Eric, I’m here I’m here! Thanks for the kind words.
Thanks for posting this, Raptor!
My father is a big influence in other ways but since I’m a growzed up adult thrower, he hasn’t influenced my jojoing. My kids on the other hand… they know a lot about yoyos already even though they haven’t decided to “take it up” in a dedicated way yet. The 6-year-old is probably “juuuuust” old enough but would rather play sword-fight with foam swords. That’s cool with me. The 2.5-year-old loves yoyos but mostly just bashes them against the floor. The 5-month old is a 5-month old.
I should say that my dad was never one to dissuade us from hobbies. He always had a bunch himself, and from that perspective, I guess he WAS an influence. Taught me the value of not taking every second of your life so seriously.