365 ÞÕÉ ÞÕíÑÉ 365 ESL Short Stories 1. New to America They found an apartment in Arcadia.

They were there for only two months when a n eighbor's dog jumped over the fence. The dog ran toward Nancy's son. Nancy put h er body in between the dog and her son. The dog stopped when it saw Nancy scream ing at it. She was going to punch it in the nose. The dog turned around. Shaking, Nancy took her son upstairs. They stayed in the apartment all weekend. Then Nancy found another apartment, close to the school that her son was going t o attend. She and her son walked everywhere. One day her son started coughing badly. He ha d an asthma attack. All the walking was making his asthma worse. Nancy knew that she had to buy a car. So she called up the Honda dealer. She tal ked to a salesman who spoke her language. She told him that she wanted to buy a new car if he could come over to pick her up. The salesman said he would be righ t over. 2. A Haircut He had a "tongue" of hair on the top of his head. His hair was thinning at the c rown. He still had plenty of hair on the sides and back. It was what they call " salt and pepper," a mixture of gray hair and dark brown hair. It was only a few years, he figured, until the salt and pepper became just salt. He never let his hair grow for more than two weeks. The longer it got, the worse it looked, he thought. He spread a newspaper over the bathroom sink so that no hair went down the drain . He plugged in the clippers and started cutting his hair. He started at the bac k of his head, went to the sides, and finished on the top. Every minute or so, h e had to clean the hair out of the blades with an old toothbrush. Finished, he picked up a hand mirror to check out the back of his head. Everythi ng looked okay. He carried the newspaper back out to the kitchen and shook the h air clippings into the trash can. Then he took a shower. 3. The Yardman In the back of his truck are a lawn mower, a leaf blower, a rake, and a shovel. Byron uses the leaf blower to blow leaves and dirt from the back of the building out to the front of the building. Then he rakes up the leaves into a bag. He bl ows the dirt out into the street. He cuts the lawn with his lawn mower. He trims the hedge. He uses the leaf blower to blow the dirt off each Welcome mat that l ies in front of each apartment door. Then he puts all the leaves, the grass trimmings, and the hedge clippings into a wheelbarrow. He pushes the wheelbarrow to the back of the building, where he us es his big shovel to empty the wheelbarrow contents into the big dumpster. It ta kes Byron about two hours to do this work. When he is done, he goes half a block up the street to the house on the corner. There he does the same work again. 4. Grab Your Umbrellas A young woman wearing a dark blue coat and jeans walked by. She was walking a sm all dog. It was pure white, and pretty. It sniffed at a tree trunk. The woman wa ited patiently. Finally, the dog lifted its leg. Bob said that he liked the rain. It was a nice change from the usual hot Los Ang eles weather. And the plants could always use the extra water. Bill said the onl y thing he didn't like about rain was that all the motor oil on the streets woul d get washed into the ocean, and so would all the trash. But that never stops the surfers, Bob said. "They don't seem to care what's in t he water, as long as there are waves to surf on." 5. Shopping for Bargains Two women worked inside. They rang up sales and put the items into plastic bags

for the customers to carry out. At the back of the shop was a big room where ano ther lady worked. She sorted the new donations and put price tags on them. At th e end of each day, she would bring the new donations out to the main part of the shop. Everyone who worked at the thrift shop was a volunteer. The only "payment" they received was that they had the opportunity to see, and buy, any items in the sho p before the customers did. When Jim entered, the lady at the register told him hello. He smiled and said he llo. She knew Jim because he was a regular customer. Jim said, "What's new?" She laughed and said that nothing was ever new at a thrift shop. "It's always ol d and it's always used," she smiled. Jim looked at the watches in the glass case. He saw one that he liked. Could I look at that one? he asked. 6. Horses to Ride A few minutes later, Laura was telling Janice about the new doctor in her hospit al. She raised her hand for a second to make a point. Just then, Star bucked. La ura went flying into the air. She landed on her head and shoulder on the grass. Oh, my gosh! Jan cried. "Laura, are you all right?" Laura moaned. Jan gently rolled her over. She didn't see any blood. That's good, she thought. Can you move? You're not paralyzed anywhere, are you? Jan pulled Laura up into a sitting position. Laura slightly moved her legs and a rms. She wasn't paralyzed. When she moved her right hand to touch her head, she groaned. What's the matter? That hurt. When I moved my arm, it hurt. They still didn't see any blood. Jan unbuttoned the top buttons on Laura's blous e and looked at Laura's right collarbone. Oh, no, she said. 7. Does Garlic Mean Garlic? Mike knew that food labels can be tricky. Powder is powder, but Seasoning could mean salt. He looked all around the plastic container for an ingredients label. There wasn't one. In small print under the drawing of the garlic bulb was a phon e number: 1-800-632-6900. Call that number if you have comments or questions, th e label said. Mike called the number. A woman answered. He asked her what the U inside a circl e meant. She said it meant kosher. Kosher food is food that is prepared accordin g to Jewish law. Mike asked where the ingredients label was. She said if there is only one ingred ient, there is no ingredients label. So, there is no salt in this product? Mike asked. No, sir, she said. "It's 100 percent garlic powder." Why does it say, Product of USA and China? She said that sometimes they get the garlic from China, sometimes they get it fr om the US. 8. A Shower Injury He tested the temperature. It wasn't hot enough. He adjusted the hot water fauce t. There was another handle between the hot and cold faucets. This one controlle d whether water came out of the spout or out of the shower head. Ben turned it a ll the way to the right. Now hot water was coming out of the shower head. The te mperature was just right. Ben took off his robe and stepped over the top of the tub. He pulled the shower door closed. He grabbed the bar of soap out of the soap dish and started scrubbi ng his face. While his eyes were closed to keep out the soap, he put the soap back into the d ish. Then he reached for the big plastic container of shampoo on his window ledg

e. The bottle slipped out of his hands and landed on his left foot. Shoot! Ben said angrily. That hurt. 9. Pete's Sharp Knife He grabbed a knife out of a drawer. It said "Surgical Stainless USA" on the side of the blade. The blade was very thin and light. It had teeth, like a saw. The handle was a brown piece of cheap hollow plastic. He had bought this knife about 20 years ago at a county fair. It was one of thos e knives that were advertised on TV. It could cut through a tomato can, and then cut easily and cleanly through a fresh tomato. You never need to sharpen it. The sharp edge is guaranteed for life. That's how they advertised it. And Pete, for once, couldn't argue that the advertisers lied . This was a great knife. But it was also a dangerous knife. A couple of years ago, Pete was careless. He was rapidly slicing a potato and the blade got his finger. The doctor put three stitches in Pete's finger. Next time, be more careful, the doctor said. No kidding, Pete thought. He was so careful that he didn't use the knife for alm ost a year. 10. Provider Overbills Customer In fact, Simon had direct payments with his gas company, his phone company, and his electric company. So that was four fewer checks that he had to write each mo nth. This month, instead of $15, Wink had withdrawn $75. Simon went online and looked at his account. Part of the increase was because he had switched from a slow di al-up connection to a fast DSL connection. Wink charged him $45 just to make tha t switch. Simon thought that this charge in itself was ridiculous. It probably took them a bout five seconds to make the switch. But any time a corporation can gouge you, they will. In addition to the $45, Wink had charged him $15 for his dial-up account, but ha d also charged him $15 for his DSL account. This was a double-charge, since a co mputer uses dial-up or DSL, but not both. We'll see about this, Simon thought, as he searched for Wink's 800 number. 11. A Good Sandwich He took it out of its package and put a small frying pan onto the stove's gas bu rner. He turned on the heat. Then he poured a little bit of vegetable oil into t he pan. He sliced the hot dog in half lengthwise. When the oil got hot, he put t he two halves in the pan. About a minute later, he flipped each half over. After another minute, he took the hot dog out of the pan. Gordon put two slices of bread into the toaster. This was tasty and healthy brea d. The first ingredient listed was organic sprouted wheat. The first ingredient in ordinary bread is usually unbleached flour. When the toast popped up, he put mustard, mayonnaise, and ketchup on one slice. Then he added two slices of onion. On top of the onions, he placed the hot dog. On top of the hot dog, he put a couple of slices of apple. Then he added some bi ts of hot green chile, and then put the top piece of toast onto the chile bits. Ahh, what a sandwich, he thought, as he sat down to eat. 12. Sara's Upset Stomach Her friends told her it was because she had moved to America. The air, water, an d food in America weren't agreeing with her. They said she would have to return to her home country. No way, Sara said. She didn't want to go home. She liked America. This was a min or problem, she was sure. Any good doctor would solve it in no time. Two days la ter, she saw her doctor. He asked her if she drank milk. She said yes, three gla sses a day. Don't drink any more regular milk. Start drinking lactose-free milk, because lac

What did these men look like? 14. 13. The very next day. Jack agreed. He wanted to get married. She opened the cabinet under her kitchen sink an d grabbed a plastic bottle of liquid detergent. Muttering. One of her n eighbors had got there before her. The sound was the washer washing and the dryer drying. A Noisy Neighbor Yes. Please Marry Me! Jill. He is probably the main ca use of your upset stomach. Susan took her basket back upstair s. he blasted his stereo. When he opened the door. The docto r said that she should find another boyfriend. They get too comfortable. Because your boyfriend is giving you too much stress. I can hear eve ry note!" He said he would keep it down. But he argued that they were special. I don't think my boyfriend is going to like that. Finally. He said the volume was so low that he could barely he ar it. 15. and that it was time to go back downstairs and put t he clothes into the dryer for 40 minutes. you left me for an other man. In fact. why next week? Why can't we think about it for another year or two? Because I had two dreams the last two nights. They were different from othe r couples. this was the third time. Yes. the music was louder than when she had w alked upstairs. His eyes got big. but she didn't. The timer would remind her that the washing was done. She said that her boyfriend was a big problem. Th ey had already agreed that when people get married. and looked all aro und her apartment for anything else that needed washing. She hoped that he was telling the truth. Of course not. She took her baseball bat upstairs with her. As she approached the laundry room. they get bored with each other and get divorced. they immediately start to ta ke each other for granted. will you marry me next week? What? Jack repeated his question. he wasn't. he should leave you. He said he would try. Susan carried the laundry basket downstairs. We already agreed that we don't want to get married because we don't want to get divorced. Of cours e. Susan would complet ely forget to check her clothes. she screamed at him like a crazy person. But still. "it's just like your stereo was in my living room. she heard a fam iliar sound. . She wondered why he was asking her that question. she said. that may be true. And eventually. She told him she would kill him if he didn't turn the music dow n and keep it down. She kn ocked very loudly on his door. Why? Sara asked. a can of coins sat on top of the file cabinet. In both dreams. she replied. She marched upstairs to remind him of his promise. she set her electronic timer for 35 minutes. Without the timer. Laundry Day She grabbed a couple of dirty dish towels out of the kitchen. Then he asked her if there were any big problems in her life. They treat their partner like an old shoe.tose can upset your stomach. So. She went back downstairs. I want to get married now so I don't have these dreams anymore. you left me for two different men. She asked him to turn it lower. Barbara could swear that when she reentered her apartment. In the corner of her living room. She couldn't hear a note. She fished out seven quarters. They don't do the "little things" like opening the ca r door or holding hands. Hmm. They loved each other too much to end up in a divorce. Just tell him if he really loves you. How happy she would be when her lau ndry was done for this week.

18. He was always too busy to help her." Then. her ears felt strange. She put her purse on the bed. "There are too many ' instructors' like that. He walked around the area with the supervisor. Just then the night supervisor came by. that's their problem. because that means less c ompetition for them. During Eddie's entire five-minute visit. "See me after class. People always think that nothing bad will happen to them. then light the charcoal. Eddie's Short Visit He was about to tape the note onto her front door when he saw her car pull up. so I came over to see you. If the students don't get it. Soon enough. "How about next time?" he would say. when she tried to see him after class. To Norma. 19. But many people don't know about. she said. he told he r to see him after class. her boyfriend said. She said that she might call him later. The blaring alarm sounded like the busy signal on a phone. she said. like she usually did." 17. When she asked the instructor to repeat something. Everyone knows that smoke detectors are required in Los Angeles. Betty had constantly avoided his eyes. or don't think they need. The family suffocates to death. she walked around to see what the problem was. She should have known better. The New Realtor But because English was her second language. honey. she told E ddie that he should go home. The Fire Alarm While she was cleaning the whiteboard after her class ended last night. They apologized for being so slow. Instead of walking him out to his car. Even as she drove home. She opened it. she didn't catch everything that th e instructor said. Unable to use their home heater. Betty locked her fr ont door as soon as Eddie was outside her apartment. she told herself.000 times louder. When she came out of the bathroom. Instead of the big smile. t hey placed charcoal into a barbecue grill and lit it. the instruct or answered the question right then and there. It's a dog-eat-dog business. She said that she was hungry and tired. The heat kept them warm. The officer used his key to finally turn off the alarm. The school seemed to be empty. He gave her the note. Eddie followed her. Then she was going to take a nap. People shut all the windows tig ht to keep the cold out. and saw about seven students inside. The students were packing their hair-care equipment into their bags. She was goi ng to fix something to eat. Instead. it always happens to " the other guy. "What's up?" You didn't call me back for the last two days. But when other students asked a question. Then she walked b y one room. he's just too lazy. after almost five minutes. all the studen ts and their teacher left the building. They're not expensive. She had listened to the loud alarm for too lon g. You have to be strong. S he walked up the stairs. the fire alarm went off. Eddie tried to hug her. That's sweet. They want you to fail. The night s upervisor waited impatiently. he would say that he was late for an appointment. read it. carbon monoxide detectors. a school police officer showed up.I can't believe I said that. I have to wash my hands." So they forget to put fresh batteries into their smoke detectors . The firemen never arrived. But it was too late for Jennifer. These pe ople are not going to help you. Finally. hug. Carbon Monoxide Some people in Los Angeles were not so lucky. but 1. b ut the carbon monoxide killed them. She walked into her bedroom. She told everyone to leave immediately. Instead of leaving the building immediately. the oxygen in the ir home is consumed by the open flames. A $25 investment can save a family from death. and kiss that she usuall y greeted him with. 16. This happens almost every winter in Los Angeles. and put it on the kitchen table. It was a false alarm. the instructor always said. He's not too busy. she simply said. All they care about is presenting their information.

Finally. He threaded the needle and tied a knot at the end of th e thread. it made Herman very fat. the button was just hanging on b y a thread. It was strong. Or. He walked to the blue trash bin. the stage collapsed. It's only going to cost us $2. From Tokyo. That single button was the only thing that held his shorts up. The bin was complet ely full. Pleased that he . He directed it through o ne of the holes in the button. 20. The Pile of Paper He squatted down. From China. Good for another ten years. Sammy gathered the pile into his arms and trudged back upstairs. A Visit to Asia Beijing is inland. Anyway. He found his sewing kit. and finally to Tok yo." 21. Then he started the needle through the cloth. Herman refused to believe that he had b ecome fat. He put on the shorts and buttoned the button. he smiled to himself. he told t hem that he was Super Muscle Boy. they would catch a flight back to Los Angeles. I hope your trip is more fun than mine was. I F we can control our urge to shop. Lenny loved the dog until he found out it was gay.annually. The trip is going to last three weeks. we're going to see the Great Wall.800 each. and we're bringing surgical masks with us. he swore. Then he hated the dog. Then he tied a bunch of knots in the last bit of thread and snipped off the ex cess thread. and they don't bother to buy carbon monoxide detectors. Then he reversed direction. so we have to take about a two-hour bus ride to get there fro m the port. When he got home. I forget the name of the port. said Liz. School Boys The first cartoon was about Herman. George could do two things. protecting his back. "I took a cruise to the B ahamas. He could wait until the button fell off. It's going to be so cool! sh e told her neighbor Jane. The supplement was actually nothing but sugar. So far he hadn't dropp ed one piece of paper. Lenny decided that it was okay to be gay. When that h appened. it would probably roll under the sofa and be lost forever. I caught some kind of virus that made me throw up for almost three days. he struggled to turn the doorknob and open the door. the Tiananmen Square. and then through the cloth again. He didn't ev en mind when it sniffed other male dogs. The Loose Button But when he put on his blue shorts one morning. the cruise ship would go to Pusan in South Korea. Even though all his friends were calling him Super Fat Boy. He walked outside and down the stairs." We've heard about those disasters. Hands full. she laughed. While there. but almost all the passengers got sick. There was no way to lift the lid of the recycling bin with his hands full. He repeated this motion through all four button holes until the button was tight . Ha! No more cruising for me. when Herman walked onto the stage to receive an award in the school auditorium. who wanted to become strong and muscular. He put the needle bac k through a different hole. said Jane. He ca refully put the pile of papers down and then opened the lid. Sometimes. He scooped his hands under the pile and slowly st ood up. "Mom and I are going to be washing our hands every 30 minutes. he hugged his dog and took it for a walk. Instead. The second cartoon was about a dog that followed Lenny home. and the Forbidden City. They gave us a discount that we could u se on a future trip. 22. 23. He asked his mother to buy a supplement that was advertised on TV. Damn. He walked over to his front door. he could sew the button on securely before it fell off. but the TV ad promised that it would make you st rong and muscular. Then he realized that maybe he WAS super fat. Worse. But Big Al took Lenny to the city's Home for Gay Animals. just sitting down would cause his back to go out for a week.

We are not a bad "fit. They were going to learn practical stuff. you'll understand them bette r. he lowered the pile back onto the floor. She sprinkled lots of it into the toilet bowl. Let's share our problems and happiness instead of experiencing them alone. h e would teach them how to read. Finally finished. Raising the Kids Because Louise had a high-paying job. because usually she had to scrub the bowl twice to re move all the stains. He went into the bathroom and grabbed his electric toothbrush. He wanted them to become business majors. Life had b een hard for her. She didn't know if toilet water could cause an eye infection. TV ads always sho w people putting toothpaste onto the entire length of the brush. Kevin put just a little toothpaste onto the brush. The floss almos t always got stuck between two teeth in the upper back and two teeth in the lowe r front. Then he stood up. I want to be with you for the rest of my life. He brushed for about a minute. because he felt that he would be a great dad. She removed her goggles. But so is happiness. I love you. Then he spit out all the toothp aste. Maybe if I put my thoughts and feelings in writing. he thought. and now I'm writing this letter. gloves. Then he would teach them about life. She wanted her kids to relax and enjoy life.still had not dropped any paper. Neil said not to worry. She didn't want them to grow up too fast." Yes. she figured she was finished. 27. Problems are a part of life. He spent another 30 seconds brushing his tongue. all around the bowl. It was so icky! She grabbe d the cleanser from beneath the bathroom sink. There was still plenty of time for him to figure out a w ay for the kids to have fun and still become happy millionaires. Then she hopped into the shower. A Love Letter We've talked on the phone and in my apartment. and pulled on her long-sleeved rubber gloves. and gargled and spit again. It was clean as a whistle. He carefully flosse d his top teeth and then his bottom teeth. So do I. I loo . put on a big T-shirt. he threw the frayed floss into the trash. She grabbed the long-handled toilet bowl brush that was beneath the sink. She didn't want it to be hard for her children. Then she got out of her clothes. she put on her goggles. And together. 24. and he r father had put her to work in the fields as soon as she turned six. you have problems. Of course. Flossing was a chore. I do not look down on you. She flushed the toilet and checked the bowl. Mildred breathed a sigh of relief. because she didn't want any toilet water to splash into her eyes. but she wasn't going to take any chances. Neil could stay home and raise the kids. Brushing and Flossing He sat down at the dining room table and grabbed some floss. and T-shirt. 26. Finally. why can't they invent something easier and faster than toothpaste and dent al floss? 25. Five minutes later. because business is where the money is. Louise had other plans. A Clean Toilet Bowl This was the household chore that she hated the most. and deep into the throat of the bowl. like how to use Microsoft Office and how to get a four-year scholarship to Harvard. I want to marry you." We are a perfect match. Brushing and flossing are such a pain. His kids we re not going to waste their time reading fairy tales and watching Sesame Street. You are not a "load. we can solve these problems more easily than if we were apart. She was the oldest child in a poor family. She st arted scrubbing. H e looked forward to that." You are not a "troublemaker. First. If they can put a man on the moon. She scrubbed under the rim. that was to get them to use up the tube faster so they'd have to buy another tube so oner. but just a little bit too fast. You are the most wonderful woman I have ever met.

it circled overhead. The checker screamed. "Sir. and they would shout and wave back excitedly. but two. holding hands all the way. Then she heard its claws ripping the w ing's fabric. when Sarek was told that his son had saved his life. The gunman ran out to a white van and hopped in. it was flying straight a t her. T he van sped off. But the next thing she knew. brave. she hung on f or dear life. She turned out of its way. Rod hurried over. I don't want to lose you. A Bird Attacks Initially. As she drove home. The next day. he saw a man dressed in white painter's coveral ls pointing a gun at the female checker. he didn't say thank you to Spock. she wondered. Dr. He was losing a lot of blood and needed immediate surgery. We will give you all the money you? The gunman didn't even wait for Rod to finish his sentence. The radio news reporte d that in Australia. she was scared to death. It flew off. She liked to fly over the town. He said that his son did the lo gical thing. which made her even angrier. your happy laugh. She had to evade its attacks four times before she was able to land safely. Spock said hello to his dad. Almost every weekend. Amanda got very angry with her husband. I have found the p erfect woman. She was scared. "Bones" McCoy operated on Sarek and saved his life. but it dove at her again. Spock Saves His Dad In one episode. she was hooked. But by the end of that flight. Spock offered every drop of his blo od to save his dad. He approached the gunman.000 reward. Spock tol d Amanda that his dad was right. and white gloves. and now you want to be "just friends. Even after she landed. Remember how we used t o sit on the grass in the park and watch the parrots? We were going to get married. Sarek had a critical medical problem. she bought her own hang-glider. I think about t he long walks we used to take. she found out that she had been lucky. Rod didn't even make it to surgery. please don't point that gun. A Daytime Robbery At one of the checkout counters. She co uld soar to La Jolla in less than five minutes. Don't tell me to go find another woman. Even though he could die. please tell me so we can work this out. The next day. but Sarek ignored him. he told his wife. She told him that h e should hug Spock and thank him. Spock was the only one on the Enterprise who also had Vulcan blood. I admire you. Every day. He shot Rod in the s tomach. a hang-glider had been attacked by not one. All managers now received tr aining on how to respond to armed robberies and hostage-taking. Times in Los Angeles had changed. I think about your beautiful smile. she drove to Torrey Pines and leaped off the cliff. I think you are smart.k up to you. but he knew what he was supposed to do. One day she was returning to the launch site when she noticed a red hawk rapidly approaching her. 30. a white plastic painter's mask. Heather thought. The first time he took her up. Maybe it was something in the air. What did I do to you. . You don't thank someone for doing the logical thing. Sarek refused. representatives from various planets had an emergency meeting. The killing made all the TV news shows. and independent. Hous e Depot offered a $100. S arek and Amanda (Spock's human mom) came aboard the Enterprise. Rod was nervous. eagles . It briefly disappeared." Whatever I did or said that was wrong. 29. 28. He had on a yellow cap. Half a year later. I don't want another woman. She would wave at kids pointing and looking up at her. as if daring her to fly again.

elbow pads. His girlfriend died immediately. "Do you think I would ever d o that to you?" She said that she didn't know. At the age of five he was a skilled bicyclist. That was fun. Jay went into the hospital for three months. He got his first motorcycle when he was seven. What did you tell him about me?"" Myron asked. A truc k ran a red light. What kind of dream is that? Myron's voice was loud. a chest pad. he got his first tric ycle. His father put the motorcycle in the back of his pickup and drove Jay out to the desert almost every weekend. Her doct or had suggested that she take a short vacation from her job and a long vacation from Myron. Jay didn't ride a motorcycle again for 10 years. he was excited. His father made sure he did everything safely. able to jump off ramps and fly through the air. Jay became a skilled rider. Jay took his girlfriend out for a ride on his motorcycle. and Jay and his girlfriend crashed into the side of the truck . She would be crying on the side of the road in the middle of the night. Just after learning to walk. It felt good to ride again. He took it out for a test run at dusk. he thought. as t he taillights disappeared. By the time he was 15. Then one weekend he bought a us ed Kawasaki. A highway patrol car ch ased him for about ten minutes. When he was 17. he had won 30 races. " She told her doctor that she had dreams about Myron leaving her. Jay wore a helmet. but he finally lost it in the freeway traffic an d the dark. His future looked bright. The Motorcycle Rider Jay was born to ride. The Breakup Myra told Myron that they shouldn't see each other for a while. but he was never hurt badly. 32. He got it up to 110 miles an hour on the local freeways. When he got home. She sometimes d reamed that he pushed her out of his car in the middle of nowhere. and knee pads.31. You don't know?! Of course I wouldn't do that to you! I love you! . A year later he was on a bicycle with training wheels. He fell a lot. He entered motocross races all over the county. cold and scared.

and one was an 18-year-old boy. So why were you swinging a skateboard? asked a witness. Her body was tak en to the morgue. Maria was a kind and quiet person. Instea d. Her husband discovered her lying in bed unconscious and not breathing. they did nothing to secure the carts. She was astounded." Police in the northern Italian town could not believe it either. Now it will continue after her death. so he thought they'd guard them better. The boy said that he did not attack the girl s. Seven attackers were gir ls. everyone will believe it! said the spo kesman. and an actress. they should buy their own personal cart to transport their gro ceries home. A spokesman sai d that never in the history of Italy had a married couple worked as a team to sl ice four neighbors' throats and then try to burn their house down! I think if they claim temporary insanity. 36. "The nation is in mourning. She married a billionaire who wa s 89 when she was only 25. O ne day. pets. That meant about a week. He called Foodco to tell them that four carts were on his property." according to various TV and radio re porters. She no longer believed that he loved her. They were friendly to everyone. As if kids. They said th ey would be over as soon as they could. No evidence of drugs was found. drivers now had to dodge shopping carts. Now there is a s hadow on my heart that nothing can remove. and their attackers were black. After firemen found the four bodies. At least three men have claimed to be the father o f this millionaire baby. I needed you that weekend. He told her that he was playing golf that Saturday. 33. because Ann a has a new-born daughter. and then leave it there. The boy said that he was swinging the skateboard at the attackers. 34. carts were scattered in various places. I can't believe this happened. said one of her neighbors. she told him sadly. Joe opened the yellow pages of his phone book. The daughter might be entitled to millions when the c ourt case is finally settled. Anna went to court to get her fair share of her husband's wealth. Enough wa s enough. but it was too late. Paramedic s quickly arrived and tried to revive her. He was going to hire a contractor to build a fence around his lawn and a locking gate for his driveway. Maybe they could go to a r esort another time. "She and her husba nd used to push little Perry around the neighborhood in his stroller. Famous Model Dies It was a "tragedy that shocked the nation. including the streets them selves. and potholes weren't enough. not the victims. b ut no one else in the neighborhood seemed to think that the Comos were noisy. feeling low and insecure. It might have been a heart attack. the couple calmly confessed to the police. The case was s till unresolved when she died. Perhaps they could go to a quiet resort in the mountains . Shopping Carts Everywhere Shoppers should push the cart out to their car. Instead. but further testing was nece ssary. she had told Myron that it would be nice to ge t away for the weekend. Four Slit Throats The couple had complained constantly to the Comos about the noise they caused.Myra asked Myron to lower his voice. She was only 39. Trick or Treat The victims were white. The billionaire died a couple of years later. where the coroner did an autopsy the next day. you preferred to play golf. 35. . They simply paid someone to drive aroun d the neighborhood once or twice a week to pick up stranded carts. If they don't own a car. Joe wondered how there could be any left in the supermarket. Foo dco paid over $100 for each cart. a model." these same reporters claimed. Throughout his neighborhood. he tried to protect them. Anna was a cover girl.

"I can't wait fo r school to reopen. Maybe it's true. 39. The judge sentenced them to "house arrest" for a month. and she and I might run off and get married and have nine or ten kids.m. said Gary. All the attackers were found g uilty. The trial in Long Beach lasted almost four weeks. Look. No one knows the future. I could fall in love with her again. The leaves were curling up. Jolene told him to get up. She can love me all she wants. "I asked you if it was okay to talk to her. Of course. But. Maybe it isn't. He told her that he hadn't gone to sleep un til 6 a. They had to go to th e store to return the birthday gift he had given her. because most local roads were closed. You promise d me that. you lied to me. Now they w ere just friends. But I'm not in love with her. but not one spent even a day in jail. he patiently tried to explain." But you had already promised me that you would never call her again. You know that I forget things. I'm not going to argue with you. So. she asked. Law-abiding white and black adults were outraged at the light sentences. I completely forgot. he asked. The two girls required hospital care. you have a memory like an elephant. his dad asked him to shovel the snow off the driveway and the sidewalk. and come pick her up. she s aid. he just wanted to get another hour of sleep. because it was her birthday and I've wished her a happy bir thday every year for the last 10 years. Towns Hit by Snowstorms The people who worry about global warming should come visit us. She's still in love with you. How could he still be as leep. I never was! Well. and have snowball fights. Amy still loved him. Schools were closed all week. "Curling leaves means the plant is going to die?" Scott asked. okay? Then I'll co me pick you up. It was a tangerine plant. Yes. make snowmen. House arrest meant that they had to sleep in their own beds at home. said a Redfield resident. But I had forgotten that I told you that. He said any visitors would have to wait till some snow melted.The prosecution added "hate crime" to the charge of assault because racial slurs were made before the victims were attacked." Jolene wondered why he needed one hour. you say that. If Amy still loved Scott. you're right. Jolene figured that they just might get back together. yet the thugs received a mere slap on the wrist. It was almost noon. "let me go back to sleep for one hour. but I'm not in love with her. Even the snowplows were waiti ng until after the next storm before they began to clear all the roads. They'll worry le ss. Scott mumbled something. Carol is just a friend. honey. . Concerned parents immediately created a website for recalling the judge. It was going to die. Once Jolene mentioned anything about Amy. "I had to help my dad shovel all the snow off the roof." he said. That wasn't a problem for Scott. The boy had to do 20 hours of community service. Was he expecting a phon e call from his ex-girlfriend? No. But the important thing is that you never know what the future will bring. she isn't. It wasn't a good week for me. Scott broke up with Amy five years ago. 37. Another Jealous Girlfriend Are you awake? Jolene shouted. Most kids were happy about it. but you don't know that for sure. But he could not sleep anymore. They couldn't go ic e skating or skiing because the roads were closed. A Jealous Girlfriend But you told me it was okay to call up Carol." When he finished doing that. You say that nothing will happen between you and her. s he told him. Again? What do you mean 'again'? 38. But they did play in the snow . But you've got to believe me. And more important. unt il Jolene found out about it. he'd b etter get over there quickly. complained one high school student. No. because you don't know t he future.

the store helps its customers save money. She wanted to cry. Hollywood Stars and Tourists Buses drive past movie stars' houses. On top of that was all the new vocabulary on each page. She carefully selected some bananas. but also a faster exit from the parking lot . the germs on their hands are transferred to the outside of the gloves. what would you think? Would you let him charge you good money to examine your trunk. however. Tourists hope to see a star chatting with . Doctors rarely clean their stethoscopes after each patient. Her purse stayed tightly hung over her shoulder. Nurses apply blood pressure cuffs to patient a fter patient without cleaning the cuffs. She didn't want to fail it the f irst time. Scott grumbled as he rolled out of bed. of course. 41. Surprisingly. 40. but he told Rebecca that it was just common sense. She parked far from the entrance. the store wasn' t too crowded. a chain store that sold food in bulk packages. The print was so tiny that trying to read jus t a few pages gave her a headache. He wanted to do another tes t. she told him that she didn't understand most of what he had said. and the mechanic wants to look in your trunk to find the problem. 42. they must tell someone immediately. She Loves Her Son Maria drove to Costco. By selling in bulk only. Hospitals Can Make You Sick Doctors and nurses are just as guilty as other staff. If they see or suspect unsanitary conditions. an d other fruit. "No way! You don't tell your boss that he has bad breath. Consumer groups warn patients that they must demand cleanliness. Dotty said. A colonoscopy?! You've got a problem in your belly. That meant a longer walk. In the produce section. When was she ever going to learn this language? 44. she could write that essay in her native language. Of course. But she couldn't find her son's favorite brand of tangerines. she planned to stop at another market or two until she found them. apples. He gave them homework the first day. and you don't tell your doctor that he needs to wa sh his hands. Rebecca asked her boyfriend where he got his medical degree from. Doctors often put on gloves without was hing their hands first. or any time. They were supposed to write a 30 0-word essay supporting gun control. On the way home. She grabbed one of the big shopping carts outside and pushed it into the store ." 43. "I'm going to drop the class. But there was no way she could write it in Englis h. and he wants to examine your butt? Where did you find this quack? I'll bet he got his 'degree' off the Inter net. It could be a matter of life or death. Of course.She can recognize a dying plant but not a dead love affair. as one patient said. English Is So Hard When the teacher asked if there were any questions. It was called a colonoscopy. or would you go find a mechanic who knows what he's doin g? Rebecca went to a medical site on the Internet later and discovered that some co lon problems definitely could cause stomach pains. If your car isn't running right. The Doctor's Exam The tests revealed that she had two small ovarian cysts. Rebecca told her boyfriend Ron about the doctor' s suggestion. He told her not to worry. she could take t he class again if she failed it the first time. But. As a result. The doctor said he did not think that those cysts were causing the problem. she examined nine packages of seedless green grapes befo re she found one that she liked. he had no medical degree. She showed Johnny the textbook." she said.

he ha d tried to start his own agency in Manhattan. Law and Order in LA? An 8-year-old girl was standing with her mom in the kitchen when a bullet from a gang member's gun killed her. Billy Ray Childers. Chewbacca was not apologetic. tourists are lucky to even see a chimne y. He told them that they could improve their sales if they used a gecko to advertise GEICO. th ere might even be no Iraq. said a tourist. while 2 million Iraqis have left their country since 2003.friends or tanning by the pool. Every day. Chewbacca gave two young female tourists a hard time. but then approved his ad campaign. A local TV station reporter went to a huge produce warehouse and filmed a worker urinating on a platform right next to boxes of fresh lettuce. and t hen retire it. was from Virginia. this pro duce is distributed to hundreds of unsuspecting restaurants and supermarkets in Los Angeles. What is the reason for this small number? The Iraq i people are our friends. A mentally ill patient in a nursing home was slapped repeated ly by a staff member. So GEICO decided to do a few more commercials. The gang member was shooting at other gang members in the street outside . A popular pict ure opportunity in Hollywood is with movie characters like Chewbacca from "Star Wars. and here I am!" he shouted to all. About 30. fell in love with the cute gecko. while terrorists are enterin g as fast as they can. 47. Unfortunately. And then a few more. The US government." . He kept trying to hug th em as they took pictures of each other. Someone called 911 . It showed the staffer laughing as the patient cried. has not welcomed these Iraqi refugees i nto the USA. especially women. which has caused most of this suffering. Then he called up GEICO headquarters in New York. Rats were shown w alking throughout the warehouse and nibbling on the produce. most of the houses are behind hig h hedges or down long winding driveways. The little girl and her mom had just arrived in A merica. In the new commercial. LA is changing. I hope they leave him in jail. "I'm a gecko. They balked at first. Destruction of Iraq Iraqis are leaving the country as fast as they can. In the future. tourists take pictures everywhere and with everyone. The clever lizard with the British accent is now eight years old and stars in a new commercial every several months." GEICO was originally going to do one TV commercial with the bright green lizard.000 Iraqi civilians are getting killed each year . The driver fell to the sidewalk. and head-butted him. A hospital van driver pushed a paraplegic out of the van onto a Skid Row sidew alk and drove off. think that Ir aq was better off before Bush and Cheney decided to "help. and many Iraqis. Someday. The staff member's buddy took a cell phone video of the as sault.almost as famous as the gecko itself! 46." However. "Women come to America looking for Prince Charming . "That guy's an idiot. walked over to the driver. Billy Ray returned to Virg inia. Now there is no Saddam. It has made GEICO famous . Last week. Years ago. outside Grauman's . Chewbacca took off his headpiece. Chewbacca might not be so popular anymore. who saw the whole incident. GEICO's TV Lizard The owner of the agency. And finally. But viewers." 45. The US government tried to rescue Iraqis from Saddam Hussein and bring them demo cracy. But when New Yorkers heard his sou thern accent. and the cops came and arrested Chewbacca. the animated lizard said. The tour bus driver yelled at Chewbacca to leave the ladies alone. they gave him the cold shoulder. but also there is no democracy. all right . He set up his new ad agency in Raleigh. Less than 800 Iraqis have been allowed to enter this country since the war began four years ago. Many people worldwide.for the worse. he hoped to teach those New Yorkers a lesson. Angry. not a GEICO.

48. Have You Seen This Man? The video camera was mounted near the ceiling of the store, so its lens was look ing down at the scene. You, as the viewer, could see the clerk clearly, but not the criminal. He was so bundled up that you couldn't see even the tip of his nos e. Because there was no audio, you couldn't even be sure if the criminal was a m an or a woman! Yet, the TV news announcer earnestly asked all the viewers, "If you have seen th is robber or if you know who he is, please call the LAPD." To be fair to the TV station, they showed the same useless video at least six times in two days. The LAPD got zero phone calls. At other times, the TV news reader will give viewers a much better description: "The suspect is about 5'8", 170 pounds." This descrip tion also results in no arrests. 49. LA Traffic Report We have several other problems out there right now. In Pasadena, some wooden box es are in the #1 lane on the eastbound 210 at Lake. Be on the lookout, because t he faster you're going, the quicker you'll come up on them. Eastbound 60 in Sant a Fe Springs, just before Grand Ave., there's an accident. A couple of cars in t he #2 lane. Then in Pacoima, 118 westbound after San Fernando Road, an injury ac cident. A car went over the side. It's partly hanging over the side of the freew ay. CHP and emergency crews are both on the way, so watch for activity on the ri ght shoulder. In Vernon, 710 northbound before Bandini, watch for a broken-down car on the rig ht shoulder. It's partly sticking into the right lane. A tow truck is en route. Finally, on the westbound 10 before Fairfax, there's a roll of carpet, a ladder, and a lawn mower in the #3 and #4 lanes. 50. LA Radio News Locally, police are trying to find a man who sexually assaulted a woman in Alham bra. She described the suspect as about 5'11", medium build, wearing blue jeans, a black jacket, black gloves, brown shoes, and a dark-colored ski mask covering his face. The woman was waiting for friends inside an apartment when the man en tered through an unlocked door. He had a gun, sexually assaulted her, and then t ook her cell phone and left. The woman is in a local hospital. If you have seen this man, please call the Alhambra police. Finally, one person was killed when a high-speed train derailed near London. The cause is being investigated. 51. Trash Truck Misses Pick-up The next day, he checked the container. It was still almost full of recyclables. That was odd, because all the other blue containers across the street were empt y. He could tell because a couple of lids were open. He walked across the street to double-check. Hmm, he wondered. Then he looked up his side of the street. Th ere were two blue containers standing there. He walked about 120 feet up the str eet and lifted each lid. Both containers were empty. How could the truck have mi ssed his container? He went upstairs to his apartment and called city hall. They connected him to th e public works department. Susan said she would call Acme Trash to let them know about the missed container. On Wednesday, Felix checked the container again. It was still full. But, the big green dumpster in the carport was missing. Apparen tly, the message that Susan sent to Acme Trash had been misunderstood. Acme pick ed up the big green dumpster, which had already been emptied on Tuesday, instead of the blue container. Felix left a message on Susan's answer machine, saying to forget it. Then he wen t downstairs and pulled the almost full container back into its space in the car port. Let it sit there till next Tuesday, he told himself. Had he left another m essage, he was worried that his building would accidentally get dropped permanen tly off Acme's pick-up list. 52. Her First Driving Accident

If the cops catch you sliding through a stop sign like that, he said, wagging a finger at her, "they'll give you a ticket for running a stop sign. That's a movi ng violation. That means at least a $100 ticket, plus eight hours of driving sch ool for another $30." I know, I know, she replied. "But I never do it when they're around, so how can they catch me?" Simon was about to tell her that cops have a habit of suddenly a ppearing out of nowhere, but Colleen told him to stop thinking so negatively. "Y ou are bad luck," she said. "When you talk like that, you make bad things happen ." He told her that life doesn't work that way. Colleen was in a hurry because she needed to drop off a package at the post offi ce. It had to get to New York by Wednesday. She exited the freeway and pulled up at the stop sign. One car was in front of her. Colleen looked to the right and to the left. No cars were coming. It was safe to pull out. She hit the gas pedal . Bang! The car in front of her was still sitting there. The driver was a young woman, who got out of her car, walked back to look at the damage to her new car, and started yelling at Colleen. What were you waiting for? Colleen demanded. 53. Maybe You're Not a Good Principal The administration didn't even respond to her complaint that one oversized young student had pushed her down one day onto the floor. Tina wanted to call the pol ice, but the school principal talked her out of it with promises to improve thin gs. Two weeks later, not one promise had been fulfilled. Tina angrily visited the principal, who told her that if she didn't have the pat ience to wait for things to improve, maybe she wasn't cut out to be a teacher. How dare you! The issue is not whether I'm cut out to be a teacher, she angrily replied. "I am a teacher, and a damn good one. But no teacher can get along fore ver with inadequate supplies, with overcrowded classrooms, with students who are dumped into her class, and with students who attack her. And especially," she g rowled, "with idiots like you in charge who continually ignore the needs of Spec ial Education students and teachers." 54. I've Got You Covered So, Jeremy gave her $10,000 before they got divorced, because Abigail said that would be all she would need to finish getting her master's degree and start teac hing. And that was it. For the next 10 years after getting her degree, Abigail w orked as a teacher. She liked her job and the people she worked with. Unfortunat ely, a tornado wiped out the entire school and half the town. Many teachers got laid off. Abigail spent a month visiting family and friends, but then had to fin d a new job. She decided to change careers. To do so, she needed to go back to school for two years. Her tuition and living expenses would cost her $25,000. She called Jerem y. She and Jeremy had remained friendly over the years. Jeremy, I need a big favor, she said over the phone. Sure, Abi, you name it, Jeremy replied agreeably. Jeremy had a great job and a g ood life. She told him that she had been laid off, and she needed $25,000 for a degree and a new career. The friendliness left Jeremy's voice. She reminded him of his promise ten years ago to help her out whenever she needed it. Yeah, Abi, but that was ten years ago. That's history now, right? Have you tried your local bank? 55. Paris Goes to Jail in LA When the judge decided that she must go to jail, people everywhere voiced their approval or disapproval. The news was on the radio, TV, and the Internet. Why he r situation was such worldwide news mystified almost everyone. After all, her on ly known value to society thus far had been her ability to party with one boyfri end after another, one week after another. As many said, she was famous for bein g famous-nothing more. When she finally went to jail, there must have been 100 photographers taking pic tures of her. At first, the jail officials put her in a private cell, but her cl

austrophobia caused her to have panic attacks. They released her the next day. T he following day, however, the judge ordered her back to jail to finish her sent ence. The sheriff said she was treated like all the other prisoners. She ate baloney s andwiches and other nutritious food, just like the others. When she finally was released from jail, at 12:01 a.m. on a Tuesday night, dozens of photographers ag ain congregated around her to snap the "perfect" photo. She spent the first day relaxing-and recovering-at home in her parents' mansion. Then she went on the Larry King radio show and talked about her experience. She hadn't liked being in jail, she said, but it had turned her life around. She had found God, and now she was going to do all she could to help needy people impro ve their lives. 56. A Year with No TV Instead, Chris was simply going to give his two TVs away to a thrift shop. Then he would wait until the prices went way down on digital tuner TVs, and buy one w hen the price was right. He loaded the TVs into his car. The lady at the thrift shop wasn't interested at first. She changed her mind whe n he said that they were only 13" TVs, and that they worked perfectly. He was re lieved when she accepted them. Had she not, he would have had to deposit them at a hazardous waste facility, which meant waiting in line, in his car, for hours on end. Chris got home feeling good. Now he was going to enjoy at least a year of no TV. The "idiot box" was a good name for that waste of electricity. He felt like a n ew man for having got rid of his two TVs. When Donna called that night, he proud ly told her the news. Donna, whose native language was Chinese, was not happy. What do you mean, you have no TV? she yelled over the phone. "How are you going to teach me anything when I call to ask you about new vocabulary on the 11 o'clo ck news?" She had a few more things to say. Chris sighed. When she finished, he promised her he would buy a new digital TV the very next day. 57. Let's Buy Some Paint Excuse me, she said. "Could you help us?" She explained that she wanted to paint her office. "Neither me nor my husband knows how to do it, so please tell us th e basics," she added. He smiled and told her that it was simple. All they needed were two gallons of white glossy paint, a roller, a tray and an insert to pour the paint in, and an extension-handle to reach the high parts of each wall. Don't we need primer? Kenneth asked. Oh, yes, of course. I was getting to that. If you don't put primer on first, the paint won't stick to the walls. Here are two gallons of good, but inexpensive, primer. And a brush would be a good idea for use in the corners and edges. And t hat should take care of it. Just put the primer on first. Let it dry for a coupl e of hours. Then put on one coat of paint. Let it dry. Then, if you want to, put on another coat, but it shouldn't be necessary. As they were putting the items into the trunk, Kenneth told her they should buy a ladder, too. "We're going to have to use the brush to paint up near the ceilin g. The roller won't do in a corner," Kenneth said. We don't need a stepladder. I can sit on your shoulders, Elizabeth laughed. They went back inside and bought a stepladder. 58. I Need Water for My Clients What do you mean by water dispenser? George asked. You know, one of those things that they put the big five-gallon jug upside down into. Then you can pour yourself cold water using the blue handle, or hot water using the red handle, Cynthia said. George tried to tell her that she had too few clients coming to her office to ne ed such a dispenser. He told her to buy a case of bottled water. She could keep the bottles cold in the office refrigerator. Plus, she had a stove and a coffeem aker in her office, so she could use either of them to produce hot water for her clients or herself.

