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Darth Vader Hates my Hands

By November 12, 2015Yo-Yo Journal

Man, there is nothing quite like thinking you’re only a couple hops away from completing a trick and being able to start editing your footage (in this case for Let’s Play Yo-Yo Episode 13), only to find out you’ve been landing the yo-yo on the wrong string for two weeks. Not only that but when you start to try and land it on the right string, the yo-yo binds every single time unless you hit the mount perfectly. Initially after this slight course correction I was constantly slamming the yo-yo, the 2Evil, ironically enough, into my knuckles. You can’t see it but they hurt something wicked.

Anyways, I found out that after the initial laceration, first grab of the loop flying around the yo-yo, and then the loop wrapping around my throwhand and around the yo-yo as it falls into the string over my freehand index finger that if I pinch the whole thing as it contacts my throwhand that the yo-yo hangs a few inches below my hand, which gives the loop of string that’s supposed to wrap around the yo-yo (all of this will make sense when you watch the upcoming episode, I promise) enough time to make it around the yo-yo before it plummets onto the string on my throwhand, causing a bind that smashes my knuckles.

It’s fitting I suppose that all of this is an effort to cheat time and come across one of the most feared faces in the universe, Darth Vader. Okay, so I missed out on the Star Wars craze by half a decade, or more, but I saw all of the videos and I know damn well that if Vader knew I was trying to make out a rough image of his face with a yo-yo, he would have no problem with it smashing my knuckles a few times to prove I am indeed worthy to not only see the trick for myself from my own hands, but to then have the honor of being able to display it for the world to see.

Okay, okay, so I’m slightly sleep deprived. It is 1:53am and I am waiting for the washing machine to finish cleaning our son’s cloth diapers so I can move them to the dryer so that tomorrow morning doesn’t suck for my wife and I. I’ve been poking my head into the r/Throwers IRC room here and there but it’s mostly abandoned so I turned on some music and have been working on landing the laceration for just short of an hour. It’s been rough. I faked it a few times to prove that once that loop of string somehow magically makes it around my wrist and then around the yo-yo that I will be able to hit the trick. Only one out of four fakes resulted in the mask.

Kind of unnerving. I hope I start getting this soon. I’ve been at this episode for almost a month now. Not bad considering I filmed all of episode 12 in about three days and then took a whole year to release the episode. If you see this entry and have enjoyed reading about some of what goes on behind the scenes please let me know in the comments. It’s nice to have someone to talk to about this that understands all the crap I put myself through for my audience’s enjoyment, so I’d love to chat with you guys in the comments! See you next time!

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