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Topic: ENTERTAIN (04/27/17)
- TITLE: Dinner at Corinne and Ralph's
By JC Hummel
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The representative from Advent Technology ushered Corrine and Ralph inside. â€œCongratulations guys. Let me tell you about some of the homeâ€™s features. As you know, the house is designed by the renowned architect Renault Devereaux, and the Advent Technology Company.â€
Corinne and Ralph nodded and smiled without saying a word, and wouldnâ€™t dare to admit they had no idea who Renault Devereaux was.
â€œFirst of all, the home is eco-friendly and has a voice recognition system. It can hear and comprehend what you ask it to do. You can ask it to start the oven, light the gas fire or turn on the lights. For instance, if you want to turn up the heat you just say, â€˜Jeeves, turn the heat to 70 degreesâ€™.â€
â€œJeeves?â€ Corinne said.
â€œYes, thatâ€™s the name of your robot assistant. It was chosen by Mr. Devereaux himself.â€ She handed them the large blue vinyl folder she was carrying. â€œThis is for you. If you have any questions call my secretary. Good luck.â€
Their phones started ringing right away with friends, family and even some strangers wanting to come by and see the house. â€œWe canâ€™t have everyone over at once, why don't we invite our parents and siblings and have a nice dinner party?â€ Corrine said.
â€œMy Aunt Joyce and Uncle Max will have to come, too.â€
â€œOkay, so that makes eleven people. Well this will be a first, Iâ€™ve never cooked for eleven people before.â€
On the night of the dinner party all the guests arrived at once with nobody fashionably late. Ralph gave them a tour of the house, while Corrine spoke to her sister, Eileen, who had just returned from vacation.
â€œHow was Australia?â€
â€œOh, Corinne the house is fantastic. Did it help with dinner?â€
â€œWhat? No, of course not.â€
â€œBut I thought the house was a smart house and did everything.â€
â€œWell it can monitor the food so it doesn't burn, but it doesnâ€™t do the cooking. So tell me about your trip to Sydney?â€
â€œOh, it was great. Mom said that Jeeves makes your coffee in the morning.â€
â€œYes, it turns the coffee pot on.â€
â€œWow, youâ€™re so lucky," she said as she walked into the kitchen.
In the living room Aunt Joyce was already getting tipsy. â€œI like that itâ€™s eco friendly, but havenâ€™t you seen those 1950s B movies where the robots take over the world?â€ She leaned into Ralph slightly losing her balance. â€œArenâ€™t you worried about something going awry?â€
â€œJeeves is not that different from what you have in your phone."
â€œDonâ€™t say that you might insult him,â€ Uncle Max said laughing out loud.
Ralphâ€™s mom pretended to looked concerned. â€œDo you think heâ€™s listening to us right now?â€
â€œWell of course he is,â€ Uncle Max said. â€œHey Jeeves, whatâ€™s the weather in Dublin, Ireland?â€
â€œThe weather in Dublin, Ireland is 55 degrees,â€ Jeeves said.
They all cheered.
Corinne rushed over and whispered to Ralph. â€œI thought Jeeves would only obey our voices. â€œYour family is acting like a bunch of lunatics.â€
â€œMy family? Your family isn't much better.â€
â€œJeeves play something by Bach. No. Play some by AC/DC.â€ Uncle Max yelled.
Heavy metal music started blaring in the room, before Ralph had Jeeves stop.
â€œCan you all just settle down please.â€ Ralph shouted feeling very frustrated.
The doorbell rang and everyone was suddenly quiet. Ralph went to the door.
â€œItâ€™s the police.â€
â€œWe got a call about a domestic disturbance,â€ the officer said.
â€œThereâ€™s nothing like that going on officer. Iâ€™m sorry if we disturbed the neighbors.â€
â€œThe call came from your house. Someone by the name of Jeeves.â€
â€œThatâ€™s our robot assistant Jeeves, not a real person.â€
The policeman raised his eyebrows. â€œSir, itâ€™s an offense to waste police time.â€
They sat quietly eating dinner. â€œThe food is wonderful Corinne," Ralphâ€™s mom said.
â€œYes,â€ they all agreed politely.
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