W: It's such a large park.
M: Yeah, it's the largest park in the city. And it was rebuilt last year.
W: Where shall we buy the tickets to get in?
M: Oh, over there.
M: How was your weekend, Nancy?
W: Not too good. I was about to leave for a trip on Saturday morning, when I found my kitchen was ruined by the dirty water from the apartment above mine. I spent the whole weekend cleaning.
M: Oh, that's terrible.
W: Tell me about yourself.
M: Well, I currently work in the sales department in a bank. My previous job was at the post office. Before that, I was a part-time sales assistant at Macy's Department Store.
M: When did you learn to draw like that? Did you take lessons when you were a kid?
W: No, I learned it in college during the summer. I thought about taking an art class in high school, but at the time I was too busy to handle many lessons.
W: Here's a ten-dollar bill. I'll pick you up in thirty minutes at the front of the mall. Find a nice gift for your friend's birthday.
M: Aw, Mom! Can't I have twenty?
M: Will you plug this in...Oh, wait a second...let me just look at this message.
W: You're always looking at messages on your phone! How many messaging apps do you have, David?
M: Four? Five? Maybe six by now...
W: If you have an average of 10 people on each of those six social networks who send you messages every day, that's at least 60 conversations! Let's say you spend as little as one minute on each conversation...That's a whole hour! But you would probably spend two or three times that much for each person...What a waste of time!
M: Calm down, Maggie. It's my mother. We're making plans for the weekend. She's one of the five people I regularly text.
M: Ah, Jenny, could I just have a quick word with you?
W: Er, yes. No problem I hope.
M: Well, actually there is. I've just had a complaint from a customer. He said you were rude to him on the phone.
W: What? Me? Who said that?
M: Well, I'm sure you won't be surprised to hear it was Mr. Butler.
W: Oh, him. He's always really horrible.
M: Yes, I know how hard it is to deal with him.
W: And now he's complained about me! I've always done my best to help him.
M: I know. Look, next time he rings, just put him straight through to me.
W: Do you have any other hobbies besides stamp collecting?
M: Yes, fishing. I go fishing twice a week.
W: That's very popular. Every time I pass the lake, I see many people sitting there with fishing rods in their hands, but I've never seen anyone catch anything.
M: Maybe it's because you lack patience.
W: Maybe you're right. I went fishing once. I sat still about four hours and got nothing. I broke my rod and decided not to fish any more.
M: Oh, you didn't have to do that. Look at that man. There must be a huge fish on the end of the line. Let's go over and have a look.
W: OK. Wow, what a big fish!
M: So it is interesting to fish with a rod sitting at the lake. Say, what do you often do in your spare time?
W: Oh, nothing special. I read, watch TV and go to the movies.
M: Don't you have any hobbies, like stamp collecting or things like that?
W: No, I don't have any hobbies like that.
W: Karl, you live in a lonely village, don't you?
M: Ah, not as much as it used to be. My village is on the east coast of Greenland. Boats from Denmark bring us supplies. And air transport is now the most important method to and from Greenland, and within the island too, as we hardly have any roads.
W: Mm. Maybe you've got the Internet to help you keep in touch.
M: We certainly have. Greenland has moved into the digital age and many people in my village go to an office. They sit at a desk using a computer to do business worldwide. In the old days, people's work meant fishing in a boat. The modern lifestyle is easier but a lot less exciting.
W: Mm, you sound a little regretful.
M: In some ways, maybe I am. Our grandparents had amazing skills. They used every piece of skin, fat and bones to make all the things they needed, like clothes, fuel and tools by hand. My grandpa used to hunt with a gun. He often told me the tales of danger and excitement. They attracted me more than the Internet games.
In the past two months, there have been several shark attacks at Atlantic Beach and Outer Banks in North Carolina. For this reason, we have decided to close down both beaches until further notice. Those sharks are white sharks and extremely dangerous. We are asking—but not requiring—owners of small boats and fishermen to avoid activities in these areas. This month, a study from the Florida Museum of Natural History showed that the rise in shark attacks was caused by many factors, some of which can be avoided. Sharks are said to follow the warm ocean currents from the Gulf of Mexico. Graham Schwartz, a shark expert from the University of California, warns swimmers to limit splashing in the water, and to avoid wearing shiny material that could look like the skin of a fish. Although shark attacks are still extremely rare, and are mostly a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, we take this problem very seriously at the Department of Parks and Recreation. We thank you for your cooperation, and we hope to reopen our beaches to the public soon!