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Date: Jan 08 2001


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This New Year’s Eve, Migs has made plans to go with a group of people to a concert at the Crystal Ballroom. This place is very popular here in Portland. John asks Migs about the concert because he is deciding whether or not he would like to go, too.


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John:  So, what is the story with the Crystal Ballroom on New Year’s Eve?

Migs:  Well, as far as I know, there’s gonna be like, I don’t know, like, 12, 15, 14 people or something and…

John:  In the entire Crystal Ballroom?

Migs:  (laughs) Yeah, total, there’ll be 15 people. No, I think in our group.

John:  So, are they, is there champagne included and what’s the story with…

Migs:  Well, there’s supposed to be, like, party favors, which I don’t know exactly what that is. Maybe those little horns that you blow, you know, at midnight, and like…

John:  And maybe a little cone hat to wear?

Migs:  A cone hat, and some of those poppers, where you pull it and it goes, you know, makes that loud noise.

John:  Those are hella fun.

Migs:  (laughs) There’s a champagne toast at midnight, you know.

John:  The champagne is included in the price?

Migs:  I believe so. It’s included, yes. That’s why it costs $30. And, for the wonderful sound of the Retros, who will be performing that evening.

John:  Have we ever seen the Retros before?

Migs:  The Retros play 80’s, you know, music. I hope they’re good. They say they’re supposed to be really good performers, so, we’ll see.


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The party Migs describes sounds like it could be fun. There will be good music, dancing, drinks and even some fun treats like hats and things that make noise. Maybe you noticed a little sarcasm in my voice when I joked about there only being 15 people at the entire party. Or maybe you noticed it when I said that the poppers were a lot of fun. I don’t really think so, so it’s funny to say that they are. Sarcasm is very common in American humor. Did you do something fun to celebrate the New Year? If so, we’d love to hear them, so please come to the Life Goes On message board and share! Have fun in 2001!—John


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