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Saturday, July 22nd, 2006

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10:45a
Juggling highlights
It's the second-to-last day of the festival and I just woke up.

This post is going to probably sound incomprehensible to non-jugglers, so I apologize in advance.

Some of the highlights so far:
- Found out that two great jugglers are moving to Portland (Mel and Briane).
- Learned how to do 7 club 2/3. (person A is 3 3p 4p, person B is 4p 4p 3). j3h and I had been trying to figure out the right way to do this pattern for ages, but we never hit on the right combination before.
- My 5 club pattern is getting better. My record is still 9 catches, but I'm finding I can now concentrate on individual throws.
- Learned a great pattern called "4 choose 2". Complete and total juggling nerd pattern. It turns out that j3h and I independently invented it about a year or two ago, but lacked the skill to juggle it. (4-handed siteswap is 5 6 7).
- Helped test out a brand new pattern called "Steven's Standstill". It a passing pattern where one side has two people playing the role of one person. Except that instead of the two people running around each other, they both stand still (feeder throws right, left, left, right, right, left, left, right. Feedees juggle the gaps). Steven's Seven-club Standstill is pretty great too.
- Learned a great pattern called "clover". I have no idea how to describe it succinctly but it's great fun. Four people, 12 clubs, 6-count. Between passes, the people walk around in a very cool pattern.
- Tried to learn an absolutely phenomenal takeout pattern called "roundabout". Completely failed to learn it. But there was at least one other Portland person at the workshop. I'll post video of it at some point.

Unfortunately, me and sleep haven't been hanging out enough recently. I went to bed at 4:30 AM last night. I'm not sure I've ever been this happy and this tired simultaneously.

Ok. What am I doing typing when there is juggling going on?

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