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有梦想就要去行动:“气球飞人”拉里·沃尔特斯的故事

kira86 于2019-08-30发布 l 已有人浏览
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气球飞人”拉里·沃尔特斯的故事,有梦想还不够,人不能只是闲坐着而什么都不做就等着成功。要我呢问自己:今天你为了实现自己的理想和目标正在做些什么呢?
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A Man Can't Just Sit Around

有梦想就要去行动

Larry Walters is among the relatively few who have actually turned their dreams into reality. His story is true, even though you may find it hard to believe.

拉里·沃尔特斯是少数能够真正将自己的梦想变为现实的人之一。你或许会觉得拉里的故事令人难以置信,但它确实是真的。

Larry was a truck driver, but his lifelong dream was to fly。 When he graduated from high school, he joined the Air Force in hopes of becoming a pilot。 Unfortunately, poor eyesight disqualified him。 So, when he finally left the service, he had to satisfy himself with watching others fly the fighter jets that crisscrossed the skies over his backyard。 As he sat there in his lawn chair, he dreamed about the magic of flying。

拉里是一名卡车司机,但飞行才是他毕生的梦想。高中毕业后,他带着成为飞行员的梦想参加了空军。遗憾的是,由于视力不佳,他不具备当飞行员的资格。因此他最终退役后,能聊以慰藉的就是在自家后院看着别人开着喷气式战斗机在天上穿梭。他一坐在后院草坪的躺椅上,就憧憬着飞行的奇妙。

Then one day, Larry Walters got an idea. He went down to the local Army-Navy surplus store and bought a tank of helium and 45 weather balloons. These were not your brightly colored party balloons; these were heavy-duty spheres measuring more than 4 feet across when fully inflated . Back in his yard, Larry used straps to attach the balloons to his lawn chair, the kind you might have in your own back yard.

于是一天,拉里·沃尔特斯想出了一个主意。他去当地出售陆海军剩余物资的商店买了一罐氦气和45个气象气球。这些气球可不是你在派对上用的那种色彩鲜艳的气球,而是充足气后直径会超过4英尺(编注:约1.22米)的负重气球。回到自家后院,拉里用带子将气球系在草坪躺椅上——就是你家后院可能也会有的那种椅子。

E时彩开户He anchored the chair to the bumper of his jeep and inflated the balloons with helium. Then he packed some sandwiches and drinks and loaded a gun, figuring he could pop a few of those balloons when it was time to return to earth.

他把椅子固定在吉普车的保险杠上,然后给气球充入氦气。接 着,他装了一些三明治和饮料,并给一把枪装好了子弹——他想着该返回地面时,就可以用这把枪打破一些气球。

His preparations complete, Larry Walters sat in his chair and cut the anchoring cord. His plan was to lazily float up to a height of about 30 feet above his backyard, where he would enjoy a few hours of flight before coming back down. But things didn't quite work out that way.

一切准备就绪,拉里·沃尔特斯在椅子上坐好,然后砍断了固定椅子的绳索。他原本打算优哉游哉地飞到自家后院上方30英尺(编注:约9。14米)左右的地方,在那儿享受几个小时的飞行乐趣后就回到地面。可是,事态的发展却十分出乎他的意料。

When Larry cut the cord, he didn't float lazily up - he shot up as if fired from a cannon! He didn't level off at 100 feet, nor did he level off at 1,000 feet. After climbing and climbing, he leveled off at 16,000 feet! At that height, he felt he couldn't risk shooting any of the balloons, lest he unbalance the load and really find himself in trouble. So he stayed there, drifting cold and frightened with his beer and sandwiches, for more than 14 hours. He crossed the primary approach corridor of Los Angeles International Airport, where a United Airlines pilot radioed in reports of the strange sight.

拉里把绳子砍断后,他并没有缓缓地飘浮起来——而是像出膛的炮弹一样被发射了上去!他既没有停在100英尺的高度,也没有在1000英尺处停下来。经过不停地爬升,他飞到了1.6万英尺的高度!在这样一个高度,他觉得自己不能冒险击破气球,以免失去平衡使自己真的陷入困境。于是在这个高度上,拉里伴着啤酒和三明治,在寒冷和惊恐中飘行了14个多小时。当他横穿洛杉矶国际机场的主降落航道时,一名美联航的飞行员用无线电报告了这怪异的一幕。

E时彩开户Eventually, Larry gathered the nerve to shoot a few balloons and slowly descended. The hanging straps tangled and caught in a power line, blacking out a Long Beach neighborhood for 20 minutes. Larry climbed to safety, and as soon as he hit the ground, he was arrested.

最终,拉里壮起胆子打爆了几个气球,开始缓缓下降。可从气球上垂下来的绳子绕在一起,缠在了输电线上,导致长滩附近区域的电力中断了20分钟。拉里爬到安全的地方,可等他一到地面,就被逮捕了。

But as he was being led away in handcuffs, a television reporter called out to ask, "Mr. Walters, why did you do it?"

E时彩开户但就在他被铐上手铐带走时,一名电视台的记者大声问他:“沃尔特斯先生,您为什么要这么做?”

Larry stopped, eyed the man for a moment and replied nonchalantly ,

E时彩开户拉里停下脚步,看了那个记者一会儿,然后淡然答道:

A MAN CAN'T JUST SIT AROUND!

“人不能只是闲坐着而不做点什么!”

Seriously, though ... What are you doing today to make your dreams and goals come true?

说真的,今天你为了实现自己的理想和目标正在做些什么呢?

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