Day 35 – Hopping Around Utah

Posted in Clubs, Daily Post, Yo-yos, crew, juggling on September 30th, 2009 by Emil Lamprecht

Another busy day, but a relief compared to our 36 hour stint. The morning started with adventures involving laundry machines. Most notable about these adventures is what people like Nate and I are willing to wear around the hotel while everything else is in the machines. I wont go into to much detail, but there are definitely Hawaiian swimming trunks and euro -trashy linen shirts involved….

Anyway, our first gig was at a TRU about an hour from where we were staying. We were met by a pretty good crowd (a lot of people have been finding the website from the most random sources!) and had a lot of fun teaching, fixing yoyos, and showing off as per usual!

We had to rush to our second gig, and with traffic barely made it to set up and such. A lot of players had planned to meet us there so we had a crowd throughout and the demo overall was pretty fun. We stayed a bit late to entertain folks as the store closed and then took off for the BYU Yoyo and Juggling Club! Oh how I LOVE a good juggling club. There was plenty of yoyo, some astrojax, and I geaked hardcore with some clubs. I even managed to get 6 clubs going a couple of times and I haven’t run that in years! We’ve been pretty good about meeting up with both yo-yo and juggling clubs through out, but I hope we can do even more as we continue the tour. Its SO much fun.

We headed back North in preparation for the following day and though it took us a while to find the place we finally ate and settled in for the night. Still recovering from the SUPER long day we hit the sack pretty quickly, though 6 hours later I was up for a Radio Interview!

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Day 26 – It’s a small world

Posted in Adventures, Events, Players, Yo-yos, crew on September 23rd, 2009 by Nate Sutter

Hello blog readers and blog reader-ettes. This here is Nate Sutter bestowing some funky blog knowledge upon you.

Let me start by saying this tour has been awesome to the max. Everytime that we pull into a new city my mind is blown away by what crazy and exciting things we discover, and what new awesome friends we make. Each city just keeps getting better. Kansas City was no exception.

The story starts with a bit of something Emil mentioned already on the blog. We met a juggler on Saturday evening who was drawn to us because of Emil yo-yoing. He introduced himself and said he was just starting out with yo-yos. He also mentioned that he was a clown from the Ringling circus and was working on an act involving yo-yos with another clown. We chatted and had much to talk about. He then invited Emil and myself to the circus the following day. Lucky for us, the circus fit right into our schedule. We went back to the hotel, got some work done and got some good rest after a long day.

The next day we woke up early and hungry. Our demonstration was at a Toys ‘R Us in Overland Park. The show was extremely close to our hotel so we had time for a good breakfast, and good it was. The demonstration went very well. We had quite a few people show up excited to see us, after seeing our other show on television the day before. Little John showed up and was a riot as usual. Kansas City; let me tell it to you straight. Little John is the bee’s knees! I officially nominate him as a candidate for first president of the official Kansas City yo-yo club. Getting back to the story now, our demonstration wrapped up and we hurried to the sports arena to meet the clown from the night before backstage. After a little bit of waiting and some elephant crossing he greeted us cheerily and led us to clown alley. We met some of the other clowns and started showing off tricks and talking about yo-yos. It wasn’t long before he tells us that the other clown he is working on the yo-yoing with goes by the name of Kricket.

It is at this point in the story that I almost dropped some masonry if you know what I mean. Let me explain. I have this cousin that I haven’t seen in probably more than five years. Last I heard he had joined the circus and was a clown with the same name. I realized that they could be the same person. Almost immediately after this realization my Cousin Jim walks around the corner with a big smile on his half clown painted face. We man hugged like tough guys and then discussed the inexplicability of this happenstance. We caught up a bit, and I showed off some tricks that I thought would be good for clowning. Unfortunately, it was about time for the pre-show to start. Emil and I made our way out to the arena floor and met up with our new and old clown friends in full clown costume. The pre-show was fun; Emil and I got a chance to see some of the performers do routines.

Showtime came around and it was WICKED AWESOME. I had never seen a Ringling Brothers circus show before. It is a big to do! The costumes were both ridiculous and amazing. There was singing, dancing, animals, jokes and clowns. After the show Emil and I went to dinner and shortly after headed to the Ringling train. This part is amazing to me, that the Ringling Circus still travels by train. Anyways, Kricket shows us his room and the first thing I spot is a Peelander Z poster. For those of you who do not understand, Peelander Z is a Japanese action comic punk band from New York City that plays each year at the International yo-yo open. Needless to say, instant awesomeness. We headed to a nearby room and played yo-yos until the wee hours of the night. We talked, laughed and joked around until it was past all of our bed times.

