Today I was out and about running some small preparation errands for CalStates. The objective: to purchase an inexpensive stopwatch. But why do I need a stopwatch when I could just use my iPhone? Crappy battery life on the iPhone and I might need the iPhone. Sometimes it’s best to have a dedicated tool for the job. So, I go to a sporting goods store to get one. $10, in blue. Score!
Uh oh. I’m near the local Toys R us. My 3 year old keeps taking everyone else’s yoyos and isn’t happy with her pegged string yoyo. But, the last several trips, Toys R Us has sucked. Not today. The end cap displays were STOCKED with Duncans and Yomegas. The only item of interest to me were Yomega Raiders, but I have a pair of Unleashed yoyos and I can’t loop yet so no reason to buy more loopers. Since the kid is 3 and just had a birthday where we didn’t get her any presents(long other story involving a late paying client and lack of time), I decided to make a belated birthday present and get her a Reflex so she could start. They also have these two-packs of a Limelight and Mosquito for $10, so I figure she can have an inexpensive upgrade path. Now she’s got 4 yoyos and ideally SHOULD leave the yoyos of two elders alone.
Now, while I was there, a kid ran into me and was trying to pick out a yoyo. I had my DM2 and my XCon Pro on me and busted out a few tricks for the kid. He said I made it look so easy, but I said “I’m not that good, but these are easier tricks and I practice them a lot” and then showed him Matrix, went to a couple of different wrist mount GT’s, then a trapeze and bro. I’m seeing the need to learn looping better and carry something set up for 5A. Anyhow, he went out with a Duncan Metal Drifter and a pack of Duncan strings. Told him about CalStates and my nearby yoyo meets. I answered a lot of questions.
So, take the 5 minutes or so to answer a few questions. Doesn’t matter if it’s a kid or an “older thrower”. Doesn’t matter if it’s yoyo or not. If you can help someone out, even if it’s just hobby questions. There’s not enough “nice” going around these days. This little bit of “shared experience” may be something that makes someone’s day or week or more.
Another side note, Toys R Us appears to be re-stocking again if you need your yoyo fix. YYE still has much better selection. Chances are, between the sales tax vs. shipping, YYE still may offer a better value. Plus, you can’t get a PSG or Asteroid at Toys R Us.