Luisa:Are you still here? I thought you got off at 3:00.
Max:I picked up a second shift. I could use the money.
马克斯:我接了个私活 。我可以用这些钱 。
Luisa:But I thought you had another part-time job in the evenings.
Max:I normally do, but the restaurant where I work has been cutting back my hours, so I'm trying to pick up as many extra shifts here as I can.
Luisa:And don't you work at the amusement park on the weekend?
Max:I do half the year, but it's winter and the park only keeps a skeleton crew on during these months.
In the meantime, I'm working for a temp agency, which gives me short-term assignments.
Luisa:I don't know how you juggle all these jobs.
Max:I have no choice.
I have to piece together an income if I want to pay rent.
Luisa:Have you ever thought about going back to school to qualify for other work, something full-time?
Max:Sure, all the time.
I'd like a better job, one with benefits and a reliable salary.
Luisa:What's stopping you?
Max:I have to pay for something called “food,” and I haven't met my fairy godmother yet!
cut back 削减； 减少
skeleton crew 老员工
pay for 支付