Localife: Kick ass curling night

December 7, 2010

We are currently piloting Localife in Calgary, Alberta. Stay tuned for events in your area or contact us if you’re interested in getting a group of survivors together in your area.

Intensity. Concentration. Argyle. This can only mean one thing: a night out curling!

For the November Localife event, we rented out the Calgary Curling Club and had a blast learning some skills (most had been unhoned since high school), meeting new people, playing a friendly game, and then sitting around in the pub for a couple hours afterward.

Curling is a great sport to enjoy with a group of people because most often no one is that good at it! We had two instructors that lead us through all the basics: how to put on your slider, how to walk on the ice, how to balance and slide, and how to throw the rock. It was helpful and a great way to get the feel for moving on the ice before we got into the game itself. From here we practiced throwing rocks down and by the end most of us could do it without falling on our faces. Then the argyle patterns were split up between the teams and we started to play!

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As a group across several sheets we were able to get 2-3 ends in and there was plenty of time to chat and connect amidst the intense sweeping, rock throwing, and chants of hurry hard! After the games we headed upstairs to the lounge area and sat around heavy wooden, round tables with fried goodness and treats to feast on. (Hey–we worked for it!)

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It’s always such a great thing to watch a group of people who don’t know each other that well come together and bond, laugh, and talk about life by the end of the night. Activities like this bring us together and provide an easy context to go deeper in conversation. Cancer was what initially brought us together, but it was enjoying this activity that helped create a fun connection in the group, and in that comfortable context people were able to share about their journeys and encourage others in similar life situations. Plus, when else do you get to wear argyle and look cool leaning on a broom?

Join us again for Kick Ass Curling Night: Take 2 in February 2011 but don’t miss out on the raft-bogganing extravanaza in January and the winter picnic adventure coming up in March. We look forward to connecting and sharing life with you at our next event! Here’s what’s planned for winter 2011!

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