“Dangit, I knew I was running low but I thought I had a few more left.”.
There is nothing worse than reaching into your case for a new yoyo string and discovering you have run out. “Dangit, I knew I was running low but I thought I had a few more left.”.
I am currently working out the kinks on a new system where-by you can have an automatic payment deducted from your PayPal account and your next order of yoyoGstring would arrive AUTOMATICALLY each month.
“Got my Envelope filled with Noly and SoftCore Today. Damn was it ever a good day! Thanks Paul!! You make some of the BEST string out there. Noly Whips like Lightning and SoftCore plays like MAD! Canada to USA Shipping only took 8 Days, I consider that fast! Thanks So Much for keeping this amazing String alive!”
- J. Rodriguez
“ g-string: one of the first independent string makers on the scene – before the rest, still the best. settin’ the bar for quality/consistency/dependability for nearly 7 years – no one else can make that claim.”
After a quick email chat with Andre at YoYoExpert I have officially re-entered the world of wholesale yoyoGstring orders!
I have been keeping this project on a smaller scale for the past few years as family took more of my focus but now that my kids are older I have more time to dedicate to this project and work hard to make it what it was before; A worldwide supplier of high quality, long lasting yoyoGstring that doesn’t rip the flesh from your finger.
Andre has ordered 100 bundles of the newly re-designed SOLO format.
Top row, left to right:
Candy Stripper, Whiteout, R.A.Z. (RadioActive Zebra), Lime-Aid and Creamsicle
Bottom row, left to right:
Aquamarina, Lemon-Aid, Mirage, HigBee and Baby Teal
I recently took the SOLO format “back to formula” as it wasn’t making me as happy as it should have been. >> I am VERY picky about what I produce for you folks to enjoy. <<
This new formula is just as soft and playable as before but now has a distinctly thinner profile (almost as thin as mass poly) and uses three different weights of thread in every string. Yes, I said THREE! Each string has materials from several different spools of thread, each with a different weight and composition while still being 100% polyester. I am quite proud of this format and I know you are going to love it!
NOTE: This SOLO format will now ONLY be available at webstores and NOT through my website. Please tell your preferred webstore to contact me about wholesale orders if you want to grab some.
Oh, Andre also ordered 20 bundles of GITD (Glow In The Dark)…because he could.
So, which design(s) are you going to grab when YoYoExpert launches this order?
It is said that “Variety is the spice of life” and I would have to agree.
A huge part of my continuing involvement with this yoyo string project is the fact that infinite visual designs are possible. Mixing and matching different colours together to create a new design is always an exciting journey for me and an aspect of string making which I greatly enjoy.
Tyrone, Kevin and Sean recently embarked on this journey with me, using my CUSTOM order process, and good fun was had by all.
BNC /Neon Yellow, Neon Pink, Neon Green and Aquamarine Blue.
- as designed by Tyrone.
NOLY / White, Forest Green and Aquamarine Blue.
- as designed by Kevin.
NOLY / Neon Orange, Light Orange, White and Black.
- as inspired by the San Francisco Giants and designed by Sean.
I was invited to speak at a Entrepreneurial Small Business Panel as part of a local project called Capital Ideas Edmonton (www.capitalideasedmonton.com)
Their project is about businesses helping other businesses through open forum discussions. It’s very cool.
Here is a video segment from this event where I discuss how staying small is the best thing for me, and for you.
In June I was asked to contribute a blog post to the Edmonton NextGen group on the topic of “Fatherhood”.
What follows is my take on raising my children and how my love of juggling has developed into a fantastic platform for learning and growth.
Today, You Will Learn How To Juggle | NextGen Speaks out on Fatherhood
Hello, My name is Paul. I believe that there are moments in our life and experiences we have that shape who we are and the type of parent we’d like to be/become. In order to to tell you my story, and why I feel juggling is an important life skill to pass on to my children it is necessary to take you on a journey into my past.
Way back in the land before time…
It is 1993 and I’m attending Red Deer College.
Not all of us can track back into our memories and define those pinnacle moments when your life took on a whole new direction. In our youth these events were often much more transitory and tended to blend together. (I cannot remember the second half of grade 12, but neither can the rest of my party buddies.) But for me, that class with Larry is one of them. Meeting my future wife in the lobby of the Pantages Playhouse in Winnipeg is another. The most recent was just over 10 years ago, on the day my first child was born.
I was physically and emotionally present for the extraction of both my kidlets, as a hand-crushee. Men, we are damn lucky that WE DON’T HAVE TO DO THAT! Ladies, you are amazing…seriously, unreal. Take a bow, along with my undying gratitude and respect.
