Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 27-07-2020, 04:48 AM
frankfrank frankfrank is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Location: Stinking Onion Swamp a/k/a Chicago
Posts: 106
frankfrank is on a distinguished road
Default Have you ever run into another looner "IN THE WILD"?
I never have. Any and all looners I've ever met, have been through the Internet.

You may have run into another looner through unsavory circumstances: imagine being "busted" by your college roommate coming home early from his trip to the library...and blabbing around about catching you playing with balloons. Word gets around, and somebody actually approaches you to tell you they have the same interest.

Or you go to a place like Party City, and another customer watched you buy 36 of those 24-inch balloons, and he catches up with you on your way to the car. He asks you if you're a "looner" and well, YES...!!!

Somebody at high school notices you have a raging boner after working out with the Swiss ball in gym, and he approaches you and tells you he's had the same feelings around that thing...

You're at a big party with a balloon drop and, while you're popping balloons, somebody similarly notices you have a huge boner, and he-or-she approaches you...

You hired a prostitute, and they told you the 23 various sex scenarios that they would happily indulge, and one of them was balloons.

There are other possible scenarios, but I am NOT including the possibility that you "recruit" somebody into looning, and they try it for the first time and they enjoy it. No, this has to be somebody who was already into this.

I've never heard of two looners meeting "in the wild" before, but I'm sure that it happened...somewhere.
__________________
There's been a lot of thefts of helium-filled balloons recently. More so than in the past, so they're going up. I think inflation is to blame.

"Some people without brains do an awful lot of talking." - The Scarecrow, WIZARD OF OZ, 1939
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 27-07-2020, 11:52 PM
BusterBill BusterBill is offline
Founder, Balloon Buddies
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Florida - Gulf Coast
Posts: 120
BusterBill is on a distinguished road
Default Re: Have you ever run into another looner "IN THE WILD"?
Originally Posted by frankfrank View Post
Re: Have you ever run into another looner "IN THE WILD"?
.
Yep, I have met looners "in the wild" on more than one occasion. It's actually rather easy to do if you have a keen eye and if you spend 80% to 90% of your professional life globetrotting for business, as I did before I retired.

My first accidental encounter with another looner was many years ago when I was in my late 20's. It was at a rural County Fair in Western Massachusetts that some friends dragged me to. There were all the standard competitions that go along with rural County Fairs such as pie eating contests, potato sack races, and in this particular case, a couple of balloon blowing competitions with one race for children (boys vs. girls) and another race for adults (men vs. women).

Whoever arranged the balloon events was really into big balloons -- these weren't your ordinary 9 or 10 inch party balloons that are so often used in standard balloon blowing races. There were 12 inch balloons for the childrens event and 14 inch balloons for the adults.

As I was watching the contests I couldn't help noticing that the MC / Organizer, who was dressed in a clown outfit, was barely able to hide his erection from me (I'm pretty sure others didn't notice it). He was wearing very baggy clown pants to conceal his excitement. When the event was over and he was sitting at a picnic table enjoying a beer, I approached him and commented on how much I had enjoyed the contests. I casually said "I am really into balloons in a big way. It's kind of a turn-on, actually. I don't mean to offend you but I noticed you seem to enjoy balloons just as much as I do." We proceeded to have a very awkward and brief discussion. I think we were both very, very embarrassed by the chat and I was surprised at myself for even having the balls to approach the poor guy.

That was my first, but by no means my last "in the wild" looner meet. My best "in the wild" meeting was in the Mayfair Hotel in London UK back in 1988! A story for another time.

For what it's worth, that Massachusetts dairy farmer and I still exchange occasional letters after all these years. When I started the Balloon Buddies snail mail group I invited him to join, but he was too shy. He has never participated in any online looner groups although I tell him all about them in my letters. He doesn't even use a computer, although his son, who is very computer literate, has tried to teach him.

Now that I don't travel as much as I used to, the opportunities to discover other looners by chance are few and far between.
.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 28-07-2020, 03:24 AM
spkrlf spkrlf is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Posts: 13
spkrlf is on a distinguished road
Default Re: Have you ever run into another looner "IN THE WILD"?
I would love to hear more of your stories, Bill! Thanks for sharing.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 28-07-2020, 01:15 PM
globos&bears's Avatar
globos&bears globos&bears is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2019
Location: Argentina
Posts: 71
globos&bears is on a distinguished road
Default Re: Have you ever run into another looner "IN THE WILD"?
"That was my first, but by no means my last "in the wild" looner meet. My best "in the wild" meeting was in the Mayfair Hotel in London UK back in 1988! A story for another time."

Thanks for sharing Bill! I am intrigued to hear that other story.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 29-07-2020, 01:02 AM
frankfrank frankfrank is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Location: Stinking Onion Swamp a/k/a Chicago
Posts: 106
frankfrank is on a distinguished road
Default Re: Have you ever run into another looner "IN THE WILD"?
Me too, I'd love to read your story. The whole idea of meeting looners in the wild is fascinating to me.

The closest that I've come was talking to somebody in a movie queue in Ann Arbor in March 1994, and we've become good friends. Furthermore, we both like to cuddle platonically, so I can at least claim to have met a "cuddle buddy" in-the-wild.

At this point, as my looning trails off...I might do twice a week max, and a good balloon can endure three or four of my rather rough sessions...I think future chances of an in-the-wild meeting are scant.
__________________
There's been a lot of thefts of helium-filled balloons recently. More so than in the past, so they're going up. I think inflation is to blame.

"Some people without brains do an awful lot of talking." - The Scarecrow, WIZARD OF OZ, 1939
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 07-08-2020, 02:33 AM
Common Loon Common Loon is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2020
Location: Massachusetts, USA
Posts: 4
Common Loon is on a distinguished road
Default Re: Have you ever run into another looner "IN THE WILD"?
What's interesting is that we probably *all* have stories of meeting people who just plain "act differently" around balloons. Since our senses are heightened as looners, it's easy to pick up on subtle cues and start to wonder...

Like the friends who always comment with wonder about the balloon decor at parties, or the ones who always stay afterward to help clean up and are first in line to join in the balloon destruction.

It's funny how balloons just change the energy level of a room and heighten people's arousal... in a non-sexual sense of the word, usually! But maybe...
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT. The time now is 01:07 PM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.