He loo ked some more. "end of argument. whether he was sleepy or not. but he didn't bother to ask.A contract with a water company is going to cost you at least $30 a month. would he last without his sister? Bunny had always been Bugs's "big sister". "You didn't go back to Wal-Mart and bu y that thing. and might continue to suffer for as long as another year. Bugs followed Bunny everywhere. The vet had told them that Bunny was in pain. He called up his friend Bryan. he ar gued. He could last another two to three years. buy it then. if the electrical problem involved something else. Bugs always curled up next to her. So. But how long. "And maybe you won't even be consuming that much water a month. did you?" Of course not! she told him. " 61. Why don't you wait a few months and see how many clients you get and then decide if a wate r dispenser is absolutely necessary? If it is. Enough was enough. Where Is That Darn Battery? Gerard called Sears. Gerard would have t o take it to the dealer. Gerard went out to pull the battery out of his car so he could recharge it overn ight." he told Bryan. he asked the serv ice rep. So. "Nobody puts a batte ry under the rear seat-except Volkswagen. Gerard asked him if he knew where the batte ry was. and a watch battery-but no car batt ery. If the problem was electrical. The service rep told him he would probably get "$10 to $40" credit toward a new battery. Gerard went back out to the Buick and lifted up the rear seat. That night. instead of letting her suffer." he conclud ed. Gerard scoffed." he said. white plastic windshield washer reservoir. Then he could hook the battery up the next day and use a meter to see if t he electrical system was working properly. they wondered. He didn't mind when his sister bossed him around. Bugs went. The manual said nothing about the location of the battery. Cynthia dropped George off at his place. Jim and Alicia both arrived at the same conclusion without very much discussion. When they took Bunny to the vet so that she could be put to sleep. "Oh. He found a few coins. Well. somehow. Bryan replied. "We can't go anywhere because all you do is worry about what will happen to your car. it's got to be somewhere if it's not under the hood. This was unaccep table to both Jim and Alicia. but she carted it out to the parking lot and managed. was not an issue. sure. Gerard called AAA's emergency road service. Bugs was rather timid. If You Really Love Me? She hated it. Putting Bunny to Sleep Jim and Alicia weren't sure what to do. And whenever Bunny decided to sleep." she complained." In addition. Gerard wondered how there could be such a $30 rang e. putting Bunny to sleep now. he asked. when George called. a paperback novel. the battery was under the rear seat. Before the tow tr uck driver towed the Buick to Sears. what to do about Bugs? The vet said Bugs was still healthy. 59. There's no rush to b uy it now. Nor would it fit into her back seat. 60. "It's under the hood. and then drove back to Wal-Mart. Where was the battery?! Had someone stolen it? He opened the manual. the trunk of her car was too small for the dispenser to fit into. Bryan told him that he was looking in the wrong place. she was confident and assertive. They left Wal-Mart. s ome real old chewing gum. he argued. She hated it because she thought he loved his car more than he lov ed her. He looked. what would Sears fix? The rep said Sears only replaced alternators and starters. "The last time we went shopping. to get it into her trunk. t oo. but you'd never know it becau se it's completely hidden by the big. However. she was als o there for him when he was feeling anxious. The dispenser was in a box that was almost the size of Cynthia . after an hour yo . He opened the hood.

As usual. also h ad a full house-three tens and two deuces. What would you do? Ray asked. Bill was rather quiet. The betting was spirited. 64. you walked all around it to check for fresh dings. He went to Vegas at least six times a year. they would be insulted. and play ed at a couple of casinos in the Los Angeles area regularly. and he only briefl y bragged about his poker skills. he had to send Walt a thank you note anyway. she said. he had given a n envelope. and then leave. Does a Tiger Change Its Stripes? Although Bill owned a carpet-cleaning business that had five employees. "Yes. If he sent Walt and Mary a thank you note for a gift they hadn't given. You can't go wrong with simply being honest. She ended up with a wonde rful hand-three nines and two aces. the biggest of the evening. Walt told him that it was "only money. Ray didn't even care if they hadn't given a gift.u stopped talking and listening to me. If he didn't send them a thank you n ote for a gift they HAD given. "When we went out to the pa rking lot. Oh. and Meliss a called. and finally decided that honesty might be the best pol icy. Melissa wondered if Bill had finally met a wom an who had put him in his place. For most of the evening. Bill." Ray said. and apologized sincerely for s omeone stealing Walt's generous gift. but we got your env elope with the cash inside." I just do that to make you feel comfortable. I knew what you w ere thinking about. Then. What on earth were you thinking?" . "sell this car. of course. He just needed to know whether to send a thank you note. Ray said. Bill made a final raise. he made most of his money gambling. you did tell me. Aaron said maybe Walt had left an envelope on the gift table like Aaron had. Walt said that yes. But. "Sometimes it's best to let sleeping dogs lie. he said. The Wedding Gift (1) Ray and Julia went on a 3-week honeymoon to Italy right after the wedding." 62. If you really want to make me comfortable. the envelope contained $500 cash. except Bill. honey. when you saw none. There was almost $200 in the pot. but h e had gotten a fat raise early that year and Ray's was the only wedding he'd bee n to in quite a while. you didn't open the door for m e because you were so busy adjusting the airflow out of the dashboard vents. When they got back. 63. You were thinking about your Lincoln! She continued. Tonight he had invi ted himself to a monthly neighborhood poker game. "That's a lot of cash. This surprised Julia. He hadn't said one unkind word about women." What was I thinking about? he asked. And." Yes. you unlocked the car and got in. In fact. "The only thief at the wed ding was Walt! I quit playing cards with him last year because I caught him chea ting. yes. they actually seemed to have had a great time at the weddi ng. Aaron laughed. but eventually all the other players dropped out. Ray called Aaron." But he thought about it. Meanwhile. A married couple that used to be good friends had apparently g iven nothing. Aaron said. Ray thanked him very much. they opened all the gifts and sent out thank you notes. "The best female poker player in the world couldn't beat me. But there was one problem. however. He called Walt and told him the problem. The Wedding Gift (2) Ray didn't know what to do. You had that long face. $500?! Ray asked. Aaron said he would call Walt up and tell him the problem. because Walt and Mary said they were thrille d to be invited." When Ray told Aaron about Walt's gift. Melissa decided to play one last hand. Ray countered. Maybe my envelope looked too thin. Frankly. Melissa was mentally shopping with the money (much of it Bill's!). Walt!" Walt admitted that it was. And it was only a $10 pot! I'm sure I told you about that. he was winning every third hand. they would be insulted. Bill chuckled. and some thief thought Walt's envelope looked nice and fat. you can.

68. To make m atters worse. He said that God was watchi ng over London. he said. A new prime minister had just taken over in England. the police were notified a bout another car. she signed up with a realty company. After he helped her pick up all the signs. Edi th wondered how long her realty "career" was going to last. led to another. When Adam and Constance got around to opening their gifts a few days later. 66. They told her how much money she would owe them each month. he told her that was the last time he was going to help h er on an open house. deadly explosions had failed to occur. and a bomb expert immediately entered the car an d started disarming the vehicle. She was unab le to think about her wedding again without thinking about that card. Who Ordered the Scallops? This was not the first time she had had this conversation with Barney. strong man. The signs were not always easy to push into the ground. Cons tance opened an envelope from her uncle Chandler. There's No Place Like an Open House After getting the news that she had passed the test. He's Catholic. the cash was inside a Jewish card for Happy Hanukkah! The note in the card was. That vehicle was also disarmed. And so good-looking! C onstance took her nephew over to get his picture taken. "I c ouldn't find a wedding card that I liked. They t old her how to have open houses on weekends. called the poli ce. one Saturday evening she discovered that all of her signs had been stolen! Her realty company told her not to worry-they would just add the cost o f replacing the signs to her monthly bill. but all he wanted to do was read the newspaper. Adam's brother married the two lovebirds.65. When you see how the cooks don't wash after using the bathroom. They ended up spending eight hours together with each other that Sunda y. The police arrived quickly. One thing. nor did she ever talk to him again. Twice in one night. She tried to engage Edgar in co nversation. After she had asked him many times. don't you think? Love. A few minutes later. "How many times have I told you that I don't trust restaurant food? All you h ave to do is watch these specials on TV news occasionally to see what's going on in the kitchen. her husband finally accompanied her to an op en house. she thought." Constance did not s end her uncle a thank you note. how they sweat into your food while it's cooking. Everyone said it was the be st wedding ever. When one patron at the nightclub found out how close he had been to dea th. Both sets of parents were so happy that their child had fallen in love with a Catholic! There was a huge wedding at the cathedral. She had to carry big signs in her c ar and place them in the neighborhood around the open house. Scotland Yard believed that terrorists were behind the bombing a ttempts. He was taking pictures with kids at a charity event. In it was $100 cash. The driver. Constance started up a conv ersation with Adam. I t's scary to think about." . Not being a shy woman. Other than that. She asked why. " 67. "We Could Have All Died!" An ambulance happened to drive by. "I'm so happy to be alive! Last night I was dancing all night near the windows next to the street. seeing the smoke. as they say. Christopher medal around his neck. She couldn't believe it when she saw that Adam was wearing a St. and Best Wishes. too! she marveled. He replie d. but it really i s a beautiful card. also full of explosive material. What a big. nor did they always stay upright. But. they weren't much help or encouragement. Only a dozen house-hunters showed up all day. It's the Thought that Counts Her heart fluttered at her first sight of Adam. and wished her good luck. and I would have been one of the first to die. I won't be coming to this club for another week or so. The bad guys had lost--this time. how they touch every bite of your food with their hands--and who knows what else you DON'T see--then you'd ag ree with me. I know this is Jewish. parked behind the nightclub. He said he didn't want to talk about it.

plums. His wife announced that she loved him a nd would stand by her man. He drove to Albertson's. Bradley had a driver's permit. On their way back. however. Let He Who Is Without Sin? In a 1998 magazine interview. which sold milk by the gallon and at cheaper prices tha n the 99?store. sometimes they didn't. she would di vorce him. He promised to take her out that Friday night to the best sushi place in town. But Bradley soon discovered that golf was fun! He hit a large buck et of balls." Okay. with a happy feeling in his heart. He wanted to show Bradley how to play golf. Barney surrendered. because you never know whe n they might tip over and crush you. Don't drive behind pickup trucks with loads . who doesn't realize that an escort service keeps phone records. a nd was always pestering his mom to let him drive her car. There were fresh. Zach told him that he had a natural swing. She has th e life. He preferred his video games.69. 69. however. the price of milk had soared in the last month. he th ought. okay. buster. Now he was paying $4. just isn't sexy enough. The next evening Ginger's best friend called. You're Not My Daddy He asked if Bradley wanted to drive Zach's car. He easily had enough produce to last all week. Bradley said all right . To resign would be to le t down the people who had voted for him. Also. Zach told him not to speed. one more week without going to a restaurant is going to be one too many fo r me. but he will have the last laugh-when the good people of California reelect him! 71. called Zach.59. to put all 10 plastic bags into his hands and lug them upstairs. They a re elected because of their integrity. Then Bradley asked if Zach would come by next Saturday so the y could take a drive and hit golf balls again. In 1999. Zach gave Brad ley a few driving tips: Don't drive next to big rigs. Heidi was still in the hospital. Sometimes they had a lot of fresh produce. She added. Adams told CNN that President Clinton should resign because of his affair with Monica-he was "unfit" to remain in public office after his "s hameful behavior. Four other bags contained other item s that were on Neil's list. What a dra . she warned. and leadership. Bradley got on the 210 freeway and headed northwest to where it meets the 5. Interestingly. He had a few blisters on his hands. Somehow he managed. Yet here is a senator who regularly cheats on his wife. Milk. 70. That's all over the news. Well. The US Senate contains 100 of the most powerful men in the United States. intelligence." Senator Adams. H e used to buy 2 gallons of nonfat milk for $3. if it didn't rot first. Yet. and squash. The produce alone filled up four plastic bags. and ap ples. the news media was silent-the same news media that reports a 2-cent increase in gasoline prices or even a 1-cent decrease.You exaggerate. celery. packages of peaches. She had been taken to th e emergency room that morning because of the bad scallops she had eaten at the m ost exclusive restaurant in Pasadena the night before. she yelled. because you never know when something in the truck will get airborne and come flying through your windshield. and who dresses in baby clothes. said he would remain in office. Shopping at the 99 Cents Store It was Friday-shopping day. He went to the 99?store. eggplant. Zach suggested that they stop at the driving range. He got lucky. packaged broccoli. as us ual. his wife said that Adams was as faithful as a pupp y dog. Zach sai d that was normal. "Did you hear about Heidi? She alm ost died!" she wailed. The man is a joke. that if she ever did catch him cheating. fo r the first time ever. "Not all restaurants are like that-only a few!" He t old her that even a few was one too many for him. but he could drive anywhere he wanted. "Lester takes Heidi out three times a week. Zach said of course. Bradley wasn't enthusiastic. He parked his car in the carport and opened the trunk. The next day Bradley.

After he lost a hundred dollars. he replied. he told himself. "Are any of those l eft?" she asked Jasper. Unfortuna tely. if he could find a $2 table. David mused. Maybe. since Toby was there. somewh ere. David asked if he had brought an invoice. How are you going to get your groceries then? The o lder you get. Toby said he c ould come over on Friday. Priced to Sell! A realtor has to pass a comprehensive test. Jasper's mom had no use for anything except slot machines. absolutely none wh atsoever. She loved the slots. he must chauffeur the client from one property to another. 75. He has to make "cold calls" to potentia l clients. On top of it all. h e said. asking where he was. maybe the deal wouldn't be so good. and laundry room faucets were leaking. and in the end he hears these same words from the buyer: "I don't know. jeez. He has to spend hours on the computer researching the latest pro perties that are being offered for sale. Of course.g shopping is. Toby doesn't check his machine." 74. 73.m. David said that was okay. Before Toby walked into David's house. Jasper thought. At 3: 30. Then agai n.. he wipe d his feet very carefully on the mat. Once a realtor gets a client. as long as he got an invoice. To by said he would be over Friday at 1:00 p. Jasper told him that he might have to go downtown to a real old casino. it was only a $60 risk. each faucet would cost $20. that would be extra. Maybe Toby will work o ut just fine. These cold calls are uncomfortable for the realtor and annoying to po tential clients. if Toby fixed fau cets like he checked his messages.m. He (or she) has to join a realty company and attend meet ings regularly. That did n't surprise his dad. he said. he decided to let him in. David was pleased. Blackjack. he thought. it's the same trick that everyone who plays the slot machines does. h e only accepted cash. At 3:00 p. Wait till you can't even walk up the s tairs unless you use a cane. p roclaiming that there are no problems with his house?No. It's always a contest between the seller trying to get as much as h e can for his house and the buyer trying to pay as little as he can for the same house. 72. David asked Toby if a check was okay. He said he wasn't sure. The Handyman Comes David felt like hanging up. Why was it so hard to find a worker who was responsi ble? Responsible and clean-many workers were slobs who left messes for the homeo wner to clean up. She said she was going to play differently on this visit: she would wait ti ll someone used a machine for at least 15 minutes. the more you'd better appreciate the fact that yo u can still do all these boring chores and errands. the jackpot would hit on the first nickel that she put in. he was finished anyway. That's a good idea. but there had to be some. sir. she hoped. as long as she could find nickel machines and dime machines. Toby showed up. Then she would play that mach ine when that person got up and left. I forgo t. wait till you can't drive. he thought. David told Toby t hat the kitchen. the seller often lies. But. If he had to buy any parts . David left a message on Toby's machine. "Oh. I'm sorry. patiently explaining this and that while answering questions about thes e and those. A Woman Has Needs . require a $5 minimum nowadays. Toby said no." The realtor has to put up with the seller's lies and the buyer's cries of povert y. And then he mentally slapped himself: if you think it 's a drag now. He was never one to throw good money after bad. Neither one wants to give in. and then take continuing education c redit classes annually. Most casinos. David noticed that. And al most everyone goes home broke. Sixty dollars was a great price. David shook his head in disbelief. Let m e think about it. bathroom." Toby said. Betting Big in Vegas Jasper asked his dad what games he was going to play.

I want you to take off four weeks a year. If he filed for divorce. Anita said she didn't u nderstand-nothing was wrong. She went back to sleep." Officials said that another balloon fire. He had been under water for ten minutes. Grandma said that hopefully it was just a phase that Heather was going through. She went to the beach. She drove home and called her mom. "We'll catch up on our magazines. had sent her an offer to stay there free fo r a month. had occurred only a week earlier. She couldn't stop screaming when she saw Oscar submerged beneath the water. I'm telling Meg. Meg was going through her mail. immediately. Got it?" Yes. His foot had gotten caught in a suction vent that workers had not covered properly. ma'am. Heather had sta rted smoking again. Ben didn't know what to do. back home. Ben was home. 76. Anita drove over to the house. she had found a boyfriend. smiling as he saluted her. "We won't even TALK about work for two weeks. It look ed like an orange torch as it descended. In fact. apparently worried about a lawsuit. Four tr ailers were destroyed by the bomb-like effect of the basket's heavy landing. they did not have any flights scheduled. Anita said she would talk to Heather. but nothing "critical. A month after the funeral. She booked them a nice hotel near Palm Springs. The two balloon riders who failed to jump out were a married couple celebrating their 50th anniversary. Up. The congenial letter suggested that she "Bring a friend!" Vocabulary Yes/No Questions Cloze Crossword | Keys D ictation 77. Meg and Oscar stayed. she put on her s wim suit and went outside. Even worse. and these must be nonworking vacations. Ben told her. but yo u will listen to her. causing no deaths and only minor injuries." Meg canceled all their activities for the two weeks at the end of July. he had to live with the humiliation of being supported by a wife w ho was cheating on him. brilliant against the blue sky. Grandma asked only that Heather call her twice a month. Their oldest son had surprised them with this "champagne flight" as a gift. But when i t offered everything at half price. "I'm writing you a prescription for two weeks of R&R-rest and relaxation. The hotel had failed to tell them that it was undergoing renovations. get massages. The last two jumped from almost 50 feet up. She told Anita to make sure to remind Heather to call. If he didn't g et a divorce. They survived. She told him not to forget h is sun block. no laptop. too. Not one penny. newspapers. The basket was still burning furiously.and second -degree burns. and treat ourselves like royalty. The second morning. Then the entire balloon burst into flames and plummeted to the gr ound. No cell phone.They were fortunate because Heather's grandma loved her to death. Anita was astounded at her daughter's selfish actions. Recent ly. but both would be in the hospital for several months. he said. Up. Their clothes were on fire. Whe . She had met this guy at work. but he did. and TV reruns. but Heather didn't call back. The hotel. so Ben and Heather had no mortgage to pa y. he might be out on the street with two kids to support. grandma had asked Anita what was wrong with Heather. The others escaped with broken bones and first. ac cording to officials." she told Oscar. okay? We'll relax in t he pool. "Then why hasn't she called?" grandma asked. Oscar said. Do you understand me? In case you don't. landing in a trailer park. Fortunat ely. but each one jumped from a higher height. Oscar told Meg he was going to take a swim. which ascended to a bout 500 feet. The couple burnt to death in the basket. She had bought a house for Heather as a wedding gift. Without you and the kids? Ben was reluctant to talk. You might not listen to me. ab out 10. A Hot Day and a Cool Pool In short. and Away Seven more people jumped out as quickly as they could. She left several messages. Where's Heather? Anita asked. and things got out of hand. taking care of the kids. When she woke up at noon.

Enough was enough. Listening devices would be able to detec t any human activity. as if she had been asked to lick the floor clean. Vocabulary Yes/No Questions Cloze Crossword | Keys D ictation . she rang up the total--$530." not "of course. She almost threw each pile of shirts into three separate plastic bags." She yanked each sh irt off its hanger. and deliver food and water to. Six Feet Under The government banned any further attempts at rescue by men. survivors. e mbracing each other. His son told him that it was only som e dogs-it wasn't like he was destroying lions or elephants. five more holes were dug during the next two weeks in an effort to fin d. removed each tag. completely charred. Vivian said no. They all pointed a finger at the quarterback. machines w ould be used to burrow into the ground. Vivian sa id thank you and picked up the bags. Across the nation. After the fourth. The families of the six miners were outraged. This effort was made more difficult because searchers did not know the exact location of the original cave-in. it was impossible that anyone could still be alive." Chen ey's dad said." said some. Not "yes. pulled a shirt off the hanger for the next c ustomer. Wordlessly sh e wiped the sweat off her forehead. and folded each shirt quickly but careless ly. "He is more of an animal than any of his poor dogs. and probes would be able to detect the amount of oxygen pr esent. Instead. "He told me that hum ane societies destroy thousands of dogs a month. including animal cruelty. The clerk c ompleted the transaction and gave Vivian the receipt to sign. the ow ner of the mine said that was it. Even though the building was air-conditioned. Vocabulary Yes/No Questions Cloze Crossword | Keys D ictation 80. Two weeks after the initial charges were made. and after two weeks of no food and water. Even though most people figured that the original six had died almost imm ediately. Vocabulary Yes/No Questions Cloze Crossword | Keys D ictation 78. Then she started t o put all 19 shirts into one big bag. hoping for reduced sentences. The young woman made a sour face. Few were surprised or saddened when the National Football League suspended C heney without pay for an undisclosed term. He could be sentenced to five years in jail. Cheney agreed to plead guilty to several reduced charges. telling the media that the owner had given only lip service to rescue attempts. and folded it. ma'am. the married couple were found. and sixth digs had produced no positive results. An Unhappy Worker Vivian asked her to make sure to remove the plastic tag from each article of clo thing that Vivian was buying at Marshall's. "Athletes are supposed to be a model for our nation's y outh. all the people that worked for him immediately confessed everythi ng.n the dust finally cleared. When she finished removing all the plastic tags and folding shirts into three pi les. The media interviewed Cheney's father. football fans and animal fans were equally ou traged at his admission. They planned to su e. her forehead had beads of swea t." not "no problem. The woman looked at Vivian but said nothing. who said that he had told his boy that do g-fighting was evil and he should stop it. please put them into three bags because that would be easier to carry back out to the car. so what was the big deal. Man's Best Friend Unfortunately. fifth. Occasionally she wiped the sweat off with the back of her hand. The young woman said nothing. Vivian presented her VISA card.78. Vocabulary Yes/No Questions Cloze Crossword | Keys D ictation 79." said othe rs. He had done all he could do .

Martin pointed out to Jane. Moe said he couldn't help Cory. They stopped. Martin drove . Jane told Martin about the two suspiciou s characters sitting outside the entrance. his regular mechanic. whic h would be free. "Tell him that I recommended you. When they felt more refreshed. Jane said. Vocabulary Yes/No Questions Cloze Crossword | Keys D ictation 82. Vocabulary Yes/No Questions Cloze Crossword | Keys D ictation 83. Cory thought. I tried to be neighborly. Sam.m. Wednesday was the fourth of July. Ramsey introduced himself." Moe said. They went back to their car. And you've never been to the Fourth of July parade? Nicolas asked. Ramsey said to bring the car by 8:00 a. Cory took his car to Moe. bring the car back for a second test. they put the bags into the trunk. "Are you going to the parade on Wednesday?" Nico las asked. This isn't good. Cory thought. but his friend Ramsey specialized in emission problems. Maybe that's why I'm getting only 8 miles per gallon. Nicolas thought. but Cory was relieved to discover that they were the mechanics' car s. and then we can continue to shop. cou rteous man. Sam showed Cory the printout: "Your vehicle is a gross polluter!" What does that mean? Cory asked. as he put the earbud back in his ear and opened one of his magazines. He was the first customer. He seemed totally uninterested in continuing the conversation. It meant that Cory had to take his car to a mec hanic to find out why the car was running so rich." They no sooner walked out the door of Ross than they saw about 50 rental shopping carts locked to a rail. let's grab our jackets. "They were watching us as we carried the bags out to the car. Nicolas wondered i f he was talking to someone who just happened to be visiting Earth on his way to Pluto. they locked the car and walked back to the mall entrance. Oh well. I'll show you the waiting room. Both of them were chilly. He gave Cory Ramsey's bu siness card. Five years. Wait a minute. You can't walk all over the mall with their carts. Cory felt comfortable. Didn't you say you live in Milford? Nicolas asked. The man nodded. "How long hav e you lived there?" Nicolas asked. As soon as they walked outside. Monday through Friday--"first come. Then they plopped down into the front seats. "if you want to use the cart. fi rst served. put them into the trunk. They were bot h tired from all the walking they had just done. althou gh all he was doing was watching cars drive by on the nearby street. saying. the blast of summer heat hit them.m. Let's just carry these bags out to the car." He was a friendly. Martin said. Sam pulled the car up to the test machine and stuck the mac hine's sensor up the car's tail pipe." Jane suggested. she sugg ested.81. You have very sharp eyes. It's a Small World Nicolas thought he would introduce himself. There were three cars already p arked there." she said. he replied." The mall was huge. We can't do that. and it was air-conditioned. Once at the car." The young man nodded. "When w e get back to the car. It was using gasoline ineffic iently. Monday. Why the Sky Is Brown After driving on the 210 freeway for 20 minutes to warm the engine up. the man replied. the owner. "Coffee will be ready in a few minutes. Cory drov e to the test-only center on Colorado Blvd." Cory got there at 7:40 a. "I heard that you are from Milford. Suspicious Shoppers We can just put everything into a Ross cart and roll it out to the car. "These carts are for in-store use only. offered Cory a bottl e of purified water. See. The man shook his head. you can just rent one for the whole day from the rack. What parade? the man asked. He said. Moe had sent him to a good place. Sam said that once the problem was fixed.

yet evil won. someone managed to raise a heavy metal shopping cart to the top of a flagpole outside a supermarket. comes around. They both played golf regularly and were active volunteers in the community. turns off the TV. and two shots were fired. So. He will be tried. Death Is Part of Life I sure am. Late one night. And where he'll learn how to commit other crimes. such independence would not last forever. A woman puts her laptop and purse into her car in her driveway at 3:15 p.m." You can say that again. Joel said. Lying in a bed in a nursing home. The next morning. each column has been tagged with graffit i and repainted at least ten times. The car pulled up next to her. at the age of about 30. he will go to prison for 20 years. He is admiring the full moon. Vocabulary Yes/No Questions Cloze Crossword | Keys D ictation 85. What a quiet end that will be. But how often does that happen to cold-blooded murderers? Vocabulary Yes/No Questions Cloze Crossword | Keys D ictation 86. Much of that time spent waiting would also be spent in thought. The police caught a 19-year-old who they think fired the shots. who had been watching. The two boys. It is said. and medical care. Tagger Shoots Woman She did not notice another car behind her. She goes back into her house. The pa ssenger window rolled down. As long as you're reasonably healthy in mind and body. or an ext ra blanket. For bravely speaking up. he will be out committing more crimes. Her purse and her laptop are gone. One opened the driver's door and grab bed her purse. where he wil l get free food. Since the freeway was built. and eventf ul lives. and comes back to her car. while three children and eight grandchildren will never get to grow older with their grandm a. The department of transportation built an elevated freeway on top of the 110 fre eway in Los Angeles. and they parked in the area marked "6. The new freeway is supported by more than 100 thick concret e columns. Waiting for the nurse's aide to bring medication. But because the prisons are so overcrowded. I'm the same age you were 20 years ago!" Yes. Both of them would eventually nee d part-time or full-time nursing assistance at home. One man punches the old man in the mouth. Joel wondered. If convicted. "In fact. Joel said. productive. They get back into their car and drive off. who'd ever think that they wished they were 60 again. said his dad. People say that what goes around." This woman was not silen t. The y both drove. A car pulls up right in front of him and stops. Two men get out. he will probably get out in 10 years . a 56-year-old supermarket . Waiting for help to use the bathroom. They both agr eed." Vocabulary Yes/No Questions Cloze Crossword | Keys D ictation 84. "If good people are silent. Then they calmly got into their friend's car and left the scene. They lived together in their house.around to the other side of the mall. But as they say. His dad and mom were still quite active. But. She starts the car. waiting for relatives and friends to come visit. and then remembers that she forgot to turn off the TV. walked over to the woman's car. dinner. Joel thought.m. it's a lot better than the a lternative. to such fun. "This a ging process is certainly no fun. Crime on the Rise An elderly man is standing on the sidewalk in front of his home at 10:30 p. The other opened the passenger door and dug through the glove com partment. or maybe even have to be mo ved into a nursing home. What do people t hink about when they know their time is almost up. evil will win. The other man takes the m an's wallet out of his pants. housing. she was put down.

the look of surprise is followed by the look of pain. for lunch. and a tooth for a tooth. Eva asked Billy Bob if he wanted a picture with Pluto. coffee. Their only beverage would be water-no soda. It's not the machine's fault. "That comes as a surprise to the human. I would do many things to teach these punks a lesson. This way we don't have to worry about pr isoners using utensils to injure guards or other inmates. you will see a look of surprise come over his face at the machin e's sudden burst of strength. said Wyatt Earp." f or example. "If you watch the human compete. But after 10 seconds elapse. and some of them have to pay the pr . They're proud and foolish. All they get is a slap on the wrist. "That was great. If I were president. Then. "Wait till daddy sees this. just so she cou ld show daddy. Too many judges are soft on criminals. as Billy Bob got off Pluto's lap. and for dinner." or 50-percent full-strength. And no crunchy or organic peanut butter either-only the cheap stuff.worker hooked up the US flag and started to raise it by pulling on the rope. 88." 87. milk. Pluto Chases Kid Last week. It's funny to see!" Unfortunately for some players. Even criminals understand physical pain. so that weak Baby suddenly becomes strong Bab y. "Say cheese!" and both Billy Bob and Pluto said the magic word. They don't know t heir limitations. Priso ns would have no heat and no air-conditioning. he g rabbed Pluto's round black plastic nose and ripped it off Pluto's costume. Just as Pluto got close enough to grab him. Pluto fell to the ground. the mechanical arm instantly achieves full strength. They would get one peanut butter and jelly sandwich fo r breakfast. Billy Bob said no. please. "is that punishment is n ot swift enough or severe enough. the cart crashed down on her." she said. and stronger than they actually are. "Please don't do this again. groaning." A police spokesman admitted that they might not ever find the "pr ankster. and usually allow s him to win. Their water would be straight from the faucet. would be "Half-Baby. Let the jerks freeze in the winte r and bake in the summer. "You might kill someone. Eva got it all on video cam. He said Pluto's tail was too sk inny and his nose was too big. This gives the human time to evaluate his mechanical opponent. and that would be terrible. for 10 seconds in itially. This time he re ally was in pain. In Harm's Way The mechanical arm operates at half-strength for the first 10 seconds: "Baby. Pluto yelled "Ouch!" (even though it didn't hurt). faster. Eva told him to go ahead. a retired police officer. he said. A second later. And no fancy bottled wate r. When released from the hospital. or tea. We need to change the law so that there is an eye for an eye. "Humans often think that they're smarter. Billy Bob reluctantly agreed. Eva Gunderson took her 7-year-old son Billy Bob to Disneyland." said the inventor. or dig out of prison. He went over to Pluto and sat on his lap. honey!" she told her son as they w alked off to find more characters. as the steel and plastic arm breaks their flesh and blood arm! Two players recently went to the hospital. Billy Bob started running. I think it's a good lesson that th ey are learning. and Plu to started chasing him. She was permanently paralyzed. she told a TV reporter that she forgave the culprit. Many refuse to combat the machine at the Baby or Girl level bec ause they think that they're equal to the Man or Arnold level. The inventor said that he wouldn't put a warning sign on the machine. says the inventor. He'll be so proud of you!" 89. Pluto was the first character they met once they got inside. Eva said. Too Soft on Crime The problem. Billy Bob ki cked Pluto between his legs. either.

Then grandpa took me fo r a walk in the woods (I sat on his shoulders). was immediate ly embarrassed.000 years old are in danger of being burnt down. Grandpa said to bring some daisies to the grave site. was s till complaining about the 2004 Olympics. There has been no rain for two m onths. then. police caught him walking away from a new fire with an empt y gas can in his hands. huh? he told the police. I saw some daisies. "You have to be somebody. and never wanted you to know about it. Police have arrested three suspected arsonists. Network television news picked up the story. of course.ice for their pride. but when they saw that grandma was still feeling sick. they forgave her. Who told you this? Mom. One suspect. Then I woke up." 90. My brown and white Buster Brown shoes were also soaked. "And you're not-you're nobody. I was only t hree years old. Even though it wasn't her fault. Grandpa told me that we had a picnic after that. Somehow. When we returned. she felt that she had failed in her res ponsibility. I'm nobody. "Semper Buy" However. A Little Respect. My parents were angry at first. potato salad." 91. but your father and I never told you about it because grandma swore us to s ilence. The Navy. and othe r expenses. The four of us ate some chicken . "Thank you so much for your service to your country. it really happened? Yes. They did not know that grandpa had sa ved me until they got back to shore. Italy." an official told him . did I go for a walk with grandpa and return with daisies for you and grandm . and we picke d them. I'm somebody now!" 92. Please The government has asked for aid from France. and Germany. the 75-year-old Reid subsists on a military pension that barely covers his rent. The local newspaper printed a front page article about how the Navy couldn't be bothered to pay for and present Reid his Purple Heart 50 years after his injury. Fires surround Athens. A Dream from Beyond (2) My God! Who told you about that? You mean. officials found the money and the time to buy Reid his Purple Heart and even make a ceremonial presentation. He had applied to carry the torch into the stadium and light the fire to officially start the Games. The man was in jail for three years for trying to blow up the committee's head quarters. His application w as ignored. I presented three daisies to mom and three to grandma. Yesterday. let your kids pay for it. "Well. said the bro adly smiling Chertoff as he presented Reid the medal in front of TV news cameras ." Chertoff said when Reid told him that he depended on his kids for living expenses. that was so lon g ago. His son got so upset about the ungratefulness of the Navy th at he called the local newspaper. I was in a towel and my clothes were drying on bushes. My goodness. who was finally feeling better. transportation. Greek ruins th at are almost 3. 93. A Dream from Beyond (1) My parents were out on a boat in the pond. Entire villages have been destroyed. oddly enough. We drank lemonade. We are always eager and happy to show that we take care of our own. the capital city. The hillsides are ablaze. and the trees are so dry that just the heat from an approaching fire caus es them to explode into flames." was the reply he got when he called the O lympic Committee in Athens. So Reid asked his son for $42 for the medal. and there seems to be no end in sight. His daughter and son send him money for food. and homemade cookies. grandpa said. "Well.

Pat said. She sat there throughout hat they both had grown up in unproductive. a large city in southwest China. circulation problems.a? Okay. There's no telling what grandpa might tell you next time. It must be Daddy! Did he say anything about visiting his gravesite? "Yes. my God. The two men discovered t Guiyang. are they going to prohibit all the seniors in the whole town from eating doughnuts? They can't just pick o n us if they're interested in the health of all seniors. with or without her approva l. "I'll bet every one of t hem has a doughnut several times a week. You're just tempting fate. He said I was wearing brown and white Buster Brown shoes. He asked her if she wanted to go with him. I'm serious. He told me that grandma had a reaction to blackberries. He spoke Chinese. The senior citizens are having none of this. People get a little bit of power and it goes straight to their heads. and no further crashes occurr ed. and I've got to bring those daisies." Roy laughed. "Go ahead. Grandpa told me this in a dream last night." 95. One day Roy told Pat that he was going to Egypt. A Trip to Egypt Pat told Roy to forget about flying to Egypt. I'll call the funeral parlor so they know you'll be dropping by. Maybe we' d better start going every year. and these sweets can only contr ibute to obesity. "but we have to drive around our neighborhood to do our errands. Oh. If they're concerned about seniors. 94. Where do they get this attitude? They a ct like they are our parents. If he wanted to see the pyramids. He said I gave you and grandm a daisies. Now. she would n't permit it. Okay. He said he w as also making a side trip to Israel. they are elected officials who are supposed to do the will of the peop le. he could rent a video or google the pyramids online. not? I've got to get over there right now!"" " Wait for me! I'm coming with you. "Instead. She said no. This is no prank. "Who are these people to tell us what t o eat?" asked Doug Fairbanks. a city cou ncil member. a resident at the center." Roy said that the plane crashed two years ago-she worried too much. that was his problem. We are sta rting a petition to recall all the council members who voted for this law. said Karl Rove."" " 96. Two years went by. With obesity come high blood pressure. No Doughnuts for Old Folks We want our seniors to live as long as possible. At meeti . No. You and your dad are playing some kind of prank. We don't have to go to Egypt and Israel. it's very funny. So we are doing this for their own good. I get it. He said there was a gr eater chance of dying in a car accident in their own neighborhood than of being killed by terrorists in Egypt or Israel. Pat said. she said. They immediately called Rove and ot her council members to protest this ban. The last meeting was with a Chinese so there was no need for May to interpret his rema the meeting and listened. And there isn't one person in this senior center who has complained about th e free doughnuts. It still sounds like a prank. thank you-she didn't have a death wish "like someone I know. mom. a nd diabetes. huh. mom? Yes. He wanted me to visit them. It's Just Business The first three meetings were wholesaler. rks. Yes. As his wife of 50 years. He also said you had not visited since? -Since mom's birthday six years ago?"" " "Well. quit it. Your father would never remember all this.

He thanked her for her help. When t he trail got close to the edge of the mountainside. no deal was made. He turned around in time to see a rattler slithering off. She dialed Memphis 411. Everyone shook hands. She went home and tried not to cry about what had just happened-she mus t be strong. so the poison would spread slowly? Or should he walk fast. . it was best if people walked single file. It could mean only one thing-Elvis was trying to comm unicate with her. Only two people could walk side by side. He had no cell phone with him. Wang was cutting her out of her commission. away from cliffs. Bad Call Wesley told the police his problem. He went to the front door and unlocked it. She called the Memphis police. I was right. Mr. 98. He apologized for making her wait. to have a séance. Wang back to his hotel. He put it into the big baggie of grass. Several years ago. She wrapped the eggplant in saran wrap and put it in her refri gerator. The mountain trail was mostly narrow for the first two miles. They said they would be right over. Bad Weed. Then. and then broadened as it went up into the heart of the mountain. Sho uld he walk slowly. Wang said that he had forgotten something. All she knew was that Elvis must not use his b athroom that day. but her cousin was out.ng's end. He lit another joint-maybe the third one would be the charm . she snuck back to the office and heard the two men making a deal behind her back. Elvis Is Alive and Well She always claimed that Elvis would be alive today if she could have contacted h im that fateful day. She said it was no problem. and said he wa s returning to China the next day. But she wasn't sure. an experienced hiker. August 16. but Information told her that his number was not listed. 97. May went back out to her car and waited. he felt a sharp bite on hi s calf. s o he could get to his car and get medical help faster? Perhaps he'd meet someone on the way down. 99. She called her cousin who lived in Memphis. walking alone. if there was a next time. Slowly. Wang walked out to her car. he stopped by the small stream to look for fish or frogs . her palm reader / medium / m anicurist. She suspected t hat he might slip in the tub. Then Mr." Wow! The city might make him an honorary deputy sheriff. She almost died when she saw the TV news that night. A simple walk. he heard a sinister rattling sound. May and Mr. The trail went past a small lake created by a dam. She sensed that there was danger for Elvis in his bathroom. the saddest day of her life. he thought. Wang was whistling as he returned t o the car. She had had a strange feeling that morning in her own bathr oom. or maybe accidentally electrocute himself with his hair dryer.. suspicious. If only sh e had gotten through to poor Elvis. It was just going to be a simple walk up a mountain t rail. Now she had this eggplant. He excused himself and walked back to the office. Suddenly. He wondere d if his call was going to make TV news. he printed Buster's phone number and address on a cigarette paper. She didn't say anything about what she had ov erheard. she kept repeating to herself. The next day she was going to visit Mabel. Then s he drove Mr. I was right. slipped an d fell to his death. There was nothing to do now but walk back down to his car. A Walk in the Wild He got out of the car and started the uphill walk. but they said she would have to get in line behi nd all the other crank callers. Then. When Bill got to First Camp.. May waited a momen t. He would remember to bring it next time. Or maybe the front page of the newspape r: "Good Citizen Turns in Drug Dealer. Mr.

He heard the car doors closing and the footsteps approaching. All right, he thou ght. He wondered if they had brought a television crew with them. Maybe he'd mak e the 11 o'clock news. The police were very polite. They thanked him for Buster' s phone number and address. Then they arrested Wesley. "What for?" he protested. For possessing more than 28 grams of pot, an officer replied. But this isn't pot-it's more 'not' than 'pot.' Why do you think I called you-I g ot ripped off! Well, we'll see about that after the lab analyzes it. If you're both lucky, you did get ripped off. 100. Shark Attack He was in big trouble, said one woman on shore. She called 911. He was still sho uting and fighting. They could not see a shark, but they knew the surfer was bei ng attacked by one. Again, the surfer went under. Four surfers hopped onto their boards and swam rapidly out to the surfer. By the time they got to him, he was alone. The shark had given up on the taste of the rubber wetsuit and the battle that the surfer had put up. The 24-year-old man was groaning in pain, but he was still alive. The surfers pu t him on a board and paddled back to shore. "I don't think he's going to make it ," said someone on the beach. "Look at that leg." A helicopter arrived shortly afterward. Paramedics hopped out and examined the v ictim. They thanked the surfers and the woman for their aid, and put the man int o the chopper. A hospital spokesman said an hour later that the surfer would sur vive-he was in fair condition. Meanwhile, because there was nothing they could d o and because the waves were still good, most of the surfers were out on their b oards. 101. Love in the Hospital You'd better be careful, Carol said. "You don't think anyone has noticed the two of you? It's not like you're being very secretive." Carol was Jenny's coworker and best friend. Well, we don't have anything to be secretive about, Jenny replied. "We're not do ing anything, so we don't have to be careful about anything." Who are you kidding? You've told me plenty of times how hot you think Roger is. What are you going to do when he gets tired of just flirting? You won't be able to resist. And then, the fun will be over sooner than you think. You could both end up getting divorced. And then, even if you married each other, how could you trust each other, since both of you would be cheaters? Jenny told Carol that her imagination was out of control. Nothing was going to h appen. Just then, Carol saw Roger walking toward them. He quietly came up behind Jenny and gave her a big, tight hug. Jenny grinned broadly. Carol rolled her ey es and walked away. Vocabulary Yes/No Questions Cloze Crossword | Keys D ictation 102. Interstate Bridge Collapses I heard a terrific boom. It was like the loudest thunder I ever heard, said one witness to the disaster. She ran out of her car to see what was happening. She s aw cars falling into the river and heard people screaming. She heard the loud cr acking sounds of the bridge collapsing and splashing sounds as bridge sections a nd vehicles hit the water. "It was horrible," she said. Engineers had no explanation for the collapse. They said the bridge had been ins pected recently. The report said that, although it was structurally deficient, t he bridge was not unsafe. Since the report did not declare the bridge unsafe, th e decision was to simply reinforce it at strategic locations. Americans were shocked that an American bridge could simply collapse. The news w as all over TV, radio, and most newspapers. One newspaper investigation revealed

that almost 10 percent (about 59,000) of America's bridges were structurally de ficient. Initially, some people speculated that terrorists might have rigged a bomb to th e bridge. Others noted that all the pigeon poop on the bridge's support rails mi ght have eroded the steel. One blogger wrote that, before he drove over another bridge in America, he would make sure that a life jacket was in the front seat n ext to him. 103. Stop Selling Those Bunnies She said that there are already too many rabbits in shelters, along with too man y cats and dogs. People can get all the rabbits, cats, and dogs that they want a t any local shelter, she advised. In addition, she warned that rabbits make terr ible pets: they scratch, they bite, they're not people friendly, they don't like to be held or petted, they multiply like "well, like rabbits," and they're high maintenance. She said that people no sooner buy a rabbit than a month or two la ter they take it out to a field and release it. These house-reared rabbits often die quickly in the wild, she said. Finally, she said, there are plenty of small , independent pet shops that already sell rabbits, so it's not like there's a la ck of places to get these so-called pets. A spokesman said that this was only a trial program for PetsRUs. The Phoenix sto re was the only store in the state that was selling rabbits. He said that a mark et survey showed a demand for rabbits, and that PetsRUs was merely trying to sat isfy customer needs. If sales were slow, he said, the trial program would probab ly end. "I don't know what the problem is," he said. "Rabbits are cute, they don 't bark, and they eat all the vegetables that your kids refuse to eat." 104. Actor Tries to Kill Himself The actor has starred in many romantic comedies. He often portrays a character w ho meets a girl who doesn't like him at first but falls in love with him by the end of the movie. In fact, a real-life romance occurred in his last movie. His c ostar, actress Katherine Hepburn, fell in love with Brett and moved in with him. This occurred despite the fact that Katherine was engaged to wed Richard Burton , another well-known actor. Burton, heartbroken, told the media that he was goin g to become a Buddhist monk. Unfortunately for Brett, Katherine recently made another movie with actor Errol Flynn. This movie, "Love in Baghdad," is a drama involving a married couple who are separated by terrorists. Katherine told Brett she was going to "visit" Errol on his 200-foot yacht after filming was finished. But soon afterward, TV entert ainment shows like "Access Hollywood" and "Entertainment Tonight" showed photos and videos almost daily of Katherine and Errol hugging, kissing, dancing, and sh opping. Brett couldn't take it anymore, said Luke. "He was ready to settle down with Kat herine. He was going to quit acting. He had told her that he planned to buy a ra nch in Wyoming for the two of them. Just them, the blue sky, the meadows, and th e cows and the sheep, for the rest of their lives." 105. The US Senator Says He's not Gay In June, Dreyer had been arrested in an airport rest room by a plain-clothes det ective. Because of complaints from the public that gay men had been having sex i n the rest room, the city's vice squad went into action. The detective, Thad Gre y, would sit in a stall and wait for men to suggest having sex with him. Dreyer entered the rest room and sat in the stall just to the left of the detect ive. Dreyer's right foot edged closer and closer to Grey's stall. When his foot was under the divider, he started tapping his foot. Tap-tap-tap. Tap. Tap-tap-ta p. Grey repeated the seven taps in the same pattern. Then Dreyer tapped with his knuckle on the dividing wall. Tap-tap. Tap-tap. Grey repeated the signal. Then Dreyer put his right hand under the dividing wall and gave the thumbs-up signal.

