Friday, December 24, 2010

Happy Christmas!

And Merry Happy to all the NoHo Curling readers out there. This year the Wife and I are spending the holiday in New Orleans. I spent Christmas Eve on an all day journey which was relatively uneventful. The worst things that happened was I spilled coffee on my bag and my Apple package didn't come. But prefect weather, early arrivals and oysters made today relatively great.
 I want this ornament for my tree next year.

Maybe you're reading this on your new iPad or Android phone or whatever other gadget you got for Christmas. Hopefully you've got a bounty of gifts from my gift guide as well. To keep the holiday train rolling, here are some YouTube videos to watch next to the fire.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Gift Guide: Down to the Wire

Christmas is two days away and I took advantage of Apple's free express holiday shipping. I'll have my toy in my hands by Christmas Eve. Who's it for, you ask? Me. That's all I buy gifts for these days, so I'm not in a time crunch.

You, on the other hand, are. You've come here looking for last minute gift ideas for your curling friends and if you don't live in a big curling town with a pro-shop, it may be tough to get the right gift in time. There is a solution that will keep you out of the God-forsaken malls and in the good graces of your loved ones.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Gift Guide: Fireball Whisky

The clock is ticking down. You have less and less time to get that perfect gift. Even if you can't get that sweet piece of curling swag, you can always get them something that will put them in the curling and Christmas spirit simultaneously. Fireball Whisky!
 
If you haven't had it, it's pretty delicious. It's a cinnamon flavored whisky that tastes just like the candy. On it's own it's great to shoot or sip, but mix it with hot apple cider or hot chocolate, and you have a Christmas drink that will get you effed up!* It's a staple at pretty much every curling even I've been to, so chances are your curling friends will love it.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Gift Guide: Books, Movies and Games

If you haven't finished your Christmas shopping, you're in crunch time right now. I drove past the mall this weekend and all those suckers looking for parking spots and braving the weather have obviously never heard of the internet or Amazon.com. Super saver shipping? Check. Need it the next day? Check. They specialize in books, movies and music, but they sell everything!

Now, if you're really in a jam, you can go there an buy some items and have it delivered to your door by Christmas Eve. I've even made it easier for you by culling together some great ideas for the curler or curling enthusiast in your life. I've also included other items not on Amazon because they're too good to ignore.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Gift Guide: Utilikilts

Curling has a long rich history, dating back 500 years to the frozen lochs of Scotland. Also a Scottish tradition? Kilts! So if you were ever looking for an excuse to break free of the shackles of two pant legs, try curling in a kilt.
Admittedly, I have never worn a kilt, let alone curled in one, but it seems to be very freeing. I know the girls love it! Obviously, its easier and perhaps more aesthetically pleasing for the ladies to rock the kilt, but there's no reason dudes can't either. Just be careful to avoid photos like the one above.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Gift Guide: Other Stuff

I assume you're a curler, that's why you read this. But what about your friends who could give flying f... who need a little convincing still? What will you get them? Do not fret, here are some guaranteed winners for anyone*.
You don't have to love curling to enjoy the 2011 Women of Curling calendar. You've got a dozen beautiful women who just happen to be curlers. I think it's a great way to bridge the gap to your non-curling companions. Sure, the pictures aren't as salacious as this calendar, but they gotta save something for later, right?

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Silver Lining

Last weekend Curl San Diego had a special guest pay them a visit. It would have been a swell opportunity to add a name to my cowbell, but alas, I couldn't make it down. However, I did have a correspondent down there with a unique perspective. Liza is a pal from Hollywood Curling who also plays out of San Diego. Her team, the Shot Rock Girls, played in their league finals match on Saturday. I'll let her take it from here.
Anyone who knows anything about the sport of curling knows that 2010 was a big growth year for the sport. I'm not going to spout any facts or made up figures, I'm just going to say that it seems unanimous that every curling club in the country seemed to be flooded with new people wanting to try out the sport after the Vancouver Olympics. So when Curl San Diego invited a very special guest, none other than Cheryl Bernard, the skip for the Canadian Olympic team, there was a large turnout of people wanting the chance to meet her.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Loving LA

Sometimes I get bummed about how crappy our ice is and wish I lived someplace like Madison or St. Paul, where I could curl in decent conditions and be close to all the action. Then I see this on Sunday morning while watching football:



As the afternoon games started, A brisk 79º outside, I began preparing for curling two games in our League Championship playdown on Sunday night and I thought about the previous couple of days and realized, man, I really love Los Angeles.

Gift Guide: Table Top Curling

It's December and a cool 79º in sunny Los Angeles. For those of you who live in areas where weather is actually weather, you may not always be able to make it to the curling club. Hell, sometimes no matter how much you can go, you just can't get enough curling. For anyone looking to curl more at home, Olson has just the thing for you.
This new mini table top curling game measures 17"x48" and has stones run on little ball bearings. In addition to playing a game, you can use it to coach or instruct, so says the Olson site. I'm curious to how the stones move on the board, I'm guessing they don't curl much, if at all. Still, it's got to be better than electronic football.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Gift Guide: Curling Jewelry

For any curler, you can't really go wrong with getting them a new piece of equipment for the holidays. If you're looking for some top quality gear, Goldline Curling has you covered. But what if you're trying to find just the right gift to sit on the button of your loved one's heart? Well, Goldline still has you covered.
They recently introduced a line of marquess jewelry aimed at the curler. Featuring a stylized house with a bejeweled stone, they're actually pretty nice and abstract enough that it's not hokey. They've got earings, necklaces and brooches in silver and gold.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Gift Guide: Cinsational Broom Bag

If you've been curling for a while, you've got your shoes, broom, competition jacket, gloves, extra broom heads, gum, Chapstick, brush head brush and whatever other else you take to the club with you night in and night out. Essentially, your broom bag is a giant purse. Want to keep everything organized? Get a Cinsational broom bag.
Cindy models @HangTheTJ's Michigan inspired bag.

Made of heavy duty canvas in the color of your choice, this bag comes with shoe restraints and a zip pocket inside. Never lose your bonspiel banquet dinner tickets again! The best part of this bag is it's made by Bond Girl Cindy. She's got a whole store that sells tons of other swell items, too.

$50 for a custom broom bag? That's a pretty sweet deal. So, if you're one of those guys who carries his broom into the club, with a back pack and your shoes in a plastic grocery bag, do yourself a favor and order one today!

Be sure to check out the rest of the Holiday Gift Guide.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Gift Guide: EQ Brush Head

Well, it's that time of year again, and I'm in need of some content. What better way to fill the gap than a Holiday Gift Guide? I say "holiday" but you know I really mean Christmas. Even if you don't believe in Christmas and baby Jesus, you probably still celebrate the now secular ritual of Winter gift giving. Either way, you're probably giving some sort of gift for Hanukkah, Boxing Day or some other random birthday (hint, mine is only a month after Christmas!). I don't think gift giving is one of the seven principles of Kwanzaa, though.

If you follow this blog on Facebook and Twitter, you've probably heard about this new broom technology already. Balance Plus is marketing the new brush heads developed in secret for the 2010 Canadian Olympians.