Do you have any yoyos with stories attached to them? Or that have special meaning to you?
I own a lot of yoyos. And I’ve been playing a lot of them lately in anticipation of my year long fixed axle challenge. As I’ve been playing through my yoyos, I’ve been reminiscing about where each came from, but also thinking about how even though most of the yoyos in my collection have at least some story behind them, I don’t feel particularly connected to all of them.
I’ve had this back and forth for a long time about whether I’d enjoy having fewer yoyos than I do. Sometimes I really enjoy the variety, but sometimes I think that if I had just a few I’d appreciate them more because then each would feel special. So in the past I’ve gone through selling frenzies where I’ve made efforts to downsize my collection, and I had started to feel like I had a reasonable number until this past week as I was going through them all. :
mgodinez has a Dif-e-Yo Barebones that has been his main player since 2005. I think that’s really rad. It’s traveled all over the place with him, and he really knows that yoyo. And honestly, I’m a little jealous that I don’t have a yoyo that I’ve bonded with for that length of time. There’s a few that I do feel quite connected to, though, and they make me smile.
These Code2s are an example. The Code2 design went through a community testing period. One Drop sent out a number of tester Code2s, three of which circulated to members of the community who were interested in testing it and giving feedback. Each of the community testers kept the tester unit for about a week before mailing it to the next tester. Jason Wong, who is incredibly generous and an all around awesome guy, anodized one of the tester units that circulated (the “Silver Skittles” – the top one in the picture). So the folks who tested that one got the extra treat of getting to enjoy some of his phenomenal anodization work in person. It really is incredible work. Sometime after the Code2 went to production, Jason offered to anodize another one for me in whatever colorway I wanted. I’d always loved his original “Skittles” colorway (the bottom yoyo in the pic), so I went with that. I think they make a beautiful pair. I play them a fair bit, and every time I do, I remember the excitement of the testing process and Jason’s generosity. I think it’s pretty cool to have stuff like that in my life.
Anywho, do you have yoyos with stories, people, etc. that you associate with them? Let’s hear some of them and see some pics!