Canada Cup: Wrap Up & Tweets

I think I should post a bit of an epilogue to my last post - I ended it quite dramatically with me stuck in Regina with no hopes of making it to Edmonton.

Ok. I'll admit it. I panicked. First of all, I've been struggling with a cold and was exhausted and had just gone through a "race to the airport in case the highway gets closed". Secondly, I hate airports and airplanes and flying and the whole process makes me a bit anxious. So when I got to the Regina airport to find out a) the Time Horton's was closed/under construction and I couldn't get dinner and b) my flight was massively delayed to Calgary and I was going to miss my connection to Edmonton and c) the realization I've never missed a connection ever (and I used to fly a lot when I live in Europe)...yeah. I freaked out on twitter a bit. Oops.

All was not lost though - I ran into a media guy on my way to yell at a airline agent! Never underestimate the calming effect of a familiar face! After a chat about this that and the other, I was sufficiently calmed down to go talk to an agent (I didn't yell at her, I promise), who assured me there was 100% for sure room on the last flight of the night from Calgary to Edmonton, so even if I missed my connection I would make it home. Eventually. But at least I wouldn't be stuck in Calgary.

And I did miss my connection, but was booked onto the later flight, and who did I run into in the Calgary airport waiting for the same later flight? Another familiar face in the form of a colleague and her sister. Again, saved by friends. And yes I didn't get home till 2am and was a zombie at work today during a very important meeting - but I survived, thanks to some friendly faces.

That is why I keep doing this curling volunteering gig. Sure, watching the curling is awesome, but it's always all about the people. Everyone - the fans, curlers, volunteers, staff and crew - are always fantastic to work with and generally be around. I'm already looking forward to working the next event!

If you were following me on Twitter during the Canada Cup you got to see backstage snaps and read about all that went on behind the scenes. This post has all the tweets and links to photos from my Twitter feed, for those of you who aren't on Twitter (but mostly for me to archive). As is the norm on Twitter, all tweets are newest to oldest, so you might want to start at the bottom and scroll up.

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December 3, 2012

Kind of miss the #Cancup #curling arena. The real world is not quite as cozy.


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December 2, 2012


Home!!! It think my roommate missed me. Or she's just hungry. pic.twitter.com/kaHuOvWq

What an end to my #CanCup #curling adventure! Great week with great people - already looking forward to the next one!!

Calmer. Have been told we will all get on last flight from #yyc to #yeg. At least I'll get home tonight. Will make a good story one day.

Flight more delayed. Connection probably missed - but all is not lost. I've found @AllenCameronCH!! #goodcompany


Last day wrap up from Moose Jaw - what a great event! http://make-it-known.blogspot.ca/2012/12/canada-cup-day-5.html … #Cancup #curling

Now here I sit for two hours in the Regina airport with little hope of making a connection - could've driven to #yeg faster. #sad #tired

....Probably not going to make it to Edmonton tonight. Think I'm going to cry.

Made it to Regina no problem, but my flight is majorly delayed. Probably not going to make my connection in Calgary...

Aw, no Team Stoughton on the ride to the airport, but at least I'm on the road and it's open and I'll make my flight. #CanCup #curling

Found biggest littlest #curling fans! #CanCup @TeamGushue1 @TeamJStoughton pic.twitter.com/uvdb4pTW

Panic getting out of Moose Jaw-freezing rain maybe highway closed - sounds like I'm riding w/ Team Stoughton to airport! #CanCup #curling

Rumours highway may be closed due to freezing rain. Noooooooo! I need to get to the airport and home tonight!! #CanCup #curling

Stoughton is going to the trials!! #CanCup #curling pic.twitter.com/TsYLoKqo

Last 2 rocks coming up... #CanCup #curling pic.twitter.com/arAOsCvr

Sometimes I get distracted and just watch the TSN camera guys shoot and set up shots. They do a great job! #fascinating #CanCup #curling

3 kids in front row are fighting over used Team Stoughton brush head thrown to them. Like drumsticks at a rock concert? #CanCup #curling

Stu, the MC, is holding a Russ Howard yelling contest now. Always fun times - y'all should get out and watch some live #curling! #CanCup

Just announced - new #CanCup #curling attendance record: 33,160!! Way to go Moose Jaw!!

