And what kept you going with yoyo?
Before I retired two years ago I told everyone I was going to start bowling as a pastime and for exercise. I did my research, bought a set of nice bowling balls, a bag, shoes, and signed up for lessons. Had to drive 85 miles one way for lessons from a good instructor in Lexington. All in all at least a $1200 investment to get started right. Lessons were once a week for three months so you can add travel to that total. I didn’t like driving that far but the instructor and the facility was great. Then it happened. The local bowling alley closed. I had barely gotten started. All the small town bowling alleys have closed in my area of the state. Suddenly the closest decent facility is where I was taking lessons, 85 miles away. In addition, my best friend who also retired and promised to bowl with me has never made it a single time. … … … Time to move on to another hobby.
Enter two possibilities, disc golf and yoyo. At the time the closest disc golf course was 30 miles away. While fun, that is a long way to travel every time I want to practice with a real goal/target. On the other hand, I bought a few cheap yoyo’s and looked online for lessons, … Jackpot! There are lots of great sources for learning, including yoyoexpert.com. Once I bought a pocket friendly Deep State I was free to yoyo anywhere, in any weather, and any season. No dealing with the interstate expansion construction. A big change from long distance bowling or disc golf.
So while yoyo was not my first choice, it ended up being a good choice. And the online community is great. I’d love to take local lessons, but with the proficiency of good videos I don’t HAVE to have someone local to teach me tricks. And as a side note to disc golf, my town just completed an 18 target course at a local park. Looking forward to warm weather so I can try it.