W: Are you excited about your trip?
M: I can’t wait! There’s so much to see and do and eat! Paris has some of the most wonderful cheeses in the world.
W: Hurry up! Mum’s plane arrives at ten!
M: What? We’ve got only two hours, Jane!
W: This is the apartment - the living room, the bedroom, the kitchen, and the bathroom. And, it’s only six hundred dollars a month.
M: Not so cheap, actually. But it’s quiet, and should be a nice place for an artist.
W: Dr. Heath, you seem to be busy every day. What do you do, besides giving lectures?
M: I need to prepare class notes and hold office hours. However, I spend nearly two-thirds of my time doing research.
W: Hey Peter, it’s Elaine. I’m preparing for Professor Butler’s presentation tomorrow, and I need the notes for last Tuesday, when I was gone. Have you got them?
M: Yeah, I think so. Hold on and let me look.
M: Hello, Johnson’s Furniture. This is Kevin McMillan speaking. What can I do for you?
W: This is Julia Pauling from CC Computer. We still haven’t received the thirty chairs. They were supposed to have arrived by twelve o’clock noon the day before yesterday.
M: I’m terribly sorry about that. The truck driver was ill. I spoke with our delivery department at about ten this morning, and they said that the chairs will be delivered by four this afternoon.
W: Excellent. I’m pleased to hear that.
M: Hey Iris, I forgot to register for the courses. I’m one day late, and most of the classes are full. What do you think I should do?
W: Poor you, Jack! You can’t do anything about that.
M: Do you think going to the registration office will help now?
W: No, they will tell you the same thing, in a worse way.
M: Did you register yet?
W: Of course. And it wasn’t easy for me to register for International Trade. It’s so popular.
M: What classes do you think are still open?
W: Maybe Modern History, and Chemistry.
M: OK, what do you think about Mathematics? I wanted to take that class this term. W: I took that class last year. Professor Anderson is really cool! If you go to his office, you can have him write a card that will let you in, even if the class is full.
M: He does that?
W: I guess that’s because some people drop out of his class.
M: That makes sense. I think I’ll do that. Thanks for all the help.
M: Shall we sit here?
M: Why didn’t you have anything on your plate?
W: Well, I am not even a bit hungry.
M: Is there anything wrong? Do you feel well?
W: I’ve been really worried. It’s my computer. It’s in the shop again.
M: Really? What’s wrong this time?
W: I don’t know, exactly. There seems to be something wrong with the system. It restarts several times within an hour, and I can’t save what I have typed.
M: That’s too bad.
W: Yeah. I need to hand in a sales report next Monday, and it’s already Wednesday today. Besides, I was only halfway through my report, and everything is in the computer.
M: I see. Perhaps you should ask them to get it fixed in just one or two days. Then at least you still have the weekend to work on the report.
W: Yes, I guess you’re right. Thanks.
W: Sir, you’ve been using the online catalog for quite a while. Is there anything I can help you find?
M: Yes, thank you. I’ve got to write a paper about Hollywood in the 30s and 40s, and I’m really struggling. There are hundreds of books, and I just don’t know where to begin.
W: Your topic sounds pretty big. Why don’t you narrow it down to something like, uh, the history of the comedies during that time?
M: You know, I was thinking about doing that. But more than thirty books came up when I typed in ‘Hollywood comedies’.
W: You could cut that down even further by listing the specific years you want. Try adding ‘1930s’ or ‘1940s’…or maybe ‘Golden Age.’
M: ‘Golden Age’ is a good idea! Let me type that in. Hey look! Just six books came up. That’s a lot better. I think I’ll get started with these books. Thanks a lot!
W: You are welcome. If you need more help, I’ll be over there, at t he Reference Desk.
M: Hi, this is Francis Lake. Here is the weather forecast for Bristol and the Southwest for tonight and all day tomorrow. The evening will be mainly dry with light mist. Later, however, there will be a few showers in high places. Tomorrow will start off dry and bright in most areas, with temperatures slightly above normal for this time of year. Coastal areas will be warmer and can expect a fair amount of sunshine in the morning. However, by midday, it will become cloudy in most areas, with rain spreading generally from the west. In the afternoon, there will be rain in most places, with winds becoming stronger along the coast. The rain will be quite heavy. Sorry I haven’t got better weather news for you holidaymakers. But don’t get too upset. The forecast for the end of the month is for much warmer and drier weather in all parts of the country. Wet days will return next month, though. And now, back to news from the Southwest.