There's no question Randy Ferbey wanted another crack at winning his fourth world title.
"That's wonderful. We have another chance to do it again," said Ferbey, who's going to his fourth world championship in the last five years in Victoria, B.C., early next month.
After beating Shawn Adams in Sunday's Brier final, Ferbey nailed down his sixth career Worlds appearance.
He'd like to make up for an opportunity lost when he lost the Brier final to Mark Dacey last year.
"There was a little bit of disappointment, sure, when you're that close," said Ferbey.
"There's nothing we can do about it now. We just got on with life.
"We were successful enough to get back here this year and got ourselves another opportunity," said Ferbey. "It's been another good year."
Ferbey is just as happy to have the event in Canada this year.
"Other guys might have liked the long trip overseas, but for our team, Victoria is a good spot to go to," said Ferbey.
When he was a much younger pup, Ferbey caused a bit of a flap when the world championship first became a joint male-female event.
It was back in 1989 in Milwaukee and Ferbey's second straight appearance at the Worlds with Pat Ryan. He wasn't sure what to expect.
"We came here to curl," said Ferbey. "Not to watch women's rear ends."
There were a few other choice words about needing time to put on makeup and such. But Ferbey has mellowed a bit.
"I was a bit more immature back then," said Ferbey yesterday. "That's just the way I felt about it."
Now that this year's event will be an all-male affair, Ferbey sounded almost nostalgic.
"It was fun curling with the gals all those times," said Ferbey, who managed to win his first title despite all the distractions.
"I enjoyed the socializing. I think there was something to say for it."
The powers that be decided to hold separate championships because the sport's increasing international popularity forced an increase to a 12-team event.
Ferbey added world titles in Bismarck, North Dakota and Winnipeg in 2002 and 2003.
Even though 2004 champ Peja Lindholm will not be there, Ferbey will face a lot of familiar names.
"It's a reasonably strong field," said Ferbey.
Switzerland's Andreas Schwaller beat Ferbey in the contentious 2001 semi and he'll be back.
Germany's Andy Kapp lost last year's final to Lindholm, whose country will be represented by Eric Carlsen. Olympic gold medallist Paal Trulsen is also back.
"We've played most of these teams already," said Ferbey. "They're all capable."
And none of them wear makeup.