Who uses it: Curlers
What it means: Socializing with the opposing team after a match. The term comes from the practice of all players stacking their brooms in front of a fire to share a drink together after the game.
How you can use it: When consorting with the opposition.
It would offend curlers to hear their sport described as shuffleboard on ice -- there is more to it than that, but it's basically shuffleboard. And I'd never watch a shuffleboard match, so why am I watching curling? I can't explain why I find it so charming, but everything about it enchants me. I love that it requires special shoes; I love that a company exists to do nothing but make curling brooms -- not normal brooms, just curling brooms. I love the sportscasters who talk about legendary figures in the world of curling as if these are names we all should know.
I'm watching Germany vs. the US right now, and the Germans just knocked all the American stones out of the target. "That'll be on the highlight reel," the color commentator said.
Dizzy and I were down at the river landing yesterday afternoon, and I called Anna. "I just need to tell you that there is no ice left on the river at all," I said. "Isn't that amazing," Anna said.
Yesterday's temperature got to almost 50 degrees. This morning it's 13. In between, we had a major windstorm. Dizzy pays no attention to thunderstorms, but the windstorm made him cry, and he insisted on sitting next to me on the couch until it stopped.