160.Deciding to Try
Then one day, just after getting off the phone with my daughter who was having problems adjusting to living off campus, I glanced through some odds and ends in an old desk drawer! There was a picture of Ursula!
I whistled under my breath and became occupied again with thoughts of what might have been ...
My daughter had just made an off hand remark about getting out and trying to date again.
It had been two years since my wife died.
I had taken one woman out off and on, but that relationship was null and void of any future possibilities-she had just remarried another man herself!
And so I thought that of all times, maybe now was a good time to try and contact Ursula again!
When I told my daughter, she didn't object to the idea!
And she didn't think it would be off color to contact her even if she was married or something!
That put me out of sorts-what if she was married? Why wouldn't she be?
Well, if she were, then I would be off the hook for trying to start something!
And so I started to look for her telephone number.
When I found it I was surprised, she was nowhere near as far away as I had thought.
She lived just across town! And what was of special note was that she lived on the same street we lived on when we were young!
For some reason I had thought she might live far away, or out of state!
But here she was, just like me, still in the same old town! Now I had to call her!
1.off and on（on and off）断断续续地，间断
例句：The Jews and Arabs of Palestine have been fighting off and on for 100 years.
2.off campus 在校外
例句：Do you live on or off campus?
例句：She felt a bit off color, but she's much better now.
4.off hand 即席的(地)，没有准备的(地）
例句：I'm talking off hand, simply speaking my mind.
5.off the hook 摆脱责任，脱离困境(或危险),脱身
例句：But let us not pretend that it lets us off the hook.
6.under one's breath 压着嗓子,低声地
例句：Fortunately I said it under my breath, and hedidn't hear.