Thu, 11 October 2007
This ESL podcast is about a bet between two friends. One guy quit smoking. Can he keep off his cigarettes?
A: What are you doing with that cigarette? I thought you quit cold turkey.
B: I did quit. I just have the odd one when I’m out drinking with my friends. I never buy them anymore.
A: How long have you been doing this?
B: I didn’t have any at all for 2 months. This past week I started smoking just on weekends when I’m out. It’s no big deal.
A: I don’t buy it at all. You know how addictive smoking is. It’s easier to have none at all then it is to try to limit yourself to a few. It’s a really slippery slope.
B: You sound like my mother. Let’s make a bet. I bet you 200 bucks that I don’t have a cigarette outside of a bar for the next six months.
A: You’re on. But, how will I know whether or not you are cheating.
B: We’ll have to use the honor system.
A: Fine. This is a real bet then. 200 bucks. 6 months. No cheating and no backing out.
B: No problem. This is going to be the easiest 200 bucks I’ve ever made.
A: Hey, I hope you win.