Disneyland vacation going on right now. A few updates:
Packed some essentials: yoyos and a kendama.
Drive from Sacramento to Anaheim uneventful. I managed to do the whole drive. Doesn’t sound like a big deal, but for me it is as long distance driving does NOT get along well with me. I am paying for it.
On the drive Friday, at a Denny’s, I think I ran into the parents or grandparents of a thrower on this forum who I think posted was taking a 2 year something or other to Mexico. They saw my DM2 on my holder(not one sold here) and had a short conversation with them.
Saturday, while visiting my wife’s friends in the area, it turned out the people whose house we were at, their son decided to take up playing yoyo. I hear bearing spin noises, turned around and he was trying to throw a ProZ with a deteriorating string. I set him up with a new string, corrected his throwing mistakes and showed him a few basics. He needs a club to keep him motivated. Odds are, his parents will be contacting me. They were impressed with my pathetic skills. The good thing is that I’m sure there are other kids throwing yoyos in Orange.
A little background: These vacations are a war. I go to have fun, it seems the rest want to have strife. It’s just a constast pain in the rear people going about on an expensive trip to NOT have fun.
Anyhow, I’m carrying the same red DM2 on my holder in the park in plain view. It hasn’t raised an eyebrow. Odd.
Sunday, my 3rd child got injured on the Pirate’s Lair(formerly Tom Sawyer Island). Cut above the right eye, required a bunch of stitches. It went all the way through to the bone. I was trying to round up 2 of the other kids to get the gang back together, when #3(who I was trying to locate) had this incident while my wife had #4 going potty. Another parent brought my kid out, I applied pressure, asked for a little help. In case of legal stuff, I’m not going to go into excessive detail. I will say two things, despite the fact I’m not happy with this happening: Disney staff did the best they could to get the issue addressed as quickly as they could, and 2: I’m not planning any legal action. That’s not how my mind works. Anyhow, after the ambulance ride(no sirens, I stabilized her and stopped the bleeding while not even breaking my cool), cleaning and stitches, she’s demanding to go back into the park. That’s good, we have 2 more scheduled days. Hey, I paid for annual passes, I’m gonna use the crap outta them!
Wednesday is the return trip. This will coincide with meeting kids I got into yoyo’ing in June 2012 on a trip centered around going to Disneyland. A short side trip may be stretched out to check progress on the kids, provide strings(perhaps) and give advice. I guess I’m responsible for this mess, so I gotta clean up after myself.
I think Sunday, I’m running a skill toy meet for my group in Sacramento. I gotta get the community around me more active and interactive/interacting and getting out and getting together. It’s not about growth, it’s about community.
When I get back, #3 has a yoyo. I think she’s wanting to actually play it now. Time to bust out a fresh string on that modified shape ProZ I gave her quite some time ago and let her at it.
Time to get rest. Full day of mayhem at Disney planned. If I didn’t have to push a stroller, I could throw a bit on the walk to or from the hotel to the park. The crowds have been intense so far so throwing in the park would not have been wise. It wouldn’t be wise anyways even on low-crowd days. They are setting up the stage area in front of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle for taping the Christmas parade. We might end up somehow being involved in that.
I got fresh strings on my throws, so I’m good to go with Type X, and I have plenty of spares!