Wednesday, November 27, 2013

2013 Roar of the Rings: Goals for the Week

I leave for the Roar of the Rings in ~36 hours. I'm so excited!*

Over the past week, as I've been thinking about what kind of adventures I could get up to in Winnipeg, I've been mentally making a list of goals I want to accomplish. Ten days is a long time, so here's the Top 10 things I want to accomplish (besides watching a ton of curling obviously)...
  1. Learn a new skill. Last time I worked with IT, I became good at using iMovie. If I remember correctly, they're using different editing software, so it'll be good for me to use my brain to learn new technology.
  2. Not get fired. Hopefully I don't screw up #1! Plus I want to keep working these events, so I'll need to do a good job. So much pressure for a vacation.
  3. Meet new people. So far my list of people I want to meet/wish good luck/shake hands with include: Lisa Weagle (@ottgal, who I've followed on twitter for ages, plus she is an awesome lead like I aspire to be and she has the coolest first name), @ottguy (who I've also followed on twitter for ages, and who I think  will be watching Team Homan), Danielle Inglis (@inglisdanielle, who I think I might get to work with? I curl with her past teammate so I need to say hi.)
  4. Meet up with old friends. This is my favourite part of working these events! So I'm looking forward to working/hanging out with all the friendly faces who work for the CCA. I hope to say hi to the merch ladies I met at the Brier too. I love seeing and hanging out with friendly faces at these events!
  5. Take a picture of Ron Burgundy to post to twitter. (Confused? See below.)
  6. Limit the libraryland work I do. I'll keep up with my work email, and I do need to do some libraryland non-work work, but I'm hoping to keep this to a time limit of one draw. And my goal is to not think about libraryland outside of this working draw. Also I need to read my book for book club (oops, forgot till now!).
  7. Buy a FM scan radio. I've borrowed one, but I'm hoping the stores will sell me one so I can listen to the TSN commentary in house forevermore (see #5).
  8. Tweet up a storm! Lot's of backstage photos are imminent!
  9. Watch Storage Wars. Seriously. This is my hotel guilty pleasure.
  10. Not get fat. The event is sponsored by Tim Horton's. I love blueberry fritters and glazed titbits. They will be everywhere backstage. I have no will power.

He's a big deal, eh? Never seen the movie. Or any Will Ferrell movie. Should make for an interesting weekend?!

*Except one of my cats has a potential infection and needs pills twice a day and the cat sitter was only going to come once a day so now I have 36 hours to figure out what I'm going to do with only one set of spare keys and an annoyed cat sitter. So I'll probably spend the entire 10 days worrying about my cats. {sigh}

Monday, November 11, 2013

2013 Roar of the Rings: Are you ready?

Curling-on-tv season has officially started! Have you been watching? There's been a Grand Slam on, and another starts later this week. This past weekend was the first time of the new season we got to hear Vic, Linda and Russ call the games at the Road to the Roar - hearing them on tv always marks the start of curling-on-tv season for me! And the RttR event reminded me of what is coming around the corner in three weeks.

Goofy name aside, the Road to the Roar (which sends 2 men's and 2 women's teams to the Roar) taught me a new word: "slingbox" (which allowed me to watch the second men's qualifier on a cable channel I don't subscribe to because I'm cheap). I won't need to take advantage of a sling box to watch the Roar though...

...because I'm going to see it live!

The Roar of the Rings is the slightly less goofy name (as an LOTR fan I actually think it's an awesome moniker!) for the curling trials that send a men's and women's team to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

I volunteered for a curling event for the first time at the 2009 Roar. I helped sell merchandise. It was epically awesome. It started it all. Since then, my curling volunteering resume has grown a lot: I sold stuff, I emptied garbages, I filled pop coolers, I tweeted, I interviewed folks and wrote articles, I updates stats, I wrote game recaps, I filmed media scrums, I tagged photos, I scheduled and supervised volunteer teams.

I'm going to Winnipeg for the 2013 Roar to do one of my favourite jobs: IT intern. I think I'll be filming and editing media scrums like I did at the 2012 Canada Cup in Moose Jaw last year. It's an awesome job! I love working for the Canadian Curling Association - they always treat me so well and I get to work for and with my favourite people. I get to hang out backstage, and I get to watch lot's of curling.

This will be the longest event I've ever worked (including a couple set up/take down days) that is the farthest from home. As usual I'm a bit anxious because I won't know too many people and I'm never really sure what I'll be doing until I get there, but all I keep thinking about is sitting in the stands, watching the best men's and women's teams duke it out for a shot at Olympic glory.

The only thing I've got left to do (besides wait...) is to find a mini FM radio that will pick up the FM signal of the TSN commentary feed in the arena. I missed the ebay train but I'm still chasing down a few leads, and usually they sell radios in the merch areas. Oh yeah, I need to find a cat sitter too! Wonder if I can smuggle them in with my carry on...

I'm looking so forward to it. I've been looking forward to it since the 2012 Brier last year. You really have no idea (unless you work with me, then you'll appreciate the effect the change of scenery will have). And now that the flight is booked and the hotel is confirmed - well I'm practically counting down the hours (lies, I suck at math, I can't even keep how many days left straight, just bring it on!).

So stay tuned, another epic curling volunteering adventure is on it's way!