So, this is a bit of departure from my usual entries. Normally it takes me anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of weeks to create an entry. I also usually do it on Microsoft Word. Penning a rough draft, waiting a day and then beginning the editing process before finally transferring the finished product to WordPress.
Not so this time and for the next 4 days-he wrote hopefully.
Why? because I’m typing this from my room at the Trickle Creek Lodge in beautiful Kimberly as we await the start of our sport at the 2018 BC 55+ Senior Games.
My goal is simple: to write a reasonably brief daily entry that sums up the days on ice results and off ice shenanigans. Because believe me, the 3 other characters and myself on this team of ours will get up to some post game silliness. Or, at least, what passes for silliness when you’re in this age bracket.
Now this means that each post will be only briefly reviewed (if at all due to time constraints) and are likely to be full of more than the usual spelling, punctuation and grammatical errors. But hey, it’s just like live TV. The errors and mistakes are part of the fun and charm.
So Day 1 began with my alarm going off at 4am in Vernon. We had to meet at our 3rds home (Don Eyers) to pile into one vehicle for what we hoped would be a 6 hour ride to Cranbrook. Arriving, so we figured, with at least 45 minutes to spare before the start of our groups practice session.
Well you know what they say about the best laid plans of mice and men. We were right on track to meet our time when, just east of Creston, we ran into a convoy or lumber trucks crawling up the Crows Nest Pass and then, immediately afterward, got stopped just outside of Yahk (yes, its pronounced Yak. And, no. I have never yacked, in Yahk) by paving construction that Drive BC had somehow neglected to mention on their road stoppage webpage (and for all you side seat navigators, we didn’t go through Golden because there are up to 90 minute delays between there and Revelstoke).
I had cel service so I quickly called the Cranbrook club who were gracious enough to let us join a later group of oldsters. As it was we were only 10 minutes late and after scrambling into our gear it was off for practice. Which, btw, also happened to be our first times on the ice for the season.
If the practice is any indication, the ice and stones will be great. The surface was hard and not greasy, nice and fast (about 25 from hog to tee) with at least 5 feet of movement on draws without sweeping.
Seeing as it was our first foray onto the ice, we took it pretty easy as we moved to each sheet, focusing on sliding without carnage and draw weights until our last session where a few light takeouts were tossed. All in all, four of us survived without any major issues and we have enough pharmaceuticals to get us through the next 4 days-hopefully.
After practice and the usual team meeting with officials to go over the rules-CCA General Rules of Play with only a few surprises: 4 rock, not 5, FGZ, no hair brushes for sweeping but you can use any head cover you want on your brush. No biggie, it’s just us old farts after all. How much can a 65-year-old (our lead) manipulate a stone with sweeping, right? (actually, it’s an awful lot. But I didn’t write the rules. However, I will take full advantage of them).
Once clear of the club it was off to Kimberly (20 minutes north) to book into our rooms and then do the usual stand in line to get our accreditation. Finally, I think it was about 6pm when we finally got done and hit Sully’s Pub for some badly needed food and malty beverages before hitting the hay. There’s a hot tub at the Lodge but it shuts down at 10pm. We’re saving it for after our first game.
So the other two members of this merry band are Wayne Ovens and Dave Poggemiller (Who’s name, I guarantee you, I have just fucked up-sorry Poggy). They are the lead and second respectively, with Don at 3rd and your’s truly on the helm. We played in this thing last year in Vernon and took the Bronze and vowed to return to pursue the Gold. So here we are as a result.
Our first game goes Wednesday at 4pm against a foursome from Kitimat made up of the same 4 guys we played last year. So stay tuned.