7.09.2006

The Yo-Yo....


I am about as uncoordinated as most people could ever get. I run into things constantly, am persistantly falling, and just generally drop 25% of the things that I am trying to carry. This "grace" is just part of my charm.

I'm jealous of people who can dance and play sports and.... walk and chew gum at the same time. The fad of the hackey sack during my middle and high school years was a source of constant agony. I've always wanted to learn how to juggle. But, most of all, I'm jealous of people who can yo-yo.

As a kid, I could usually manage to get the yo-yo to perform the typical up and down rhythm required as a basic skill. But, I could never figure out how to do any of those fancy-schmancy tricks. The problem is that yo-yo-ing seems easy enough that everybody should be able to do it... That is everybody in the entire world except me.

Walk the Dog, Gravity Pulls, Pinwheels, Time Warps, Ferris Wheels.... All beyond me.

I've given up trying to learn to become graceful and have accepted my role in society as somebody without any cool, eccentric talents that can land me a spot on one of those late night television shows. But, I definitely still watch with envy anytime I see some kid showing off with a yo-yo.

9 comments:

Greg said...

I am SO with you... the yo-yo was a tough one for me, too. Walk the dog? Uh, yeah, I could unravel it and then drag it around on the floor. Walk the dead dog.

(Sorry, dog lovers.)

Blogarita said...

I was pretty good at swinging it around and trying to hit my brother in the head with it.

Dave Morris said...

That goddamn string gets twisted so easily.

I had a yo-yo with a light in it. (didn't we all) The battery went bad, seeped acid all over my other toys, and I grew to resent that yo-yo.

Lee Ann said...

I can do the basic yoyo moves, but I am no good at the fancy stuff!

Violet said...

Greg - How come that trick isn't in any of the books?

Blogarita - Anything that can be used as a weapon against a sibling can't be all bad.

Dave - You might want to try to let that go...

Lee Ann - I feel like I should be in the remedial yo-yo class.

Ari said...

You are not alone! I can only do the basic yo-you stuff for about 2 minutes. After that it just goes down and doesn't seem to come back up. It's sad.

Diana said...

Your talent is that you are a very unique story teller......"So there I was...." ;o) Can't wait to hear more of your "stories" this weekend! DF2006!!!

Amandarama said...

Mr. Scoop is pretty good with a yo-yo. He has one of the "fancy" wooden ones. Me? I could get tangled up in a spingloaded "Yo-Ball". Remember those?

Violet said...

Ari: Maybe we could start a support group or something...?

Diana: I've been stockpiling some good ones!

Amandarama: Yo-Ball... Heck, yeah! Way to be!