Grey gave the same signal back, and then walked into Dreyer's stall and arreste d him for soliciting sex in a public facility. Dreyer pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of "disorderly conduct." He denied that his actions were signals for sex. He said that he was merely signaling tha t he had no toilet paper in his stall. 106. E. Coli Is Everywhere The worst of these strains is labeled E. coli 0157. This strain is common in hea lthy cows, sheep, and goats. But when it gets into humans, it causes illness. Th is strain can kill humans, but only rarely. It kills our red blood cells and cau ses our kidneys to stop functioning. Hospitalization and transfusions are necess ary to prevent death. Most people just get mildly sick from E. coli 0157. There are usually just two s ymptoms: stomach cramps and diarrhea (non-bloody or bloody). These symptoms may last up to two weeks. The very young and the very old are most susceptible to se vere symptoms. In the US, more than 100,000 people get infected annually. People who live in countries with contaminated water develop immunity to infection. The primary sources of infection are contaminated water, undercooked hamburger, unwashed fruits and vegetables, and unpasteurized milk or milk products. Swimmin g in or swallowing contaminated lake water can also result in infection. In the US, outbreaks involving hundreds of people have been traced to undercooked hambu rgers at fast food restaurants, to packaged vegetable products such as spinach, and even to petting zoos. One of the best preventive measures is to wash our han ds often, and wash thoroughly after using the toilet. 107. Influenza The incubation period is about three days. It doesn't sneak up on you, like a co ld does. All of a sudden, you feel weak, you have a high fever, you have chills, you cough frequently and forcefully, your throat is sore, and your body aches. For most adults, the treatment is to simply wait it out: stay home, get lots of bed rest, drink lots of fluids, and take over-the-counter medications such as as pirin, pain-killers, and nasal decongestants. Symptoms usually go away within tw o weeks. For the elderly and young, the initial viral infection may become a bac terial infection with deadly consequences, because the victim becomes too weak t o battle the disease. The death rate for the general population is about one in 1,000. Those most susceptible to severe effects of the flu are people over 65 an d people with chronic heart or lung problems, such as asthma. Flu season in the US is usually December to March. The best prevention, of cours e, is to stay away from infected people. Since that is almost impossible, the ne xt best preventive strategy is to get an annual flu shot. This vaccine reduces t he number of people who get infected-and who die-yearly. Vocabulary Yes/No Questions Cloze Crossword | Keys Dictation 108. The Hospital Orderly (1) Jake was also responsible for checking a patient's blood pressure, taking his pu lse and temperature (usually orally, but sometimes rectally), and doing electroc ardiograms to monitor his heart condition. These chores used to be done by nurse s or technicians. Now they were done by Jake. He fed patients who couldn't feed themselves. He helped move patients from their beds to gurneys, or from their be ds to wheelchairs, and vice versa. Whenever a patient died in his hospital bed, it was Jake's job to zip the body into a plastic bag, put the bag on a gurney, a nd roll the gurney into the elevator and downstairs into the basement morgue. So metimes he stayed in the morgue, just thinking. 109. The Hospital Orderly (2) But, he was just going through the same motions, day after day. He was at the to p of the ladder for an orderly. There were no other jobs that he could qualify f

He handed her the ma il. He told the dispatcher that if they didn't give him Hillary's phone number immediately. It wasn't her birthday. but Leona told him to leave immedi ately." He told Stephanie that he had to work extra hours to help pay for the Mercedes.or. Dog Inherits Millions Wilbur was not surprised. 1-800-Blossom. Leona m entioned to Wilbur how beautiful Duchess looked. the Blossom representative promised that no paperwork would go to Ted's home. 111. Leona had not spoken to Wilbur in five years. Ted called up 1-800-Blossom and sent her t hree dozen roses. 110. The employees had washed. Stephanie greeted the mailman at the mailbox. she fired her butler when he said he was g oing to "polish the silver"-she thought he said he was going to "watch for Wilbu r. "Yes. The letter even included the note that went with the flowe rs: "My darling Lauren: These roses aren't half as pretty as you are. saying he was just joking. it was now hers. Why had h e quit that job. Morgan dialed 911. Why on ear th had Ted ordered flowers? Opening the envelope. shampooed." The butler had worked for Leona for 25 years. "The dog doesn't even have papers. he found an angry note on the door explaining why all the locks had been changed. said the lawyer. Four weeks later. Because Stephanie liked the Cadillac so much. she hoped she wasn't going to ruin a surprise from her husband. But those jobs would mean working in a hospital. The pay was low and the benefits were few. Ted sued 1-800-Blossom fo r ruining his marriage. His life was now a con stant regret about the poorest decision he had ever made. and blow-dried Duchess. Then Wilbur made an unfortunate joke. Flower Power Ted's wife. How dare her son belittle her "baby. The l awyer said there would be no problem proving that Leona wasn't "all there" when she signed her will. the blue sky. he put it on his business credit card. He was visiting Leona one afternoon. Wilbur said. unless he wanted to go to school for several years to become a tech or a reg istered nurse. Not a sick person in sight-only healthy people. He was a happy man when he worked at the golf course-the freshly mowed green grass. They used to get along very well. he wondered over and over. When Ted got home late that night. and then tied a big pink ribbon around her neck. He had already hired a lawyer to fight the will. 112. He had bought the Mercedes for himself." The lette r offered a 10-percent discount on Ted's next order. Ten years ago. Stephanie. in their right mind could be so cr uel to their own flesh and blood while being so generous to a dog that had been rescued from an animal shelter. including an envelope marked "Thank You. wondered why Ted bought the new car. but the game of golf was his p assion. enjoying themselves." said the law yer. if your idea of beauty is a large rodent with a pink ribbon around its skinny neck. Days later." Stephanie was curio us. he must have had a go od reason. Wilbur apologized. The enclosed letter thanked Ted for his order of three dozen roses. ." Leona g ave him a dirty look. She h ad just spent $400 at a dog beauty parlor. the white clouds . Ted started staying late "at the office. since he had just bo ught a new Cadillac two years ago. He loved teaching the game to others. No one. Upset. Leona told her staff to never use the words "Wilbur" or "rodent" in her presence. but he sure couldn't remember what it was now. A week later. or their anniversary. He wished he had stayed with his old job as an assistant pro at Brookside Golf C ourse. Even though Ted had to give his home phone and address . She didn't mind-she was enjoying her Cadillac. or Valentine's Day. When Lauren's birthday rolled around. To ensure that the transaction would be private. He wanted out." She didn't respond to any of his em ails or phone messages. Man Holds Staff Hostage None of the workers had her cell phone number. Ted said.

The paramedics treated Ethel's wounds and transported her to the hospital. was known for his strange behavior. FBI officials were outraged tha t Morgan had interrupted a busy presidential candidate. A spokesman vowed that M organ would be thrown into jail for a long time for kidnapping. and terrorism. Woody yelled and dropped the knife. where she is in stable condition. with a big grin on his face. Every time he went to visit his doctor. they bo th realized that English was her second language. Woody has not been caught yet. The paramedics and police commended little Curt for his bravery. How do you expect to get anywhere with women if you don't talk to them?" "I d idn't want to spoil your chances. said one doctor. Morgan explained to her that he was not getting the medical t reatment that he needed. because "when Daddy 's not home. reckless endange rment." she explained. Morgan. They had a delicious meal. A s hort while later. When she asked Chet and Eliot if they wanted appetizers. he would have to operate on his own broken heart. Woody ran out of the house. Chet told her that he was a famous heart surgeon. He dialed it. She smiled." 113. not excuses. As Woo dy stumbled around rubbing his eyes. his doctor was out to lunch--even at 10 in the morning and 4 in the afternoon. I'm the man of the family. Curt grabbed the knife and plunged it twice into Woody's lower back. but s aid nothing. Chet hit on her immediately. She said she was from Russia. It was the blonde waitress from the rest . He had b een under psychiatric care for much of his life. and Hillary a nswered her phone. Curt held onto the knife i n case Woody came back. was unharmed." In fact. Sh e smiled again. but she still refused to give him her phone number. She thanked him. the police rushed in and tackled him. pretty blonde. Remember Me? Their waitress was a young. "Yes. but that she would try to get a law passed forbidding doctors to have all-day lunche s. Chet told her t hat her English was very good. She thanked him. The baby. he managed to jam his fingers into Woody's eyes. and C het left the waitress a big tip. H e said that it was his responsibility to protect his sister. one student lingered. His "bomb" was nothing more than a few flares taped to his waist un der his jacket. A poli ce captain asked Morgan to release all the hostages. "I have husband. and he's the luckie st man on Earth. The dispatcher gave Morgan the correct phone number. "Mental illness is no excuse. because Curt said tha t he "got him good. protected by its heavy clothing and a blanket. Two months later. Young Boy Defends Sister Curt ran into the bedroom and jumped onto Woody's back. Morgan continued talking to Hillary until he noticed the police car lights outsi de the building. Hillary said she didn't know. From behind." Chet told her. Ethel called 911. Chet asked her where she was from. while Morgan was eating the Whopper. He hung up and walked to the front door of the building. Police and the FBI drove over to the office and surrounded it. Chet kidded Eliot. who lived in a nearby town." Eliot smiled. Morgan said he would releas e them if the police brought him a cigarette and a Whopper from Burger King. Woody should get to a hospital as soon as possible. "This is a nat ion of laws. Eliot was substitute teaching for a US Citizenship class. "You didn't say a word in there to he r." he declared. and if she didn't give him her phone number." Vocabulary Yes/No Questions Cloze Crossword | Keys Dictation 114. The dispatcher asked h im to please hold on while he tried to get the number. When the class ended. All hospitals in the area were alerted to watch for Woody. Outside the restaurant.he would blow up her campaign office and everyone in it. "Could I have you for dessert?" he asked. "How can my doct or eat lunch all day long?" he asked Hillary. He might bleed to death if Curt actually punctured one of Woo dy's kidneys. She smiled.

LA City Council Passes New Dog-Barking Law The city council of Los Angeles recently came to the rescue of its residents-or seemed to. around the tip of Africa.aurant. H e needed a new challenge. there are a few problems with the new law: How does a resident prove that a dog was barking for 30 minutes? Does he present an audio tape? With moder n technology. he needed a unique boat. After all the sticks were glued together. No. He said that was very nice of her. Then h e'll travel to Los Angeles. and had picked out a nice two-tone casual model by Clark. He put out the word. It passed a new ordinance: the owner of a dog that barks for 30 minut es straight will get a warning the first time a complaint is made. Then he looked around for a wrapped package. She would pick him up and take him there that Saturday. "my next goal will be to build a plane out of ice cream sticks and fly it around the world!" 117. Tokyo. But that was nothing new. and back to Holland. For a second complaint." said Zev Doheny. He decided to build his own boat. and then down to Florida and through the Panama Canal. They got to the mall and went into Nordstrom's. he offered her his hand. He asked her: Was it an alarm clock so that he wouldn't be late for class? W as it teaching materials. he felt it was too easy. she said. She said she would love to. he got it-ice cre am sticks! He would be the first man to sail around the world in a boat built ex clusively of ice cream sticks. "I hope it isn't a suit. She picked him up at the Starbucks near his apartment. She said it was stil l at the store." Of course." he suggested as they got into her car. as they walked into the shoe department. But it's something that you always wear with a suit. Where was the gift. it isn't." he proclaimed. Honolulu. couldn't that tape easily be "doctored" so that one minute of actu al barking magically becomes 30 minutes? Couldn't a person tape just any old dog barking and then claim that it's his neighbor's dog doing all that barking? Do . if that was okay with him. He will sail across the A tlantic to Canada. 116. She said she had a gift for him. looking back on it. or b oth. "Final ly. Hans took his new boat out to sea on a one-week voyage." he jok ed. "we've passed a noise law with some teeth in it. "It's magnificent. "If this trip succeeds. He used these sticks to build a 45-foo t replica of a Viking ship. A tie? Why would I wear a tie if I never wear suits? Not a tie. She had guessed that h e wore size 11. 115. The council wrote no penalty concerning a third or fourth complaint. like markers and erasers? A new briefcase? An extra in k cartridge for his computer for when he printed handouts? She said that she cou ldn't comment." he joked. "I never wear suits. She was tingling. The Way to a Man's Heart? At the end of the semester. He was enjoying the myste ry. "Let me at least buy you d inner. she waited till all the other students had left. The shoes fit perfectly. Homemade Ship to Sail Around the World The voyage went so smoothly that. Within three years. and totally sea -worthy. the owner will pay a $100 fine or go to jail for a week maximum. Several people had built their own boats and sailed them around the world." No. She ho ped that he would like the shoes as much as she did. Sensin g that she had something else on her mind. an d he did like them. Eliot asked her to join him for a cup of coffee. She had not iced that he always wore the same pair of shoes in class. school children from all over Holland h ad sent Hans 15 million ice cream sticks. Watching TV commercials one day. She talked to him for about five minutes about George Washington. he asked. When they left the store. silly. and they walked out to her car hand in hand. He plans to set sail in early 2008 with a crew of two.

She asked him how many beers he'd had. He made a soft landing near Paulina. Stains you can see are stains you can clean. Man Flies 200 Miles in Lawn Chair (1) He told his wife. He scrubbed. Nobody believed him. He added more soap to the pad. T he wind carried him eastward at an average speed of 22 mph. All of a sudden. His 6-year-old son asked if he could go with him. she refused to listen to his story.dogs have voiceprints. who was a pilot. tie the m to his chair. His wife promised to divorce him if he actually went through with this. He flew over the Cas cade Range. He scrubbed some more. and spoons that had no ornamentation . he'd just shoot holes in the balloons with his BB pist ol. There was a stain in the middle of this plate. What was the problem. He bought knives. all of his plates were the same brand and t he same color. His son wen t to school and bragged about his dad to all of his schoolmates. Standing at the kitchen sink. Each of the four pieces on the floor was about the same size. He scrubbed so me more. white plates show stains more clearly than colored or decorated plates. food cannot easily stick to or "hide" on unadorned plates. forks. How would he know where he was going to land? When he saw a nice landing spot. The wind would steer him. He told her that he was n't joking. Blow up a bunch of balloons. he asked. and away he goes. He had bought these plates. he tried to tell his wif e all about his journey. Duke was waiting for him. he was going to get r id of it once and for all. they are easie r to clean. the plate flew out of his hands. Today. She raised the seat a little so she could see better over the da . She moved the seat all the way forward. years ago. it crashed into the metal arm rest of the chair. she asked. It we nt all around the plate. because the plate and his hands were so soapy and he w as scrubbing with such force. In a few days. She told Bo to sleep on the sofa. just inside of where the plate curved upwards. He rinsed the pla te off. He called up a balloon store and ordered 50 balloons and a few he lium tanks to fill up the balloons. 119. about 200 miles east of Roseburg. for two reasons. She co uldn't believe that her husband could be so stupid. 121. It didn't land so ftly on the seat cushion of the dining room chair. Still angry. Therefore. "Their 'solutions' are almost always worse than the problems themselves. he started shooting the ballo ons. He told her not to be so negative. Man Flies 200 Miles in Lawn Chair (2) Bo got up to 15. He wet the pad and started scrubbing the plat e. He picked up t he dinner plate in his left hand. Dishwa shing soap was already on the pad. He had the same philosophy about silverware. He went online and found out what wind patterns were in Oregon that time of the year. His heavy coat kept him warm. One. He called up his friend Duke. he turned on the cold water faucet. He grabbed the pad with his right hand." 118. about six inches across. 120. he said. complained the owner of a pet store when he heard about the council's new law. When he got near the Ochoco Mountains. Instead. Cleaning a Dirty Plate Although now they were hard to find. When Bo got home late that night. Bo had it al l figured out. They put on t heir seatbelts. This light brown stain had been growing for months. Two. Her Driving Lesson They got into the Lincoln. How was he going to steer.000 feet. like humans have fingerprints? Will all dogs have to get "voice-printed?" There isn't one brain among the lot of them. The stain was still there. where the air is thin. he said. The next day. he told his son about his interesting adventure.

piloting airplanes. Adventurer Disappears He didn't file a flight plan. because she was about to hit the three-foot-high hedge that bordered the parking lot. so friends and r elatives did not seem to be overly alarmed. The purpose of his afternoon flight was to find a suitable area t o try to set a new land speed record for automobiles. brake! he yelled. a little nervously. In fact. so exactly where he went is unknown." he said. through a six-foot-high wooden fence. Instead of hitting the brake. Annabelle had not returned their calls. 123. She moved th e gearshift from park to reverse. Everyone hugged when the meal was f inished. Hurricane Felix. a local French restaurant. She started the engine." said an officer from the Civil Air Patrol. My wife and I are having a great time he re in Cancun. passed s outh of Jamaica and headed straight toward Nicaragua. Brake. He told her that it was just like driving the Honda. But no signals were coming from that watch. if he was in fact wearing it. but died out two days after hitting land. Magell an made his fortune in real estate when he was young. Dinner included a couple of delicious-and expensive-bottles of wine. and Andr ew and Camille before that. But his yell startled her. and Gilbert! And what about Wilma?" Yeah. "I talked to Sara an d Jeri. Searchers are combing a 200 by 200 mile area by air. The hurri cane brought heavy rain to parts of Mexico. The terrain is high desert. and Agnes. sometimes they're all bite. you're right." Don't forget Hugo. I thought that was strange. and we're not going to pick up and leave. This tourist and his wife were lucky. his wife chimed in. they just bring lots of rain and wind without much destruction." said one tourist from Mississippi. "It would be very easy for a small plane like that to remain undetecte d for months. She looked in the rearview mirror. Florence treated her three friends to a fanta stic dinner at Sur la Table. We'll take our chances. except that the Li ncoln had a longer hood and a bigger trunk. she slammed on the gas. "When I got there. His younger sister said that it woul dn't surprise her if he came strolling out of the desert in a day or two. Dean traveled south of Cancun. The brand new Lincoln went through the thick hed ge. like most s mall planes. so I decided to go over to her n ew place. clothes. and Rita. ye ah. The roof was down on her Miata convertible. 124. and driv ing fast cars. "Hurr icanes are usually more bark than bite. . Nursing Student Disappears Annabelle Florence had just moved into a new apartment at the beginning of Septe mber. They can be dangerous. "Now be careful. Two weeks later. like Katrina a couple of years ago. and started backing up. But some stayed. two days later. Cancun was almost completely cleaned up and bustling again. But usually. Magellan had a knack for walking away uninjured from accidents. also a category 5 at one point.shboard. causing lit tle damage to the resort. and right into the shallow end of the swimming pool. A few classmates had helped her move." which sends out radio signals in event of a crash. It was as if Dean had never been there. with lots of ravines. especially considering h ow much this vacation is costing us. She did not answer or return phone calls the next two days. and has devoted the rest o f his life to pursuing world records in ballooning. "Oh. A friend of Magellan's said that he usually wears a watch that can s end radio signals." said classmate Vicki. and Charley. sinc e it had sprinkled the day before. did not have a "black box. 122. Hurricane Dean Thousands of tourists caught early flights out of Cancun. and fu rniture were in the new apartment. "Of course. and Florence drove home by herself. The plane. After all the boxes. her car was in the parking l ot.

"It doesn't look good. but once a day?" A KFC spokesman said that KFC's chickens are caged and butchered humanely. I tried the door. The price of bananas hasn't changed muc h over recent years-they're still about 65 cents a pound. Smells like Chicken That's a terrible idea. There was no answer. with no signs of violence and no clues as to where she has gone. mash it. If that's too expensive." He said the scent would be just strong enough to notice. He also noted that KFC has a vegetarian menu that includes tofu shaped like chicken breasts and wings. and nothing was in the refrigerator. She is simply missing. The banana is versatile. then they sh ould also have to listen to the sound of chickens' heads getting chopped off eve ry day. too? asked Rose." Vocabulary Yes/No Questions Yes/No Questions Cloze Cr ossword | Keys Dictation 127. Florence's credit card has not been used in the la st two days. You can fry it. although the fruit reportedly originated in Asia. All her boxes were unopened. Some of the p reacher's words were unclear because of static on the portable microphone. Nevin and Janelle took picture s of themselves and the turtles. "like a woman's perfume in a very big elevator. Great-great-grandparents eat mashed bananas after their teeth fall out. Walking westward. nor have any calls been made from her cell phone during that period . all the turtles swam toward her. Virginia. You ca n slice it and put it on your breakfast cereal. despite rising gas and labor prices. Secondly. the scent of cooked meat appalls me. calling her name. "First of all. she added. or eat it raw. As Janel le kneeled at water's edge. The Wedding (1) Nevin and Janelle arrived at 5 p. So they decid ed to take a stroll on campus. a secretary for the Department of Defens e in Alexandria. The Lovely Banana You're never too young or too old to eat bananas. And what makes it even worse is that they pl an to foul the air every workday with fried chicken odor.m. You can order a healthful banana smoothie at your local smoothie store. After . Bananas give us lots of potassium and vitamins A and C. I walked inside. I belong to PETA-People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. They wanted food. It was not even locked. O n weekends you can order a banana daiquiri at your local bar or restaurant. Here in the US. 126. And we all know how terribly chickens are treated before they are butch ered. or make a peanut butter and banana sandwich. After I knocked and knocked. bake it. and t hat the scent would be subtle. 125. At lunchtime you can snack on a raw banana. You can add a banana to your ice cream for dessert and call it a banana split. but a sign advis ed visitors not to feed the fish or turtles. Babies eat mashed bananas befo re their teeth grow in. I was getting very nervous. and hardly any sodium. her clothes were still no t hung up. Do they make the tofu crunchy and greasy. "I'm going to demand equal time-if office workers have to smell fried chicken every day. Ab out a dozen small turtles were swimming in the eastern end of the pond." said one detective. I'm a vegetarian. So she apologized to the turtles-no t that she had any turtle food anyway. The whole idea is disgusting. The police are investigating. we get most of our bananas from Ecuador and Costa Rica. you can still get three pounds for a buc k at many dollar stores. But no one was there. A couple of them cl imbed out of the water and onto the footpath. they soon found a fish pond. They walked back to Cowfish just before the ceremony was to begin. but the photographer had been delayed on the freeway because someone had jumped off an overpass. especially when I went into the bedroom and the bathro om. for pictures. or eat a bag of dried b ananas. Once a month would be bad enough. exclaimed Rose.Her apartment door was closed.

Alvin put a 35-cent tip on the table. "It looked and smelled good. Then Nevin and Janelle walked out to their car. Nathan told the waiter thanks.' 'tha nk you. and a couple of beers. I guess that's part of our war against terror ists. This was the fourth marriage for Harlan. The photographer." the waiter replied. Alvin motioned to him . Janelle's was a little tough. "Also. She switched it for salmon." The waiter came back to clear the plates from the table. I ate about a fourth of it. Nevin said. The waiter said nothing in reply. I think they're going to get four or five complaint letters. ma'am." Wordlessly. I'll tell them that I'm going to hire a lawyer. holding hands and talking about what would be the same and what would be different at their own wedding. 128." Nevin went on. the wait staff served the food witho ut coughing on it or getting their fingers all over the plates or glasses. Nathan and Hank were astounded.' and 'you're welcome' is elementary etiquette. What's the occasion?" Alvin told Nath an that he just felt like being nice to his friends for a change. with Elvis performing at their ceremony. The finer points?! Alvin said. guests clapped and c heered. Nevin asked how much Har lan was hoping to get refunded. On the plus side. "You know. I nee ded a steak knife. So. The bill was $ 20. but it was tough." Harlan asked Nevin to write a letter to the Cowfish about how tough his steak wa s. if they didn't decide to just drive to Las Vegas for a quick marriage. "Long enough. said Harlan. busily took pictures of the bride and groom." Hank said that younger people today were not taught the finer poin ts of etiquette. And. He told them he would eat when he got ho me. "That way. the wait er placed the bill in front of Alvin. Give me the bill. Oh. but said nothing. . Knowing when to say 'sir. Alvin asked the waiter if he had worked there long. and left the rest on the plate. the parents. After their meal. a double cheeseburger with chips. "I was online all last night and found a great deal on a c ruise to Panama. because my butter knife wasn't working out. Nevin said. I hope the rest of the evening went better than the dinner." Well. yes. One of the two soap dispensers in the men's room was completely empty of soap. perhaps most important to me.the preacher pronounced Harlan and Ellen husband and wife. and about the other negatives he had just mentioned." Janelle said. The Waiter Alvin refused to drink or eat anything. Ten minutes later. After his friends had left the table. Did you see that? Alvin asked. the only urinal was busted. That is. It had a n out of order sign on it. But they didn't h ave any steak knives on the table. Nevin and Janelle said good night to the newly married couple. When he returned with the beers. please. as you probably know. I never had to ask to have my coffee cup refilled. "I'm going to treat my friends. who had gotten "some great pictures" of the fallen bod y. If they don't refund me at least $2." said Nathan. When the waiter brought the bill about ten minutes later. and he didn't bother to say you 're welcome. he said. too. The Wedding (2) Mine was tough. so everyone was hoping it would be his last. thank you. "Well. Nathan hadn't quite finished. Hank and Na than each ordered a small salad. We'll save 50 percent if we go during the rainy season and if w e take the cabin nearest to the engine room." 129. and you're welcome. "The finer points are knowing which side of the p late the forks and spoons are supposed to be on. "this might be the firs t time I've ever seen you pick up the tab. the preacher.000. and t he guests. "You said thanks. so I signed us up. after finally getting the waiter's attention. our only difficult decision will be to pick which song he will sing for us. And t hey always said sir.

Not only that. Georgia. D. It looked like six sticks of dynamite connected with wires to an alarm c lock. While in trai ning. In fact. an airline passenger later identified as D. told the pilot to take off. declared him unfit for du ty. The stewardess gasped. He would blow up the bomb if she didn't fo llow all of his instructions. Th e pilot followed D. Most of the time. the letter said. I'm . It takes the edge off a tough day. 24.B. "It doesn't interfere with my work.B.B. and I don't get mean and angr y after I have a few. Cooper got away. I haven't even gotten a ticket for drunk driving. She went to the cockpit and told the pilot of the 727 what D.000 of the marked bills on the bank of the Columbia Rive r.B. D. left th e money there as a ruse. Since he hadn't comple ted his three-year commitment to the Army. he talked to his new buddies about how he was going to be in a computer la b stateside after basic training. Cooper called th e stewardess to his seat in the back of the plane. watching TV. I've never killed anyone while driving. All o f it was delivered to Cooper. soldier!" the drill sergeant barked at him." said one agent recently. He got shrapnel in his left eye and w as permanently blinded. far away from other planes and veh icles. ordered all passengers off. The FBI got the parachutes and the money. Benning. Nor did their radar detect a descending parachute. opened the rear door of the passenger plane and jumped out. had told her. He gave her a n ote that said he was carrying a bomb. Oregon. he's going to prison for 30 years. One day.B. had D. The Army gave him a glass eye. The plane landed at Tacoma Airport in Wash ington and refueled at the end of the runway. hi s vehicle got blown up by a handmade bomb. disappeared into the night. He opened the bag on his lap and showed her its co ntents. I don't do crazy things. a kid found $6.000 feet. Your Country Thanks You He attended eight weeks of basic training at Ft. I drink at home.B. He asked for four parachutes and $200. he must return all o f his cash bonus. Cooper Lives On (2) When he finished. Meanwhile. "If we find that dirtbag. D. I'm No Alcoholic! Who cares? Brigham asked. D. as all of them were g oing straight to Iraq. Once the 727 was airborne. 132. Why should I quit? I enjoy my beer-it makes me feel good. Pilots in the two fighter jets that were following the 727 saw nothing. for almo st 18 months he went out on daily missions looking for the bad guys. You'll be in Baghdad in two days.B. In 1980. Sometime later. Jordan got a letter from the Pentagon. D. His buddies were amazed. said to fly south toward Mexico at 10. " Now pack your gear. near Portland. alone. Jordan told the drill sergeant that there must have been a mistake .B.00 0 in cash.130. landed in the river and drowned? Had his body and most of his money eventually drifted into the Pacific? Or.B.B. is still a man who simply vanished into thin air.B. but I'm a better driver with a buzz than most people are when th ey're sober.B. The money was marked. 133." Jordan wrote letters to his congressman and senators while he was in Iraq. to make the FBI think that he had died? The FBI is angr y that D. 131. D. and discharged him. told the stewardess to g o sit up front with the pilot. Had D. and it was cold. plus interest. On Monday morning. and almost 40 years later. he thought as he opened the letter.B. He co uldn't believe that the recruiter had lied to him like that.B. 1971.B. They all graduated from basic training on a Friday and sp ent the weekend getting drunk in nearby Columbus. Cooper Lives On (1) On Nov. He was alone. the drill sergeant told all of them that their next duty stat ion was Iraq. After enrolling at Troy University. D. D. It was dark. D.'s instructions. Maybe it's a commendation. "The Army doesn't make mistakes.

You were trying to walk into your kitchen. He asked all the media to bow their heads. "Lord. The whol e community of 98 homeowners managed to get into their cars with their families and pets and just a few of their material possessions. Ten minutes later. which is only a few miles from the Pacific Ocean and Malibu. These people d o not live in Coral Canyon. Do these a-holes have any consideration for others?" He tried to go back t o sleep. As far as I'm concerned. the governor himself held a press conference on the steps of the state capitol building. gusting up to 60 mph. They all survived the rag ing fire. Then he and Bill started calling one neighbor after another . or littering. And I'd grab me a front-row seat. Homeowners were allowed to return to their home sites to assess damages. I'll just keep my mouth shut about what happens in my home. I just stood up too fast. the guy in the movie 'Network'? He was on top of the world. but instead you staggered into your front door! Your door is 15 feet away from the refrigerator ." said E ve Grant. 48 Homes Burn Down near Malibu (2) He called Bill back. Any idi ot would know that. Drought Attacks Georgia The Georgia Civil Air Patrol has been trying to seed the clouds overhead for the last six months. People party there until early morning hours. Yes. and prayed. But because of a constant lack of funds. is a small park. heard loud rock music as a car drove down out of the park. as they had established a fire warning and evacuation plan years ago. It wasn't the beer. but he died alone and drunk in his hotel room after he cracked his s kull on the corner of a coffee table." Jimi muttered. The next day. 135. Most ho meowners were philosophical about their losses. but for the si . also playing music loudly." 136. Finally. It's called low blood pressure. 134. Early Sunday morning. 48 Homes Burn Down near Malibu (1) Near the end of the road that goes into Coral Canyon. They are outsiders. a resident of Coral Canyon. to no avail." although they hadn't dete rmined if the fire was deliberate or accidental. Officials hired the nation's number one water finder. What harm is there in that?" What harm? You told me that you stood up to get another beer last week and you c rashed into your front door so hard that you got a lump on your forehead. Unfortunately. ripped through the canyon. State officials asked the local Cherokee Indians to do a rain dance. "it's 3:00 a.not bothering or hurting anyone. He found a still for making whiskey. these bastards ought to be burned a t the stake. But Jimi Hendrix was less even-tempered. They do not pay any attention to park rules about hours (the park closes at dusk). "For crying out loud. The fire engines wer e just not close enough to the community to get there before the Santa Ana winds . his friend Bill Gahr called. An d next time. and my coffee table doesn't have any corners-it 's oval. but I'm not William Holden.m. "Common sense would tell anybody that y ou don't set fires in a wooded area when the wind is blowing like crazy. firefighters de clared that the fire was a result of "human activity. no park ra ngers are ever available to enforce these regulations. "We've got our families and our friends. I can still see the bruise. That car was followed by another vehi cle. Do you remember William Holden. we are asking for relief. 48 homes were destroyed and 27 were damaged. Jimi Hendrix. not for us. That's far more important than our homes and other possessions. raised his hands to heaven. fires (no fires of any kind a re permitted). The Indians told them they would do a rain dance when the st ate returned all the land that it stole from the Cherokees. That park is a popular weeke nd gathering place.

138. Russell told him no problem. Many patients who are even slightly claustrophobic become nervous or ev en hysterical when they are slid into this compartment. Pat's doctor had given her a sedative to take half an hour before the exam. and they put three cases of co ld Bud into the bed of the pickup. She was hype rventilating. oh most powerful Lord. Russell's second wife. The MRI operator has to slide them back out where they can "breathe" again. the patient lies f ace up on a flat metal "bed." Roy told her as they walked out of the MR I room. because he wanted to borrow some money fro m her. This happens regularly. and they pushed the barrel slowly up into the bed of the p ickup. George believed him. He called the police. the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of . He wanted to get rid of them b ecause he had heard that spontaneous combustion could occur. Gray Water In the US. had accidentally drowned in her bathtub thr ee years ago. 137. George. Body in a Barrel (1) Oddly. Russell opened a case and pulled out two cans . they rolled it to the bac k of Russell's pickup truck. George said no probl em. put down his beer. Russell's first wife. and they drank them on the way back to the house in the warmth of the cab. He asked Russell if the whole engine was inside the b arrel. Russell s aid no problem. Before leaving. A Bad MRI Experience Her doctor had recommended the MRI exam. she started screaming. George called his mom to tell her about Staci. the barrel was warm to the touch. George called Staci a few days later. Under her picture was the word "Missing. meaning two cases of Budweiser. Oh. and she had moved out of the city. When he returned from Vegas. 'gone'? George asked. Beverly. "What's in here?" George asked. The technician pushed the button to slide her back out. Russell said that Staci was gone. George helped Russell position a metal motorcycle r amp behind the truck. When they finished. For a shoulder exam. but because Russell was a policeman. Thank you. now suspicious. He h ad also told her to wear a sleep mask. George thought that was very od d. Russell said it was just some old rags and engine parts." The bed slides into the MRI machine. But as soon as she was slid all the way into the machine. even though patients are warned about the tomblike environment. had been accidentally shot to death while turkey hunting with Russell six years ago. Russell just grunted. He asked Russell if he could borrow $300 so that he could spend the weekend in Las Vegas. however. T he officer asked if she could put him on hold for a second. What do you mean. 140. The patient's nose is barely two inches from the metal ceiling. George saw his sister's face on the local TV news. George told Russell that this was a "two case" move. The barrel was very heavy. 139." The Georgia A ssociation of Atheists immediately sued the governor for conducting prayer sessi ons on state property. Once they got it outside. Body in a Barrel (2) Russell stopped at a supermarket on the way home. like a DVD sl iding into a DVD player. George said that he thought it might be occurring at that very moment. which would cover her eyes so that she wo uldn't see the ceiling just inches from her face. my God! I could feel it! It was like I was being buried alive! she exclaimed to her husband.ck and the young in this state. "You're such a baby. Russell said that Staci had left him for another man. Pat took the sedative and wore the mask." The TV reporter said that Kathy. Red Meat.

and leapt. and started running. as the world's population inc reases and the amount of fresh water decreases. He yelled at Winnie while Merl threw a plastic bottle full of water. Earl screamed. Downey has a vivid imagination. Winnie quickly caught up to one. head of FDA. that's what!" Cobb says that he went to India to study how snake charmers control the deadly c obra with music. He returned to New York." he said. They decided it would be fun to tease her as she lay within the walled pit minding her own busin ess. After hours of modifying tunes. bu t not on his neighbor's dog. He would be rich beyond his wildest dreams! Unfortunately. I've yet to hear of one American dying from eating too much rat feces. of course. That might r ank right up there with the discovery of penicillin!" 142. Consider how much rat feces we allow in processed foo d today. Then Earl hopped onto the wall and dangled his legs into the tiger pit area. said. the gas is completely safe. his dog simply barked along with the music. "Ms. "My dream. He had discovered a melody that would shut dogs up. Cobb declared. The two brothers were running toward the zoo res taurant. She slashed at Earl's foot. causing her to growl. she killed them both. The amoun t we allow will probably not exceed two or three percent. At first. she sprang toward the wall. All Bite. Look. figuring that there would be safety in numbers." 141. Enraged. Guess what? Processors now want to use gray water in canned soups. Nor on several other dogs in the neighborhood. They might change their mind. These two agencies bend over ba ckward for food companies. hopped off the wall. "when a lot of peopl e get sick. no processed fo od is 100 percent sterile. the melody worked on his dog. 143. the snake charmer's flute. and it's all over TV and radio news. and then the other. Winnie quic kly measured the height of the wall. And h e learned many of the same tunes that the snake charmers played. America-your favorite chicken soup will soon be 50 perce nt gray water. The bottle struck Winni e's head. Just as people's digestive syste ms get used to contaminated water in developing countries. Tiger Kills Two Men (2) . probably 2 million right here in the city. 18 and 19 years old. Cobb dis covered one that actually caused his dog to stop barking. They went straight to Winnie's pit. It does not include toilet water. said activist Maureen Downey. removing one of his shoes. "There's about 30 million dogs in this country. Look out. that's what! And what do people ha te more than anything? Barking dogs. where he practiced the tunes on his dog. so a little gray water shouldn't be a problem either. Cobb figures that computers will help him find the right melodies at the right f requencies to shut up any dog on Earth. People have to realize that water is getting more valuable every decade. They threw pine cones and sticks at Winnie. "is to d iscover one melody that will shut up a whole block of barking dogs. he could use the same music to prevent a dog fro m barking. He figured that if they could use music to prevent a deadly cob ra from striking out at humans. Americans will get us ed to gray water in their canned soups and other products. We would never allow 50 percent gray water in canned soups-that amount might make people sick. Tiger Kills Two Men (1) Two brothers. So he learned how to play the pungi. visited the zoo just before closing. Our primary concern is the health and safety of American consumers.Agriculture say not to worry." Conan Nolan. But they never made it. Earl and Merl had had a few drinks. And what do th ese dogs love to do more than anything? Bark. Winnie landed on top of it. He was jubilant. Gray water is simply 'u sed' household water. With one bite to each of t heir necks. No Bark There's a huge market for this service. Although the wall was 13 feet hi gh.

It was a little game she liked to play. Logan was too much in love with Anita to ever cheat on her. He call ed up a couple of friends to ask if they had seen the play. It took about 10 minutes to catch two of them. "If I ever catch you even thinking about cheating on me." Ha! she snorted. Red Flowers Make Her See Red What flowers? Logan asked. they hadn't. No. The third one. he said. He said he didn't know. emptied the cash register. He told her that he had driven for a while yesterday wi th all the windows open. just to remind Logan not to cheat. They immediately hopped out of the SUV and started running in three different directions. The Argument (1) Well. He said he thought they had been there for quite a while. who asked to remain nameless. we're through! Got it?" On the one hand. Maybe they had been there. the business establishment was a Starbucks. Throughout the next day. When police got to him. He sampled about six tunes. He did not get up at all. but they had not.m. He was sure he had seen the flowers lying there for days. . t hey did nothing for him. so please be ready. to freshen the car. as usually happens. Sure enough. he thought about the play-maybe Lulu was right. he had the bright idea to Google the play. 144. as she put them in to a tissue and then put the tissue in her purse. because he had never cheated on her. holding the two li ttle flowers up to his nose. 146. He was trying to think . H e was going to call Lulu. Wednesday. the three criminals were unhurt. Well? Who did you buy these flowers for? she asked again. 145. Maybe the flowers got blown into the car. This was not the first time she had "caught" him cheating on her. They weren't there two days ag o when she had last been in his car. The Starbucks Robbery At 9:30 p. but just then his sister called him. "Maybe you're lying! Who did you buy flowers for?" she y elled at him. robbed the employees and the customers .m. She had never really caught him. The zoo would probabl y have to offer him at least a million dollars just to avoid a jury trial.m. City res idents were divided in their opinions about the event. The SUV came to a stop. and the other had broken a car window and hidden in the car. "These flowers!" she said sharply. A chase ended with one police car ramming the SUV from behind on the Third Street overpass. instead of running. he suggested. one had hi dden in a dumpster. but did n ot get up and run.. "They both deserved to di e. she told him. and walked out to their stolen SUV." said one officer. but he had no idea w here they had come from.The father of the two brothers immediately hired a lawyer." said one resident. At about 6 p. He would pick her up the next day at 7 p. On the other. at least about this play. but she hadn't s een them. "You know how windy it was yesterda y. someone had told him that this play was the one. Three young men walked in. when she got bossy like this." said another. Lulu was right. but. The l ocal humane association also promised to sue the zoo for not building a higher w all. She still said t hat she'd rather not go. of course. he found a site that contained music samples from the play. he thought. "Too bad he wasn't holding hands with the other two when he jumped. he was dead . The police were able to respond quickly. Zoo of ficials said that lawsuits might result in closing the zoo permanently. He landed in an emergency lane. he did think-however fleetingly-about moving on. which would have kept the animal in its pit and thus saved its life. "Boys shouldn't lose their lives just for acting like boy s. had decided it was quicker to jump off the ov erpass onto the freeway 20 feet below. He argued that they only went to a play once every two months. They talked for a t least half an hour.

"How about a movie tomorrow?" he asked. "We're through!" she shouted just before hanging up. That's good. and returned. Stanley thanked him and paid him. and she was tired of it. The Toilet Tank (1) Stanley was alarmed. "You mu stn't over-tighten this. and a T . Tomorrow! " she yelled over the phone." 150." 149. Is this thing going to overflow. she suggested. let's go to a movie. she raged on. who was stronger. It shut off exactly at the Water Line mark. trying to finish all her realty work so that she would be ready by 7 p. which was "on time" for Henry. the toile t was silent. When he returned to the bathroom. shorts. he wondered. and watched the bowl and the tank fill. but he had assumed it was his neighbor's toilet. But that was only about two inches below the top of the tank. He called Henry the handyman. "That does it. hardly bigger than a quart er. She pulled off his cap and stroked his white hair-or w hat was left of it. He had heard water running for more than a week now." he said. securing the fill valve. Henry arrived only 30 minutes late. we use d rubber gaskets and metal nuts and washers. We got lucky. He called Henry. Three hours later.m. He flushed th e toilet. everything is cheap plast ic." And then he had the nerve to call her up at 6:55 to te ll her to forget it. Then she unbuckled his big black belt and stuck her hand dow n his pants." he told Stanley. Henry was a really nice guy. he wouldn't be able to come over until tomorrow. Santa was no match for this young woman. She was furious. turned on the main valve. Now he knew i t was his own. "It's just a tiny leak. Stanley noticed a puddle of water. A movie? When? Right now! she said. and it would take a lot of work to put a new one on. "I don't have to fiddle around adjusting the fill valv e. Forget it?! Had he thought about calling her up earlier? Ha d he thought about asking her for her opinion before deciding everything on his own? "Of course not!" she said as she answered her own question. The water had stopped rising at one inch above the water line. waited for the bowl to refill and for the new fill valve to shut off t he water. His rates were much c heaper than a regular plumber's rates. Did he have any idea wha t a difficult day she had had. She put both hands on his cheeks and gave hi m a big kiss on his lips. Your bathroom won't get flooded. the woman had unbuttoned Santa's jacket an d was rubbing her chest against his. The Argument (2) So. of how he had absolutely no respect for her. Stanley put two and two together. That was too close fo r comfort. The Toilet Tank (2) Henry tightened the plastic nut below the tank. who said the plastic nut just needed a little tightening. Henry said he'd be over the next day. on the bathroom floor. He had already decided to stay in. but the v alve was "frozen. She was all dressed up. The next day. He tried to turn off the toilet tank shutoff valve on the bathroom wall. because it'll break. 148. and hornier than he was. Nowadays. By the time a security guard arrived. He started yelling for help. and she was ready to go somewhere! But he wasn't. "In the old days. because I'm a little late for another job right now. She was wearing flip-flops. This was just o ne more example." He went back outside. Santa Molested by Young Woman And then she started groping Santa." Henry flus hed the toilet again. "That val ve is too easy to bust." he told Stanley." "We don't want to mess with that. He went into his bedroom and grabbed some towels. Henry said. He told Stanley to put a big plas tic bowl under the tank and not to worry. faster.147. But because he was working all that day on another job.

That was a reci pe for a fire. Two 13-year-old boys. "Property owners will be forced to tear down such structures immedi ately. "These arrests aren't going to rebuild our homes or diminish our misery. often with a credit card. but she ignored h im. As she was returning to the apartment. They usually bough t firewood. Archie couldn't do that-he felt that his luck was so bad that if he tried it. The assista nt manager was there the night the food and booze were sold." said a spokesman. The men were regular customers. "She was hot!" said one of the boys. There was only one outlet. plugged i nto that outlet was a cheap power strip. "They seemed like intelligent people. he apologized to the kid s who had witnessed the attack. fo od packages. and even a few receipts. and a hair dryer. Fire Kills Two Young Girls The apartment did not have a single window. But that will never happe n. They said she would be charged with sexual assault and battery. A mental jail. she he ard crackling noises. At a televised news conference. at least one homeowner was still bitter. I remember them very well." They both said the y couldn't wait until they were old enough to work as Santa in a mall.-shirt. Also. except for the fact that they had to wait in line a little longer to visit w ith Santa. enjoyed the "show. Firemen said that neither the apartment nor the house had smoke detectors. A friend of his had been throwing away such summonses for at least 20 years. Three days later. and alcohol. in bright red letters. When Santa returned to his chair by the Christmas tree. Plugged into the strip were a TV. I wish they had all been in my home when it burnt down. 152. yes. He had to pull her off Santa. The guard asked her to leave Santa alone. About six weeks ago. He wondered if they mig ht be using the firewood in a prohibited area. his summons would be the one with the concealed microchip that recorded him throwing the envelope in the trash. 151. I would have enjoyed kicking their dead bodies. he said. the local supermarket that the receipts came from. The deputy sheriff s went to Ralphs. Both Santa and the woman were out of breath. Before she could open the apartment door. They handcuffed the woman and put her in a squad car. on January 11. the city fire department announced that it was giving away free smoke detectors to needy city residents. These guys are young-half of their income for the rest of their lives should go toward paying for our losses. who showed up at least once a month on Friday or Saturday night. Police Arrest Fire-Starters Firemen and deputy sheriffs searched the park afterward. to be sure. Oh. however. but it still felt like jail. She had been using the bathroom. They did not seem to be bothered by the exciteme nt. H owever. was: OFFICIAL JURY SUMMONS ENCLOSED-Registration Required within 5 days. Santa took a 10-minute break to recover and to put his Santa suit back together. food." 153. he had received his almost annual jury sum mons. Printed on the outside of the white envelope." said one officer. So." he told a deputy sheriff. at their own cost. and pay a significant fine. a portable heater. The fire spread to the house before the fire department arrived. The 14-year-old sister who was in charge-their mom worked nights-was in the hous e when the fire started. Get out of "Jail" (1) He had been in "jail" for the last week. with no bra. and found some food. but he never said anything about it. "That poor guy didn't know what hit him. County Sheriff Lee Baca announced the arrests. "That's good detective work. a sma ll refrigerator. said one fireman. the city housing authority warned residents that it was going to step up the search for illegal conversions. empty bottles and cans. flames shot out from the walls. he dutifully filled out the . Then he really would be in jail. bu t so what?" asked Martha Knapp. The police eventually arrived. The toilet in the apar tment was not working at the time. two lamps.

families make a rag doll called "Mr. So. people kiss each other three times at midnight. they ring a bell 108 times to get rid of th e 108 bad desires that people have. In Switzerland. In Japan. which in olden times scared away evil spirits. 155. bald guy. To make matters worse. still worried that Gil had jinxed him. In the southern US. they we ar red clothes and give children red envelopes with money in them. people eat 12 grapes-one per chime-as the clock chimes midnight. He often spilled food onto the table and seat. In Iran. the recording told him to call back Thursday between noo n and 12:30. one day out of five was gone! 154. he happily washed his hands once again of th e "privilege" of doing jury service. Man Leaves $50K to Waitress (1) Matthew was a skinny. Archie dialed the 8 00 number. Men kiss women who happen to stand un der mistletoe. they set the doll on fire. Whistling as he dro pped the envelope into the mailbox. Thursday. US reside nts often make one or more New Year's resolutions. homeowners open the front door at midnight to let in the new year.m. In Mexico and Venezuela. Archie put the affidavit into an envelope. many people eat black-eyed peas for good luck in the new yea r. Each of them ho ped he wouldn't sit in her section. to rid themselves of all the bad things of the previous year. instead of the usual 5 p. even though he usually had several f . d ance. many people attend or throw New Year parties. Most waitresses thought he was a little weird." They dress it in ol d clothes and stuff it with things that the family doesn't want anymore. Archie said he was on jury duty that week. and open the back door to let out the old year. He tapped in his PIN and jury group number. sa ying that he hoped that Gil was right. the recording had told him to call again Monday after 5 p." As instructed. At 5:05 that evening. For that week. He usually sat at a four-person booth all by himself. Every so often he joked about his missi ng tooth. He wore glasses that sat crooked on his nose. Most of these resolutions last little longe r than a month. he would be "on call" for "no more than five days. He listened. "Ask me what happened to it. 156. his friend Gil called. and cheer at the stroke of midnight. In Spain. put a 41-cent firs t class stamp on the envelope. "I ran into a door. "Well . Get out of "Jail" (2) Wednesday afternoon." Archie couldn't believe that Gil had said that. In Colombia. asking Archie if he wanted to play g olf the next morning. You've made it! There's no way that they'r e going to call you to jury duty this late in the week." he would ask his waitress. and sighed with relief. peop le wear brand new clothes on the first day of the new year. he was a terrible tipper-one dollar was it. Archie thought.m. no problem! It's already Wednesday. a Monday. are ver y popular throughout the US. Then at midnight. he anxiously called at 12:28. such as promising to quit smo king. as they are throughout much of the world. In Scotland. The recording told him that his jury ser vice was finished! All he had to do was mail in the affidavit that had come in t he white envelope. She would ask ." he would reply.form and waited until his starting date-November 5. lose weight. and in China. In Korea they ring a bell 33 times in honor of 33 ancient soldiers. an d he was missing one of his front teeth. Gil said. They drink champagne. and then laugh like it was the funniest j oke in the world. residents wear white clothes for good luck. many people wear red or yellow underwear for good lu ck. Sure enough. Archie knocked several times on his wooden bookcase. and drove to the post office. Fireworks. he dialed the 800-SRV-JURY number on the Saturday preceding Novem ber 5. Damn that Gil. or stop drinking. Old Year. In Brazil. New Year Celebrations Around the World In the US.

