A Different Sort of Curl
You may have noticed that I didn’t post last Sunday. I was away with the in-laws on a day-trip canoeing, and, well, if you’ve ever tried to type while canoeing, you know that it cannot help but end poorly.
I just chose not to try.
Yesterday, the Blonde and I, with Jason and his wife, from the High Impact Vegan, went for a bike ride. A forty-mile bike ride. The last time I rode that far was… well, never.
Curls were exactly my idea for today, because curling season has started in the great state of Maryland!
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I take part in the great sport of curling, the “roaring game,” you know, that “other” Scottish sport. The one with the brooms.
On Friday nights, I pack up my non-vegan curling shoes (I’m looking for faux leather alternatives), grab my warm clothes, and head for the National Capitol Curling Center, home of the Potomac Curling Club, the second southern-most curling club with its own ice in the country. (Every club to the south of us save one plays on a skating rink.)
So,what does this have to do with being vegan? Very little. What does it have to do with being a guy? Quite a bit.
Curling, for those of you who don’t know, is awesome. Everyone throws stones, which weigh anywhere from 38 – 44 pounds, and are made from granite, exclusively. There are synthetic alternatives, but they suck.
It is played completely on ice, but much warmer ice than hockey, and players wear special shoes, no skates. When delivering, we wear one rubber soled shoe, and one Teflon soled shoe. Think about that for a moment. A shoe, with a Teflon sole, on ice.
Needless to say new curlers spend no shortage of time on our tails.
Curling is all over the country also. These two maps (here and here) tell you where clubs are, and why kind of ice they play on, or if they’re actually playing at all. Some clubs are just a group of people trying to get to curl.
So I curl, and I’m pretty good. Not great, but good.
After the game, we sit around and are social, we drink too much, and we have a hell of a time relaxing together until next week. I curl other nights, and some of those games have a more competitive atmosphere, but over all, I go for the fun. And when I have a bad game, well, the winners buy drinks for the. . . team that comes in second. Because well, if you’re hanging out and drinking for free, can you really be a “loser?”
What do you do? What is your “me-time?”
~ by VegansHusband on October 21, 2012.