lack of messages

krheaume@madison.k12.wi.us (Rheaume) wrote:

>I am not seeing a lot of messages lately posted.is eveyones vacation still
>going on this week. [stuff deleted] maybe everyone is just not having things
>happen to them

 I'll contribute this:

 If the heat has been as intense for others as it has been here in SE
 Kansas, everyone is probably avoiding sweat intensive activities as am I.
 We've had 25 days in the last 30 with daytime highs over 100 degrees F (34
 degrees C). If I don't get up and practice before 7 am, (when the sun gets
 high enough to shine down on my head,) I just don't practice at all. I am
 really looking forward to more moderate weather.

 Since coming back from the National Unicycle Convention in Ohio over a
 month ago, what little practice time I have put in has been dedicated to
 spins & wheel walking, and just lately, riding one footed with the free leg
 extended instead of resting on the frame.

 This is really fun, feels even more like flying than the other way,
 although during my last practice session I managed to get my free foot
 tangled in the crankarm and fall most un-gracefully. I had a small group of
 people waiting patiently for me to fall and they left feeling satisfied.

 There is a maneuver in which one rides in a tight circle with the toes of
 the inside foot touching the ground at the center point. I'd like to be
 able to do that someday.

 At convention I met and practiced a bit with Ed Moffat, who (with his wife)
 did the great uni/dance performance (Rad-Tanzen) at the Extravaganza. He
 gave me some pointers on spins, like how to do a 360 degree spinning mount
 (which is surprisingly easy) and when to lock the pedals during a spin for
 added excitement. Ken Fuchs kindly made a copy of his videotaping of the
 Extravaganza so I have footage of Ed's performance to study.

 It's great be given pointers but it works best when one is at the point of
 development to understand and use them, which in this case I was. And the
 interesting part is, each of these two techniques reinforced each other,
 that is when I burned out on practicing one, I'd do the other and when I
 got tired of THAT, I'd go back to the first technique and find myself doing
 it easier and with more control.

 I saw an interesting mount at convention. If this has a name, someone
 please tell us all. The rider stands behind the uni, with the seat on the
 floor in front of the wheel (which is vertical) with the crankarms
 vertical. The rider steps onto the lower pedal, kicks the seat up from the
 floor to one hand with the other foot and then acquires the other pedal and
 starts riding or idling seat in front. I have been working on this too with
 a few successes to date.

 Lisa Polinari did an amazing advanced version of this mount during
 her routine, the difference being that she did a free jump mount to
 level crankarms and then bent down to grab the seat and pull it back
 up with her hand.

 John Foss borrowed my 26" MUni & won the 100 meter Unlimited Class race.

 Today I took the kids to a circus (the Carson & Barnes) and was treated
 to the spectacle of a young Oriental lady idling one footed on a 6 foot
 giraffe and kicking bowls, cups and spoons onto her head with the free
 foot. First one bowl, then two at one time, then three, then four at
 one time. That's a stack of ten bowls on her head, then one cup and
 finally a spoon.

 Also saw some neat juggling of straw hats. The juggler sailed them like
 frisbees with one hand, catching each in turn on his head while the others
 were in the air then snatching it off his head and sailing it again with
 the other hand. He started with three, then did four, then five, then six.

 Saw a clown juggle nine balls. I could do that. They were glued together in
 three groups of three.

 Also saw a man throwing a heavy crockery pot into the air and catching it
 on his head.

 That's all I can think of for the moment...

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| Dennis Kathrens | “Hey, where’s your other wheel?” |
|d. kathrens@genie.com | WHAT other wheel? |
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Re: lack of messages

In article <199509040335.AA117565734@relay1.geis.com>,
d.kathrens@genie.geis.com writes:
|>
|> I’ll contribute this:
|>
|> If the heat has been as intense for others as it has been here in SE
|> Kansas, everyone is probably avoiding sweat intensive activities as am
|> I. We’ve had 25 days in the last 30 with daytime highs over 100 degrees
|> F (34 degrees C). If I don’t get up and practice before 7 am, (when the
|> sun gets high enough to shine down on my head,) I just don’t practice at
|> all. I am really looking forward to more moderate weather.
|>
|>
|>
|> | ------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|> | Dennis Kathrens | “Hey, where’s your other wheel?” |
|> |d. kathrens@genie.com | WHAT other wheel? |
|> | ------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|>
|>

I agree 100%. Even here in Minnesota it has been too hot to unicycle. The temp
hasn’t been as hot (85-90) but the humidity has been high. Just too hot to do
anything outside. I have even stopped riding my uni to work because it is too
hot. I get to work and I am really hot and sweaty. Sounds like today may be the
end of the heat wave for us, so maybe I can get back to more practicing.

Seems like I have been working on seat on stomach and seat in front riding for a
long time. Don’t know, just doesn’t work for me.

I have gotten 1 foot idling pretty well and want to work from there to one foot
riding. Also have tried a mount into 1 foot idling which I can do sometimes.

My winter project is going to be building a 6 foot uni!

Andy Arhelger awa@vnet.ibm.com

Re: lack of messages

d.kathrens@genie.geis.com writes:

>krheaume@madison.k12.wi.us (Rheaume) wrote:

>We’ve had 25 days in the last 30 with daytime highs over 100 degrees F (34
>degrees C).

Actually, 100 deg F is equal to 37.8 deg C. I just thought I’d point that out;
not to be pedantic, but just to increase the number of posts.

Michael Fouche fouche@cleo.murdoch.edu.au