Sunday, May 31, 2009
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Thursday, May 21, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
I met circus fan and blog reader, Doug Kruest, today, as well as the editors of White Tops, the Wells'. Mrs. Wells is named Marti. I forget Mr. Wells' name...from the smart aleck comments and critiquing he made about Ryan's painting abilities, I want to say it was Rembrandt.
Monday, May 18, 2009
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Saturday, May 16, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Tuesday, May 12: Lynn, IN-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
BRRRRRRRRR! It was freezing in my room this morning! I think someone forgot to tell this area of IN that it is almost mid May.
Jan was in desperate need of a Wal Mart on this morning's drive. I was worried, because I didn't think we would be able to find one on the way; luckily we found an IGA grocery store where she could pick up the essentials until we hit the next Wal Mart.
Today we were playing on a nice grassy park; a sunny day and a nice lot: mud show heaven!
Ryan relieved me of laundry duty today since he was going to do some bleaching. He doesn't trust me after my last bleaching job when his Al Jolson shirt came back white.
I walked into town and found a very small carnival that was setting up. It was fitting that the carnival was small, this town isn't exactly a bustling metropolis.
I did find a great little restaurant to support. I was flirting with the girl behind the counter as I ordered my food. When I went up to order ice cream after my meal, she handed me a napkin and said, "You have some food on your chin."
I took the napkin and wiped my chin. "No, you missed it," she said.
I tried again with no luck. Finally she grabbed the napkin and sighed, "Here, let me get it."
I'm so smooth. She was like putty in my hands....
We had decent sized crowds for the shows today. They were pretty dead audiences all around, but the second audience was a little more lively.
In Intermission of the first show Ryan was hit on the head by a little girl. Before the sink gag the father brought her out to see him and made the girl apologize. She had also written an apology note for Ryan. Ryan explained to her how when he and I hit each other we aren't really hurting each other, and he let her feel our foam props.
I was very happy and impressed that the father stepped up and did some parenting and got the little girl to do the right thing.
Kudos to you sir.
I got some heart achingly adorable footage of him playing in the water, but I can't figure out how to get it off my phone and onto my computer. You'll just have to use your imaginations until I figure it out.
I tried sunning myself today to get a tan, but it seems that the circus kids just can't leave alone a shirtless clown laying in the sun. I guess I will always be the color of my Ben Nye make up.
After the shows tonight Casey and Nat had us over for burgers, hot dogs, and rice. We also enjoyed some Gin Rickys while watching Eddie Murphy on Youtube. Good times!
May 13-Connersville, IN May 14-Camden, OH May 15-Loveland, OH
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Friday, May 8, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Wednesday, May 6: Kokomo, IN-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
This morning when we arrived in Kokomo I was elated to see copious signs of civilization; shops and restaurants as far as the eye could see!
Then as the arrows took us further and further away my heart began to sink.
The park we were in, Future Park, was nice and grassy and there were a ton of people in attendance for the tent raising. Unfortunately they were rowdy and noisy, and a few weren't too bright when it came to being around the wild animals. One man almost offered up his dog as a sacrifice to the tigers and one woman almost offered up her child!
Luckily we were only a mile or so from town, so I got cleaned up and donned my Sunday best only to be rained on for my entire journey. Thankfully I thought ahead and brought an umbrella.
I finally was able to take my camera to a Best Buy so the Geek Squad can fix it. It has been non operational since late March when it mysteriously stopped working. Fortunately I had it under warranty, so once it is repaired, there will be an increase in pictures (and hi res ones to boot) on the blog.
I walked further into town to check out a mall that we passed this morning. I was very excited to spend some time indoors, wandering around like a consumerist zombie; all my hopes were dashed when I arrived only to find that the mall contained about 5 stores.
Dejected, I turned around and walked back to the lot. Looking on the bright side, at least I saved money by not being able to shop.
Ryan had a productive day while I was gone. He sewed the underwear for our pants chase and wrote one of the gags for next year. My contribution to all this was staying out of his way.
My sewing skills aren't exactly up to par. I'll never forget my first year on Ringling when I was sitting in the Alley sewing snaps onto my skull cap. I spent almost all of my in between show break on this project. When it was time for Pre Show I went to put my skull cap on...only to find I had sewn it to my clown boxers!
People have never let me live that one down!
LIES! ALL LIES! There was no tropical weather to be found today. The rain didn't stop until we were almost finished with the first show. Despite the lousy weather, both shows were jam packed today. The only thing to spoil that was the mud.
Both audiences were energetic and responsive, but I favored the first crowd.
Renato was back to work today, so the flying act was in again. The only other news to report was that Casey is continuing to successfully work his tiger act to the new music that Ryan helped him pick out.
I got frustrated in the second sink gag when the water didn't work. It is a cold, lonely feeling when a tent full of people goes from rowdy to silent.
We moved off the lot tonight to the Kokomo Events Center parking lot. Ryan and I walked over a mile to a 24 hour restaurant in anticipation that our house would take forever to show up, but we passed it on our walk.
I thought it was funny that when the show moved to a parking lot next to the lot last Thursday, it took much longer than when the show moved over a mile away tonight.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Renato and I walked back to the lot after the dinner. Well, I walked...Renato hobbled along on his crutches. Hopefully his ankle will be better soon, the doctor thinks maybe 5 more days before he can return to work.
Friday, May 1, 2009
Thursday, April 30: Liberty, IN-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
We were slowed down this morning on our drive by a plethora of school buses. Their constant stopping combined with the winding mountain roads made for slow going.
The show was playing on a nice, soft, grassy lot. A little too soft it would seem. The show trucks made short work of it and soon it was a muddy quagmire.
I stepped into my room right around 8:30 a.m., and as soon as I did it started raining.
It rained on and off all day; it finally stopped right before the shows started.
We had great crowds today, but for some reason I was in a bad mood.
The oddball kids I met at Intermission made me laugh and lightened my mood a bit. First a little boy came up to me and said, "I want to touch you."
He then placed his hand smack dab on my crotch. I recoiled and yelled, "Bad touch! I need an adult!"
His mom came over and corrected him...by placing his hands on my breasts...
When they left I looked at the audience around me and said, "Well, that was awkward."
Next I met a portly little fellow that was crying non stop the whole time I was interacting with him. He wasn't scared of me; he just didn't like all the loud noises at the circus. I sympathized by crying with him in the picture we took together. I also quipped, "That's the reaction most people have to my clowning."
It started to rain, thunder and lightning during the second show. The back door was already a muddy mess, and the ring was wet as well. The whole sink gag we were having water fly off our wigs and props from getting poured on outside.
The Alley got soaked too from the wind blowing the rain in. I was a moron and left my boots in the doorway. When I went to put them on for tear down I was greeted with a squishy surprise.
The show moved off the lot after tear down. Jan and I couldn't make our usual hasty exit because we were blocked in by other vehicles.
I'm pretty sure every vehicle on the lot had to be pulled off by tractor except for us. Due to my mad driving skills (and the light weight of the RV) we avoided getting bogged down.
Luckily we didn't have to move far, just to the parking lot next to the field.
I should have walked over to my house until they pulled it off the lot, but I was a moron and sat in the cab of Jan's RV until it showed up. It was the last vehicle pulled out of the mud (they had to use one of the show trucks with a winch. The tractor wouldn't cut it); I got home around 12:30 a.m.