Beach Experience

A Beach Experience

Role Dialog
Narrator Sally and Zach have just parked in a parking lot across the road from a public beach with a concession stand, a beachwear store called Ron Jon’s Surf Shop, and a small water sports business run from a thatched-roof shack.
Sally Yay! We’re finally at the beach! I can’t wait to start working on my tan!
Zach Well, first things first. I need a new bathing suit, so let’s stop by Ron Jon’s first and look around.
Sally Okay, sounds like a plan! Lets cross the street at that pedestrian crosswalk over there.
Narrator Zach and Sally cross the street and enter the Ron Jon store.
The clerk greets them and asks them what they want.
Zach I’m looking for a bathing suit, size large, big, baggy, with outlandish colors bright enough to scare the sharks away.
Sally (looking doubtful) I think I read that bright colors attract the sharks rather than repel them.
Zach No matter. I like to live dangerously anyway. Where’s the fun in being safe all the time? On my LEWWWP website where I hang out, there’s a cool saying that goes like this: A ship in port is safe; but that is not what ships are built for.  Man, is that profound or what! I’m going to live by that creed!
Sally (Rolls her eyes upward as if to say, “If you say so.”)
Zach Here’s something like what I’m looking for.  Hang on while I try this on in the fitting room.
Narrator Zach tries on the bathing suit, likes it, and buys it.
Zach Okay, that’s done. Where to next? It’s your turn to choose.
Sally Let’s hit the beach. We can eat after we work up an appetite swimming in the waves.
Narrator They lay out their beach towels on the sand, put up a large sun umbrella in the ground to provide some shade, and then run out and start thrashing about in the rough surf and foamy waves. After about 30 minutes has passed…
Sally (screaming) Zach! Shark! Shark! Behind you! Swim fast!
Narrator

Without looking back and with a look of sheer terror on his face, Zach bolts for the shore swimming as fast as his paddling arms can propel him. He runs up on the shore and falls down exhausted, his chest heaving.

Sally slowly exits the water with a smirk on her face and casually says…

Sally  I’m hungry. How about you?
Zach (out of breath, he looks up at her and frowns deeply)
There was no shark, was there?
(he said in a deeply humiliated tone)
Sally Nope! (she said triumphantly) Just teaching ‘Danger Man’ a lesson.  Life’s a bitch, isn’t it? (then she laughed merrily) Let’s go eat! I’m as hungry as a, well, as a ravenous shark, I suppose. (she started laughing)
Narrator They go to the concession stand, buy some cokes and hot dogs with ketchup (or catsup), mustard, and relish, sit down at a small table, and hungrily wolf down their food.  Having devoured their meal, they head back to their beach towels on the beach.
Sally Okay, now that that’s done, let’s put on some sunscreen and soak up
some rays for an hour or two.
Zach (his breathing now having returned to normal) Okay.  I’m ready for a nice snooze in the sun. That gentle ocean breeze is just right.
Narrator After an hour, Zach wakes up, notes that Sally is sleeping on her back, and gets up.  He walks over to the concession stand and buys what appears to be a large bucket of popcorn. He walks back to Sally and proceeds to dump the popcorn — no, wait, it’s not popcorn! Yikes! Its ice! — down on Sally’s nice, hot, exposed, sun-baked belly. She screams, leaps up off the grounds and looks daggers at him (looks at him with murderous intent in her eyes). He laughs.
Sally You are so dead! (she said icily)
Narrator Zach decides that discretion is the better part of valor and takes off like a bullet, with Sally close behind him, fingernails extended like a wild jungle beast.
Zach I give up! I give up! (he shouts breathlessly, after 5 minutes of being chased around the seashore)
Sally You’d better! You owe me big time, Zachary Taylor! It may take two dozen roses, a $100 dinner, and a diamond ring to erase that cardinal sin. You are so indebted to me. (She said with a triumphant glare in her eyes.)

Self-Assessment

  1. What is a concession stand?
  2. What is a pedestrian?
  3. Do bright colors attract sharks (based only on this story)?
  4. Why did Sally call Zach “Danger Man”?
  5. How did Sally say they could work up a good appetite?
  6. What color do you think sea foam is (not mentioned in story)?
  7. Did the sun umbrella provide shadow or shade?
  8. What do you think “bolts for the shore” means? Where do you think this expression came from?
  9. How much popcorn was in the popcorn bucket? (quarter/half/full/none)
  10. What emotion or feeling do you think a “smirk” indicates?
  11. What made Zach feel humiliated?
  12. What do you think the expression “Life’s a bitch!” means?
  13. What word in this story is a synonym for “wolf down”?
  14. What is a snooze?
  15. What does “soak up some rays” mean?
  16. What two words were used to describe Sally’s eyes after Zach played his prank on her?
  17. When Sally began chasing Zach, how “fast” did he take off or run?
  18. What does “big time” mean?
  19. What three things did Zach owe Sally for playing his prank on her?
  20. What words did Sally use to describe Zach’s prank?

2 comments

  1. 1. A concession stand refers to a stand with food, mostly fast food snacks such as popcorn, hamburgers, hot dogs and French fries.

    2. A pedestrian is a person who
    (which one is the best option:
    – walks on a sidewalk or shoulder
    – walks on a sidewalk or a shoulder
    – walk on a sidewalk or on a shoulder.

    3. According to Zach, bright colors repel sharks, that’s why he was looking for a bathing suit in outlandish colors. In contrast, Sally reads that bright colors attract sharks.

    4. It was a cynical remark. She called him “Danger Man” because he stressed that he preferred to live dangerously, and then was scared to death when she played a trick on him.

    5. She said they could work up an appetite by swimming in the waves.
    (Is it possible to say “increase an appetite”? )

    6. I think the color of sea foam depends on the cleanliness of a particular sea. The cleaner the sea is, the lighter the color will be.

    7. I would say we sit under the shade of an umbrella which casts a shadow;)
    https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/7990/shade-vs-shadow

    8. I would say it means “run away suddenly towards the shore.” It can come from an arrow or lightning because you can call them as “bolt.”

    9. There was no popcorn at all. The bucket was loaded with ice cubes! Yikes!

    10. I would say “smirk” indicates self-satisfaction combined with maliciousness. Am I right?

  2. 1. A concession stand refers to a stand with food, mostly fast food snacks such as popcorn, hamburgers, hot dogs and French fries.  Yes

    2. A pedestrian is a person who (which one is the best option):
    – walks on a sidewalk or shoulder (best)
    – walks on a sidewalk or a shoulder (okay)
    – walk on a sidewalk or on a shoulder.  (no)

    3. According to Zach, bright colors repel sharks, that’s why he was looking for a bathing suit in outlandish colors. In contrast, Sally reads that bright colors attract sharks.  Yes

    4. It was a cynical remark. She called him “Danger Man” because he stressed that he preferred to live dangerously, and then was scared to death when she played a trick on him.  Yes

    5. She said they could work up an appetite by swimming in the waves.  (Is it possible to say “increase an appetite”?  No )

    6. I think the color of sea foam depends on the cleanliness of a particular sea. The cleaner the sea is, the lighter the color will be.  Usually white, but as you said, if dirty, it may be light brown color.

    7. I would say we sit under the shade of an umbrella which casts a shadow;)  Yes
    https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/7990/shade-vs-shadow

    8. I would say it means “run away suddenly towards the shore.” It can come from an arrow or lightning because you can call them as “bolt.”  Yes

    9. There was no popcorn at all. The bucket was loaded with ice cubes! Yikes!  Yes

    10. I would say “smirk” indicates self-satisfaction combined with maliciousness. Am I right?  Yes

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