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First, you have to understand that my brother is one in a million. He is such a nice person. All his friends like him. They consider him one of the boys.

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Recently, my brother had a bad day at the office. It was just one of those days. Nothing went right. So he stopped at a local bar, a drinking place, after leaving work. My brother planned to have a glass of beer with his friends, a quick one, before he went home. 商务英语词汇3Nv9PkR3^@

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But a quick one turned into one or two, and soon those became one, two, many. As my brother was leaving, he ordered a last drink, one for the road. His friends became concerned. One by one, they asked him if he was able to drive home safely. 商务英语词汇^L.xr l!@

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Now, my brother is a wise and calm person. He is at one with himself. He recognizes when he has had too much alcohol to drink. So, he accepted an offer for a ride home from a female friend.

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F#R1\-F7j YSvh0But sadly, their relationship did not work. He always used to say, "One of these days, I am going to marry this girl." But that never happened. 商务英语词汇%C%E&i%y6N

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Q@^8b'} LIZ0However, they are still friends. And because my brother had been kind to her, she felt that one good turn deserves another. He was good to her and she wanted to help him in return. 商务英语词汇:Y M!L/P9etzt,SY

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So she drove him home. If my brother had driven home from the bar that night, his number would have been up. Something bad would have happened.

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0P,T_}z0Thankfully, he made it home safely. And he and the woman are back to square one. They are back to where they started, being friends.

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Song: One is the loneliest number that you ever do. Two can be as bad as one, it's the loneliest number seems the number one, Ah~~

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7l4gr_r:lC0This VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories was written by Jill Moss. I'm Faith Lapidus.

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