It was awesome.

End.

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Day 26-27 — A Day at the Circus

Posted in Adventures, Cameras, Daily Post, Events, Yo-yos on September 21st, 2009 by Emil Lamprecht

So there is one particular part of Day 26 that should absolutely be told, but I will leave that story to the Sutter Master to relate to you all. I will say however that we continued to love Kansas City and the people in it. A solid TRU demo followed by an entire afternoon and evening at the Circus… incredible.

Between teaching yo-yo tricks in Clown Alley and then experiencing Ringling Bros first hand both back stage and front… man we felt like yo-yo rock stars. Ringling itself is a production of EPIC proportion that runs like a well oiled piece of machinery and it was awesome to see the cogs lying around or hanging out cracking jokes before all coming together for the massive presentation that is that show.

Important points:
- Elephants are awesome.
- Tigers are scary.
- Motorcycles wizzing around a steal ball of death is SO COOL!!
- Chinese Jugglers are too good for reality.
- Some acrobatic stunts just shouldn’t be possible by humans.

In many ways circus shows have been turning more and more into a glorified form of children’s theater, but honestly, who cares! Its still awesome animals and crazy stunts. Big thanks and props to our friends Aji and Kricket in the clown car for having us along, and if you guys are reading this, can’t wait to run into you again some time!

And day 27? News program, demo at cool store, but the real news? Seth is back on board and with us through to nationals! We might or might not have a box of Mongu Hoodies. Maybe, who knows, it’s just one of those silly rumors.

Next up? Looooooooooooooooooong drive to Colorado. :-)

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Days 24-25 — The Greatest Stops On Earth

Posted in Clubs, Daily Post, Events, Players, Update, Yo-yos on September 19th, 2009 by Emil Lamprecht

Speechless. Truly, just speechless.
Moon Marble, Brookside Toy and Science, Channel 9 News, Ren Fair, Ringling Bros… these things have made the past 48 hours truly COMPLETELY MIND BLOWING. I’m reluctant to even try and explain how much fun we had today because its not possible in words!

Ok, so yesterday we had a stop scheduled at a place called Moon Marble Co. Now besides whatever our gig was this store is the craziest most unique toy store I’ve ever seen. Fully equipped with workshop in the back (for wooden swords and shields no less) and a professional marble maker as an owner, this place is a crazy warehouse of awesome toys, insane marbles and incredibly cool people. Bruce even has a little area in the back with bleacher seating at which several times a day he does a fantastic marble making demonstration for audiences. Very cool process to watch.

So yesterday Nate and I had a lot of fun getting to know these guys, we did a 15 minute show that was very well received in Bruce’s demonstration area, and then hung out and taught tons of people how to throw. We had such a good time we could not wait to come back the following day which-we were already booked for-and left on a great note. This morning we had an early wake up call and were at our location (a half hour from the hotel) at 7:45am. Here we met Jesse Williams–a local dude who joined us for our demos today–the owners of Brookside Toy and Science, and the mobile team for Channel 9 news. Should you be so lucky, all of these people are worth meeting at some point.

The owners and staff at Brookside were incredible. Truly genuine, fun people and the kids and customers who showed up during our brief 2 hour visit were interactive and energetic. The group of kids were great and during our two 2:30 broadcasts with Justin of Channel 9 it was awesome to have everyone interacting with us and part of our presentation. You can watch a sample of what we did HERE, this was not the actual broadcast but a pick-up we shot afterwards for the web (Justin didn’t think they would post it!). I bumble a bit on describing 5a, but overall it went pretty well. After Channel 9 left we spent more time teaching and selling and just getting to know the people.

We left Brookside at 10 and shot off for our second visit to Moon Marble. Not wanting to be late (we only had an hour and it was a pretty long drive) the Duncan van did some intense maneuvering but we made it on time, set up while a marble making demo ended, and then kicked off the best 4 hour demo we’ve done yet. We put on 4, half hour long shows for audiences of 30-60 people and spent the in between time teaching and hanging out with players.

