In this video there’s a meeting in an office and the boss is telling the staff that to save money they have to use less punctuation marks.
This is what he says: As a lot of you probably know, right now we’re in recession. We’re going to have to cut some corners if we’re going to say afloat. So, as of today, we’re cutting back on punctuation. Question marks, commas, these things cost us money, money that right now we don’t have.
And then everyone starts trying to speak in a way that doesn’t use punctuation marks, but they’re not very successful because it’s quite hard to do, so it’s pretty funny. You should go and check it out.
Ricky: As a lot of you probably know, right now we’re in recession. We’re going to have to cut some corners if we’re going to say afloat. So, as of today, we’re cutting back on punctuation. Question marks, commas, these things cost us money, money that right now we don’t have.
Jake: How the hell can you budget punctuation? Sarah: Jake, stop asking stuff, you’re going to cost us all our question marks.
Ricky: That’s the spirit Sarah.
Ricky: You just cost us an exclamation mark.
Pat: Well, Miss Perfect who’s wasting punctuation now? Jeff: Well at least she didn’t cost us two quotation marks, did she, Pat?
Sarah: Oh, Jeff, now you’re wasting question marks. Amir: Wait, here’s an idea if we actually never cease to talk, then we never finish a sentence, thus we never use a punctuation because punctuations come at the end of sentences, sometimes …
Acadia University is in Wolfville which is a small town in Nova Scotia – and one of the cool things about Wolfville is the Farmers Market which is on every Saturday morning. During winter it’s held inside the university and in summer it’s held in town. You can find out more at their website and they also have a YouTube channel.
So the market has been going for more than sixteen years now and in this video they interviewed some of the people that have been involved with it for a long time. One guy says that he used to be able to read a newspaper from cover to cover but, as he says: … as time has gone on, the customers are getting in the way of my newspaper, so that’s what I consider progress.
1:02 Al Stewart
I remember year number one. We were down in, ah, in our summertime location. I used to bring, ah, a very little bit of produce and a Saturday newspaper and I got my newspaper read from cover to cover and my crossword crypti ? done. And as time has gone on, the customers are getting in the way of my newspaper, so, ah, that’s what I consider progress.
1:58 Pam Frail
We were always wishful, um, and it was growing, um, to the point that we realized we needed somebody to go around and collect the money. So we decided to hire, ah … it wasn’t a co-ordinator at that time, I think we called her a market manager maybe, I don’t even think she was a manager … I can’t remember the exact profile … title … but she was mainly hired to collect the money because no vendor wanted to be responsible for leaving their booth and getting the money and do some minor promotion. We went through two different co-ordinators before we got Kelly Marie and then things really took off.
2:47 Summer Fike
I’m Summer of Pumpkin Moon Farm and I have been here for fourteen years. I think Al Stewart and I are the longest time vendors now. And so I have seen this market grow from its infancy until what we have today, which is, um, a huge achievement for a small community in fourteen years. And what would I say? Um, I work in community development and I would say this market has been a tremendous example of what a small community can do when it rallies behind its local producers and the values of, um, fair wages for farmers, support for organic farming, support for small rural communities and put their money where their mouth is and make something happen. So I’m tremendously proud to be part of this market and I think that we have, as a group of people who have committed to something and made it happen, we have a lot to be thankful for on this birthday day.
Kia ora in Stick News today the New Zealand kiwifruit export season has begun and it’s expected to be a bumper season.
New Zealand is the world’s second biggest producer of kiwifruit. In New Zealand, most of the fruit is harvested in May and June. The New Zealand Herald has reported the first shipment of kiwifruit has just left Gisborne almost two weeks ahead of last year’s season start. The shipment is of 140,000 trays and is due to arrive Kobe, Japan on the 6th of April. Kiwifruit marketing organization Zespri said they planned to capitalise on the early start to the season with aggressive campaigns. They said the promotions will focus on the health benefits of New Zealand kiwifruit, supported by consumer competitions and nutritional campaigns in schools.
And that was Stick News for Thursday 26th of March. Kia ora.
Have you spent seasons in any other countries? 他の国でシーズン通して過ごしたことありますか？
I have. I’ve spent a season in New Zealand, ah, and in the US – a place called Winter Park. And then I’ve spent time in various resorts in Europe. This is my first season in Japan. はい、あります。 ニュージーランドとアメリカのウィンター・パークで過ごしました。 そしてヨーロッパにあるいくつかのリゾートで過ごしました。 日本は今回が初です。
How does Niseko compare to the other places you’ve been? 今まで行ったことのある所と比べてニセコはどうですか？
The runs aren’t as steep or as long as the other places, but the snow here’s the best in the world. You can’t beat that, really, so … and plus Hirafu’s a great town to be in, so … 他と比べてニセコはそれほど斜度は高くありませんが、雪は世界一です。 ニセコ以上の雪質は無いでしょう。 ヒラフの町も素晴らしいです。
What’s been your best day on the mountain this year? 今シーズンでベストの日のことを教えてください。
My best day on the mountain was about a month or so ago. It had just been snowing since the day before and it just bucketed down. Woke up and there was, you know, about half a meter or so of fresh stuff. And going up … went up through Miharashi and up to the top of Swinging Monkey and then came down through, through Rob Roy, or Roy’s Run, from the top there. And it was the deepest snow I’ve ever been in and the lightest snow I’ve ever been in and it was actually bottomless and it felt like I’d never, never hit the bottom. It was great. １ヶ月ほど前の日がベストでした。 前日からバケツをひっくり返したように雪が降り続きました。 次の日、起きてみると５０センチの新雪が積もっていました。 見晴らしを滑ってスインギングモンキーからロイズを滑りました。 あれは今までで最も深くて軽い雪で、底に全く当たらない最高のコンディションでした。
Word of the Day
Today’s word is tremendous.
Tremendous means: very great, as in: a tremendous amount, or extremely good, as in: it was tremendous. And the adverb is tremendously, as in: it was tremendously exciting.
And she said she was: tremendously proud to be part of the market.
conversations with sarah
What’s a period?
Taka What’s the difference between a dot and a full stop? ドットとフルストップの違いは？
Sarah A full stop goes at the end of a sentence but a dot goes above an i or a j … フルストップは文章の最後に付いて、ドットは i や j の上に付く。
Taka What about when there are three full stops at the end of a sentence? じゃあ文章の最後にフルストップが３つ連続するのは何？
Sarah Oh, then they’re called dots. Dot, dot, dot. あれはドット。 ドット、ドット、ドット。
Taka You can’t say: full stop, full stop, full stop? フルストップ、フルストップ、フルストップとは言わない？
Sarah No. If there’s more than one full stop then they all turn into dots. 言わない。 フルストップが２つ以上になったらドットになる。
Taka And what’s a period? じゃあピリオドって何？
Sarah Oh, that’s the same as a full stop. It’s American English. それはフルストップと同じ。 アメリカ語です。
サラのメモ： By the way, some punctuation marks have different names in different countries: exclamation mark or exclamation point quotation marks or inverted commas full stop or period http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punctuation