This was the question life presented me during a 6000 mile three and a half week road trip. While packing I neglected to check that the stash of nice yoyos I keep in the truck was actually there. They had been removed and replaced with four not so great yoyos.
The first night I went for the yoyos I was like, “Woah, these aren’t the yoyos I keep in the truck.” I then grabbed one and began to play. I used that yoyo for the next few days and it never really bothered me that I didn’t have a nice metal or my favorite fixed axle. I just rediscovered what that yoyo could do well and what I could do well with that yo and then began pushing my limits. That yoyo then found a new owner, a young girl, that got her first bind with it and walked away with the biggest smile. Over the next weeks I had the same experience with the other three yoyos, thrown for a few days and given away to someone that was interested.
I was surprised to find that not having a nice yoyo was no big deal to me. I really just love to yoyo, pretty much any yoyo. I’m not saying that I don’t enjoy or love throwing my nice metals and fixies, I’m just saying that yoyoing itself is more important to me than what tool I use. I’m sure if the yoyo was unplayable I would have frowned, but I know how to modify old yoyos to make them play better. (We used to have to do that on occasion.) When I got home it wasn’t like, “OMG thank goodness a nice metal.”
So therefore my question: Would you yoyo if you didn’t have a nice yoyo? You know, one that didn’t spin well, had a starburst response or worn out response, narrower gap than you like, a shape you didn’t prefer or enjoy as much as others, define it as you want.