"We want t . some of them go t angry. all I go tta do is apply for welfare.000. Matthew had taken a shine to Amber. He said no. if the governor decides to a ppoint another panel. Matthew left a dollar each to the Republican and Democratic parties . thousands of kids 15 to 18 years old will be dr opping out of school every year. For the first time ever. 157." he s aid. The dropouts do not see a bleak future for themselves. Why do I need an education or a stupid job?" 159. the shock might give him a heart att ack. Tha t's why he didn't finish the pancakes. at first. And the cities that the se kids live in will see an increase in loitering. He noted in his will that Am ber's friendly smile was the "syrup on my pancakes. he told her he was not feeling well. no benefits. said Amber. but they were as bad as his tooth joke. These bonds. The last time he ate breakfast there. it did not offer any s olutions. he might go home and drink himself to death. and she should sh are it with the rest of the breakfast crew. unfortunately. Reverend William Graham. "We bring games to play. Thi s $50. one studen t was asked why he had dropped out of the tenth grade. She laughed at them anyway. And if things ever go south. In his will. And. wants to rename Black Friday. parties. he left Amber a two-dollar tip. the taxpayer is going to pay for the failures of the government. he left to Amber. most of these ki ds are doomed to a lifetime of part-time work or full-time jobs that offer no se curity. each store has plenty of other items that are reduced from 10 to 50 percent-saving shoppers from $10 to $ 400 per item-to entice Americans to shop. Oh." 158. homelessness. "We've always pooled all the tips for each shift. and then distributed the total amount equally. These people patiently wait in l ine to get products that are discounted 50 percent or more. are like usin g band-aids when stitches or tourniquets are needed. There's women. fast cars. is that only a very small number of produc ts are available at the largest discounts.ree refills of black coffee. and crime. said one camper. Without a high school diploma. Meanwhile.000 was just an extra-large tip from a regular customer. Solutions might be offered in the future." said Chelsea. and we meet interesting people." Amber put up with her coworkers' jokes. we s ave big bucks!" The catch. we have fun. In the report. Not all Americans appreciate this frenzy of shopping. and more housing for the homeless. more priso ns. He had other jokes which he shared with Amber. Oh. she had earned t hat second dollar." Amber's coworkers were happ y for her. "If you say no. if you know where to find it. figuring that he had made a mistake. Man Leaves $50K to Waitress (2) What are you going to tell him? asked Chelsea. he's just a harmless. and easy money on the street. he said. "School was boring. He is going to be asked to approve bonds that will build yet more schools. As usual. and give me food stamps and free medical care. he made it a point to sit in her section. She tried to retu rn one dollar. She thanked him. of course. Black Friday Reporters from local TV stations interview people who camp out in front of store s a day or two before the doors open on Friday. They'll put me up in an apartment. the rest of his money. Who Needs School? The report focused on problems with the education system. But later. when she hadn't offered to share her money with them. $50. After the first couple of months of eating at Do-Drop-In. but never proposed to Amber . And he had only one refill of co ffee. we watch TV and order lots of pizza. lonely old guy. most important of all. "You're supposed to share the tips. p astor of the Church of the Risen Jesus. Regardless. and no opportunity for advancement. Matthew continued to visit the Do-Drop-In regularly. "I got a life to live. If you say yes.

and other crap. Teach a kid how to read. TV commercials show grandma reading in bed while the TV is on. Its 27-volume report said that Oswald. Oswald didn't get to say much in his defense except. he died shortly aft er arriving there. Don't Top Off the Tanks The memo reminded pilots that their primary responsibility was to ensure that AA 's profits increased every quarter. "Saving fuel is more important to management than saving lives. The extra time and weight were reducing company profi ts. 161. "I'm a patsy. His plane had t o be towed to the terminal. Rogers had to land his plane on a freeway. The Warren Commission conducted the federal government's official investigation of JFK's assassination. the Teamsters did it. DVDs. the CIA/FBI/Secret Service did it. such as radios and TV s. they say. his plane ran out of fuel just as the wheels touched the runway. Pick up the trash in your neighborhood. 10 miles short of the Atlanta runway. Digital enhancemen t of that famous film shows part of Kennedy's skull getting blown off. The first time. Help an old lady clea n up her house. Congress did it. use "economy" jet fuel. We want to make it a Sea son of Giving. Christmastime has become a Season of Shopping. This time the president told him he was making AA look bad. People should start the season with the right a ttitude. The Warren report. Visit sick people in the hospital or in nursing homes. We mean giving your back. the Communists did it. B ut to this day. Conspiracy theorists do not believe that a lone gunman did it. They believe JFK's death was a result of a conspiracy by one or more groups of people who felt threatened or deserted by JFK. Two days after Oswald shot Ke nnedy. Do volunteer work for charities. is mere ly a government whitewash of the "true" facts. Celebrate Christmas by remembering Jesus a nd forgetting Santa Claus. an ex-Marine. Jack Ruby put a fatal bullet into Oswald. and probably far into the future. and the two guys behind the grassy k noll did it. People have no idea how little AA cares about their safety. turn off all the en gines and glide. and your hands. and. JFK was b arely alive as the convertible sped to the nearest hospital. Pilots immediately complained. the Cubans who hated Castro did it. Even with the extra ten gallons. Give blood to the Red Cr oss. the Federal Reserve did it." 162. AA allowed pilots t o put in an extra ten gallons of fuel. Rogers had two near disasters. The damage to his brain was so great that even today's medica l techniques couldn't have saved JFK. She puts the b . The Clapper The current Clapper works with two lamps or other devices. And we don't mean giving IPods. if there is a strong tailwind. JFK Assassination The assassination was caught on 8mm film by Abraham Zapruder. The fact that Osw ald was murdered while accompanied by a dozen Dallas policemen only strengthens the suspicions of the conspiracy theorists. act ed alone in shooting JFK from a sixth floor window of a book storage building. The lone gunman w as Lee Harvey Oswald. wherever it is available. many people dispute this "lone gunman" theory. Yielding to their complaints. LBJ (the vice president) did it.o call it Remember Jesus Friday. The memo concluded with these instructions: turn off the engines when stuck in long lines on the runways. Topping off the tanks resulted in extra fuel ing time and extra weight. flat screen TVs." 160." implying that he knew who really did it. your mind. He told Rogers to save fuel AND land at the airport. still u nder construction. Conspiracy theories have persisted since the time of the assassination: the Mafi a did it. saying that such a policy put their lives and the public's lives at great risk. Rogers received a congratulatory phone call from AA' s president! The second time. Rogers said.

and put them all into the big pot. loss of appetite. I gnoring doctor's orders.ook down. The ultimate goal. So I doubled the dosage for another two weeks. a doctor will prescribe antibiotics. some victims stop taking their antibiotics as soon as t hey start feeling better. all she has to do is click the remote. and spitting up blood. most forms of TB can be treated with antibiotics. and enjoy! But first. Yet even in developed countries. chest pain. He put the lid on the pot and set the timer t o 20 minutes. just like the good old days! 165. killing almost 2 million people a year! Most victims are young or elderly. Symptoms vary. like bubonic plague or smallpox. The second dog leaped almo st four feet into the air to catch the Frisbee! And the third dog stood on its h ind legs and pushed the family cat in the baby carriage! Well. But common symptoms include fatigue . Nothing happened. h . Then. The antibi otics must be taken for weeks. " I called the company. A $40 version might be in stores next year. After it arrived. followed if necessary by a chest x-ray. They to ld me to order Young Again Mutt Beverage for $11. Tuberculosis Still Kills Many people think TB is rare. Ham and Eggplant He opened the refrigerator and took out an eggplant. TB i s a killer. said a Clapper spokesman. I sent in my $19." the company is developing a voice-operated Cl apper. I put 10 drops into Prince's water dish each day for a w eek. claps twice to turn off the TV. of course. It can be adjusted to respond to the loudness of your clapping. I c an't wait till it gets here. too. 164. he wo uld chop up some microwaved ham. Then she goes to sleep with a big smile on her face. TB killed 650 people in 2005. He washed the eggplant with soap and water. and claps three times to turn off the lamp. Because many people feel that clappi ng or clicking is "a lot of work. but Prince was still tired and weak. and then rinsed it. The light or TV shou ld help scare away intruders. and live in developing countries. It has an "Away" setting for security. salt. they risk catching a stronger version of TB in the fut ure. In 20 minutes. however. will determine if active TB exists. almost like pudding. is a thought-operated Clappe r. Then he would add a little butter. It becomes active and life-threaten ing only when a person's immune system weakens because of aging or a serious ill ness. That was four days ago. and fresh-squeezed lemon juice. add it to the eggplant. It has a light to indicate if you are clapping loudly enough. before the victim completely recovers. ground pepper. Clapper Plus will aut omatically turn on a light or the TV if it detects a noise. If so. Yet TB still occu rs worldwide. 163. They asked me what kind of dog I had. They said the TV ad I saw was for purebreds only. Old Dogs Become Young Again "Then they showed the 'after' pictures-after the animals had drunk the Young Aga in Dog Beverage for one week. More than a billion people have inactive TB. TB usually attacks the lungs. It was a miracle! I couldn't believe my own two ey es! The first dog easily leaped up into the armchair. I told them that Pri nce was a mixed breed. the eggplant would be deliciously soft. lots of coughing. The two v ersions sell for about $20 and $30. and put it into a bowl.95 to the address on the TV sc reen. Clapper Plus is a big hit. He w ould take half of it out of the pot. In the US. He sliced the eggplant into thin sections. when you're not home. so I can watch Prince run up and down those steps a nd start chasing cats again. Clapper Plus also comes with a remote control. so that if grandma is extra tired.95. A simpl e skin test. Caused by bacteria. I was sold! So.

They blew in m y ears. or waiting. and I blew in their ears. if Cassandra co uld bear the discomfort-she must keep that ear dry at all times-for about two mo nths.000. she told him. He sliced it in half and looked around for the lemon squeezer. She said she could hear a whooshing sound. He turned off the burner. Waiting would cost nothing. What a jerk I am. she said it was okay. However. he remembered. "I've had lots of girlfriends. Before he did that. 168. added butter. He told them that they had two choices: surgery. He gave up. honey. and i n the microwave. sitting on top of his printer." he said. Something's wrong. Where else would it be? The timer went off. in a harbor in Colombia. He took hal f the eggplant out of the pot. Drug Enforcement Admin istration (DEA) officials believe that the Colombian drug lords possess about 20 of these 55-foot subs. and watched it melt. an d Travis drove Cassandra to Rite-Aid to pick up the medication. This had never happened in any movie or any book. 166. Very quietly. She wanted to go home. put it into a bowl. But the look on her face said that she wasn't kidding. "How could this happen?" he asked. He looked in the kitchen drawers. What could be do ne." Dr. Schwartz said that it was unusual. Travis felt like killing himself. he said. He felt sick. the eardrum should heal itself. He sat down at the dining table and cursed his lack of organization.e needed to take the ham out of the freezer. A Hole in Her Ear (1) So he blew in her ear. He couldn't believe that he had just injured her . Colombia suppl ies 90 percent of America's cocaine. she got into her bed and lay down. What was it? Just before the last bite of eggp lant. in the fridge. He apologized to her again. He squeezed the lemon. when s he pulled it out. where the cargo travels by truck into the US. What a je rk. of course." he told her. She said the whooshing sound was not going away. her left eardrum was punctured. He shook salt and grinded pepper onto the eggplant. They agreed to wait. drug lords have also purchased a Russian cannon that can fire a 2-to . He walked h er out to his car. Schwartz. startle d. They thanked Dr. She said that they must pray every night for her eardrum to heal. He suggested that. 167. It was supp osed to be hanging on a hook above the sink. He looked on the stovetop. he mutt ered. he took a lemon out of the fruit bowl on top of the refriger ator. This never happened before. It wasn't. He got back into his car a nd returned to his apartment. they both asked the doctor at almost the same time. It wasn't there. I've spent half of my life looking for things I've spent the other half misplacing. he said. Surgery. but he wouldn't recommend it now. Just then he spotted the lemon squeezer. She put her little finger in her ear. When they go t to her place. something was missing. he said over and over. It was delic ious! But. there was moisture on her fingertip. The surgery would c ost about $2. Of course. The Drugs Keep Coming How rich are they? Local police recently stumbled upon two privately owned subma rines. "You're kidding. He dug throug h the pile of clean dishes in his sink. they are confident they will find all of them. might be advisable after two months. He apologized again. poured the lemon juice on the eggplant. He apologized profusely. "I'm so sorry. She ran to the bathroom and threw up. He could prescribe her some medic ation to ease her discomfort. and sat down at the dining table. The submarines can carry five tons of drugs to Mexico. She felt dizzy. containing 500 pounds of cocaine. He looked through all t he stuff on all the countertops. he thought. as she wanted to try to sleep. Yet it was happening to her. but that it did happen from time to time. She cried out in pain. He took a bite. She asked him to please leave . Reportedly. A Hole in Her Ear (2) Yep.

Her $7 00 bike was moderately damaged. They had been married for forty years. which mig ht result in a year in prison. but there was no place to conceal himself. undetected by US radar. It w as an old GI shovel that he still had from his Army days. All she knew was that she l oved her husband and she would not leave Iran until she found him. 171. The packages will land in the desert. He told her that cigarette smugglers tolerated no one who got in their way. The ditch was four inc hes deep and twelve inches wide. She flew through the air and la nded among some small trees. He squeezed her hands in his. if he could be of any assistance. He'd fix them. 169. and a sprained wrist. knee pads. marijuana. it just proves that DEA is winning the war on drugs. Courtney contacted her US representative in Congress and her two US senators . After the third day of not hearing from Jac ob. He found a slight curve in the trail and. The next Saturday. she stood guard on the trail to warn others. and then said goodbye. he thoug ht. they all said they were still looking into the matter. and felt hope for t he first time in almost a month. Then he could upload the really good crashes to the Internet. The tunnels will connect to truck routes for transporting drugs to major cities. a well-dressed Iranian man walked over to her and asked." Desperate to find her husband. He frow ned. and she loved him now as much as she had on her we dding day. He said he would talk to some people he knew. Woman Searches for Missing Husband (2) Minutes later. all she suffered were bruises. He would have liked to hang around and watch th e action. Courtney h ad also made many calls to the US Embassy in Iran. the culprit would be charged with felony vandalism. He dug a ditch all the way across the bike trail. where drug lords have secretly bought thousands of acres of desert land. and she knew nothing about Iran and nobody in Iran. He h ad no enemies that Courtney knew of. just after sunrise. Where was he supposed to take his nature walks-through the spider webs and t he underbrush? And who did that biker think he was. he thought as he walked back to his car. Don't Get Mad-Get Even This was public land. It was small but effic ient. scratches. He offered Courtney a handkerchief. after many c alls from her. She looked at a kind. but this time with a shovel. Because she was wearing a helmet. Despite her soreness. She explained her situation to the man. Maybe later he could set up one of those spy cameras people use for home security. Who were bikers to hog this trail for themselves. A DEA official said that even if the cannon and tunnels exist. 170. the packages will be stored underground. Once they land safely among th e cactuses and scorpions. he started d igging. . caring face. He said he would contact her at the hotel the next day. Three weeks later. They all said they would look into the matter. The drug lord s are building a huge complex of tunnels and storage space under the New Mexico desert. She did not speak Farsi. The officials there told her they had no idea where her husband was. but they were "looking into it. to call Kane a name? The mor e he thought. An hour later. in fluen t English. Woman Searches for Missing Husband (1) Jacob was a retired FBI agent who had his own private investigation agency. and other drugs into southeast New Mexico. He gave her his business card and the name of a good hotel to stay in. a 15-year-old girl hit the ditch. Courtney flew to Tehran. She used her cell phone to call her dad. she had decided to sell their house to continue her search. Police investigated the scene of the "accident.n shell 500 miles. and el bow pads. The cannon. will be used to fire 2-ton packages of cocaine. now hidden in Mexico. he visited the trail again. He sat down next to her. If worse came to worst. the angrier he got." An officer said if they caught who dug the ditch.

as s he usually did. you didn't even bother to clean this thing before bringing it into my house! Indeed. Maybe his memor y failed only when it came to Natalie's needs because he could care less about N atalie and her feelings. She was looking at ads in a magazine. Hugo thought. he gave it to her. if she didn't like it. Hugo muttered to her. and g ave him a big kiss. "Didn't you hear me?" he asked. "All you can give me on Christmas day is second-h and crap?! That's all I'm worth to you? Get out of here. The last time I was here. Oh no. but wondered what was going on. She went on to tell him that this was just another example of how inconsiderate he was. No. But she pointed out that his memory seemed to work very wel l whenever it didn't involve her. he told her. "Who cares about your stupi d haircut? Your hair will be around your ankles before I touch you or your hair clippers again!" . and take your bag of ga rbage with you. A while later. "Give it to me. Sonny had a great memory. he'd take it home. the scissors. Hugo replied. I was going to throw it out. here we go again. He changed into a T-shirt and shorts and sat down on the chair. The Christmas Gift (2) When they returned to Kayleen's apartment. The Haircut (1) Because she had just finished a difficult work project. He asked her if she knew what day it was. When it came to remembering what others-includ ing total strangers-liked or disliked. "I'm ready. Yikes. so that your apartment would be nice and warm by the time we walked into it.172." It was a beautiful day-blue sky. She gave him a look. No." It's Christmas day. his nose was in a book. But what about his haircut. She opened the door and threw it outside. He apologized to Natalie. he thought. Natalie was in a good mo od. he asked. She went back into the kitchen to continue with her dinner p reparation. The Christmas Gift (1) Hugo asked Kayleen to give him a kiss. Sonny thought. "Your apartment needs more lig ht. "Let's go for a walk in the park. it was Christmas day. five minutes later. She laughed. Hugo dug into the plastic bag and pul led out an old clamp-on lamp from his apartment that he hadn't used for years. The Haircut (2) You know how much I hate the cold. But it was too late. some white clouds." she said. Jeez. but then I thought you might want it. and you know how fragile I am. her mood seemed to change . Santa Claus!" 174. 175. you promised me that you would always turn on the heat before you pi cked me up. Who needs snow when you can have this. "You know how bad my memory is. After they walked into Sonny's apartment. Of course. and the hair clippers into the bathroom. I thought you might like this lamp." she demanded. and turned on the central heat. She didn't respond." Feeling better. and then told him that his apartmen t was as cold as the outdoors. 173. He turned on the bedroom TV and hoped that there was something inter esting to watch." he yelled out to her in the dining room. "No. Kayleen entered the bedroom and said. He walked out to the dining room. she replied. But Natalie was through. it was actually "Kissmas" day-that's why she should kiss him. "Take me home. Hugo had missed a couple of spots on the lamp where du st had accumulated. she ordered." he said. She didn't help. Sonny pretended not to notice. and about 66 degrees . He tried to tell her that he had simply forgotten. and you're bringing me a used lamp? A used lamp that doesn't even have a bulb in it?! Is that the best thing you could come up with on Chris tmas day? Look here. He took the cha ir. " What's this?" Kayleen asked. however.

"Not good. or maybe even be completely hea led. 177. Kildare's house. He remin ded both of them that the two thugs now had their credit cards. "Thugs are everywhere .176. Even if the ambu lance managed to find a hospital that wasn't too overcrowded. looked around at the right rear to make sure no one was in his blind spo t. He punched her. Webster parked the car. The officer called for an ambulance. A hooded figure got out of the passenger side of a black Mustang. the huge parking lot was crowded. Noah told him to pull over to the curb. She got o ut of her car and started walking south toward JC Penney. A woman got out and asked Janelle what wa s wrong. The Driving Lesson (1) After turning north on Allen. The woman called the police. At Orange Grove. The man yelled somet hing at her and got back into the Mustang. might as well be carrying a bright neon sign that says: 'Victim here-Come and get me!' I'm not supposed to be telli ng you this. N oah's yelling certainly didn't help matters. There's simply too many criminals. She knew that most Los Angeles area h ospitals were usually overcrowded with emergency room patients. Webster signaled again and made a right turn. the mall's northernmos t anchor store. chan ge the locks to their house. and helped Janelle to her feet. She clutched her purse. He w alked right up to her. "To another city?" she asked. The nearest parking sp ot she could find was almost 100 yards past the mall's north entrance. and house keys. She held tight. A minute later. He suggested that they make the appropriate phone calls. "I know this sounds ridiculous. but Janelle said to forget it. go. She turne d around. She had only walked about 20 feet when she heard something behind her. 178. day o r night. Noah told him to move to the right lane when it was safe. and get new keys programmed for her car. She heard laughter as it drove off. Maybe we should move. He wished her a speedy reco very. Webster stopped the car. Webster. go! We're going to get rear-ended! Get moving!" Webster had stopped the car because he was confused and rattled. Janelle thought. Tell all your female relatives and friends one thing: Don't go anywhere alone. because if the word gets out. Webster turned on the signal. The man grabbed her purse. he told Janelle. and got into the right lane. Cliff and Janelle thanked the officer and the helpful woman. Cliff told the officer that a couple of his friends were at his house. but you cannot run a red light! When you're moving forward. stunned. A police car arrived about 10 minutes later. The Robbery at the Mall (2) The officer shook his head. "What are you doing?! Wha t are you doing?! You can't stop here-go. and promised to do his best to help put the culprits behind bars. Webster slowly accelerated. "To another state. JC Penney was h aving a sale. I'm sorry I yelled at you." Cliff asked the o fficer what could be done. Cli ff drove Janelle straight toward Dr." he said. with guns. She fell to the p avement. watching for intruders. A woman by herself. she would have to wait hours before an emergency room doctor would see her and treat her. another car pulled up. but we police can no longer protect you law-abiding citizens. car key s. She screamed in pain and let go of her purse. prowling around like sharks in the ocean. As usual. until he kicked her in her side. you've always got to be looking at what's in front of you. We could bot . looking for prey. I could go online and learn how to treat myself by then. Janelle was crying. He told Cliff that robberies li ke this one happened daily throughout southern California." The officer asked Janelle to sign the police report. You m ake a turn after you make sure the light or traffic permits you to. address." he said. The Robbery at the Mall (1) Janelle had gone to Santa Anita mall to buy a new pair of shoes. even in public. tourism will suffer in southern Calif ornia.

So he was just trying to get out of the intersection. Jasper flew to Georgia to look the place over. This was the second near-death collision in the last five minutes with his student dr iver.h be in the hospital right now. the first time you're on the freeway. They exchanged seats. But we're okay. so you're really rusty. even though I've been willing to take almost anything . Not only was he rusty. but the Georgia place looked all right. But be cause he was in the middle of the intersection waiting to make the left turn. They all lived in Georgia. "Yes. including you. He told Webster to pull over. In his 40 years of driving." Webster answered. They'd only been in Georgia a year. "I thought you pa ssed driving school. Webster had. alt hough small. he told Noah. Jasper is gone six or seven days a week trying to sell Cadillacs in the middle of farm country. I had my own house. But most important. his mom hadn't let him drive at all. Since then. The Move to Georgia (1) Evelyn had three sisters. when I say stop or brake. But believe me. so we're double-okay. Even their first couple of years in New Mexico were rough. and garage. and headed west to Allen Ave. "Oh. I had a couple of good friends. And from now on. was that she would be happier living n ear her sisters. "Now I really apprecia te how convenient it was to park in my garage for 20 years and walk directly int o the kitchen. he told Evelyn that they should put their house and mobile home up for sale. He said he would s till prefer to remain in New Mexico. but he said that was two years ago . he explained to Webster all t he mistakes Webster had made earlier while driving on the 210. We go to the community pool regularly. when he was 16. And no cop was a round. it's really scary. They all have their own friends-we're out siders. she reminded Evelyn. the surface streets are more dangerous. and they had been badgering her for years to move to Georgia so they could all be together. He finall y relented when the sisters said they had found a condo that was only 100 feet f rom a dock on a huge lake. how could she ever pay him back for being s o considerate? 181. Evelyn was touched. understandingly. When he returned. and when you're rea dy. jeez. He should be trying to sell tractors! He comes home so tired t hat he hardly ever goes fishing. thank the Lord. Noah couldn't remember a day like this. W ebster agreed. The Driving Lesson (2) Didn't you see those two cars? he asked Webster. do so immediately! 179. . but no one has stopped by to intr oduce themselves. and o n the weekend they're usually too tired to go out? New Mexico was so much better. Every intersection is a crash waiti ng to happen. he said. he was worried that he was a sitting duck for other traffic. but 15 minutes ago was the first time he had ever driven on the f reeway-he was scared to death. Noah said. sympathetica lly. because her c ar insurance didn't cover Webster. He must be kicking himself for being so thought ful to me. Jasper resisted the idea because he was familiar with Georgia's suffocating humidity. So. "Yeah. The Move to Georgia (2) Evelyn was on the phone with an old friend in New Mexico." Noah said. let's just take a breather. we'll get back on the road. I had a sma ll garden in the back yard." Noah said. I still don't have a job. Whatever happened to southern hospitality? And my sisters? The y're all working! What was the point of moving here if they work all week. The condo price included a small boat and a space for it on the dock. As he drove. Oh. Just think how much fun I have now when I'm caught with grocery b ags in a rainstorm! And the neighbors. Noah got back onto the 210 f reeway." 180. Here. Noah felt like he had just aged 10 years. Her friend told Evelyn to stop being so negative. yard.

and the lakes and r ivers are just huge trash cans without lids. Any work is honorable. Manny accidentally stuck himself with a hypodermic need le while picking up a dirty plastic bag." her boyfriend Tony groused. th ey did not want to waste their time trying to figure out what she was trying to say. James city council voted to rename the city's largest park afte r him. Unfo rtunately. American business people were not patient. The Green Fleet got bigger and better every year. But two failed business ventures in America had been costly . She had to go to work. A Cleaner River (1) It didn't use to be like this. a year later. why don't we do some thing instead of just complaining? We can't clean up everything. The second failure was esp ecially painful. "You'll be lucky to make $8 an hour . since we're all retired and we have the time and energy. The Spitter Just before Rudy and Brenda got up to his table. an orga nization devoted to turning the St." and glared at the young man. I'll Get a Job in a Restaurant Divorced shortly after Perry's birth. 184. Ida woul d try to find work as a waitress in America. At Manny's funeral. the young man spit on the sidew alk. Nowadays." They liked this idea. That's where the big money is. she would have been well off. Rudy said to Brenda. and tires on the fre eways. A Cleaner River (2) Corporations got involved and donated money and materials. Equally bad. Tony said." Not to mention the freeways-last night on the radio they reported a refrigerator in lane one and a washing machine in the middle of an off-ramp. ladders. but maybe we co uld clean up our river. Activists throu ghout the nation began organizing their own Green Fleets. said Moe. and talked about it for another c ouple of weeks. the public parks. I don't like it. said Manny. Had either succeeded. There's no tell ing what disease you'd catch. "Remember how we used to go swimming in this river? I wouldn't put my big toe in this river nowadays. she couldn't understand their rapid English. "Watch out for the spit. A business executive in her homeland. the St. She had saved a lot of money for their new life in America. And what about all the graffiti on the freeway signs?" They all agreed that slobs were making America ugly. Five years after its inception . "I'm not upset about working as a waitress. the three brothers were able to go snorkeling on weekends in their river. To hono r Manny. the woods. "Loo k. "And almost every day drivers have to dodge mattresses. laughing. she sa id. He got an infection but didn't see a do ctor until it was too late. James River blue again." Well. Now I have to go to work to pay the bills. Her poor English was her downfall. Then Jack had an idea. "What kind of an income is that?" Yes. his brothers vowed to carry on t heir volunteer work until they were too sick or old to do it any longer. Time was when people knew that trash went into tra sh cans. because she had known it would leave her with little money. Manny suggested a name for their effort-the Green Fleet. Her boyfriend didn't make enough money to support Ida and Perry. She had sadly und erestimated how long it would take her to become proficient in English. Ida had been a successful entrepreneur in her home country. but you're forgetting about the tips. 185. 183. . By the end of the sec ond year. the Green Fleet had grown to four boats and four barges. Now she was almost broke. and they didn't pan out. the streets.182. Or so she had thought. The brothers appeared on radio talk shows and on local and national TV shows. I took my chances.

"You have a cho ice-me. he sprayed the whole house. A few minutes later. When he ca me home. Rudy asked Brenda what she wanted t o drink. Me l drove to a nearby Wal-Mart. and he sat down. and hung a fly swatter o n each nail. Rudy grabbed a chair from the young man's table. So one day. Surprised. He bought three dozen fly swatters and returned ho me. the kids got used to eating the crunchy flies with their food. We've got a big back yard. When he retur ned. More and more flies moved into their south Florida house. he saw that the person behi nd the counter was the spitter from outside. And if He does. So he ignored this jerk. The Oil Change (1) Darwin made a list of things to do for Moe. Kill Those Flies (1) A very strange dream. She said she wasn't thirsty. Rudy went around the corner to buy a newspaper from the newsstand. hundreds of flies flew in. but we're going to live ou tside in the back yard? Not outside-inside. His wife Hazel was as religious as Mel. When the kids opened t heir mouths to put food inside.How dare he spit on the sidewalk just as Rudy and Brenda were approaching? But t here was nothing Rudy could say in front of Brenda-she would get angry. That's your solution? We have a perfectly good house. The kids got sick from the fumes. or the flies. but it's not big enough for all the flies in the world." and walked out. and glared at Rudy. Change the oil and oil filter. He walked inside to get himself a coffee. but who was he to question a command from God? He opened the front door wide and put the dishes in every room. Where's your supervisor? Rudy asked. The youn g man turned around. "There. They knew that He worked in mysterious ways. looked at the mess. The house stank. He's on break. Each day. Many flies died. "I'll just build another house in the back yard. He pounded small nails into each wall of each room. honey. he said. Mel had thought. "You work here?" Rudy asked. his mechanic.000 miles or six months. What good is this? The front door is still wide open! she yelled at him." We'll move into the back yard. He definitely had an attitude. that ought to do it. After a while. Maybe He was going to reward them when this was all over. They found a nearby table with only one chair. too? Of course not-unless God tells me to. 188. "I can't take this anymore!" Hazel yelled at Mel. She was always telling him to ignore jerks. which was full of coins and bills. he noticed that the young man was gone. it's big. The orang e juice spilled into the tip basket. He said that was okay. "Eight dollars." Rudy asked for a small cup of water with ice. "Forget the water. covering the floor and carpet. Rudy said. which Moe recommended every 3. but her complaints increased each week. flies flew into their mouths. Kill Those Flies (2) Mel drove back to Wal-Mart and bought two dozen cans of insect spray. handing her a swatt er. it was God's will. The latt e spilled onto the counter and then onto the floor behind the counter. the young man said. When the young man turned around t o put ice into a cup." he told his wife. The first day. then I'll build a third ho use in the back yard. 186. Yes. he told his wife. Rudy thought. Rudy knocked both of his extra large drinks over. 187. more f lies moved in. But the next day. Rudy ordered an extra large orange juice and an extra large latte. the young man placed them on the counter and said. What does it look like? the young man said." Are we going to feed the flies in that house. whichever came f . hundreds more followed.

"We can't find a leak in that tire.m. and get on wit h their lives. Boy Starts Huge Fire The authorities did not immediately announce what they would do to the boy or hi s parents. plus it's 100 perce nt guaranteed for the first two years.74. I would say that the boy and his parents ought to be put in jail for at least 10 y ears. He would also check the windshield washer fluid himself. collecti ng the millions would be unlikely. Andy said $12. and something bad happened to Gilroy. But it could have been a terrible accident. of course. victims could sue for their losses and rebuilding costs. so she was okay. I think the law should just allo w me to trade property with them. Denise was Gilroy's mom and Darwin's girlfriend." Andy said. Homeowners disagreed on what should be done. Darwin would check the air filter himself. Is that it? Darwin asked. and my ins urance is only going to pay about half the cost of the new house. Darwin said. He put the note on the dashboard of the car and drove the half-mile to Moe's shop. "It will take at least two years to build a new house. and the transmission fluid?" Andy told him that they were all okay. Repair the slow leak in the left front tire. anothe r homeowner whose house burned down." Andy said. They can have my burned-down house." We all make mistakes. That filter was easy to check and to replace. "You're already on borrowed time. If there were no glitches. "I don't have a house anymore. It needed new coolant. The Oil Change (2) Andy said the car needed new pads on the front disc brakes. It needed a new fuel filter." But that's a DieHard. But. Change the radiator coolant and transmission fluid. I didn't mean to do it. Andy said. said Michael Richards. 190. He worried about the bill he would get that afternoon. "But I thought I needed to change the transmission fluid every two years or so. But the parents would still be liable for civi l charges. Darwin said that he'd buy them at Wal-Mart and install them himself. Andy said only if i t had a burnt odor. if the DieHard failed.irst. Check the spark plugs and ignition wires. But because their house didn't burn down. That battery is over six years old. An official in the district attorney's office said that. Ordinarily. "So what would that bring the total price to?" he asked. one mor e thing-I strongly recommend a new battery. and I can move into their house. "$593. He called Moe. It needed new windshield wiper blades. especially when we're young. and she jumped into the lake. Yikes. "What about the plugs and wires. Adjust the brakes so that the brake pedal didn't feel so mushy. That's fair enough for me. People should forgive. "Oh.m. the Buick would be ready by 5 p . "How much are the blades?" Darwin asked. Replace the PCV valve. Although Darwin had been hoping for a $300 bill.46. he told Andy to go ahead. probably. Check the front and rear brakes." Darwin thought about it. Moe said to bring the car in at 8 a. though. On Wednesday Da rwin woke up at 7:30. He hated to quit on a battery that still had lots of li fe in it. Andy said he'd call later. Sui ng the middle-class family for millions would be the easy part. "$137. Deni se would kill Darwin. He wanted Gilroy to be safe." . 189." Darwin said. Check all the belts. but he hoped that Gilroy's safety wouldn't cost mor e than $300. because I can't afford any. and it's still got two years left on its 100-month warrant y. Finally. Darwin thought. the note said. no criminal charges would be filed. That is. I think the poor b oy has learned a valuable lesson." sai d John Ritter. Darwin thought. I can put in a new Interstate that has a 75-month warranty. Wednesday. The DieHard ba ttery didn't need checking-it still had two years left on its warranty. "I remember setting my sister on fire when I was about 10. rebuild." Andy said. I hope there's no glitches. call Darwi n if anything else needed fixing. He asked how much the new battery would be.

"The y think they are so special. During that time. there will be plenty of reruns. I think he is ly ing to me. They claim that writing is work. a violation of the Eighth Amendment of the U. medical and dental care. Henry was caught. Such a strike affects everyone in the business. and legal help. All movies currently in production that require the skills of active writers wil l halt production. complained Reese Majors. One hour before Henry was sched uled to die. the jet lag. Henry has been figh ting his death penalty. the heat. of course. It's Just a Little White Lie All you have to do is tell Mr. The puppies were also found stabbed to death. "He'll die of old age in his sleep. Constitution. a production company with seven shows airing weekly on network TV. I need to know if he can ship 10 tons of copper to Long Beach every month. Ha! You think men don't lie to other men? Of course they do. In addition. the California Supreme Court agreed. Then he will have respect for you. I am not going to misrepresent myself in what could be a huge business transaction-that's fraud. TV networks will substitute new game shows and "reality" show s that don't require professional writers. You're just telling a sales manager that you also are a sales m anager. You must be his equal. Her dad said. He doesn't want to deal with someone wh o is 'lower' than him.000 a year on Henry's room and board. For the past 30 years. Henry shouldn't suffer in his final moments. Writers are too demanding. That way he has respect for you. Writers Go on Strike The strike by TV and movie writers will greatly affect TV and movie production. and his survivors will collect a million-dollar settlement because the guard forgot to put a candy mint on Hen ry's pillow that night. convic ted. But that's beside t he point. He told me he could ship only five. Such suffering would be "cruel and unusual" punishmen t. cost the industry half a billion dollars. taxpayers have spent more than $30. He was sentenced to death by injection. Henry remained in his warm cell.191. Don't be such a chicken! . and the loneliness of being away f rom home. He would die only when the state figured out a way to kill Henry without making him say "Ouch!" The parents and siblings of the brutally murdered girl were not even surprised. No home cooking for them-they have to eat catered meals. where they must battle the cold. claiming that death by injection was quite painf ul. and sent to prison for the girl's brutal killing. and he will tell you the truth. A recent nationwide poll indicates that the general pub lic strongly supports the writers. because I'm a woman. vice president of CEC Entert ainment. My six-year-old can do that. It's not fraud. That was 30 years ago. it looked like Henry was finally going to meet his Maker. it's a little white lie. in 1988. Lo that you are the sales manager for my company. But how c an it be work when it is done in the comfort of their homes? How can you call si tting at home 'work'? The actors and the crew have to go on location. Please Don't Hurt Me! The girl had been walking by the house when Henry invited her in to see some new puppies. A month ago. But he won't lie to a man. All they do is type a bunch of words onto a piece o f paper. the drugs injected into Henry might cause him to suffer. who are thought to be underpaid and unappreci ated." 193. That st rike lasted five months. But you don't hear them whining for four more cents per DVD!" 192. The last such strike. What's the big deal? It's not like you're in court raising your right hand and swearing to God.S. But his l awyer filed one final argument. from TV and movie industry executives all the way down to the people selling popcorn at local movie theaters. TV viewers in search of fresh programs might have to switch t o cable TV or rent DVDs.

you don't need a doctor's excuse. He said no thing to Roy on the back nine. you can postpone your service. right. but the lawyers who prosecute me will call it fraud. But because h e was thinking about Danny instead of golf." he said. Danny chuckl ed at Roy's bad effort. Maybe we can think of another title for me that isn't a lie. Roy heard the glove's Velcro crackling and missed a two-foot putt. Roy?" 196. Danny laughed. not a 5. for crying out loud. He glare d at Danny. On the fourth green. "Just because you're old doesn't necessarily mean you're honest. Danny took his glove off just as Roy was getting ready to p utt. and told Danny to pay attention to his own score. Your age doesn't matter. you may be excused fr om service. Roy made sure that he got himself alo ne with Danny on the far side of the clubhouse. You will not get paid very much for your service--$15 a day. your family must provide proof of death. Danny stood directly behind Roy as Roy was getting ready to h it. 195." he told Danny. 197. "I said get up!" Roy yelled at him. it can be stored in the trunk. and neither do I. If you are dead. I just don't want to go to jail. But the judge won't excuse you unless you can demonstrate extreme financial har dship. Although that was bad golf etiquette. The Rude Golfer (1) On the second tee. You want another title instead of sales manager? You want a title that isn't a l ie? I have a title for you-when you call him up. I f you are a breast-feeding mom. It never smells bad. you might be away from it for one to four weeks." Danny told Roy. "You should have kept your head down. Roy recounted out loud all five of his shots. B etween uses. If yo u're younger than 70. "Stand up! Get out of that golf cart. "I'm really tired of your crap. occasionally even lon ger. Roy didn't say anything. Also. The Rude Golfer (2) On the ninth tee. an adult or . you won't be excused. Danny looked at Roy. Some employers will pay your salary while you serve. you can call it a little white lie. Blin d people. All I know is that I'll be misrepresenting m yself. you need a doctor's note confirming that you are ill. I'm going to give you a fa t lip to match your smart mouth. some won't. Once you're 70. and people in wheelchairs can be required to serve on a j ury.I'm not a chicken. he claims." Danny told Roy in front of the two other golfers in the foursome. If you own a business. You don 't know the laws. Parking for jurors is always free." he said. A couple of nearby golfers turned their heads." Danny didn't move. It is made from recycled materials. introduce yourself as my compan y's Chief Executive Chicken! 194. "Y ou got a 6 on the last hole. deaf people. After their foursome left the ninth green. you must be able to read and understand basic English. yo u can say that you're too sick to serve. if that's how you feel. the state wil l reimburse you 34 cents for each mile that you drive in your car (one way only) . "We ll. Jury Service in California If you are mentally disabled or are a full-time caregiver. and drove off to the tenth tee. To serve on a jury. Man Invents Toilet for Cars Phil has invented a chemical toilet for vehicles. When the toilet is full. you migh t be excused. Roy hit a bad tee shot. If you have no reasonable means of transportation to court. One size fits all (vehicles an d people). as long as you are at least 18 years old. You could lose a lot of money if you do most of the work for your business. Danny looked straight back at him. If you are a full-time student or teacher. "Those short putts are the first to go when you get old. Danny told Roy that Roy had added up his score incorrectly.

child can compress it into the size of a bowling ball. They dug through his shirt and pants pockets looking for food. sat down at his dining room table. salte d them lightly. Then he poured the lemon juice onto the pasta. Then he sliced six radishes. that was worth waiting for. He plead ed with her. When Oscar finished the pasta. One monkey took off with his keys. "Your wife will remember this birthday forever!" Phil promised Bret. and then used a sq ueezer to squeeze all the lemon juice into an empty cup. they leaped on him. He sliced a lemon in half. and slowly ate half of a f ive-ounce bar of Hershey's Special Dark candy.The toilet can be dropped into any trash can at any time. "No woman would ever us e this thing!" she responded. When the water in the p ot began to boil. Bret said it was a beautiful and a practical gif t. "What more could a woman want?" he asked while showing it to Bret. Our monkeys are getting out of control. 200. and t hen put the pasta into a bowl. Bleeding and screaming. He put a spoon into the bowl. and dug in. A balcony sho uldn't look like the outside of a prison. And since his wife's birthday was the following week. After much t hought. monkeys like these are getting hungrier and more aggressive. He loved the pecans best. all the waste matter turns into a pile of dry crumbs. Oscar peeled and ate a banana. Bret ordered a toilet. They scratched his face and pulled at his hair and his clothes. said a neighbor. Monkeys Cause Man's Death The monkeys waited a minute. 201. He washed it down with the milk. He added a heaping tablespoon of butter to the ho t pasta and let it melt in. h e struck the pavement head first. and ate them. he panicked. His wife didn't. But I'll b et that some of my neighbors will be going to the hardware store tomorrow. he grabbed a box of pasta from the cabinet." 199. Now. He drained a can of bo neless herring fillets and stirred them into the pasta. his mechanic. immediately breaking his neck. He sprinkled garlic powd er and grated parmesan cheese onto the pasta. He said he had already barricaded his balcony with barbed wire. He filled a pot with water. They say the barbed wire might injure the monkeys and it's unsightly. Phil said one day to Bret. although they were the fewest in the assortment. After th at. He needed a woman's blessing so the toilet would sell. When they realized that he was not going to feed th em anything. sat down. Phil tested his invention while on a two-week vacation with his wife and four yo ung kids. Oscar poured the hot water through a plastic strainer. The waste matter in the toilet is continuously being absorbed by chemicals and bacteria. Instead of going back into his apartment through the sliding glass door. 198. Then he washed and ate two celery stalks. he leapt off his balcony. My neighbors want me to take it down. He ch opped up part of a red onion and mixed it into the pasta. "It's ugly. The Light Eater (1) It was 11 p. put th e pot on the stovetop. saying that he had invented the toilet primarily for women and kids . The monkeys jumped to the pavement. He live d on the second floor. As humans destroy the fore sts in India. Eventually. He said that the kids loved it.m. I must admit. he ate a half cup of assorted nuts. The Light Eater (2) The timer went off. Then he poured cold nonfat milk into a large glass. Sara Went Shopping . so it was only ten feet to the pavement below. My wife's sort of a prude. Nothing on Earth could make me use that disgusting thing! she told him. and turned on the gas. he washed the dirty dishes and utensils. he thought. However. Phil finally figured out how to make his wife love his invention: he mad e a pink toilet covered with yellow flowers.

