As Joanne relayed last week, we had a great time at the Tartan Curling Blender last weekend. Here are some of the common curling terms we learned about while playing out the end of the season. Looking forward to doing this again next year!
- Hard – a term often yelled by the skip or third calling the sweepers to put their best efforts into sweeping the rock to keep it on course; or an expression from the skip or third who just likes to see their teammates sweat; or a measure of the surface tension of the ice as it rapidly encounters the posterior of a hapless curler who has lost their balance.
- Hurry – a synonym for “hard” yelled by the skip or third calling the sweepers to put their best efforts into sweeping the rock to keep it on course; or a measure of the pace with which some curlers make their way up to the bar after the game to top up their liquid courage in preparation for their next game.
- Blender – another name for a social mixer of the type hosted by the Tartan curling club on April 11; or an expression used by
curlers to describe how they feel the day after they have exercised muscles that have been dormant for the last number of years , as in “I feel like I have been put through a blender”.
- Straw – a key component of early curling brooms that were made of straw and that was often responsible for littering the ice and causing curling rocks to go off course; or a device for sipping beverages in the bar after the game; or a term used perhaps in reference to the Prairie Spruce Commons curler who picked the short straw and gets to write the blog about the curling blender on April 11. 🙂
Thanks to my teammates and my valiant adversaries in what was a great afternoon of fun and socializing.
I wonder if everyone feels (like me) that they are the black sheep of their family. Not the full on, crazy cousin that you don’t give your address to black sheep, but just some way that you don’t fit into your family. (Yes, I do have a crazy cousin but he is harmless and he doesn’t know my married name.)
I am the curling black sheep of my family. My older sister has gone to the Canadian Ladies Senior Championship twice as lead on Team Saskatchewan. My father has a lifetime membership in the Yorkton Curling club. My mom was a hard core curler until her back gave out. Then she became the driver for her team – very important when bonspieling in rural Saskatchewan.
I don’t curl. There I’ve said it – it’s out there for everyone to know. Growing up, I was the kid sitting at the curling rink reading a thick book. We lived on a farm and ‘going to the rink’ was one way to get into town. I played on my sister’s team one year. At the end of the year, she very lovingly told me that the rest of the team didn’t want me to curl with them next year; they wanted to win at least one game.
So when Prairie Spruce announced that we would be participating in a Curling blender at the Tartan Curling rink, I was torn. I wanted to hang out with my cohousing friends, but curling? Seriously, curling? I usually use the phrase ‘I’d rather poke a stick in my eye’ when asked about curling.
I took a chance and had a great time. Have I returned from the dark side? Has the curling gene finally shown up? Nope. I took my camera along and had a blast taking pictures. Since they were fun four end games, no one cared that I was on the ice taking pictures. It was absolutely the best time I’ve ever had curling. Prairie Spruce fielded (iced?) two teams. Prairie Spruce One was Henning, Warren, Murray, and Suzanne. Prairie Spruce Two was Dave, Lil, Roger, and Knud. We were the only group that fielded two teams, had a team photographer, as well as a cheering section of Kim, Suzanne’s daughter, Laurie and Claire.
The moral of the story? In cohousing, even black sheep belong!
Grab your brooms and sweep … join us at our inaugural Prairie Spruce Commons curling season bl-Ender!
The end of the curling season is fast approaching and we wanted to take the opportunity to get together for a social in the form of a curling “Blender”. Our curling social event will occur on Saturday April 11, 2015 is being sponsored by the Tartan Curling Club located at 1464 Broadway Avenue in Regina. Come with friends or just come and make new friends. Members of the Prairie Spruce Commons community will be there to have fun and support our future neighbourhood curling rink. We would love to meet you and tell you all about our community.
You can register as individuals or as groups and get blended into teams. Games are four ends, the score doesn’t matter, rules are optional – fun is mandatory! Ten dollars per person includes ice time, live music and a free beer. You can register via our Facebook event or by sending us an email.
The place starts hopping around 6:00 p.m. and curling starts as soon as teams are assembled. Then for the brave or perverse they’re turning half the rink into a skating rink at about 9:00 p.m. Don’t bring your hockey sticks though, it’s not that kind of rink. The alternative country band “Wolf Willow” (no relation to Wolf Willow cohousing in Saskatoon) is coming to play and they will be starting about 11:00 p.m. This is definitely something you should attend. If you miss it you will question the whole meaning of your existence and you will probably start wearing shabby clothes and hanging around in bad places in the company of disreputable persons. Don’t let that happen to you. $10.00 is all it will take to save you from a life of shame.
Note: portions of this post were shamelessly plagiarized from the Tartan Curling Club website.
Dave & Lill