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Eric Noble
(ericnoble) - MLife

Locale: Colorado Rockies
Consumable Juggling balls on 08/25/2006 16:32:42 MDT Print View

In the "One Luxury" thread under the topic "General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion" I submitted as my luxury, 3 footbag/juggling balls. Obviously stretching the definition of one. Larry got me thinking of ways to lighten my juggling balls and it occurred to me to package my food into juggling balls. I don't know rather this fits better under "Make Your Own Gear" or not, but here is my solution.
This picture illustrates everything you will need and the final product.

1. Empty the contents of 2 packages of oatmeal into a sandwich bag. One package of oatmeal is not enough for me, besides two packages makes a perfect sized ball.

2. Cut the ends you blow into off of the balloons where the balloon begins to widen.

3. Stuff the sandwich bag full of oats into one of the balloons. It's not as hard as it sounds.

4. Stuff the first balloon into the second with the opened end of the first pointed toward the closed end of the second. You don't want the opened ends to line up.

This package is waterproof, reusable, quite durable and fun. Anything that encourages playing with food is good :). Latex does degrade over time, so this is not recommended for long term use.

Edited by ericnoble on 08/25/2006 16:36:10 MDT.

Summit CO
(Summit) - F

Locale: 9300ft
but but but on 08/25/2006 16:39:07 MDT Print View

but but but if you eat... you can't juggle anymore! ;-)

Eric Noble
(ericnoble) - MLife

Locale: Colorado Rockies
Re: but but but on 08/25/2006 16:58:28 MDT Print View

Maybe I'll finally learn to contact juggle. The price of gorging ones self is high :).

larry savage
(pyeyo) - F

Locale: pacific northwest
Re: Re: but but but on 08/25/2006 18:24:33 MDT Print View

So this is where you hid out, hmmm...granite gear is making a bias cut stuff sack that looks like a small football so you can toss your vest,jacket,pillow in a lake.
Now with three of these filled with food you can have a challenging shape to juggle with.
I'll even buy you the first to get you started.

Bill Fornshell
(bfornshell) - MLife

Locale: Southern Texas
Consumable Juggling balls on 08/25/2006 20:49:07 MDT Print View

Great idea.

I would take your idea one additional step. Since I have to eat Dry Ensure I could package my dry stuff in long balloons and the ones I empty each day I could use for a Balloon Bed Air Pad to sleep on each night. I have to carry the Dry Ensure in something why not a light weight balloon.

Daniel Roberts
(whiteagle) - F
Great Idea on 09/06/2006 09:46:31 MDT Print View

Thanks, I'm definitely going to do this.

I'd never heard of contact juggling before, so I wikipedia it. It says that it's juggling without letting the ball leave contact with your body and shows some moron with a ball sitting on the back of his hand. I'm thinking unless this a new therapy for metally disabled kids, there must be more to it. So on to youtube, sort by ratings, click the first one and WOW!!! I mean the lighting and camera work is bad enough to ruin most videos for me, but all I can say is WOW.

Mark Larson
(mlarson) - MLife

Locale: Southeast USA
Re: Great Idea on 09/06/2006 20:56:11 MDT Print View

Contact juggling can be pretty cool. It's a lot like watching someone who's really good at footbag or a breakdancer who can pop really well (see YouTube for hundreds of great examples). Having that kind of control of your body is so impressive.