I have a vivid memory of walking through the hospital corridors holding a blanket swaddled 8lb 4oz pink blob in my arms and sensing its weight. The unhindered thought popped into my head, “You know, if I had three of these…maybe I could juggle them.” (After the second child my wife said, “If you want any more kids YOU are having them”. We stopped at two.)
Little did I realize how closely related juggling and Fatherhood would be.
Thinking back to Larry’s words to the class, “Today, you will learn how to juggle” I later realized
He didn’t say “I will teach you”, he said “Today, you will learn…”
His wording, as much as the actual skill of juggling, has influenced my life greatly.
As adults we choose what to juggle, where to juggle, how often to juggle, who to juggle for, who to juggle with, and most importantly WHY we juggle.
People often refer to this as “mutli-tasking” but I feel that phrase is heavily overused. Science tells us that we don’t really do more than one thing at once, we actually rapidly switch between things and do them one at a time. This is an important distinction to make because in juggling, unlike multi-tasking, yhou are really are doing more than one thing at a time. You are causing three different items/tasks/emotions/choices to all move together in a pattern of your choosing.
As an adult I’ve continued to juggle, performing professionally while tossing knives, torches and various other props into the air. (and often catching them.) I’ve also learned to juggle my emotions, the use of my time and each and every choice that arises. In addition to juggling I have also developed my sense of balance. Physically, as well as emotionally and mentally.
Yes, we all make mistakes. It’s part of trying and learning.
Practice doesn’t always make perfect, but it does make it easier, and often better, the next time. Yes, Sometimes you drop (Gravity is good. Without gravity many of us would get tummy flip-flops just watching T.V.) a ‘thing’. (As long as the ‘thing’ isn’t a child/live animal, and/or no-one in a position of authority is watching.) The trick is how soon you pick it back up and what you do with it next.
We’ve now spent just over 10 years helping our kids to ‘juggle’. (To my chagrin, they have absolutely zero interest in actual juggling…le sigh.) Not by telling them what to juggle but showing them how to choose what to juggle.
My oldest daughter has already decided to limit her extra-curricular activities during the 2012/2013 school year based on how much homework (which she is not a fan of) she expects to be dealing with next year.
She has adjusted her balance so she can continue to juggle with what she feels is a more important commitment, her schooling.
As her parents we did not tell her she had to cut things back, nor did we recommend this as an option. She did this on her own. She is going into Grade 5.
Our house has a rather free-flow structure. Outside of school and extra-curriculars we do not control the kids time. They can do pretty much whatever they enjoy. There is naturally chores to do but they have learned that if they want to do a family movie night then they need to have them done along with getting their homework done early.
They have the freedom to juggle their own schedule as long as they aren’t dropping the ball (so to speak) on their other responsibilities.
Empowering them to make good juggling decisions while not being critical of the juggling choices of others has worked for our family and is preparing my children to be more independent and ready to make more of these choices as adults.
CAVEAT: I would not be a husband, father nor the man I am today without the love and support of my stunning wife Elizabeth and my two amazing children, The Izzy-Bee and Gemmatron3000.
Bio: My name is Paul Wallace and I am a professional Juggler, Husband and Father. Sure, some family gigs are paid in kisses, super-hugs and an ear-whispered “I love you Daddy” but I can deal with that.
I would like to take this post to send a HUGE thank you to my amazingly supportive spouse and children.
You see, without the support of my absolutely amazing family none of this would be possible.
I am not 15 year old and living in my parent basements with an allowance.
I am 41 years old, married with 2 kids, a mortgage, a PT day-job and am also an entertainer.
I have been involved in the yoyo community for roughly 7 years.
For the past 6 or so I have been making and selling yoyo string.
Personally I have home-made over 175,000 yoyoGstrings.
That is roughly 72 full – 24 hour days (two and half months) of me, standing at my string rig, making yoyoGstring for players all over the world to enjoy. This estimate does not even include all the additional hours I spend doing R&D for new formats, thread shopping or internet efforts.
We all know there are only so many hours in the day so it stands to reason that a string task sometimes takes the place of something else.
If anything in your life takes a huge chunk of time be sure to give thanks to those who support you.
They deserve more of the credit than you may initially think. :)
In the beginning…
Gemmatron 3000, 1.5 yrs / IzzyBee, 3.5 yrs (Left to Right)
Gemmatron3000, nearly 8, trying to blast me with water from the neighbours deck while doing her best Pirate “ARRRRRR”!
The IzzyBee, now 10, attempting to smack my newly acquired Nikon D3100 out of my hands…with a broom.
She likes to ‘pretend to hate’ having her picture taken, so naturally I chase her with a camera whenever possible.
Life is a balance.
Don’t forget to regularly thank the supportive people on the other end of the scale who help you stay balanced.