I spent a large chunk of this weekend in London with my friend Dalfino Madrigal Keyte (and actually got material for a few blog entries from it!) At about midnight we were wandering down the streets as I played with my yoyo. I must admit, I was very surprised by the very large number of people who were wandering about even at this late hour. I guess that’s just how it is in London.

“Yo, yo, yo, yo!” shouted somebody. It took me a moment, but I eventually realised that they were talking to me.

“Hello,” I said, as I turned around and smiled at the group of three people who were looking at me. We were in no hurry, so I decided to head over and have a chat with them.

“Do a trick with it!” said the one who’d caught my attention.

“I can only really do the regular up and down. Well, actually, I can do a kind of loop the loop thing with it, I’ll try and do that.”

I tried to do the loop the loop thing, but, it went badly.

“Don’t be modest,” he said, “I saw what you were doing before I spoke to you! Man, you’re the Yoyo World Champion!”

“I’m not!” I said. “I couldn’t even USE a yoyo until six months ago when a good friend of mine bought me one and taught me how to do the basics.

“Can I try and use it?” said a young woman who was with him.

“Oh, of course!” I said as I handed it over. “Just pull upward as soon as it gets to the bottom.”

She successfully yo-ed it once, but, the second time she failed.

“Aw, I am terrible at using a yoyo…” she said sadly.

“Well, don’t be sad about it, its main use is entertainment. It’s not a contest,” I said.

Meanwhile, I realised that the man who had spoken to me first was now videoing Dalfino and asking him to tell a joke. Dalfino couldn’t think of anything, so he turned the camera on to me.

“Do you know who I am?” he asked.

“No,” I said, “I did only meet you a minute ago after all!”

“That’s good,” he said and smiled. “Now tell me a joke!”

“Well, I’m sorry but it’s a little hard to think of one on the spot like that,” I said.

“C’mon, lots of people are watching you, don’t let them down!”

“Okay, well, I did actually just think of a good one.”

“What is it?”

“What do you get when you cross fireworks with ducks?” I asked.

“I don’t know, what is it?”

“Fire quackers!” I said with a laugh. They all laughed too.

“And that’s the best joke you know?”

“Yes, it’s very good isn’t it?”

“Heh heh, yeah, alright mate. Goodbye!”

And with that I said goodbye to my new friends and continued on through the streets with Dalfino.

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