Apparently yo-yos are The Thing now for the boys in my 11 year old's class. So he's been talking about them and borrowing some from friends at school.
This weekend while it was Just Us Guys, we went to Air Traffic games in the mall and picked him up a Henry Lizard, a plastic responsive yo-yo that's modestly adjustable and equipped with a bearing. A step up from a Duncan Imperial or Butterfly but still < $20.
I dug around in the closet and found my Duncan Freehand (which I don't play freehand, but whatever). I reacquainted myself with some of the tricks I knew before, and Sean has been working on some Sleeping and looping tricks like Hop the Fence and Walk the Dog. I spent an embarrassing amount of time at yoyotricks.com
We had a lot of fun, caught Sean's string between the bearing and yo-yo and broke it, found my extra strings to replace it, and found a bunch of the girls' old yo-yos from their interest in the toys. :)
I learned some pretty cool stuff, too.
1. I never played my yo-yo "right," as it was designed to played without tying to your hand, and instead with a counterweight that allows for some double-ended tricks.
2. There are off-string
yo yos that aren't attached to their string and kind of work like mini-diablos.
3. I actually really like yo-yo tricks, apparently.