the 1 st minutes got me sea sick,
I am sorry. The video is jerky because it is played at 2X. My experience is that long videos discourage comments (as people need to get back to work after over-extending their breaks). Perhaps I should have uploaded two versions: hectic for the ADD crowd and leisure for the pulpowsky crowd
it's like being invited in your secret lobby thanx for sharing this very special place !!
Yes, thanks Mike. It is like giving away a secret but considering that many of the top players that truly can appreciate this may never be able to visit, I think it is good to put it out there. Now, there is already somebody on youtube asking if there is public access . . .
I came back from Ohio and left two days later for Spain, so I did not have time to finish reporting about the experience. I stayed until Monday afternoon so I got to experience some of the awesomeness that Mike is. Who parks the cars in the street but has the garage full of unicycles, not counting a professional wire walking gig? Who at work keeps several penny-farthing bikes (first time I ride one) and a goldfish in training (to go through a loop when fed)? Who else pole-vaults with one hand while holding a spinning top on the other? I saw it myself when he took me to his pole vaulting coaching at the high-school. I could also see the hurdles he uses. By the way, if you look in the Ripley's Believe It or Not book that appears on the video, there is his (first) Guinness World Record. Who else who is not a parent goes to every meet of the cross country high-school team just to cheer them (we went together)?
Sunday morning Mike spurred Mark Hayward and myself to come to mass and throw tops! We were very hesitant to do it, sat in the very back. But when the children sermon came, there we were throwing Chubby and Figaro between the altar and the pews. And at the very end of the mass, Mike changed a song to include the verb "spinning", and there we were again, doing bearing tricks in front of a mostly older Lutheran congregation.
I got to visit the bell tower (like Mark had already done in another visit) and have a video throwing the top inside. Yes, we rang the real bell while there but also the virtual bells (speakers) went off so it was pretty loud. Then I got to climb the inside wall almost to the top of the steeple (the dust on the beams, from a fire and 100+ year accumulation was pretty nasty). And of course, I got to eat at Chipotle