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Spacecow00x
Spacecow00x

Member
Location: Ft. Myers, Florida
Member Since: 11th Sep 2004
Total posts: 170
Posted:Dont you hate it when your spinning and being called gay or something just for spinning LED's or Fire. I mean people dont understand how difficult it is or how dangerous it can be. I know some people here probably are able to filter it out now and pretend it wasnt said. But it is really lame how people do that. Arent we supposed to be living in an open minded society? Plus whats up with people calling things Gay anyhow, wouldnt you expect people to describe it differently after passing the age of 16. confused



i suppose the good part is being able to come to this website and share a common interest with so many other people, where i live i havent really met any other spinners but have started to teach a few.

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You've got the wings of a fallen angel
You offer peace if they praise your name
You live your life taking everything you can get
Look down, time to fly!


shen shui
shen shui

no excuses. no apologies.
Location: aotearoa
Member Since: 4th Jan 2005
Total posts: 1799
Posted:Written by: Mr Majestik


"why dont you take that condom out of your wallet and strech it over your head because if you're going to act like a d***head you may as well dress the part"







HAHAHA.

love it.

<big grin and sounds of laughter emitted from said big grin>

ubblol ubblol ubblol



oh and doctorskell, kinde is german for child.

<smiles>

(at least, i think.... maybe one've our german spinners'll verify that... pretty sure it is, at least... ie kindegarten, childs garden....)


those that know, dont say. those that say, dont know.


Rovo
Rovo

(the person actually known as Chris Bailey)
Location: Austin, TX, USA
Member Since: 30th Jul 2003
Total posts: 544
Posted:My friends and I went swimmning at this lake one day last summer and while we were there we met some people that were staying the night and partying so we told them we would come back. We got back there at like 11 oclock and I told them I was gonna spin fire. They didn't know what it was so i explained and one guy with them said he could do that and it wasn't that harde. Well i had a pair of wicks and some etremely heavy practice pot made out of a sock and alot of rice. These things were heavy! I told him to be careful and maybe within 10 seconds he was on the ground curled in a fetal position holding his balls. I always warn people before I let them spin but its up to them to take my advice. I must say people around my area are pretty cool and don't say nething. When I am practicing at the crappy strip mall in my town I mostly just spin to entertain little kids they seem to watch me the most.

Peace, Love, Circles


JauntyJames
JauntyJames

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Hampshire College, MA, USA
Member Since: 22nd Dec 2004
Total posts: 3533
Posted:what really anoys me is when my friends, whom i have breifed on poi, refer to fire poi as "real poi". gah! it's not even like the mauri invented fire poi, that came later. if its poi, its poi. you can't have "fake poi"

-James

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


Medusa
Medusa

veteran
Location: 8 days at Cloudbreak, 6 in Per...
Member Since: 25th Nov 2003
Total posts: 1433
Posted:At our Tuesday night spin we often get people yelling out of their cars as they drive past telling us we are losers or gay or something along those lines....funnily enough they are never brave enough to stop and say it too our faces...hehehe


Bretch
Bretch

enthusiast
Location: Cork, Ireland at present
Member Since: 19th Nov 2004
Total posts: 247
Posted:I did my first bit of poi busking the other sat night in Cork city centre, started about 11.30, so lots of young drunks, mainly the townie types if thats what you'll call 'em, lads in designer gear, girls with skirts round their arse's and legs up to the necks.. you get the picture. So after reading these sort of threads, was expecting quite a bit of abuse, and not much money... the first comments was before I even started by a couple of young lads. And the comments " can you do tricks?... go on, do one now!!!" And they wasn't taking the p*ss, then when I started some girls were like... ooohhh, thats cool, and some asked if they could have a go. But then on of my balls dropped outubbcrying. It was home made poi, and the shoe laces weren't tight enough DOH.. so I only did about 5-10 mins... but NO abuse, no nasty comments. I will be going out longer next time (hopefully), so maybe then I'll get some grief, to which I'll probably just smile back as I'll have my music blarring in me ears!!!!

I used to be indecisive, but I'm not so sure now.....


ado-p
ado-p

Pirate Ninja
Location: Galway/Ireland
Member Since: 13th May 2004
Total posts: 3882
Posted:I gave up busking in cork. Most I ever did was four hours. Just wasnt worth the hassle for the money. Which was almost nothin after the cost of the fuel and taxi n stuff. I find that if you have a drummer it makes all the difference in the world.

