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Old 02-14-2010, 11:38 AM   #1
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Default Curling- anyone play?

So, for the last few years I have been kind of wanting to get into Curling. The Olympics have somewhat revived my interest and I think I might go to an open house in the fall. I am a little hesitant to go to one of the "Drop in" nights coming up due to the fact that there will be a ton of people there because of the olympics. I only live about 15 minutes from the National Capital Curling Center so its pretty damn convenient. So, does anyone play? Is it pretty easy to learn? Whats the atmosphere like? I was looking at some pictures on the center's site and I did notice beer in a number of the pictures and it even looks like there might be a bowling alley style bar in the Curling Center. It looks like it could be a pretty good time. So, anyone have any experience with Curling?

And if anyone in the DC area is interested, www.curldc.org

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Old 02-14-2010, 01:38 PM   #2
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Hope you have fun. But to be honest....I'm trying to get my head around the concept of a 'National Capital Curling Center'.

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Does midget curling count? I wish we had a camera that night!

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Old 02-14-2010, 01:44 PM   #4
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Does midget curling count? I wish we had a camera that night!
Now THAT I can get my head around!!!!
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Hope you have fun. But to be honest....I'm trying to get my head around the concept of a 'National Capital Curling Center'.
Believe me, when I first drove by it I had to do a double take as I was kind of shocked that such a place even existed.
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Wife and I played the past two seasons before the recession and child took away the money that we would have spent this year.
Definitely give it a try if you are interested. It's by far one of the most hilarious things that I've ever signed up for. It's a fun game and drinking is part of the whole experience. Out here you are required to have 2 drinks after each match. Winner buys the first round, loser buys the second.

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Sweet, thats exactly the kind of info I was looking for. It does look pretty pricey to be a full member of this club. $240 for the spring season. I am not sure if that included the fall season or not, but you do have full access to the facility, so I guess its really not that bad.

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Sorry for coming to this discussion late, but I have to encourage you to give it a try. Curling rocks...as the tag line says.

I've been curling for about 9 years. To go from beginner to novice takes most people about 3 to 5 games. To go from novice to "expert" takes years, if you ever get there. Think of the game as a combination of shuffleboard and chess with a lot of exercise thrown in. Yes, exercise. The sweepers will travel over a mile a game...sprinting sideways...on the slipperiest ice achievable...while wearing a piece of plastic on one foot...while trying to sweep in front of a 42 pound stone.

Yes, drinking BEvERages is a very large part of the culture. The World Curling Federation rules used to require it after every game. Just to emphasize this, I belong to the Madison Curling Club. Our annual dues to the club cover all league fees and unlimited access to the soda fountain and the 4 beer taps. If you want popcorn, that costs an extra quarter.

Further proof is that a sizable portion of the Madison Homebrewers and Tasters Guild are also curlers. Enough that every spring we have a Bonspiel (tournament) for men of the club. Nearly all the beer consumed is homebrew and most of the rest is experimental batches donated by local breweries who are looking for an honest opinion of the taste.

Anyone interested can find info on U.S. curling at http://www.curlingrocks.net/ and world curling at http://www.worldcurling.org

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I had a suspicion that drinking was an integral part of the sport.


I wonder if the Olympians conceal flasks in their socks?

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The Olympics have somewhat revived my interest and I think I might go to an open house in the fall. I am a little hesitant to go to one of the "Drop in" nights coming up due to the fact that there will be a ton of people there because of the olympics.
Wait. You are hesitant to go because there may be other people like YOU there?

Go for it. Go for everything life has to offer.
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