The Amazing Baz
The Amazing Baz is a fire performer and music producer from the lovely city of Boston, Massachusetts. He is also responsible for the second most amazing thing that ever happened to me.
Last night, I went to the Loew’s theater with a few friends to see The Expendables (great movie if you enjoy watching Stalone blow things up, which I do). Afterward, we went across the street to the Commons for a bit. One of my friends is a photographer who loves long-shutter shots, so I was spinning my new crystal poi while chatting with everyone, letting him take some pictures. One of which is to the left.
As I was spinning, I of course got some strange looks from people walking by, but this one specific person and his girl actually stopped and stared at me. I thought he was really interested in watching me so I started doing some weaves and fountains. Those really are not complicated moves, I’m still a beginner mind you, but they look terrific to someone who doesn’t know much about poi. Well after a few seconds, this guy steps a little closer and I realize he wants to say something. I give him my attention, and my heart just about stopped after he told me:
“I can’t remember the last time I saw someone spinning flowpoi in downtown Boston in the middle of the night.”
…What? He said FLOWPOI! So of course I told him he was my hero for actually know what they are, as most people just think they’re pretty lights. His next sentence made me feel a bit like meeting a celebrity.
“I’m actually a representative for Flowtoys,” he told me. Okay, now I KNOW I’m dreaming! He had just finished watching Scott Pilgrim with his girl in the same theater I was in watching The Expendables. What are the odds of me spinning poi at the exact moment a poi artist happens to be in the area? I don’t know, but I’m quite happy how things worked out!
We talked for a few minutes, and he basically told me Home of Poi was a waste of time, which made me laugh. I’m beginning to think he’s right, too, since there is apparently a significant poi community in Boston and NONE of them are on HoP forums. Figures, huh?
Regardless, I got his card and sent him an email this morning. There is a spin jam Monday night that I will attend, and I’m really looking forward to it! For once I’m actually excited for it to be Monday!
I’ll definitely post more about this magnificent revelation. And I will include pictures, perhaps video if someone at the spin jam happens to take one. We’ll have to see! Stay tuned for more!
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