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protozoa
member
Location: Baltimore, MD USA
Member Since: 2nd Feb 2001
Total posts: 148
Posted:I sent this letter to Malcolm & CCed it to our local mailing list, but thought I'd post it here as well. Can I get a second? Is there a 'here here!' in the house?--Hi, Malcolm. Okay I'm here to send you an honest-to-god fan letter. Your site has done wonderful things for me and quite a number of people in my area (Baltimore, MD, USA..45 min north of Washington DC, 3 hrs or so south of New York City by car). I first picked up the poi in September while visiting a friend of mine in Richmond, VA started learning from _her_ friends in New York. I didn't know anyone in my area who was doing it (Richmond is also about 3 hours away, so needless to say I don't see my friend very often). I'd always been mystified by it when I saw the skilled fire dancers at Burning Man and other outdoor events, but never thought I could do it. My Richmond friend referred me to your site for lessons when she couldn't be around to teach me herself and helped me make a set of practice chains and beanbags (made from old socks and lentils). Soon after finding your site, I added my own entry on the 'meet others' database & two weeks later heard from a seasoned spinner from San Francisco, who told me that he was a frequent visitor to the Baltimore area, and suggested we get together. He brought me a set of the beautiful streamer poi, and I got super addicted to them and started practicing an hour or more per day. I've never been much of a performer and I've never called myself an artist. I'm a simple unix administrator with a rather dull government job. When it comes to expressive extracurricular activity I typically have engaged myself behind-the-scenes; helping others build their projects or operating the sound and light boards. The experience of learning and practicing, and more recently, teaching and performing with the poi, has completely changed my life. I've learned nearly every move on the 'poi lessons' page and I so enjoy reading the interactions on the lively discussion board. While I once remarked to fire dancers that they made it look so easy, now other people are saying that to me.Perhaps best of all is the way others have picked up the poi after seeing me do it. Almost every one of my friends is now learning, either with homemade equipment or borrowing mine, and several are eagerly awaiting their own streamers in the mail. The San Francisco fellow is now one of my best friends. And we started up our own regional mailing list a month ago, currently with a membership of 22 and growing! Last night my _second_ poi student lit the wicks (a pair of wicks built by my _first_ student, no less!) for the first time. Five of us got together on a public square in the middle of town to trade tips and show off for the locals a little. A woman approached us and asked if she could join in; I expect to see her subscribe to our list pretty soon too. I've heard stories about other parts of this country where poi spinners jealously guard their secrets from each other, where 'plagarizing' each others' moves is considered a horrific thing to do and they actively discourage newbies from learning the craft. The way I see it, poi is just too good to keep to myself. I can't help but share and am only too happy to help others get the indescribable benefit I've gotten out of this. And I'm so grateful for your site. Suffice it to say that without it, I'd still be spinning by myself in my backyard. Our group (we call ourselves the Baltimore Calefaction Society) will be putting together a large equipment order from your store soon; partially because we need more streamer sets for incoming newbies and some of us (like me!) are ready to be owners of our own fire wicks. We also see it as a way to support you in your endeavor which has been so beneficial to all of us, and to thank you with more than simple words. I hope your site is around for a long time. A thousand thanks for all your great work!Cheers,protie


Pele
Pele

the henna lady
Location: WNY, USA
Member Since: 15th Dec 2000
Total posts: 6193
Posted:Here, Here.I agree and cheers!

Pele
Higher, higher burning fire...making music like a choir
"Oooh look! A pub!" -exclaimed after recovering from a stupid fall
"And for the decadence of art, nothing beats a roaring fire." -TMK


Simos
enthusiast
Location: London, UK
Member Since: 12th Dec 2000
Total posts: 382
Posted:very well said protie
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- this site has done a lot for me too; without it i'd still be whipping myself with the 'poi'( they were closer to whips than poi
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) i made before i discovered this site...happy swinging,Simos



Malcolm
Malcolm

HOP admin
Location: HOP
Member Since: 18th Nov 2003
Total posts: 981
Posted:Wow, many thanks for your story and kind words. I feel that the success ofthe site lies with people like yourselves. The site would be nothing withoutthe great people that visit and interact with it. Thanks again
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Malcolm


"May your balls always burn"


Posted:Yeah - I'll add a Hear Hear!This site rocks. Anyone who comes to it with an open mind will leave a better twirler (and perhaps a better person)
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Thanks Malcolm.Josh



smitty
member
Location: Brisbane QLD Australia
Member Since: 22nd Jan 2001
Total posts: 104
Posted:i'm glad i found this site while i am starting out in my twirling days, its helping me progress alot quicker that i normaly would,thanks malcom, keep up the good work


Kat
Kat

Pooh-Bah
Location: London
Member Since: 13th Dec 2000
Total posts: 2211
Posted:Yes, definitely a great job done.Not just this site, but the Poi are excellent too. I was very interested in Poi but if I hadn't come across this site chances are I wouldn't have started learning. My sister visited me recently and was also intrigued and is checking out this site and planning and getting her own Poi. We'll create a Poi Cirle of Fire Friends in Ireland yet!Kat ------------------"London is a city coming down from its trip and there's going to be a lot of refugees" - Danny,Withnail & I

Come faeries, take me out of this dull world, for I would ride with you upon the wind and dance upon the mountains like a flame.

