Hello guys. I’m a 66 year old lad who had not spun a top in over 56 years, until this week. Thank God it was like riding a bicycle and I was able to spin a Spintastics Blizzard from the first throw. As a kid, less than 10 years old, I had a bunch of Duncan spikers, two steel whistlers and a couple of tops we called ball points. The Duncan spikers cost 10 cents a piece at the corner store.
I never learned tricks, except I seem to remember tops spinning on my hand (have no idea how they got there). My buddies and I just played, for hours, in an ally on Chicago’s South side. We played battle tops and also threw our tops high into the air in the hope they would land on and split someone else’s top. Never happened, but it was fun to try.
Thus far I have purchased a Spintastics Blizzard and Trompo Grande with fixed tip. Also picked up a Duncan Sir Duncan off Ebay. I’ve also ordered a battle top from Andy at Woodtops.com and a Guillia from YoYo Experts. I’ve purchased all these tops because I’m trying to find the top that’s most comfortable for me. I’ve not yet spun the Trompo Grande but really like the Blizzard. The Sir Duncan did what I thought it would do, but did not seem as smooth as the Blizzard.
Now, while I am still on the right side of the grass, I plan to introduce the joy of spinning tops to the children in my church’s Children’s Ministry, in which I help out. I took the Blizzard to Bible Study on Wednesday evening and before classes began, I threw the Blizzard for a while in the church’s gym and quickly drew a small group of kids who had never seen such a thing. I felt like the Pied Piper. Now I plan to get them spinning using one of my tops and will get those who would like one, a top of their own, just so they can learn and enjoy on their own.
Life is indeed good.