Dictation 203. Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 Crossword 2 A." Lizzie was gone. the r estaurant manager. He could tell you the name of the movie. On her way home. "I owe my life to her." said Nancy sobbingly. Open Questions E. Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 Crossword 2 A.50. He was a nice guy. Japanese--he loved them all. the stars. Jerry would rattle off all the details of that movie. John Johnson. Yes/No Questions B. Ask Questions D. Jerry would buy the video at Barney's Video Store. new ones. Sara bought a four-slice toaster for $29. When the flood subsided two days later. She said she would probably sue Burger Prince for letting her go. She was quite u pset. Wh. he was unable to touch any par t of his head. Finds Jail The driver of the truck was a 50-year-old man who was unemployed and apparently had been drinking-police found 18 empty beer cans inside the truck. He said. Sp anish.95 pl us tax. Sara got 50 cents back in change. "She's my dog. when it went to video. John and the kids were still sleeping. where the Red Cross had set up an emergency shelter. Jerry Decided To Buy a Gun Jerry loved gangster movies. Dictation 204. Open Questions E. the McRap. When asked to touch his nose with his arms outstretched and eyes closed.Questions C.Questions C. Ask Questions D. They raised her in to the helicopter and took her to the school gym. .95. Nancy immediately went back to the "isla nd. Yes/No Questions B. Sara s topped at MilkPlus to buy a gallon of nonfat milk. Dictation 202. the sky was so dark and the rain and lightning so bad that it took rescuers another two hours to discover Nancy. The man deni ed drinking.Questions C. but he failed the police test for sobriety. Yes/No Questions B. A helicopter low ered a paramedic. who was a new hire. gave him two free gift certificates--one for an extra-large coffee and one for the restaurant's newest sandwich. Driver Loses Mabel. Then. color. Wh. The regular price was $39. half a block away. the director. Old ones. Yes/No Questions B. Did you say you liked "Pulp Fiction"? Well. who attached Nancy to a life-support hoist. but it would wash out. She said it was the man's fault for ordering something that she might be able to spill. bu t no identification.m. The handcuffed man asked the police if they knew where "Mabel" was as he was put into the back seat of the police vehicle. black and white.Barget was having a holiday sale. Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 Crossword 2 A. Dictation 205. When a new one came out. He was given a fresh refill. She woke the m up and then made a hot and nutritious breakfast for everyone. The employee. and the plot. Jerry had a home collection of ove r 1. English. Wh. my dog! Where's my baby?" A dog with a collar. Open Questions E. was found minutes later. Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 Crossword 2 A. Ask Questions D. The milk was $3. Sara arrived home at 10 a. Wh.Questions C. She paid by check. was let go later that evening. A Life-Saving Cow Even though it was about noon. saying the only problem was the stain on his slacks. And then he would invite y ou to his place to watch it some time. The man was tak en to the city jail and booked on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and on causing an accident. he would go to the theater and watch the new movie three or four times. Open Questions E. Man Injured at Fast Food Place He refused medical aid. She was one of 19 cows that Nancy lost. Ask Questions D. Before Sherman drove off. The police asked him if Mabel was his wife.000 gangster videos.

He was in the hospital for a month. and the bullet went into Jer ry's right knee. Yes/No Questions B.Questions C. Wh. His hospital b ill was $110. Open Questions E. It came up heads. Dictation 206. just like some gangsters. things started to happen. The driver hurriedly turned west onto Grand Avenue and managed to bang into three parked cars on one side of that street and two cars on the ot her side. This was a tough dec ision. He pi cked right. Talking excitedly on his cell phone w hile crossing the street. he also bought a couple o f boxes of ammunition. Both officers resumed the chase. And the insurance company for the little sports car's owner su ed Sam for $9. He ran over a fire hydrant.000. Yes/No Questions B. The driver also tried to run over a police officer. Sam flipped a coin.Questions C. or $120. Wh. windows. The driver. Once they had the tower door secured. Then they grabbed two guards and haule d them up to the tower. for he had just won 1000 times 120. Food Fight Erupted in Prison The prisoners went berserk over the reduction. He says it's better t o be unlucky. who was standing i n the crosswalk ordering him to halt. and silv erware at the doors. The water spewed out of the hydrant. Finally. Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 Crossword 2 A. plates. Ask Questions D.Questions C. He was in the club for only 10 minutes when he accidentally dropped his pistol. The other variable was the number of times that a t eenage boy would change TV channels in a three-hour period. Then he went to a gun store and bou ght a used .Jerry finally decided that he would like to own a gun. they sent messages . The gun went off. but the teen clicked 120 times. Dictation 208. 000. One of them ran into the front of the bus. Open Questions E. The stop sign was run only 76 times. So he saved his money for a couple of years. Open Questions E. Dictation 207. causing a geyser that ruined all t he books in several carts that a vendor had put outside to attract customers int o his bookstore. Better To Be Unlucky Sam correctly guessed 1000X. Because the dri vers had braked early enough. he got hit by a little sports car. Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 Crossword 2 A. but he still had to choose between two variables. two police cars that were pursuing the SUV from different directions were not so lucky. Ask Questions D. The bus was empty. They only went two blocks north to find that the SUV had come to a full stop bec ause it had plowed into a newspaper stand. who was not wearing a sea tbelt. the damage to their cars was minor. Sam is slowly getting better. and the bus driver was uninjured. Turning north. They charged the driver with failure to yield to a police officer an d driving under the influence. just like the gangsters. so Sam picked the teenager. Sam still has to pay federal taxes on his winnings. he went to the gun club t o practice with his new revolver. Sam dreamily left the lottery studio. Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 Crossword 2 A. Ask Questions D. The police called for the ambulance. While there.38 caliber revolver for $300. Sam doesn't play the state lottery any more. the driver caused a bus to slam on its brakes to avoid a collisio n. The following Saturday morning.000 worth of repairs. Also. and guards. Freeway Chase Ends at Newsstand When the driver got into downtown. Wh. They threw food. and the other into the back. Jerry now walks with a limp and a cane. The proprietor of the newsstand wa s yelling at the driver and shaking a magazine at him. Yes/No Questions B. However. Sixty-year-old Sam jumped for joy. O ne variable was the number of cars that would run the stop sign at Hill Street a nd Lake Avenue in six hours. was slumped behind the steering wheel.

The two mayors shook hands after the game. So he gave the matter some thought." he said. "No. "You can't. I'm going to give them all to my pig. of course. he's my cat. A week later. If all goes well. She then told the officer that Clyde was about a foot high. before the game started. Dictation 211. Brown replied. some unhappy fans threw ripe tomatoes at them. Except for the automobile engines. offering unlimited coffee (black only) and a doughnut a day for each cr ew member." she said. When tol d that the city dump was overflowing. which gobbled them right up. because he thought Boulder's tomatoes were the best in the sta te. After a week of negotiations . You have to ask around your neighborhood or put up flyers. Yes/No Questions B. A sheepherder in Montana and a goatherder in San Bernardino read about the city' s plight while surfing the web on their laptops. Wh. They both offered to do the job for $25. A Missing Cat When the policeman asked her to describe Clyde. Ask Questions D. but in return the administration said they would have to reduce daily soap allotments by 75 p ercent. the city asked for help on its website. the big game was played.000. The city co untered. Th e quarterback glumly watched the rest of the game from the bench. Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 Crossword 2 A." As the Boulder team left the stadium. Ask Questions D. Wh. and the Arvada mayor said. " So. Boulder lost its star quarterback i n the first half when he tripped over a cheerleader and sprained his big toe. they will invite the goatherder and his "family" back every three years. for another $5. When that offer was rejected. "Lady. "Well ." Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 Crossword 2 A. And that was if the city provided breakfast and lunch for the wor k crews for the six weeks it would take to clear the overgrown area.Questions C. Brown figured that a billboard would work a lot better than an 8"x11" piece of paper on a telephone pole. of course. and wa s seven years old and completely white. 38 to 12. That night t he mayor of Boulder asked his wife if Arvada's mayor had called. Dictation 209. Goats Being Hired The city council asked for bids to remove the brush. "Is Clyde your child or your pet?" the officer suspiciously ask ed." Mrs. Yes/No Questions B. A bell went off. There was an empty billboard at the end of her st . "I'm really looking forward to those tomatoes. Dictation 210. the mayor of Arvada received a package of beautifully sliced tomat oes." said the irritated policeman.000. "Why?" "Because I mixed a pint of hot sauce into the tomatoes and I wanted to k now how his pig's doing. you're supposed t o report missing PERSONS. the goatherder said. The warden complied with their demands. Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 Crossword 2 A. My goats would miss me a lot. My goats will eat everything in your dump." The mayor of Boulder was up set to hear this.Questions C. Mrs. He took them straight to his pig. she told him that Clyde had beau tiful green eyes. I just hope we don't crash. the city killed two birds with one stone. The following week. The council chose the goatherder because he lived closer.to prison officials demanding big bags of candy in exchange for sparing the gua rds' lives. His team ended up losing. The lowest bid they receive d was $50. "Well. the prisoners approved a deal which restored their candy ration. Ask Questions D. Wanted To Know How His Pig's Doing Unfortunately.Questions C. who can I report this to?" she asked.000." replied the officer. Yes/No Questions B. "No problem. not missing CATS. Wh. If they lose and send us th eir tomatoes. "I want to take one of those hang-glider rides. the mayor of Boulder overheard the Arvad a mayor tell someone: "They grow the worst tomatoes. had all his teeth but was missing half of his left ear. T he goatherder said he will probably visit San Diego while his goats are in the d ump.

but there was no food. because I knew that kids or dogs would get hold of these books and chew them up. rip t he pages.reet just off the interstate highway. Brown called the local newspaper to see if anyone could help her rent the billboard for just one more month. But he felt something wet on his bare foot. Dictation 212. I was afraid to return them. throw them around. so far. and drown them in the t oilet. at the mercy of all those runny-nosed kids. Ed thought f or sure that it would be full of months-old food. M y books were HAPPY books. the interstate is so full of commuters that no one moves. Book Him When asked why he didn't return the books. Dictation 214. The bottom half of the disposal was now lying on the cabinet floor. Wh. She is waiting but. But how can people see it when they whiz by on the interstate? she asked. how could I? They became family to me." He continued. they only whiz by between 2 a. and 5:30 a. You could tell just by looking at them. and scrubbed the soup bowl. he saw drops of water on the sides of the dark blue steel cylinder.m. So she took most of the money out of her savi ngs account and rented the billboard for a month. He had to run some errands. The next day Ed went to the hardware store to bu .Questions C. Ed unscrewed it. Then he switched on the garbage disposal to grind up the few bits of food that he had scraped off his plate. too! They talk to you. I turned their pages so they could breathe and get some fresh air. poured a little dish washing soap onto a Teflon pad. on the lower shelves. How could I kick it out? I repaired torn pages. but he didn't have time to fix i t now. he turned on th e switch. Yes/No Questions B. Sure enough. no o ne has stepped forward. Ask Questions D. Yes/No Questions B. "Well. Mrs. To test his theory. useless gasket. Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A.Questions C. I have to go now. Brown's family album) and put it on the billboard for all to see. and they told her they could blow up a picture of Clyde (f rom Mrs." They told her it would cost only $3. Water Under the Sink (Part One) After he finished breakfast. Yes/No Questions B. he looked d own and saw some water on the kitchen carpet. Barush said. Ask Questions D. and a stream of water flowed out of a seam onto the cabinet floor and then onto the kitchen carpet. Every week I reorganized them on their shelves so they could meet new friends. When he shined the light into the cabinet under t he sink. Dictation 213. Opening the cabinet door under the sink. He put some tape over the switch so he couldn 't accidentally turn the disposal on again. torn. Water Under the Sink (Part Two) The cylindrical disposal was about 7 inches in diameter and had a horizontal sea m dividing the top half from the bottom half. Only one screw was still doing its duty. he saw no dripping water. I can hear them calling me! I need to rescue them. and the milk glass. I dusted them with a soft clea n cloth. Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A. d on't worry. they take care of you. on the floors. "Books are people. "What is this?" he said aloud. Ed jiggled the bottom half of the disposal. Wh. ma'am. It looked like he had a leaky garbage disposal. Ed put everything in the sink. Mr. the sandwich plate.m. Sh e called that number. The rest of th e day. A book is my guest in my home . Because she has almost no mone y in savings. spill soda on them. Excus e me.Questions C. Ask Questions D. Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 Crossword 2 A. He went to th e closet and got a flashlight. The halves were held together by t hree screws. "Oh. only a hardened. The billboard had a phone number on it. Ed had a problem. it was loose because tw o of the three screws were corroded. get jam and jelly on them. but Clyde has not appeared. The month has passed.000 a month. Now they're al l back in the library. a nd they enrich you with wisdom and humor and love. He left the kitchen to go brush his teeth. Wh.

Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 Crossword 2 A. Then the Easter Bunny sat on a fire engine step . A couple of volunteer nurses picked them up and told them that everything was going to be all right. and they b oth bent over to pick it up.m.Questions C. Sometimes burglars will break a window. Some thieves are very clever. H e created his own gasket by using gasket sealant that comes in a tube. Most of the kids cheered and ran toward him. that means the elderly are their frequent victims. A fireman on a bullhorn told everyone to gather around. Most of the kids were studying their candy. screwed the two halves back together. Theft Occurs Everywhere Perhaps an even more personal kind of theft is known as housebreaking. he put them into the basket of the child close st to him. sat on his lap. then she started crying even harder. the burglars will again come in. She stared at the bunny and at all the kids runni ng toward the bunny. or eating it. They will steal from anyone that they think is vulnerable . He applie d the sealant. They feel uncomfortable when they are home. Plumber rates started at about $ 80 an hour. Sometimes homeowners forget to lock a ll their windows or doors. The employee told him that they did not carry th ose gaskets and suggested that he write to the manufacturer. Wh. But then the fire engine horn blasted aga in. When he saw th e water pouring out of the seam. The good thing was that new disposals started at $79. they feel that if they go out . Imagine that: a world with no larceny. "Can we do this every Sunday?" And more than one boy asked. The festivities ended about 3 p. and one by one the kids came up. or burgla ry.. Dictation 215. it can happen. Six-year-old Sara asked. As soon as he found some. a nd they feel uncomfortable when they aren't home. Most of them said they had a fun time. They banged heads. Even Jenn y stopped crying for a moment. All of them make an honest person's life more difficult. The next day he turned on the water and switched on the disposal. causing three-year-old Jenny to cry. The bad thing was t hat it would have to be installed by a plumber. the older kids were allowed to explore the fire engine itself. Wh. Thieves have no shame. Yes/No Questions B. The bunny was 6'6" tall.Questions C. from now on he would put his scraps into the kitche n garbage bag. Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 Crossword 2 A. one of the older boys. a world where you can park your bicycle u nsecured on the sidewalk. Burglars get lucky or make their own luck. By 11 a. Ed decided that since the disposal used a lot of energy and the worl d needed to use less energy. some are very lucky. Is this only a dream? Some say that if you can dream about it. It's too bad that all of them can't be caught and converted into hon est people. They constantly feel like they are being watched. Ask Questions D. Eggs and a Bunny Meanwhile Jeff. After that. Ask Questions D. Dictation 216. Once everyone was settled. or force open a side door. the search was over. "Can I drive the fire engine next time?" Vocabulary . Two little toddlers both saw a candy egg at the same time. cut through a screen door. when the orphans climbed into the buses for the return trip home. and then took off running for more cand y eggs. or leave your purse unattended in your shopping cart. the victims often report a feeling of violation.y some screws and a new gasket. Ed returned home. and got their pictures taken .. and they hugged him. Th ey seldom regain the comfort and security level they used to have in their home. the Easter Bunny climbed down out of the fire engine. Ed knew one thing: it was time to buy a new dis posal. ex changing it with others. because a special guest had arrived.m. and crossed his fingers. Yes/No Questions B. Of course. He reminded himself to tell everyone at work tomorrow about how h e was now helping to solve the world's energy problems. filled his basket to overflowing. and both of them sat down bawlin g. After such an intrusion. He aske d one of the firemen to hold it for him. The Easter Bunny hugge d the kids.

He fined me $100 on the way out without even giving me a chance to ta lk about Poopsie's chronic dyspepsia. They stood there next to this pile of bedding while other guests looked.Questions C. So I said. He then called ahead to reserve a "very clean" room. 'OK. They seemed surprised that I suggested a different hotel. so I said.' So when I went to court. Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 Crossword 2 A. and he immediately started sniffling. Ask Questions D. and the bedding was replaced immediatel y. I'll fight the ticket. Ask Questions D.' We were just starting home when I heard this voice out of nowhere: 'Excuse me. We hav e to spray the phone. "They should have rented a roo m in a hospital. and any hotel staff entering our room. it's your responsibility to dispose of that deposit. The wife just said. Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 Crossword 2 A. Theodore said. the faucet. It was terrible! I'm still upset. I turned around and saw that Poopsie had made a mess. Early the next evening. m a'am. " But do you know what happened when we got inside? They had a different judge. He said the judge was a nice old man who owned four dogs. the TV. Yes/No Questions B. the toilet handle. I dressed Poopsie up in his prettiest ribbons and made extra sure he did his business first. One little sign. Dictation 217. it was my dog. The officer said that I could f ight the ticket. And then he yelled at me to get the dog out of the courtroom. however. but they liked the ide a that I didn't charge them for the second day. Adding to that problem. and bedspreads down to the main lobby and just dropped them next to t he front desk. many college ins . coughing. 'That dog just made an illegal deposit on the courthouse lawn. How dare you doubt us? We know the filth is there.Questions C. There's nothing I can do about this now. they said that their beddin g was filthy and they wanted it replaced.Questions C." Theodore said that. Dictation < 219." Worried about what their demands might be in the following days. I just knew the j udge and Poopsie would hit it off. Yes/No Questions B. and murmured. pi llowcases. and looking around. a judge who is allergic to dogs. When Theodore asked the couple what the problem was. That's all the proof you need. but it isn't that clean.Cloze Crossword 1 Crossword 2 A. the sink. This hotel is clean. Poopsie. Wh. Books Don't Grow on Trees Textbook prices are traditionally high. and they really liked the limous ine service. Wh. "We need a can for each night. the couple brought all the sheets. Hotel Says Goodbye to Clean Couple They wanted a sterile environment. The hotel got three cancellations within the hour from people who witnessed this strange event. Theodore polite ly suggested that a hotel more suitable for them was just around the corner.' " "I asked him what sign he was talking about. We were both so excited. It was an officer of the law. Is that your dog?' I turned around. said Theodore. pointed. Yes/No Questions B. The couple could not identify any spec ific "filth" on the bedding. all the door handles. a block away! How could anyone see that? I co uldn't see that sign with my best opera glasses. "We're paying good money to sta y here. maybe an operating room. Dictation 218." Theodore called room service. the showe r stall. Well. After I paid the fare and gave the driver a dollar tip. s neezing. He pointed all the way down to the end of the block. on the very first day. See th e sign over there? I'm going to have to write you a citation. and gave them free transportat ion in the hotel limousine. let 's go home. thank you. of course. Wh. the couple marched to the front desk again and demanded seven cans of spray disinfectant. Ask Questions D. I didn't have any plastic bags. 'Well. As its owner. $100 Deposit "I just got out of the cab and I leashed Poopsie to the light pole.

traveling throughout the states.Questions C. "Such a sad ending for such nice people. and we're happy.Questions C. by removing these animals from their natural habitat. during a sabbatical a few years ago.m. but they were al ways friendly to the neighborhood kids. they either upgrade to a new edition or switch to an entirely different textbook. I talked to my students. We never buy our animals. A Murder-Suicide They were such a nice couple. Ask Questions D. and many of them." Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 Crossword 2 A. it is published in a three-ring binder format. said Mrs. to 9:00 p. So. of course. And.tructors change textbooks year after year. They had no kids. t he three days off gives us a chance to go into the woods and find more critters. So I would go over to her house about once a week and we would talk. Even food was delivered to them by a local agency. partly because we love animals and partly because we were looking for inspiration for our next business. Allen said she hadn't even talked to either of the Vittorios in almost a ye ar. and more wri ters and publishers will try it. that book has no resale value. and things just haven't been the same for her or Dom. "We think those are hours that our customers will find very convenient. Plus. Mrs. and we would talk about all kinds of things and have the nicest time. She didn't say it. City Welcomes New Store and Its Owners They took it easy for a couple of years. and b oth animals live a long time. But about eight years ago Vicky came down with diabetes. and one-third the price. we protect them from being devoured by thei r natural enemies. "They're easy to feed and care for. and Dom always used to help me with things lik e changing light bulbs and fixing appliances. Compared to most other public speaking primers. They never came out. I made sure that it wasn't long-winded. lots of color photographs. I'm widowed. Yes/No Questions B. They finally decided on turtles and doves. $30 instead of $90. The store will be open from 9:00 a. Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 Crossword 2 A. Concise. Wh." Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A. prefer to keep th ings simple. and lots of graphics. I called it Successful Public Speaking: H ow To Be Brief. "Toge ther in sickness. Dr. She said she heard two gunshots last night?It scared me half to death!" She immediat ely called the police. They used to be so friendl y and full of life. Plus. Every Halloween they handed out tons of candy and fresh fruit. studen ts only had to buy the 35 new pages and delete 35 of the original pages. and she seemed to lose interes t in listening and in talking. when I wrote a second edition last year. That is. Ask Questions D. This further hurts students because if an instructor no longer uses a particular textbook. Jason decided to make life a little easier and a lot cheaper for his student s by writing his own book on public speaking. That way we can pass on huge savings to our customers. So our customers are happy. like me. Wh.Questions C. So. "We vi sited almost every zoo in the country." said Bob. our animals are happy. I've had great feedback from my s tudents about this loose-leaf concept.m. Yes/No Questions B. But the conversations steadily got shorter. "I've lived next to them for the last 20 years or so. we always try to collect them from the wild. but alone in the world." said Bill. It's a win-win for all of us. and then they just seemed to get quieter and quieter. For onl y $7. Dictation 220. She used to come over to my place once or twice a week. Yes/No Questions B. Dictation . mine is half the number of pages . and to the Point. I wrote my own textbook. Allen. Ask Questions D." she said. Dictation 221. Maybe the word will get out. But that happened less and less as she got sicker. but you could tell she was in a lot of pain. Wednesdays through Saturdays. "Many books have an increased pric e because of bells and whistles: CD-ROMs. they had upgraded to the new edition. Wh.00.

"Oh." The sheriff then showed the mayor the tip of a bull horn. even though I only get eight miles per gallon. to be among so many books and authors. The mayor's mouth dropped open. I drive to work. Mayor Denies Hit-and-Run Charge Oh. Gasoline Prices Hit Record High The lines at the Seashell station often run 10 to 20 vehicles long. Ever ett said. the festival was free. I wonder if I can find the missing piece and superglue it back on. "Because that's when there's no hot sun that causes the car to dry so fast that you have sun streaks. from American hamburgers to Hawaiian shave ice drinks. When I bought this '99 Bummer. It's OK with me. I thought I hit a speed bump. but they'd rather wait and save 5 cents. too. "It's just fant astic to be in the great outdoors. Yes/No Questions B." said the husband. "When did what happen?" Choi asked." The sheriff drove over to the mayor's house. of course. occurs every April for one week end. Even so. turned it over in his hands. He looked at it. He asked why the mayor was washing his car so late at night. sh e replied. "I know that's the mayor's car. some people avoided th e food court prices by sneaking in their own sandwiches and drinks. One couple drove down from San Francisco. yes. Dictation 224. This year's attendance was estimated at 70. Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A. The police h ave been here several times because cars block traffic on Horsetrail Drive. and I dr ive to the grocery store. They're really cool-looki ng. People came from all over California. By the way. What was his ca lf doing out in the middle of the road in the middle of the night? We'll settle this in court. I know he'll forgive me after h e tastes Lester's world-famous rib eye. you know. sponsored by a newspaper. sheriff! Thank you so much! Where did you find it?" Where did I find it? It was next to Farmer Brown's calf that you killed back the re about an hour ago. We love it. Dictation 223. where it fit perfectly. But today's prices are killing me. and found the mayor washing his 1972 Kadillac. and to get some very good deals. When asked wh y he didn't go a block away where there were no lines. "Every penny cou nts. Don't you know anything . Ask Questions D. Exc ept for a $7 parking fee. Wh. "Oh.000 on Saturday and 75. It's the only car in town w ith bull horns on the hood. There were about 90 talks given by a uthors. he said.222. get that calf over to Lester's butcher shop right now. I'm an innocent man.Questions C. Autogra ph seekers sought out more than 150 authors." Asked how she could see the bull horns at night. good grief! I ne ver even noticed that! Do you know how expensive these horns are? They don't gro w on trees. A Festival of Books This outdoor festival. "This is our sixth year here now. didn't you know? A couple of months ago the mayor got his horns neonized. The festival featured 280 exhibitors.Questions C. Yes/No Questions B. "I tell people in line that the Barco station a block away is only $2. which is about five miles from city hall. That's it." Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A. "Do you think this is the missing piece?" The mayor was astounded. I used to drive around the neighborhood jus t to show off my wheels. "That's fanta stic. gas was only $1 a gallon. 14. A food court sold all kinds of popu lar and ethnic foods. "Calf! What calf? What are you talking about? I had no idea." A young man pumping gas said he had waited in line for 20 minutes. And don't forget to invite Farmer Brown. We'll have us a big barbecue tomorrow at cit y hall. I don't mind making money. Wh. and then placed it on the horn. Emily said.000 on Su nday. "When did t hat happen?" he asked. with an audience question-and-answer period following each talk. Ask Questions D. sheriff?" The sheriff pointed out that one of the horns was broken at the tip. so they have this soft purple glow at night. So. I wasn't paying that mu ch to fill my tank. but I can't do that any more. which was pretty c heap." .

"That's what I did. I'll give you $20. under the table. Vocabulary Cloze Crossword A.Questions C. shopping carts. "What goes up must come down. Vocabulary Cloze Crossword A. Ask Questions D. y ou feel like you overpaid. car tires. One neighbor was a chef. If you don't buy. as we all know. But. plastic bags. Crazy Housing Prices It's crazy." Everyone says the bubble has to burst sometime. inevitably. but nobody knew if it would succee d. Pulling Out Nine Tons of Trash The garbage came in all shapes. Last year.Questions C. "All we can say is that. for $70. I sold it for $230. and rain gear. where trucks lined up to t ake the trash to the landfill. which was a nice profit. Happy and Unhappy Renters There are many unhappy renters. Although book festivals were already popular in other US cities. yet Howard saw the piano player as delightful. bottles. would Los An geles residents embrace one? "Angelenos are very unpredictable. a middle-aged man.000. a two-bedroom condominium in Venice. Wh. you still feel like you made the wrong decision.The idea for the festival occurred years ago. we go birding every weekend with our binoculars. Another neighbor was a mechanic who did my tune-ups an d changed the oil in my car. Homebuyers feel like they have to offer at least 10 per cent more than the asking price. He . The work occurred along a two-mile stretch of streambed. Ask Questions D. baby carriages. Much of the backbreaking work was done by two community groups-the Cub Scouts an d Boy Scouts. Wh. I told the owner that whatever anyone offe rs you. bowling balls . a new owner of a one-bedroom condo in Ve nice Beach." Different persons have different attitudes. "My neighbors couldn't have b een any better if I had picked them myself." said Howard. "Whether you decide to buy or d ecide not to buy. and portable radios. so you don't have to pay yo ur realtor any of it. I saw in the local paper that the exact same condo was for sale for $510. I was tired of looking. She played t he most delightful music. bicycles. and two environmental groups-Save the Bay and Watch the Whales. There w as even a golf bag with a full set of golf clubs. If you buy." Vocabulary Cloze Crossword A. More than 500 big yellow trash bags were filled." said one of the festival founders. Every one was issued boots. auto batteries. and colors: cans. So you can't lose over the long run. sofas. although a five-year-old boy found an earr ing that he thought might be worth a million dollars because it was so shiny. Yes/No Questions B. said. but everyone hopes it will burst the day after they sell their house." said the state director of housing. Yes/No Questions B." Tim says he hopes he doesn't get that desperate. My latest neighbor is a birder. Dictation 225. furniture. said Tim. My friends thought then that I was overpaying. I had to move. while visiting friends here. Five years later. housing prices always stay up a little higher than they go down . these things go in cycles.000 more. Wh.Questions C. Ask Questions D. "In 1993. Millions of people w ould be happy just to have a roof over their head. Even government officials have no idea wha t the future will bring. I bou ght my first place. Yes/No Questions B. TV antennas. you want to kick yourself for passi ng up a great opportunity. Twenty years down the road. Dictation 227. Donna. "I've been luc ky my whole life. Yet there are millions who wo uld complain that their roof is the wrong color.000. Dictation 226. Samantha saw the saxophone player as irritating. The debris was hauled roadside. sizes. your house is always worth more than you paid for it. dolls. gloves.000!" It is a seller's market. No one found anything of great value. clothing. who is looking for a house near the beach. He'd bring me the best leftovers in the world. Co ncerned retirees and volunteers from police and fire departments assisted. but there are also happy renters. Another neighbor was a pianist.

the city's budget problems are making it reconsider its ban. and if all goes well. Residents know that they won't get lucky twice.or three-bedroom house. Some canine clones see m to be perfect.Questions C. who had to respond almost hourly to residents' complaints about noise.000 acres and destroyed 11 homes in nearby Hamilton. He thinks that a fine migh t work. These new cells are stored in liquid nitrogen until you notify TwIN. or even four families would pile into a two.000). Sometimes they would toss this trash on the streets and sidewalks. Yes/No Questions B. these rentals can also be a can of worms. because it will help their town survive a fu ture inferno. Such a fine might cause the homeowner to be careful to rent o nly to people that he is sure will be considerate of the neighbors. if the trees are on private property. Dictation 230. the homeowner will be charged $200 per response. At this time. "Our facility can handle about a dozen birth s a year now. and use the other half to buy a triple-scoop ice cream cone every day for the rest of his life. Trees Are a Threat Residents look forward to the work. Then the y would park their cars on the lawn and produce huge amounts of trash. "But there are two problems. Inc. We are a growing company. Yes/No Questions B. First. A cultured cell is implanted into a female cat that is in estrus.000. thre e. Unfo rtunately. that you are ready for the clone. The city stopped allowing wee kly rentals 10 years ago because of the problems they were generating." A recent fire burned 4.. Ask Questions D. but our goal is to produce about 50 kittens and 50 puppies a year. where it is cultur ed to grow fresh new cells. The fire was raging toward Canton. your veterinar ian must do a biopsy of your cat. Ask Questions D. but a sudden rainstorm put it out.. Vocabulary Cloze Crossword A. Their m oney isn't worth the headaches they cause. delivers the kitten to you aft er it receives the remaining $25. music. you pay h alf the amount ($25. Lee believes that the y will be successfully cloning dogs in about a year.said he would sell it. Wh. Yes/No Questions B.Questions C. This is sent to TwIN. "All the extra tr ucks are going to make traffic pretty bad. Wh. Once the area is cleared. and parking problems.000. so they are looking forward to this massive cl earing operation. City officials will hold a community meeting next week to listen to the pros and cons. Inc.Questions C. This abuse created a lot of friction with neighbors and resulted in extra wor k for city maintenance crews and for police. Nevertheless. Vocabulary Cloze Crossword A. Some officials think the ban should be continued because these visitors to the c ommunity have already proven that they have no consideration for others. they must be paid for by the re . " The company is currently experimenting with stray dogs. a kitten is born about 60 days later. Ninety percent of the cutting and clearing will be paid with federal funds. Dictation 228. The new kitten is weaned in about eight weeks. even if the homeowner's rent were tot ally offset by fines. One official has already suggested a proposal. The city would post inconsiderate renters' names on the ci ty website so that other homeowners would know about them. Cloning Pets The price is steep. Then he would donate half of the proceeds to Watch the W hales. Ask Questions D. but some have been bizarre. Dictation 229. Vocabulary Cloze Crossword A. we have to make sure dirt bikers don't try to make the cleared area their personal playgrou nd. TwIN. Some people would party late and loud every nigh t. If the city has to respond to complaints. Two." said one resident. A clone of your cat will cost $50. Rentals at the Oceanside Community However. trash. Noise would be another problem. But now. Inc. The city wou ld still get 15 percent of the rental fee. said Lee. Wh.

no additional vehicle s are allowed to enter. Prices can range as high as $1. They escorted out anyone they suspected of counting cards. They abused the system. Officials say that residents can apply for state and federal loans if necessa ry. and hiking trails for nature lovers. Ask Questions D. Duncan says he was the first card-counter in Las Vegas. In the summer. Writes a Book Duncan only has a few months left before he is released from the jail. Yes/No Questions B. Books about gambling and casinos are very popular. He completed the book two months ago and is now shopping it around to various p ublishers." Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A. Wh. park officials soon might start p ermitting campers to stay overnight on weekends. different places.sidents themselves. "They come here to fi sh. P eople love this place. Reservations are not accepted . Yes/No Questions B. which has about 20 miles of shoreline. Dictation 231. a designated swim ming area has a lifeguard on duty seven days a week.Questions C. a soccer field. "We probably average 2. More than 100 picnic tables have protective roofs and b ig barbecue pits. The west side of the park inc ludes a softball field.Questions C. a nd just won some here and there. Then. Some weekends there are three dozen vehicles waiting in li ne outside the gate. you name it. The largest lake in the county. Popular Park Reopens The park is three miles north of Colfax on Highway 28. A 14-year-old boy caught a 19-pound bass. the cas inos wouldn't have gotten suspicious so fast. Because of many requests." When the casinos realized what wa s going on. Dictation 232. no alcoh ol is sold or permitted. and the exciting possibilitie s of winning it all and losing it all. Ask Questions D. flashy cars. People like to read about gan gsters. jet-ski. it i s also famous for bass. commune with Mother Nature. said Duncan. and different nights. Wh. picnic. Cambridge Road is a two-l ane highway that winds upward through Pearl Canyon before it descends to Silas L ake. There are public restrooms with free shower facilities. a sm all tackle store. Dictation 233.Questions C. Yes/No Questions B. Latecomers either leave or wait in line for someone to l eave the parking lot. a 65-year-old widow. what good does that do me? asked Thelma. Swim Classes Begin Soon Classes will increase in difficulty each week. The parking lot holds about 500 vehicles. during the summer. 000 people here every day during the summer. The first week is for children up to six years old. Wh." said Foster. lots o f trash cans. The park is open from dawn to 10 p. As with all county parks. and a boat rental facility. The entry fee is $10 per vehicle and $10 per boat. "They got greedy. During hi s incarceration. The government's not goi ng to loan me money when they know there's no way I can pay it back. Well. othe r card sharks started copying his technique. swim. and two volleyball courts. a full-service restaurant." Vocabulary Cloze Crossword A. the record largemouth bass catch in California occurred here in 1975. Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A. they started using two or more decks at the blackjack tables to thwa rt the counters. Horseshoes an d kite-flying are two other popular activities. "I'm living on social security. The lake has two ramps for boaters. Ask Questions D. I've got four trees on my property.m. . The last week is for advanced swimmers who want to improve th eir race and endurance skills. water-ski. He claims that he made almost $1 million at blackjack. In fact. beautiful women. posh hotels.000 to cut and remove one tre e. a snack bar. If they'd been like me. if it is full. he used the library facilities and computers to write his book. So what am I supposed to do? These planners with all their big ideas ought to think of the little people. Gets Booked.

Getting older does not mean sitting around waiting to die. Included are legal aid. Yes/No Questions B." said Carter." Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A. Dictation 235. Ask Questions D. An Internet class begins this month for seniors who want to visit the World Wide Web. The city also provides inexpensive dinners called Meals on Wh eels. In fact. like bicycling. It means getting out and doing all the things you never had time to do while you were wor king and raising a family. students who sign up for Level 4 (Stroke Readiness ) must show their certificate for completing Level 3 or must demonstrate the fro nt crawl and backstroke. painters. The agency director says that they will focus their resources on educating the h omeless. said Carter . Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A. "you need to keep both your mind and your body active. and air-conditioning repairmen. tax advice. Children cannot sign up for a level they are not ready for. The center is also offering Strength Trai ning classes. two cars and a boat! He has a dozen employees. Two months later. "Our goal is to help seniors realize that they're as young and active as they want to be. Agencies Get Millions for Homeless One agency. and an active bo dy helps prevent osteoporosis. Yes/No Questions B. bricklayers. He now owns his own air-conditio ning business. Wh. I think I might sign up for the air-conditioning class myself. plumbers. a couple of weeks ag o. they're begging their parents to go to the p ool every day. H oly cow! He's doing better than I am." New activities at the Senior Center include Bingo on Friday and Saturday nights. We teach them how to be auto mechanics. Getting Older But Not Sitting Around We have too many seniors who act old because they think they're old. Swim classes are fun for all. with a grand prize of $50 each night. Swimming. "Many seniors still use typewriters. and we educate them so they don't have to return to the street. plus two houses. is slated to receive $1. Volunteers deliver these meals to seniors who are homebound because of ill ness or injury." said Carter. Children who have never attended Community Pool classes must show up April 29 or 30 for a swim skills evaluation. He fixed our air-conditioning for free.Questions C. once learned.Students can sign up for as many classes as they like. For example. We hav e already built four school-homes throughout the county. The re pairman was one of our first homeless students.Questions C. An active mind helps prevent Alzheimer's." Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A. Children learn new skills and make new friends. electricians. "As you get older. Yes/No Questions B. It's a joy to teach young children.Questions C. Dictation 234. Wh. "A school-home is exactly what it sounds like. and free blood pressure testing on the first Monday of each month. said Ginger. Ask Questions D. some of them may decide to buy their own laptops. with headquarters in Woodbridge. Wh. our office air-conditioning went out.5 million. Pa rents get to meet other parents in the community. discounts for bus and taxi travel in the city. "We will probably build another school-home with this money. "They see no need for a computer. We get the homeless off the street. but they must pass the sk ills level test. It is a school and a home." he said. But after they take this course. is a healthy and valuable skill that. Testing for diabetes and for cataracts is offered four times a year for a nominal fee. landscapers. You wouldn't believe the success that we have had. "More than half of them are terrified when we put them into the wate r the first time. Instructors will rate the students and as sign them to a particular skill level. carpenters . is never forgotten. Ask Questions D. Dictation . the lead instructor for swimmin g programs." Carter will identify the services and activities that are available to seniors l ocally and statewide. My secretary called a repairman.

m. He got undressed. and smoke that their owners could not hold o n to them. at least he paid in advance. Most donors filled up the pint bag within 5 to 10 minut es. No o ne responded in the other five units because the tenants were not home. Wh. He then asked her where a grocery store was. At about 11:35 p. Yes/No Questions B. Many tenants went across the street to watch the fire from a safe distance. He opened all seven containers and poured them int o the bathtub. Then she called the police. Telling the clerk that he would be staying four nights. crowds. The average adult body contains 8 to 12 pin ts of blood. Before leaving. Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A. The top floor of the two-story building was about 80 percent gone. The tub remained full o f chocolate and honey. hopped into the tub. Where were they going to live? Firemen discovered a charred gasoline can in the attic. You just never know about people. Fifteen minutes later. Smoke and flames were visible in most of the units on the top floor. Blood Drive at Civic Center The first thing the donors had to do.236. but he kept singing. of course. Wh. They were happy to be alive. They were all hoping that their units would be spared. Dictation 238. It takes your body 2 to 4 weeks to replace this amount. Avoid alcohol for the rest of the day. The tenants were cry ing or speechless. This was the second susp icious apartment fire in a month.m. The police said that Wild went to John-Johns and purchased three gallons of hone y and four gallons of chocolate syrup. who arrived quickly. The checker asked him what the occasion w as. They cried in their parents' arms. Bathtub Blues The man. the lodgers in the room next door phoned the clerk. "I'm trying to become a sweeter person. but the entire roof was ablaze by then. flames. I wish I could hug and kiss all the volunteers that are here today. the flames were extinguished. They clawed their way out of their owners' arms and dashed away. said the clerk. Dictation 237. He replied. and started singing loudly with the music. Yes/No Questions B. the donors received a sheet of instructions including: Do not li ft any heavy objects for 12 hours. She phoned his room. When they finished filling out the form. Well. Occupants of 15 units were already in bed or preparing for bed. and their laptops.Questions C. but now they had no home. ruining most of them. Who'd have thought he was a bathtub-singing nut?" The police said this was th e third time that Wild had been arrested for this kind of behavior. Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A. identified as Bill Wild. Tenants Watch Building Burn The tenant who first saw the blaze banged loudly on the door of every unit in th e building. t heir pets. Do not do any strenuous activity for 24 hours. . which was only two blocks away. Donors can give one pint at a time. Ask Questions D. Some of the pets were so dist urbed by the noise. their cell phones. Then he placed his boom box on th e bathroom floor next to the tub. Those te nants who were home escaped with nothing more than the clothes on their backs. She said that the nearest grocery store was John-Johns. "He seemed so nice and friendl y. Two fire engines arrived at 10:45 p. The younger children were similarly frightened. Ask Questions D. Most of the roof had disappear ed. He tuned the radio to an opera station. Leave your pressure bandage on for 2-3 hours.. She b anged on Wild's door. "That money will help pay for the plumber." The checker smiled at t he joke. but he didn't an swer.Questions C. said the clerk. Do not smoke for at least 30 minutes. Wild drove back to the motel." The bathtub drain was completely clogged. checked into the Motel Five last night about a n hour after sunset. said Martha. they waited un til a nurse called them to her desk. was fill out the donor registra tion and screening form. he paid cash in advance. Water was seeping into the ground-floor units. He added warm water to the mix.

but they will prob ably never disappear. City Hosts 42nd Art Fair All kinds of art were on display and for sale. but it is a big deal.Questions C. according to Navajo Indian lore. was selling his beautiful paintings of the mountain village of Ayacucho. Artists' creations included jewelry. Dictation 241. Bank Robbery . Thieves als o robbed the people at gunpoint or pickpocketed them. Dictation 239. We cannot thank them enough for that. "That's where Spider Rock is. Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A. This rock. "The artists sold enough of their work to encourage them to return next year. Dictation 240. Finally. Gates talked about bicycle thefts. in our beautiful mountains. was the home of Spider Woman. a goddess revered by the tribe. "I think the officers deserve a big pat on the back. she replied that h er creations usually took months. a native of Peru. and th e library raised almost $700 from sales of various items. Their bl ood is actually saving lives. Most of the thefts involved cars. One of his favo rite areas is northeast Arizona." he said. because onl y Spider Woman could create a perfect weave.Questions C. Prices ranged from a couple of do llars to a couple of thousand dollars. Wh. They all involve too many people . ceramics. pointin g to a beautiful color photograph of a towering sandstone spire about 800 feet h igh. where he lives most of the year. We wrac ked our brains trying to find a solution to this problem. They might diminish. "Every year I come to the United States to sell my paintings at about five different art shows. All people can do is hope for the best and prepare for the worst. The n the bicycle theft rate came down quickly. He travels throughout the southwest US. music CDs. "Many donors underestimate the importance of what they're doing. may be they'll get that 10-percent raise that they are all hoping for next fiscal ye ar. bird houses. We'll use this money t o purchase a few more tables and chairs. but that rate was d own to only one a day last year. We simply removed most of the bike stands. and malls." bea med Gates. too much crime. we hit upon it. helping other people to live. handmade musical instruments. Ask Questions D. too few police. Someone had cut the lock and stolen their bike. When asked how long it took." Most cities in the state have similar problems. She was busy creati ng a rug while visitors watched. nor can the recipients." Citing an example of how the police force has helped reduce crime. at the beginn ing of last year. and too little funding. Yes/No Questions B.486 thefts last year. said the head librarian. The exhibit areas were located throughout the park." Peter is a photographer. kids were locking up their bikes at bike stands in front of schools. That is where I do all my paintings. libraries. About 10 percent of the t ime. the kids would come out of the school or wherever and discover that their b ike was no longer there. "That's a 50-percent decrease in one year. gourd art." Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A. She said that Navajo tradition was to always w eave a slight flaw into an article so as not to offend Spider Woman. Yes/No Questions B. furniture. Wh." Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A. Ask Questions D. City and Crime There were 1. These problems are par t and parcel of civilization everywhere. A Navajo woman was selling her own rug weavings at the fair. pottery. Then I return to my country. Ask Questions D. Oscar. "For years and years. This was another successful year for our art fair. Wh. and sculpture. Yes/No Questions B.the blood center donor recruiter. They think it is no big deal. Even better.Questions C. Almost all the artists had their work dis played beneath shady canopies. They broke into houses and businesses at the alarming rate of two a day two years ago.

Finally. Seeing the hand grenade on the sidewalk. no shirt. people rarely knock on Jimmy's door. But now he needed to put a spacer on the inside handle to maintain that adjustme nt. but he could hear. "Give me all your money. The police chuckled. warm sunny day. When someone knocks. With the new system. He yelled in pain and surprise. They told the police it was a fa ke. one of the money bags exploded. but the lock has not worked since the screen door was installed more than two ye ars ago. Then h e heard the police tell him to get down on his stomach on the sidewalk and put h is hands behind his back. occasionally. right now!" Everyone in the lobby screamed and started running. Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A. The lock was part of the screen door pushbutton handle. Jimmy finally decided to d o something about the lock on the screen door. Occasionally the police received reports about people being pickpocke ted while waiting in the overnight lines. and started pacing around in circles because he couldn't see where he was going. all the money in this bank. He walked out the door. Where there are lines. A second later. Yes/No Questions B. it was about 40 people an hour. and spend the n ight in the cold or. there are vendors. Before Info Pass. First of all. Jimmy got a flathead screwdriver and loosened both screws. hopefully. Wh. and pushing on the outs ide button. Sometimes people w ould sell their place in line to others for $50 or more.Questions C. No one had to worry about going hungry in line because of the variety of hot and cold food and drinks being sold all n ight long. He heard the police siren get closer. They would start lining up outside the building at 6:00 p. The bank employees returned to work. But such reports were rare. They handcuffed him and placed him in the back of the police car. Immigration Goes Online To beat the crowds. was an unpleasant surprise to peop le who thought they were early birds by arriving at 7:00 a. but Jimmy never uses it. he lives in a safe neighborhood. he just opens the door. Today. Second. Ner vously. there might be 200 people in line. so he is always eager to greet a visitor. It was a nice. Things are so efficient now that about 120 applicants per hour can be processed throug h the immigration office. He couldn't see. would never return. The hand grenade was actually a harmless dummy. Before you can knock on the front door. The bomb squad came an d examined the hand grenade.The man walked up to the teller and held up a hand grenade for all to see.Questions C. in the rain. The bank customers ret urned to their lines. By the following morning. Wh.m. He found a piece of plastic that was just the right thickness. This. Many immig rants prefer not to get involved with police for fear of being sent back to thei r native country. T hey sealed off the whole block and called the bomb squad. Dictation 243. Yes/No Questions B. This has bothered Jimmy from day one. you have to push the button on the black screen door to open the screen door. Ji mmy was in his shorts -. Applicants show up 15 minutes before their appointment time. something a 12-year-old migh t play with.m. he had made the right adjustment. He sa id. The outside and inside h andles were held together with just two screws. Ask Questions D. Then they laughed. Eventually he adjusted the screws enough to where the lever stayed i n the locked position when he pushed on the outside button. He kept adjusting the screws. of course. The screen door has an inside lock on it. Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A. immigrants in Los Angeles used to get in line the night befo re. so secur ity is not really a problem. Jimmy Fixes His Door The peephole is a security device.no flip-flops. Dictation 242. the young female teller handed the man three big bags loaded with cash. He inserted t . even the security guard. The bank robber. Ask Questions D. people with appointments are in and out of the building wit hin an hour. covering him with red dye. the police told everyone to get back.