- W B Yeats


adamrice
adamrice

poo-bah
Location: Austin TX USA
Member Since: 19th Dec 2000
Total posts: 1015
Posted:Here here, Protie. A lot of what you said resonated for me--I've always been the behind-the-scenes guy myself, always preferring to be at the edge of the spotlight. That's how I got involved in making firedancing equipment in the first place--a way to be involved without being in the spotlight. But it was sort of a new year's resolution for me to learn how to actually *use* my equipment that got me started, and this site has been a great help for learning moves, and providing a community (though Austin has a good community too). I've discovered that twirling is great fun, and a completely different way for me to be in my body. Still haven't lit up--give me another week or two to practice.------------------Adam Rice :: www.fire-gear.com

Laugh while you can, monkey-boy


Heph
Heph

member
Location: Chicago, IL
Member Since: 13th Dec 2000
Total posts: 79
Posted:Me too! Malcolm rocks!literally EVERY thing i've learned technically about poi has been from this site! i don't know anyone else in the area that does this stuff, so without the videos, lessons, advice, and help from others met on this site, i would be looking at my poi on the floor, wondering what others might do with them! sorry for all the exclamation points. Malcolm deserves the poi-guy-of-the-millenium award.


protozoa
member
Location: Baltimore, MD USA
Member Since: 2nd Feb 2001
Total posts: 148
Posted:That's amazing Adam; good luck with your first fire spin! Don't be stupid like me; the first time I went to fire the wicks had been soaked in white gas and I was wearing a polyester shirt. Terrible combination!Thanks for sharing your story, Adam; I had seen your site before as well and was kind of wondering if you ever actually started spinning yourself.-protie


Finn
member
Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia
Member Since: 23rd Dec 2000
Total posts: 341
Posted:Hear hear from the Sydney crew too.
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Thanks to the home of poi's meet others section 5 of us got together in Newtown the other night to play with fire. Hopefully it will become a regular thing. Who knows where it will take us.We're planning a really big burn soon...... on Shelley Beach at Manly, with even more Sydney people from the meet others section. Maybe it'll turn into something like Brisbane's full moon fire fest's...Oooooh! I hope so
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Thanks Malcolm, we owe it all to you.Finn
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gάrbǿ
gάrbǿ

addict
Location: Bristol / London / Norwich / C...
Member Since: 9th Jan 2001
Total posts: 521
Posted:Here Here. I'll drink to that.peace out people garbo
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[This message has been edited by garbo (edited 02 February 2001).]


be excellent to each other: safe:


bobrob
member
Location: currently in..... Perth WA
Member Since: 16th Dec 2000
Total posts: 61
Posted:Hooray for us all, each and every one!!!it just keeps getting better! 8)cheers malc, (and while i'm writing, coz i don't very often, nice one everyone, you make 4 good reading!!)inabit x


Oats
member
Location: AUS\RSA, Orange/Joberg
Member Since: 2nd Feb 2001
Total posts: 28
Posted:I'll add a here here to all thats been said, as well as a nod of agreement with all thats been said.(by the way is that right)


Bish_the_Ding
member
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Member Since: 1st Jan 2001
Total posts: 52
Posted:I'm gonna name my firstborn 'Malcolm' !Even if she's a girl ...

Hasst du etwas zeit fuer mich?... Dan singe ich ein lied fuer dich ... -Bjork/Nena


Timmy
member
Location: Bishop's Stortford, UK
Member Since: 11th Jan 2001
Total posts: 45
Posted:A big thumbs up to one-and-all! Hurray for Malcom and his wonderful website! Big group hugs!!
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Tim /|\



Rick aka Loki
Rick aka Loki

member
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Member Since: 18th Dec 2000
Total posts: 134
Posted:Yeah, thanks, Malcolm.I'm from Halifax, NS, Canada, and there are very few people to learn from and with here.This site is a wonderful thing. Cheers to all of you for being who and what you are.Thanks again, Malcolm.
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-Rick


-Rick aka Loki
oh, man, a signature?... uuh... this is like coming across wet cement... uuh, shoot, I had something clever I was saving... I hope I don't run out of sp


ffirebell
ffirebell

member
Location: Aotearoa
Member Since: 20th Dec 2000
Total posts: 44
Posted:Yes! Hooray for Malcolm! Hooray for us all! Hooray for fire!!! Fairie Firebell :-)

Fairie's wear boots.


house_of_mill
house_of_mill

old hand
Location: Manchester England
Member Since: 20th Jul 2004
Total posts: 896
Posted:Never seen this before but you know what they are so right Malcolm, I've found friends and more on this site skills I never thought I'd ever have a few years ago and the insanity has set in enought to buy techs.
When I started spinning Manchester had a few spinners spread out far and wide now because of Hop Manchesters got a Spinning scene, its so great!


