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The importance of house and home

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I've been spending a lot of time at the Roar of the Rings Olympic Curling Trials this week. Why not? This is the best curling anyone is ever going to see in their life. Better than the Scotties, better than the Brier, better than the Olympics. There are no easy games in this draw -- ever.

Some of curling's primary terminology got me thinking about the residential construction industry. As everyone knows, you can't score points in curling if you don't put rocks in the house. The goal is to get more rocks closer to the center of the house than the other team.

Why house? I don't know. I doubt that it has anything to do with sweeping a broom. If you want to protect what's yours so you can score points and win, you have to guard the house. After all, what's in the house is valuable to you.

I then let my mind wander to other similar notations. What's the best hit in baseball? It's the home run, of course. You score runs when you cross home plate. You drive someone home, you run towards home, you're safe at home. Very rarely do you steal home.

You even create monuments with these types of references. After all, wasn't Yankee Stadium the House that Ruth Built?

Taking this analogy a little further, we often refer to our local sports venue as our house. Nobody comes into our house and pushes us around. Wait until we get back to our house. After all, isn't that part of home-field advantage? We play to break even or tie on the road, but we always expect to win at home.

Unfortunately, it's only in games like cards or billiards that we can impose such things as house rules. It's a shame we couldn't do that for football or hockey.

I'm certain that there are dozens of other house and home references in sports and elsewhere, and they all reflect the importance we all place on house and home. It's where the heart is. It's how we score and win. It's where we feel most comfortable. So get out there this weekend and cheer for our home teams to get more rocks in the house. After all, two of these teams are going to become Team Canada in Sochi.

Mike Moore is president of the Manitoba Home Builders' Association.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 7, 2013 F6

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