Today we meant business and we showed it. Today marks the first day we were joined by Drew Tetz and were firing at full power. It felt good and will only get better as the tour rolls on.
We started the day meeting up with Brandon Jackson and Mike Burke to smooth over any details that needed to be addressed and stopped in for a quick hello at the Duncan offices. After that, we went directly into demo mode and had a great time. We did a television interview with WJW Fox 8 in Cleveland. They were super nice and did a spot in support of our demo today and the demos we have regionally for the rest of the week. No matter how many times you do it, playing yo-yo on television is way too much fun. I highly recommend it.
After we finished up the television shoot, we hung out in Coventry(Cleveland, OH) and connected with some of the locals on the street. I love how easy it is to relate to people by simply having a toy in your hand knowing full well that they have spent time with it at some point. It’s so nice and it definitely reinforces having faith in the goodness of people.
We then grouped up at Big Fun for our real deal demo. Big Fun is one of the coolest toys anywhere. Steve Presser (owner of Big Fun) is one of the most knowledgeable people I have ever met, when it comes to the history of classic toys and yo-yo is no exception. They had a good selection of Duncan Classic Line yo-yos on hand and even had some original 1960s Duncan Tournament “crossed flags” in stock. You never get to see them mint in package in a store anymore. It was pretty mind blowing.
Of course, the demo itself shaped up to be a fantastic time. We had some local twentysomethings come in and learn some basics, as they had never really learned to play. We had a feisty 3 year old that could already read and recognize the Duncan logo. We had some rad elementary school aged kids excited to learn about the five styles of yo-yoing and we had some surprises in store as many members of the Cleveland Yo-Yo Club came out and supported.(http://www.clevelandyoyoclub.com/) If you find yourself out here and want to get up with some players from the area and learn, teach or just hang out, look them up and stop on by. You won’t be sorry.
We hung out at Big Fun until it was time for them to shut down but, of course, just because the demo is over it does not mean that you have to stop having fun or demoing. right?
We went with a large posse over to a spot called Melt and I must say….WOW. It’s a cool place with some insane(good insane) food and the coolest staff any restaurant could ask for. We had a fine meal and eventually turned it into an impromptu late night demo. We continued with the teaching of tricks and the performing and general good times until the wee hours when we absolutely had to retire. It’s easy to see that when you show up nearly anywhere with a shirt that reads “Duncan Yo-Yo Professional” driving a van with a serious yo-yo related paint job, You Are The Event. Days like this are what legend is made of.