What’d you do this weekend?
This past weekend, I was lucky enough to taker part in the 74th annual Frances Dykes Memorial Bonspiel.
“What is a bonspiel?” you ask. Well, a bonspiel us what is a curling tournament is called. Curling, the ‘other’ Scottish sport, is a sort built on socializing and enjoying yourself. (I discussed this once before, at the very beginning of the curling season.)
After every game each member of both teams sits around, has a drink, and relaxes socially in a part of the game known as “broom stacking.” The only two rules to broom stacking are 1. have fun, and 2. relax.
Unfortunately, we only won one game, and so we were eliminated before our time. One of the highlights of the weekend for me, however, was the incredible willingness of the good members of the Potomac Curling Club to prepare vegan meal options for me.
Friday, in the midst of a full-on night of drinking, the volunteers in the kitchen asked me if I wanted curry or chili, and after I chose curry they asked me if I would rather have my curry right away, or over rice. They were bending over backwards to accommodate me, especially as I was rapidly approaching a point where I wouldn’t be able to accommodate myself. . .
Saturday and Sunday afternoons they had gone out of their way to make sure that the Boca burgers were the vegan ones, because “someone” once said that the regular ones had egg in them.
And to top it all off, Saturday evening, while I was moping, dinner was a sweet quinoa dish with mushrooms and carrots. I could not have been happier with the treatment I got at the hands of my fellow curlers. . . Not counting the beatings we took on the ice.
See, one of the major tenets of the game is called the “spirit of curling.” If you’ve ever had the luck to hang out with people at a spring event who are more interested in having a good time than in winning, that’s the spirit if curling, and I was surrounded by it this weekend.