Myself and Fear-Tine were doing fire outside the opera house on saturdy night from 10pm until 2pm. Not busking but people threw money at us anyway. :-)

Its a nice spot to practise in during the week to because they turn off all the lights in the square and almost no one goes over there. Plus early on you have all the skateboarders if you fancy a free audience with no money.

We'll be spinning again this weekend same place. Three of us. Come with dude. You been around for ages and we've seen no sign of ya....

I love busking, dublin or galway are easily the best venues, you get more tourists and hippies and much, much more money.

Drunk people are the worst, you can almost tell which ones are going to be hassle. They all wear the same shirts (or mini skirts) and are all more or less the same age group. My policy is that if any asks for 'a trick' or has something smart to say; I hassle them for money. In a nice way of course. They either tend to cough up or move along fairly lively.

My personal favorite is

"is that real fire?

ubblol


Love is the law.


Facelessjoker
enthusiast
Location: Exeter
Member Since: 20th Sep 2004
Total posts: 249
Posted:I havent really had any insults. Although yesterday while i was spinning with friends a dustbin bloke walked by and told me i had nearly hit him. I asked him when, because i had previously been spinning fire and thought that maybe i hadnt seen him (but i didnt remember seeing anyone).
Anyway, when he had left i found out he wasnt actually anywhere near me, he was, like, the other side of the area.
That was quite annoying. frown



tainted
tainted

addict
Location: London
Member Since: 22nd Oct 2004
Total posts: 422
Posted:I always get asked if i use real fire...I just offer to let them touch i if they dont think its real - they never do though i wonder why... biggrin i also get parents who let there kids come right up to the fire i swear some people shouldnt be allowed to breed...

There are no stupid questions, only stupid answers...


tainted
tainted

addict
Location: London
Member Since: 22nd Oct 2004
Total posts: 422
Posted:i was busking with firepoise befoe christmans and dispite being hounded by a group of wee hoods a drunk (with vomit dripping from his face - such a nice image) tried to get what little (and i mean little) money we made. I hate belfast.

There are no stupid questions, only stupid answers...


JauntyJames
JauntyJames

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Hampshire College, MA, USA
Member Since: 22nd Dec 2004
Total posts: 3533
Posted:Written by: tainted


i was busking with firepoise



Written by: spacecow00x
a gaggle of poi definately







silly goose, loose the "se"!


-James

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


=Flashpoint=
=Flashpoint=

Pasta of Muppets
Location: in the interwebs...
Member Since: 1st Sep 2004
Total posts: 2719
Posted:someone else explain, i have a plate of beans on toast...

ohmygodlaserbeamspewpewpew!
ubbrollsmileubbrollsmileubbrollsmileubbrollsmile


Sprocket
Sprocket

Member
Location: middle of the outback
Member Since: 12th Jun 2004
Total posts: 140
Posted:This is just... ubbloco

I've never been insulted, most people are fascinated (cos I'm the only poister in the village). And when I mention that they are originally from the Maoris of NZ they think it's a very "cultural" thing to do.

I loved that "yeah, touch my cold fire" reply.

And its "Kind" as in child and "Kinder" for children.


hm, pinecones, my favourits!


ImmortalAngel
Scientist!
Location: Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Member Since: 19th Jan 2004
Total posts: 578
Posted:I do alot of practice in my free time/lunch/spares at school. I always sit in the hallways juggling with my friend or spinning with sock poi. We get alot of strange looks for the sock poi. Not so much for the juggling. I think practicing in public, while ultimately can be a good thing for getting over stage fright, is incredibly annoying.
We'll be trying new tricks or anything we can think of (we're all self taught except for anything we can find on the net) and dropping balls all and people would laugh and throw out the common "You suck" or walk away snickering and muttering under our breath. I've recently found that if I'm practicing with bean bags they work great if as they are walking away they get hit in the back of the head with it. They'll either always just try and act cool and walk away or try and pick a fight (Although they never last long. A quick joint lock and they'll storm off in a storm of curse words. But that's what you get when you pick a fight with people who've been in martial arts their entire lives. I try not to use striking if possible, it seems not worth it, or over the top if that makes any sense)
As for practicing with poi, most of the people who walk by either skirt to the sides and give a side glance as they hurry past afraid of getting hit (Despite we stop or go to a simple 3bt or forward spin till they pass). Some people throw out the usuall "What the hell are you guys playing with socks for?" or the ever so loved "Yeah I can remember doing that when I was like 7. It's stupid but I can do everything you're doing with my eyes closed it's so easy".
To these people I let them try with my super heavy sock poi (I use them to train with, they've got heavy and hard balls in them, hurt alot when you hit your self (I learn moves very clean when I use these lol), and they usually limp off swearing and muttering.
The people who don't heckle are usually really cool about it though.
Some people will stop, have a chat, watch a bit. Some ask us to teach them so we'll try and teach them like a basic cascade and they'll stay with us for an hour or so just trying to get that, or more advanced tricks if they learn fast.
Others will watch, give a compliment or suggest we do performances (heh, yeah right, not yet...).