Jimmy grinned. Jones claimed to have invented a product that gets rid of calories . "No problem. Jones received thousands of checks in the mail. "You need a new air-conditioner. Jones claimed that he had negotiated with the federal and stat e government for exclusive air rights. Lar ry's air-conditioner was officially dead. He returned the screwdriver to the toolbox." Jones had an imagination that wouldn't quit. Wh. I'm going to call your landlady to see if she will approve a new AC unit f or you. He showed the viewers a spray can of "NoCal. He woke up four hours later when he heard a big bang. Even though you are a total stranger to the viewer. he'd install a new unit Monday mor ning." Larry said. Bingo! It worked perfectly. The NoCal was only $10 a can. Yes/No Questions B. "stay cool. a chemical interaction would cause all the calories in the f ood to simply evaporate within about 10 seconds. He call ed Jack. he climbed up on the roof. During one month the previous summer. You wou ld also be able to charge government rockets. . Yours is the original model that came with this apartment building. and sp ace stations $100 for each and every violation of your air rights. So that evening at 11:30. Two circuit breakers had switched off. the l ast three evenings had been "two-fan" nights. Larry Needs a New Air-Conditioner Larry had two table fans in his bedroom. He could push on the outside button wi th all his might. Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A. Wh. space shuttles. Another time. Jack said that if everything went as planned.Questions C. His electric bill that July.he plastic between the handle and the doorframe itself. But Larry figured that. Jones w ould insure your house and property for full value. It's going to cost $1200 parts and labor. Twenty minutes later Jack told Larry. For $100. It was the AC capacitor on the roof. thinking "I'm a genius. "For some reason. he feels like he knows you. said Larry. just before he went to bed. You enter his living roo m and become a trusted friend. but Jack didn't show up until four days later because he was so busy repairing all the other air-conditioners in the neighborhood. and then he tightened th e two screws. Larry heard a lot of banging." but he wondered if he should drive to the thrift store to look for a third fan for his bedroom. Because of the high temperatures. the repairman. but now it's kicked the bu cket." He said that by simply spraying NoCal on your food. You would be able to cha rge any commercial plane that flew over your property $100 per crossing. and the lever would remain locked. was $77. Ask Questions D. he said. Thousands of people who saw that TV ad sent him a hundred dollars each. for only $100. A s usual. once he sees you on TV in his home. One time he showed viewers an "offi cial government" earthquake report which "proved" that the western half of Calif ornia would collapse into the sea within three years." Wow. once in a while. "TV seem s to break the ice. day and night. He set the t hermostat to 72 degrees. All the other origin al AC units have been replaced. using the AC wouldn't kill him. he turned on the AC. Larry had al ready suspected that there was something wrong with his air-conditioner. satellites. But it wasn't two cars. normally a bout $30. He told viewers that. He was ecstatic. so he switched them back on. "Until then. Dictation 245. Yes/No Questions B. He used his air-conditioner only o ccasionally. w hich sounded like two cars had run into each other on the street outside. When Jack finally came. Dictation 244.Questions C. Yours lasted longest. Ask Questions D. he had used the air-condition er 10 days consecutively. The screen d oor finally worked properly! Jimmy had fixed a two-year-old problem in less than an hour. it had just blown up." Jones said. Man Gets 12 Years for Fraud He advertised his fantastic ideas on TV. they could own the first 10 miles above all their property." he said with a smile. In another TV ad." Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A.

Ask Questions D. but this one he aimed at the front plate glass window. red. according to Eric. The police handcuffed him. Using a bullhorn. With his knife. But then he saw what looked like an unusual gap in the floor board. The floor board suddenly loosened. "Repeat after me: I hate the post office!" Everyone repeated the words. Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A. and 2 feet deep. Murals Are Over 200 Years Old The only reason they discovered it was that Arthur dropped a coin onto the floor while pulling a small knife out of his pants pocket. Yes/No Questions B. and drove him to the police station." said one official. He released all the people inside. and that when he got out of prison he hoped to b ecome a TV consultant to help people avoid getting scammed.. He told the judge th at he was already developing an instructional CD that. are now at the Museum of Native American Art. The man fired another blast out the sh attered window. he began digging around the gap. God truly does work in mysterious ways. They were not wrapped. and the bigg est are about 24 by 24 inches. Jones responded that he was very ashamed of himself. Pier Collapses . I can't take it anymore. for merely $100. Beneath it was a hole in the ground about 15 feet long. Ask Questions D. The police officer and his bullhorn were uninjured." After a while.Questions C. He started searching. At 7:00 p . The murals use only the col ors black. Yes/No Questions B. five police cars pulled up in front of the post office. created about 1791." he said. Man Shoots Up Post Office The man ordered all the customers and employees to sit up and look at him. Dictation 246. the man walked out backwards with his hands up. "So the whole thing we nt to court. A postal truck ran into my car two years ago. I can't work anymore. Wh. They shined a flashlight into the hole and saw the murals. and yellow. Eric helped Arthur remove four more floor boards. All 23 murals. Then Arthur slid open th e trap door. "I'm not coming out until the post office pays me for pain and s uffering. he found his dime. Wh. My back is killing me. or otherwise protected. put him in the back seat of the car. He heard the coin hit the floor and roll. The judge nodded. However. Wh. a police officer told the man to walk out backwards with his hands up.Questions C. but he refused anything less than a million dollars. Arthur felt that he was onto something. 10 feet wide. Three minutes later. would sa ve people thousands of dollars in scams. A minute later. "Gotcha !" he said proudly. They will n ot be put on public display until early next year. He'll probably go to jail for a few years because of this stunt. and examined by experts. The smallest are about 12 by 12 inches." Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A. Yet they were in wonderful condition. A post office official said that they had tried to settle with the man out of co urt. He re moved the floor board and saw a rope handle attached to what looked like a trap door.m. Yes/No Questions B. "I guess he got tired of waiting for the trial to begin.Questions C. Ask Questions D." Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A. Dictation 248. and then changed Jone s's sentence from 10 years to 12 years. Museum officials expect a hug e turnout when that day occurs. "I wond er how many more treasures are out there waiting for someone to drop a dime on t hem. "This is truly rare. Digital photographs were taken of all the murals before they were loaded onto a truck. He sa id. He f ired another round. one police car had three little pit marks in it. The man yelled. lig hts flashing and sirens wailing. the man calmed down. cleaned. said Arthur. covered. They will be inspected.The judge told Jones that he should be ashamed of himself. archived. Shatt ered glass went everywhere. My wife left me. Dictation 247.

She's on the swim team. Ask Questions D." said the officer. She belongs to the chess club. This is her first year teaching. Since her first year in school. One officer said that t oo many people think the police are liars. a city council member wanted to close the pier immedi ately. Yes/No Questions B. Wh. Dictation 250. Three local tele vision stations and two radio stations broadcast live from the pier. The local business people are very unhappy because the repair process will significantly reduce consumer purchases for the summer season." he said. cameras would show citizens that poli ce tell the truth. Ms. What hogwash!" The cost of installing cameras will be about $500 per vehicle.000 and take a month or m ore. A School Girl Sues Her School Virginia Brown is in the ninth grade at Ashley High School. but that repairs to the pier would probably cost at least $500. when asked about the proposal. The city council will vote on the proposal next Monday. The collaps e occurred after a big rig went out of control Saturday morning and slammed into one of the main supports for the pier. Cameras in Police Cars The chief said. Dictation 249.Questions C. "He was so drunk that he didn't eve n apply his brakes before he crashed into the support. "She wouldn't come out of her room. said a police officer who had written the truck driv er a ticket for driving under the influence. We're always pulling over drunks or drug users who try to fight the co ps or shoot them. "The money that we've been spending on lawsuits will be bette r spent on more cameras. The driver reeked of booze. she has had perfect attendance and all her grades have been A's. "Some of my best friends are African-Americans. She is a member of the Girl Scouts and sings in her church choir. who grew up in India. Wh.Questions C. Oakville offi cials decided to wait until tomorrow before sending out a structural engineer to investigate the damage. he said. "If cameras had been in those cars. The police officers enthusiastically support camera use. He was going t o attend the council meeting to condemn the proposal. But an elderly man said that cameras were an invasion of privacy. said that he supported Ms. "This is going to hurt. they can be i nstalled in all the cars within six weeks. Her ey es were red and puffy. Everybody in America wants to sue everybody else. who took the driver to jail. He hoped that other citize ns would join him. local businesses on the pier and nearby protested. Yes/No Questions B. For public safety reasons. we wouldn't have had to pay one dime. Ten of the 13 council members.Hundreds of people gathered around to watch the rescue efforts. City officials said it was too early to get a complete damage estimate. One member said that it make s good fiscal sense and common sense." Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A. Smith 100 . "This isn't a black and wh ite problem. Citizen reaction to the idea of police car cameras is mixed. the volleyball team." she said. Ask Questions D. and the track team. noted one T-shirt vendor. If the cameras are approved. Smith said that discrimination was absolutely not the issue. My little girl hasn't been this upset since her cat got r un over by a car when she was 6 years old. However. She's the class president. It's a miracle that he di dn't kill someone. Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A. We make 80 percent of our annual profits from June through September." The school principal." Virginia is a model student. Then they always claim that the police started beating them fi rst or started shooting at them first. One person said tha t the police should have started doing this years ago when video cameras were in vented. The home economics teacher is 28-year-old Jessica Smith. Vir ginia's father said her heart was broken when she got the C. "These police are trying to stick their nose into everything. She cried the whole weekend. said that they liked the idea. I'm going to sue them for defamation of character and whatever else my lawyer comes up with." said one officer.

Dictation 252. an office r said. "Mr. He was charged with drunk drivin g." Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A. Yes/No Questions B. The driver climbed out of the SUV and took off." Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A. Yes/No Questions B. Authorities took him to a nursing home where he could be kept under surveil lance. What can we do? said a policeman. Pilot Killed as Plane Crashes into House . Both of them had been smokers throughout most of their lives. he was released in one month.Questions C." Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A. The acci dent occurred after the fast-moving white SUV drove onto the shoulder where the two cars were parked. The girl said Hunter disappeared while she was using the b athroom. SUV Driver Sends Officer Flying The police officer was listed in stable condition at a nearby hospital. 17. we decided to quit smoking. the police determined t hat the boy disappeared while both teens were using the bedroom. Yes/No Questions B. Because another police vehicle wa s nearby. But because the jail was s o overcrowded. Ask Questions D. causing personal injury. Ask Questions D. "She won't have a ny difficulty finding a great university. Wh. "She'd better look for a man who likes to eat out a lot. Cass started sobbing after his remarks.Questions C. The SUV rolled completely over. running in the direction of a nearby off-ramp. So we went to a smoking cessation clinic. Wh. He repeatedly cried out his wife's n ame. because we wanted to live to be 100. commit suicide within 48 hours. Dictation 251. We are going to have to watch him closely. Dictation 253. Woman Dies in House Fire The value of the home was estimated at $700. property damage. We've had too many instances of long-time married couples who. At least I thought we both did. The driver of the stalled car was unhurt. The clinic worked! We both managed to quit a month ago. The only time we can get them off the streets for good is when they kill someone. from talking nonstop to crying to staring vacantly. the police caught the driver quickly. "There are a lot more drunk drivers out there every night than there are police. Police questioned both teens separately as to how the accident occurred." he laughed. He was sentenced to jail for six months." Mr. if they discover their spouse is dead.000. The boy's parents h ad no comment about their son's unfortunate death.Questions C. Yes/No Questions B.percent. Wh. The Casses were married in 1945 . I can't belie ve she was smoking behind my back. but were so busy with each othe r that they never saw or heard the boy leave the closet and the house. At that time he had also injured someone and also fle d the scene. Charges might be filed against the teens for involuntary manslaughter an d against the neighbor for leaving the gate to the pool unlocked. The driver had no license and no insurance. Dictation 254. Ask Questions D. They had actually put him in the bedroom closet. The boy said Hunter disappeared while he was using the bathroom. Cass's behavior has been erratic. Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A. but she might have problems finding a husband. After further questioning and some searching around the house. "Six months ago.Questions C. Mr. Boy Drowns in Neighbor's Pool The babysitter was 16. The other teen was her boyfriend. Cass said. He said that Virginia is an excellent student who would have no proble m getting into the best universities even with a C in cooking. said a nursing home spokes person. The SUV struck the officer before plowing into the police car. He had been convicted a year ago of driving while intoxicated. Their s tories did not match. Wh. and leaving the scene of an acciden t. Ask Questions D.

didn't catch any. One neighbor said he heard a gunshot. That part of the house was wrecked. They to ok her into custody and said she would be booked for murder. The plane crashed i nto one end of the house. "That's a target you could hit from a mile away. It means they like you. We all ducked under the table. Dictation 255. Woman Shot Next to Her Christmas Tree Mrs. I don't know when you're going to learn to pick up on those s ignals. Carol. read a go od book. How was the fishing? Glenn asked." They immediately called 911 when they discovered the cause of the thunderous sou nd. divorced . he said. Wh. Dictation 257. If you knew all the tricks. I didn't go to any b ars. but in this neighborhood. His own apartment didn 't have a pool. Ask Questions D. said Mrs. who lives three block s away. he always liked to stay at a place with a pool." he laughed. Authorities suspect that a l ack of fuel contributed to the crash. Dictation 256. Joe said if he was going to shoot at his ex-wife. Wh. were all at home eating dinner. Mr. Howard called Glenn late Friday night. And don't even ask how many beauties I saw at the pool.The pilot's body was found on the bed in the master bedroom. Well. She is in her late 50s. replied Howard. Yes/No Questions B. Man Fatally Stabbed Outside Nightclub Police identified the woman as Sara Haynes. Any time a woman asks you if you want extra anything. But I did go to a Mongolian all-you-can-eat place and had a good dinner. Yes/No Questions B. he'd make sure he shot her in her butt. They d on't know if the shooting was intentional or accidental. where the three bedrooms were. that's female code. Joe. Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A. But when he arrived at the hotel about noon. Carol said that they might have to mov e out until they can get the house repaired. It was being repaired all that week. who own the house. thinking it was another e arthquake. The police also questioned Mrs. he was used to heari ng gunshots. I never h eard such a loud sound. A hos pital spokesman said she should recover nicely. he saw that there were no pretty girls at the pool. Police will patrol the area more frequently as a result of this shooting. Johnson's ex-husband. They interviewed the neighbors. I said no.Questions C. so whenever he traveled. Yes/No Questions B. Ask Questions D.Questions C. When nothing else happened. The Carols. She asked me if I wanted extra ketchup. Wilma Johnson was treated at a local hospital and allowed to go home. an emergency room nurse. did you catch any women? No. Fishing for Girls Howard had also planned to lie around the hotel pool. my gosh. the older of her two adult sons. Bob wasn't home at the t ime of the shooting. Ask Questions D. The staff h ad "forgotten" to tell Howard this little detail. 39. Next time I'll go with you and show you all the tricks. the police spokesperson said Joe is not a suspect at this time. There was nobody at the po ol. Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A. Well. I think one of the waitresses liked me. The police will release the pilot's name after they have notified his next of kin. Well. and look at pretty women in their bathing suits. Oh. we got brave and decided to investigate. There were no girls at all. you wouldn't be divorced three times. and living with Bob. Despite such remarks. you blew it. "I thought the world had come to an end. The family was lucky because there was no fire. Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A.Questions C. soak up the sun. There was a whole bottle right in front of me. She was Evans's lon . because the pool was empty. They are asking the pub lic to help if they know anything. Didn't see any. Wh. I hope you said yes.

g-time girlfriend. cal m day. When Evans turned around to walk back inside.Questions C. Denzel was not sure about how to check his transmission fluid level. said. They were not complicated. Yes/No Questions B. She pulled the blond e out of his arms and started yelling at him. Moe told Curly he needed his help. Then. Then she sat down. presented it a week ago to the l iquor store where he had bought it. captain of the rescue boat. is that I've never lost any paying customers. Ask Questions D. you told m e we were through. and where. Wh. said the bartender.000 or $2. Then he pulled out the dipstick. Dictation 260. like the mystery of wh y his last girlfriend had left him. she said. She went straight at them. Denzel di d not have $1. Moe heard what sounded like an explosion. He told Cur ly to hold on a minute. Dictation 259." Evans then led Sara outside. Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A." Curly. you said. Dictation 258. "I've got plenty of time. This is the second boat that I've lost. he shifted the transmission through all the gears. Sara pulled the ice pick out of her purse and stabbed Evans several times. During their conversation. What does THAT mean?" It's a long story." I've got to go. Go ahead. The fluid wa s at the correct level. Or would it be one of those mysteries of life. she replied. Moe then told all the p assengers to don their lifejackets and abandon the boat. Ask Questions D. which was also returning from a day trip. of course. how much. with a wild look in her eyes. Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A. Moe's crew discovered a hole in the hull that was too bi g for plugs or pumps. the TunaTaker. They were comparing notes: who had caught what. and then let the c ar idle for three minutes in Park. out of nowhere. "Sh e was looking all around. "I thou ght everything was going well between us. and started crying. but it went very smoothly. Next. "The good thing. Why did you break up with me? he had asked her on the phone a while ago.000 to $2. Th e two captains. The power steering fluid was at the proper le vel. both of which were red. apparently to avoid a scene inside the club. Denzel breathed a sigh of relief. so that left the transmission fluid. We pulled a lot of people out of the water. Moe and Curly. Yes/No Questions B. Everyone Saved Luckily. I thought there might be trouble when I saw her walk in.000 to repair or replace. put his head in her lap. he wondered if he would ever find out the cause of t hat stain. Wh. He collapsed to the ground." Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A. I think the Coast Guard will be proud of us. 66. He ran his engine for about 15 minutes to get it up to normal operating temperat ure.000. the SharkCatcher started sinking when it was only a quarter mile from a nother fishing boat. Women! Denzel muttered as the phone went dead. But he foun d the instructions in his car manual. said Moe. Yes/No Questions B. "We were lucky that it was a clear. A witn ess who was sitting in his car told police he saw them argue for a couple of min utes. A small leak could result in a damaged transmission. He was on the floor danc ing away with this young blonde. You needed more space. As he drove off in his car. Fishing Boat Sinks. had been talking to each other over the radio whi le headed back to their landing in Santa Barbara.Questions C. Kevin Hayes. he said. Woman Lies About Winning Lottery The real winner of the ticket. Wh. The Mysterious Carport Stain There was only one thing to do: check his power steering fluid and his transmiss ion fluid. which could cost $1. That store will receive one percent of the p . wham. The lounge's bartender said Haynes started arguing with Evans when she saw him dancing with a young woman. Ask Questions D.Questions C.

Ask Questions D. said Hayes. 5'11". In fact. Unfortunately. If you let them sit on your countertop for a couple of weeks. "They 'd probably declare that eggshells are nutritious if a lobbyist asked them to. At the very . and it might as well be them. was overjoyed." The USDA defends its decision. Wh. "You must be joking. Mark didn't pass her because there was too much oncoming traffic." said Annie. Dictation 262. It's a shame that this wealthy country has so many poor people. Instead of running immediately." said one advocate. Victory Dance Leads to Death According to witnesses. they are still potatoes. he muttered to himself . Eat Your Vegetables The French fry industry has been petitioning the USDA for years to get this appr oval. Then she proceeded slowly forward. I'm going t o donate a lot of this money to different charities. Even so. most people think that SOMEONE has to win. I' m only a tax-paying citizen. Ask Questions D. beg to differ. or $180. "How can you consider a product that's deep-fried in oil to be a fresh vegetable ? Even if I steamed broccoli.Questions C. I could no longer call it fresh broccoli-it's cook ed! I wish I were a lobbyist. Consumer advocates say the USDA has totally lost touch with the consumers. Then he did a little dance next to the victim's he ad and fled. the fries w ill rot just like all other fresh vegetables. When Ace told him to stop celebrating. Th en she looked left and right again. They say that their product is similar to cucumbers that have a wax coatin g.rize. "You can bet if it was two white men who had been shot by a black man. with a small scar on his left cheek. Everyone else backed away." Hayes said he was reminded to check his numbers when he heard that a woman had l ost her winning ticket. "Last year we had a storm that blew half of our roof off." said one activist. Eyewitnesses said Ace is a white male.Questions C. Miller ignored him. Ask Questions D. Mark Abrams. A police officer said the suspect will be charged with "a lot more than unsports manlike conduct" when arrested. Never be in a hurry in LA. Wh. Most consumers. What do I need $18 million for?" The checks to Hayes and Abrams should arrive within two weeks. Wh. A lthough French fries are fried in oil. which is much healthier f or consumers than plain wax. Mark was pulling his hair out. Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A. Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A. Dictation 261. So. 56. Then Ac e pulled a small gun out of his baggy shorts and fired two quick shots. Yes/No Questions B. I'm going to help her out financially after she gets out of prison.000. Ace picked up the basketball and made a 3-pointer himself.Questions C. she looked left and right. saying that potatoes undeniably are vegetables. The owner of the store. Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A. Dictation 263. He and his wife had been camping in the mountains when t he winning number was drawn. so my congressman would help me. there'd be a policeman on every basketball court in town till he was caugh t. They argue that they use 100 percent vegetable oil. It cost $25. Honk if You're in a Hurry Every time the woman ahead arrived at a stop sign. "She only did this out of desperati on. of course. 50. Local activists criticized the police for dragging their feet in their search fo r the suspect. Yes/No Questions B. The spokesman mentioned that lottery players should remember th at the odds of winning the lottery are only about one in forty million. Miller did a little dance after making a game-winning 3point basket. according to a lo ttery spokesman. But I feel sorry for this woman. Yes/No Questions B. a USDA spokesman said.000 to put a ne w roof on. ab out 200 pounds.

Ask Questions D. you get $15 a DAY fo r sitting on a jury. Tending to his dying needs were D idi and Mimi. he told his wife Polly he wasn't going to be a juror. He was just average-looking. Dictation 264. "But. Are you single and unattached?" If she said yes. Mark ignored the solid yel low line and passed the truck. you lose your regular i ncome for that time period. no one was in front of him. A jury trial might last one day or one month. His tee time was 11:45 and it was 11:39. He hated jury duty and he was not going to let the courts interfere with his retirement. a pair of 40-year-old twins that Grady had finally "settled down" with. Dictation 265. he'd ask her if she had a twin sister who was si ngle and unattached. if you are self-employed. as soon as he rounded the first curve. th is is no problem. because the government will pay you your regular salary while you are on jury duty. Sometimes his various girlfriends w ould even end up meeting each other and become fast friends. This often made the woman smile or laugh. Any attractive woman was a target for Grady. if you're over 18 years old. He used to juggle three or four girlfriends at a time.last stop sign. You'll always be my number one. Sometimes she wou ld change her no to a yes." Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A.Questions C. "You're very attractive. However. "you are my number one. He said there was a fatal accident on the freeway. Mark couldn't believe it. So how do you think you are going to get out of it? Polly asked. Instead of your regular income. you are eligible for jury duty. so you're okay. He was well-read. Wh. Mel said. If you are a citizen. he's going back ho me. Mark put the pedal to the metal to make up for lost time. This is another reason people try to avoid jury duty. The highway patrol closed his side of the freeway. both amused and irritated. and he had no bad habits.Questions C. If she said yes. Yes/No Questions B. At last. Wh. The Man Who Loved Women In his youth. He'd often accidentally call them by the wrong names. Grady was a wonderful dancer. she would get upset. It was 11:40 when he got to the parking lot. you might be fined up to $1. he had to immedia tely brake for a cement truck crawling up the hill at about 5 mph. he m ade a woman feel like a woman. "We're running about 10 minutes behind. if you can read and understand English. No woman was safe from his ch arm. Even in his old age. But Barney jus t called. but he carried himsel f with confidence and had a ready smile and a pleasant laugh. Grady hadn't slowed down. If you work for the government. Grady had been a major skirt-chaser. he knew a thousand jokes." he would quickly add. he'd get her phone number and ask fo r a rain check. How to Get out of Jury Duty In fact. If she said no. the assistant pro. Yes/No Questions B. He would walk right up to her and s ay. court clerks say that the most common question they hear is: Why do I h ave to serve? The official response is: Jury duty is a responsibility that all q ualified citizens must share. If you ign ore the summons. but she didn't have time just then for coffee. Grady would admit that he had another girlfriend-or two. she turned right. "Are you going to claim that you're dead? Or are you going to tell t hem you've moved out of the country?" .500. Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A. Perhaps most important. Jack got the bad news yesterday." Somehow. The first time that happen ed to a new girlfriend. However. Even though he was retired and sat around all d ay watching reruns of old movies. according to many of his girlfriends. and if you're not a felon. this little white lie often worked. He said to go on without him. He w alked quickly to the clubhouse to tell Mel. he 'd invite her out for a cup of coffee right then and there. that he had arriv ed. Instead of lying. Ask Questions D.

You don't have gas. Why should I? Because you're my first client. but Luke always declined. But there's one problem. Dictation 266. you don't have a boyf riend. "You enjoy every mouthful. Tonight was probably going to be more of the same. replied Betsy. I don't love anyone anyway. It says here that if you have a physical disability. too. Wh. Then she brought out her homemade cheesecake with vanilla ice cream for dessert. Someday. All he ever did was go ba ck to his apartment and read books or go online. and asparagus. Vocabulary . Yes/No Questions B." That's a brilliant idea! Polly said.Questions C. And a Valentine's Day car d means that someone loves you. It's a med ical excuse. he protects me. W here does a girl fit into that picture?" Don't be silly. But I know how to create it. No. He comforts me. as she rolled her eyes. fresh green beans. But Lina was a patient woman. Dictation 267.Questions C. Ask Questions D. You need someone to comfort you when you're sad and lonely. What's your disability? Your 'bad back' doesn't allow you to sit in a chair watc hing reruns all day? No. stop exaggerating. Tonight she p repared shrimp. Besides. You should go for someone more experienced-someone at least 13 years old. Yes/No Questions B. mashed potatoes. or take a walk aro und the neighborhood. I'll eat a lot of peanuts and fruit the morning tha t I go to court. I love your cooking. thank you. "Are you trying to fatten me up for something? Every time I come ove r here. Lina wou ld ask Luke if he wanted to watch TV. I'd be hurt and hungry. you can be dis missed. You need someone to protect you." You're right. she thought. I will be his dessert. He always said. she thought. Ask Questions D. She loved to cook. or play cards or chess. " They both knew that Luke didn't have to go anywhere. and she loved to watch people eat her cooking. I've got gas." Oh. Lina replied. It'll offend the other jurors and everyone else in the courtroom. I'm t oo young. I've decided that I'm going to be a matchmaker w hen I grow up. they'll tell me to go home and stay home. What good is a 12-year-old boy anyw ay? All they're interested in is playing baseball or riding their skateboards. As soon as they get a whiff of my 'problem. Well. I apologize. Lina watched contentedly as Luke devoured the cheesecake and ice cream." But my dad does that! That's what dads are for. that means I'll probably also be your first mist ake. and I know where all my classes are. I've got a backpack to carry my books. and if you didn't invite me over here. Female Seeks Mature Male But why? asked Julia. Luke ate ever ything with gusto. I have to eat celery and lettuce for a week to get back down to my norma l weight. At least it would g et him out of the house for one day. Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A. The Way to a Man's Heart Luke rarely stayed more than ten minutes past the last bite of dessert. if I'm your first client. I don't need an escort. Luke asked. They're immature. Wh. "And forget about 12-year-olds. I've got a better idea.No. I don't think I even know what love is. Someo ne who will carry your books and walk you to your classes. And he remembers my birthday. "I'm okay without one. You need someone who' ll give you a Valentine's Day card and remember your birthday. They'll have to open all the windows or issue ga s masks. "I've got to go. What if I don't love them back? I don't want a V alentine's Day card from someone I don't love. Something better than that. both of those involve too much paperwork. Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A.

once in June and once in September. He took a hooded sweatshirt. not so much to catch fish. About 300 of them were standing on or near the tracks. That sufficed for Dave. #30 sun block.000 guitar yesterday. About 20 au tomobiles were damaged. They 'liberate' animals that are on their way to the slaughterhou se. because on Free Fishing Day you were allowed to fish with two rods instead of the usual one rod. Trains throughout California frequently carry dangerous cargoes. He went to bed knowing that tomorrow's weather an d fishing were unpredictable. And I was losing hope of ever rec overing my guitar.Cloze Crossword 1 A. lumber was scattered on either side of the tracks. winter gloves. Dictation 270. shor ts." Lennon was reunited with his $100. Train Wreck "Frees" Cows Of the freight train's 86 cars. new automobiles. The head engineer was tre ated for a broken wrist at a nearby hospital. was the cattle. However. All these cows are going to be burgers by tomorrow night. She told him that finding the guitar might take a couple o f years-finding guitars was not as important as finding murderers and marijuana smokers. Yes/No Questions B.Questions C. "The train was sabotaged by a group called Tofu for You. said Lennon. After about an hour and a half. Traffic on the two-lane highway was backed up f or almost a mile in each direction. and a scarf. They think Americans should eat tofu instead of meat.gov/toprotectand toserve/haveaniceday. Yes/No Questions B. human or otherwise. Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A. but the good time with his friends was a given. rain o r shine. He and his friends joked that the fish were always biting . He was the only casualty. The case and the guitar . Wh. two pair of socks. Then she told him to have a nice day. Ask Questions D. Ask Questions D. This year has been depressing. authorities immediately evacuate nearby communitie s because of the danger of explosions or of harmful fumes. It was a checklist of 45 things to take to Big Bear. Fortunately. the scenic drive up a twisty two-lane road was worth the t rip. After the mishap. Wh.in the spot you just l eft or the spot you were headed to. and a lightweight raincoat. however. When these trains derail. the number of the cab." Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A. said a California Highway Patrol spokesman. Dictation 268. beautiful houses and trees that lined the shore of the lake. wandering into the nearby woods. If you go to Big Bear in June. He took two rods . such as chemica ls. Wh. Dave had even created a computer file named Fis hing Trip. Valuable Guitar Found Upon discovering his loss.Questions C. Even by itself. She told Lennon that he could file a missing items report at the police station or online. He also took flip-flops. The po licewoman asked him for the name of the cab company. Lennon asked for the online address. a T-shirt. Dave had gathered all the items on his list into a neat pile next to his door. They left their pamphlets all over th e crime scene. or standing on the nearby highway. sunglasses. and cattle destined for slaughter. Let's Go Fishing California tries to boost the fishing industry by sponsoring a Free Fishing Day twice a year. Not to mention the big. He packed a couple of magazines to read just in case the fish weren't biting.nypd. and the name of the driver. He wen t mostly because it was a social event with a few friends. jeans. We know who did this. Yes/No Questions B. you'd better be prepared for hot or cold. Dictation 269. Packing was a project in itself.Questions C. Ask Questions D. It was www. He said that she had to be kidding. They're wasting their time. The biggest problem. "I had to postpone the recording of two new CDs. this incide nt did not involve any fatalities. a heav y hooded denim jacket. this train c arried only lumber. 22 went off the tracks. Lennon used his cell phone to call the police. I've been using borrowed guitars. a big hat.

She smiled at him. a beauty walked into the auditorium about 10 minutes late. and the n walked out. Plus. Ask Questions D. Ask Questions D. said she was about to knock on the door of Dorothy's house that fateful day. Teachers piled as much as they wanted on their paper plates and found a seat outdoors or in the auditorium. he walked up to her. "Why. She took notes rig ht-handed. Using new crime-solv ing tools. She ran her fingers through her hair. but she rejec ts me. I try to love her. He said he would give the reward to the coffeehouse owner. just two seats away. He looked at the lecturers less th an he looked at the redhead. Your little girl is making up stories about me. "My name's Shane.Questions C. She crossed and uncrossed her l egs. Dwayne divorced Castle shortly thereafter. and I'm sure he's pretty tired. then ran back home. She went to the restroom. She was so shaken by the event that she had told no one in all these years. I appreciate your offer. Maybe another time?" She smiled. She sat in t he row in front of Shane. The police department prepared a news release about its success in tracking down the guitar. Shane was going crazy. Be verly Lisenby. Shane stood up. The dean thanked everyone for attending. he determined that Dorothy had been struck in the skull several times by a rock the size of a baseball. He was enveloped in her perfume. but I 've got to get home. But instead of knocking. Beautiful Teacher Smiles. Everybody applauded the presenters. That's sweet of you. Yes/No Questions B. Yes/No Questions B. Ask Questions D. Dictation 271. When she came out. Wh. The redhead stood up." She smiled.Questions C. She was tall and had long red hair. thank you.had been discovered in the corner of a coffeehouse only two blocks from where Le nnon had lost it in the first place. Dictation 273. Yes/No Questions B. Dictation 272. Wh. Are Criminals Taking Over LA? The shootings occurred an hour before sunset. but she smiled at him befor e she sat down. She wa s not only the best-looking woman in the auditorium. he smiled. who had noti fied the police. The meeting ended. thought his wife was lying. Mo st teachers really seemed to appreciate the food. then Walks Away The evening always began with a delicious dinner catered by a local restaurant. there was no ring on her left hand. Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A.000 reward for its return. Lennon had offered a $10. "She said she would hur t me if I bother her again.Questions C. who was ma rried to Castle at the time. Hi. The victim punched one . a mile west of downtown Los Angele s. I was wondering if you have time for a cup of c offee. Castle told Dwayne. Shane couldn't believe it. Wh. and walked away. Castle told police that the girl had fallen out of a tree she was climb ing and hit her head on a rock. she listened quiet ly as she heard Dorothy screaming for help and Castle telling her to shut up. also seven at that time. For Shane. Be verly listened until it was silent inside. Shane walked out. But Dorothy's natural father. this evening was his opportunity to check out the female teachers. Th is year. This year's host was a Middle Eastern restaurant. Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A. Dwayne. My husband is babysitting tonight. Shane waited. Stepmother Kills Herself In 1970. Shane could not focus on the meeting anymore. An autopsy was inconclusive. The coroner dug up Dorothy's body and did a second autopsy. I was hoping we could share some of our teaching experiences." Dorothy had told her father earlier. The police are now trying to locate Dwayne to tell him the good news. and the death was ruled accidental. Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A. Two gang members attempted to rob the 20-year-old man. She was wearing a sexy black cocktail dress. But the case was reopened recently when a playmate of Dorothy's came forward.

000. and free medical care. and then took off running. I pla nted it. who was robbing the nephew. Ask Questions D. packed tightly with marijuana. the dentist removed the stitches and told Tony that the white spot . Karl said. n or could he pronounce words clearly. The officer took i t out of the ashtray and held it up to Karl. Did you get the cash for the weed? asked the voice on the other end. "It won't require more tha n two or three stitches. Wh. A moment later. They laugh at us. coming to a sto p at the hair-washing sinks. Fortunately.Questions C. at least l et me have one more hit!" Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A. And they get to sit around in jail all day reading magazines! That's punishment? It sounds more like a reward! What do the rest of us get for being HONEST? We get t o work hard all day so we can die tired and poor. His nephew had been stabbed to death by a gang member a week earlier. A week later.000 worth of grass.000! What is the matter with you? That's $50. the dentist said. Karl's grin disappeared. They also put a couple of errant shots into the head of the woman driver. knocking him down. there we re also many plastic bags. Wh. Yes/No Questions B. "What do I know about it? I know everything about it. and a library card. why are you getting robbed?" He then stabbed the victim mul tiple times. you idiot! I'm going to kill you! The officer laughed when the other person hung up. If the white spot were malignant. I harvested it. How much did you get? $1. said Tony. Open Wide and Say Your Prayers On this visit. What's up?" The o fficer grabbed the phone from Karl. they will get free housing. Although there were flowers in the back. dude. We'll do it r ight after your teeth are cleaned. "What do you know about this?" he a sked Karl. and I rolled it. Try it!" The officer brought out his handcuffs. In the cab of the van. an ID card." Tony couldn't eat anything except soup for a couple of days after the surgery. Ask Questions D. Karl said. Yes. "Hey. "We often see this in smokers?mouths. It was a white spot on the side of his tongue. We're going to have to do a biopsy. the officer replied. "You think you're smarter than me? If you're so smart." Karl groaned.of his attackers. "Crimina ls are killing people almost every day. Police Arrest Happy Van Driver One officer asked Karl where he was headed. We have to make sure this spot is benign. Grinning broadly. the gangsters fired several times and struck him in the back. Karl said he was m aking a delivery. a joint was smoldering in the ashtray. Dictation 275. spit on it. I have no idea. got angry when all he found in the nephew's wall et was a dollar. She called the dentist over. Karl's cell phone rang. They know that. this is the Grateful Dead. ripped up the library card.000! $1. free meals. said a local neighborhood watch member. As he ran. pretending that he was Karl." she told him. "Hey. I watered it. which was blastin g rock music. He went around to the back of the van and opened the doors. dude . how much more surgery would be required? How much of his tongue would be removed? He regr etted all those years of smoking. It's dynamite weed. This city's getting ridiculous. How long has that been there? he asked Tony. A library card! the gang member said angrily." Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A. $1. "Dude. The gang memb er.Questions C. The officer told Karl to turn off the radio. the salon was closed because its owner was at a family funeral. she crashed through the big glass window of a salon. Yes/No Questions B. each about 12?square. even i f convicted. Grinning. and ran away. she found one. Mortal ly wounded. Dictation 274.

No. of course not. Marvin. he said. "I don't know. I can't go there without thinking of you. T hey smelled bad. I'm going to invent a pill so that anima ls all learn to live together without eating each other all the time. David gave her a big kiss and a hug. this is my only vice. Yes/No Questions B. When she returned. I like you. I don't think I could ever be in love with you. today. He knew that Natalie was proba bly crying right now. But he felt sad. Tony was talking to a friend of his who was a long-time sm oker. or tell her the truth now? There was a beautiful full moon. "What is your type? A woman with no wrinkles an d a perfect body? A woman who is beautiful even when she wakes up? A movie star? Is that your type?" No. The Doctor's Almost Perfect Children Veronica got straight A's in high school and college." What difference does it make any more? I apologize. one boy and one girl. You've got to die of something. Getting part of your tongue cut out is not a pleasant thought . I will never call you again. Besides. 'Love.was benign." You're crazy! exclaimed Rebecca. because she knew that good grades would help her get into a good medical school.Questions C. She went upstairs and changed into shorts an d a T-shirt. Lead her on with lies. but he certainly didn't love her." Marvin said.m. They ate all their vegetables without complaining. Veronica's husband David was an architect and a great cook. "Although I think that's part of being in love. he lied again. "You really ought to quit. 10. Dictation 276. Veronica got home at 4:30 p. Tony was relieved. Ask Questions D. She must be so lonely. "I like biology. My h eart is so sad. 'in love. I didn't say that. You might even be laughing at me. Dictation 277." I'm not worried. I need to be able to enjoy something in life. But you hardly know me. Wh." I'm not your type. Wh. "What are the animals going to eat if they don' t eat each other?" . I'm like everybody else-you're either attracted to a certain person or you're not." Why not? I don't know. but he enjoyed seeing their little body parts. Alan walked outside. She became a pediatrician. I'm making a fool of myself. I am dropping out of school tomorrow. Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A. Ask Questions D. A few days afterward. he lied a third time. She got married a nd had two kids. Her children did their homework without being told. he lied. "I want to be a biologist. "You're not my type. the kids were waiting for her in the living room to talk about their day in school. said that today his biology teacher helped them cut up dead frogs. It was nic e of you to put up with me. d on't I? Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A. and an inventor when I grow up. an animal doctor. Yes/No Questions B. he said. but I'm not in love with you. except for one thing: They argued with each other constantly.Questions C." So you're not attracted to me? Well. I said I could never be IN love with you. Please forgive me for making a fool of myself and fo r bothering you. You don't love me . You just said that you never could love me. The Final Phone Call Maybe you are a little crazy. They got straight A's in school. She graduated from medica l school near the top of her class." She hung up. I must try to forget you now. I've got a greater chance of ge tting killed by a drunk driving a white SUV than by some white spot on my tongue . she repeated. like their lungs and heart. They were perfect little children. "That was a good scare I just go t from my dentist. Then her kids gave her a kiss and a hug. What was he supposed to do? He liked her." he suggested.

she put down a $100 nonrefund able deposit on a room for two nights. Janice was not exactly t he most organized person in the world. dear little sister. here's how I'll keep the animals from eating each other. The hotel told her that no more rooms were available at the price that was advertised in the newspaper. Construction will take about three years.Questions C. She had already promised to attend her daughter's eighth-grade graduation ce remony this very weekend. She had a big problem-a schedule confli ct. as you know. Mr. Three years of construction. Rebecca complained. Maybe you can call up Lily. and kids won't have to mow the lawn any more. Wh. We went from having the nicest neighborhood to having the worst neighborhood. taunted Marvin. So. A big plan for a big house.Questions C. I'll make this up to you. The cost for both nights was going to be $200 plus taxes. Dictation 280. of course. and other fees. A big plan. This was no surprise to Sandra. Yes. To put it kindly. Wh. it's time to move. She left a short message: "Where are you? It's time to go to Vegas!" A few minutes later. She wondered how Janice had made it th rough life so unorganized. Yes/No Questions B." Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A. It's going to be fantastic! It's going to be a nightmare. You're a girl and you're only nine. Carbon Street is about to change. mommy. nothing lasts forever. surcharges. has a plan. Mr. Three years of trucks going back and fort h every day. I already thought of that. I plan to build the bi ggest house in the world at the end of this street. don't wor ry. I promise. Janice called back. Janice said. Let's Go to Vegas! She had called ahead. I wonder who the idiot is who told him about our street. ma'am. Rebecca started. Yes/No Questions B. Dictation 279." That didn't sound very sincere. Sandra had forgotten to rem ind Janice of today's departure time. even though it's really short notice. Well. he said. Oh. said one neighbor. Dictation 278. of course. Janice was late. "I apologize. She looked at her watch. Veronica said. "I know how much you had wanted to do thi s. I'm going to be a real doctor like you. not a mad scie ntist like somebody I know. The solution is a pill that will make all animals like to e at grass. So. Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A. Squirrel Attacks Woman in Golf Cart . I'm going to throw at least one party eve ry weekend for all my friends. I get so conf used sometimes. I'm so sorry. she might be available. a self-m ade billionaire. Ask Questions D. tell us about your day. Bing. like the cows and sheep do. Yes/No Questions B. but it will be worth it. I thought Alice's graduation ceremony and party were next week." Sandra sighed and dialed her friend Lily. That way no more animals will eat each oth er. that's very clever. Sandra. Ask Questions D. of course. If not.You don't know anything. Marvin. Well.Questions C. to get a room for Janice and herself. And then parties every weekend? We can't even sue him-I think he's got more money than our whole state. I have de termined that Carbon Street is the perfect place to live. Sandra called Janice up. Bing sa ys he likes to do everything big. What's the use of being on this planet if others don 't know that you're here? After years of searching all over the world. Now. I'll pay you for everything and we can make plans again. that will kill two birds w ith one stone. No. all because of one new neighbor. There Goes the Neighborhood! But. Veronica told Marvin. "We're already talking to some realtors. Ask Questions D. and then stuck her tongue out at he r brother. be polite to your sister. mommy. Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A. I like to make a statement. Rebecca. Wh. Veronica admonished. Okay.

but he had very high deductibles . 81 years old. Things were bad. He was worried that the jobs were all taken. Ginger turned around just in time to see her mom driving straight towar d her. Think about how well off we'll be in two or three years after I bring back all that mo ney. said the golf course was not respons ible for the actions of its animals. an attorney for the golf course. They said they would give him two weeks of training in Tex as. To night.000 a year. had medical insurance. John Dean. the family would have fu ll medical benefits. said that a squirrel had jumped up into the cart looking for snacks. which would enable the baby to get the care she needed.Ginger Rogers. and the cart then ran over h er foot. Rol and said if he survived the first year. Maybe they late or no come. 'Grammar is boring?means that the subject-grammar-causes an emotion of boredom. We're still assessing the damage to the cart and th e green. "If the ladies want to sue. Then he saw an a d in the newspaper: "Security guards/contract workers wanted. 55. it rose up on its hind feet and made a hissing sound. Wh."" we are saying that the roller coaster causes a feeling of excitement. Any question . This is the best thing I could do for this family."" we are saying that the movi e causes a feeling of interest. 'The movie is interesting.000 bonus for extending contract an extra year." He c alled the number." "Is there a soccer game tonight? It seems like there's a soccer game every night . I doubt that the driver will owe us more than $1 . Sheila was worried. 'The roller coaster is exciting. "You've got to think positive. Wh.Questions C. He added. Then they would fly him to Iraq for his assignment.000. She was examining her 50-foot putt on the par 5 tenth hole when she heard her mother scream. Tonight w e're studying participles as adjectives. Ask Questions D. English Is Confusing I don't know. simply vicious. said one student. They gave a mild sedative to her mother. well. they' ll have to sue the squirrel. For example. honey. Plus. The paramedics arrived about 15 minutes later and treated Ginger for a broken le ft ankle. Roland told Sheila he had to take this job.m. so we will practice this a lot. He knew it was dangerous. She asked. Roland. Startled and frightened. It looks fairly light. he would probably sign up for the bonus and a second year. Instead. Her mom. Students are always confused when they learn about the present and past participles. The line was busy. Yes/No Questions B. okay? We're on page 36 in the workbook. $100. teacher.000 tax free. Let's get started. we're just going to practice the present participle. Mr. Yes/No Questions B. Dictation 282. Oh. who kept muttering. "I don't want you to go. F irst $80. The family was deep in debt. If we say.Questions C. at Fairway Golf Course. The force of the collision knocked her over. but the money was too good. The present participle tells us what emotion or feeling the subject is causing." Roland flew to Houston five days later. If we say. the old lady hit the ga s pedal. $20. was hit by the cart about 2 p. Ask Questions D. he said. an in dependent subcontractor." Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A." Then they took Ginger to the hospital. Roland saw no light at the end of this tunnel. he might g et injured or killed. "What if you get killed? What are we going to do without you?" You can't think like that. Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A. but he kept calling and finally got through . She tried to shoo the squirrel away. Dictation 281. He Goes to War to Save His Baby Taking care of Jessica was expensive. but they told him plenty of jobs were still available. "Maybe watc hing TV football tonight. "Vicious. Rogers promised his wife he would visit her after he finished his round." Sheila hugged him and sobbed.

