Archive for December, 2007

Update on End-Of-Year Juggling Meetings

December 19, 2007

December 19th, 2007      

          Well, according to Teal Ander, Community co-ordinator for the use of BICS gym, the school gym will be closed for three week-ends over the Christmas holidays, so we are going to have to make do with improvised juggling locales, or do without.        

          This is understandably disappointing, and we are going to explore other options for when this happens again.   We hope to see you on the second Saturday  in January, Jan. 12th, 2008.  By the way, Paul will have just had his 50th birthday, so think about ways to delight and embarrass him on that day, OK?      

          Best wishes for you Christmas holidays, and for the New Year.



Pre-Christmas juggling in the BICS gym

December 16, 2007

December 15th, 2007

       Well, the attendance was down a little this Saturday at the gym, probably due in part to the crazy energy and busy schedules of most of us in the weeks leading up to Christmas.  I counted 25 people before I left at 2 pm.  The club has added some great new spinning plates that we ordered from Higgins Bros, and the teen-agers were trying them out with gleeful abandon.  I was surprised, because we thought these easy-to-manipulate juggling props would appeal more to the younger crowd.            

       Needless to say, once the teens started trying the plates out, there was a general clamour by all the kids to give them a spin.  Davin created the longest “stick” by connecting all the sticks together, but there was no way he could get a plate to sit on top, because the sticks simply wouldn’t stay erect…   It looked more like a long fishing rod with a really big fish on the line!

          Paul ran another two o’clock basic three-ball training session for three new jugglers, who spent a lot of time focussed on and sometimes chasing after their props, but for the most part there was a lot of laughter.  It was good to see Marcus Hondro drop in, even without The Boy.  He gifted Paul with some extraordinary juggling balls, which was much appreciated.  A juggler can never have too many beautiful balls!  

          Calder worked on getting fancy with three clubs, trying reverse spins and back-passing, while Tobi focussed on his five-ball routine and multiplexing with five balls as well.  After Davin kept some younger, energetic jugglers running after balls for a while following his experiments with the plates, he and his buddy Thayne worked on their dimwits juggling routine.  Olivia and Mike practiced different throws and catches with their diablos before I had to run away to perform in a Christmas concert.  Jasmine showed up just as I was leaving, and showed her aunt Gita her poi manipulation, while her dad Stu focussed on three-ball juggling.            

       We missed Kim and Roq and Emera and Tiera, but they are going to participate in a New Zealand juggling convention during their travels, so we hope to hear their report on that and a Christmas during the summer Down Under.  

We hope the BICS gym will be open next Saturday:  we are getting conflicting reports on whether the building will be locked up or not.  So we will show up unless we hear catagorically that the gym is locked;  knowing Paul,  we will be there no matter what, just in case!

Best wishes to you all,