Get ready to be shocked. There are two things that I am passively working on. I say passively because I really want to be able to do them, but am not sure I ever will. Probably if I put in a large amount of effort or work I could probably gain a respectable amount of skill, but somehow I am not sure that is going to happen.
I want to learn how to juggle and I want to learn how to do yoyo tricks.
I know, not really a spectacular ambition. Other people are getting their MBA's and PhD's and I want to be a party entertainer. When I put it like that, it does sound pathetic. really pathetic. I might as well learn how to make balloon animals. (see tomorrow's blog--just kidding)
I don't think it is really about entertaining. I really can't imagine performing in front of people. Don't get me wrong, once I get over the stage fright, I can perform in front of people. It is a weird thing, but I can stand up in front of a crowd of strangers and make them laugh easier than I can ask questions to the clerk in a hobby shop.
Rather than be an entertainer, I just want the skill to be able to do those things. The juggling came from a Japanese TV show called TV Champion. It is a wonderful show that can make an interesting contest out of anything (juggling, making ramen, building Lego, making models, redecorating, and painting to name a few) They had a great juggling contest and I was hooked. Of course, my high school girlfriend was also a professional clown and could juggle--and ride a unicycle--so maybe that was part of it.
The yoyo came from watching my brother do amazing things with the yoyo. and then watching very young people on YouTube do impossible things.
I bought the yoyo and can do some very basic tricks with it (okay, one trick. Thanks to the ball bearings, I can make it sleep for an incredibly long time) I got the juggling balls for Christmas and have never managed more than a few revolutions before they come crashing to the ground and I have to gather them up again. The instruction booklet recommended practicing over a table to make it easier to round up the balls. It would be good advice if they didn't roll off the table.
Not having mastered either of these skills I have considered giving these things away in my annual donate to family ritual, but have never managed to do it. Even now, hunting for the yoyo to take the picture, I was worried that I had given it away. Like most things, I think someday I will do it. I just wish I knew when that someday would come.