My Trip to the Olympic Games

Yesterday, Ma and I trekked north to Vancouver to check out the Olympics and all the surrounding hubbub. In a word, it was awesome. While the city wasn't totally overtaken with the excitement as I thought it might be, there were pockets of Olympic fever. Initially, the city wide general excitement was what I was all stoked for. What I walked away with as a highlight and with most pleasant memories of was the actual event: curling.

All I know about curling has come from last week's Simpsons episode and the spectacular* Canadian movie Men With BroomsIMDB. Luckily, an avid curler was sitting next to us in the stands, so we learned all about the hammer, house, ends, sheets, peeling, strategy, rules, and so much more. By the end of the 3 hour match, we felt like pros.

There isn't much to report results-wise. This was one of 9 qualifying matches, so a win or a loss doesn't mean too much by itself. The U.S.A., however, ended up losing a super close match to Switzerland. They went into extra innings and had to bring out the measuring device 3 times (while none of the concurrent 3 games had either of those things happen). That excitement just added to the overall appreciation of the experience.

So while the tickets were pricey* and getting up there proved interesting*, it was exactly what I hoped it would be: a once in a lifetime experience. Besides, now I can say I've been there and have the pictures to prove it.
Thursday February 18 2010File under: misc

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on Thu 18th Feb, 2010 01:16 pm PST soreyes said:
Try curling for $15 in North Seattle 1 block East of Hwy 99. Here is a list of the open houses:http://www.curlingseattle.org/openhouses/
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on Thu 18th Feb, 2010 10:04 pm PST andrew said:
damn! those stands are PACKED!
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on Thu 18th Feb, 2010 10:25 pm PST Wren said:
Someone else pointed this out in a comment on that photo on facebook. I must say that the stands actually were pretty packed. That photo was taken on the way out.
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on Fri 19th Feb, 2010 01:27 pm PST Ryan said:
You and Ma in the bobsled is great!
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on Sat 20th Feb, 2010 03:29 am PST steve said:
Did you see The Pants?
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on Sun 21st Feb, 2010 10:30 am PST Jule said:
The picture on the bobsled is priceless
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on Mon 22nd Feb, 2010 05:58 am PST Horge said:
Again, pretty dag cool Wrenjamin. I'd like to see some Olympic curling once. I caught a bit of the Swiss vs. zee Germans this weekend. Wish we'd somehow gone curling up in Maine sometime. Would've been wicked pissa...
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