He walked out the door and crossed the two-lane street. steel pump that had an air gauge and a small leak somewhere. He started pumping. But eventually. The pump nozzle adapter didn't fit onto the bike's valve stem. He asked. He fou nd another used pump that he had been looking for a month ago. however. Owen wanted the inspector to be able to "inspect?without tripping over boxes. Yes/No Questions B. He screwed the valve stem caps back on. Dictation 283. He got out a hand air pump he had bought at a thrift shop for only $2. An irregular line showed where wet sand met dry sand. Sunset was still almost two hours away. Ask Questions D. and golf clubs. The "small" leak seemed to have g otten bigger. Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A. air gauge.s so far? Am I confusing you? Is everyone confused?"" " The classroom was quiet. I've got everything. They were confused. Pete?" Pete ordered the usual-a pack of cigarettes and beer. Owen muttered.Questions C. he thought as he opened the refrigerator door. Nothing is ever simple. The chilled ai r felt good. Owen connected the pump to the rear tire. the faster students would grasp it. As usual. he pumped up the front tire. hea vy. Owen was going to reward himself with a late afternoon bicycle ride. Owen couldn't find it. Pete paid him and said goodbye. Don't Go Swimming on an Empty Stomach When the water was unsafe.Questions C. he thought as he finished off a second soda. The termite inspector was coming on Monday. She always felt a little bit thri lled when the look of understanding came to their faces. quick lock valve ada pter and four nozzle adapters. She kn ew this would take a while. stopping frequently to examine . Wh. Owen stopped counting after the first 80 pumps. fishing rods. Low thunder rumbled occasionally in the dista nce. finally the dial h it 65 psi. It was a beauty. Sweat dripped from his forehead. Plus. He opened a can of beer and lit a cigarette. In fact. That was a good workout. books. yards . Donna looked at blank faces. Sea g ulls were walking at water's edge. But first. Pump Up the Tires and Ride the Bike It was Sunday. not b othering to look in either direction. Pete stoppe d at Bob's. but I can't fi nd anything. He enjoyed riding or walking through his neighborhood with its many beautiful houses. Donna erased the board and put some new examples on it. Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A. Owen did find one thing while he was looking for another thing. Owen had spent Saturday and most of Sun day cleaning up his apartment. and trees. the one that had cost $10. Ask Questions D. Owen. Dictation 284. The flags were flapping loudly. The temperature had been 86 at noon. felt a little tired. He stood back and admired his "new" tire s proudly. Although windy and completely overcast. He looked for his new pump. It had all the bells and whistles: high volume air flow on both up and down strokes. There' s always tomorrow. Small waves were splashing onto the beach. Of course. but had dropped to about 76. except a woman walking away from him. Fie rce riptides and lots of jellyfish were predicted for the next 48 hours. He was huffing and puffing. By the end of the evening. Today was a red flag day. Bill said hello and told Pete to be careful because of the riptide r eports. he had to inflate both bike tires. The bike was now ready to ride. Yes/No Questions B. Pete sat down on the dry sand. He went to the refrigerator and got a die t soda. he was hungry. It was a big. and then they would help the slower students. the lifeguards would put red flags all up and down th e beach to warn swimmers to stay out of the water. Wh. he thought. There was no one else at the beach. it was a warm September day. and footplate for easy pumping. "What'll it be today. most of the class would feel comfortable using the present participle. After finishing it. it looked like it was getting too dark for a long ride. Bill put the six-pack into a double paper bag because that helped keep the beer cold longer. She loved guiding her st udents through difficult topics like this one.

When t he water was almost thigh-high. and trash are everywhere. The only people who used it were t he people who lived in the neighborhood. consisting of about 70 houses near est to the park. It looked like there were at least 20 0 cars. He took a final drag on his cigarette and flick ed it into the water. In grade school and high school. the neighborhood association. He bought himself a cold . or cheaply sold cars. A co uncil member said. he won numerous swimming and diving tournaments. The Park That Went to the Dogs In 1980 no one seemed to know about the park." Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A. filled the empty can with sea water. Others knock on neighborhood doors and ask to use the bathroom. Nothing in the yard. This place was heaven when we first moved here. a stationary ship floated. however. transmission fluid. comes with a guarantee. The park has become like Cali fornia in the Gold Rush days. After paying the $3 entry fee to the man in t he little wooden shack. He finished the beer. Daniel borrowed his brother's car. bu t you won't get your money back. has begged the city council to reduce park hours. Most of them are in southern California. however. Carrying his toolbox. but 1. Wh. coolant. said Arnold.000 dogs certainly are not. they take off running. Everyone knows about it. Pete was a strong swimmer. Things have changed. gas. The neighbors used to joke that they ha d their own private dog park. dogs. Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A. Yes/No Questions B. and winds hield washer solvent. Now it's hell. A dog may be man's best f riend. you know. He looked at the ship. Over the years. he felt the current tugging at him. I'm sorry. Ask Questions D. His parents had high hopes that he would compete in the Olympics. Yes/No Questions B. Then he dove in and started swimming. This is a free country. He got up and walked into the water. they can always move. Brother. and then transported to a recycler. He walked about five minute s before he found the foreign car section. Daniel went searching for a matching carburetor. saying that they needed to beat the rush. There was no shade anywhere in the yard. It was sunny and hot. Whole families spend the day with their dogs. Pete watched a pelican dive into the water. A salvage yard might pay you up to $200 to take your rundown car off your hands. they will remove all its liquids-oil . Far away on the horizon. It is open fr om 7:00 to 7:00 seven days a week. stacked. Others bring boom boxes and play music loudly in the park. What a joke. To save walking distance. Can You Spare a Carburetor? California has about 50 salvage yards. Weekends a re even worse than weekdays. Daniel walked into the yard. Dictation 285. Peopl e. Before they place it in the yard.Questions C. but if the homeowners don't like it. The carbure tor that Daniel needed was only $20.Questions C. We're stuck here.seashells. This no-leash park is ver y popular. Pete opened the fifth beer and lit yet another cigarette. Vehicle parts are inexpensive. But some dog owners actually arrive at 6:00. Vehicles usually sit in the yard for only a month before t hey are crushed. holding anywhere from 300 to 3. The woman collecting s eashells had disappeared from sight." The city council has ignored the neighborhood association's pleas for help. but you have to remove them yourself. But when buyers see all this dog traffic. Those were the good old days. If it doesn't work or fit. others park in neighborhood driveways. wrecked. The yards are usually located ou tside of downtown but near a freeway ramp. The yards range in size from 10 acres to 70 acres. noise. "We have to meet the public demand. "I've been trying to sell my place for five years .000 abandoned. He had learned to swim when he was four years old. Almost three hours later. power steering fluid. Dictation 286. Wh. Daniel was back at the shack. you can replace it with a similar item. Ask Questions D. and threw it back onto the beach. brake fluid. A jellyfish stung him behind his right knee.

" You're right. He liked to joke around and make fun of other golfers . Every item on that report was within the acceptable range. A few minutes later. Tom meekly apologized. he paid the $20 plus tax and walked o ut of the yard. Tom played golf every Sunday with some other supervisors. Never once had anyone heard To m use the words Please. Maybe he'll hit a foul ball we can catch. "The doctor said I'll live to be 100. provin g it in court is difficult. They made fun of him behind his back. Wh. Golf Like a Girl." he said proudly. The next day. He wa s a mean-looking man. Tom was still upset. OK. Tom joked about a golfer who had just teed off: "Look at that guy. racism. Dictation 287. or I'm Sorry. "Hey. What did you say? asked the golfer angrily. You said I swing like a girl. the Giants are in town. Ilene was excited. An hour later they were in their car. Wh. He had neve r liked Bill. I'm letting you go. Manage Like a Man California is an "at will" state. If we get there early enough. duri ng which Tom was unusually quiet. He had overheard Tom's remark. They went south on Orange Grove and then south on the 110 freeway. I'll go if you don't mind driving. He swings like a girl. Everyone wanted to attend his funeral. guess what? It wasn't your carburetor. Aft er his last physical. Your last day is Friday. I don't need you here. and your car runs great now. C alifornia drivers think yellow lights and sharp curves mean the same thing-speed up! The traffic was lighter than they expected. he presented his blood test report at a weekly staff meeti ng. Ask Questions D. b ut he thought he was good. Tom said. He always wondered why he had hired him in the first place. The 110 is C alifornia's original freeway. You a pologize like a good little girl. Great! Let's get ready. Tom considered himself a macho man. His buddies were silent. he'd have to do this all over again. But his friends thought it was shame that was eating at him. If the carburetor didn't work. Dictation 288. "We!" " Ralph thou ght. Ilene said. You can take your firing to court if it involves discrimination-se xism. immediately depressing most of the employ ees. After only nine holes. He said he h ad a headache.soda from a machine. However. even if you were discriminated against. Monty had a big smile on his face. When he got home. I changed it. he excused himself and went home. In front of his golf buddies." Tom laughed heartily at his own joke." Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A. They arrived at the stadium 40 minut es before game time. Can we go to the game? We haven't gone in such a long time. . parked and locked the car. Yes/No Questions B. It has been a while. He was a bad golfer. he wondered if all the work was worth the savings. an d walked to the main entrance. full of twists and turns. Driving home. Yes/No Questions B. They paid the $8 parking fee. They lived in Pasadena near an old church. Excuse Me. Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A. It was th e fuel filter. But that wasn't going to happen soon. or I'll give you a fresh knuckle sandwich.Questions C. That means that your employer can let you go f or no reason ("You're fired!" or almost any reason ("You're fired because you're too tall!" . he spat on Tom's desk and walked out. Saying nothing. Ask Questions D. you did. Take Me Out to the Ball Game Honey. Accidents occur daily. or ageism. He told Bill to report to his office. nothing. I might get his autograph. "I want to see Barry Bonds hit a home run. Bill wasn't surprised. his brother Monty was standing next to Daniel's car. Yes. Now I've got something to say. They called him Tommy Troll because he was short and mean and had no manners. Thank You.Questions C. He did not know that his employees considere d him a jerk. Uh. On the first tee last Sunday. said R alph.

said Maxwell. He had to pay the rent and utility bills. At his last steady job. Maxwell contacted a temporary job agency. You people have never enforced this law before. Ma'am. So Maxwell was excited about finally getting an interview for a steady job." His boss was still yelling as Maxwell walked out of the building. looking casual but actually selling tickets on the sly. we've got a new mayor and he wants us to enforce all the laws that bring i n money. Not bothering to apologize. "Your job description is anything I say it is. Ralph gave the man $45 and thanked h im. my friend. Put your hands be hind your back. Don't worry. "What's going on?" Buying scalped tickets is illegal in Los Angeles. He subscribed to seven magazines and one daily newspaper. They walked over to a man in a red cap. but said that he had already hired a replacement. Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A. Dictation 290. said the undercover police off icer. "It's not part of my job description. Take This Job and Shove It Maxwell was a typist. please. Well. Yes/No Questions B. "Where would you like to be 10 years from now?" What does that have to do with typing? Maxwell wondered. Come with me. He asked Maxwell a lot of questions. Maxwell laughed. The traffic was congested an d the neighborhood looked rough. Yes/No Questions B. He felt great about telling off the boss. Don't thank me. Oh. as he stood up and walked out. Where Did That Book Go? Samuel had a personal library at home that exceeded 1.Questions C. Dictation 289. "I'm not making coffee. Maxwell's drive to the interview was disappointing. The buildi ng was covered with graffiti. he finally called his boss and apologized. But none of the companies that he was sent to were hiring. and he had to eat. I'll have you back here in 20 minutes. Ralph replied. Thank your local police department. you can wait here for him. That one looks honest. Ralph's instincts were correct. You might want to buy some legitimate tickets while you' re waiting. Ask Questions D. This has got to be a joke. You can pay the $150 fine with your credit card. Ask Questions D. Samuel had more rea . The interview started 30 minutes late.Several individuals were standing around outside the stadium. We'll have you back here right after we book you. A few days later." The officer handcuffed Ralph. Stupid questions from a rude man in a lousy neighborhood! Where would he like to be 10 years from now? Anywhere but this dump! Maxwell said angrily." he said. and enjoy the game! Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A. "It's been illegal for 25 years. However." That's a woman's job. the manager l it a cigarette and took a sip from his coffee cup. Just like last time. His boss ac cepted his apology. His fingers danced on the keyboard. What? Ralph was astonished. "Do it yourself. his boss had told him to start making coffee every morning. Sometimes his mouth got in th e way of his employment. who cares how it looks when you're almost broke? After thinking a bout it for another week. Yes. The police station is right outside the park. Wh. which provided him enough occasional w ork to pay his bills. You're under arrest. his boss said. The man had tickets for good seats at a fair price.000 books-almost all unrea d. the reality of not having a job hi t home. Maxwell tho ught that each question was stupider than the preceding question. Wh. said Ralph. "Are you going to buy from a scalper?" ask ed Ilene. his people sk ills were not nearly as good as his typing skills. He leaned back in his chair a nd put his feet up on his desk." Read the employee manual again.Questions C. Have a nice day. The final ques tion was. It took him 45 minutes to get there. What was he going to do? He thought about apologizing and asking for his job back. please. But how would that loo k? Then again.

Samuel wanted to be a great writer. In minutes. but i t was just a matter of time before the cancer killed her. He finally put his foot down. she became part-owner of a succe ssful interior decorating business in Manhattan. the lab c onfirmed his suspicions. knowing that people often pick up merch andise in one place and then leave it in another place. he foun d all the books that he had held in his hands yesterday. All right. he would place the King book promin ently on his bookshelf.Questions C. Dictation 292. She owned her own co-op near Central Park. her fiance said. what a surprise. tended to by hospice workers . She weighed 80 pounds when she died. Wh. Not one more book. unless it was really special. Doesn't this always happen to someone else? A couple of weeks later. early in his career. yet his urge to buy more books raged on. When he found it again. But only when he let it go did h e realize its value. "At the end.ding material in his small apartment than he could finish in two lifetimes. King was his role model. He guessed that she had less than a year to live. King is one of America's most popular fiction aut hors. The sur geon suspected that cancer had spread to vital organs. Hannah was operated on a week later. except one-the Stephen King book. w ealthy fiance. Hannah was on top of the world. he thought. Hannah won dered. So for Samuel. She took skiing vacati ons in the winter and exotic cruises in the summer. you don't exactly have the world's best personality. I can't believe that God allows things li ke this to happen to people." Joe said." So Dylan told Joe he would ask a psycholog ist to give him a new personality. . Ten days later. Samuel immediately found one of the books he had piled up yesterday. Hannah's doctor said he could treat her with chemotherapy and painkillers. Gee. Then she underwent a routine health checkup. the Big Hunt was on. Samuel had held something special in his hands. "That's because there are other problems. "If yo u have any once-in-a-lifetime plans. Yes/No Questions B. Wh." Joe told him. A successful business woman. Samuel took a walk throughout the store. she had a handsome. "Like what?" "Wel l. and then an other one. She squeezed his hand weakly. Yesterday's book fit the bill. Dylan told Joe that no girl had ridden in his "new" car yet. He examined her and read her medical and lab reports. She was in constant pain. do them now. The book was a thick pap erback with a red cover. How can this be. he thought." Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A. The one book that I want to find is the one book that I can't find. This was going to be easy. Yes/No Questions B. Ask Questions D. At the age of 30. You've Got Everything Several years after she graduated from college. He was now a man on a mission. he got hundreds of rejec tion slips. she could barely whisper . Every thrift shop he went to would involve a search for the King book. It Doesn't Have That "New Car" Smell Months went by. "That's a lit tle more important than a paint job. When You've Got Your Health. One day. Her life became what she had dr eamed about as a little girl. Hannah spent her last months in her co-op. and her perfect world crumbled. Her family and friends visited her regularly. It was a biography of one of his favorite authors-Stephen King." he advised. It would almost certainly be his favorite book that he n ever got around to reading. Her doctor told her that she had pancreatic cancer. Surgery was necessary to determ ine how much the cancer had spread. Ask Questions D. She asked how much tim e. Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A. But it was nowhere to be found. she visited another cancer specialist.Questions C. Instead. she opened her eyes and tried to say something to her fiance. This new search added purpose to his thrift shop life. Dictation 291. he told himself. He said he agreed with her surgeon. But it wasn't easy for King. The moment before she died.

The principal had already told her that a full-time teaching job was hers after she got her master's degre e. He thought this might be a carburetor problem. so I really shouldn't be dating anyway. But don't worry. he called the Car Donation Corporation. she often brought bread and pastries to Jodie. She loved teaching kids. Mrs. He smelled gas after he started his car. There are some. said the mechanic. He was looking for Wife Number Four. Dylan walked down the street to the coffee shop and bought himself a cup of coff ee. and then walked back to the shop. that's just a shame. but he couldn't find a liquid trail. he took his toolbox out to his car. It was a well-thumbed book. Neely got along very well. "The fuel line wasn't the problem. So he got into his car. laughed Jodie one day. "But they're either married. or have a girlfriend. Do y ou want me to try to order it for you? You'll have to put the money up first. o r are too focused on getting their degree. Neely died not long after that conversation. She had a day job as a teacher's as sistant in the fourth grade. "All I have to do is buy a new line and install it. He told Dylan to come back in an hour. Mrs. of course. She kept busy by volunteering at the local library and senior center. He . where she died a day later. But Dylan had already decided what to do. And don't forget. You keep doing your homework. I'll give you a call when I dec ide what to do. Here's the $50 I owe you. said Jodie. Dylan had a new problem-gasoline.100. An excel lent baker. and drove to the closest mechanic. The mec hanic quoted Dylan a price of only $50. He read the paper. he f ound the source of the problem. None of his wives had anything nice to say about him." She winked at Jodie. Neely was a widow . She loved Mrs. Ned had been married and divorced three times. After a few minutes. The next day. Parts and labor? I think it'll be about $200. and I'll be on the lookout for you.Recently. It was the fuel line. Jodie smiled. Wh. Mrs. Neely. Neely asked." A new fuel pump? How much is that? Dylan asked. Was he driving a bomb? What if someone tossed out a cigarette near his car? Would it explode into a thousand pieces-pi eces that included Dylan? That night. who had died in a car crash years ago. opened all the windows. Ned didn't care. An ambulance took her to the hospital. Rich Man Invites Poor Student to Dinner Jodie and Mrs. It was time to let go. said Mrs. Dictation 293. Enough wa s enough. but had put over $3. drank the coffee. We'll have to special-order the pu mp. You're trying to make me fat. "You're too pretty to be alone. said Mrs. Ned introduced himself to Jodie right after Mrs. She had a stroke while mixing some batter for cookies. however. Neely. Ask Questions D. "How will I ever find a boy friend?" I still can't believe that Prince Charming hasn't found you. Yes/No Questions B. He opened the hood. This car is so old that they might not even make pumps for it any more. He had bought his car for only $1. he smelled it while driving the car. He started up the car and looked all around the carburetor for a gas leak. I have to concentra te on graduating." But it wasn't long before he realized that this was a job for a mechanic. Her son Ned was Mrs. All right! he thought. We couldn't fix it. They would take the car off his hands for free. "M aybe you're just too pretty and too smart for the young men around here. he opened his car manual.Questions C. Neely said that Jodie reminded he r of her daughter. He could smell the gas. Neely's sole heir. Neely. you ne ed a new fuel pump.000 into it since then. and he was always looking up ways to fix the probl ems. Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A. When he got home. Aren't there any nice boys in your graduate classes. Let me think about it. He had a car p roblem at least once a month." Well." Jodie was going to graduate school at night. Jodie? Mrs. Neely's funeral on Saturday.

and wouldn't be able to make it here until tomorrow or th e day after. I have bad news. she said. I don't think so. How are you? Oh. Uncle Harry wo uld chastise Teddy for his bad timing. "You'll have to take your cat to the pound. She had many friends there. Teddy. went bankrupt. Hi. That might be nice. this is Teddy. It was Ira. and they told me to call the coroner's office. Yes/No Questions B. Harry didn't answer the door. I think I might be in shock or something. I don't feel right. I know wh ere he hides his spare key. But I'm a little worried about Uncle Harry. I don't think he could have been in the bathroom all three times. I'll go next door and see what's up. do you? No. Thank you. Come to dinner with me at Chez Maison tonight and we can discuss your apartment and your cat. "I'm moving out. she found herself saying. Ira. He sounded shaken. said Jodie. A coup le of hours later. Yes/No Questions B. just for a few minutes to say hello and see if ever ything was OK. of course. Again. Teddy. Still no answer. It Was an Old. Thanks a lot. She had spent most of her husband's savings on living expenses at the first nursing home. however. Then his mom moved to a private nursing home. You're very pretty. Teddy. Hi. It Only Rings When I'm in the Bathroom The only person who talked to Uncle Harry regularly was his nephew Teddy. But Andy had no savings. Worthless Clock His father died of cancer in 1964. I'll call you back in a bit. Ira. Ask Questions D. so I used hi s spare key. Ned told her he would pick her up at 8 and left. Teddy said. "Teddy. Teddy's phone rang. The corone r said they were busy. it would be nice to eat at a fancy restaura nt for a change. Ask Questions D. Ned had an air of confidence that Jodie found mildly attractive. She picked up some cat food on her way home. said Ira. She hated it there. she thought. I'm sorry. and all his money went t . I'm so rry it took so long. T eddy. Teddy called several times a week. said Ned. He was dead. Tuesday morning. doesn't he? Any way. no answer. And y said he would try. Ned said he was afr aid that he might have to double her rent. Uncle Harry' s next-door neighbor. That afternoon he called Uncle Harry again. Also. But right now I've got to go home. He called Ira. The nursing home. If he doesn't open the door. laughed Ira. Wh. I called him thre e times today and he didn't answer once. my gosh! That's terrible! I called the hospital.Questions C. Oh well. I'm fine. "He does complain about that. Dictation 294." I was joking. okay?" Okay. We can move him to his bed later. Jodie wondered if she was doing the right thing.Questions C. no pets were allowed in the bui lding. "How do you always manage to call me when I'm in the bathroom?" he would ask. Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A. He then hung up and went ba ck to work. In that case." Oh.knew about Jodie because Mrs. Dictation 295. Wh. When he finally did get through. Hello. Some days Teddy had to call twice or more because Uncle Harry did n't answer the first phone call. A while later." he said. Ira. They move d her into a state nursing home. She asked Andy to help her move into a private nursing home again. Neely had told him about her. he called again. He was a sergeant in the Army. Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A. She didn't even know this guy. Teddy let the phone ring ten times. He's lying on the bathroom floor with a look of surprise on his face. What happened? Did he fall? Did he die in his sleep? Is he lying on the bed with a peaceful look on his face? Not exactly.

"I've got an idea. I was wondering if you would send me that clock. of course. and probably never wi ll. Travis said. Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A. and I'll get back to you. Yes. He called his older brother Frank. the more guilt I feel. Mr. baseball practice lasted for two hours after school. Andy. Flo was the only mourner. "Just pay for Mom a nd I'll owe you for half of the nursing home costs. she thought." she said. replied Paul." They stopped. Yes/No Questions B. Travis and Paul were hungry and thirsty.05. I was too interested in getting that boat. Andy never forgave his brother. just for a little while. Flo. said Paul. I'll get stuck for the whole bill. Frank. Frank died ten months later. but he did feel a little sorry f or Frank. Wh. "Oh. Ask Questions D. I still can't find one." said Paul. "that went to charity with everything else. We could split a soda and a candy bar. Let me think about it. Flo sold Uncle Frank's house. she died in the state nursing home only a year later. Paul immediately put two candy bars in to his trousers?baggy pockets. I do. Frank's health declined. They were little people wi th little money. but you do. that was rude. Wait a minute. Uncle Andy? Uncle Andy? Hello?" Well. since I like orange soda and you like root beer. did you. he called Flo to ask about his c lock. You'll find one. Many years went by. of course. was the executor of his estate. they were still thinking about their problem. Cobb started digging through the ice. Frank never did send his mom the money to move into a private nursing home. One of Frank's nieces. car. After practice . said Travis. and boat within the week. His eyes narrowed as he saw the boys approaching the store. Flo had hired a lawyer to help her Uncle Frank rewrite his will in his dying days. Paul walked over to the candy bar section. Flo got everything. "Andy. What can we buy for only $2? asked Travis. There w as a small grocery store three blocks from the school. The problem with that solution would be that one of them would st ill be thirsty and the other would still be hungry." You'll owe me? You don't have two nickels to rub together. Look! Orange soda! What did I tell you? . No announcement was made about his funeral. As they approached the store. He called up Andy one day. who was single and had a great job. Just dig a little. Dictation 296." Andy was very reluctant to part with his clock. they had $2. You didn't rea lly want that old thing. She made sure Uncle Frank was buried a day after his death. we re already safely in her name. which Flo kept private-at the 20-minute service. The older I've gotten. Andy pleaded. What about my boat? What boat? Never mind.o his wife and three kids. Cobb was the store owner. He had no use for kids. That's going to be hard to do. My days are numbered. Frank was an avid deep-sea fisherman and was interested in buy ing a large boat for weekend use. was for one of them to pick the soda and the other to pick the candy bar. After they entered the store. Travis walked over to the big cooler that was fill ed with ice and sodas. Between them. He patted the pockets down a little bit. I don't have the money now.Questions C. "And I hate peanuts in candy bars and you love them. Strangely enough. Alon e and unhappy. When Andy discovered that his brother had died. Mr. Cobb. Mr. Are you blind? I'll be right there. One solution. His cash and stocks. Schoolboys Get Five-Finger Discount on Candy On Thursday. Everything of lesser value went to a charity. I wan t to beg Mom to forgive me. I feel really bad about not helping out Mom. and Paul told Travis his idea. you don't have any orange soda. Travis dug for a minute.

you hear me? For emphasis. "There's plenty of seashells in the sea. Oh. I don't want any boys seeing my fat. You can't make us leave. Yes/No Questions B. I would prefer an uncrowded beach. He was laughing. so they were not surprised by the change in weather. Both boys were startled. he drove off . said Maria. This is a public beach! yelled Maria. Report me to whoever you want. Now get out of here or you 'll be sorry." My name is John Smith. They turned around to see a four-wheel All Terrain Vehicle coming rapidly toward them. A phony name to go with a phony uniform. Within an hour they had collected about 20 beautiful shells into a plastic bag. Dictation 298. "You eat so little. Dictation 297. You forgot your change! Mr. Ask Questions D. Those signs are phony signs put up by homeowners who think they own the beach. Mr. please. "I'm going to report you to the police. windy. No problem. Mr. They say No Trespassing. sharp and shiny. I hope they put him in jail. Then he found . said Maria when they slowed down to a walk. Cobb's narrow eyes got narrower as they moved slowly from Paul's eyes to his shirt. This is a public beach. Check Your Bags at the Store Entrance A few days ago. and socks. "What are you two doing here? Can't you read? The signs say Private Property. Collecting Seashells at the Seashore That's a good idea. "Which one?" Well. The driver was wearing a jacket that said Beach Patrol. replied Lisa. just like there's plenty of jerks on the shore. because I think I've put on a few pound s recently. Adrian bought six packages of ink for his printer. They started running back south. and to his sho es. Mr. Then why were you looking at the candy bars? Just to see if you got any new brands. When they got there." That sounds good. As Travis was paying for the orange soda and the root beer. When the ATV driver saw that they were leaving. Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A. The drive to the beach took more than an hour. If I ever catch you stealing from me. We just wanted some sodas. gee. sir. and headed n orth to hunt for seashells. Sand flew onto the two girls. Come back here. Cobb yelled at them. to his pants. They ran out of the store. You're not buying anything? No. Travis said. T he ATV was spraying sand and water all over them. "We're going to the police station and make a complaint. Wh. Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A. in all the excitement I left them back there. The driver b raked at the last moment. so it's just righ t-not too crowded and not too empty. Ask Questions D. Cobb reached down beneath the countertop and pulled out a butcher knife. the hot and sunny Hollywood weather had become cool. They were still walking slowly north when they heard a roar. Ounces don't turn into pounds. John Smith. Lisa asked. agreed Lisa. Cobb looked at P aul. Wh." A few minutes later. I'll chop off your hands. Get out of here before I write yo u a ticket and have you arrested. sir. said Lisa." What's your name? Maria stood defiantly.Thank you. "Where are the shells?" Oh." Yeah. The man got back onto his ATV and started driving in circles around the women. shoes.Questions C. How ab out Zuma Beach? That's pretty far north of Santa Monica Beach. They both screamed. Yes/No Questions B. I'm sorry.Questions C. They put on their jackets. He got off the ATV and s tarted yelling at them. Both of them had been to the beach many times before. and overcast beach weather. You're not a real patrol officer. sir.

Dictation 299. His two children were married and had their own careers.Questions C. What's in this bag? Show me what's in the bag!" Adrian was taken aback. Those who knew him well would miss him. Friday morning. His wife Paige kept bus y with. ice cream. A small group took him out to lunch. "Our emp loyees are taught to be polite. and for the fact that he had been able to make his dad's last years comfortable." she said. Give me your phone number and I will call you back. How dare she treat him like a criminal? He went looking for her. He was midway through shopping when a female employee suddenly stopped him. Perhaps in the future you'll learn how to follow store policy. national parks. and a few short speeche s. nor do we tolerate lying to customers. "you are not allowed to carry a plastic bag of items around in this store. When he entered the store. You should have left the bag with the clerk when you entered this store. but he was int elligent. He told the representative to forget about it. He described his unpleasan t experience to a customer service representative. He never had a bad word to say a bout anyone. You can have your receipt and bag back when you check out. campgrounds. They presented him with various going-away gifts. we do not tolerate rude behavior. His father had had a tough life as an unskilled laborer. Can you describe he r? I'll find out who she is. Adrian was embarrassed." she said sternly. he thought about his overworked and underpaid father. "Sir . a hard worker. He put the ink into a plastic bag and tied it up. He showed her the receipt. Leave this bag he re with the clerk. but without success. his supervisor told him to take the rest of the day . he called the store's corporate headquarters. Yes/No Questions B. paperback US atlas. Some people might have thought he was a little dull. Adrian received a phone call from the representative. Adrian put the ba g into a push-cart and started shopping. tourist spots. and other information to help guide a leisurely traveler throughout the good old USA. Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A. "but there's no one at that store named Ursula. He felt like a shoplifter." Two days later. When Adrian got home. So Adrian went back to the $1 Store to exchange the ink for some other items. Not knowing exactly what to do. He thanked God for his own good life. the whole offi ce gathered around for cake. including a big. among other things. "I'm returning these to exchange for some o ther items. a farewell card. and a team player. There were about ten people in her line . This rude em ployee was about to lose her job.a deal on better ink at the local computer store. It listed all the motels. he said to himself. When I Retire. "I'm sorry . "Ursula!" and stormed away. By the time Adrian had finished shopping and exchanged the items. Fritz was a genuinely nice guy. We Will See the World Fritz felt blessed. Whe never Fritz was a bit discouraged or upset. He didn't really want the employee to lose her job. We will not tolerate such behavior. and this time he heard "Ursula." Ursula what? he asked. She looked at him but said nothing. He opened the bag and showed her the six packages of ink. Let me see your receipt! the employee demanded. Wh." Adrian said. he was angry. As a final gift. He asked her again. He found her in the produce section and asked what her name was. Ask Questions D. She was sympathetic. She yelled at him. She was obviously very busy. he went to work for the very last time. He looked around to see if an yone was paying attention. She had tried to get him interested in bridge. She mumb led something. He had told his friends that he and Paige were going to spend a couple of years visiting all the places that he never had gotten to explore while there on business. I assure you. There was no need for her to yell. Adrian had calmed down. he immediately showed the bag to a clerk and told her that he was returning some it ems." By this time. He had taken only three weeks of sic k leave in 30 years. Fritz was content with his own Friday night pok er group. her bridge club. When he returned from lunch. He wanted an ap ology.

Ask Questions D. the screen was totally bla nk. Dictation 301. "Why is this thing so slow?" . she wrote. Judge's orders. and threw them all into the clothes basket on the floor. one . He picked it up on the fifth ring. another. 302. he looked around the bedroom. The other was a hand-written note from Paige . Mantle said. Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 Crossword 2 A. took the sheet off the bed and the pillowcases off the pillows. Mantle and the convicted man were put in the back of the same van and driven fiv e miles to the city jail. a full half hour after Victor had turned his computer on. she asked him where her coffee was. Wh. after . Brown had asked Mantle to bring her a caffe latte from Moonbucks on Mantle's way back from lunch. Victor typed his first name into the document. Then he went into the bathroom and shaved. Paige's car wasn't in the driveway when he got home. Yes/No Questions B.. Paige's clothes were gone. He told the deputy that the defendant had head-butted h im. If she had sought divorce a year earlier.. He came back out to the dining room. The defendant called Mantle a liar." it began. Mantle was in jail because he had displeased Judge Brown. Inside it were two pieces of paper. He didn't like Brown. Mantle had a blac k eye and a bloody nose. the phone rang." Because the judge had already left the courtroom.Questions C. Wh. her words w ere burning in his brain. He clicked on his Word icon. she would not have been able to qualify for 50 percent of Fritz's pension. and sat down.. replied the deputy. Mant le had had previous run-ins with Brown. The Slow Computer (1) The desktop icons had still not appeared. Ask Questions D. because "you've been so good to me. Dictation 300. One no tified him of a divorce proceeding. and then returned to h is computer. Mantle couldn't believe what was going on. Yes/No Questions B. Then "Victor" slowly appeared.off. Get Me a Caffe Latte or Go to Jail Sorry. When Mantle returned from lunch. She felt terrible abo ut this. the desktop appeared. The deputy took Mantle to the jail emergency room. She said that her lawyer had told her to wait until today. he saw that the bedroom clo set was half empty. But I can't ignore my ow n heart. Word op ened. For about ten seconds. made himself a cup of coffee. Sh e hoped that he would find it in his heart to forgive her. and refused to be her errand boy. The Slow Computer (2) Fuming. He'd be lucky to get out a live. She was probably shopping f or some traveling clothes. He liked how colorful they were. Her shoes were not on the closet floor. as he escorted Mantle and the defenda nt out of the courtroom. Victor unplugged it and took it to PC Club. But something was wrong. And all because of a stupid cup of coffee. letter . Her note was in his hand. Maybe she was out arranging a dinner at a restaurant that evening for just the two of them... "She said to throw you in jail overnight for contempt o f court. He told the deputy that Mantle had gone flying when the van made a sharp turn and banged his face on the defendant's kne e. He was a respected lawyer about to spend the night in jail with vi olent criminals. Confused. He saw an envelope on the lamp stand. "They ran out." Vocabulary Cloze Crossword 1 A. like her boyfriend had suggeste d. "I'm so sorry. When he hung up his jacket. wondering if Fritz was going to play poker later that night. Victor went into his bedroom. with about 40 icons on i t." Fritz sat immobile on the edge of the bed. It was B ob. A few minutes later.Questions C.. They said to come back tomorrow. some of whom he'd helped to convict. Mantle had no one to protest to. When they were taken out of the van. He vacuumed his bedroom. That would be nice. Maybe an hour later.

While they were talking in Simon's living room. No way.' all right. however. Matt plugged it in. It takes only a sneeze. "You must be kidding. If you want a new processor. he said. That should speed things up a bit. Brevyn was amused. A-682ST. But Simon was disappointed and angry when he discovered that the boxes contained only old magazines. The brand new spe aker boxes said Panasonic. The shot protects against only that particular virus. right? Plus. Brevyn read the label. For those who do not get the shot. The Careful Reader Brevyn knew that Simon was "book smart. Most infected people will have a fever." but he didn't think Simon was very "str eet smart. you want eight cylinders. etc. "If your new tires ever go low. It kills about 36. "Ha! Listen to this: 'High volume air flow on both up and down strokes. you've got to buy a whole new laptop. or in the hosp ital.000 people to end up in a hospital bed annually." 303. "You have one backup program that is using up 90 percent of your processor. Read the label on the pump. "Did you get a receipt?" Brevyn asked. but I can't help you.. Scientists develop a preventive flu shot for people to take as winter begins. English Major. a cough. Simon had bought stereo speakers from a street vendor. Not to mention that you have a slow processor. scientists can only guess at which vir us might be the most dangerous in the upcoming season. influenza spread s among them easily. and cough. " Did you ask the guy about his return policy? Did he tell you where his 'store' i s going to be tomorrow?" Brevyn visited Simon to show him the new tires he had just put on his Honda Acco rd. It pumps air into the tire on the downstroke and the u pstroke. After a while." Years ago. sore throat. "I hear that question a lot. You don't want a car with a two-cylinder engine . Avoid the Flu In the U. David uses binoculars to check out the pretty women in his audiences . Th is shot is not guaranteed to prevent flu. I've never heard of a pump that pumps air on the upstroke." Can't I just install an 'eight cylinder' processor? Victor asked innocently. Hiding backstage before his magic s hows begin. or handling money. not out. Look at this." 304. Simon showed Brevyn an air p ump he had recently purchased. or a touch. 305. the desktop ico ns finally appeared. Of course there is. Simon was excited because he had gotten the speakers at half price. Mr. Reduce the number of programs that are active at Start-Up. the virus is not something to sneeze at. Wh en he arrived home.000 peop le annually (most of them elderly). Magician Attracts Women Newspaper reporters have discovered that David likes to "unwind and relax" with young and pretty females from his audiences. Made in Japan. But the symptoms are often mild and last for only a week.' The air 'flows. Model No. but it flows in on the upstroke. Simon said." Brevyn tried out the pump. the tech guy. The label writer tricked you. Put all the icons into folders. or in the cemetery. symptoms can be so severe and prolonged that victims end up in bed for weeks. It also causes almost 250. Matt typed in several commands at blinding speed. opening doors. For many others." he told Simon. Pause that backup program. What have you got to say for yourself?" Let's go outside. "There's no air coming out of here on the upstroke.S." Brevyn said.he asked Matt. Your processor is like the engine of your car. Victims freque ntly get ill from shaking hands. Matt chuckled. "Maybe I can find a small nail in one of your new tires. he called Brevyn over to help him set up the speakers. you can pump them up super-fast with this. you've got too many icons on your deskt op.

" Really? For how much? Bert asked. World-Famous Magician. None of them. They shoot cattle on b order ranches so that American ranchers will not call agents about suspicious ac tivity. They both walked over to look at the c orpses. They start dangerous fires near the border to distract agents. including t heir bra size. Car Shopping in California Bert lingered outside to enjoy a cigarette. but to stick around for questioning. Bert told the salesman how sad he felt for the dead people and their fam ilies. They dig tunnels that start in Mexico and connect with buildings on US soil. At a bout the same time. shoe si ze. Amazingly. said one assistant. After a short pause. Their newest trick is to try to behead agents who ride on ATVs (all-terrain vehi cles). Just then. This opportunity might l ead to a permanent job working with David all over the world. Five minutes later he finished his smoke. at neck level. birth date. When he saw Bert. and sta rted back inside. One body made a loud cracking sound as it went through the roof of a new Corvette. marital status. he activates a "clothes line" wire. He turned on his iPod and lit up a M arlboro. He critici zed the media for making a mountain out of a molehill. Bert told him about the fallen bodies. These 'clothes lines' are not a big deal. Using com puter simulation. The other body landed on the back end of Bert's Camaro." he said to Ber t. critical injuries-including a broken neck-are still possible. They use dynamite to blow up bridges so agents cannot follow them. a police car. Both sounds were caused by falling human bodies. on his private island. not much at all. Not much. David will interview you in his dressing room. After tonight's show. he said. . It killed the district manager of the dealership. He said that David swore all his assistants t o secrecy. bra size. This wire stretches tightly across the agent's path. most women who get the card fill out all the information. email address.00 0 feet overhead. address." The assistant told a reporter that David had flown hundreds of women to his isla nd over the past 10 years. but the FBI told us we might end up in jail if we didn't cooperate with them. said a department official. the salesman ran out of the building. a fire truck. "I quit smoking last month." he said to a group of reporters. It'll look like new. Thinking it was an earthquake. ever got a job with David. Vocabulary Yes/No Questions Cloze Crossword | Keys Dictation 306. weight. he asked him for a cigarette. Two small Cessna airplanes had just crashed 1. and an ambulance pulled up. phone numb er. "He told us we would be fired if we talked about this to anyone. When an agent drives into a concealed trap. It co uld slice right through his neck. If you are interes ted in flying to David's island on his private jet. who was on the phone ordering a pizza. Just then. he heard two loud sounds-one right after the other. His assistants hand each pretty woman a card. US Border Patrol The dealers are always devising new tricks to get their drugs into the US. the salesman replied. and favorite alcoholic drink. "Wait until an agent is a ctually beheaded-then you'll have a story. 307. A police officer told Bert and the salesman to move away from the wreckage. an engine from one of the planes crashed through the roof of the showroom. turned off the music. the department determined that the neck guard should prevent b eheading. the salesman said. please fill out the informat ion below. "You know. The Department of Homeland Security quickly is sued a new protective device for its ATV riders--a plastic neck guard. height. however.. we can fix this Camaro for yo u. The top of each card says: "Congratulations! You have been selected to visit Dav id Penny." The bottom of the card asks for personal information: name.

A new manager arrived later that morning. He ran over to Alfred's apart ment building. "For the first two years. Even though he loved the convenience of home d elivery. we both loved each other. The next morning. Alfred set his alarm for 5:20 a.. A few minutes later. okay? The paperboy nodded. She died at home the next day. He heard the car drive off.m. After a year of chasing her. Erica laughed. A lfred. So. They went back to work. he walked downs tairs. she explained. saying that it would mark t he fourth year that they had been in love with each other. I was madl y in love with you. He raised his arm as if to strik e them. That night. and her heart. next month is actually our first anniversary of being in love with each other at the same time!" After thinking about this. You were my king. The day after Maura died." she said. He told the workers that they would all get the equivalent of a nickel per day raise. "Not hardly. . he finally caught her. You didn't love me at all!" He told her that he hadn't "chickened out. At the factory that day. "for the first two years I loved you. but he did everything from that day on to win her love again. Happy Anniversary 'Known' each other? Jude repeated. the manag er quietly offered the chief a great deal of money to let him "escape.m. The rep apologized. she stuffed pack after pack of cigarettes . The manager noticed her error immediately.308. The rep said that he would leave a message for the super visor to call Alfred. He arrested the manager and the bodyguard. The bodyguard went inside and called the police. The third year. Alfred rolled his eyes. He called the owner of the factory . He yelled at her and then hit her sharply across her back with the rod. So. her coworkers refused to enter the factory. yes. Then the bodyguard kicked her in the stomach. he handed him the paper. Alfred's sleep was far more valuable to him. The manager told them to get to work. They stood outside. He was b eginning to wonder if a "route supervisor" even existed. 309. you lov ed me. Alfred said that this was the f ourth time he had called in the last three weeks. When he saw Alfred standing there. she would lose her job. the route supervisor hadn't called. Then I made the biggest mistake of my life: I asked you to marry me. she left a cigarette out of one pack. The women told the police chief what had happened to Maur a. He couldn' t explain what it meant." He just hadn't been ready to marry h er at that particular time. By 6:00 p. and you said no! How many times had you sworn your love to me? But when you had a chance to back up your words with action. Before the chief handcuffed the manager and put him in the police car. he woul d read the Times online. The police chief came. was trying to sleep. Starting tomorrow. 310. Enough was enough.m. He corrected her. "What does that mean?" she had asked him. I would have done anything for you. Jude went back to Target the next day and bought Eric a a "Happy First Anniversary" card. The fourth year. Sweating and dizzy. Do not throw it-plac e it. The paper had just been thrown onto the steps. Alfre d told him to stop throwing the paper onto the steps. he had heard this before. You are waking me up. Maura got up and st aggered out of the factory. He said he wanted to talk to t he supervisor directly. s aying that he would notify the route supervisor. you chickened out. only 19. but they stood firm. was sick. He told them he was going to get the police. A Factory Worker Maura." He told the chief he would leave the country and never return. "Read All about It!" He told the rep to tell the paperboy to deliver the paper quietly-at 5:30 a. But she knew that if she didn't go to work. again. At 5:30 the next morni ng. Place the paper on the steps quietly. like most normal human beings. the paperboy drove up. and ran back to his car. Alfred woke up. They s till didn't move.

He does things like dr ifting into the next lane." A federal p rosecutor has charged two Meatland supervisors with felony animal cruelty. Bill Bratto n. Moyer. He forgets to check his blind spot when he changes lane . apologized again. promised that he was going to increase the number of cameras and live patrols around statues and all outdoor metal sculptures in LA. And there will be a next time. Don't Eat the Meat The US Department of Agriculture requires humane treatment of sick and lame cows . LA's police chief. Weekly Driving Lessons (1) That's nice to hear. She as ked him to smell the pork. You know. 313. "I bet that wou ld be worth a pretty penny. He sees the car in front of him but doesn't see the r ed stop light above him. "Phew. He apologized to Nadine. and walked out. "Unfortunately. "the USDA became aware of the problem too late." Oh. She gave him the pork and thanked him. He smelled the pork. She inspected a couple of fresh tr out and had them wrapped up." said a health official. and told her she could have a full r efund. ended his special report by joking that it was a good thing that the Statue of Liberty was not in Los Angeles harbor. Meatland Packing Company is a ma jor beef supplier to US school systems and fast food outlets. It makes him upset and nervous. b ecause USDA inspects only five percent of the nation's meat supply. the manager told another butcher to grind up the pork with a little lime juice and sell it at a 20-percent discount. 314. But I get so irritated sometimes. he doesn't like that at all. The Humane Society asked the p ublic to donate more money to help it prevent more cruelty to animals. Even the federal government is reducing production of pennies. She told him to call the manager of the meat department. and they were endanger ing drivers' lives when they removed manhole covers. 312. It allows the slaughter of healthy cows only." he said. I wish you wouldn't yell at him during his driv ing lessons. The manager came out a minute later. the largest amount of beef ever rec alled in the US. because it now takes two c ents worth of copper to produce a one-cent penny. the official said. USDA demanded a re call of all Meatland beef?43 million pounds.311. Next time consumers won't be so lucky." chuckled his blonde co-anchor." He reminded thieves that they were e ndangering their own lives when they cut into live wires. He said that it smelled okay and gave it back to her. Then he spoke to the butcher. She also told him that he needed to hire butchers who had better noses. got her refund for the pork. I don't know what I ever said or did. She went to the cashier at the front of the market. Darren replied. "He's disliked me since the first day we me t. "You have a cold and you're handling meat and fish? Go home!" The manag er turned back to Nadine. Both men could spend six years in prison if convicted. paid for the fish." Almost all of the beef had been consumed before the r ecall was announced. Copper Robbers The price of copper today is six times what it was just six years ago. famous for his wit. I'll keep my fingers crossed. Maybe it's because I'm the wrong color? Or because I'm old enough to be his grandpa? But it's nice to hear that maybe w e can eventually become friends. I try not to. While she was g etting into her car. who said he couldn't smell anything because he had a cold. I'm surprised he hasn't gotten upset when I yell at him for his driving mistakes. Consumers got lucky this time. He said that metal thiev es were destroying LA's "cultural history. "We haven't had one report of illness. Nadine told him about the pork. Bad Pork She went up to the same butcher who had handed her the pork that morning.

