World Hoop Day 2011
I had already blundered on this one the week before by inviting several people to the event, a week early. I had sent a link which had the correct date so no one, at least to my knowledge, was inconvenienced.
This time I was going to get it right, except for washing a pair of pants with the contact info of the one actual "hooper" I know. Trust me this whole adventure has been fraught with my lameness.
Anyhow, I downloaded the choreography. I don't remember working on choreography since my brief stint in college. Fortunately it was short, easy and fun, set to "Safety Dance", by Men Without Hats which predates my college excursion. That I am very much a beginner hooper didn't helping. In fact, on my first attempt I caught my self across the bridge of my nose, ending the first night's practice.
For some reason, it seemed a better idea to make and then decorate a new hoop, than actually practice hooping or more importantly the choreography.
While I did finally manage to figure out a way to make a "collapsible" hula hoop, which also seemed to take on a disproportionate priority, my tape decorating did not go so well.
I had this idea of using this cool 2" wide tape with skulls. The only problem was that the tape was clear so the scary skulls looked pink. I solved this by putting a blue tape underneath which gave them a ghoulish icy blue,... if you looked at it closeup.
If however you looked at it normally or when it is spinning, it is more of a baby blue paisley, not the look I was going for to say the least.
Trying to fix this core design flaw became like fixing a botched haircut. It just got worse and worse, instead of a pile of hair on the floor, I had piles of tape covering the floor, where I should have been practicing.
I also ended up "decorating " my sweat pants with several markers.
Hers turned out much nicer than mine. In truth we both ended up with hoops that were better in terms of size and weight, however the timing and prioritizing was the problem.
More than once my hoop ended up flying across the living room.
It didn't matter, right? It was for Skye after all anyhow. I could just stand in the back and go along and just pretend I had a clue. Skye would be with the group that knew what they were doing.
With a big group of 30 or so people hooping what difference would it make.
When we got there, 3 people were hooping and there were at least 20 hoops lying around waiting to be used. Now certainly we could have gone over and jumped right in. They were being super friendly and generous, but we were both intimidated for different reasons.
So we sat on a nearby bench, lurking, waiting for the other 30 or so people to show. Now I had this expectation not without reason. On the facebook page there were 38 "attending" with an additional 36 "maybe's" and a few hundred more invited.
It was cold and it was quickly becoming dark. Everyone there was really good at hooping, even the two guys who looked like just ordinary dudes until they started hooping.
Skye and I decided not to embarrass ourselves or in my case endanger myself and those around me. So we left. We drove around a bit and came back around half an hour later, just in case. We saw the same number of people but now with glow in the dark or LED hoops, mine being black would have only become more dangerous, so we headed home.