Philippines.

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The pinnacle of that experience came on my birthday.

The pinnacle of something is the highest point or most noted example of something. Note the following:

  1. Winning the world cup was the pinnacle of his career.
  2. Earning a PhD is the pinnacle achievement in education.


We were shooting a series.

When you shoot a film or movie, that means you are filming it. Note the following:

  1. They are shooting a movie downtown.
  2. We need to reshoot that last scene.


We left just after dusk.

Dusk is the period between daylight and nightfall where there is some light but not much. Dusk happens in the afternoon. Dawn happens in the morning. Note the following:

  1. The mother called her children into the house at dusk.
  2. There is light, but no visible sun at dusk.

out the window

Everything went out the window.

When something goes out the window, that means it is no longer possible or important because of new circumstances. Note the following:

  1. As soon as their best player got hurt, their chance of winning went out the window.
  2. I was going to be a musician, but then I got married and that went out the window.

nine lives

One of my nine lives is gone.

We sometimes joke that people, like cats, have nine lives, and that if we escape danger, we use one of our extra lives. Note the following:

  1. You need nine lives to be a firefighter.
  2. That cat has already used up five lives. Only four more left.