So now, we're based in Glasgow, curling in malls and on farms. Oh, and I'm doing a bit of learning at Hogwarts, too.
It's been about a month and I've notice a few key differences:
No one uses a broom bag around here. I'm used to all sorts of bags around the club, especially the custom ones my pal Cindy makes. But nope, the closes I've seen is a cover that's shaped like a broom. Perhaps it's because all the cars are small, or people ride the bus? At least for those reasons I found it's easier to not use one myself.
Signals and terms are different. Sure, I know the word "barrier" means "board" or "bumper" weight, but holding your arm horizontally across your chest? To me that's t-line, a draw. But here it's barrier. There's also holding your broom up horizontally and sliding it through your hand. My team never used that back home, but I understood it to mean t-line to others. Maybe I was wrong, because they use that to signal a guard. You know what else works? Tapping where you want the guard to go. Also, the needless over gestures of calling for a draw, by placing the broom vertical in the spot, and tapping the top. Works just as easy by tapping the spot a couple times and then lining up the broom. It's no wonder I've yet to play 8 ends in a game. I've also played with one guy who just put the broom down, and I had no idea what he wanted to do.
|I won a trophy, 6 days in.|
Most clubs have their own sweaters. Not that different from back home, except that everyone will wear them to club days. So you can spot the clubs on the ice by the sheets in all red, green, blue, or whatever. It's kind of interesting.
|Example of club sweaters. The Canadian Curling Club at Greenacres.|
The rink hosts try curling sessions frequently for free. The thing is they don't know where to put these people who want to play. Some of these folks end up in the "Virtual Curling Club" (think beginner league), where they can stay for up to three years before finding another club. How exactly does one find another club? Some clubs are men only and many have average ages in the 60s. It just seems so disjointed. Though, good luck convincing another group to fold into another. That there is a universal truth.
Anyhow, I'll get used to it all and have some good curling along the way.