Over all I find alot of the younger people are pricks about it. Some of the older people are more forgiving about it. I did actually have one passer bye say "Aren't those supposed to be made out of a plant or something?" and I was amazed he recognized the concept of traditional poi. He was in a hurry otherwise I would have loved to have a chat with him about the origins.

As for buskers, I tend to always give money to them when I see them. Where I live it is a regulated profession now. You have to sign up with the city to do it otherwise you can get arrested. But because of it everyone is alot more appreacitve about them now. We even have a yearly festival titled Buskerfest!
I usually give money regardless because I know how long it takes to get the skills, then put together a routine for performance and how much they put up with on the streets. It's the same reason I tip large at resturants. I've been there, and I know how bad it can be sometimes.

Anyways, just my thoughts ^.^'


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Havokist
Havokist


Location: Manchester
Member Since: 20th Dec 2004
Total posts: 2530
Posted:Written by: sparkey

Written by: tainted

i was busking with firepoise



silly goose, loose the "se"!



dude, there's a pretty hott female spinner who's HoP name is firepoise and she live's in ireland, so tainted was most probably busking with her tongue


We are the music makers, We are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers, And sitting by desolate streams;
World-losers and world-forsakers, On whom the pale moon gleams;
We are the movers and shakers of the world for ever, it seems.


JauntyJames
JauntyJames

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Hampshire College, MA, USA
Member Since: 22nd Dec 2004
Total posts: 3533
Posted:footinmouth ooooops my appoligies, i feel quite silly now

-James

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


Havokist
Havokist


Location: Manchester
Member Since: 20th Dec 2004
Total posts: 2530
Posted:dont worry dude, go console yourself for a while by looking at her gallery tongue biggrin

We are the music makers, We are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers, And sitting by desolate streams;
World-losers and world-forsakers, On whom the pale moon gleams;
We are the movers and shakers of the world for ever, it seems.


ado-p
ado-p

Pirate Ninja
Location: Galway/Ireland
Member Since: 13th May 2004
Total posts: 3882
Posted:ubblol at sparkey

Love is the law.


JauntyJames
JauntyJames

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Hampshire College, MA, USA
Member Since: 22nd Dec 2004
Total posts: 3533
Posted:ubbcrying everybody's lafing at me, i'm going to go cry in a corner like the emo kid i am at heart. or, mabey i'll just go look at firepoise's gallery like havokist told me to. yes, that seems more likely



edit, upon returning from firepoise's galley: hey, she does exist! you spoke truely, havokist

EDITED_BY: sparkey (1107563274)


-James

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


Havokist
Havokist


Location: Manchester
Member Since: 20th Dec 2004
Total posts: 2530
Posted:i know tongue its great biggrin (edit: the its great bit isn't about the people laughing)



don't worry sparkey, if you go sit in a corner and cry i'll always be there to poke you with a really long stick ubbrollsmile

EDITED_BY: Havokist (1107708028)


We are the music makers, We are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers, And sitting by desolate streams;
World-losers and world-forsakers, On whom the pale moon gleams;
We are the movers and shakers of the world for ever, it seems.


