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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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Climbing 10th floor's fire escape to knock on her window???Well,that's crazy…Laughing

08:19 AM Jul 09 2008 |

Merry KHO

Merry KHO



actually, i don't catch on what is the meaning of this sentence…

"Apparently she was almost traded for poker chips".

is there anybody who can help me to explain it…

i will be very appreciate…


05:20 AM Jul 09 2008 |



It’s been so long 4 me 2 set an eye on this. Gorgeoous, I BELIEVE I’m in love with it-My En. baby.

04:55 AM Jul 09 2008 |



I think she have to go to Vegas, because if she don't go, she won't know whats really happening. They have to take some cautions in order to avoid some kind of "surprises" there.

12:06 AM Jul 09 2008 |




I think kathy still loved John, and she didn't want that Marni would meet with him.

03:51 PM Jul 08 2008 |




let’s trip to Vegas, i want to go too!!

02:59 PM Jul 08 2008 |




this is quite interesting!

12:12 PM Jul 08 2008 |



Russian Federation

I think she won't be disapointed when she visit Vegas. Especially when her friend go with her. She did right thing that tell about this story to Beren, so she could do right decision)Wink

11:46 AM Jul 08 2008 |




to my senses kathy says true because nobody climb up 10 stories as long as serious event doesnt happen…

11:18 AM Jul 08 2008 |




so curious about what would happen next??

07:08 AM Jul 08 2008 |




anyway, I think she should meet John in Las Vegas as long as she has a company with her; otherwise, she won't know what actually John is thinking and doing~Laughing

07:07 AM Jul 08 2008 |

chen lichun


But I think the girl who climbs ten stories to warn another  girl to stay away from her boyfriend is brave.Everyone has right to pursue what they want.

04:23 AM Jul 08 2008 |




climeb 10th floor's fire escape to tell lies!!crasy!!

when i meet difficult decision,i will tell my friends to get more path to figure it out.

03:42 AM Jul 08 2008 |


South Korea

surefire way.

02:29 AM Jul 08 2008 |

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