For the last three years, we have performed at my church’s picnic. This year I said that we should do something different so instead of doing the picnic, we will be juggling at a hymn sing. My church has hymn sings the first Sunday of each month, and sometimes there is a guest artist. However, this artist has always been a musician in the past. The idea of juggling at a hymn sing may seem weird, but from my perspective this will be the greatest juggling led hymn sing anyone has ever been to. Winning by default has always been the key to my successes.
2016 has been a very busy year for Darren and me, but a slightly less busy year for the DKers. This year I fixed up my house to the point where it is livable, and I had my first son, Everett. Darren got married and started trying to convince his wife that when they have a child they should give him/her a name that starts with R (D-K-E-R). I know I am supposed to cram in all the personal stuff into one sentence at the end, but it was so much easier think of personal stuff than juggling highlights for 2016.
We have three ideas for routines that we are “working” on right now. Routine number one will be very hard to put together. We need to pick a song and put in a lot of practice, but we have already put in a good amount of practice. Routine two will probably require significantly less practice, but we have only practiced once, and by practice I mean fooling around for 15 minutes while convincing ourselves that whipped cream is a legitimate juggling prop. Routine three should involve almost zero practice, but a good deal of prop construction.
My last couple of blog posts have been ideas for possible juggling routines. Last month’s idea felt different from the previous ideas primarily because I think it might actually happen. The other ideas; the unjust stewert show, the prayer show, or the boast in weakness act, all started with a biblical idea. Whereas, last month’s idea started with a juggling trick. Starting with a juggling trick seems much easier. After watching our Prodigal Fun show, I don’t know which way one would assume we came up with the show. We could have decided to do the Prodigal Son, and then tried to think of routines to go with inheritance, leaving, losing money, garbage, a party and so on. However that is not what we did at all. We thought of routines about gold, saying bye bye bye, gambling, and so on before we ever thought about doing the prodigal son. We just figured out how to make it all fit after the fact. Maybe it is good to trust in God’s providence and hope that everything will work out for good. However when trying to think about whatever it is that will come next , it would be nice to have more of a plan.
We have been doing our duel routine since high school. People still like it, but lately we have been trying to think of some new tricks we can do with the sticks to form a new act. I like the latest one we are working on, but I can’t help but feel like it is missing something. I am thinking that maybe we could add music to make it better. Truthfully though, adding music to things is basically my solution for everything.
We do not have any shows this February. However, we did get one offer for a show. The request was for a 20 minute show on overcoming adversity featuring no Christian music. Basically, when we were offered adversity, we said we’ll pass. In our defense we have been busy; Darren with his wedding and me with my new house. I did come up with an idea for the adversity show though
It’s time for the annual DKers’ Christmas Letter. 2015 has been another busy year for us. We started off the year the way we always do with the HMS Winter Carnival. This year we premiered our Hats vs. Frisbee routine at HMS. Like all our routines it started out a little rough, but now after a year of doing it, I think we have finally figured it out.
Three months ago, Darren and I agreed that he would put up two Facebook posts a month, and I would write a K Anything each month. I assumed I would fail first, but I’m not ready to give up yet. The last two months I have enjoyed writing up ideas for possible juggling shows, and I have also written up a new juggling bit based on the wise and foolish builders that we are actually going to use so I won’t put it on hear. I enjoyed writing these and was planning on writing another bit for the November K Anything. My idea was to expand on our t-shirts. Our t-shirts have “dropping the ball" on the front and on the back they have 2nd Cor. 12:9
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
Darren and I always say that we should pray right before our shows, but this doesn’t happen very often. Usually before a show we are rushing around trying to make sure everything is set up right. Depending on the event, we might be running around letting people know that a show is about to start. If people are already sitting and waiting for the show to start I usually will start showing them some tricks I’m working on that aren’t in the show yet. For some reason I always feel weird when people are just waiting for the show to start and we are already there also waiting for the show to start. Anyway, we almost never have a backstage area or something like that where we are alone before a show. I’m not complaining because I do like meeting our audience before and after the show, but it would be nice to have a quiet time to pray before shows.
I always enjoy coming up with ideas for shows. Since we just premiered Prodigal Fun this year, I would say we probably won’t really start working on a whole new show for at least three years, but that doesn’t mean I don’t ever think about what that next show will look like. In an attempt to not drive Darren completely insane, instead of telling him about ideas for the next show I will just write about them here. I already have two ideas, but I am going to start with the idea that I think is least likely to ever be used for something.
The K in the DKers