I'm going to talk a little bit about an embarrassing situation. In Japan, I've lost my wallet four times. The first time I lost my wallet I was in a taxi cab going home late at night and my wallet slipped out of my pocket and I didn't notice.
The second time I lost my wallet I went to a night club with my friends and I drank too much and I wasn't paying attention and I left my wallet on the counter of the bar. The third time I lost my wallet, I was hiking in a mountain region in Japan and I went into a small convenience store on the way home and I bought an ice-cream and I left my wallet on the counter and forgot about it. The fourth time I lost my wallet, I was in Ueno station, a really, really busy station in Tokyo and I left my wallet on the counter at a supermarket, and the most amazing thing is that I still have the same wallet.
In each of these instances I got my
wallet back. In two of the cases, the person at
the store called me and I just had to go back to
the store and get it. In one instance, the person
that ran the convenient store in the
mountains mailed me my wallet, and another time I
had to go to the police station and pick it up, but I think that says a lot about Japanese people.
They're very, very honest and sometimes I think
maybe Japan is the only country in the world where
you could lose your wallet four times and still
get it back.
slipped out of
My wallet slipped out of my pocket.
The verb phrase to slip out of means for something to fall from its place accidentally. Notice the following:
- My ticket slipped out of my pocket, so I had
to pay the fare again.
- His pencil slipped out of his bag when he
the most amazing thing
The most amazing thing is that I still have the same wallet.
Here, the phrase the most amazing thing refers to the most special quality about something. Notice the following:
- The most amazing things about the desert is
- The most amazing thing about college was all
the friends I made.
In each of these instances I got my wallet back.
An instance refers to a time that something happened. Notice the following:
- We have embarrassing instances we would like
- Can you give me an instance of when that might
run the store
The person that ran the convenient store mailed me my wallet.
Here, to run something means to manage it. Notice the following:
- She runs a shoe shop.
- I used to run a clothing factory.
pick it up
I had to go to the police station and pick it up.
To pick something up means collect it. Notice the following:
- I have to pick up my dry cleaning.
- I picked up some dinner on the way home.
runs • pick it up