06-10 XIII. Housing:
6. Almost Perfect
A: Do you like this house?
B: Yes, it's beautiful.
A: It's perfect for us and the kids.
B: Three bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a big back yard.
A: And we can afford it!
B: So are we going to buy it?
A: I'm afraid not.
B: It's too far from your job, isn't it?
A: I can't spend four hours on the road every day.
B: By the time you get home, you'll be too tired to even eat.
A: I won't be able to play with the kids.
B: No, we have to find something closer to your job.
7. Life Was Hard
A: Boy, it's chilly outside, isn't it?
B: It sure is.
A: In fact, it's chilly in the apartment, too.
B: Let's turn on the heat.
A: I'll check to make sure that all the windows are shut.
B: It should be warmer in a few minutes.
A: It's so nice to have a heated apartment.
B: How did they survive in the old days?
A: They had fireplaces.
B: Someone had to chop the wood.
A: And carry it into the house.
B: All we have to do is flip a switch.
8. Sell Now
A: This is a nice neighborhood.
B: The streets are clean and quiet.
A: The neighbors don't party on the weekends.
B: People take care of their lawns.
A: No rusty old cars are sitting in the front yards.
B: We never have to call the police about anything.
A: Our kids are completely safe.
B: So why are we selling our house?
A: They're building a 3-story apartment building on the corner.
B: So we've got to sell before property values go down?
A: Yes. I still can't believe our city council allowed this building.
B: They're probably getting something under the table.
9. Who Cares?
A: That was a huge fire in Santa Barbara.
B: Yes, it was.
A: They said about 30 houses burned to the ground.
B: And they were expensive houses.
A: I feel so sorry for those people.
B: Why feel sorry for rich people?
A: I feel sorry for anyone who loses their home.
B: So do I, but not if they're rich.
A: What does that have to do with it?
B: Rich people think they're better than us.
A: How many rich people do you know?
10. Hungry Bears
A: Bears are invading our neighborhoods.
B: Of course they are. They're starving to death.
A: They should stay in the woods where they belong.
B: There's no food in the woods.
A: Can't they eat grass?
B: Do you think a bear is a cow?
A: Well, I've seen them eating berries.
B: Berries aren't in season all year round.
A: It's too dangerous for kids and pets.
B: People need to cover their trash cans.
A: The police need to shoot all the bears.
B: You don't solve a problem by shooting it.