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the story of an invisible girl
renniekins
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Christmas Party Juggling
I had a really nice time at S&D's Christmas party last night. It's really wonderful how friendly I feel with that group of people. Even though I met them all through C, that was three years ago. Now many of them are my friends also. I care about them. That makes me happy.

I went there with F, which was a little scary and weird at first. Most everybody there knew F already, but they did not know that he and I have started dating some. I've been very close-mouthed and shy about the whole thing up until now. So at least we've "outed ourselves" now, and I feel less weird. Once I relaxed, I had a great time.

Now, a cute story. At one point, I was upstairs talking to a few people. There were two small children (maybe around 5 years old?) playing on the bed. "Does anybody know how to juggle?", the little boy asked the crowd urgently. He and the little girl each had a small stuffed tiger, the size of a beanie-baby, and they were both tossing them into the air, pretending to juggle them.

I glanced around the room for F, because I know he's told me he can juggle. He wasn't around, and nobody else in the room volunteered. I know how to juggle, but I would probably easily qualify as The Worst Juggler In The World Who Knows How To Do It. There are lots of people who simply don't know how to juggle, and they are all worse than me. They are probably the only ones though. I know the basics; I'm just not very hand-eye coordinated and am therefore very bad at it. I can usually mange around 3 or 4 "jugs" before I start dropping things.

The child asked his question again, and I laughingly mentioned to the guy I was standing with that I knew juggling basics, but I was terrible at them. "I don't want to tell the kid I can juggle, because I'm really bad at it. Plus I might be able to juggle some round bean bags, but I doubt I could handle stuffed tigers!"

The guy looked at the kids, who were still pretending to juggle, each with one tiger. He said to me, "You know, it looks like they only have two tigers. Can you juggle with just two of them?"

I realized he was right. Now I don't think it's really "juggling" if you only have two items, but that is certainly much easier for me. It's how you learn to juggle, after all. Start with one, then two, then three. (Theoretically you then progress to even more, but I never got that far.) I am pretty good at two...it's just when I attempt a third that my coordination betrays me fairly quickly.

So I walked over there and took a tiger from each child. I started tossing them from hand to hand, juggling the two tigers. Little kids are great. You can impress them so easily! They both stood there on the bed, staring at me in awe. Wow!, they would exclaim, each time I tossed the little tigers from hand to hand.

I grinned. They were so amazed and happy that somebody had responded to their request. I handed them back their tigers and swaggered back to the party, feeling very cheerful. So what if I suck at juggling? I can impress 5-year-olds, and it made me feel surprisingly good about myself!

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encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: December 21st, 2003 10:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Glad you went and had a good time. I skipped it again, a little thing of having to travel from Texas. Her parties were always the best.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: December 22nd, 2003 08:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I was wondering why I didn't see you there. *grin*

It was a good time. Hopefully you'll make it up again some day!

Merry christmas. (:
abrokenstarr From: abrokenstarr Date: December 21st, 2003 11:34 am (UTC) (Link)
We had to do a session on circus skills last year.

http://www.livejournal.com/users/abrokenstarr/125186.html

I understand. I had to spend about an hour on juggling skills. Everyone else managed to do at least one of them.

I'm glad that you can manage two thing juggling :) It's a cute story!
thatguychuck From: thatguychuck Date: December 21st, 2003 10:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
You are far too much of a tease.

I love circus-type tricks. A few years ago I decided that I wanted to learn several sideshow type things and it's been a lot of fun. So I decided, "Wow! I want to learn about the circus skills session that abrokenstarr talked about!"

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(sigh)

But rennikins is right. I *can* juggle, albit somewhat poorly with traditional balls. (Other juggling tricks I'm much better at.)

Tease. (thatguychuck good-naturedly sticks out his tongue.)
abrokenstarr From: abrokenstarr Date: December 22nd, 2003 02:27 am (UTC) (Link)

OK.. ok.. .fair comment. I do that all the time without thinking about it. You should be able to see it now (I've added you to my friend's list)

I'm sorry.

(Now... it's really not that exciting... and you'll wish you never bothered!)
thatguychuck From: thatguychuck Date: December 22nd, 2003 11:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
To me, plate spinning sounds a lot more difficult than juggling. You don't have to juggle *well* to be able to juggle. (I sure can't juggle balls well.) But to be able to spin a plate, I'm guessing that's something that you have to be able to do well initially to do it at all. Congrats on learning.

Heck, I can teach you how to do tricks with fire but don't ask me to juggle a plate.

What's a diablo and how does one throw it?

What were you doing in which you 'had' to have a circus day and learn tricks? Whatever it it, it sounds amusing and interesting.
abrokenstarr From: abrokenstarr Date: December 23rd, 2003 02:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Thankyou... though when you consider the fact that everyone else mastered it more quickly....

*laughs*

The diablo... it's kind of a double ended cup that you balance on a string... you send it back and forth on the string and throw it in the air and catch it on the string again...

I am doing an English degree, I was taking Theatre as one third of my degree at the time, and one of the modules I was taking was Community Theatre... working in the community in a theatrical way, and circus skills were thought to be useful... I didn't use them in my final show!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: December 23rd, 2003 07:23 am (UTC) (Link)
It sounds like fun, even if you didn't get very good at it. It's neat to learn and try unique skills like that! (Did you see the comment I made to thatguychuck about your class? *grin*)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: December 22nd, 2003 09:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Too bad you couldn't see it! It was an amazing entry! She learned to juggle, walk the highwire, swing on a trapize, and for her final exam she was shot out of a canon!! It was soooo cool.
thatguychuck From: thatguychuck Date: December 22nd, 2003 11:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's not too often I'll laugh out loud while reading a live journal, but this was definitely one of those times. :) Thank you, you have made my evening complete. I can now go to sleep.


(...but where am I going to get a cannon to be shot out of? Hmmmm...)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: December 23rd, 2003 07:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Woo-hoo! Glad I could amuse you!!
abrokenstarr From: abrokenstarr Date: December 23rd, 2003 07:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Heeeheee.. a laugh out loud moment for me too... no I didn't see this before... boy did I miss out!

Though I'm surprised you didn't mention the juggling monkeys we had to train.... that was the high point of the day!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: December 23rd, 2003 08:16 am (UTC) (Link)
*laugh* The juggling monkeys....how could I forget about the juggling monkeys??
renniekins From: renniekins Date: December 22nd, 2003 08:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Believe me, I spent WAY more than an hour to learn how to juggle! I got a book for my brother, "Juggling for the complete klutz", which comes with 3 bean bags plus detailed instructions. I tried it out before I gave it to him. It was fun, but I did work on it for quite awhile. It took me a long time to get even my current poor level of skill. (He got better than me much more quickly...sigh)
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 22nd, 2003 10:58 am (UTC) (Link)
It was even scarier and weirder for some other people.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: December 22nd, 2003 11:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah...the stuffed tigers!
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