Hey there everyone!
It’s been a while since I last was active here, lots of stuff going on, changing jobs, moving, etc. so I really haven’t had as much time to be “active” in the yoyo world like I had been, but I do still yoyo on the daily!
I always have numerous interesting encounters involving yoyos simply because I’m someone who yoyos constantly wherever I go, and my main travels take me into busy cities where a lot of people get to see me throw.
I live in the Venice beach area at this time and I was out taking some personal time and throwing while wandering about, and a man stopped to watch me. This gentleman looked to be in his 60s and was walking with a cane. After watching me for some time he asked me "can you do "- oh here it comes, the notorious walk the dog question. “The three leaf clover?”
Well that was unexpected. I explained I couldn’t do it on the MMN I was using but could on a different yoyo. I explained how unresponsive yoyos worked and why certain tricks wouldn’t work on such throws but could be done on more “standard” loop based yoyos.
Well let’s see you try on this! He said as he took out an imperial shaped very worn pained wooden yoyo from his pocket.
Wow so cool! I gave this painted red yoyo a few loops (which I’m no master of by the way) and then did the 3 leaf clover he inquired of with some sloppiness.
The man clapped and proceeded to tell me that he was a Duncan champion back in the day. He showed me what he could do on his yoyo and I was quite impressed! He did a split the atom with ease and looped out into some inside and outside loops, skin the cat, shoot the moon, trapeze, all with great ease and agility that made what would be considered “basic” tricks today look very very skillful and clean.
I learned that his name was Andy and he still enjoys throwing from time to time. Apparently he knew a bit about modern yoyoing and had even tried a yoyojam yoyo about ten years ago, but to him, modern yoyoing just doesn’t feel like “real” yoyoing to him. Interesting to meet someone who is very relaxed and at ease with throwing this classic style, and probably using the same old wooden yoyo that he used as a young one.
Parting ways, I definitely wanted to get a classic wooden yoyo for myself to throw around a bit. Was a lot of fun!