alright, okay

Pronounced with some emphasis, alright and okay are often used to signal that the speaker's moving on to another part of the story, but kind of giving the listener a cue to bear in mind everything they've heard so far before the story continues... like saying Alright, now that I told you all that, here's what happened next... In this usage, they're a lot like anyhow, at any rate, etc., except that these often follow a long or complicated deviation from the story and signal that the speaker is finally getting back to the original story.

We heard this in our first blog, 001 Nacho and Flor, where I gave you the background to everything that transpired between Samantha and me before getting to the crux of the story. Here, I used Alright as a cue that I was finished giving the details of our interaction and ready to tell you what actually happened that made me want to write about it.

Well I was livid. It was so obvious that she had actually fired the dog-walker because she figured I was willing to do everything for free. Well, nice is nice, but this was too much. So I told her I was sorry, but I thought she should just go ahead and hire a new dog-walker. Alright, so that was Friday night, and Samantha left on Saturday morning. So Saturday night, at 11, I went to say goodnight to Nacho and Flor.