Standing ovations and other delusions of etiquette in our Local theater

Maybe it's my passion for the theater, maybe it's that I've attended enough plays to understand how theater etiquette works, or maybe it's just because I'm a theater snob, but whatever the reason I've become increasingly disappointed in reactions to our local theater.  Greensboro is lucky to have one of the best local/regional theaters in the nation and I'm grateful for that.  I'll rave about Triad Stage to anyone who will listen, I've donated what I can afford and I've been a season ticket holder off and on over the years when my budget could afford it.  I currently have two season tickets to this year's "Lucky 13 Season", but I'm bothered by a few things I can't get off my mind. The first play in this years season was "Wait Until Dark".  Triad stage gave us a fun play with an amazing set  (as always), the lighting perfect, special effects great, acting good aside from the leading actress who had so much nervous energy she could not keep her twitching hands still that it detracted from the over all performance of the show.  The subject matter was light-hearted and not particularly moving, but it didn't need to be.  Not every play needs to be an emotional roller-coaster.  When the curtain figuratively came down, I wasn't particularly moved by a particular cast member, the over-all cast or subject so I remained in my seat.  No need to stand unless you are moved, yet the entire audience was on their feet!?  Why I'm not sure.

Greensboro, this is a plea, show some class and only stand when a show, cast or particular cast member moves you.  Triad Stage is a professional theater and we should treat it as such.  These are not your children's grade school theater productions where you stand because at that age any act of performing deserves credit.  These are paid actors, actresses, lighting technicians and directors.  I think they do a great job, but if we don't criticize then we will never push them to do better.  Do you get a bonus for doing your job well, not great but well?  I doubt it, so why give a standing ovation if it wasn't warranted

This weekend I attended "The Mountaintop" It got good reviews and I was eager to see the play only to be disappointed.  I don't trust Greensboro reviewers of plays as it feels like no one will go out on a limb and tell Triad Stage they can do better.  Let me be the one to say it, Triad Stage you can do better and you should.  This play was good, but not great, everything aside from the leading actress was just plain "ok" theater.  The Subject matter could have been compelling, the play itself was interesting, but in my opinion over all it missed the mark. Triad Stage played it safe with this show and it didn't deserve a standing ovation, yet again when the curtain came down I was surrounded by standing theater goers.

To theater reviewers in the Triad, please be a little more honest.  Let the audience know what they are really in for.

Greensboro, I'm pleading with you, don't stand up unless an actor, actress, or cast moved  you emotionally.

Triad Stage, you are good, I'm not saying this was poor theater, it's still good, but you have a talented staff and a decent budget as far as theaters go.  You are playing it safe these days.  Take more risks, move me, make me want to stand up at the end of a play.

Enough is probably enough

Food Trucks Friday night at the pop up promenade It's Sunday morning, I've been up since around 5:30am not because I have to be anywhere, but because that's when my natural clock thinks it's time to be awake.

This weekend has been jammed packed with wonderful things.

Friday night was my first trip to the pop up promenade, have you been yet?  If not you really need to go.  Fun music playing, a beer garden, great people and yummy food.  Down town Greensboro is where it's at!!!

Hit the spot

Saturday Morning I cleaned the studio top to bottom, then I went out to teach a rock'in class at the Lululemon on State St.!!  Have you been over to their showroom yet?  If not seriously get over there.  Lululemon is fantastic for the yoga community in Greensboro, their cloths are perfect for yoga, running and riding and their staff collectively and individually are beyond AWESOME! Not to mention every saturday morning they have a free community class from 10-11am.  You can catch a class with a different teacher every week.

After teaching I popped into the shop next store to Lululemon (I can't remember its name, but please check them out!)  for a little shopping and I found these earrings with matching necklace...

Elephant earrings!!!

I cleaned my room and then I was off to teach a private lesson at the studio! After the lesson I grabbed a little dinner from the fresh market and made my way over to a house-warming party!  So fun.

This morning when I woke up I knew I was spent.  I suppose we really only do have so much energy and we need to be mindful of where we spend that energy.  Never the less, I loaded my bike into my car and carefully packed a water bottle, bike clothes and clothes to change into after the ride.  The plan was to ride with some lovely ladies from studio after my morning power flow class. I taught power flow, unloaded my bike, unloaded my clothes.  Changed into bike clothes only to realize I hadn't packed my bike shoes.

I've had a great weekend, but once again I feel like I've been run over by a mac truck and I took the missing bike shoes as a sign that enough was enough. I sent my friends on their way for what will probably be a fantastic ride on a gorgeous day.  Yes, I'm sure I'm missing an opportunity to get stronger on the bike. I'm missing an opportunity to spend time out in the sun on my bike and chat with friends.  All of that said I think everyone needs a day in sweats to do nothing.  Enough is enough and I'm taking a rest, bring on the sweat pants and possibly a beer or two :)

New Digs

my soon to be home
my soon to be home

Depending on your definition of tiny, one could say that I've given up on the quest to build a tiny house (actually I'm not sure I'll ever give it up all together).  Instead I'm buying a tiny old home.  1931 arts and craft bungalow It's in the 1000 square feet range.