Good crowd here for the men's final. Sad this is my last time on the #CanCup media bench! #curling pic.twitter.com/MhDKMnEf

Men's final on the ice - but backstage everyone is busy packing up! #CanCup #curling pic.twitter.com/z42dccjP

Bye bye rocks! See ya down the road! #CanCup #curling pic.twitter.com/dSvMX81H

Winning team about to go receive their trophies... #CanCup #curling pic.twitter.com/5FVRd2Y5

Lawton wins! They're going to the trials. Exciting game! #CanCup #curling pic.twitter.com/97ZOWM9y

Piper is warming up - who's going to win it?? #CanCup #curling pic.twitter.com/UEfQEUyB

Sponge Girls trying to get the fans cheering during the time out. Fun group of ladies!! #CanCup #curling #wackyhats

Women's final a great game so far! #CanCup #curling pic.twitter.com/67dofAnK


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December 1, 2012

Another day down! Fun times at the #Cancup #curling! http://make-it-known.blogspot.ca/2012/12/canada-cup-day-4.html

Team Nedohin sitting behind me. Quite enjoying their commentary. #CanCup #curling

Can someone please mash up "Gangnam Style" with curlers saying "whoa whoa whoa whoa". Start with Howard... #CanCup #curling #highlarious

Made it!! #CanCup #curling pic.twitter.com/ALSAfPZE

Santa Claus Parade in Moose Jaw! Main Street closed. Can't get back to the arena from restaurant! #CanCup #curling

Obligatory tweet of a TSN truck. There's two trucks here and they work hard!! #CanCup #curling pic.twitter.com/zbT2vjd4

5th end break: interviews, ice cleaning & wheelchair #curling demo by 2012 National Champs Team Saskatchewan! #CanCup pic.twitter.com/nGyrRUNC

Women's semi. #CanCup #curling pic.twitter.com/fK3fbfoB

Russ Howard chats to Saskatchewan Wheelchair #curling team - doing a demo during women's semi 5th end break! #CanCup pic.twitter.com/e5gTE8qM

December 1. No more creepy curler moustaches. #yeehaw #CanCup #curling

Bright & early, sitting on the media bench with @grassrootscurl & @AllenCameronCH for the tiebreaker #CanCup #curling pic.twitter.com/TBiJ6iRJ


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November 30, 2012

And we have tiebreakers. #ohgoodie #soearly #CanCup #curling

Crowd is buzzing. What happened?? Oh. They just announced the 50-50 ($6930). #CanCup #curling

The Gushue kids are just beaming. What an awesome gesture. #CanCup #curling

Class act! Brad Gushue just came out and gave his signed shirt and jacket to two kids! #CanCup #curling #awesome pic.twitter.com/OEN2ueAL

One certainty of these 10 end games vs the 8 enders of the slams/tour events: it ain't over till its over. #CanCup #curling

Nice display in the arena concourse showcasing the junior stars! #CanCup #curling pic.twitter.com/Z4P9OOrr

Another set of poorly composed photos, but thoroughly enjoying my time working for @CCACurling at the #CanCup #curling! http://make-it-known.blogspot.ca/2012/11/canada-cup-day-3.html

I can hear a piper! Must be time for another draw! Quick - get to a TV to watch TSN! #CanCup #curling

And here's the set up for monitoring ice temperature during play. #CanCup #curling pic.twitter.com/mT9EfM2u

Handles, deconstructed... #CanCup #curling pic.twitter.com/dkl1ejsw

Also Cool Curling tournament going on now in the Patch! #CanCup #curling pic.twitter.com/xlvJFCs5

Patch is full! Interview with Team Webster going on now. #CanCup #curling pic.twitter.com/uX8B6Ds4

Moose hat? When in Moose Jaw... #CanCup #curling pic.twitter.com/w7By9AZo

Sign spotted in #CanCup #curling arena: "Who needs the NHL?"

