W: The sports meet starts at 8:00.
M: In order to get a good seat, we must arrive there fifteen minutes in advance.
W: Will you grab some peanut butter from the store, please? I want to make some cookies later.
M: Sure thing, honey. I'll grab some when I get coffee later. I think we're running low on milk, too.
M: Did you get a present for Molly's birthday?
W: Yes. You know she loves to listen to Johnny Holden — she's got all his CDs — so when I saw this book all about his life, I knew that was the perfect present for her.
W: I'm looking for a place to have my client's art show. We are really hoping to attract a large audience.
M: You should try the Fairmont Hotel. It's expensive to rent, but it's also right by the subway. It's super convenient.
M: Was the telephone ringing?
W: I didn't hear anything. Sometimes when the windows are open, you can hear the neighbors' phone ringing.
M: Well. I'm expecting an important phone call, and I don't want to miss it.
M: Hi, Rose. I just came back to my office. I went out to lunch. Anything new?
W: Dan, I'd like you to come home. The storm is really terrible.
M: What happened?
W: The storm blew down the power line: the electricity went off. The children are crying in the dark, and I don't know what to do.
M: Oh, dear. I'll call the electricity company in a minute.
W: Would you come back right now?
M: Well, I'm leaving the office in half an hour.
W: Remember to get some candles on your way back.
M: All right.
W: Oh, I wish that bus would come! My feet are freezing! I suppose I've been here for ten minutes or so.
M: That's long enough in the winter.
W: This morning, the sun was shining ... even though they were predicting light rain.
M: But it started to snow one hour ago. They're still predicting two or three inches.
W: Well, I won't go into the office tomorrow. I'll just work from home.
M: What do you do?
W: I'm a lawyer. My office is around the corner.
M: Oh, I work in the same building, in that travel agency next to the lobby. I've seen you walk by several times. Stop in and have a cup of coffee sometime.
W: OK. Now, let's find a place to go for your holiday. Do you have any preferences ... France ... Italy?
M: Oh, not France. Last year it was absolutely packed with visitors. It was very noisy. We want somewhere quieter this year.
W: All right. Was it seven or ten nights you wanted?
M: Oh, ten, please.
W: Right. Well, let's start with Italy. Um, we've got ten nights for 345 pounds, from Manchester, on the sixteenth.
M: No, that's no good for me. We wouldn't get back till the twenty sixth, and my wife's got to be back at work before that.
W: Um ... how about Sweden? That would be 470 pounds, from Manchester again, on the eleventh.
M: Well, that seems too much.
W: All right. How about Spain?
M: Oh, that sounds great. We've never been there.
W: Let's see now. We've got ten nights, from London, on the thirteenth, for 385 pounds.
M: Oh, wait a minute. We'd prefer a flight from the north somewhere, Manchester perhaps. Er ... OK, in this case, Sweden then.
W: All right.
M: Will you go to any evening classes at the community center this year, Jess?
W: Maybe. Is the badminton club running this year? I enjoyed that.
M: Yes, but it is on Mondays now, at 6:30.
W: That's a shame. I have to work late at the swimming pool on Mondays. I could go, but I'll arrive late. What's on Tuesdays? Is it the tennis club again?
M: No. That's on Wednesdays this year. On Tuesdays it's football.
W: Will you go?
M: To football? No, but I might go to tennis. I've just read my college timetable. I have Spanish grammar classes all afternoon on Wednesday. My brain always feels really tired after those lessons, so I'll enjoy hitting a ball hard after that!
W: Then maybe I won't go. It sounds like it will be dangerous if you're there! Is there anything on Thursdays?
M: Mr. Brown is running his usual club again, just like last year.
W: Oh! Mr. Brown's Thursday film club! I enjoyed that. We had some great discussions.
M: Yes. I'm hoping to do that this year too. And on Fridays, the local singing club will be upstairs and the guitar club is downstairs.
W: Oh, yes. I tried the singing club a few years ago, but the songs were quite boring.
M: Well, I guess I'll see you on Thursday evenings then!
Some people say the higher you climb, the harder you fall. But those people probably would not be rock climbers. About nine million people go rock climbing in the United States. Millions more take part in the activity around the world. Some do it just for personal satisfaction. Others compete. Rock climbing can be dangerous. But there are a lot of methods and equipment that can increase a climber's safety. Climbing takes strength, control, and good balance. Climbers have to pull themselves straight up the face of very high rocks or walls. So they have to be strong enough to carry their own weight. And climbers sometimes have to hold on to rocks by only their fingers or toes. There are several kinds of rock climbing. Traditional rock climbing is done outside. Climbers wear ropes and attach equipment to the rocks. They also connect their ropes to the equipment. If a climber slips, a rope can stop him from falling. Sport climbing is similar. However, in that sport, the safety equipment is permanently placed in the rock. There is also indoor climbing. Rock walls made of wood or concrete have places for the climber's hands and feet. Climbers use their legs to climb; arms and hands are for position and balance. People almost always climb in groups of two or more. Climbing alone is very dangerous. Expert rock climbers say only the very best in the sport should do it.