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W: Hi, Jack. I heard that you are back at school now.
M: Yes, Susan. I just started college after taking three years off after high school.
W: Oh, yeah?
M: I’m feeling completely out of practice. I don’t know how to handle it, because my former classmates are already seniors, and they are graduating this year. And I’m just first year student and… I feel kind of at this disadvantage.
W: Really? Well, I don’t know. I kind of did the same thing. I started college right after high school. But I went back after a year. Then after two years I came back to school again. I actually felt like I appreciated my education more, because I was ready for it.
M: That’s a good point. I didn’t go on to college after high school, because I wasn’t ready. I needed a break.
M: Did it take you a while to remember how to form my papers or stuff like that?
W: Yeah. And I was an English major, so I have to do a lot of that. But catch on quickly and you just learn. Are you taking a lot of courses? Because if you overload yourself, you know, right away, it can be difficult.
M: I’m trying to take it slow and ease back into it.
W: So, I was just in San Francisco and…
W: I know. I love that town. And we went into Chinatown, which…uh…I love Chinatown in San Francisco.
M: There is the best you know. Ours is like two blocks here.
W: Absolutely. Yeah, any how… Chinese New Year it changes every year because it’s not a set holiday.
M: Is that right?
W: It’s because every year is actually based on different calendars. I can’t speak specifically on that but we have an extra month.
M: The Jewish calendar’s kind of / kinda like that too.
W: Anyhow back to Chinese New Year. So do you know what year of this year is? It’s the year of the pig.
M: How many different animals do they have?
W: Twelve. Twelve different animals.
M: Oh, yeah?
W: Yeah, It’s really interesting. But do you know what year, what animal you are?
M: Uh…I don’t know why I know. But I was born in the year of the rooster.
W: Oh, Yeah? I’m an ox.
The marathon is an exciting event in any year as runners push themselves to extreme limit of their body to complete the over 42 kilometer race. But during the 1968 Mexico City Olympic, three runners performed such great acts that race is considered a truly historic event. One of the runners, Abebe Bikila from Ethiopia, is famous for having won the Olympic marathons at the Rome and Tokyo games. He hoped to win a third in Mexico City. Bikila was really strong as he began the marathon. But at the third of the way into the race he suddenly dropped out. He’d been suffering from a pain in his left leg and could run no more. Mamo Wolde, another Ethiopian runner saw Bikila drop out and immediately poured on the speed as if he was filling his fallen teammate's shoes. Wolde gave Ethiopia its third marathon victory. But the drama of this marathon did not end when Wolde crossed the finishing line. A little more than an hour later, word was passed to the remaining audience that the last runner of marathon was arriving. Into the stadium, came Akhwari of Tanzania, his leg was bloody and bandaged. Moving with pain at every step, he pressed on and finally got passed the finishing line. The crowd cheered as if this last runner had been the winner.
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