M: I’m so tired after last night. I think I’m too old to stay out until two o’clock in the morning!
W: Oh, I left an hour before you did. And I’m super exhausted, too! But Rachel was the last one to leave. I think she stayed for three more hours after you.
W: What time is your appointment, sir？
M: It was supposed to be at 3:45, but I tried to email Dr. Livingston and ask for an earlier time.
W: Let me call Dr.Livingston. Just have a seat, and I’ll be back in a minute.
W: Look at what you are eating. Are you trying to lose weight?
M: No. This is a special kind of soup. It’s quite healthy. I had a pretty big dinner last night, so I don’t need to eat too much.
M: Why are you carrying an umbrella? It isn’t supposed to rain today or anything.
W: Yeah, I know. My skin is very sensitive to the sunlight, and it’s supposed to get into the upper 90℉ today. And to be honest, I think it looks fashionable, too!
W: Where were you yesterday afternoon?
M: I was at Ken’s house. We didn’t go out because there was a baseball game broadcast live.
W: It’s not surprising that no one answered my call.
M: Oh, I’m sorry.
W: Welcome to our garage sale! Please let me know if you have any questions.
M: OK. So, are you guys moving or something? Is that why you’re selling all your old stuff?
W: No. But we just decided that our basement was getting too full.
M: Most of the stuff is in great shape. Why are you getting rid of it?
W: It’s better if someone can actually use it. We’re trying to get a bit better organized, and it all starts with the extra stuff that we don’t really need.
W: I really need a new phone.
M: You can say that again! You’re always dropping that thing on the ground. The screen is cracked all over the place.
W: Well, all I really need it for is making calls. It’s not like I can do a ton of online stuff with this phone!
M: Why don’t you just buy a new one?
W: Smartphones are very expensive.
M: There are basic smartphones that are only a couple of hundred dollars. I think Samsung and LG both make discounted models. Let’s go online to see what they’ve got at the moment.
W: OK, but we should probably use your computer for that...
W: I’m so stressed out right now! I wish I could just take a vacation.
M: Well, why don’t you?
W: I can’t just leave whenever I want.
M: You know, I was listening to a song on the radio the other day, and the words of the song were pretty cool. They went, " If you’re tired, then sleep. If you’re hungry, then eat. If you need money, then make some. If you need a vacation, then take one."
W: Wow, I guess it’s easy for a bunch of rich musicians to say something like that, but I live in the real world!
M: I think the point is to keep things simple. Maybe if you did that, you wouldn’t be so anxious all the time.
W: You always seem so calm and relaxed, Marco. What’s your secret?
M: First, I need to enjoy what I do for a living. I probably don’t make as much as many people, but money isn’t everything. It’s certainly not more important than happiness.I also work out every day, even if it’s just a walk. But mostly, It’s about taking time for myself.
M: Did you go into town for Fleet Week?
W: I’m not even sure what that is.
M: Oh, that’s right, you’re not from San Francisco. Fleet Week happens during a particular weekend in October every year. A lot of navy boats come to the area, and there are tons of activities that teach people about military history. There are also special art exhibits and musical performances, and everything is free of charge.
W: What’s the point of all that?
M: Well, it’s a way to connect with San Francisco’s history as a military center, but it’s mainly an excuse to have fun in the streets when the weather is nice.
W: It sounds kind of boring, to be honest.
M: It’s not! Everyone dresses up in their best clothes, and you can see a lot of sailors and pilots walking around in their uniforms. The main attraction is a performance by the Blue Angels, a group of four airplanes that do tricks in the air and spell out messages in the sky. People come from all over the country to see the Blue Angels.
W: That sounds kind of cool, actually.
M: My favorite part is when the sun goes down. All the bars and restaurants are full of people, and people sing and dance in the streets. It’s a big party for an entire weekend.
W: Well, you’ll have to take me next year. I’ll make sure to put it on my calendar starting in September.
M: You got it!
Thank you all for coming to this special hiring event. We have carefully selected the most well-known companies for today’s gathering. There are more than 220 businesses here today, and we’ve been told that there are more than 1,100 job openings that they’re looking to fill! There are almost two thousand of you here, so not everyone will leave with a job offer, but that doesn’t mean you should lose hope if you don’t get one. And keep in mind that not all companies will be making their decisions today.
Here is some advice. First, make sure you have plenty of copies of your resume. If you need to make more copies, you can use the machines in that main hall. You should also make sure that you look your best, so take a moment to freshen up in the restrooms located on the second floor. You’re trying to make a good first impression, and you may not get more than a couple of minutes to do it, so practice what you want to get across to these companies. Don’t wait for them to ask you all the questions. Tell them why you’d be a good fit. The most confident people tend to be the ones who get hired. All right, folks. We’re going to open the doors in five minutes. Good luck!