ULTRA LOONERS BLOG BY STEVE ★
★ JULY 2020 ★
NON-, SEMI- OR POPPER?💥
AND WHY IT'S NOT ALWAYS A CHOICE
A SHORT CRASH COURSE
Usually only enjoy balloon play when finishing sessions by killing all tight blown balloons with a loud bang.
Don't like bangs at all (usually there is a serious fear or even phobia behind it), or find their laboriously inflated balloons simply too nice to destroy.
Are a mixture of both, and do not necessarily make the same decision about the death or pardon of their balloons.
FROM BEING A NON-POPPER TO BECOMING A SEMI-POPPER
But let's start from scratch. I'd identify myself as a SEMI-POPPER today, but that wasn't always the case.
Believe it or not, until 3 years ago I would have defined myself as a NON-POPPER. And in a pretty blatant way. How I acquired the status of the occasional balloon killer, will be explained later.
As already mentioned above, most NON-POPPERS are based on fear or panic, if not a real bang-phobia. Bad experiences in (early) childhood are often responsible for this. For example, your own birthday party, at which a balloon burst completely unexpectedly right next to your ear, can be responsible for the fact that you have had sweats every time since, when someone near you holds a balloon in his hand.
As a result of such an experience, in addition to balloons, other loudly popping things or situations such as the New Year's Eve from now on is an abomination for the person concerned.
I must have had a similar experience when I was young, because I also developed such a phobia.
Until the age of 13, the last evening of the year such as the surrounding days after the sale of fireworks started, were anything but a reason for me to celebrate. I remember spending the turn of the year alone in the darkest room of the house that shielded most of the sound from outside, while family and friends celebrated the new year outside on the street.
I preferred to refuse invitations to friends' birthday parties, if possible. However, that was a time when your parents decided whether to go to this party or not. When I was present at a party, I would have preferred to bury myself in the ground among all the euphoric children who burst one balloon after another. There is also no need for any further explanation that children can be very cruel and would never understand how you feel as a victim in such situations. Once they have smelled the roast, deliberately teasing others at a young age is an automatic reaction of childish diabolism.
I could list 100 other situations that gave me goosebumps at the mere thought of it, but back to the balloons, of which I never even would have touched one, or inflate one just a small bit, out of fear it might burst right in my face. As I got older, however, I realized that despite this terrible fear, I had a kind of interest in these round, colorful things, and so I started to play with balloons now and then. Only on my own, of course, because the thought of not being in control of a balloon that was inflated by someone other than myself was still a terrible thought.
At the age of 18, an originally scary thing had become fascination, and finally a fetish. However, at that time it would never have occurred to me to let a balloon burst voluntarily or on purpose. I quickly realized that this circumstance could not be linked in the long run to my will to test the limits of the possible filling volume of a balloon. So I started to exchange ideas with like-minded people within the Looner community, and to look for methods to tackle the matter independently. From the flood of advice there was little to use, in retrospect I think that everyone should find their own way to overcome fear, while one should not rely on the experiences of success of others.
Somebody once gave me the tip to drink alcohol while looning in order to lower the inhibition threshold regarding the fear of an unexpected bang.
I never consciously applied this advice because I am not a friend of drowning my problems in alcohol. Nevertheless, I have to say that in situations where I was drunk with balloons (f.ex. after an evening in a club or a bar), handling of balloons was a lot easier than usual.
⚠️ CAUTION ⚠️
I DON'T WANT TO ANIMATE ANYONE TO DRINK, IN HOPE TO GET OVER A FEAR.
USING ALCOHOL OR OTHER DRUGS TO SOLVE PROBLEMS IS NEVER A GOOD IDEA!
Confrontation is the best way to overcome your fear.
Once you overcome it, you will realize that not only looning is more fun, but you can also deal with previously scary everyday situations much better. Most important? NEVER GIVE UP!
POPPERS LOVE THE BANG 💥
If you call yourself a popper within the Looner community, the goal at the end of a session is usually to have destroyed all the balloons.
Various methods like f.ex. BLOW TO POP, SIT TO POP or HUG TO POP are used. But what exactly does this desire for the loudly bursting balloon trigger?
ALEX (27) IS A POPPER
I QUESTIONED HIM ABOUT HIS DESIRE FOR BANGS:
I. You'RE a popper. What exactly turns you on about the bang/burst?
"I love the appeal of the bang. The fear of it is still there, but I have it under control. The fact that you don't know when it bangs and how loud, that's what I really like about it!"
II. Do you have any idea ABOUT how the preference ORIGINATED or did you like to bang SINCE childHOOD?
"Yes, I still remember that. There is a tradition here in the region which is called "Funkenabbrennen". Huge stakes are set on fire and a "witch" that is filled with explosives is tied to the top. I was 2 or 3 years old by that time. When the witch exploded, I was totally scared and that shaped me. I have always admired everyone who is not afraid of bangs, firecrackers, balloons and champagne bottles. Then in schooltime I started to counter my fear. First PIN POPS with earplugs, then without. Later on SIT TO POPS and so on. By now I have overcome the fear as far as that I can do BLOW TO POPS."
III. WHAT'S YOUR "Favourite Way Of Popping?"
"Basically I love all types, but for me the supreme discipline is still the BLOW TO POP. It took me the most effort to overcome until I managed to do it."
IV. Do you have a tip for non-popperS THAT WANT TO overcome their fear and become a popper?
"It helps a lot if someone is present who dares to pop. Someone who pushes and cheers you on. It is also possible that your partner mixes the whole game with a dash of eroticism. This should finally remove the blockade. Another way is to meet up with other looners, and proceed together until the goal is reached. I am also open to help with such a project!"
WHAT MATTERS IN THE END...
Regardless of whether you like the bang when it bursts or not, in the end it should not be forgotten that a fetish is a thing that is supposed to provide fun & pleasure. If you feel comfortable as a non-popper, there is no reason to force a switch to become a popper.
HAVE FUN, ENJOY YOUR BALLOONS!
ULTRA LOONERS BLOG BY STEVE ★
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