True to form, it started raining during the end of the show, and it continued all the way through tear down.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
True to form, it started raining during the end of the show, and it continued all the way through tear down.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Thursday, October 22: Wheaton, MO-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Back to rainy weather today; I just knew we couldn't go the last week of tour without running into our old "friend" again.
Casey, Radar, Jody (Radar's friend from a zoo in Kansas), and I went to breakfast up the road from the lot.
I didn't have so much luck later in the day when I tried to find lunch. One place that came highly reccomended to me by the locals closed at 2 p.m. An Asian deli in town no longer had a deli. I finally settled for eating at the gas station (one of three places that served food in town). While there I learned about Gizmo, a rodeo clown that is a local celebrity. They even named the event center, where we are showing, after him.
It was muddy as hell around the tent; a good excuse to use my brand new mud boots! My old ones had holes in the heels, which defeated the purpose of wearing boots.
We had a good sized crowd for the first show, but despite their numbers, they weren't very lively.
I was thinking that Missouri crowds don't like to react, but the full house for the second show proved me wrong. They were very responsive and we got great reactions for our gags; it was so nice after what we have gotten recently.
By the end of the night it was a muddy mess in the back door. I was less than thrilled when my hanger broke and my agent suit pants fell in the mud on the Alley floor. Grrrrrrr.
At the BBQ tonight we tried to get Radar to let Casey hit him with a burning board that we pulled from the grill's fire. For some reason he wasn't hip to the idea....
Friday, October 23: Fort Smith, AR-7:30 p.m.
We had a 130 mile jump this morning to Arkansas. When we got to town, everyone pulled in to a parking lot while a new lot was found. I guess the one we were going to be on was way too small. The sponsor didn't realize that the show had trucks and trailers that needed to be by the tent....
Why they waited until everyone arrived to find a new lot I can not imagine. But what do I know? I just hit Ryan with a shovel.
Luckily the new lot was nearby and we were on grass. The best part: there was no mud in the tent or back door for our last three days. Hallelujah!
It was an overcast, cold day, so I stayed in bed until show time so I could keep warm.
It felt strange only having one show tonight. Around 4:00 p.m. I started feeling very anxious and felt the need to get into make up.
I wish I could have enjoyed our one show day more, but I felt pretty lousy and had a vicious headache.
We had a good sized crowd, and they enjoyed the show. I finally got to meet Becky Raborn, who has been taking good care of me all year by sending me books.
After the show we raced to a nearby movie theater to see the movie Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant.
The film was a major let down; I think Casey was the most upset, since he is such a rabid fan of the book series.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 21: Republic, MO-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
This morning Casey, Ryan, and I had breakfast with Lucky, Vicky, and Mr. North. There was nothing at all near the lot (or so we thought), so we ended up driving a long way before finding a place to eat. Mr. North was nice enough to pick up the bill at the conclusion of our meal.
Casey, Ryan, and I got incredibly lost on the way back to the lot, but once we got back on track, we realized that there was actually a ton of stuff right by the lot in the opposite direction of where we went. Figures.
At least we found a laundromat not too far away that Natalie took us to.
It was overcast today, but there was no rain...a miracle! Another plus was that we were playing on a nice grassy lot.
Sadly, we had very small crowds at the two shows, maybe 30 or so folks at each performance.
Because of that downer, we decided to switch things up a bit and have fun in the second show.
In the sink gag Ryan and I swapped wigs and played each others parts; I was the straight man, and Ryan was the idiot (just like in real life!).
I was nervous doing a different part after becoming so used to my actions and reactions after hundreds of shows, so I was very uptight during the gag.
When I kicked the pipe wrench out from under Ryan, I almost sent it flying into the audience. If the motorcycle's rigging hadn't been there, I would have taken out a couple of senior citizens in the front row.
At the end of the gag, when I knocked the foam faucet off the sink, I sent it flying all the way back to the band (and broke the foam in half), and then I about split Ryan's skull open with a PVC "pipe".
I would like to say that I enjoyed our little exercise in role reversal, but I was so concerned about my performance and our timing that I was very disappointed in myself after the gag.
At least Mr. North, Lucky, Vicky, Radar, and anyone else who saw the gag thought it was funny. The audience didn't laugh, but judging from their reactions to the rest of the show, I think that was a given.
At the BBQ we were going to watch the gag (which Casey videotaped), but I broke his camera's USB connection and the video is now trapped in limbo.
