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Hello, welcome to the mini-story for The Race. Let’s get started. It was 5:00 and Alan was riding his motorcycle in San Francisco.

When was Alan riding his motorcycle?

Well, at 5:00, right?

At 5:00, Alan was riding his motorcycle.

Was Alan riding his car?

Or was Alan riding his motorcycle?

Well, of course, Alan was riding his motorcycle.

Where was Alan riding his motorcycle?

In San Francisco.

Alan was riding his motorcycle in San Francisco.

When was he riding?

At 5:00.

At 5:00, Alan was riding his motorcycle in San Francisco.

He was riding down Van Ness Street and came to a stoplight.

Who was riding down Van Ness Street?

Alan. Alan was riding down Van Ness Street.

What was he riding down Market Street?

No, no, no, not Market Street, he wasn’t riding down Market Street.

Was he riding down Lombard Street?

No. He wasn’t riding down Lombard Street, he was riding down Van Ness Street.

No. He wasn’t riding down Lombard Street, he was riding down Van Ness Street.

When? When was he riding down Van Ness Street?

At 5:00. At 5:00, he was riding down Van Ness Street.

Who was riding down Van Ness Street at 5:00?

Alan. Alan was riding down Van Ness Street at 5:00.

Was he in a truck?

No. He wasn’t in a truck. He was on his motorcycle and he came to a stoplight.

Did Alan come to a go light?

No. No, no, no, no. He didn’t come to a go light. He came to a stoplight.

We never say “go light,” we only say stoplight.

Who came to a stoplight?

Alan, of course! Alan, came to a stoplight.

What was he on when he came to a stoplight?

A motorcycle. He was on a motorcycle when he came to a stoplight.

Where was the stoplight?

Well, on Van Ness Street. The stoplight was on Van Ness Street.

Was the stoplight on Embarcadero Street or was the stoplight on Van Ness Street?

Van Ness, of course, Van Ness. The stoplight was on Van Ness Street.

Who was at the stoplight?

Alan was at the stoplight.

Which city was Alan in?

In San Francisco, of course. Alan was in San Francisco.

Where is Van Ness?

Well, Van Ness Street is in San Francisco, of course. Van Ness Street is in San Francisco.

Is Van Ness Street in New York? Or is Van Ness Street in San Francisco?

Well, of course, Van Ness Street is in San Francisco.

Where was Alan riding?

He was riding on Van Ness Street, in San Francisco and he came to a stoplight.

A red Ferrari pulled up next to him.

Did the red Ferrari pull up behind him?

No, no, no, not behind him, the red Ferrari pulled up next to him.

What pulled up next to Alan?

A red Ferrari. A red Ferrari pulled up next to Alan.

Did Alan pull up next to a red Ferrari?

No, no, no. Alan didn’t pull up next to a red Ferrari, a red Ferrari pulled up next to him.

Where did the red Ferrari pull up next to Alan?

At a stoplight on Van Ness Street.

At a stoplight on Van Ness Street, a red Ferrari pulled up next to Alan.

Was Alan in a red Ferrari?

No, no, no, Alan wasn’t in a red Ferrari. He was on a motorcycle. Alan was on a motorcycle.

What did the red Ferrari do?

Well, it pulled up next to Alan. The red Ferrari pulled up next to Alan.

The driver was wearing dark sunglasses.

So, Alan was wearing dark sunglasses.

So, Alan was wearing dark sunglasses.

No, no, no, no. Not Alan, Alan wasn’t wearing dark sunglasses.

Who was wearing dark sunglasses?

The driver of the Ferrari.

The driver of the Ferrari was wearing dark sunglasses, not Alan.

The driver looked over at Alan.

Did the driver look behind Alan?

No, no, no, he looked over at Alan.

Who looked over at Alan?

The driver of the Ferrari looked over at Alan.

Did Alan look over at the driver?

Yes, he did! Alan also looked over at the driver.

Who was the driver?

Tom Cruise! Tom Cruise was the driver. Alan looked over at the driver and realized that the driver was Tom Cruise.

Who was the driver of the Ferrari?

Tom Cruise. Tom Cruise was the driver of the Ferrari.

Who was the motorcycle rider?

Alan. Alan was the motorcycle rider and Tom Cruise was the driver of the Ferrari.

Who looked over at Alan?

Tom Cruise. Tom Cruise looked over at Alan.

What was Tom Cruise wearing.

Ah, sun glasses. Tom Cruise was wearing dark sunglasses.

Was Alan wearing dark sunglasses?

No, he wasn’t. Alan wasn’t wearing dark sunglasses.

Tom Cruise was wearing dark sunglasses and he looked over at Alan.

Tom sneered at Alan.

Oh, no, did Tom smile?

No, he didn’t Tom didn’t smile, he sneered at Alan.

Was Tom friendly and nice?

No! No, he wasn’t friendly and nice, he sneered at Alan.

