This is in response to the post Nathan Hoover sent out on Friday, inviting us to
this special event, at UC Santa Cruz, to benefit David Poznanter.
David has been disabled by severe tendonitis in both wrists. He will probably
never be able to make balloon animals again (he used to be firstname.lastname@example.org),
and juggling is questionable. Damage from a car accident and accumulated
wrist-intensive activities led to this problem, which currently leaves him
unable to use his hands for many everyday activities. The purpose of the show
was I believe to help him with college and living expenses.
Anyway, my wife Jacquie read Nathan’s post, and suggested we go. What a
surprise for David it would be, if I showed up and joined in the show! So
that’s what we did.
Most of the performers were friends of David, and I assume UCSC students, though
not all. There were musicians, acrobats, jugglers, magicians, a belly dancer,
and a unicyclist. Cory Tabino closed the variety half of show with a straps and
hand balancing act. He is a student at Ecole National du Cirque in Montreal,
home of Cirque du Soleil. a second half was a concert by the band Estradasphere.
My act, somewhere in the middle, had problems. I had grabbed Jacquie’s 20"
Miyata Standard, as my freestyle uni had been left at work, under my desk.
Jacquie’s unicycle was still disassembled from our trip up to Washington in
October, and I didn’t put it together until we got there. Only then did I get
reminded I had bent the wheel. There was a major S curve in the rim, from heavy
use in the WA show. Oops. But with a little help from Bruce Bundy we were able
to beat it into shape to hopefully last through the show.
Then, during the act before mine, I decided to let “a little” air out of the
tire because I thought it might be too slippery. Trying to keep quiet, I let the
air out very slowly until the tire felt right. MISTAKE. Never let air out after
the show has started! I got up on stage to find out my tire was riding real low!
I had trouble turning, and couldn’t do some of the tricks I had planned. Gliding
was even out. But I did finish by (on the first try) jumping over my volunteer,
Audience members paid a $5 admission, and a hat was passed during the show to
raise additional funds for people who could afford it. We heard before we left
that the door had taken in over $2200, not counting the hat! A great success.
Please join me in wishing David a quick recovery. See a picture of David, from
the 1998 California MUni Weekend:
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