Now, here is something really cool about the tour that I didn’t quiet realize until today. Kansas City is the second place we’ve been that had extremely little pre-established yo-yo scene in which suddenly as many as 8-10 players from the area showed up to one of our demos and all got to meet each other. I think the guys here in KC are even gonna start a club as the result! Its SO cool to have a bunch of players show up and hang with us and as a result introduce them to a bunch of players from their own area. Talk about so yo-yo love right there.

Anyway, after our top notch shows we did a quick lunch at perhaps the greatest BBQ place you can possibly imagine, said our farewells to Jesse, and took off to , yup, a Renaissance Fair! I don’t know how many of you have been to these, but I haven’t been since I was a kid and am happy to say they are just as completely ridiculous and awesome as I remember. Now, we partly went in search of jugglers, none of which we actually found despite the rumors, but did meet up with moon marble people and even got some serious yo-yo attention right as we walked in the gate. I felt like a local having only been there two days which really speaks to the friendliness of the people in this area.

Finally I’ll finish today’s post with a little coincidence that really made the day perfect. After Nate and I returned to the hotel and rested up a bit we went to dinner at the same German taps and restaurant we visited yesterday and while yo-yoing in between waiting for our meal and drinks ended up chatting with a someone who was just getting into yo-yo. The best part? He’s in town with the Ringling Bros Circus… and he’s a juggler… and he liked us so much we’re getting in for free tomorrow and a tour of the alley etc…. I love my life.

Peace out!

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Sunshine and lollypops!

Posted in Adventures, Clubs, Events, Yo-yos on September 17th, 2009 by Seth Peterson

Seth here!

I have had the great fortune of being a part of the Duncan Fall Tour for the past few days, and many more to come. Nate and Emil have been great to work with and have made the demos even better.

Tuesday we had a split shift in the morning. Emil and I had a news spot lined up for 6:45am, but had also booked a meet and greet at the Dallas Center-Grimes Middle School at 7am. So Nate had to take the first part of the school gig while Emil and I did the news cast. The TV spot went well, and thankfully NO yo-yo puns where thrown around! After the TV spot we headed over to DCG to hang out with the crew of locals. The middle school has a really cool club of yo-yoers and they are all so freakin’ good! Special thanks to Hunter, Jack and Tristan for heading the club up.

After a busy morning we headed back to Mars Cafe to catch up on work. Nate and I finished up our duties and headed out to visit some local thrift stores. We found some great stuff, pictures of that to come…

At 4 we had a show at Games and More, an independent toystore in Valley West mall. The staff was really helpful and a lot of fun to hang out with. The show had a great crowd thanks to the TV spot and the local players repping it to their friends. At one point a lady came up and started talking to us about how she drove 100 miles to see us! She yo-yoed when she was younger and always wondered if Duncan Pros still traveled the country and demonstrated. As it turns out, we sure do! 

The next day Nate woke up feeling pretty under the weather, but thanks to Dr. Emil’s Juice diet he got back up and running in no time. Wednesday we had 2 demos: a Toys ‘R Us and a Teen Home where my friend Stacey works at. Toys ‘R Us set us up in a great spot and we had a steady stream of traffic for the entire demo. More local players showed up and hung out. After TRU we went to the Teen Home. I didn’t really know what to expect. We had been told that the group might be pretty small, but boy were they wrong! We got to hang out with 20+ of the guys and threw for a few hours. I’ve never done a demo where the crowd picked up SO FAST! At least 1/2 of them where rocking the baby before the time was up!

Phew, with just 2 days under my belt and this much epicness already happening I can’t wait for the rest! We’ve heard Jen has been doing a lot of promotion in Colorado, and Monday we have another news spot on WDAF-TV 4 Fox in Kansas City so keep an eye out for further exciting updates.

That’s all for now, hope to see you guys on the road!

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Video Blog 3 – Creative Ventures of the Road

Posted in Adventures, Cameras, Players, crew, juggling on September 16th, 2009 by Emil Lamprecht

Well guys, we’ve already covered several cities and number of venues since our last video so we wanted to post some more clips to show you what we’ve been up to. The best parts of the most recent leg have been our interaction with players and the amount of creativity that’s taken place. Whether its ridiculous juggling stunts, hilarious yo-yo competitions, or road challenges we’ve made sure to push the limits and have a great time doing it.

