W: Does it usually take this long to get to the airport?
M: No, there must be an accident. Traffic isn't normally this bad on this road.I hope we move soon.I'm excited to see our son.
W: I'm excited to show you Lila. She does not bite, I promise. Isn't she so cute?
M: No! Keep it away from me! Please leave it in the cage! Snakes are so terrible!
M: Welcome to Baltimore! I'll bet you slept well after that long bus ride from Charlotte.
W: Actually, I didn't take the long-distance bus. I had a nice, relaxing train ride. Then I took a cab to my hotel.
W: How is there only one more week of summer vacation before we have school again? I haven't even been to the beach yet. Can we go tomorrow?
M: I'd love to, but I promised Sadie I'd go to the movies with her.
W: It's extremely important to wear your seatbelt when driving.
M: Even when it's just through town? I hate the way it rubs against my neck.
W: Yes, it could save your life one day. And wear your helmet while you're on your bicycle, too.
W: Excuse me, do you have anything to eat in here? Like snacks, drinks, that kind of stuff?
M: I'm sorry, ma'am, but we do have some souvenir water bottles for only two dollars. If you purchase one of our twenty-dollar shirts, we'll give you one water bottle for free!
W: I was looking to bring back something from my travels...how much are these cups?
M: Ten dollars each, and the key chains beside them are five dollars each.
W: Well, I only have room in my bag for one thing, so I'll take the shirt.
M: Enjoy your free water bottle!
M: Hello? This is Chevrolet vehicle repair center. Your car is ready to be picked up.
W: Good morning, that's great! I just got home and was about to call about the same thing.
M: We replaced one of your wheels. You may want to consider getting an oil change soon. It's okay for now, but I recommend it.
W: If you think I should do it soon, would you be able to do it now?
M: That wouldn't be a problem. I can add that service to your bill. It will cost $115 and your car will be ready in the evening.
W: Oh no, I think I'll have to save it for another time. I need to pick up my kids this afternoon.
W: We care about quality here, not just about doing enough work to get by. When you work at Trader Joe's, you're more than an employee. You're like a family!
M: In my family, we usually argue over things like whose turn it is to take out the trash. We also complain a lot when there's no dessert. Is working here like that?
W: OK... Let me give you a better idea. Working here is like being in a family in some ways. You know how children get punished when they don't clean their rooms, or they go out with friends before they finish their homework?
M: Yes, I can relate to that.
W: Well, that's more like how it is to work at Trader Joe's. The employees are the children...and I'm the mother.
M: Are you the only parent at this store? I think I'd rather be adopted by someone else...
W: I'd like to talk about this watch. It is quite old, nearly sixty years old. It's got a leather black band. The face of the watch is white and it's square. Well, it isn't telling the right time.
M: Why is this watch special, Helen?
W: It was my grandfather's watch. He came to England more than fifty years ago. And this is the watch he was wearing when he arrived here. When he came over here, he didn't have much. Just a few pounds in his pocket, you know. But this watch was a present to him from his grandfather, his 21st birthday present. So it was really special to him, and now it's special to me.
M: Is it very valuable? I mean I know you don't want to sell it. But is it worth a lot of money?
W: No, not at all. It doesn't even tell the right time. It's just an ordinary watch. But it's special to me, because it really reminds me of my grandfather.
M: Is your grandfather still alive?
W: No, he isn't. He died two years ago. He left the watch to me in his will.
Most houses take months to build, but your next house could be constructed in just a day, using a 3D printer. A new company in California has built a 400-square-foot house in only 24 hours. The house was printed as a whole, rather than in pieces that require to be put together. It only cost $10,000 to make, including the building material, electrical wires, lights, and everything in the bathroom and kitchen. This is not the first printed house, of course. A printed castle was produced in Russia, and it only took 24 hours to produce. Several years ago, a Chinese company built ten small houses in 24 hours.
It only cost $5,000 to build one of the Chinese houses, probably because they were made from a mix of construction waste and glass pieces. 3D printed commercial homes would still be cheaper. But engineers are excited about how this technology could be used. Small houses could be built from recycled materials in developing countries, and someday, buildings like these could even be put on the moon. Mars might be a little too far away, for remote construction, though, even if a 3D printer could be sent there.