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Lesson: Downtown San Diego

Setting the scene:

      Mel and Wes leave their home in the suburb of Mira Mesa, California. They stop at their father's university before continuing on state freeway 163 to downtown San Diego.
      They later change to another interstate freeway and eventually arrive at Sea World. Mel parks the car and they meet their friends, Amy and Jeff, at the park entrance.

People in This Story:
  • Amy; Jeff; Mel; Wes
  • Brand Name or Company Name item is in green.
  • Slang terms are linked to the Slang Dictionary. Click on the term to view its meaning.
  • "Speed Talk" is in pink; meaning is in [brackets].


    Amy:       Jeff, look! Mel and Wes are here. [She punches Jeff's arm.] Over there by the green sign. Don't be a dumb cluck.

    Jeff:       Hey, watch your mouth! There's no need to be rude.

    Amy:       You're right. I'm sorry. That just slipped out. Come on, let's join them and go in the park.

    [Amy waves and calls to Mel and Wes. They wave back and hurry over to their friends.]

    Mel:       Hi, Amy. We caught some heavy traffic on the freeway. Sorry about coming a bit late.

    Jeff:       No big deal. We haven't been waiting long. Besides, the joint isn't crowded yet.

    Wes:       Yeah, looks pretty thin.

    Mel:       I want to see the killer whale at Sea World.

    Amy:       Me, too. Let's catch the first show.

    [Everyone proceeds to a ticket booth and purchase their entry tickets. Each receives a map of the park and they follow directions to the desired whale show. Inside the amplitheater, about half of the seats are filled.]

    Amy:       I don't want to sit in the front 'cause [because] the whale blows water on people who sit too close.

    Jeff:       [Laughing] Right! I got drenched last time I came here. Don't need another soaking today.

    Mel:       I like those seats in the middle. See? About seven rows from the front.

    Wes:       Sounds great to me. Let's head over there.

    [The friends enjoy an exciting presentation. After a few hours at Sea World, they decide to stop at the city's convention center.]

    Wes:       Hold on, Jeff. Let's take a peek at the ComicCon geeks.

    Mel:       You shouldn't make fun of them. They're just having fun. Besides, I like a lot of the costumes.

    Amy:       So do I. Look at that group. They look like characters from the TV show, Star Trek.

    Jeff:       Cool, I like 'em [them].

    [Mel looks at her watch and is surprised at the time.]

    Mel:       Oh, it's getting late and we have to get our things ready for tomorrow!

    Wes:       Wow, You're right! Sorry, Jeff. We better boogie. Mel and I have to be at the airport early.

    Jeff:       Right, you're going overseas on a vaction. Should be loads of fun.

    Wes:       Roger that. Dad was asked to teach a special course to a big company in Bangkok, Thailand.

    Mel:       In fact, a bunch of countries asked him to teach and we get to visit them all. I'm tickled pink!

    [Mel and Wes return home and prepare for the family vacation. Click here to see the following story: At the Airport.]

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