I must be on curling-crazy pills!

So it turns out Townie's not the only one who has to watch his temper with curling*. Though granted, my problem tends to be OFF the ice, not ON it :P

I may or may not have just "bitched out" our local rec. coordinator.

Because of curling drama.


Actually, that's probably the way he'll tell the story. If I were to tell the story, I'd probably say that I stood up for myself, something I'm not really good at in my professional/social life. And something I've said in the past I really need to improve. So really, it's a personal accomplishment. Kinda, haha.

You see, we've been having endless problems with setting up the curling club. Granted it's not been operational for a couple years... so it's like any bit of machinery that's not been running for an extended period of time: rusty.

As you might remember, first it was the rocks. Somehow they grew legs and walked off. Not all of them, but enough that we can't have both sheets of ice going at the same time. Rocks are expensive. They run anywhere from 500-1500 dollars a pop. Not per set. PER ROCK. And that doesn't include shipping. So we think we'll have rocks next week. We think. But we've been pestering our rec coordinator for MONTHS to have the second sheet up and running. It's been half-done since before Christmas.

And frankly, I'm sooo sick of hearing club members question why it's not finished. I have been relaying the information, but nothing is being done on the other end.

And then last weekend, there was the Avaataq Cup. The Avaataq brings in young strapping hockey men from all over the territory for 5 gruesome days of hockey. We were told we couldn't curl Thursday night because they needed the curling club as a change room. We didn't say much, and thought oh well, it's just one week. No biggie.

That is until last night. When we arrived for our 8 o'clock game and saw the ice effed up beyond repair.

They didn't just use our club for a change room. They stored their smelly hockey bags in the rink...


Yah. Seriously. Skated on the ice. I couldn't believe it. Sure Rankin's a hockey town. But this is insane.

It was SO DAMAGED our strongest player threw a rock as hard as he could, and it didn't even clear the house on the other end.

Now of course, the rec coordinator isn't listed in the phone book, and I called his sister's place to get it, and she wasn't home... so I had to wait until today to raise the issue.

And well... the brat hung up on me! Of course, that was after he said that curling was a thorn in his side and we had no right to complain because we don't even pay rink fees.

UGRAGH! Seriously? SERIOUSLY? We will PAY you rink fees, if that's what you want. But don't even BEGIN to say that WE are a hassle to YOU, YOU are the ones that didn't make our ice on time. YOU are the ones that somehow managed to lose curling rocks when the league wasn't running. YOU are the ones that said you would clean up the ice on Tuesdays and Thursdays before games (and rarely do). YOU are the ones that "borrowed" our club for a change room and YOU are the ones that SKATED ON OUR ICE.

WE are the ones that have done all the work to get this off the ground. WE are the ones who organized everything. WE are the ones that have tracked down rocks. WE are the ones that are going to PAY for those rocks. WE have offered to clean the ice. WE have said we will do anything to make YOUR job easier.

YOU are the one that didn't have any answers for what we could do.

Next time, I think I'll just take the rocks out to the hockey rink and play there. Maybe that would get our point across...

*Really, this isn't the link I was looking for, turns out TB is more of a gentleman than he lets on. Go figure.


Anonymous February 25, 2009 at 6:47 PM  

Funny.............You tell them girl.


towniebastard February 25, 2009 at 8:48 PM  

I mentioned this to a few people at the club this evening. I do believe you will have some cavalry riding to your support this week. I think the Nunavut Curling Association and Sport Nunavut might have something to say to your rec director and the mayor.

You should hear something from them over the next few days.

Anonymous February 26, 2009 at 4:16 AM  

I find it amazing how supportive your fellow bloggers are to your legitimate concerns. All recipients of your point of view will not be supportive but it is good to see you are directing your concerns to where they belong. Accidentally or intentionally you're also being offered help from an outside source. Beware of the backlash!!!! There always is when you speak your mind. I still think it is worth it though.

By the way I had told Sheila about you being involved inthis adventure that everyone says couldn't be done. She said "that would just make Jackie more detemined to do it" hmmm!!!

Are you are enjoying the curling???

Anonymous February 27, 2009 at 1:36 PM  

You must talk to the NEW Mayor, John Hicks. Unlike the last Mayor he will hear you and take action fast.

This has gone on far tooooo long:

"And well... the brat hung up on me! Of course, that was after he said that curling was a thorn in his side and we had no right to complain because we don't even pay rink fees."

Jackie S. Quire February 27, 2009 at 2:23 PM  

Thanks to everyone who supports this little rant of mine.

I haven't brought this up to our mayor (personally) just yet. I honestly believe in trying to solve problems at the ground level before moving up...

I know that if I wasn't doing my job correctly and a contact/listener went directly to the regional director to complain, I'd think that was shady.

But at the same time, I have dealt with the problem... for now. And I know I have people like Nunavut Curling and Sport Nunavut on my side, lobbying for us... so if I need to call in the big guns, I will and can.

So thanks all, and hopefully I'll have a HAPPIER story to tell for my next curling post!

Anonymous February 27, 2009 at 2:27 PM  

Suggestion: Have your fellow curlers print your story and post it up in every store, business, office in Rankin Inlet this week-end. Get the word out. You have a large number of curlers in Rankin, who will rally and support you and curling - BIG TIME! Get the word out.

Anonymous February 27, 2009 at 2:52 PM  

Take a look at this link. Sounds like you today! Nothing has changed


Ask what Hockey pays for ice time, people tell me it is FREE.

Anonymous March 18, 2009 at 10:50 AM  

Yeah ask what Hockey pays for their ice time. You can ask Justin or Donald... they don;t get it for free. Or even ask the sr. mens hockey leage what they pay. Do you think everthing you hear is true? Research it better before you say what is going on.

Jackie S. Quire March 18, 2009 at 10:53 AM  

Anon @ March 18
You are right, I'm aware the hockey teams pay for ice time. And if that's something the hamlet wants us to do, all they need to do is say so. That's not a problem.

Not sure if your comment is directed towards the other Anon or the writer (me).

I assure you I have done my research.

Thanks for your comment.

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