“Have you ever learned a new language?”

Have you ever learned a new language? Yeah, I learned a bit with my old teacher. What did you learn? Chinese. All right I know -- I think I remember which Chinese words, you know, which Chinese words do know? Nihao, Zaijian, Mingtianjian, and I also know a song: Happy Birthday. Are you gonna sing it? So I know Nihao, Zaijian, Mingtianjian and Duji. And can I tell you something? Duji means belly button, and you’ve never known but -- and -- so let me say all those words again, but now translate them. Nihao, which means hello. Zaijian, which means bye. Mingtianjian, which means goodbye and Duji, which means belly button. And I'm just gonna sing Happy Birthday just so you know what – cuz in Chinese, the Chinese people sing Happy Birthday in two different ways. And happy birthday is again: Zhu ni shengri kuaile, zhu ni shengri kuaile, zhu ni shengri kuaile, zhu ni shengri kuaile. And it's quite simple because all you have to do is follow to the tune and then you'll get it-- do it right. And you just keep repeating "zhu ni shengri kuaile". Did you sing that every time someone in the class had a birthday? Yup, and we also sing it in sign language and English. Wow. Okay, if you could learn any other language, what would you learn? Maybe French cause then I could be hello mon ami, je m'appelle Lafayette. Like in Hamilton? Yeah. Any other languages? Maybe hmm. German. Now I know you know, a bit of German. What do you know. I know… I know good night and no. And wait what do I also know? You know how to be rude to people. Oh yes, I can call people pig heads. And how do you say that? Well, then I’d be insulting them Mum. Whoever's listening to us.

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“But my best friend, she bites her ice cream. And she finds it normal…”

Okay, so the question was, is there anything that you've seen other people, like you do that other people, that you thought was normal and other people don't. But I don't, I can't really think of anything. But my best friend, she bites her ice cream. And she finds it normal and I feel like it's the weirdest thing. I know multiple people do it. I think my dad does it, but it's so weird. Like there's these things called mochi which are like, it's like some type of like flour type thing. I don't really know what to call it, around the outside and then ice cream on the inside and you bite into it. Which I understand that and I used to hate them because my teeth would be so sensitive. But now I'm absolutely obsessed with them. They're amazing! But, she bites into like ice cream that's like an ice cream cone or like bites it off of her spoon. And I find it like it makes me cringe, how does that not hurt your mouth?

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“We have to remove a wreath…a robin made a nest in and safely brought into the world four babies.”

What's a chore I've been putting off? We have to remove a wreath, on our front door, that a Robin made a nest in and safely brought into the world four babies. But we found out last night that one of the babies keeps coming home. At least we assume it's one of the babies, it's still pretty little. But they left a couple of weeks ago, like they've been out of our door and we kept forgetting to put the wreath in the trash because, as nice as that wreath is, they pooped all over it and our front door, which we have to clean the front door and the sidewalk in front of it, so it's kind of a chore. And then last night my fiancé went outside and scared the bird and then this morning I watched the bird fly out as I backed out of the driveway. So, one of the babies keeps coming back or mama came back and laid more eggs. I'm gonna have to check it out later. So, it might be a chore that just has to keep getting put off cuz I'm not gonna remove a nest with eggs. That's like my no no.

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“…there was just something really life-affirming about celebrating somebody’s hundredth birthday”

The occasion was my friend, her father turned 100 in May. I mean, like a week ago in May and they had a hundredth birthday party for him, with a lot of guests, there were over a hundred people there, they had good food, and polish dancers, and some storytelling, and it was just a really fabulous day. It's interesting with the pandemic because they had planned this last year to be his 99th party and then, of course, we know, what happened with pandemic. There's no way they could have a party. And they thought well maybe we can have it in a year's time so they, of course, are praying that their dad lives for another year. You have to get him through the pandemic, and also we're hopeful that, I mean they had to start making reservations and everything. Well before we were completely sure how open we would be,whether it would be okay to have a party, but they went ahead and did it, and it worked out really well because I was vaccinated, the friends that I had there were vaccinated, and I'm pretty sure all of the birthday boy's friends were vaccinated since they were all a lot older and, you know, among the first eligible. You know it was really special. I actually don't know my friend's Dad that well, I mean I've met him a few times but I've known her for like twenty years. So I certainly know about her family and uh-- so there was just something really life-affirming about celebrating somebody's hundredth birthday, and I thought how many-- I've never been invited to a hundredth birthday party before. I may never get invited to one again. I don't know. So it was really special and it was special to see him.He had come through this terrible year, like we all had. Many of his friends and relatives were there and, I was just like I said, it was just really life-affirming.

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“Its a really neat audiobook.”

It's a really neat audiobook. Y'know, they're on this long journey across the state of Texas on horseback in 1870 and I kinda felt like I was on a long journey and that I had this little girl next to me that I was trying to deliver to someplace safe, but I would highly recommend that book. News of the World is, y'know, he makes his living by going to these small towns in northern Texas and he reads stories from the London Times and papers from all around the world. Not so much the local news, but papers from the East and West coasts and Canada and London and other parts of Europe and just shares -- y'know brings a peek into what's happening around the world because there's no clue when you're in Northern Texas in 1870, what's happening in the rest of the world and I just thought it's an interesting take on how we've -- how the world has changed. How we have instantaneous news and a global connection. People would pay a dime to listen to him read the news for an hour, hour and a half, in a local little theater in some of these small towns in Texas. Interesting way to make a living.

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