Monday, October 26, 2009
I think this sums up how happy I am to be done.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Tuesday, October 20: Willard, MO-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Today Casey, Natalie, Ryan, Geneivive and I loaded up to go to the mall while Georgia was on a field trip with the other circus kids.
I almost bought this pimpin' hat, but good sense prevailed and I put it back on the rack.
Once again it was a beautiful day; there is no way this is going to last the rest of the season!
We had average crowds today. Some friends of Crystal's: Jenny, Claire, and Andy, came to see the second show, where they witnessed me almost getting mauled.
During our opening when the tigers are released, I saw one of the cats charging at me out of the corner of my eye.
I did my usual bit where I get scared and jump towards the audience. When I turn around I see someone in the audience and get more scared and jump back to the cage.
Tonight when I did that I turned around just in time to see one of the tigers with her arm almost all the way out of the arena trying to grab me. I think I need to pay more attention for the last few days of the tour.
At least that incident was exciting; the rest of the show...not so much. I'm sorry that Crystal's friends had to see the performance with such a lousy audience.
October 24 and 25: Fort Smith, AR
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Friday, October 9: Troy, IL-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
This morning's lot was very soft, so a lot of people had to be pulled on by a rented tractor, which didn't show up on time. I was lucky since Jan was parked on the road alongside the lot.
Ryan and I walked two miles to get breakfast at Cracker Barrel; it rained the whole way there and the whole way back. We were pretty wet and miserable by the time we were done.
As soon as we got back to the lot, we went with the Cainan family to go shopping. We hit a Borders, some shops by the mall, and a K Mart.
The whole morning, all I could think about was how nice a hot shower was going to feel. We didn't have any water yesterday because of our unscheduled day off, so I was in need of proper bathing.
Imagine my dismay and disgust when I discovered that (once again) our heating element had burned out. I then discovered that the shower on the other side of the generator truck didn't have hot water either.
I had to settle for a luke warm bucket bath; I put the electric heater in front of my bucket and then added in some boiled water.
It worked alright, but I still felt nasty.
We had decent sized crowds for the shows, and they liked the gags, which was a plus. The downside was that the back yard was torn up and mud was everywhere.
In the first tiger chase I was being very careful while entering the tent so I wouldn't slip. Once I was sure that I would have better footing I started to run. I slipped on my first step and fell; luckily I caught myself with my hands. Unfortunately the tiger paws got mud all over them. I was none too pleased about that.
Radar's family came to see the second show; we talked with them for a bit during Intermission.
By the end of the show the backstage was a miserable mess thanks to all the human and animal traffic.
I needed an escape tonight, and luckily Casey, Ryan, and I got one. We drove to a movie theater and saw Zombieland. I LOVED IT!
I had so much fun at the movie and it made me feel so much better after such a yucky day.
Before heading back to the lot we stopped at Steak and Shake, where Supergirl had stopped in for an evening meal. A girl was sitting at the bar in full costume, complete with a sparkly, red cape.
I tipped one of the waiters to give her a Kryptonite shake...
October 11-Union, MO October 12-Warrenton, MO October 13-Fulton, MO
Friday, October 9, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
This morning, once again, Casey took Ryan and me to breakfast; Radar also tagged along.
The big difference between this morning's meal and yesterday's meal was that we had a much nicer waitress today. True she was also cracked out, but her cheery disposition overshadowed her nervous tics.
As soon as we got back to the lot, Ryan and I grabbed our dirty clothes and went with Natalie to the laundromat.
It ended up being just up the street from the lot, so as soon as I was done I just walked back.
Ryan fixed the water heater for our shower today; hopefully it will last for the last few weeks of the season.
The day started out dreary and overcast, but all the clouds blew away and the sun came out, turning it into a beautiful day.
The only downside was the strong gusts of wind; the flaps of the tent's back door were kept closed during the shows to keep the curtains from billowing in.
We had a good sized crowd for the first show, and an average sized crowd for the second; once again the ground was overgrown with thick grass as well as being uneven, so the water didn't work for the sink the first show. I really had to fight with it to get water to shoot out for the second show. Also, Ryan and I almost broke our ankles several times just running around in the ring.
It seems so ridiculous to work in conditions that are counteractive to putting on a good show. That's show biz I guess!
When Ryan and I lifted the sink to load it into the Alley tonight, it almost toppled over onto Ryan and we ended up dropping it hard.
One edge of the countertop broke off; great, another thing to fix!