Last night Monte and I went curling. Yes, that’s right. After spending many hours apres-ski on the couch in our condo on countless ski trips watching curling in the Winter Olympics, we tried the real thing. And we had a blast, eh!?
CurlAustin is a club that has its own ice (called the “Pond”), competitive curling leagues that anyone can join, and it also has for-fee 2 hour group lessons. They had us curling, safely, in no time. They are located right next door to Austin Beerworks, which is convenient for grabbing a frosty post-bonspiel beverage.
We joined six other newbies, divided up into two teams, and finished several ends. It was loads of fun. I highly recommend giving it a try.
We crewed for Kurt on Camelot yesterday in one of the Austin Yacht Club’s Spring Series Races. A cold front blew into town the day before so it was cold! Temps started out in the 40s. We had to dig out our ear muffs, gloves, scarves and heavy coats. But, it turned out to be a nice day, in spite of the cold.
And we did well. Camelot took First Place in its class for the Spring Series!
I had an unexpected opportunity today to go see a screening of the movie Maiden downtown today with Lori at the Stateside Theater, as part of the SXSW Film Festival. I usually avoid downtown during the 10-day conference and festival, but I was not going to pass up seeing this movie. And it was so worth it!
Maiden is a documentary film telling the story of the first all-female crew to participate in the 1989-1990 Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race, skippered by Tracy Edwards. The name of the sailboat was Maiden, after which the movie is named.
It’s the fascinating and awe-inspiring story of a young woman breaking barriers in the sport of professional sailing, and through sheer determination, making history. It was a treat to see it. It will be released in June 2019, so watch for it! And check out the trailer for the film.
Monte introduced me to golf. He started me off with my first golf clubs. He chose a nice ladies’ club line with custom fitting from Golfsmith, the Snake Eyes Viper LS with graphite shafts, and suggested I only get a few to start and add the rest over time, as I improved. So, I started with an 8 iron, pitching wedge and putter, which was enough to get me out on the course to learn the game and how to swing. After a few years, I added a 6 iron, for a little more distance, and a sand wedge, for those darn sand traps. A few years later, I added a 5 wood. I can now say that I enjoy golf, and love the clubs I have. But, when I went back to Golfsmith a couple of years ago to add my next club, I was very disappointed to hear that they had discontinued their line of custom made club heads/shafts! Since then, I’ve just kept playing with my incomplete set.
Now that I’m retired, though, I’m ready to take my golf game a tad more seriously; i.e., golf more than once or twice a year, and fill out my set of clubs. I didn’t really want to dump a grand on a completely unknown new set, brand, fit, flex and performance. But with my Snake Eyes discontinued, I thought I was out of options. On a whim, I decided to check out eBay, and am so glad I did. I found lightly used clubs identical to mine from various sellers and was able to fill out my set! The sellers were very responsive via email to give me measurements so I could see if the length would be right. I’m still waiting for the 7W/4I hybrid to arrive, but the rest of them were delivered yesterday. I trotted out to the driving range today to try them out. After emptying a big bucket of balls, I was thrilled that I could hit them as solid as my existing clubs. I’m certainly not ready for the pro tour, but I am excited that I now have a set of clubs to play with that will help me take my game to the next level. Woot woot!
I have followed football all my life. And with the Seahawks’ great performance for the last several years, it’s all the more enjoyable for me. The 2014-2015 NFL season was my first foray into fantasy football. My sister invited me join to her all-ladies league. I also joined a random league on-line with a bunch of guys. My goal was to learn more about the current players across many teams. Over the last few years I have had blinders on, only watching my team.
And I think it worked! I also had alot of fun. It sure makes for a different fan experience when you find yourself rooting for someone on a team that is one of your favorite team’s rivals.
Last year I didn’t fare too poorly. In the all-ladies league, I just missed the championship game by 1 point (thanks SO much, Andrew Luck, for taking a knee 3 times in a row on tht last drive, losing just enough yardage to drop a point or two), so I finished with an 11-3 record, coming in 3rd in a 16-team league. In my other league, i finished 7-6, finishing 5th out of 10 teams.
We use ESPN’s fantasy football platform. They also have a great iPhone app, which makes it very easy to track and manage your team. Learning the ropes on how to draft and what the league rules is pretty easy, and you can find most of what you need explained here in their FAQ.
This year, in week one, I had a lopsided win in one of my leagues and lost (by 1 point again!) in the other. I mis-managed my bench in the game that I lost. And in the other, one of my wide receivers was injured and will be out for about 6 weeks. I’m going to have to make some changes between tonight and Thursday night.
Back in the real world, sadly, my beloved Seahawks played an ugly game and lost. My heart is still with the boys in blue and green.
We hopped on the ferry tonight to watch the Mariners play the Angels. A group of ten of us sat together in King Felix’s court, rooting for the Ms. As the sun was setting I popped up to the 300 level to get a peek over the Port of Seattle towards Elliot Bay. The haze is still thick. The sun was like a pink ball glowing in the sky.
I’ve been closely following the around-the-world sailing race, the Volvo Ocean Race, since it started back in October of last year. Seven boats/teams started in Alicante, Spain, and have been sailing individual legs from one port to the next over the course of these last 8 months. They have circumnavigated the globe and are driving to the end, later this month. Tonight they will finish leg 8 – which started in Lisbon, Portugal, ending in Lorient, France. One of the teams is an all-female crew, on-board the magenta Team SCA boat. They have competed well, but have not yet won a leg. Tonight they are in the brink of winning leg 8, and I am so rooting for them. Just a little over 40 nm to go, and they are still leading the pack by 10nm and holding steady on speed. Go Team SCA!!!