Mark: Sorry I'm late. I missed the subway at the platform. It was just pulling away. So, I had to wait another five minutes for the next one. Then, when I got into this building, the elevator stopped at almost every floor on the way up here.
Jingjing: It's actually fortunate. I needed an extra few minutes to finish up some work. Actually, would you mind waiting another five minutes or so?
Mark: That's fine. It'll give me a chance to catch my breath.
Jingjing: Great. Say, what's that on your shoulder?
Mark: What? Eww! A bird must have dropped that on me as I was walking. It's dried already. But I'll have to excuse myself for a few minutes and change shirts.
Jingjing: You have an extra shirt with you? That's fortunate too.
Mark: Yeah, I guess so. I'll be right back.
Jingjing: All ready to go now?
Mark: Yeah. Did you finish your work?
Jingjing: Just now. Let's go to lunch.
Mark: Great. I'm super hungry.
Jingjing: Me too. Have you watched any of the World Cup?
Mark: Yeah, I went with a friend to an outdoor barbecue place to watch the Russia-Spain game. I bet on Spain and ended up having to pay for the food and beer because Spain lost on penalties. And then my friend's friend showed up and I had to buy another round of beers and more food.
Jingjing: Haha. And the friendly bet you and I made last week isn't looking too good for you.
Mark: Oh, that too! Well, I don't mind that so much.
Jingjing: Well, it seems you're having a run of bad luck.
Mark: Let's hope it'll turn around.
New words : 习语短语
when a good thing has happened (a person is lucky, a person or an event is fortunate)
(in sports) when a player has done something against the rules, the other team gets an extra chance
round of 一轮
a few of the same item (a round of drinks, a round of coffees)
a run of bad luck 一连串的厄运
several bad things that have happened in a few days (luck will) turn around
change, improve (not because of what the person did)
Jingjing: Mark, what's your philosophy about luck?
Mark: I usually have good luck.
Jingjing: Just not today, right?
Mark: I don't want to say too much about my own luck. That might jinx it.
Jingjing: Anyway, you know what they say: misfortune comes in threes.
Mark: Tell me more about luck, as you see it.
Jingjing: Well, I think a lot of it has to do with attitude.
Mark: You mean if you have a positive attitude, good things will happen in your life.
Jingjing: It's like finding a four-leaf clover.
Mark: Huh? Isn't that more about visual-spatial intelligence?
Jingjing: It might be. But even someone with that kind of gift has to keep their eyes open and expect to find something good.
Mark: That sounds like a good mindset. Thanks, Jingjing!
Jingjing: Hey, I'm happy to help!
New words : 习语短语
a person's ideas and beliefs
make something bad (by chance)
bad luck (a person is unfortunate, an event can be called misfortune or an unfortunate event)
visual-spatial intelligence 空间抽象思维能力 （善于记住颜色跟图形的能力）
the ability to see patterns and remember shapes and colors
attitude and beliefs
Troubles never come singly. 祸不单行