W: Fasten your seat belt, please, sir.
M: Thank you. I didn’t realize we were going to land soon.
W: Where have you been recently? I remember I met you at the managers’ meeting last month. Have you been away on business?
M: No, I’ve been away on holiday. I visited my grandma in the countryside.
W: Hi, Luke. Peter and I are going to watch the tennis game this evening. Do you want to come?
M: Great! I know Thomas really enjoys watching tennis. Can he join us?
W: Well, I’m afraid I don’t have an extra ticket for him.
M: Mum, have you seen my schoolbag?
W: It’s hanging up here with the coats. I moved it because it was on the kitchen table. Tom, remember to leave it in the living room when you come home from school. Then it won’t be in my way.
W: How did you like the movie, John? Tom said it was boring. But I know you were excited to see it.
M: I can’t decide. Some parts were all right, and others not so good.
M: Do you want to get some lunch with me?
W: Sure. You mean from the coffee shop in the mall?
M: I eat there every day. Let’s eat somewhere else for a change. I was thinking of Romano’s. And don’t worry. Today it’s on me. I got a reward from my boss for my good work.
W: Great. That’s very kind of you. We’ll take my car or at least let me pay for the taxi.
M: There is no need. They just opened up a new one a couple of blocks away.
W: Sounds good.
W: Hi. What are you looking at?
M: I am looking at the pictures of my newborn niece.
W: Can I have a look? She is lovely. Look at her little face. She is so tiny. What is her name?
M: Her name is Alice.
W: Alice is a pretty name. Look at her eyes.
M: They look light brown right now. She has her father’s eyes.
W: She has big eyes. She is a beautiful little girl. Your brother and sister-in-law must be very proud.
M: Yes. They are quite happy.
M: Good morning! I’m Roy Carroll.
W: Hello, Roy. Have a seat. Well, you seem to have the longest service record — seventeen years!
M: That’s right.
W: Well, you are obviously happy here!
M: I am, yes, although it used to be more fun.
W: Why’s that?
M: Well, it was more sociable. I used to go out more with my colleagues. When I first started here, we had a long lunch break, sometimes two hours. Now it’s only thirty minutes. And we all used the gym together during the break. That doesn’t happen much now.
W: Did you use to work more as a team?
M: Yes, we did. We’re more on our own now. I also used to travel a lot more too. They’ve cut down on that.
W: Has anything changed for the better?
M: Yes, there are more opportunities to learn new skills. The money’s much more now. That’s why I’m still here!
M: Have you ever been to the Hard Rock Cafe？
W: No, what is it?
M: It’s a rock and roll theme restaurant, but some locations are also hotels. It’s a chain, so cities all over the world have them. There’s one in San Francisco. I was thinking about checking it out. Would you like to join me?
W: Sure, that sounds fun.
M: The original cafe was founded in London in 1971, but since 2007, the headquarters has been in Florida. It didn’t start to expand worldwide until 1982, and the one in San Francisco opened in 1984.
W: Interesting. Actually, I think I passed by one when I was traveling in New York. Wow, I guess they really are all over the world!
M: Yes, it’s a very international chain. I am reading about it, and apparently, there are 185 cafes all over the world.
W: Wow! That’s amazing.
M: Maybe we can go this weekend.
W: I’m working this weekend, but I’ll get my schedule for the following week tomorrow. I should probably have a few days free next week.
M: Okay, sounds good. I’ll call and see if I can make a reservation. Just give me a call when you know your schedule.
M: When I showed up at my first job interview, it was my last year of middle school. I thought I knew everything back then. All my friends said how nervous they were for their interviews. I thought to myself, "If you look scared, it is a sign of weakness." When I went to McDonald’s for the interview, I thought it would be a piece of cake. But my answer to every question was "I don’t know". Not surprisingly, I didn’t get that part-time job. My parents weren’t happy at all. The following year I had a second chance at a gas station. This time I showed up in a nice shirt with a tie and answered every question politely. And you know what? I got the job. I learned how to deal with money, how to fix cars, and how to deal with people. Most importantly, I had learned a life skill. When I graduated from high school, and my friends were still working at coffee shops, I was working for a building company. I helped build the Westin Hotel and the Ocean View Apartment. It inspired me to become an engineer, and now I design and build airplanes. So how did I get to where I am? My teachers would say it sure wasn’t my study habits. In my case, I got there with my work experience.