Honestly, the number of people who have been interested in my yoyoing far FAR outweighs anyone who has thought I was weird. Most folks have never seen anything past rock the baby and around the world, so anything past that seems really fascinating to them. You don’t need to be “contest ready” to get a smile out of someone who doesn’t throw a yoyo.
Was just the envy of a dozen folks at the brewpub last night because I wasn’t bored to tears as we waited 30 minutes for a dang beer (slowest bartender ever). I just sat and threw and worked on a couple rando tricks that I’ve somehow forgotten how to do. One of them even said “You’re the smart one here, none of us have anything to do but stare at our phones”.
Anyone who looks down on someone for a hobby isn’t someone you’d want to bother spending time with. Every interesting person I know has at least one activity that they are a bit obsessed with. I’ve got friends who, fish, LARP, knit, play in jazz bands, ride MTB, and so on. It’s not really any less silly to tell people that there are 12 bikes and 20 fly rods in my garage than that there are 100 yoyos in my cases. All hobbies are amazing and goofy in equal measure.