It's a lot of house for this one little person + dog and her few belongings, but it will give me enough space to do my yoga, store my bikes, and it will also give me enough space to have an actual art room just for artistic creations (not sure what they will mean yet).  Did I tell you it has a fenced in back yard perfect for a few chickens?

Tonight I'm grateful that I'm an adult, grateful for tax refunds and good therapists that help nudge you in the right direction when the whole world feels down right empty. I'm grateful that I'm me. I'm grateful that I will soon have my own little home to nest in.

xoxoxox -Alisha

7 Year Anniversary

I took a picture on the way into work to commemorate my 7 year Lincoln Anniversary.
I took a picture on the way into work to commemorate my 7 year Lincoln Anniversary.

Today is my 7 year anniversary at Lincoln Financial.

Let that sink in a moment.

Seven years at one company, going to the same floor, of the same building with the same people every day, 5 days a week.

7 years, that is longer than any relationship I've ever been in by at least a good two years.  The job I was in before this I had worked at a total of 4 years.  How long have you worked at your current job?  I'm 30 and I've worked at this job for 7 years.  I'm a little bit in awe of myself.  When I thought about all of things I thought I'd do with my life, I never dreamed that I'd spend 7 years working for an insurance company.

Not that I have a bad gig.  In fact I think many would kill for a job like mine.  After all, I get my own greyish/blueish cubicle, I've got a plant on my desk that I've managed to keep alive for the most recent half of my seven years here (this is incredible seeing as how I normally kill plants).  I've got a steady income, a matching 401k, enough income that I also contribute to a ROTH IRA, enough PTO to pursue my passions, health insurance, and a portion of my income is variable, so in theory the harder I work the more I make.  Pretty good gig, Lincoln is Awesome, but I'm not sure that I'm always happy hanging out in my cubicle making phone calls to financial advisors.  Let me be clear, this has nothing to do with Lincoln.  Lincoln Financial is an AMAZING company to work for. I would highly recommend them to you if you are looking for a job.

It's just that I never thought this would be how I made a living, I thought my living would come from being a little more intimately involved in non-profit work or doing something where I could see that I was making a direct positive impact in someone's life.  I guess that is why I teach yoga, but yoga sure doesn't pay my bills (at least not yet, maybe someday it will be able to pay some, or at least help me take a big vacation once a year or enhance my wardrobe).

This anniversary seems like a good time to take stock of what I've been doing with my life and where I want to go.  Is it an accomplishment to spend 7 years at one company?  I honestly don't know if it means I'm dedicated and loyal or if it means I'm afraid of risk and change.  In reality I think it's a big combination of all of those things.  What I think it says about me is that I really don't like change.  I like the safe route, I want the sure shot in life, in relationships, in everything.  I don't like change and I typically don't do it gracefully.  Therefore I've stayed in the same job and pretty much the same position for a very long time.  Does this mean I'm failing to reach my full potential?  Some times I think so.  I try to accomplish a lot, but how do we know if we are making a difference or leaving a positive legacy and does it matter? These are my thoughts, and I've been spending way to much time in my head about it.  What changes do you resist, what do you stay in because you don't like change?  What do you want your legacy to be?

Full Days Calm Mind

Will you help shape your city?  Just like everyone else my days are full to the brim.  Today is no exception, the odd difference is that I had to take a PTO day (Paid Time Off) from my job at Lincoln in order to get everything done today.  I've decided not to move aimlessly through my busy days, I will accomplish what needs to be done as mindfully and presently as possibly.

This full day started with my lovely bunch of yogis at 5:45am, an early morning class is one of the most perfect ways to start your day.  If you happen to be a morning person come try it and see how centered you are the rest of the day.

Then instead of rushing off to Lincoln Financial for a long 8 hour shift like I normally do on Tuesdays, I had the privilege of representing Greensboro Community Yoga at the Hospice and Palliative Care Center in Greensboro.

class schedule with a quote and bag of tea attached (hand crafted by moi), extra tea to take, and a sampling of all of the books we sell at the studio.

I was sharing information about the studio with their beautiful and caring nursing staff.  Hospice is AMAZING! I was glad to share information about the studio with them.  Very productive morning.

Then I was off to the next appointment of the day! Shape Your City Luncheon with Synergy!

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We are a group of young people who want to make a difference and influence the city we live in.  We want to make things happen because we LOVE Greensboro.

Do you love Greensboro?

We were getting together to share ideas about what we want to stop happening in Greensboro, what we want to see continued and what we want to see start happening.  It was a neat sharing of ideas, I can't wait to see what grows out of this lunch.

100 of Greensboro young professionals who want to make a difference

Much more left to do as it is not yet 4:00pm, and as I move through my day I'm calling on my yoga and meditation practice to keep me centered and grounded.  I'll move through these activities with a calm mind that will keep me ready to take on the world, or maybe just these few tasks.  It helps that I've got a massage in less than an hour, self-care is just as important as everything else.