Feel like your life is boring? Your friends don't share your interests or you don't know anybody to hang out with? You go home from work, lock yourself in your room and wait for morning to do it all over again?
I was like that for years. Then one day something changed everything, and part of that something was me developing my new personal mantra... Whenever I'm feeling down or misunderstood or alone, it helps to remember this simple phrase.
Fuck you guys, I'm awesome.
Now go out there and do something that frightens the shit out of you, just because you can!
16:35:50 dracoling: what's up tonight? we hanging out or going to the gym at least?
16:35:59 scottmon81: sure
16:40:25 scottmon81: when u getting in?
16:40:33 dracoling: NEVAR!@#
16:40:36 dracoling: err, I mean
16:40:37 dracoling: 7ish
16:40:42 scottmon81: lol
16:40:54 dracoling: yeah, I'm in a mood today
16:41:02 scottmon81: lol
16:41:08 scottmon81: ooo a mood
16:41:11 dracoling: err... uhm
16:41:30 dracoling: I think I need you to take me to my house so that I can set the internet back up
16:41:41 scottmon81: mm kk'
16:41:43 dracoling: dad just emailed me that he unplugged everything
16:42:15 dracoling: and mom called like 20 minutes ago from PA like "yeah, the car... tire... blah blah blah... pennsylvania... blah blah... things"
16:42:24 scottmon81: yuck
16:42:32 dracoling: and I was all "yes. call someone who can things"
16:42:50 scottmon81: nothing u can do
16:42:53 dracoling: and she goes "okaaaaay.... but I just wanted to make sure that you .... blah blah blah blah"
16:43:04 dracoling: she called kb, who is better be there already
16:43:31 dracoling: I said I would stay at the office until 5 to danny... but I want to leave... uhm... 2 hours ago
16:43:40 dracoling: but he's paying me overtime!
16:43:43 dracoling: so I like overtime
16:43:45 scottmon81: woot overtime
16:43:46 dracoling: its like money
16:43:47 dracoling: only more
16:43:50 scottmon81: it almost 5 lol
16:43:55 dracoling: did I mention I'm in a mood?
16:44:11 scottmon81: need to spin that mood out of u
16:44:12 dracoling: I think I'm gonna go have like... half a case of mountain dew and take a nap
16:44:29 dracoling: ZOMG LETZ SPIN FYER!@#!@#!@#!EQ#FQAEF@#R@R@#RAIHFWFPI@RFQ$AVQ#TT$^H#%^)*(YAEVINAWERV(*YHF@WC
16:44:38 scottmon81: lol
16:45:39 dracoling: in case you're wondering, that's the same sound you would hear if a bear and a unicorn were having a 3-way with an icecream cake... a concentrated ball of awesome exploding the universe we live in
16:46:03 dracoling: I have a pillow on my head now
Everyone knew it was only a matter of time before I finally wrote something about my latest and most lasting awesome hobby of doom, so here we go!
First Part - What is poi?
Poi is a performance art in which a ball or balls suspended from a length of flexible material, usually a plaited cord, are held in the hand and swung in circular patterns. Poi is one of the traditional performing arts of the Māori people of New Zealand, and has developed many forms used worldwide as a hobby, exercise, or performance art alongside juggling and other forms of object manipulation.
Part the second - Why?
Favorite answer: Why not?!
Well, this is a hard one for me to explain... no wait, it's not. Its because it's fun and it looks freakin cool!
The one important thing they don't mention above (because they're focusing on the basics) is that many/most poi spinners (in my experience) prefer to spin objects that are lit in some way. I generally spin glowing LED powered ones. Later this summer you'll find me LIGHTING THINGS ON FIRE AND SPINNING THEM AROUND ME DAFSASF!!!!!@#HHGH#@
Yes, you heard right, we light things on fire, and swing them around our bodies.
Part III - Danger Will Robinson!
Q: Wait, fire? Isn't that dangerous?
A: Yes, so is breathing, especially in Jersey, ever heard of cancer? ugh.
Life is short. Light things on fire!
... I feel like that should be a t-shirt or something.
Seriously though, when you take the appropriate precautions there's only a small risk of being harmed or harming others, most of which can be avoided by not being a complete jackass and/or trying with things that aren't on fire first.
Plus, did I forget to mention that it looks awesome?
Section 4: the revenge of the section (or, how do I do this poi thing anyway?)
The best way to learn poi is to just do it.
The easiest way to just do it is to learn poi.
Wait, I made a circle. Lets step back.
Poi at its heart is simply object manipulation. You put a weight on a string, you spin the object around. Suddenly this is poi.
Have keys on a lanyard? Have a tube sock and an orange? Piece of string and a banana?
All of this can be poi! (or breakfast... except the keys)!
Sure, you can spend lots of money buying cool toys, but who wants to wait for shipping when you could start hitting yourself and looking like an idiot right now!
I'm going to update this later today with some links to awesome tutorial videos and pictures, maybe if you're lucky I'll post up where to get the same toys I use.
Until then, hold your breath... okay?
I'm gonna go spin. seeya in a bit.
[To Be Continued...]
This post has been reserved for the Live Blog of the Closing Night performance of Carousel at Town and Country Players Theater.
Yes, this is a foolish idea, but it amuses me... so lets get started.