317.99. I know. Darren scolded him for taking 20 seconds to d o something that should have taken five seconds. 315." said the headline." While the first set contained 36 songs and cost $16. he entered the apartment. 316." Oh. But he's just a kid. As they walked upstairs to the apartment. One was called "Love Songs of the ?0s. "There are 36 songs. no one was usin g the machines. he told her. Laundry Day (2) Excuse me. She simply shook her hea d. I have to pick up my kids at four o'clock. He sat down and opened the newspaper to the California section: "Truck Runs Ove r Crossing Guard. and set it at Warm Temperature and Regular Wash. Don't do anything wrong in the first place and you won't have to apologize for it later. there are other ways to wake someone up. Sidney asked the clerk where the Greatest Hits section wa s. I'm so sorry. It was entitled "Sixty of the World's Fa vorite Love Songs. Kerry thought-they should just rename this country "America. Had she waited her turn. She pointed it out to him. this . He was relieved to hear silence as he approached the laundry room.s. A few minutes later. me. I yell because he needs to wake up when he's behind the wheel. "you saw that I had a second load of clothes to wash. I'm so sorry. I was there ahead of you. Yes. Instead." Then Sidney looked at the other CD set. The Bargain CD Set (1) Once inside the store. Me. He put laundry soap and quarters into the washer. When the washer was done." 318. and sl ammed the door. Besides. "This is great. Laundry Day (1) Then he had to find quarters for each load of wash-four for the washer and three for the dryer. Gwen looked at Darren but said nothing." It contained original hits by o riginal artists. he thought. me. This was going to be a two-load day . went into his bedroom. Then t hey went north on Figueroa Street to the 110 and headed back to Arcadia. It'd be so nice to have a weekly maid. Sidney and Gita walked to that section and started looking. Darren apologized to Sean for all the yelling he had done. Someday he might be driving you around. Kerry piled all his clothes into the laundry basket and went downstairs. Why didn't you just wait till my second load was washed? That's the polite thing to do. They went south on Santa Anita Avenue to the 10 and headed west to downtown LA. He placed the half-full basket on top of the churning washer. Sean didn't respond. he'd reload it and put the first load into the dryer. she still would hav e finished doing her two loads by three o'clock. He shut the laundr y room door and walked back upstairs." Si dney told Gita. it was full of soapy wat er. He set his electronic timer to 35 minutes. and one simple mi stake could get both of you killed. spo ke angrily to his mother in their native language. Weekly Driving Lessons (2) He barked at Sean off and on during the next two hours. He stuffed in half of the dirty clothes. When Sean tried to parallel park in front of Gwen's apartment. There was a tiny section entitled "Love Songs. and most of them are classics. "You see. she said. Darren continued to yell at Sean about his driving errors." Kerry looked at her and s hook his head. like his downstairs neigh bor." It contained only two CD sets. so I needed to do the clothes quickly. They went south to the U SC Coliseum and turned around at the two statues of the Olympic athletes. such as Frank Sinatra and Rosemary Clooney. We've been practicing for at least 20 hours now. One second can be the difference between life and death. and he's still making the sa me dangerous mistakes.

A day later. 70 cents f or the set. He said that that was okay with him. "You're so cheap." 321.' and then we'll read the sign and remember the name again. When Wanda asked who he was talking to. Apology. The Bargain CD Set (2) When are you going to learn to listen to me? Gita asked Sidney as she rapped him in the head with the box of the CD set. but also respo nding to. every email that Sharon sent him. Tr acks featuring groups were re-recorded using as many of the original group membe rs as possible. He picked up a book called How to Act Like a Lady." The name of the store was Anthropologie. "Boy. She told him the y were four times that much. He couldn't. he always said it was his investment c ompany. this is a good deal. 320. On his way out of the store." she replied. No. Once inside. But you always deleted t hem without reading them. Robert was not only reading. He replied that he wouldn't pay more than $25 for t hem. The New Clothes (1) Why can't they just name it something simple. Sidney laughed. Lorraine told him. Sharo n still loved Robert and he wasn't discouraging her. She believed that they were playing he r for a fool.set contained 60 songs and cost only $11." Sidney took it back anyway. "Of course not!" Gita said. Sidney read the small print on the side of the package: "This album contains some tracks that ar e re-recorded. She laughed. figuring tha t she was going to pay him $11.99 plus tax. "Everyone can remember that name!" He suggested a couple of names-Apostrophe . he hoped that he could charm the sales clerk into gi ving him an exchange. He guessed $55. and started reading it. It wo uld be a good book for Lorraine to practice her English and also for her to lear n how to act in America. It was on South Lake. Robert said he hadn't thought about doing that." Wanda said. "No. neither was right. She believed that something was going on. Is that correct?" Robert answered yes. As far as Wanda was concerned. Knowing that a good deal wasn't always a good deal." she said. She said that the only thing she could do was buy the CD set back from him. "You mean seventy cents for each CD?" Sidney asked. "The receipt say s that you cannot return an opened package. . a t least until we leave the store. It takes two to tango. "you told her that you and I were dating. It was sh ort and to the point: "Have a nice life with Sharon. Yet she continued sending you emails." Quinn said. that was 100 pe rcent correct. "I don't believe you. Quinn headed straight toward one of v arious piles of books with catchy titles for sale. "let's go to the 'A-store. her new country. Why don't you just block her emails-then you won't have to bother deleting them? Wanda asked. Lorraine called him over to l ook at a pair of slacks. Lorr aine started browsing through the clothes. Sidney told her that he would take it b ack to see if he could exchange it. she told him that she would be able to give h im 70 cents. and you told her to s top emailing you." Sidney told Gita. "How much?" she asked. "Well. A few moments later. Wanda sent Robert something else he hadn't thought about-a Dear John email. Lorraine came over with three tops and asked him to accompany her to the dressing room area. like Ross Dress for Less? Quinn sa id. She typed the title of the set into her computer." 319. Wanda asked. He was getting ripped off by two diffe rent companies for the same item. It's All Over So.99. He said he was through with Sharon. but his phone was often busy late at night when Wanda tried to call him . All single artist tracks are performed by the original artist. he decided he wou ld regift the set as an office Christmas present.

To fu rther reduce spending. I'm sorry. said Bob Hope. my father made it clear to me that when I graduated from high school." A US Senator said that outsourcing is necessary because of the Iraq War. "is that we are going to also outsource our military tro ops. This will reduce our milit ary costs in Iraq 90 percent. we have to reduce our spending elsewhere. money was next. spread a little butter on it. Starting two years from now." "Oh. The girl at the counter said she could giv e them a discount for the snag. of course. "You've raised him for 10 years all by y ourself. Officials routinely distribute nutraloaf for days at a time when one or more prisoners act unruly. he should be glad you hav en't kicked him out of the apartment already. Fifty people will have the same passport and driver's license. If they want five-star prison food. Our American soldiers will gradually return to America. She said that if the sweater did unravel. I couldn't smell the perfume on them last night because that whole store has a candle scent. "I didn't know I was speaking to the author. just bring it back for a full refund. they should commit the ir crimes in France." 323. "It tastes a lot better th an the grits and corn bread I ate every day.322. What are they complaining about? I wish I could have had nutraloaf when I was gr owing up. they sh ould take the sweater to a dry cleaner and have them snip the snag and retie it tightly. military vehicles and weapons would be made overseas. The New Clothes (2) One of the sweaters had a snag in it." 325. a "hand" food. however. You don't owe him a thing. "What's next? Before we know it. "To pay for the war." Quinn laughed. Lorraine told Quinn that she had returned two of the tops to t he store." said an angry citizen. The good news. These guys have a lot of nerve to c omplain. What's their beef? Prisoners ar e a bunch of whiners. They walked out with all three tops and the book. When I was in the eleventh grade. US Passports Outsourced A radio ad in Los Angeles proclaims that a citizen's identity is stolen every 3 seconds. I've eaten it myself many times-I just pop it into the microwave for a minute. Starting three years from now . she noticed a smell. The next evening. "It too k me almost one hour to select those tops." 324. He said that p assports were only the beginning. The Demanding Son Where did he get that idea? Luke asked. they'll be p rinting driver's licenses. This will result in total chaos. she realized that two of them had a perfume odor." Lorraine said. Sniffing the tops. "Outsourcing our passports is only going to make identity theft a bigge r problem. With his attitude. What a waste of time. When she had tried them on at home that morning. Some women had worn the tops long enough to transfer their own perfume to the tops. he said. a prison warden in Arkansas. Lorraine told Quinn t hat she didn't need a book to know how to act like a lady. and the se foreign soldiers will do all the fighting in Iraq. Quinn told her that a real lady would accept the book graciously with just a simple "thank you." he said. Yet Kyle thinks you have to pay his way through college!" " . Food as Punishment Prison officials say that using nutraloaf. he said. from $10 billion monthly to only $1 billion. all the returning American soldiers will be la id off. I was expected to leave home. birth certificates. and enjoy. He graduates from high school next year. If they wanted to fix it right. Two undeveloped countries have agreed to replace our soldiers starting four years from now. because prisoners don't have utensils or plates to throw at or use against gu ards or other prisoners. increases prison safet y. and social security cards in Thai land. h e said that all US cash would be printed overseas.

He says you're not his father. He is no w without his wife and his best friend." Virgil said. I've been robbed. he wanted a kid as much as she did. h ow much would it be? Brody and Ruth had only $50. Maybe Kyle would learn to accept Luke's help and advice in time. he had just read about a new study that said the cost of rais ing a child was now $225. Wh en Virgil asked them what was going on. he knew that Ruth want ed a baby more than anything else in the world. On the other hand. There was a little blood under her nose. He had been transporting people to the annual Earth Day festival in K oreatown. 328. He knocked on his neigh bor's door. Sheldon had told her it was only his coworker. "I wish you had told me.000. "I ran over there to help the wo man. 327. the average cost of attending a public univer sity was $6. 326. His parents are dead. Eighteen years from now.' we'd do that. they tried to revive her. he was surprised to find his apartment door unlocked. he thought. so he could teach him how to avoid all the stupid mistakes Brody had made in his own life.Jane wouldn't allow Luke to talk to Kyle. but then they just covered her body with a sheet. And that was just through high school.000 in savings. The police found the bus parked a few blocks from the accident scene. there was nothing good left. He would love to have a son. Sheldon said that he wasn't kissing his coworker.000 a year--if the student lived at home. Their tenth anniversary was only a week away. "When I went into your apartment. "Your coworker? Is it normal for coworkers to kiss in the parking lot?" Pamela asked. Jane said.000 people usually attend this event. As Pamela stormed away. Virgil said that he saw Pamela inside the apartment. So. She had seen Sh eldon standing with a woman in the parking lot. About 30. On the one hand. After dealing with his own grief." Police had to notify Vicky's husband. They had dated for two years. s he seemed to be in charge of things. Virgil told Sheldon that he had seen strangers coming and going that morning. he naturally wanted her to b e pregnant and happy. he had to somehow present the terrible news to their two childre n. She had s imply asked him to smell her breath to be sure her breath smelled okay. Vicky's parents live in her home country. A police spokesman said that the driver would be charged with murder. The Dead Pedestrian How could he just drive away? said the witness. "He doesn't like you telling him what to do. "My ex-girlfriend Pamela?" Sheldon asked. his father's dead. He was shocked to find his apartment stripped clean. The paramedics arrived. "If we could charge him with 'des troying a happy family. not even enough for a down payment o . College was an additional expense. He should appreciate that I'm around to try to help him . so why should he have to listen to you?" Well. She had eaten garlic bread at lunch. She was quiet and still. Sheldon heard her say something about getting even. He and Vicky had been in love since they w ere 16. The driver was gone." Sheldon explained that he hadn't told Virgil about the giveaway because he hadn' t known about it himself. Bad News. too. Good News Brody had mixed feelings about the news. Right now." the spokesman said. In fact. Their plans for a house and a future were now finished. A Practical Joke When the real Sheldon returned from his morning shift at the hospital that day. One of them said that she probabl y died instantly. Pamela had left him just recently. " My angry ex-girlfriend Pamela?" Ex? When did you two break up? Virgil asked. one said that Sheldon was giving all his belongings away. I thought she was just unconscious.

but it's not for everyone. He had a life pre server.000 feet. Baxter thought. You should always take a life pr eserver and wear a helmet. an inflatable life raft. He called the IRS 800 number just to make sure he had read the instructions corr ectly. And." he yelled to everyone on the ground. and walked out. "What's your name?" Baxter asked. It was 11 a." a popular HBO comedy series about third-grad e students in Colorado.m. neither of them had health insurance. "$4.28. not to mention the d eductibles and co-pays." That's true. She handed him his change without a word. If he disagreed but his documentation was correct. Ruth had once told him. The weather. She broke open the two l ocked DVD cases and checked to make sure the DVDs were in them. There was no sign of the priest. and many have soared to 12. because a coworker had liked it. She scanned it. IRS included a returnab le form with an "Agree" box and a "Disagree" box. If he checked Agree. he must send documentation supportin g the reasons for his disagreement. He lau ghed and waved at everyone as his chair started rising. The Cluster Balloonist They usually take a radio to communicate with people on the ground. a parachute. and a GPS device. "What's your last name?" he asked." She repeated. If he checked Disagree. She told him. . and bags of sand or water that they throw overboard to go higher. "It's fun." It was a story about a giant monster that destroys Manhattan. a pilot in a single-engine plane saw some ball oons floating 10 miles out to sea." Balloonists often soar up to 6. He said hello to the employee." Baxter corrected her. took the DVDs. Reporters from new spapers and TV stations interviewed and photographed him before take-off. she tur ned back to the register. She placed the two DVDs and the rec eipt on the counter top.28 ." Baxter handed her a f ive. If his documentation was correct. The othe r DVD he selected was "South Park. "You mean $4.000 feet or higher. he must p ay the full amount." said Glenn Ford. "He was an expert sky diver. She checked again. took a sudden turn for the worse." Vocabulary Yes/No Questions Cloze Crossword | Keys D ictation 329. "This is unb elievable. A popular priest in Brazil decided to try cluster ballooning. however. You worry about money too much. An agent told him to simply send a check with the full amount whether he agreed or disagreed. gruffly. where she could see him printing her full name on a pie ce of paper. "You have to dress warmly for higher altitudes. The bright balloons disappeared in to the dark clouds. Premiums for insurin g themselves and the baby would cost at least $400 a month.64. all she said was. The next day. She did not look at him. "I'll see you at one o'c lock. Brody agreed. The Tax Charge IRS sent him six pages of explanations and instructions. "Card? " Baxter gave her his Blockbuster card. Plus. noting that she did not bother to apologize for her mistake. "$9.64. He told her to check again. and said. IRS woul d return the full amount of his check within eight weeks. and they were making much less than we are maki ng now." said his best friend. And you need to take food and water for emergencies. "But things were a lot different then. "$9. Without asking him if he wanted a plastic bag for the DVDs. People could see the win d driving the balloonist toward the Atlantic. he would o we nothing. "Look at you-your parent s raised you and five more kids. He went to the front counter. The Rude Clerk Finally.n a nice house. Maybe her manners will improve after I call her supervisor. 331. He looked at her. this is one rude woman. he was a priest!" 330. he was entit led to a free movie. She said. he thought. a GPS device so they can be located. he selected a new release called "Clov erfield." Boy.

not theirs. however. She told him to try Sears or Wal-Mart.. Oliver drove to the address.Don't believe that agent. Fire officials thought that the fire would be out within 24 hours . Every few minutes. At 11 p. Helicopters and four-engine tankers wer e flying over the burn area. Adam walked downtown to see if he could get a better view of the fire. 333. The Fire in the Hills (1) Planes dropped flame retardant around the southern edge of the fire to protect h ouses closest to the foothills. Everyone was watching the fire. a reporter said the fire had consu med 100 acres. The Vacuum Cleaner Filter (2) Oddly. Adam was amazed at h ow huge and menacing the fire had gotten in less than 24 hours. how did they leave the note on the door. The handle. this situation was a little scary. He informed th e store manager. He drove to Wal-Mart and to Sears. he tried out his new Vibe. 335. The Vacuum Cleaner Filter (1) When he got home. It's your money. he would just put his laptop in his car and drive over to stay with his brother. Even though downtown was windless. Target sold the F15 belt for the Vibe. he could plug it into the outlet in his kitchen and the vacuum clea ner would reach all corners of his apartment. he went online to Dirt Devil." 332. She said she would e-mail this discrepancy to Target headquarte rs. At 10:30 Saturday evening. Express shipping (1-2 days) was $10. The red flames s tood out clearly against the night sky. For now. If they didn't have it. 334. When he got home. "Are you going to have to evacuate?" h e asked Adam. He did not want his home to be on the five o'clock news. b urning down. but neither carried the filter. and the plastic cup was eas y to empty.99. Whoever had designed the handle had done a very poor job. The winds had picked up in the foothills. It had a nic e long cord. He figured it was probably the same person who designs the tiny rear windshields that rest rict a driver's view of what's behind him. fire officials announced a m andatory evacuation of about 100 homes north of Carter Avenue. the Vibe seemed to clean quite well. The Fire in the Hills (2) Adam walked outside with his binoculars. The F15 filter was only $9. was not very comfortable to hold. but not the filter.95. He coul d hear the sirens of fire engines. just send them the documentation." If they had car problems. He could see lot s of thick smoke just a couple of miles north of his apartment building. Adam said if they told everyone to evacuate. A note on the door said. he had to stop vacuuming in order to res t his hand. Just a couple of embers flying southward could result in hundreds of homes. the store is not open today. Adam's brother called from a nearby city. The Sears salesman told him to try the vacuum cleaner repair shop on East Colorado. if the Santa Ana winds didn't start blowing. he could try the Dirt Devil web site. rinse it out. He got a great view with his binoculars. B ut shipping (5-7 days) was an extra $4. But. He hoped that th e winds would die down soon. advised Vau ghn's brother later that day. On the radio.7 . but the shop was closed. Oliver wondered. dropping water and fire retardant. It worked pretty well. if we can get the car fixed. he saw flames that looked like they must have bee n 50 or 60 feet high. We will be open on Monday. and snap it back onto the vacuum cleaner. including his own. All the cars on the street were dusted with s oot. He had never seen his small town so crowded on a Saturday nigh t.m. otherwise. " Because of car problems. There was no bag to hassle with-just pour the dirt out of the plasti c cup. "Make IRS wait for the money.

The Marathon Cheater Hank later told the media that he had never intended to run the whole Berlin mar athon. "Everyone does that. Amelia said. "bushfill" for landfill. Asked why he had held his arms up high as if he wa s the winner at the finish line. He figured that. vandalism. This was my fif th marathon this year. a long-sleeved T-shirt. Ryan declined. he rented a mid-sized Bu ick. The bill in today's mail was for $430. None of them were grinning. charged to Ryan's VISA card. and a huge grin. and "bushpaper" for toilet p aper. the company makes a fortune off customers' fear. he'd talk to his own auto insurance compa ny.com. Bush We hope that this will catch on nationwide. I knew the computer chip would detect my shortcut. his Berlin time w as little more than 2 ?hours. Apparentl y. the rest of the time. it's February. Ten miles later. . go to bushwhacked. 337. some metal from the emergency lane had damaged the Buick's air conditioning s ystem. The agent asked if he wante d to buy the collision damage waiver for $15 a day. Oliver figured that he had spent two irritating hours th at day looking for one stupid filter. "When are you g oing to listen to me?" Ryan said that he wasn't going to pay this bill. like the extended insurance that Best Buy offers customers on new computers. Only one percent of the time is the insurance ever needed. if anything happened. He wondered how much of his life he had wa sted just searching for things. The Rental Car (2) Halfway back from Tucson. she said. You should pay the extra $45. 339. he saw a bumper in the fast lane and a wheel rim in the number two lane. but he safely evaded the ladder. 336." Amelia yelled. Hank said. "These freeways are tu rning into minefields. Honoring G. Including driving time. Mahe r's group is offering $5 to the person who comes up with the best new word for t heir online "Bush Dictionary." Ryan muttered. "Besides. That Buick air conditioner had probably died last November. it's only a race. He told her that the extra money was just another corporate rip-off." In addition. The waiver would cover any d amage to the Buick from accidents. The emergency lane itself had pieces of metal and othe r trash in it. They returned the rental car at 9:45 p. The or ganizers need to lighten up." Hank crossed the finish line wearing a floppy hat. Sunday. even though he trusted his car. The Rental Car (1) It's a piece of junk. said activist Bill Maher. Hank's San Diego marathon time was just under 4 hours. it was on ly a Friday to Sunday trip.55. Ryan swerved into the emergency lane to avoid a ladder in the number four lane. He had used rental cars many times withou t any problems. Surely they would reimburse him if he had to pay this bill.0. 338. said a suspicious photo grapher. To submit a new word. R yan figured he would take his chances. The other early finishers in the over-55 group crossed the finish line wearing sweaty T-shirts and nylon running shorts. Enterprise had the best rental rates. He dialed VISA to dispute the bill. He looked as cool as a cucumber.m. as he was still tired from the San Diego marathon he had run two months e arlier. "Every sta te should have a wastewater treatment plant named after Bush. long pants.W. What happens if the hea ter stops working?" So. As usual. he thought. "I told you to buy their daily insurance. such as "gar bush can" for garbage can. or theft. his own auto insurance would cover the rental car. If VISA didn't help him contest the bill." The word must refer to Bush somehow.

might put Bush's fa ce on the rear end of all their trash trucks. One company is putting his face on their fly swatter s. they congratulated Jake on his heroic effort. School Bus Crashes The bus slowly started rolling away from the gas station.In addition to putting Bush's name everywhere. He pressed hard on the brake pedal and managed to stop the bus as it approached a guard rail ov erlooking a creek bed. "Stopping the bus. "was e asy compared to playing Grand Theft Auto III. He said that the public will soon see Bush's face on dartboards. he'll probably feel flattered. Whatever he is charged with. The Chipped Teeth Elmer had never heard of such a thing. "so we want to ruin his image." Hannah asked him if he had ever used a public phone right after some stranger ha d talked on it. Welcome mats. the DA said. said the police sergeant. Whatever he is charged with." 340." Wh ile that is only a minor driving violation. After the cops arrived at t he scene. "Stopping the bus. Jake turned off the ignition." said Maher. As the bus picked up s peed. Maher's group also wants to see B ush's face plastered all over America. he hopes that Kimberly-Clark will put Bush's face on their paper to wels. "That's ridiculous. walking along the highway when arrested by the police. the man is such a dope that when he sees his face on a yellow plastic f ly swatter. toilet paper. That is one cool kid. "I told him he would make a grea t police officer when he grows up. As the bus picked up s peed. Ten-year-old Jake had the composure to run forward to the driver's seat and grab the steering wheel." Wh ile that is only a minor driving violation. Plastic doesn't give you bad breath. T he bus driver. the largest trash company in America. "I told him he would make a grea t police officer when he grows up. the kids began yelling and screaming." he said. Jake turned off the ignition. and the bottom of trash c ans and kitty litter boxes. They are talking to many different compan ies. Maher said. "The plastic phone stinks from their breath. "was e asy compared to playing Grand Theft Auto III. That is one cool kid. the county district attorney said he hoped to upgrade the charge to a felony because of the number of children invol ved. T he bus driver. "Bush ruined this country." his favorite action video game. In addition. laughing. Ten-year-old Jake had the composure to run forward to the driver's seat and grab the steering wheel. Unfort unately." his favorite action video game." he said. was initia lly charged with "leaving a child unattended while motor vehicle is running. "I can't wait to blow my nose into Bush's face. "Veneers ar e made of plastic. Waste Management. and disposable diapers." 340. After the cops arrived at t he scene. "Why do ." Jake wasn't impressed with what he had done. "I will see that he never drives a bus in this county again. School Bus Crashes The bus slowly started rolling away from the gas station. the DA said." she said. tissue paper." he said. He pressed hard on the brake pedal and managed to stop the bus as it approached a guard rail ov erlooking a creek bed. "I will see that he never drives a bus in this county again." said Maher. was initia lly charged with "leaving a child unattended while motor vehicle is running." Jake wasn't impressed with what he had done. said the police sergeant. the county district attorney said he hoped to upgrade the charge to a felony because of the number of children invol ved. they congratulated Jake on his heroic effort." 341. the kids began yelling and screaming. walking along the highway when arrested by the police. Several companies are eager to work with Maher's group.

you always have to argue with me?" He told her that he didn't argue with her-she was the one who always argued with him. Elmer saw his dentist a week later. He asked if veneers could cause bad breath. The dentist told him that it was possible, because plastic can retain odor. He s aid a more common cause of bad breath from dental work was fillings. Several pat ients had come to him because they thought they had gotten bad breath from new f illings. He replaced the fillings with different material, and their bad breath went away. Well, should I get veneers for my two front teeth? Elmer asked. "I used to have tiny chips in each tooth. Now, those chips are bigger." His dentist told him tha t applying veneers would require destroying too much enamel, which the two teeth were already deficient in. "I'll bet you used to suck on lemons," he said. Elme r nodded. His dentist suggested grinding down the chipped areas a little bit so that their edges wouldn't be so jagged. The grinding, accompanied by a burning odor, took only a couple of minutes. When Elmer ran his tongue over his "new" teeth, they f elt nice and smooth. So he decided that the $100 dentist bill was probably worth it. More importantly, he wouldn't have to worry about losing his girlfriend bec ause of a couple of veneers. 342. Don't Take My Property Usually, the owner cannot prevent the government from taking his land for public use, which includes roads, schools, government buildings, and economic developm ent. However, the US Supreme Court recently expanded the meaning of "economic de velopment" to include the construction of shopping centers, amusement parks, and even car washes. Property owners nationwide are now at greater risk of losing t heir property for the "private" good instead of the "public" good. They will see their land converted to Burger Kings and Chevy dealerships instead of post offi ces and parks. Just last week, the Ozark city council demanded that Johnny Miller sell all his land to the city. It isn't right, said Miller. "My family has owned this property for four generat ions. We grow crops and raise cattle. We're active in Ozark's social clubs and c ivic groups. Now the council wants to kick us out so that Walt Disney can build a new theme park here. I'm not selling. I'm going to fight this--since when is a mouse more important than an American family?" 343. New Law for Taco Trucks Lawyer Phil Greenberg says the time limit is unenforceable. "The two-hour law wa s never enforced by the city, so what's the point of changing it to one hour?" h e asked. "The city has more important things to do than ticket these hard worker s. What about all the potholes, the graffiti, the homeless, and the gangs? LA is almost $400 million in debt. The mayor has already said he's going to lay off 7 67 city employees. There won't be anyone left to enforce the new parking law. Th ere are thousands of taco trucks in this city." The penalty for the first violation of the new law is $100; the second violation can result in a maximum $1,000 fine and six months in jail. One angry truck own er said, "This is a racist law. All of us taco truck owners are Latinos. Our tru cks are an important part of the history and culture of Los Angeles. Thirty of u s have already agreed to park our trucks in the same spot all day long. If a law is illegal, it is our duty as good citizens to ignore it." City residents who w ant to support taco trucks can visit saveourtacotrucks.org. 344. The Horrible Face (1) Just as Mitchell started up the next aisle, he almost collided with someone push ing a shopping cart toward him. Mitchell's eyes opened wide, and then he quickly looked away. Was this person starring in a monster movie? She was the ugliest p

erson he had ever seen. He couldn't even believe that this was a real person-she had to be an actor still in make-up. She had warts all over her face! Warts-too many to count-covered her forehead, c heeks, nose, and neck. The warts were the same color as her skin, and each one w as about the size of a pencil eraser. When Mitchell was a kid, he thought that t he Halloween mask of a witch with just one wart on the tip of her nose was ugly. But this woman was hideous--even more repulsive than people with bad acne or wi th severe facial burns. 345. The Horrible Face (2) When he got into his car, he felt ashamed of himself. That poor woman, he though t. She probably never ventured out in the daytime. She probably did everything s he could to avoid people. That was truly a face that even a mother might not lov e. She must feel so lonely. How could God let that happen to people, Mitchell wo ndered. Long ago, there were colonies for outcasts. Lepers, for example, lived in leper colonies, where they had social contact with their peers. But there are no "wart colonies" for people covered with facial warts. They have to exist with "normal " people. She should try duct tape, suggested a coworker of Mitchell's the next day. "I sa w them demonstrate it on TV. You just stick it on the wart for 48 hours, and you r wart disappears!" 346. The Refund (1) The large plastic package proclaimed "Comfy Softness." The 12 double rolls were reduced from $7.19 to $5.39. Delbert read the small print on the package: "Embos sed for softness-Ralfs Bathroom Tissue is Soft, Thick and Plush. Safe for sewer and septic systems." He had also bought about 2 ?pounds of bananas, at 67 cents a pound. A week ago, no bananas were available. Instead, a sign had said, "Bad weather in Ecuador is affecting our banana supply." Delbert was surprised when the bill came to $15.91. He gave the checker a twenty and got his change. Then he pushed his cart over near the coffee counter to dou ble-check his bill. There it was--$5.91 for the toilet paper. He pushed the cart back to aisle 4. He looked at the price tag on the bottom of the shelf again-it said $5.32. Ha, he thought. He went back to the same checker and told her about the overcharge. 347. The Refund (2) That figures, Delbert thought. Just before he got to the store exit, he saw an a ssistant manager. Delbert asked him about the overcharge policy. The man said, " Yes, for most items, if you're overcharged, you'll get the item for free. Let me get the manager for you." When the manager arrived, Delbert explained his situation. Silently, the manager looked at the receipt and then asked for Delbert's 64 cents. The manager went t o aisle 4 to check the price tag. He returned to Delbert about five minutes late r. He gave him $5.32. Delbert thanked him. The manager said "You're welcome," bu t he didn't say it in a friendly manner. Delbert didn't feel sorry for the manager, the clerk, or the store. Their overch arge policy wasn't posted anywhere for customers to see. The employees knew noth ing about it, or else were told to keep quiet about it. Delbert had spent way to o much time over the last 15 years trying to figure out Ralfs' tricky and confus ing price tags. They owed him a lot more than $5.32 for all his wasted time over all those years. 348. Shut Your Mouth

I didn't even say anything, he objected. She knew that he hadn't said anything; she meant that his mouth was hanging half open. You do that all the time, she said. "You look silly. Sometimes I look around to see if people are looking at you. They must think that I'm your caregiver." He apologized, saying he'd try to keep his mouth closed when he was looking at p arrots. "Not just when you're looking at parrots. Whenever you're not using your mouth for talking, you should keep your mouth closed. Look at me," she said. Sh e demonstrated his "open mouth" position while looking at the parrot. "See how d umb I look?" she said. He laughed. "You look as smart and pretty with your mouth open as you do with yo ur mouth closed," he said. Since they'd already been dating for four years, he asked, why hadn't she said a nything before now? She said that she hadn't wanted to hurt his feelings before. But now that she'd decided that they weren't going to get married, and maybe th ey weren't even going to continue dating, she felt it was okay to be completely honest with him. He asked her if there were other things she had not told him. Your underarms smell, she said, "even after you take a shower." He told her that the musky smell was actually attractive to some women. "Well, feel free to shar e it with them," she said. He hoped she wasn't serious about that, but he decided against asking her. 349. TSA's New Policy (1) The bells went off again. Cher accompanied Brooke back to the private room. Broo ke said she had forgotten about the navel piercing. She removed the barbell in h er navel and walked through the detector again. The bells went off again. Cher started to walk back to the private room with Bro oke. A male TSA agent asked Cher if she needed any help. She glared at him. Broo ke admitted to Cher that she had a couple more piercings. Cher asked where; Broo ke removed her bra. Cher told Brooke she would have to remove the two rings. Bro oke easily removed one ring. She tried to remove the other one; it wouldn't budg e. Cher said, "Try these," and gave Brooke a pair of pliers. The pliers didn't h elp. Cher told Brooke that she would not be allowed to board her plane. Brooke starte d crying. Her boyfriend in Atlanta was going to be very disappointed. 350. TSA's New Policy (2) The next day, Brooke contacted well-known Los Angeles lawyer Gloria Allred. Allr ed immediately filed a lawsuit against TSA. She held a televised press conferenc e. "If a nipple ring might detonate a breast bomb," Allred asked, "then why does TSA allow wedding rings on planes? Maybe someone could pull on their wedding ri ng and detonate a hand bomb! And why would a pretty young girl like Brooke want to blow herself up? TSA is going to be sorry they made this mistake." Just two days later, TSA announced that passengers with body piercings would no longer have to remove their jewelry, as long as they allowed TSA to "visually in spect" all the jewelry. Also, TSA reimbursed Brooke for her original plane ticke t, bought her a round-trip first class ticket to Atlanta, and paid her an undisc losed cash settlement. This is a victory for the people, Allred announced in a second press conference. This is a victory for TSA, announced a TSA spokesman. "It allows us to focus on life and death issues rather than waste our valuable time waiting for travelers to remove all their jewelry." 351. I'm Pregnant They loved going to the beach on weekends. When it was cold and windy, they dres sed warmly and walked for miles. When it was hot, they wore their swimsuits and

"Nyof" gave a three-minute speech talking about what a great president he had been. "We're both way too young to get married. in 1967 the US Supreme Court ended those bans. Gurba thought that he might help prevent a Russian invasion by removing all traces of Nyof and by building the Museum of Peace. without jobs they couldn't begin to afford a baby. She said she was hoping that they would get married. He had a fr iend who knew someone who could solve this problem-for a fee. accompanied by the roar of a lion." It was only 60 years ago that most states banned interracial marriages. while flames shot out of Nyof's mouth. Instead. Making Peace with Russia From the steel. At its top was a lik eness of Nyof's head. after a moment of silence. Every day at noon. but he someti mes told her that he was. . conservative opponents have vowed to fight the decision. The head made a complete revolution e very 59 minutes. Ev ery January 18. he said. Court Approves Same-Sex Marriage The court's decision was a huge victory for gays and lesbians throughout the sta te." he said. We haven't even graduate d high school yet. Now the conflict is about sex in stead of race. California has joined the 21st century." Besides. said conservative George Smith . but he figured that whe n he started college. only two states legally recognize same-sex marriagesMassachusetts and California. She was. what are you going to do?" he asked." 353. I think we ought to keep our baby. San Francisco. There was a different speech for each day of the year. However. There were plenty of fish i n the sea. Now that he was gone. he would find new girlfriends. The 100-foot-tall s pire was brilliantly lit every night for the last 10 years. "I will take this case to the US Supreme Court. and the sun and moon after his parents. However. said Gurba. He told her not to worry about it-t hey would start a family after college. Don't worry. "You can't be serio us. "Well. They talked about everything under the sun." If we normal people don't vote for the amendment. they liked him for boldly sta nding up to occasional threats from Russia.spent hours in the water and on the sand. for example. They plan to g ather over a million signatures for a constitutional amendment in November to ov erturn this decision. Hundreds waited outside the courthouse in Sacramento for the announcement. we will build a Museum of Peace. "God will surely destroy this entire state. he described how he had invented the In ternet. As president. lawyer Gloria Allred said. only five countries legally recognize s uch marriages. She had fallen in love with him. Worldwide. He had banned marriage. One day at the beach. Then it paused for one minute. Every July 3. Gays must be free t o marry. however. said Elton John. 16 feet in diameter. At present. 352. Russia seemed more intent on acquiring Akmenistan's oil-one way or another. "Now Cole Porter and I can finally get married in our favorite city. He wasn't in love with her. and kisses. Nyof talked about how he had paved all of Akmenista n's dirt roads-by himself. Although citizens thought Nyof was a little weird. she said. If California voters approve the amendment. TV crews interviewed joyful cou ples. couple s in love signed one-year "Friendship" contracts. he'd pay the fee. w hich they greeted with cheers. renewable yearly-if both "frie nds" agreed. hugs. he sa id. "Are you sure?" he asked. Nyof actually had renamed the days of the week after his siblings. she told him she was pregnant. He really enjoyed her company.

Pictures of her and Lovey are c ommon in newspapers and magazines. But the stalking that goes on can make a celebrity crazy. were angry. he had told Roland many times not to "talk down" to Gla dys. "I hug her. They had contracted with a magazine for the photo. Further. paparazzi in nine differ ent cars chased after Britney Spears as she left a friend's house to go to a nea rby restaurant. said a ssembly leader Fabian Nunez. The state senate is expected to approve the bill. intent on beating his competitors." The eleven assembly members who objected to the bill were all Republicans. The very cost of the license. a photo of Brad and Angelina walking along an African beach sold for $400. "Whil e Californians. "but when it comes to protecting the people of California. She just wished that William would be more polite to him. A couple of years before that. They just use my rest room all day l ong." Finally. The man was taken to the hospital with two broken legs. and Governor Schwarzenegger has promised to sign it. and then donated the money to a charity for children. dogs w ill have to take a back seat. The state ass embly is responsible for protecting people. "We're just little people trying to make a buck. "I love d ogs. "Most of us never have big paydays. and muggers. That accident prompted the mayor's decision. Malibu to License Paparazzi In fact. Roland was very picky about what he drank and ate-he wasn' t interested in eating William's "junk food. too." 355. The driver of one car. "We wrote this bill to protect the public. can make a photographer wealthy. he and his brother were different. contracted or candid. If Paris wants to be with her dog. N obody took his photo. "maybe you and I are different." she corrected h im." said Republican Tom Ridge. Protecting the Public Driving around town with her little dog Lovey hanging out the driver's window.354. Impolite to His Brother William tried to explain to Gladys that what she saw between him and his brother was their normal interaction. "are being attacked daily by murdere rs." The paparazzi. "When my sister visits me. There's no telling when the dog might cause her to drive into a crowd of pedestrians. In addition. Roland was simply delivering a package. That dog is a deadly menace to everyone on the streets and the sidewalks. we eat and drink and talk." William said." said one restaurant owner. struck a man in a crosswalk. Recently. rapists. Roland felt that William's apartment had an odor. "He talks to you like you're a two-year-old. "No." Well. William told her. "Good ri ddance. I invite her inside. William argued. "Some of them hang around my restaurant ever y Saturday. and we just have a good time with each other. recently. So celebrity phot os." The assembly bill passed by a vote of 44 to 11. a recent photo of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's new baby sold for $4 m illion. of course. would reduce the number of photographers who hang around in Malibu. They never buy lunch or dinner. an actor punched out a photograph er. Malibu should coll ect the $2. who do the Democrats protect citizens from-a spoiled l ittle girl and her dog!" 356.000." . he usually didn't even come inside the apartment when he visited." he said. and we take that responsibility seri ously. Stalking can be dangerous to the public. She said she didn't mind." said Ansel Adams. there was nothing for the two of them to chat about. he sa id." she said.000 only if we actually sell a photo. P aris is a familiar sight throughout Los Angeles. Roland was just trying to communicate. let her chauffeur do the driving.

but you said you weren't ready to get married. You're 5 0 years old-when will you be ready! I asked you to find us an apartment." said an angry survivor. He was perfectly healthy. He turned down the TV. Mostly all we could see was just wate r. You've never even been there. Your doctor could give you a clean bill of health on Monday and you could drop dead on Wedne sday. We w ent into the bathroom and got into the tub. You didn't. She had already bought an airline ticket to New York City. but where could we go? The wind howled and things banged around forever. or at least he was the last time he saw his doctor. But the Myanmar government fa iled to warn citizens to prepare for the dangerous storm. The emergency room bill would be i n the thousands. The Myanmar government was doing nothing to help matters. so that we could live together. He apologized. We were in our hotel. It's a dangerous place . "You don't know anyone there. it couldn't b e. he thought. And what about the embarrassment if this was a false alarm? Sho uld he call his brother. We tho ught we were going to die for sure. Katrina killed 1. it didn't matter. 358. He didn't want it blasting away at his dead body in t he middle of the night. Should he call 911-no . The Cyclone in Myanmar The cyclone had hit the capital of Myanmar with winds of 120 mph. "and maybe find a man I can depend on!" 359. which in 2005 destroyed much of New Orleans. but the locals didn't seem to be worried. "T hat's where I can start my own business. It was locked. In fact. We didn't feel safe in the bathroom. When the storm finally passed.357." She said his apology was too little. we started worryin g. or two years. I asked you to stay w ith me when I had to sit in open houses by myself on weekends. said an American tourist who was visiting the capital with his wife. . It was as powe rful as Hurricane Katrina. He kept hoping the sensation would just disappear. exciting city like New York. But he had great genes-no one in his family had ever died of a heart attac k. You can't jus t fly into New York all alone and start wandering around. No. Meteorologists watched the cyclone closely and warned the Myanmar government abo ut it two days before the cyclone hit the country. His jaw dropped. When the wind smashed the windows in our hotel room. I'm Moving to NY I asked you to marry me. "You're not serious! What are you going to do in New York?" he asked. too late. You didn't. The Heart Attack (1) He couldn't believe it. He checked his front door. And the places that aren't dangerous are expensive. You don't have any money!" She said she had enough money to stay in a hotel until she found an apartment an d a job. As a nervous realtor. I'm having a heart attack. you didn't." she said. I ask ed you to help my son find a scholarship or grant so that he could attend a good college. no one in his family had ever died of anything at his age. Shall I go on?" He said he got the picture. "My priorities weren't right.000 people homeless.800 people and left about 100. But the feeling of fullness r emained-yet without the slightest bit of pain. The wind blew the rain and tree branches and other debris into our room. "We could see the weather changing. they could just remove a screen." There was no telling when power would be restored or when roads would be usa ble. the ambulance alone would be at least $500. That would be a problem if he called 9 11. who would come over and-and what? He was getting confus ed. now I r ealize that you are my only priority. She had always wanted to live in a big. we looked out side. would they break the door down. her flight was Monday evening. "That's because t hey prefer that we all die. We couldn't believe the destruction. When was that-one year. or do they have master keys to most building s? His windows were open. ago? Well.

Ha lf the golfers-the ones with the worst scores-are dropped from the tournament. So. He missed the first two months of the 2008 golf season after surge ons removed a benign tumor on his diaphragm. He was 60 years old. he thought. he thought. Dana screamed for help. The employee said. The paramedics said that the ma n would be okay. And next time. and he knew he had the symptoms of a heart attack. An airport supervisor appeared. He was okay! From start to finish. she told Dana to get aboard her plane. Thank You. The Heart Attack (2) He used to teach CPR. She said the old man would be okay. was the size of a golf ball. He couldn't believe that when he thought his very life was on the line. The tumor. Trevor Immelman. an d walked away. was cool and very windy. a young airline employee showed up. just to be sure. Would he just quietly become unconscious? Or would his heart "explode. He waited. Trevor played poorly in the tournaments he entered after re covering from the surgery. Students always used to ask what the "f ullness" felt like.360. struggled throughout the day. On her way out to the plane. Dana said that she was not moving until an ambulance arrived. He didn't particularly like the thought of dying at this time. Victims usually describe a feeling of fullness. Trevor had gone from worst to first-from failing to win a dim e in Texas to wearing the prized green jacket in Georgia (and $1. finally beating Tiger Woods by three strokes. Only nine of the 45 golfers managed t o shoot par or better. Hardly looking at the old ma n. you die. too. Trevor was a lon g shot. as he sat in the chair looking at the TV. this is how it's going to happen. 28. "Who cares about the plane? How could you be so cold? Tha t was an old man. But since 2006 he had won only one PG A tournament. Tig er finished in second place for the third year in a row. T hey earn no money. In the Houston tournament just one week before the Masters. He told Dana to get on t he plane. But anyone who bet $10 on him before Thursday would have won $800 on Sun day. Trevor was PGA Rookie of the Year in 2006. Dana saw the employee wh o had initially ignored the old man. but he couldn't tell them.35 million). Tomorrow he should see a doctor and a lawyer. In Britain. but he would need stitches. An ambulance and two paramedics finally arrived. In two weeks. 361. waiting to die. where bookies always post the odds for the Masters. The 2008 Masters Sunday. "You're lucky the plane didn't leave without you. but he accepted it. he could have been your grandfather! How would you like it if everyone just stepped over your grandfather and went on their way?" ." causing him to ye ll out in pain? And then the fullness in his chest simply disappeared. he said quietly. he shou ldn't worry about the cost of an ambulance ride or a hospital stay. coincidentally. Dana said that she didn't care. the cut occurs after the first 36 holes. Trevor said it wouldn't have been possible without his parents' loving support during his years as a junior golfe r." The plane? Dana asked. The Bloody Forehead A minute later. The numbness in his hand went away. Now he knew exactly what it felt like. which was still refueling. he had cheaped out. In professional golf tournaments. April 13. The supe rvisor said her plane would leave without her. p erhaps three minutes had passed. 362. But he managed to maintain his lead. They put him into the ambulance and drove off. Trevor missed the cu t. Wh en asked what contributed most to his victory. You live.

"Rose and I must stop speaking Arabic to each other. Rose?" Rose nodded. and Tara had not come to ESL class to practice her Arabic. "They say that the more you talk about bad dreams. "You ARE from Iraq!" Tara smiled and said yes." She disagreed. The two women who had questioned Tara the day before were sitting only a few feet aw ay. A student in Tara's g roup asked her. and then said something in Arabic. Bad Dreams I had to drive home from Las Vegas this morning. I agree. He wanted her to have pleasant dreams. Why didn't you call me up and tell me about your dream? he asked. but these dreams had become so frequent that she was actua lly afraid to go to sleep. Over the next four months. He knew that his wife wa s dead. SSA gave Karl six months to pay the debt in full. That is fraud. Feds Threaten WWII Vet When SSA finally realized its mistake. It had been her exper ience that many ESL students continued to speak their native language in ESL cla ss. We can be friends. asking if it would be okay t o pay $30 a month. Tara became friendly with both women. Al l three women laughed. The rest of his time is spent at home. "We know that he is a w ar veteran.000--was spent on his wife's funeral. His small house used to be in a good neighborhood. She explained that she ha d not wanted to get into an Arabic conversation with them.363. site of one of the most furious battles of World War II. . pure and simple.900 plus interest. You're 100 percent right. It's a wonder I didn't crash 50 times. He fought on Iwo Jima. but that doesn't entitle him to free money. E SL students should try to speak English only. it sent Karl a letter saying that he owed SSA $5. although she ne ver spoke a word of Arabic to them during class or break. an SSA agent.000 a year. The battle left him deaf in one ear and almost blind in one eye . Let's Speak English The next day. He takes the bus once a week to visit his wife's grave. the SSA letter said . the sooner you'll stop having them. 365. I won't be jealous anymore. where he carve s wooden military figures that he donates to a local charity. The only savings that he ever had--$5. Otherwise. Right. She thought that the only solution was to break up and be just fr iends. The students in each group asked introductory questions of each other. said William Shatner. This was it. We're going to have to break up. agreed Jennifer. That way. but just friends. the agency would seize his home. the teacher divided the students into groups of four. if she had just one more bad dream. In her opinion. Both of them heard Tara's response. which is slightly above poverty level. Karl wrote back. she re peated. said Rose. but said nothing. Instead of seeing traffic in front of me. That's insufficient. "Where are you from?" Tara answered that she was from Iraq." 364. all I saw was you and her. they were through. Aha! they both exclaimed. Then sh e apologized to both of them for lying the day before. The charity sells the carvings and uses the money to help feed the homeless. yet he cashed her monthly checks. She loved him. He didn't know what to do. He wanted her to have a life without stress. He wanted her to be his wife. He squeezed her h and. That was all he could afford. I c an't take any more dreams like this. She was losing weight and having stomachaches from th e stress. and I won't hav e these bad dreams anymore. Karl receives only $12.

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