Spent afternoon marking assignments for my real life job. This view is my reward. #CanCup #curling pic.twitter.com/SOFw5aiw

And here's where we're at... #CanCup #curling pic.twitter.com/RqmIpLrv

Practice before draw 8. #CanCup #curling pic.twitter.com/Xd0sDh2O

Back at it. Today is the day when comfortable routine sets in & we start praying for no tiebreakers. #CanCup #curling pic.twitter.com/kTALwJSb


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November 29, 2012

Said yesterday curlers are taller in real life. Also true: the camera adds ten pounds. #CanCup #curling #fittocurl

#curling spectator gear: headphones, FM transmitter. Did you know you can listen to TSN commentary inside venues on 89.9? #CanCup

Just posted some backstage shots from the #Cancup #curling on my blog. Oh to have an eye for photography... http://make-it-known.blogspot.ca/2012/11/canada-cup-day-2.html

Just heard ladies behind me say this! “@pammijoe #CanCup TSN announcers don't have to park @ #mosaicplace #noparking taking shuttle bus now”

As TSN announcers just said Mosaic Place is a great new arena. And the Safeway is right across the street. Great venue #CanCup #curling

5 draws in and @grassrootscurl and I are a finely tuned media scrum machine! #CanCup #curling

Had a nice chat with @4footcurling this morning. It's always great to meet new #curling people! #CanCup

Close games this morning. Every game counts on this blustery day in Moose Jaw! #CanCup #curling pic.twitter.com/h6CCRFmZ

Just got formally introduced to Russ Howard and his wife. There are four #curling Howards at the event. Can you name them all? #CanCup


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November 28, 2012

Long day but a good day. I love working these events! #CanCup #curling http://make-it-known.blogspot.ca/2012/11/canada-cup-arrival-and-day-1.html

So far I've decided Reid's is the best of the worst! #CanCup #curling #movember

Change of view for the evening. Can't believe day 1 is almost over! #CanCup #curling pic.twitter.com/WH909DIq

Must be time for another draw... #CanCup #curling pic.twitter.com/7DK8Qlnq

Sharing the bench for awhile with @grassrootscurl and Cathy Gauthier. All five sheets on now. #CanCup #curling pic.twitter.com/yaIP49lN

Players microphones backstage - TSN does an excellent job putting all this #curling on TV! #CanCup pic.twitter.com/ZFRhXpmC

Empty Patch after lunch rush. You wouldn't know it's actually a #curling rink! #CanCup pic.twitter.com/xPK9sYn9

Curlers are taller in person. #CanCup #curling pic.twitter.com/d9RQ2fh1

I upgraded my view to the media bench. Not bad either. #CanCup #curling pic.twitter.com/41Bv58kT

This is why I'm here. Nice change of scenery from my office!! #CanCup #curling pic.twitter.com/vwR9B4LN

Backstage area. #CanCup #curling pic.twitter.com/23G5Ycl2

Ice level/coaches bench. #CanCup #curling pic.twitter.com/NY5yUXY3

Ok, let's do this! #CanCup #curling pic.twitter.com/vnxNCHQE


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November 27, 2012

Met with @glennvangulik and @grassrootscurl to discuss my #CanCup job and #curling world in general. Great people to work!!

Everything closes early in Moose Jaw. Did you know 7-11 sells cereal? #CanCup #curling

Arrived in Moose Jaw. Already met some super friendly volunteers - I love working these events! #CanadaCup #curling pic.twitter.com/4CBaQIil

My cold and I are on our way to Moose Jaw for the #CanadaCup #curling. Miss my cat already but excited to work for @CCACurling again!

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