Okay, What Even Is Curling?

what is curlingWith the Olympics going on, I know you’re all wondering it. When curling begins, immediate confusion commences.

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As much as we like to pretend we know what is happening, it’s a lot easier just to make up different explanations for why the people are doing what they’re doing. Trying to actually comprehend the sport gets pretty frustrating.

davidHere are my thoughts when I first watched curling:

Is that ice? Are they on ice? Why is there a big target painted onto it?  tumblrcrlHere come some people with brooms. Must be the maintenance staff. Wait. Those are the athletes? 

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Is that a big rock? Where did they find rocks with handles on them?

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Oh, okay. They’re going to push the rock. I guess this is kind of like bowling. 

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Okay, she pushed the rock. She is still holding the rock. LET GO OF THE ROCK!

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There you go. Now we’re talking! Wait, are they mopping the floor? Why are they sweeping the ice? Is it dirty? That is one high-maintenance rock… 

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 WHY IS THE ROCK STILL GOING?

curling3Okay the rock stopped moving. Now what? They’re just walking away? Did they even score a point? A touchdown? A goal? 

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Truthfully, curling is an intense and competitive sport with a lot of strategy involved. Also, nobody actually understands it.

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If you want to be less confused and/or actually understand curling, try reading about it here. Until then, wonder on, my friends.

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Big Miss Steak

UM WHAT

A steakhouse is a pretty easy concept to grasp, right? Well, that’s what I thought until I read about a new steakhouse opening up in DuPont called STK that is, wait for it … a “female-oriented steakhouse”.

I have so many questions and concerns:

1. It’s a restaurant, not a public bathroom or a french noun. Since when were steakhouses specified by gender?

2. This commercial It just baffles me and makes me just the slightest bit uncomfortable. As a woman (at least, that’s what my birth certificate says … ), I would say that this doesn’t make me want to go to this restaurant for fear of being challenged to an arm wrestling match when I’m just trying to have a nice meal.

3. Jonathan Segal In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Jonathan Segal, the CEO of the One Group (who owns the restaurant), says that the idea “was to create a steakhouse for women” and “if you cater to a female market, men will follow happily and empty their wallets into your tills.”

So … your “female-oriented” steakhouse is really just a ploy to get more men in there? I would say that if that’s your end goal, it successfully classifies it as “male-oriented”. But maybe that’s just me.

4. “Research”  In the same Wall Street Journal interview, they state “Via his team’s research, Mr. Segal discovered that women liked steakhouses.” Uh, did this really take a research team to discover? Who doesn’t like steakhouses? I’m just perplexed by all of this, hence the aggressive use of italics to make my point and express my incredulity.

5. Why is this weather so absurd? I’m sorry, that’s not about this ridiculous steakhouse, but it’s still something that baffles me. Freezing rain cancels classes, then people are wearing shorts and now we live in a wind-tunnel and are expecting snow this weekend. Someone fix this so I can know what to actually wear outside. Thanks.

 

There is nothing I love more than a good cut of rib-eye served medium rare with fresh horseradish (dang, now I’m hungry), but I don’t think I could ever muster up the ability to set foot in STK. What about you, my 4E readers, could you?

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