W: How much longer is the garlic bread going to take? The noodles are almost ready to serve.
M: I began to bake it a minute ago, so it’ll still be a while. How about the salad?
W: It still needs to be prepared.
M: Have you found any pair of shoes that fit?
W: Well, I liked the black pair, but my heels kept slipping out of them. The second pair was comfortable, but the color didn’t look good at all. And this pair is a little tight in the front.
M: Honey? I’m going to play golf this afternoon, so I’ll need you to record the basketball game.
W: Okay, which one is that again? I see the NHL game at four, the NBA game at six, and the MLB game at seven.
M: It’s the second one.
M: What a boring movie! I don’t think it is as good as the first one.
W: You’re right, although the first one is thirty years old now, and the novel is even older.
M: At least it kept all the original music...
M: Can you do a load of laundry for me? My clothes are all dirty.
W: You need to learn how to wash your own clothes, Ben. I’m tired of doing it for you all the time. I’ll teach you. It’s very easy.
W: Hello, can I get a taxi? We are just outside the city limits.
M: No problem, ma’am. Where exactly are you going? There is no extra charge within 20 kilometers.
W: The Roxie Club, downtown. There are six of us, though. Do you have any bigger cars, so we don’t need to take two taxis?
M: Yes, on the weekends, we do. However, it’s three dollars more to have the bigger car sent your way.
W: That will be fine, and we should be well under 20 kilometers to our destination.
M: Yes, I can see that. Would you like us to send that for you now?
W: Yes, please.
W: You are graduating this summer. What do you plan to do after graduation?
M: I don’t want to work yet, so I think I will continue my studies. I want to go to the University of Cambridge.
W: That’s a famous university, but studying in Britain will cost a lot of money. Why do you want to go to the University of Cambridge?
M: First of all, I’m crazy about British culture.
W: What else?
M: It is one of the world’s oldest universities and leading academic centers. Its reputation for outstanding academic achievements is well known around the world. I think I can learn a lot there.
W: It seems that you have thought about this carefully. I’ll support your decision.
M: Thank you.
M: Ma’am, come in, please.
W: Excuse me? Are you a manager?
M: Yes. What can I do for you?
W: Well, I have received such poor service from your employees this morning. I felt I had to let you know.
M: I’m sorry, ma’am. Please tell me what happened.
W: I was asking that woman over there in the black dress where the men’s section was, but she completely ignored me while continuing to talk on her cellphone.
M: That’s not OK...
W: There’s more. I waited outside the changing room for 10 minutes, only to find the person inside was another staff member!
M: That should never happen. I...
W: I’m not finished yet. When I came out of the changing room, a third employee, the lady in red, said I looked fat! I was so embarrassed!
M: Ma’am, I promise you I will speak with them immediately about this. In the meantime, I’ll give you 50% off whatever you decide to purchase.
W: Well, that’s the least you can do...
M: Wow. I haven’t looked at these photo albums for two decades. I thought my parents had thrown all these out already.
W: I’m not surprised. They’re covered in dust. Look, this one was taken when you were a kid. That’s over 30 years ago.
M: Oh my! This is my kindergarten class! See if you can find me in the picture.
W: That shouldn’t be too hard. Hmm... Oh! I found you. You’re the one sitting next to the kid with the red and blue shirt. Your hair is so long that it covers your ears!
M: Ha-ha, how did you find me so fast?
W: I can tell by the funny smile you have on your face. It’s the same one you have in our wedding photo. Hand me the one from your high school days.
W: Oh, no! What happened to your leg? Is that from that car accident you told me about?
M: That was two years earlier. The one in the picture was from a fall I had while skiing.
W: Poor baby. We should take more pictures, you know. We hardly have any of us.
M: Yeah, you are right.
W: Good evening, I’m Mary Bradley. On today’s program, our special guest is Reid Hoffman, the man who started the amazingly successful and popular website LinkedIn. Reid, you were the first CEO of LinkedIn. Tell us a little about your website.
M: We basically provide a professional networking service, aimed at those looking to make connections within the business community.
W: Oh, so it’s like Twitter or Facebook for people looking for jobs, sharing photos, meeting people or chatting...that kind of thing?
M: Not exactly. As a networking service, of course you can meet people and chat with one another. Photos can be shared as well, but in order to make connections, you need to be introduced by someone else first.
W: So, if we didn’t know each other, I would need someone who does know you to send an introduction message first, and you could either accept or reject it?
M: That’s right.
W: According to my notes, your website started in 2003. It only took you three years to make money, and by 2007, you reached ten million users. Tell us about the most recent changes in your company.
M: Jeff Weiner took over as CEO in 2009. Thanks to his hard work, we now have over five hundred million members from two hundred countries