Last Saturday my 10 year old son convinced me to drive 2.5 hours one way to the Chico Yoyo Club for a 2 hour session. He just got done with his semester and worked pretty hard to get all his homework done. We love Chico, and decided to go.
The first thing we noticed when we went to Bird in Hand was a kid working there named Gentry Stein. Anyone heard of him? hehehe My son was stunned. It was like one of us older folks seeing Jimmy Page working at our local guitar shop. I introduced my son to Gentry, and they started working on the first trick card.
My son has been yoyo’ing for about 3 months, and completed the first trick card and got a free T-Shirt. Gentry is an awesome kid, with great patience. There was another Bird in Hand employee there, and although I forgot his name, he was was also great. Both had great patience, and of course, amazing skills.
All the kids there were great. Speaking as a parent, they were all nice kids who were polite, didn’t cuss, and helped the other kids with tricks. I saw Gentry do some amazing tricks, and saw him do simple tricks like Elevator with complete perfection and great instruction. Perhaps the highlight of the day was a 6 year old who spent all day trying to do Rock the Baby. Gentry was very patient while instructing him, and the kid finally did it! He was so thrilled.
We finally left at about 4pm. My son and I got about 2 hours of instruction from one of yoyo’s greats. We both had a great time. And to make it even better, we bought a used CYYC Del Toro and a used YYF Yuksta for $43.00 for both.
If any of you live within 2-3 hours of Chico, a trip to the club is worth it. BTW, I don’t think the club meets when it rains, so its best to call Bird in Hand before you make the trip.