Monday, July 18, 2005
Well another phat session went down yesterday in Toronto.
Started the day by waking up late. Had to catch a cab to the bus station but made it on time. Took the bus to Toronto and arrived around 11:30. Since the shredders were not meeting till 1:30 ish. I wandered around the eaton's center until it was time to play.
The first footbagger I met was Hugh from Toronto. We did some titless shred under a shitty shelter while it rained and rained. After 20 more or so, another footbagger arrive, Colin Kennedy! and the shred continued. After a bit more time shredding Camille arrived and we left for the next shred spot.
Once we got there other players start to show up. The Toronto crew, the Waterloo crew, and finally the superman himself, Johnny S. After about 30 minutes, Colin went for a midstring paradon and came down hard on his ankle. It made a funny noise and Colin was out for the rest of the session
(on a side note, there were a bunch of chairs around so I went to grab one so we could elevate Colin’s leg, but some cranky old man said I couldn’t use the chairs because he needed them to hold his bags, screw you! whoever you are)
We eventually got kicked out of the spot where we were playing, Nathan Phillips Square, by a stupid security guard. So we went around back where absolutely no one was and played for 30 more minutes. Then the stupid guard came back and threatened to arrest one of us if we didn’t leave! I guess public property doesn't allow for footbag. FOOTBAG IS NOT A CRIME! So we said ok and left.
We moved across the street to a nice location and shredded the rest of the day away. The session was chill, as all the Ontario gatherings usually are. There was lots of great shred, and even lots of hand catching of passes
and self-serving, as well all laughed about the recent discussions on modified. The circles flow was, I am glad to report, not irreparable damaged by any of this :p
I did a bit of filming but I doubt I will do anything with the footage because I didn’t take much. Everyone was playing really well and it’s good to see everyone progressing. In particular, I was very impressed with how Owen T.’s game is coming along. I also wanna give props to Andrew, Camille, and Aaron who shred hard! Go Ontario!
Johnny S. was insane as always. Stuff like barrage > quantum drifter midstring, genesis, and I believe quantum-ducking butter. At one point he left to get some water, and by the time he got back I had imposed a CIRCLE LOCK so he wasn’t allowed to shred with us anymore. After a quick laugh he walked into our rubberman circle (we were all trying rubberman) and hit rubberX3 on command. He did his normal insane fearless links and I believe did something like 8. Go Johnny.
Highlights for me were some ok stepping strings, and my usually boppy guiltless play, but I did manager to hit nuke muted xbd rake for the first time ever on my second try!
After lots of shredding, attempts at doing planches
(here is a link to explain what we were trying: http://www.dragondoor.com/cgi-bin/artic ... icleid=229
) so fun, and some group schooling we grabbed some pizza and I headed for the bus station. As I sat on the bus, Camille, Andrew, and Johnny came up along side my window and waved and yelled at me while I sat there trying to hear them through the glass. After a few window kisses and goodbye waves my bus rolled away as Camille helped up a sign saying they loved me. I LOVE YOU TOO ONTARIO SHREDDERS!!!!
The whole day was fantastic and easily one of the most fun sessions I have ever had. Thanks go out to everyone (even those I forgot to mention by name) for making it so great. Ontario rocks! Everyone better watch out cause Ontario’s skills are about to explode.
So now I guess I will go back into schooling and training mode for out next encounter Ontario. Hopefully using some tips Johnny gave me I will be barraging soon
and stringing long more genuine stuff. And I promise, the next time you see me, I will hit rubberman! Till then ….