JauntyJames
JauntyJames

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Hampshire College, MA, USA
Member Since: 22nd Dec 2004
Total posts: 3533
Posted:duuude! that'd be like the longest stick ever! that'd be so cool! i don't know exactly how far it is from manchester to DC but it'd make a really long stick. i'm jealous, i want a stick that long. anyway.... offtopic offtopic

-James

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


Havokist
Havokist


Location: Manchester
Member Since: 20th Dec 2004
Total posts: 2530
Posted:lol, i know, having a stick that long can be fun at times, but also a burden, one millimeter off and you're poking someone entirely different, in a different area, offtopic

We are the music makers, We are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers, And sitting by desolate streams;
World-losers and world-forsakers, On whom the pale moon gleams;
We are the movers and shakers of the world for ever, it seems.


i8beefy2
i8beefy2

addict
Location: Ohio, USA
Member Since: 24th Mar 2003
Total posts: 674
Posted:I discovered spinning when I was playing with a broomstick one night during a party. A friend suggested I light the ends on fire and my addiction began.

Well one of my friends has quite an antagonistic sense of humor, and so my staff is now always called the "Whirly Girly Twirly Batton". Havn't heard it much since I've actually gotten good now, but I think it made me laugh every time I heard it for the first few months...

I really don't see how being called a raver or being asked for drugs is an insult though... I get asked for drugs all the time and I just reply that I don't know where to get any. I find most people are very accepting of that answer. And if they aren't, they're probably real, REAL messed up already and you can mess with them!

Never really been insulted for spinning before... usually get the "Wow" response. But then I live in Ohio, so anything outside of typical mid-western culture usually gets that response. I have had plenty of people try spinning before though. Usually stop after the first hit to the balls. I guess that's why I tend to attract a lot more females into the hobby... hehe. biggrin



JauntyJames
JauntyJames

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Hampshire College, MA, USA
Member Since: 22nd Dec 2004
Total posts: 3533
Posted:ha, those silly conservatives, these things are just outside thier relms of comprehension, aren't they?

-James

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


Rovo
Rovo

(the person actually known as Chris Bailey)
Location: Austin, TX, USA
Member Since: 30th Jul 2003
Total posts: 544
Posted:Last night I went to this "rave" party near my town and to be quite honest it sucked. Give me a bunch of dirty hippies and a good band any day of the week and I'd be happy. Alot of the kids weren't that cool and kind of a$$holish.

Anyway after it was ending my girlfriend and I went outside to spin fire for some people we knew and for any interested parties. The first spin was good and everyone liked it. Then as we were resoaking the wicks more people came out. When my girlfriend started spinning they started saying some vulgar things and some pretty stupid stuff like let me see your cervix. Then some jerk came over and got within a few feet of my girlfriend and was saying stuff then started trying to grab the wicks. I asked him to stop then i had to yell at him to get away and started walking over and he backed off. If he didn't he would have learned not to touch wicks when one of my lit monkey fists knocked him upside the head. (I really wouldn't have hit him unless he physically grabbed her but the thought is good) Anyway I was talking to this guy after we stopped who saw me spin at another party and he thought it was really cool along with most of the other people. So at least I made some peoples nights a little bit better. They understood that if that jerk burnt his hand grabbing her wicks we would have gotten in trouble and not been allowed to spin there anymore. This is the first time Ive ever had a real problem with anyone while spinning but it doesn't matter I still had fun and nothing bad happened. I guess those kids ideals are more PLU then PLUR.


Peace, Love, Circles


firepanda
firepanda

newbie
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Member Since: 27th Jun 2005
Total posts: 4
Posted:People can be stoopid. And most can't see past their own noses, don't let it get you down because there are many more people out there who will see it and be amazed, and some might even want to learn. ubbloco


bairie fen
lord high king of swingers *(now defunct)**(but will rise again ! !)*
Location: wild wiltshire
Member Since: 14th Jun 2004
Total posts: 165
Posted:you are all missing the point entirely !
poi is gay and girly guaranteed !
staff is a million times better !
ha ha
x
b


fly fairies, fly high, fly wide and take no prisoners !!!!!!


bairie fen
lord high king of swingers *(now defunct)**(but will rise again ! !)*
Location: wild wiltshire
Member Since: 14th Jun 2004
Total posts: 165
Posted:oh and then there is meteor aswell !

fly fairies, fly high, fly wide and take no prisoners !!!!!!


Cyberboy
Cyberboy

member
Location: Whittier, Ca
Member Since: 10th Jul 2005
Total posts: 49
Posted:This is PROBABLY a late response >.< My bad for joining at a later date wink
But check out www.philosomatika.com to hear some PsyTrance...

The very first time I saw Poi was at a GreenSektor PsyTrance party smile
Enjoy smile



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