Marge:Where have you been? You should have been home over two hours ago!
Homer:I've been trying to get home.
Haven't you been watching the news?
The transportation workers union has voted to strike.
There was a mass walkout at 4:30 p.m. today.
I didn't know anything about it.
They walked off the job right before the afternoon commute?
Homer:Yeah, I think it was calculated to make the biggest impact so that the powers that be will sit up and take notice.
Marge:You mean the walkout has halted services on all public transportation-all buses, trains, and subways?
Homer:Yes, that's right.
Everything is at a standstill.
There are a lot of disgruntled commuters out there.
Marge:When will services be restored?
Homer:I have no idea.
I imagine things won't get back to normal before tomorrow morning's commute.
Marge:So what are you going to do?
Homer:I might have to stay home from work.
I'm stranded with no mass transit services.
Marge:Oh, that's a shame.
Homer:Isn't it, though?
1.mass walkout 大规模的罢工
2.walked off the job 离开工作岗位
3.sit up and take notice 突然注意，刮目相看