Todd: OK, Devon, I've been putting on a few pounds and you're quite a lean fit guy.
Devon: Well, thank you.
Todd: What do you recommend? What can I do to lose weight?
Devon: Well, I exercise a lot. I go running at least three times a week. But more than that I enjoy playing sports and so different sports use different muscles and all of it helps to lose that weight that you might have gained.
Todd: Yeah, well, actually, one of the problems is that I actually exercise a lot.
Devon: Do ya?
Todd: Yeah, so maybe it's my diet.
Devon: It could be and so in that case you might want to eat something perhaps more nutritious or maybe even less of what you do eat. Maybe, I eat three meals a day and I try not to snack in between. No potato chips. No popcorn. No candy bars.
Todd: That's pretty tough!
Devon: It is tough but......Well, I must admit that I cheat every once in awhile but...
Todd: Ok, I'll give it a try....but actually, you see my problem is that I like junk food. So I have to choose: either I eat less or I eat a better diet. What do you think is more important?
Devon: I think that if you are exercizing then you should just eat what you want and eat less.
Todd: Eat less. OK. This is going to be tough!
Devon: Well, I have no dought that you will do the best that you can.
Todd: Alright! Thanks a lot Devon.
Todd: Hello, Gabrielle!
Todd: How are you doing today?
Gabrielle: Good thanks.
Todd: Now, Grabrielle, I hear that you are going back home to New Zealand.
Gabrielle: That's right. I'm going home for summer.
Todd: OK. What are your plans?
Gabrielle: Probably a week relaxing, going camping, and then I'm going back to work.
Todd: Oh, OK. Where do you work?
Gabrielle: I teach as an English teacher in Christchurch, in New Zealand.
Todd: Oh, OK. And that's where you're from, naturally.
Gabrielle: That's right.
Todd: Were you born there?
Gabrielle: I was, yeah!
Todd: Well, you are going to have this short little break, or vacation, are you gonna go to the beach...themountains?
Gabrielle: Probably..probably to the beach and camping for about a week with friends, yeah!
Todd: Actually, how warm is it in the summer?
Gabrielle: Probably a maximum of about 30 degrees. A nice dry heat! Very comfortable.
Todd: So when you go to the beach is the water warm enough to swim in?
Gabrielle: No, no, no! We swim but it is not warm. Yeah! It's pretty chilly actually.
Todd: OK. Any other plans when you go home?
Gabrielle: Yeah, I'm looking forward to catching up with friends and family and animals.
Gabrielle: Well, I miss my pets.
Todd: OK, well, what pets do you have?
Gabrielle: Well, I have a cat and a dog and a sheep called Sydney and two gold fish.
Gabrielle: Yeah! And I really miss them.
Todd: I'm sure they're really excited to see you. Alright, thanks a lot.
Gabrielle: You are welcome!
Todd: Oh, so what's your new house like?
Keri: It's small, it's old. It's mostly wooden in the inside. It has two rooms and a balcony off of those rooms and downstairs there's like a living room area and a tatami mat room, kitchen, bathroom.
Todd: Wow, so do you live in the tatami mat room?
Keri: No, there's two tatami mat rooms. There's one upstairs and there's one downstairs and I don't live in either. One we use as kind of a spare room and the other one is my roommate's bedroom.
Todd: Oh, OK. So you have a roommate?
Todd: What's it like having a roommate?
Keri: It's good. It's good. I like living alone too but sometimes it's nice to come home and have someone there and my roommate gets home before I do and she likes to cook so often she's cooked dinner for me.
Todd: Wow, that's nice.
Keri: I know.
Todd: Well, you do all the cleaning?
Keri: Well, now that you mention it, I do a lot of the cleaning, but not all of it. Oh, OK.
Todd: Well, what kind of things does she make you?
Keri: Last night she made curry. I think it was an Indian curry, tomato-based.
Todd: OK. We're back with Jeanna. You wanna talk about your summer vacation.
Jeanna: Sure. I went to Las Vegas, Nevada; Reno, Nevada; Tahoe, California; and San Diego, California and I went to Disneyland.
Todd: Wow! Sounds like a really good time.
Jeanna: Yeah, it was. It was a lot of fun.
Todd: What was the best place?
Jeanna: Probably Las Vegas. It was the most interesting.
Todd: OK. why was it the most interesting?
Jeanna: It was just really busy and there was always stuff going on. Ya know, never resting.
Todd: OK. Ah, for example what stuff is going on? Like, what did you do?
Jeanna: Well, we went shopping a lot, in a lot of different casinos that had malls in them, we went and visited the Hoover Dam.
Todd: Oh, wow! It's pretty big.
Jeanna: Yeah, really big.
Todd: That's a lot of water. Did you go swimming?
Todd: Can you swim in the Hoover Dam?
Jeanna: You can swim in the reservoir.
Todd: I mean in the reservoir. Yeah. OK. How did you get to Las Vegas?
Jeanna: By plane from Oakland to Las Vegas.
Todd: OK. How long did it take?
Jeanna: About an hour and forty-five minutes.
Todd: OK. Do you think you'll go back to Las Vegas someday in the future?
Todd: OK. Great. Thanks a lot Jeanna.
Jeanna: You're welcome.
Todd: OK, Tim, we're going to talk about running.
Todd: Now, we've been running the last couple of nights.
Tim: Yeah, that's true.
Todd: And, uh, your much faster than me. You're a fast runner. How often do you run?
Tim: Well now I only run about four days a week. But, when I was younger everyday.
Todd: Oh, really. Wow! Did you run in high school or college?
Tim: I ran, I started when I was six years old.
Todd: No kidding!
Tim: And I started running and I ran all through the university.
Todd: OK. So what events did you do?
Tim: Middle distance, middle distance which is 1,500 meters to 5,000 meters.
Todd: Wow! Are you a better short distance runner or long distance runner?
Tim: Middle distance runner.
Todd: Middle distance. OK, how far is a middle distance?
Tim: Oh, 1,500 meters, about.
Todd: OK! Ah, what's your fastest time in the 1,500 meters?
Tim: Ah, 3.... about 3:47.
Todd: Three minutes and forty seven seconds.
Todd: That's pretty fast.
Tim: Yeah. I did that in high school actually. I wasn't so fast in the university.
Todd: Oh, wow, man you can fly? No I don't feel so bad when you run so much faster than me.
Tim: I've been slowing down. I've been drinking beer so I don't run so fast anymore.
Todd: Yeah, we're getting older. Actually, um, I'm 33. How old are you?
Tim: I'm 27.
Todd: 27. Oh, OK. So, do you think you'll be running your whole life?
Tim: I think so, yeah. I grew up in the woods, everyday in the woods, so I really want to get back to running in the woods. I think it is really healthy to do.
Todd: Yeah. That's nice. OK. Thanks a lot, Tim.