Did Alan sneer at Tom Cruise? Or did Tom Cruise at Alan?

Well, Tom Cruise sneered at Alan.

After he sneered, what did Tom Cruise say?

Well, he said, “When the light turns green, let’s race!”

After he sneered at Alan, Tom Cruise said, “When the light turns green, let’s race!”

Did Tom want to race?

Yes, of course, of course. He has a Ferrari. He wanted to race.

Alan said, “All right. You’re on!”

Did Alan agree to race Tom?

Yes, he agreed, he agreed, he said, “You’re on!” No, Tom didn’t say, “You’re on!” Alan said, “You’re on!” Alan agreed to race.

Who said “You’re on!”

Alan. Alan said, “You’re on!”

What did Alan agree to do? Alan. Alan said, “You’re on!”

What did Alan agree to do?

Well, to race. Alan agreed to race Tom. He said, “You’re on!”

Tom said, “I’m gonna smoke you, sucka!”

Did Tom say, he would beat Alan?

Yes, he did. He said, “I’m gonna smoke you.” I’m gonna beat you.

Did Tom say he would win?

Yes, he said he would win. He said, “I’m gonna smoke you.”

Who was Tom gonna smoke?

Well, Alan. Tom was gonna smoke Alan.

Was Tom gonna smoke Schwarzenegger?

No, no, no. No, Tom wasn’t gonna smoke Arnold Schwarzenegger. Tom was gonna smoke Alan.

Was Tom gonna smoke Alan at football? Soccer?

No, no, no. He wasn’t gonna smoke Alan at football or soccer. He was gonna smoke

Alan in a race. In a race, he was gonna smoke Alan, in a race.

Was Tom nice and polite?

No! He said “sucka!” He called Alan “sucka!”

Is “sucka” a nice, polite word?

No, it’s not! It’s not polite, it’s not nice. He said “I’m gonna smoke you, sucka!”

Alan said, “You wish! I’m gonna beat you and your sorry-ass car.”

Did Tom have a very, very nice car?

No! He did not have a nice car, he had a sorry-ass Ferrari, a sorry-ass car.

What kind of car did Tom have?

What kind of car did Tom have?

Ah, he had a sorry-ass car. Low quality car, bad car. Cheap car.

Is a Ferrari a nice car?

No! It’s a sorry-ass car. Ferraris are sorry-ass cars.

Did Alan like Tom’s car?

No, he didn’t. Alan thought it was a sorry-ass car.

Who had a sorry-ass car?

Tom Cruise. Tom Cruise had a sorry-ass car.

Did Alan have a sorry-ass motorcycle?

No! Alan had a great motorcycle. But Tom had a sorry-ass car.

Alan and Tom waited at the light. They revved their engines. Vroom! Vroom! Vroom vroom!

Who revved their engines?

Alan and Tom. Alan and Tom revved their engines.

Did they rev their bicycles?

No, no, not possible! They didn’t rev their bicycles. Of course not! They revved their engines.

What did they rev?

Their engines. They revved – Vroom! Vroom! Vroom! – their engines. Tom and Alan revved their engines.

Suddenly, the light turned green. Alan and Tom took off.

Did Alan and Tom start slowly?

No, they didn’t start slowly, they took off. They started quickly. They started very fast.

Alan and Tom took off.

What did Alan take off on?

Alan took off on his motorcycle, on his motorcycle. Alan took off on his motorcycle.

What did Tom take off in?

In, his car. Tom took off in his car. Tom took off in his Ferrari.

Did they stop or did they take off, quickly?

They took off, quickly.

Why did Alan and Tom take off quickly?

Oh, they took off quickly because they were racing, right? Of course, they took off quickly because they were racing.

They zoomed down Van Ness at top speed.

Who zoomed down Van Ness at top speed?

Tom and Alan. Tom and Alan zoomed down Van Ness at top speed.

When did they zoom down Van Ness?

Well, after the light turned green. After the light turned green, they zoomed down Van Ness.

Did they zoom down Van Ness before the light turned green or after the light turned green?

After, of course. They zoomed down Van Ness after the light turned green.

Did they zoom down Lombard Street?

No, no, no they didn’t zoom down Lombard Street. Which street did they zoom down?

Van Ness. They zoomed down Van Ness Street.

Tom was winning.

But suddenly, blue and red lights appeared behind Tom. It was the police. Rrrrrrrrrrr!

They pulled him over.

Who pulled over Tom Cruise?

They pulled him over.

Who pulled over Tom Cruise?

Well, the police. The police pulled over Tom Cruise.

Who did the police pull over?

Tom Cruise. The police pulled over Tom Cruise.

Did the police pull over Alan?

No, no, no. They didn’t pull over Alan, they pulled over Tom Cruise.

Why? Why did they pull over Tom Cruise?

Well, because he was going too fast. He was going too fast. They pulled over Tom Cruise because he was going too fast.



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