*Thats one of my favourite Nurseries over there,*

Roman, Trippie Hippie,On the way back from Play Festival


shaping_light
shaping_light

member
Location: In a warm bed with me teddy!!
Member Since: 7th Sep 2005
Total posts: 138
Posted:Thanks so much from me too.
Theres only so much random flailing a person can do and HoP has helped me so much to stop belting myself


Thanks again smile


Fun is not a straight line <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />


LazyAngel
LazyAngel

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Cambridge UK
Member Since: 29th Jul 2004
Total posts: 2895
Posted:here, here!!
HoP has supplied me with safe fire equipment, helped me learn no end and helped me meet other spinners from all over the place, who are some of the nicest people I've ever met!

Thank you Malcolm!


Because ActiveAngel sounds like a feminine deodorant

Like sex, I'm much more interesting in real life than online.

'Be the change you want to see in the world around you' - Ghandi


Asena
Asena

What a Bummer
Location: Shatfield, Hertfordshire
Member Since: 22nd Aug 2005
Total posts: 3224
Posted:*does a happy dance in malcolms honour*

biggrin

Thanks malcolm!! biggrin (and the rest of the mods, and anyone else who helps too)



Sethis
Sethis

Pooh-Bah
Location: York University
Member Since: 16th May 2005
Total posts: 1762
Posted:Hear Hear!

This site gave me something I could enjoy in the dark dark days of 6th Form, where my only enjoyment was spinning.

Now I have a social life, :olleyes: and spinning is *still* one of my favourite pastimes ever. Thanks for making the site.

Thanks also to the many and varied wonderful, wonderful people here, who actually deign to put up with the babble that goes on. That goes double for the Mods.


After much consideration, I find that the view is worth the asphyxiation.
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I may disagree with what you have to say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.


JauntyJames
JauntyJames

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Hampshire College, MA, USA
Member Since: 22nd Dec 2004
Total posts: 3533
Posted:Wow, somebody I've actually met has started a thread on HoP. I never knew.

Hooray for Malcolm! hug's for showing me a world of spinny goodness and for being a lovely person.


-James

"How do you know if you're happy or sad without a mask? Or angry? Or ready for dessert?"


Rouge Dragon
Rouge Dragon

Insert Champagne Here
Location: without class distinction
Member Since: 21st Jul 2003
Total posts: 13215
Posted:I can't believe how old this thread is.

i would have changed ***** to phallus, and claire to petey Petey

Rougie: but that's what I'm doing here
Arnwyn: what letting me adjust myself in your room?..don't you dare quote that on HoP...


Mynci
Mynci

Macaque of all trades
Location: wombling free...
Member Since: 27th Apr 2005
Total posts: 8735
Posted:thanks to malcolm hug

without him I wouldn't have met so many cool people AND my loving girlfriend, cheers mate...you rock!!


A couple of balls short of a full cascade... or maybe a few cards short of a deck... we'll see how this all fans out.


TinklePants
TinklePants

Clique Infiltrator, Cunning Linguist and Master Debator
Location: Edinburgh burgh burrrrrr
Member Since: 3rd Jul 2005
Total posts: 4217
Posted:cough cough biggrin

Always use "so's your face" and "only on Tuesdays" in as many conversations possible


screech
screech

circling on the edge of madness
Location: away with the faeries
Member Since: 22nd Apr 2005
Total posts: 889
Posted:Written by: Mynci

thanks to malcolm hug

without him I wouldn't have met so many cool people AND my loving girlfriend, cheers mate...you rock!!



ditto i wouldn't have met your loving girlfriend either or her mad and wonderful sister


finland finland finland
the country where i want to be
pony trekking or camping
or just watching tv


TinklePants
TinklePants

Clique Infiltrator, Cunning Linguist and Master Debator
Location: Edinburgh burgh burrrrrr
Member Since: 3rd Jul 2005
Total posts: 4217
Posted:Written by: screech

Written by: Mynci

thanks to malcolm hug

without him I wouldn't have met so many cool people AND my loving girlfriend, cheers mate...you rock!!



ditto i wouldn't have met your loving girlfriend either or her mad and wonderful sister


YOU SHOULD BE THANKING ME FIRST! lol


Always use "so's your face" and "only on Tuesdays" in as many conversations possible


alien_oddity
alien_oddity

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: in the trees
Member Since: 31st Dec 2004
Total posts: 7193
Posted:I'll add a here here to this too biggrin


this site has done alot for.......

1) my self confidence
2) my sanity
3) helping to meet people
er...........i think there's more but i cant think of them right now ubblol



NYC
NYC

NYC
Location: NYC, NY, USA
Member Since: 26th Aug 2001
Total posts: 9232
Posted:Written by: TinklePants


YOU SHOULD BE THANKING ME FIRST! lol





I honestly wrote 3 different posts trying to explain that this thread predates your thread by 4 years but they all came across as mean.



Now I'm sounding condescending. frown



Um... this thread was started in 2001 so trying to cough or asking for thanks for you not doing a search in the first place probably isn't the best course of action.



In fact, you're implying that someone is doing exactly what you have not seen that you are guilty of.



I find that funny. ubblol



There.... that wasn't bitchy at all, was it? biggrin


Well, shall we go?
Yes, let's go.
[They do not move.]


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