Of course, there is a lot more too the game and a lot of other fancy words to describe each member of the 4-person team. It is a very gentlemanly game after all. As such, rather than using a beer to balance your other arm when throwing the rock we used some PVC device (I don't think that the original Scotsman used PVC pipes perhaps they used mangled golf clubs). And because it's on ice and throwing requires using an extra slippery base for your shoe many people decided that studying the ice was best done as close as possible.
After spending much too long humiliating ourselves trying to learn all of the proper techniques we gave a game a shot. Of course, by that time our lesson was fast approaching the end and I was left with the feeling that I might not be able to learn fast enough for Olympic qualifying for the 2010 winter games. Then again I can always visit Vancouver on my own.
I hope to get back sometime soon to continue developing my skills on the ice. Learning how to curl allows me to keep the dream of being in the Olympics for many years to come. How many other sports give you the opportunity to not be past your peak at 25 (archery? fencing? Dana Torres still competed at age 41 but I'm nowhere near a freak of nature and I really don't like to be in the water)
So for now I'll continue to dream the dream and wait for the day the Olympic curling events are shown on TV at 6 in the morning on some obscure NBC channel.