I was walking to school with my kids today, and I was using my Unleashed. I’d been working on doing inside loops to an around the world. It’s coming along at least on my right hand.
My kids tend to walk way in front of me.
As I did the around the world portion, the person behind me said “Hey, look out”. Odd, I didn’t realize there was someone was like right behind me. I told the person “you don’t need to be right up behind me”.
Now, this got me to thinking: What it that person was trying to mug me? I could have just saved myself from a potential violent crime, or at least had a couple of extra tools on me to fight off an attacker, even if I only got one shot off.
The reality was it was a kid, and he was walking ahead of his mother who was pushing a stroller and he was trying to get a closer look at what I was doing. Apparently, another Ned-show fan who couldn’t get a crappy yo-yo from the school. I think this kid needs to make some judgement decisions about “personal space” and “how close is too close”.
I didn’t hear the kid behind me because of traffic noise, combined with me focusing on trying to do good loops and this new thing I’m working on. Also, shadows wouldn’t be of any help because the sun was in front of me. What is good is that he didn’t get hurt.
This also brings up an interesting point: Situational awareness. We need to be aware of what might be in “our space” when we throw so we can minimize or eliminate injuries to ourself(well…) or others. At YoLex meets, I’ve found this impossible since people keep stepping into my “bubble”. At the kid’s school, I’ve learned that no matter how far away from others I go, they still want to pass 3 inches from my face even if that means going way out of their way to do so. I also have to ask kids to back up/move away while I’m throwing so they don’t get hit.
Yoyo didn’t save my life. Yoyo wasn’t used as a weapon, at least not in this situation. Someone still could have gotten accidentally smacked though. Be aware of your surroundings when you’re trying to have some fun.