3 great questions that will improve your holiday small talk

first_img 25SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details The holiday season has arrived, and with it, the opportunity (let’s be positive) of making chit chat with co-workers, acquaintances, and cousin’s fiancés at the inevitable holiday parties that we’ll be attending. For some, the awkward small talk is a painful journey that must be travelled down in order for the holidays to arrive. Personally, I love reflecting on awkward situations, so it’s totally worth it for me. If you’re not a huge fan of these short talks, here are three questions that can begin a conversation you won’t totally regret.I need a new show. What are you watching?: This question is money in the bank. We all love TV, especially binge watching a new season. We have to wait 364 days for the new season of Stranger Things to come out (I’m assuming we all watched Season 2 in one day), so there’s always a need for a new show. If you’re not yet streaming, it’s time to ditch the dish. Knock that thing off the house and get lost in Netflix. It’ll provide you with an abundance of conversation starters next time your in-laws are in town.Have you tried (insert restaurant name here)?: Another thing we love is food. They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and that’s definitely true. I could talk about my favorite restaurants for hours. If you find yourself next to the cheese platter, standing alone with your aunt’s new husband, this is probably a good avenue to explore. You may be pleasantly surprised to find a shared love of smoked meats, or even better, discover a new BBQ joint you hadn’t heard about yet.Have you ever seen anyone famous? Not everyone has met someone famous, but a lot of people have at least seen someone famous. While you may not get a ton of “I got stuck in an elevator with Robert Downey Jr.” stories, you may at least get a few “I passed Maura Tierney on the sidewalk in NYC once.” A great story is a long shot, but it sure beats talking about the weather.last_img read more

IAAF continues its ban on Russian athletics

first_imgBy Gene CherryMONACO (Reuters) – Russia still has not met key requirements for the reinstatement of its athletics federation and an International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) ban instituted in 2015 will remain in effect, the global governing body said on Sunday.The IAAF’s council unanimously approved the continuation of the suspension, following a recommendation by its Russia doping taskforceThe decision comes despite denials by Russian political and sports leaders of doping problems in the country.No timetable was given for reinstatement.The decision means Russian athletes will not be allowed to compete under their country’s flag at March’s world indoor championships in Birmingham, England, unless the IAAF’s “roadmap” to reinstatement is met.Athletes whose drug-testing history has been reviewed, however, will be allowed to participate as neutral athletes as they did at August’s world championships in London.Russian leaders’ refusal to admit that a state-sponsored doping program existed has been a key sticking point in lifting the ban, which was instituted in November 2015 after the McLaren report discovered widespread doping in Russia.Russia’s anti-doping agency must become a fully independent body that is compliant with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code and an effective testing plan must be developed for the country to be reinstated, taskforce chairman Rune Andersen told a news conference.“The broader question is whether they will be able to operate in a system which we can trust,” Andersen said.“It is our responsibility to create that landscape where there is trust,” IAAF president Sebastian Coe said.The IAAF decision comes just days before the International Olympic Committee (IOC) executive board meets on Dec. 5-6 in Lausanne to determine whether Russian athletes can compete in February’s Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea.WADA earlier this month declared Russia’s anti-doping agency non-compliant with the WADA Code but it will be the IOC that makes the final decision on the country’s participation.The IAAF also awarded its 2020 world indoor championships to Nanjing, China, and announced that Morocco had been removed from its anti-doping watch list.Belarus, Ethiopia, Kenya and Ukraine remain on the list.last_img read more

Harlequin Relaunches Theater Education Program Classes Begin February 2019

first_imgFacebook19Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Harlequin Productions Harlequin Productions is proud to announce the relaunch of its Education Program. Classes for the Spring session will begin February 2019. Harlequin is committed to strengthening the foundation of artistic education by creating artistic opportunities for the community as well as the next generation of actors interested in pursuing a career in theatre.The program is open to students in three age groups: Youth (8-12), Teens (13 -18) and Adults (19+), and is designed for those interested in learning the fundamentals of theatre. All three programs run for 5 weeks. For more information or to apply, please call our Box Office at 360-705-3250, or visit our website at www.harlequinproductions.org/education.The Spring Youth Acting session runs February 25 – March 27, 2019. Classes consist of two-hour sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. The Fall session runs October 7 – November 6, 2019, also on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4-6pm. Students will be introduced to the concepts of voice and diction, movement, stage presence, character development, and storytelling. Tuition is $400 and scholarships are available.The Spring session of Acting for Teens runs February 26 – March 28, 2019. Classes consist of two-hour sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. The Fall session runs October 8 – November 6, 2019, also on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-6pm. Class topics include scene study, monologue work, movement and voice/diction. Tuition is $400 and scholarships are available.The Spring session of Acting for Adults runs March 1 – March 29, 2019. Classes consist of two-hour sessions on Fridays, from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. The Fall session runs October 11 – November 8, 2019, also on Fridays from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Classes include auditioning, advanced acting techniques and scene study, movement and voice/diction. Tuition is $200.Finally, the Summer Conservatory for Young Actors, ages 14-18, will provide an intensive, advanced exploration into the study of theatre. Students will receive conservatory-style training in acting, voice and diction, movement, improv, Shakespeare, and scene study (as well as the more technical aspects of theater, as time permits), culminating in a final performance. The Conservatory runs from June 24 – July 24, 2019, Monday – Friday, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. All classes will be held in the State Theater. Tuition is $800 and scholarships are available.Applicants must audition for placement. Auditions will be held March 9 and March 16, 2019, and will require a monologue.last_img read more