I like to yoyo even when I’m not really working on combos or new tricks. And I’ll do it anywhere, any time.
On one occasion not too long after I started, I was just practicing a basic front bind at McDonald’s. A sweet old lady asked, “Oh, now that was NEAT! What do you call that trick?” I told her it was called a bind, and demonstrated a few more times. But I was thinking to myself, “I’m really just practicing getting this darned thing back to my hand!”
More recently, I’ve been kinda into tricks based on the wrist mount. Although I’m not really “practicing” (the mount and dismount are virtually flawless at this point), I do find myself just going into wrist mount and dismounting; often practicing the suicide bind as I come out of it. A friend of a family member commented on how amazing it was and that she can’t understand how someone gets that good at yoyo.
Although I wasn’t doing anything I thought of as a trick (well, the bind is a trick bind), I took a step back from myself and tried to think of it in non-yoyoer terms. Let’s face it, a wrist mount is pretty neat. The dismount is a bit more involved than some other dismounts. And a suicide bind requires more “flipping the yoyo around” and is kinda flashy. Put that all together and I can totally see why someone might find it impressive!
Goes to show that even with the humblest tricks, modern 1A is a whole other world than what most people are used to from a yoyo!