Saturday night John and I had a date night. Those are very rare occurrences around here. John had a surprise planned for me. His instructions were to wear something comfortable and warm. What?! The last time he told me dress comfortably we went to the shooting range. I had no clue where he was taking me. When John wants something to be a surprise he does not budge.
I lined up a babysitter. We started the night off with dinner. It was so nice to have an uninterrupted conversation with John. Dinner was great. We had a few minutes to spare so we stopped into the Bookstore. Yes, I got Mexican food AND a few minutes in the bookstore. John’s not much of a reader. The bookstore is the last place on his fun list.
It was time for my surprise. We pulled into the parking lot of an ice rink. So we’re going ice skating. Ok, it’s been years since I’ve hit the ice but I’m game. We walk in and John says “We are here for the Curling experience”. Wait, what?!! He just said curling. Like in the Olympic sport. I was stoked!!
I started to get very anxious while waiting for our turn. We were number 1 & 2 on the list. I was so excited when they told us it was go time. This Curling Experience was put on by the Curling Club of Virginia. They started by explaining the game. It’s pretty simple rules. I did learn that the granite they use to make the rocks has to come from an island off Scotland. Any other granite will crack after about 6 months.
Our first station was the throwing station. The instructor taught us the form and let us practice throwing the rocks. It is harder than it looks. The rocks are 42 lbs. I did ok. John got his rock all the way to the house (the bullseye at the other end). It is all about balance. The motion is pretty simple but balancing is a different story.
After throwing a couple rocks we moved to the sweeping station. I had no idea that you use actual brooms. They are very small. Some of the brooms are foam. The ones were used had bristles. You listen to the instructions being shouted by your teammate. They tell you to sweep, sweep hard, up, etc. Sweeping is definitely more of a cardio workout than you would expect. I had such an adrenaline rush.
I loved every minute of this workshop. It gave me just enough of a taste that want to do it again. John and I are going back next month for a more in depth class. I’m so intrigued by this silly little sport. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll even join the club.
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by Jen K