So I know some of you have unfortunately had to deal with rude people while you were out hooping in public... here's my story.
I only recently started hooping in public places, and it still takes a lot of guts for me. Today was such a gorgeous day though, I just HAD to go to the park and do my thang.
I was in this big grassy park, minding my business, as people went around walking, playing frisbee, whatever.
So there I was, for well over an hour. Then this group of guys shows up wanting to play soccer.
No problem, it's a big park. They were doing their thing at one end of the park for a while, and everything was chill. I laid down on my towel and was working on hooping on my feet, when I started noticing these shadows over me. The next thing I know they've come over, and basically set up one of their goals on top of my stuff!!! None of them said a thing to me, in fact they were basically trying to avoid my eyes.
So I commented under my breath about just leaving.
Finally one guy came over with some excuse about how they were tearing up the grass at the other end of the park, so they needed to move. He then INFORMED me that I did not have to leave (even though staying would have meant dealing with random soccer balls flying past my head).
Seriously, none of them could have come up BEFORE and asked if I would mind moving, or trading places with them? You since I was there first and all. Dicks...
I should have just started hooping right in the middle of their game.
At least I felt a tiny bit better, when I was putting my hoops in my car I over heard two women on the sidewalk, and one of them was complaining about the fact that I'd been there for over an hour, and how rude were those boys for making me leave. At least SOME people can see rudeness for what it is.
Anyway, I just really needed to vent to some people I knew would get it.
But this kind of thing makes me not even want to hop in public anymore. Esp. b/c I have a REALLY hard time keeping my words to myself. *sigh*
whatever, don't ever stop hooping.
people can be bullies. I went to the local park with a couple of friends who hoop as well, and two girls from high school came with some hoops too, my friend went over to talk to them about a interest they share (hooping) and one girl replied "yeah, Ive been doing it for years and i don't do it because everyone else does." soon after the two girls left the park with out hooping much... go figure.
That's my motto in life and I think more people should take to it, Rude people are just jealous haters!
Yup. I was at the Outer Banks Brewing Station last week to see Keller and during his set break a beautiful hooper came inside and started doing her thing (I think her name was Dangeria, someone help, i'd love to find her) I was sitting at the front of the stage waiting and some girl next to me started going off on her BF about how stupid all these hippies are with their stupid hippie hula hoop BS. I looked right at her and told her I was a hooper too and that she was being offensive and jealous. She got really mad at me and said all hoopers are just trying to get attention and they are distracting from the show, blah blah blah. I was polite about it in a witty kind of way by telling her she was just jealous and the girl hooping was beautiful in her expression and that if she couldn't appreciate that then don't watch. She couldn't even look at me for the rest of the night until I asked her if she'd had ever been to a Keller show. Obviously, she had not. She also stood in front of the stage with her back to Keller almost the whole second set talking to her BF. I had a really hard time getting over how totally rude she was. Kind of put a damper on my night...
It's my opinion that people bitter about other people's forms of expression don't have any outlet of expression of their own or have been taught to repress it. Don't get flustered by it, just pity them! They'll never fully enjoy life until they decide to let loose! :)
I did a performance in VT once and this drunk chick was really upset (I'll call it jealous!) She kept pulling her boyfriend over, even though he didn't want to, and saying "no we're going to dance right here!". Here being on top of me! She kept purposefully bumping into me. I was super upset because the band who asked me to perform with them had hired a videographer but she kept messing me up. I wish now that I stopped and told her to back the heck off and that I was asked to be there.....now I would.
That's awful! I hereby swear if ever I'm at a place as another hooper, I'll play bouncer and protect every one of you beautiful people.