Circling the Circle on a Friday Afternoon


Another awesome session! I bailed on my usual Footbag Thursday because the weather was marginal, and I was stuck working an important project anyway. But, I got my schedule cleared on Friday just long enough to enjoy the peak weather with a footbag session on Speakers Circle! 

This session was loaded with variety, so I went a bit crazy with the videos this week and posted 4 of them. When I got there, there was a “Jumproping for Muslim” thing going on, with the circle full of people jumping rope. Someone dressed in a gorilla suit was also there playing an accordion, and I taped a rally with me kicking to the Accordion Playing Gorilla (sorry you can’t really see the mask in the video). 

The jumproping group left shortly afterwards. Then, KCOU 88.1 FM showed up and started playing some tunes. I taped an impromptu promo rally for them that also features my Phat Tyre Sport. A Caped Shadow also came by, and Shadow Hacked with me. Plus, the Circle the Circle session feature rally (at top). 

Two other people also came by and kicked with me for a bit; one of them looks quite ready to take it to next level with some freestyle moves. I hope I can keep in touch with these guys over the winter. Still don’t have anything but the Secret Hideout, and I haven’t brought myself to that, just yet. 

I’m not giving up on outdoor sessions. There are still some occasional really nice days, and if I can skate out of work to play footbag, I plan to do just that. Weather forecasts say next Tuesday might be nice. Iz Hatching Planz! 

2:00 / 63:00 – Thanks for tuning in! 

Kicking for OccupyCOMO


Hey, I was there first, but… I don’t mind showing up to kick for the cause now that the OccupyCOMO group has occupied one of my favorite kicking venues. They’re a lot more respectful than the preachers in Speakers Circle, that’s for sure! 

I’ve been overwhelmed by “blog slog” lately. I used to see how fast I could “turn around” one of my footbag sessions, with blog and video posted and announcements out to Twitter, FB, and the like. Sometimes, I could do it in 2 hours. Now, it seems to take me days to get around to ingesting, producing, and posting. 

Last week, I posted the vid, but didn’t tweet or post it anywhere but YouTube. I meant to write a blog post, but… after a couple days, the thoughts and meaning of the moment have leaked away. What would I write? After getting over my shock of dead batteries last week, I pretty much tore into my session. This week, the cold, wind, and a possibly busted camera couldn’t hold me back. I broke past my 60 hour per year goal today, with almost 10 weeks to spare. 

Now, with the summer season over and little prospect of a decent indoor winter place, I’ll be stuck to writing blog posts. Let’s hope I can keep them going. My goal is to capture at least 5 years of my “end of career” zenith. I’m only in 3 so far, I can’t give up now. 

2:00 / 1:45 / 61:00 – Thanks for tuning in!

Return to Red Shorts in October


Yes, the black shorts will be back. I plan to rotate each pair of shorts in turn. I also have a specific rotation for my footbags: the PhatTyre Sport, Mr. Softy, Fattie (original), Repeat, and The Man. I’m trying to stick to one full song per footbag, one taped rally per song. Discipline and Regimen. I haz them!

I would be inclined to tape later rallies with each bag, after I’ve adjusted to each one, but this week I was killing the first rally with each new bag/song, so I started filming that. Unfortunately my best super rally on tape won’t export out of my camera (MiniDV) correctly. Still, the one I could post isn’t too bad; 45 consecutive 2+ adds. 

I started early-ish. The weather has been phenomenal! Reaching ~60 deg. F. around 9:30, sunny, usually not too windy early in the morning. Having the students around is so motivating! I ended up putting in 2:45 and only stopped because I had afternoon appointments. One more epic session this length, and I will meet my annual footbag goal. Here’s hoping for continued great weather! 

2:45 / 57:15 – Thanks for tuning in!