- aThanks for offering to give me a lift. I'm looking forward to this party, but I didn't want to go alone.
- bDon't mention it. It's my pleasure. Have you been to one of these large, sit-down dinner parties since you got to New Haven?
- aNo, this is my first. Last week I went to a cookout5 for new professors at Dean Barksdale's home. I took a taxi because I didn't want to be late. But I was the first one there.
- bI'll bet you were a little embarrassed.
- aYou're right. The invitation said two to seven. I was there at two o'clock, but most people didn't arrive until three or four. They didn't start cooking until five o’clock.
- bCookouts often start slowly. A two o'clock start means you arrive any time after two.
- aThanks for telling me this.
- bI was late getting back from the mall, but I'm hurrying.
- aWhy are you in such a hurry? They said, Dinner at eight, and it's only seven-fifteen. I don't want to be the first one there again.
- bDon't worry. We won't be the first.