It is Drew Tetz’s Birthday!!!! That alone means that we were destined to have one of the greatest days of any on tour.
The day started off crazy early. Fortunately I was still wired from how awesome yesterday was. We started with a news spot on KDFW in Topeka. It was a whirlwind but, the interview was a smooth and pleasant as they come. It’s always pretty awesome to yo-yo on television. Let’s face it, it’s hard to top knowing that there are thousands of people listening to your every word and watching you kick out some tricks on television.
After that, we set our yo-yos up and went on out to one of the most interesting demos I have ever had a chance to be a part of. We were at Moon Marble in Bonner Springs, Kansas. I have to say, this demo awoke the excited child in me. It has been a while since, I have seen a store that simultaneously fired up the artistic side of my mind and the childish wonder I always knew was there. The store specializes in marbles and I had no idea how deep that could go. I had seen some high level marbles when Duncan was developing WarStone but, I had no idea that there was such a world as art marbles and serious vintage collecting. It was a lot to take in and learn about.
As it turns out, Moon Marble also gives workshops on art glass and marble manufacturing and as such they have a mini theater with a built in jumbo tron screen. This is the perfect place to have a yo-yo demo and that is exactly what we did. We did four shows there and each one was full of people who have a great love for yo-yos and classic toys. We had some great players come out and we linked up with some members of the Kansas City Yo-Yo club as well. It made sharing the joy of what we do so very easy. It was great to be a part of their store for the day. It was so great that we will be back there to perform a second day tomorrow.
Drew was already having a great birthday but, about halfway through the demos at Moon Marble, things got serious great. We were blown away with a visit from National Yo-Yo Master Rick Wyatt. He is also one of the pioneers of the 3A style of play and as such, Drew and Hank have always hit it off huge with him. Not only is he a great human being, he is a great friend and an awesome player. Everyone should have someone like Rick in their life.
We wrapped up the shows for the day but, we knew that we couldn’t just call it a day. We found out that there was a meeting of the KC Yo-Yo and Juggling club in the city so, we rallied the troops and headed out there.
I love what they have going on. Any environment where skill toys, friends, creativity and positivity come together is a good one. As it turns out, the people in Kansas City take it up a peg and make it a great one. Word got around that it was Drew’s Birthday so, the club meet took a slight turn and pretty much became a birthday party for him, complete with his favorite ice cream cake. That was entirely Rick’s doing and he knows how to do it right. He makes parties and makes them worth being at.
In the end, the day rounded out as more than any of us could have hoped for. Kansas City knows how to keep the tour momentum up. I can’t wait for tomorrow.