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« on: June 14, 2006 10:16:17 PM »

I thought I'd share a story.  When the weather is not raining here in Seattle, I tend to take my spindle for walks.  (My biggest craziness was one goregous day when I walked home from work the long way [about 4.5 mi/ 7.3 km], spinning almost the whole time!)  Recently, I was walking along, and I noticed that 2 grandmotherly-looking ladies were looking at me a bit quizically.  When I finally got closer to their porch, one remarked, "Oh, we thought you had a yo-yo."  They didn't seem to think my little habit was odd at all.
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« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2006 04:32:21 PM »

You might get a giggle out of my Nephew spinning off a balcony then.  he was waiting for some computer code to complie (for a job) and the building had a large indoor atrium that a number of offices opened into (including the one Michael was sequestered in) so he started spinning off the balcony and into the atrium.  Made the secretary two floors down flip when she saw the spindle drop down, down, down past her then go back up really fast to drop down again...

Michael said the highlight was hearing the company vice president scream "our $300 an hour consultant is doing WHAT?!!!"  and since he had to wait and watch the computer complie ( in case it error-ed out, which it did.  Frequently, to many patched together systems for things to go smoothly) there wasn't anything they could do to him.

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« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2006 06:16:08 PM »

Thanks for the story!  It made me laugh.  I've got a bunch of friends who work in the computer industry, and I've had my own experiences with compilers; so, I understand the cobbled system problem and needing to watch & wait.  I just love the fact that your nephew's spindle could spin long enough to go 2 stories down!  I can just picture the expressions on people's faces.
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« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2006 06:42:35 AM »

he can get enough speed to do a four story drop for spinning the thread he uses for lace now and the looks are *still* priceless.  2x4 to the back of the skull type looks.  He doesn't do a drop that far for knitting yarns though, if he gets distracted they'll back spin and break.  No idea why the finer stuff doesn't, unless it's a commentary of his lace thread being silk or linen and his knitting yarn being wool. (shrugs)

I can't spin to save my soul but love watching.

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