ENJOY!

Video Blog 3 from Emil Lamprecht on Vimeo.

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Reflections of the Midwest

Posted in Adventures, Clubs, Players, Yo-yos on September 16th, 2009 by James Buffington

Hi, Lord Buffington here, also sometimes known as James. Emil was nice enough to ask me to pop in here and give some thoughts, stories, antidotes, and so such of my time on the tour. It was a great time with so many great moments it’s hard to name just a few, but here are some of my favorites from the Wisconsin and Minnesota part of the trip.

The night that we arrived in Wisconsin turned out to be fun. Aside from the clerk at the hotel being a yo-yoer and his plan to show up at our demo the next day, we met a bunch of cool people. After checking in to the hotel I had to run back out to the van since I forgot some of my stuff in there. When I arrived I found a women admiring the awesome art that Whip had done. After talking to her about the van and what we did, she invited Emil, Nate and I to a wine and cheese tasting party she was having with her coworkers. Turns out she worked for Ford who was sponsoring an Iron Man Triathlon in Madison that week. When Nate and I showed up at the tasting we met some cool people and did an impromptu yo-yo performance for them. Some of the ford workers were form L.A. and had some great stories of being extras in Hollywood movies. One guy in particular was in Oceans 13, which I happened to have on my Ipod. The next day as we were walking around the capitol building in Madison, Nate and I saw a few tents set up a block away. As we walked over to investigate what was going on we were promptly greeted by are new friends from Ford. Throughout the day we ran into them a few more time. It was great to have some new friends while in Madison.

The next story is one of the funniest moments that happen to us in Minnesota. The second day we were there turned out to be busy. We originally had two demos at the Games By James stores in two different malls. As a late addition we were asked to appear on String Burn Live. Now the String Burn Live show is done at a studio in Josh Parkers house. He has two dogs that were running around the house when he arrived. When the show started Josh put them in his kitchen and put up one of those child safety fences to keep them in. The show started and for the first few minutes the dogs were making noises in the background. Both Nate and I started to pet them in order to keep them fairly quiet. Emil went on and talked to Josh about the tour for a few minutes and afterward the show went on break in order to set up for Nate’s trick tutorial. At this point Emil went to the bathroom, that was right off the kitchen, and Josh went into the kitchen to fix some peanut butter balls to keep his dogs quiet. Nate then went on and started the tutorial with his awesome trick the “Sutter Copter.” About a minute into the tutorial Emil came out of the bathroom and saw Josh fixing those peanut butter balls. He then yelled PEANUT BUTTER BALLS!!! not realizing the show had come back from break yet. He soon realized the show was back on and felt awful about his little outburst. If you watch the replay of the show from a few posts before you can hear him yelling in the first minute or so of Nate’s tutorial. For the rest of the day, as well as the next, we would occasionally yell peanut butter balls and get a good laugh from each other.

Later on that day we started our demos at the Games By James stores. Duncan had contacted Dazzling Dave Schulte to join us for the two demos, and the time spent with him was great and very educational for me. Dave has been a professional yo-yo demonstrator for over ten years and knows his stuff. He has done many many many store demos, school shows, and performances throughout the years. He has his teaching style down to a science. Watching him interact with both kids and adults was great, and I learned a bunch of tips that I was able to incorporate into the rest of demos I did on the tour. Next time Duncan does a tour they should definitely have Dave do a seminar for the demonstrators on how he teaches; his methods and skills are an incredible asset.

Finally at the end of the day we showed up at a meeting of the College of the Easily Amused, Minnesota’s oldest yo-yo club. It was great seeing and meeting all the local yo-yo players. One of the greatest things that the club does is freestyle training. Any one who wants to can go up on stage and do a freestyle, which is then judged and broken down by the other yo-yoers to find the best way to improve the performance. It’s no wonder that Minnesota has some of the best up and coming players on the scene, the training session were great and helped everybody out on what they need to improve on. Clubs everywhere should implement this method as it is a great way to further the skills of everybody involved.

My time on the tour was great and I’ll remember all the experiences for a long time. I want to thank Duncan, Emil, and Nate for letting me join them on the Midwest leg. Emil and Nate are great guys and it was an honor to become friends with them. If they show up near you it would be an absolute shame if you miss the chance to meet them.

