The past couple of weeks have been frustrating on many levels.
So, let’s look at the yoyo stuff first, since that’s all you really care about, then you can skip the rest of my story, deal? Deal!
I’m still working on kwijibo. I still need work on this, but it’s going quite well. I am landing it, just not reliably yet, but I did do it twice on one throw a couple of times. When I do that, I change yoyos just to ensure good technique. I’m not changing yoyos as often as I would like to.
As far as training is concerned, and don’t take this as a negative or a slam, but I got started with Andre’s tutorial on this trick, but even with the angles, being full speed, it didn’t work too well for me. I ended up using the videos Brett Grimes made, one for One Drop, the other for HSYY. Seeing it broken down and slowed down really helped me get this trick down. My point here isn’t “oh, the videos on YYE aren’t good”. My point is that you should try any and ALL learning resources you can find when you’re learning something. I’ve learned many tricks using nothing other than the YYE videos for my learning. We all learn differently and sometimes we need a different perspective. Never limit yourself!
My boy is currently bearing up his Fiesta XX as I type this. He can throw it, land it and bind it back. I even showed him how to do off-string barrel rolls and he can do that now too. He just needs to slow down and stop being a spaz and controlling his throw and he’ll improve. He’s into my stacked yoyos so we have to figure out what to get. He likes my Magic YoYo T9, so that may be the way to go. I have 2 of those so I have a set when I get around to messing with ASquared style. He’s playing his Magic T6 almost exclusively now, although he stil raids my case and throws my Albatross quite a bit.
I missed the YYF/Tony Hawk Birdhouse Left Coast tour stop in Sacramento because I was tearing my house apart looking for my 66/110 impact tool. I need it for a job, but I don’t have the $70 to buy a decent replacement and I dislike cheap tools. I was unable to go to the Rocky Ridge Learning Express YYF event the next day, but that’s due to the fact that I have kids and my wife and I share a car, so the logistics were impossible. I hope YYF feels the tour is worth it and does another next year!
New arrivals: Nessie. Nice!
Got a YYS Stalker and a YYF Rockstar. I successfully traded off the Rockstar for a Spin Dynamics Monkey First, which should arrive sometime next week.
I have secured a Cascade, a Ti-5 and another unnamed yoyo.
I have a Duncan Mayhem in the box at my house that I can’t open because I can’t pay for it yet. The story behind that is coming up soon. I feel like a total tool because I made a deal, he shipped first since he has no feedback, and my cash ran out. I WILL make good on this!
So, my money situation:
As per typical, one of my clients is late with their payments. 2 payments now. I can’t charge late fees. Long story, don’t ask, it will make your brains eject through holes in your skull. Tired old story, I could repeat it monthly.
I had a job doing sound for a concert on July 13th. That got cancelled. The headlining artist, who I will not name, went “diva”(it is a dude) and threw a hissy fit about the hotel room not being acceptable. For what his pay is, at that LOW pay rate, you DO NOT get those sort of luxuries. Anyhow, due to his panties getting tied in a knot, he camped in the hotel room he got and was posting stuff to Facebook(which he’s since removed) and forced the promoter to CANCEL the concert, yet the headlining artist ALSO took his full pay that he didn’t earn since he didn’t perform. As a result, I don’t get paid either and neither does my crew. The promoter has to refund tickets which means he operates at a loss. I’m angry because no money, yet I did a lot of work(enough to earn the full price) and I can’t pay my crew either. I have bills to pay and now I’m screwed on those as well. I’ve been in a very bad mood most of the past few days as a result. The promoter was going to be in contact with me but he’s flaked on that as well.
Oh, in case you’re wondering, it was a Christian-music event with a Christian artist. I don’t want to drag religion into anything, but I feel it’s worth noting. Also worth nothing is that I’ve suffered a lot of abuse in the name of “christianity”. But that’s not suitable for discussion here.
My next gig is for YoLex on Saturday in Roseville. I love doing sound for yoyo contests. The pay may not be great, but I could care less. I love the atmosphere and environment. For this one, I have no clue if I’m going to get paid, but I also don’t care if I get paid either!
Last night, I got the bulk of lighting design changes done for a show on the 28th. After I get done posting this, I’m going to remove the lights from my truck and get the truck ready for the YoLex contest Saturday. Later today, I have to move some phone lines in an office and get paid for my work done!
Keep up the throwing and have a good week!