A New Place To Practice

I was excited to go to the gym last night. After a day at work, all I wanted to do was throw up 5 clubs a few times and let the stress of the day fall to the floor. But my excitement was quickly crushed after I walked into the gym. Fifty young children covered the gym floor running back and forth with basketballs. A charming community center scene but crushing to a hopeful juggler.

Sure, I could have staked my claim in the corner and went along with my practice in spite, but I could already hear the comments from the parents and kids in the room–Where are the chainsaws? How long have you been practicing? How many is that? Can I try? Can you do 7? Do you do parties?–and I just didn’t feel like dealing with it.

Defeated, I left the gym.

But on my way to my car I made a discovery. A gated soccer field adjacent to the gym was emitting a soft glow. No one was on the field and yet a few of the lights illuminated small pockets of grass around the corners. Surprised that I had never noticed this field at night, I searched around until I found a way in and walked across the dark field to my very own piece of grass. Feeling slightly victorious, taking a deep breath of the cool fall air, I took out my clubs, threw them up and had a great, refreshing practice.

6 Replies to “A New Place To Practice”

  1. It’s funny because I was just talking about this on my blog (www.thecollectiveus.com). I practise clubs at the neighborhood playground becuase the soft floors cushion impact.

    Kids are unpredictable and that’s what makes them scary (apart from the multitude of questions). Even the quiet ones would stare for a while and might randomly decide to walk right into your clubs or grab at one. Last thing you want is for things to bonk them on the head.

    Good going on finding a good juggling spot – I’m still looking for the perfect one 🙁

  2. I feel you man. In Korea, it’s virtually impossible to find an indoor gym. Of course, universities have them but I don’t have access. There are a few YMCAs but I have been told the basketball court is for YMCA programs only. I’m going to try to juggle in one of the very large subway stations this winter. I hope the field works out for you. Does it get cold in the winter where you live?

  3. In response:
    Ed–Luckily I live in Sunny Southern California so it doesn’t get too cold to juggle very often. Will they let you practice in the subway station? That’s pretty cool. But then you’ll have to deal with all the people. There’s got to be someplace out there with a tall ceiling for you to practice! Good luck finding it. Thanks for the comment.

    JH–Yeah, kids always make things interesting. There so good to have in the show, but make practicing impossible. I like you site.

    Renee–Thanks for the comment. It means a lot coming from you!

  4. Your time and effort was not wasted because you were able to find the right place for your practice. Keep up the good work man!

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