Saturday, July 08, 2006
How He Got His Pseudonym
Here are some pictures of Juggling Freak doing what he loves to do. He juggles everywhere we go. These clubs that he's juggling here -- he loves these things, but they aren't really very portable. So, normally, he takes some juggling balls with him whereever he might happen to be. I can't tell you how many little old ladies he's freaked out in the grocery store by asking, "Honey, will you put my balls in your purse?" The little old ladies invariably turn around, aghast, wanting to chastise him for speaking so rudely in public. And, then they see him, with an outstretched hand, full of juggling balls, and me with an open purse.
And ah, Wal-Mart! The scene of his oft-repeated World-Renowned Toilet Plunger Juggling! He's made many a child stare like zombies, entranced by the whirling Toilet Plungers. Adults, too. They all seem captivated that my husband can made household plastics spin like windmills. You know he's becoming famous when all the little girls besiege him at Girl Scout camp: "There's the Juggling Guy!"
Juggling is not just an amusement trick for him. He really enjoys testing himself -- to see how many catches he can do, working on perfecting a certain trick or move, constantly trying to better what he can do. Not bad for a guy who taught himself to juggle, and with nothing more than a book and determination. He's his own worst critic, though. He sees what hard tricks some professional jugglers can do, and he despairs that he'll ever be that talented. What he wants people to know is that juggling is not just for sideshow barkers or carnival clowns. There are quite a few people out there who juggle as a serious sport -- and they want people to judge them for how well they can execute a spin, or by how many balls they can juggle, or how they transition their tricks from one to another; and not by whether they can juggle and eat an apple at the same time. Juggling for him is not just about pushing himself to be better, but also to let people understand that it's not just for the circus anymore. And *I* get to hold his balls.