Thanks Guys,

James Bufington

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Day 18 – Minnesota Part 2

Posted in Clubs, Daily Post, Players, Update, Yo-yos on September 13th, 2009 by Emil Lamprecht

We’ve continued our busy streak today and as a result are both happy and dog tired. James and Nate are both snoring so loud right now the lamp shade next to me is vibrating. Its hard core! Case in point, we’ve been running around and I’m ready to pass out but want to share with you how cool today was first.

We had a total of three gigs today. First was our appearance on the internet streaming yo-yo show, String Burn Live! I got to meet Josh last night who is super cool and met Sean (the co-host) when we arrived at the studio this morning. It was a really fun morning despite (if you were watching) the little trouble getting broadcast going. They brought me on to do the interview and then Nate taught Sean his very own Sutter Copter for the tutorial segment.

When we were done with our segments on the show we ran out of there and rushed to the Southdale Mall for our first demonstration of the day. Our second was at the same store brand but this time the Burnsville mall. Both of today’s demos were at Games by James stores and though the two malls they were in were reasonably close to each other, they were very different demos and stores. Both went well however and the staff at both were cool people. Again I was pleasantly surprised at how many players showed up! We had a different crew of players to hang out with at both gigs and they, as always, added a lot of pizzaz to our presence and made it REALLY fun for us.

Today we also had Dave Schulte with us, who when it comes to random interaction in hallway malls I’m not sure you can get better than this guy. Super outgoing, on point and driven the whole day through, it was nice for us to have someone we could feed a little energy off of when we felt sluggish.

Our last stop of the day was the College of the Easily Amused, a big yo-yo club that meets in a cafe in the South West quadrant of Minneapolis. Here we saw again pretty much every player we had run into the past couple days plus some more. It was a great time just hanging out, taking pictures, video, playing yo-yo, juggling, etc etc etc. Great finish to a long active day, check out the pics!

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Day 17 – Hi Minnesota, Your Mall is HUGE!

Posted in Daily Post, Players, Update, Yo-yos, crew, juggling on September 12th, 2009 by Emil Lamprecht

So after a couple hours of sleep we checked out of the hotel (with the same person we checked in with, they were shocked) and got on the road again towards Minneapolis and the largest mall in the Northern Hemisphere. We had been drilling so hard that we actually got there a little early which gave us some time to get breakfast-namely coffee-and walk around a bit. I have to say, seeing multiple roller coasters running between shops like Forever 21 and Best Buy is a bit intense.

Come demo time we headed over to the Games By James on the third floor and met the manager there, Bow, who was a really cool dude. James, myself and Nate geeked out over board games and then set up in front of the store for a couple hours. Mall traffic that early in the day was inconsistent, but using our iPod speakers and announcer voices we got some attention and laughs. We definitely drove a few yo-yo sales for the store too which was great! Then 3A Alex showed up!

As someone new to the scene I had never heard of or seen this guy before but Alex ended up hanging out with us for most of the day and was totally cool. He’s blocked off the few days that we’re here to come hang with us which is awesome, and by the end of the day he had taught me two new tricks!

From Games by James we had lunch with Alex and then wandered the mall up and down for an hour before setting up the next gig. Air Traffic was on the other side of the mall from Games by James and though there is some cross over in products their specialties are different. As a juggler, I totally geeked out a Air Traffic. They had a ton of skill toy stuff including a lot of really high-end juggling equipment, namely clubs (which I prefer to juggle but haven’t been able to for a while since mine were stolen :-( ). Anyway, since it was now after school hours we also had a group of players show up, and in the end had quiet the crowd of people throwing. Demo went awesome as a result, and everyone had a really great time.

I have to say that the players that have been coming out and meeting up with us are making this tour AWESOME. If we’ve met up with you already, Thank You; and if you’re planning on meeting up with us I can’t wait to meet you. Its been so cool to find people everywhere we go who are just cool and want to throw and hang out. I dedicate a lot of the tour’s success to having more players around as it keeps us awake and excited and really shows the world how social and communal the Yo-yo world is.

After packing up we ended the day by taking a little time to rock climb before dinner. It put us in a GREAT mood and then we met up with Josh of Sting Burn Live for Juicy Lucy burgers of deliciousness. Overall a really successful day, which I have to say we’re getting good at now. We’re constantly gaining momentum and I’m moving so fast I think I’m slightly blurred wherever I go. We’re now setting up our light speed capabilities. Jump on, and buckle your seat belt.

