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Stress Mopping

Stress Mopping English, baby! Video Lesson

Date: Jul 08 2008

Themes: Friend, Soap Opera


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Here’s a surefire way to get your house clean: worrying. How many times have you been faced with a difficult decision, and in order not to think about the topic at hand, you’ll invent any distraction. Suddenly cleaning seems urgent and worthy of your full attention.

Marni has something to figure out. What’s she going to do about this trip she’s supposed to take to Las Vegas? She’s supposed to meet up with the guy she met online, but she was warned not to by his crazy ex-girlfriend. What to do? At least her kitchen floor is looking good. Take a look.

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Marni:  God. This floor is so filthy.

Beren:  Whoa, whoa. Are you stressed about something?

Marni:  Yeah.

Beren:  What?

Marni:  I guess I’m stress mopping.

Beren:  What are you stressed about?

Marni:  Everything’s going wrong lately. I had this trip to Vegas planned and now I’m not gonna go…

Beren:  You’re not going to Vegas?

Marni:  No.

Beren:  Why?

Marni:  I didn’t tell you?

Beren:  No.

Marni:  So basically, Kathy69…remember her? John’s ex? She literally comes knocking on my window to warn me about John.

Beren:  Knocked on your window?

Marni:  Literally on my window.

Beren:  You live on the 10th floor.

Marni:  Yeah. She climbed up my fire escape and knocked on my window to warn me about John. She went to Vegas to meet him, apparently…

Beren:  She’s clearly insane though. She climbed up 10 stories and knocked on your window?

Marni:  Well, she wanted to warn me about him. Apparently she was almost traded for poker chips.

Beren:  I don’t…that…Do you know this Kathy69? I don’t believe it.

Marni:  No, but…

Beren:  I think she’s just messing with you.

Marni:  Why would she do that?

Beren:  She likes John. She’s in love with him.

Marni:  Ugh! I’m such an idiot. I don’t know who to believe. Do I believe the woman who climbed up the fire escape or do I believe the online guy who wants me to go to Vegas?

Beren:  Yeah. They could be the same person for all you know, actually.

Marni:  Oh my God. Why? Why is this happening? So what should I do? I have my ticket but I wasn’t gonna go.

Beren:  You should still go to Vegas.

Marni:  You’ll still go with me?

Beren:  Yeah, yeah totally.

Marni:  Alright. I’ll do it.

Beren:  Missed a spot.



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Beren finds Marni frantically cleaning and suspects that she’s stressed out. Marni admits that she’s upset because her plan to go to Vegas is falling apart. She tells Beren about how Kathy69 came to visit her.

But Beren points out what Marni should have already thought of: what if Kathy69 is a liar? She did climb the fire escape, after all, and that’s pretty weird. So why assume she’s telling the truth? She’s probably still in love with John and trying to trick Marni.

Ultimately, Marni decides to go to Vegas after all, and Beren will be there to make sure she’s not traded for chips. Do you think that’s a good plan? Who would you believe?



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I think,she should gona Vegas,then she will find out what is the true,whether John love her .

03:35 PM Sep 12 2008 |





04:10 AM Sep 12 2008 |




         i think Marni should go to Vegas. maybe john is her truly love ,if she miss this opportunity she would be regret it. now her friend is going with with her, she should feel happy and need to take heart of grace for this exciting trip.

02:12 AM Sep 12 2008 |



this is interasting

10:45 AM Sep 10 2008 |




If I am Marny, I would go to Vegas to have great fun, not bearing in mind weird Kathy and liar John!

09:19 AM Sep 07 2008 |



Oh! I should go to Vgeas to bet something!

06:22 AM Sep 07 2008 |




yeah,I got it


12:00 PM Sep 03 2008 |


Viet Nam

i think john's just  a online guy who marni meet,so she should have a trip to Las Vegas and don't worry about that. Sometimes, in my life, i have ever had some problem like that.

moreover, she also have a good friend, Beren.

09:43 AM Sep 01 2008 |



Sri Lanka

is there anybody who can help me to explain it…

i will be very appreciate…

thx Cry

09:46 AM Aug 30 2008 |



it´s ok if you don´t really understand what the girl means with that phrase. Actually the phrase itself is ambiguous and needs further explanation to clarify what happened with that couple. For the information given a good theory could be that the man asked money from the girl visiting him in Las Vegas so he could keep on gambling and the woman felt bad about it.    whatever !!!!   this is a good study site…

  De milagro vivimos… Gloria a Dios en las alturas !!!

08:16 PM Aug 28 2008 |



If i am stressed about something, i will eat lots of delicious food, the food will make me happyLaughing

01:48 PM Aug 26 2008 |



when i get angry, i always do the housework.

so houseworking is really a good way for stress mopping.

it's the same as sports.

02:42 AM Aug 25 2008 |




i think she should meet John

03:01 PM Aug 23 2008 |



Wow Wo!! It is quite story..

02:08 AM Aug 07 2008 |




wow thisv funny

05:00 PM Aug 01 2008 |

pink angel

pink angel

Saudi Arabia

really nice

but i were in her place i will leave both of them since

and start over , it seems they were involve together in something


12:28 PM Jul 29 2008 |



United States

It is a hard chioce

04:09 AM Jul 25 2008 |




"Apparently she was almost traded for poker chips".

it means "she was almost exchanged with poker chips or she was almost being sold".

So, the woman was trying to warn Marni not to meet the guy.

09:43 AM Jul 17 2008 |




"Apparently she was almost traded for poker chips".

it means "she was almost exchanged with poker chips or she was almost being sold".

So, the woman was trying to warn Marni not to meet the guy.

09:43 AM Jul 17 2008 |



I just wanna say : The Play comes out of women!

03:38 AM Jul 16 2008 |

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