Special to the I-O by Cindy Habets Peterson
I often have people tell me that they are hesitant to travel to foreign countries because of the language barrier. Indeed, wandering into a country where people are speaking a foreign tongue can be intimidating. But it doesn’t have to be. Here are some tried and true tips for traveling in countries where English is not the first language, or can be used if your Kymer/Japanese/Urdu is a little on the rusty side.
A smile is worth a thousand words
You will be amazed at how much you can convey without speaking. The average person will go out of their way to help someone that smiles and asks politely for help, even if they can’t understand a word you are saying. Much like at home, being angry or demanding won’t get you very far. Even if you are frustrated, hot, and about to miss your train because you don’t know where you are or where you are supposed to be going, don’t lose your cool. Take a deep breath, smile, and I guarantee that taxi driver will go out of his way to help you find the train station in record time.
GOOD FOR TWO — Nate Gage leaps past Choteau Bulldog defender Chet Pannabecker in action here on Saturday to score two first period points. Gage had six points on the night but the Cowboys lost the contest 50-44. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
Over the weekend the Conrad Cowboys played two conference games against the Fairfield Eagles and the Choteau Bulldogs with the opportunity to lock up the two seed for the District tournament.
On Friday the Cowboys traveled to Fairfield and won 50-47 to guarantee the two seed. Conrad started the game cold from the floor as they were down 14-4 at the end of the first quarter. The offense came alive in the second quarter as they cut the deficit to 25-22 at the half. The comeback continued in the second half as the score was tied at the end of the third period. In the fourth, Nate Gage drilled a three pointer at the buzzer to seal the win.
Commission chairman Sandy Broesder informed the commissioners that the City of Conrad, Town of Valier and county growth planning committee had solicited requests for proposals for an independent contractor to prepare the combined Growth Plan for the County, including two incorporated municipalities.
The recommendation of the committee, presented to the commissioners by Cheryl Curry of the Pondera Regional Port Authority, was to approve the contract with Cossitt.