W: I thought you were going to clean up in here!
M: I did! My toys are in the toy box, and all my clothes are in the closet.
W: But what about the dirt on the floor?
M: What are you doing now? I told you to get to bed early so you'd be on time for your first day of school.
W: This loud chair is driving me crazy. I'm just trying to fix it.
W: I can't find my research essay file anywhere on here. Did you delete it?
M: Of course not. I don't even know your password. Have you saved a copy anywhere?
W: No. I wish I had emailed it to myself. Argh! I did my work on time, but the teacher will never believe that.
M: Do you have a watch, by any chance? My phone battery is dead and I think I've missed my train.
W: Sorry, I don't. But I think there's a big clock by the boarding hall.
M: Oh, no! Where's little Freddy?
W: Johnny forgot to feed him while we were at work. I think he chewed a hole on his box and ran around.
M: Don't tell the landlord we've got a mouse in our apartment! Let's catch him now.
M: Did you see the new student in Miss Foley's class, Sally? I think she's from a poor family.
W: Poor? Why would you think that?
M: She had pieces of cloth on her jeans. I'll bet her jeans have holes in them, and she can't afford to buy new ones. Her mom had to sew on the pieces of cloth to fix her old jeans.
W: Rusty, you're a little behind the times. That's the fashion nowadays. Half of our class has pieces sewn on their jeans. If her parents are really poor, we certainly will help her.
M: That's great. Anytime we should help the poor.
M: What time is it, Harriet? I'm starving, but I guess it's not time for lunch yet.
W: Let's see...according to my iPhone, it's just a few minutes past noon.
M: What? I thought my watch was wrong. Shouldn't the sun be overhead if it's noon?
W: Oh, Don. I can tell you weren't listening in science class last week. The sun is only overhead at noon for two days a year.
M: Ha-ha. Very funny.
W: No, really. Mrs. Sorenson explained it. The earth goes around the sun at an angle, and that changes where the sun is at noon.
M: But...then those old clocks that measured time by the sun's shadow are all wrong?
W: Um, not exactly. They're just not the same as the time we keep on our computers.
M: I wish I were sitting at a computer right now instead of out here. I'm starting to hate nature.
M: Oh, no. What happened in here, Alexa? Why are there some dead plants?
W: I know. Every plant comes in alive and ends up dead. I definitely do not have a green thumb.
M: People always say that, but it's not that hard to keep house plants. What did you do to care for this one?
W: That one had a big flower on it, so I put it in the sunlight.
M: This is a winter plant from North China. It doesn't do well in the direct sunlight. Just move it here. Didn't you look up how to care for it when you got it?
W: No. I just thought it was pretty, and it was doing OK in the shop.
M: And this one here is all yellow. That means you gave it too much water.
W: Too much water? I think if it doesn't need the water, it doesn't have to drink it.
M: That's not how plants work. I'm afraid the root system under the dirt of this one is destroyed. You'll have to throw this one away. Look, here's an app with plant information.
M: Why don't you have some of my cake, Sue? I made it just for this party.
W: Sorry, Bill. I'm not into cake at the moment. I thought you knew about my diet.
M: On your birthday? Surely you can eat whatever you want on your birthday. You can start your diet tomorrow. And anyway, you look great.
W: Well, thanks, Bill. I am not on a diet to lose weight, actually. My doctor told me to stop eating certain foods. I'm trying to avoid being allergic to something.
M: I didn't know food could cause that. I also noticed you didn't eat any of the sandwiches Jill brought.
W: Yeah. And you and Tom and Sharon all brought different cakes. I'm dying to try them!
M: Why don't I go get you a salad? I'm sure you'll feel better if you eat something.
W: All right. It's the only thing here I can eat. What I really want is some hot soup.
M: Why don't I go and get some soup from the restaurant across the street for you?
W: That's awfully nice of you, but I'm enjoying my party. Maybe we could go afterwards.
M: OK. You go back in the house and chat with the guests, and I'll call the restaurant and tell them we'll be there in a few hours.
Thank you for attending this public hearing on our new severe weather warning system. I'm Mayor Dunley. First, I'd like to remind everyone that the main purpose of a weather warning system is to tell people outdoors to move inside.Now, it's important to remember that we will test the system every Saturday at noon, so don't worry about the noises at that time. It's a good idea to go outside and listen when we test the system and make sure you can hear them in your neighborhood. Remember that the loud noises are only one part of the warning system. The loud noises are activated by city officials after we receive alerts from the national weather service. In other words, you might hear an alert on the national news before you hear the warning here. If you do hear one, what should you do? First, take cover. Our city doesn't have public shelters, so go to the inside of any building, away from windows. Second, wait for reports on local media. Finally, stay indoors until you hear the all-clear signal.