It feels like a tornado came through Cleveland! Yesterday, the Scot ladies arrived in Cleveland as part of their 30-game curling competition that started in Boston and ends in Seattle three weeks later. Mayfield Curling Club was fortunate to be designated as home hosts for the 20 Scots and I was honored to be able to host two of the women, Caroleen from Glasgow and Barbara from Dundee. The women had been on a break-neck schedule and were happy yesterday to have some "down" time for massages and manicures. The evening was capped off with a McGonagall dinner, a very fun backward dinner (having dessert first, etc) to celebrate Scotland's worst poet William Topaz McGonagall. We toasted the Poet many times throughout the evening!
|The ladies Scots at MCC.|
My house guests were super and were very thoughtful to give me a beautiful silver quaich (a Scottish cup for drinking whiskey) and a charming bookmark and pen in the design of famous Glasgow architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. I also received a specially designed silver tour pin with a curling stone between the Scottish and US flags.
|Caroleen, me and Barbara at the MCC dinner.|
Today, three of the teams took to the ice for a match with three MCC teams. Sadly for MCC and the US, we lost two of the games and only won one. My team had a few problems (me!) and we had a few bad ends that brought us down to defeat.
Even with the loss, the game was very fun. We exchanged club pins after the game, shared a drink, and they were off before we knew it in their tour bus to their next curling match at the Cleveland Skating Club. I am exhausted and I can only imagine how grueling the schedule is for the 20 women Scots. Thanks for the game and friendship and GOOD CURLING!