David Kobe of Lake Placid
I began curling the first winter after I moved to Lake Placid in 2008. My wife suggested we try the Learn to Curl to meet people in the area. She only played for a few years before she bowed out but I became hooked and am now starting my 12th season. The camaraderie within the club is fantastic and the game is great exercise.
I enjoy a number of aspects of curling. The game is more physical than one might think and it can really get your heart pumping. The members of the club also make the game very enjoyable with the excellent sportsmanship shown by everyone. And, finally, the strategy in the game can be both simple and complex depending on how skilled the players are making every game an interesting challenge.
When I am not curling, I can frequently be found on the ice in ice skates. My wife and I compete as ice dancers at adult competitions across the country and sometimes in Canada. We also like to perform here in Lake Placid in front of friendly crowds. While we are not as spectacular as the many amazing skaters one can see on TV, we have, after almost 30 years of practice, gotten good enough that people at least find our performances entertaining. Other hobbies include board gaming, movies, and trivia contests.
Professionally, I am a senior software engineer for a company that does contract work for NASA. I am usually tasked with writing the software that goes on board various NASA satellites to control their behavior and data collection. In addition, I am the lead engineer on a satellite simulation product that our company sells. I feel fortunate that I am able to live in the beauty of the Adirondacks while working for a company in Maryland (although it does require me to travel down there on a fairly frequent basis).
Other community involvement has been somewhat scattered in a number of activities. My wife is a member of Zonta, an international service organization working towards advancing the status of women. I am a firm believer that men have been giving women the short end of the stick for way too long and I do what I can to help her and the organization with their efforts.
The one thing I especially enjoy about the Lake Placid Curling Club is the level of friendship they have provided from day one. Members in the club are exceedingly friendly and their support while learning the ins and outs of the game is second to none.
Words of experience I’d like to provide is that people should give curling a try. It is a sport unlike many others in that the age and strength barrier is pretty open. It will feel impossible at first but after just a few weeks of playing, you would discover that you CAN do it!