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Day 16 – Madison, WI Rocked My World

Posted in Clubs, Daily Post, Players, Update, Yo-yos, crew, juggling on September 12th, 2009 by Emil Lamprecht

Talk about an incredible story. Ok first of all, day 16 of this tour (the 10th) was my Birthday. I turned 22 years old and while I’m not much of a birthday celebrator I managed to have an awesome day on tour with my friends and people we met along the way. Once we started the day we headed into downtown Madison to check it out and drive the van around, play yo-yo etc. We ended up walking down State St. which is the big avenue with stores and restaurants that is basically the village for UWI which is a truly humongous university. Anyway, we got ourselves some squeaky cheese, which we had been waiting for since Takeshi told us about it (you bite it, and it squeaks, its pretty hilarious), some Jamba Juice (one of my personal favorites) and wandered down towards campus in the beautiful weather.

So check this out, we’re walking onto the actual campus, we’re about 10 yards in and walking straight at me is Elliot! Elliot is a juggler who I met at the European Juggling Convention (EJC) in Spain a couple months ago. Though we ended the convention super friendly, he and I haven’t talked since and I completely forgot that he was a grad student at UWI; and there he was!! At a school of tens of thousands it was so incredible to run into the one person I knew. Not only that, but the juggling club was later that evening and our gig for the day ended with perfect time for us to come join it.

So we went and did lunch, I did some accounting, etc. We packed up and headed off to our gig and at first we were a little skeptical because even though the store was really nice and there seemed to be nice people working there and signs about our coming… the mall was deeaaaaad. For the first 15 minutes or so Nate and I kept meeting eyes worriedly, but low and behold after that things picked up quiet a bit! Not only did after school foot traffic pick up but suddenly a whole bunch of players appeared on the scene. Not only that, but the guy who does all the international ordering for Duncan at the Bariboo, WI Flambeau offices stopped by! Super super nice dude who I chatted with for probably 10+ minutes straight.

I’ll now relate to you another coincidence. The night before this gig when we were checking into the hotel the clerk at the Best Western spotted what Nate’s shirt said (Duncan, duh) and was like “No Way!”. It turns out Zach had just started playing yo-yo himself and was planning on coming by the next day to join us, which he did! So we had Zach, and then a total of 3-4 more players that showed and a few people who had planned to come watch. It was great. To top it off nicely I did some juggling to warm up for the club later and came up with some more new crazy tricks I hadn’t done. I’m having a really good time juggling and learning new yo-yo tricks at the moment, its fantastic.

Ok, Ok (as if this post isn’t long enough!) so we left the gig pretty pleased and headed straight to the juggling club. We were a bit early so we did some pics and video stuff but then people trickled in. It turned out to be a ton of fun, and even Jame and Nate really enjoyed it though they don’t juggle much. We showed off yo-yo, Nate and James learned a lot of juggling stuff, I TOTALLY geeked out for a couple hours. I even got to meet Luke Emery (a legendary club passer) who I had never had the pleasure of throwing things with. We did a bunch of cool brain-pain patterns and I learned some group pattern stuff which is not something I’ve done much of. By the end of the night I was back to trying just the craziest most random 1-3 club tricks I could think of and had an AWESOME time.

We ended the night with one more coincidence. We left the club finally to go to dinner before starting the drive north and ended up in a little Italian restaurant up the street. About 5 minutes after we sit down our waitress looks at me and says “are you a professional yo-yo player?”. Keep in mind that for once we hadn’t brought out yo-yos since entering the establishment, so we were a little surprised that my Duncan shirt triggered this question. Of course we responded yes, and it turns out that she was the girlfriend of one of the players that hung out with us at the gig! Not only that, but that same guy is now equipped with a brand new shiny MayheM! It was just too funny.

To finish the night we got on the road to Minnesota, but it got dangerous because we were so tired and just booked what ever we could find about half way through the drive. We slept about 4-5 hours before jumping out of bed, back on the road and heading out to the Mall of America, which is where our next post will take us.

Admittedly, we’ve been so busy and active that taking pictures sometimes isn’t priority so there aren’t as many of them as usual, but some cool ones none the less. Check it out!

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