Friday, May 15, 2009

Where's The Love(land)?

Friday, May 15: Loveland, OH-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
When we arrived in Loveland this morning, we were directed to a park a few blocks from the high school we were going to be playing. Everyone was instructed to pull in and park tight.
When I got a chance to get out and see what was going on, I heard that the grassy field we were scheduled to show on was soggy and they didn't want us tearing it up and getting stuck due to lack of a tractor, yadda yadda yadda. The sponsor was going back and forth on wanting to cancel the date.
Finally the verdict came down that we were going to be playing on the school's parking lot instead. To do that, we had to wait until 12:30 p.m. for all the students to leave (it was an early day for them).

Since we had a good 4 hours until then, a lot of people unhooked from their trailers and went into town to run errands.
The animals were let out, which attracted a big crowd. When Ryan let Senor Pato out, he attracted almost as big a crowd as the elephants. Everyone wanted to sit and watch him, and a lot of kids came over to feed and pet him.

Ryan and I went to go bother Casey for awhile until our friend Gautham showed up. Gautham worked with us in the Blue Unit Clown Alley for two years. He recently sold or gave away all his worldly possessions and is a traveling yogi. I took this to mean that he goes around from state park to state park stealing pic-a-nic baskets.

Since we still had an hour to kill before the move to the lot, we went out to get something to eat. 
I found a Culver's via my GPS that was 5 miles away. If you've never eaten at Culver's before, drop your computer and find one! Butter burgers, cheese curds, frozen quote Merill Howard Kalin, "Mmmmm mmmm mmmmm! It makes my mouth taste all yummy!"

We arrived back at the park a little after 12:30 p.m., but no one had moved yet. The new rumor was that the sponsor hadn't gotten permits for the lot.
I found out that my friend, Rebecca Worple, had been around looking for me while I was gone. She is a great photographer, and she and her family live in the John Robinson mansion outside of Cincinnati. John Robinson is an old, old, old (i.e. dead) circus owner that was notorious for cutting acts from the show so as to make a hasty retreat from town.
In 2007 when I was still on Ringling, we did a PR at the mansion and I made friends with the Worple family.

When Becca came back to the park, she brought ice cream and drinks for the tent crew who were sitting around waiting to start work, which I thought was a fantastic gesture.

Finally after 1:00 p.m. we got the go ahead to move, and everything was on the high school's parking lot by 1:30 p.m.
Ryan and I jumped in the car with Gautham and headed to a very ritzy mall outside of town. I wish we could have checked it out some more, but after about thirty minutes we had to head back to the lot and get our stuff ready for the show.

Everybody really pulled it off today, the lot went from empty to fully operational for the show in a mere three hours. We didn't even have to hold the show like people imagined we would. It was a true testament to the saying, "the show must go on."

It's good for the show that we weren't cancelled. Both shows were jam packed today; I figured we would have a good turn out from the amount of people that a) came by to see the animals this morning and b) were waiting at the lot to see the tent go up.

Gautham and Becca & co. were all at the first show. I was disappointed that the audience wasn't livelier than they were.
Becca's son, Owen, and I hit it off well two years ago at the Ringling PR. He was making faces at me, so I taught him my patented "monkey face".  Becca said that from that point on he was always making it; naturally tonight we took a picture doing it to go with the shot from two years ago (seen below):

There were a lot of people walking past the back door all day, which I didn't care for. I like to have some privacy from the public when I'm backstage and between acts.

There was anticipation of a storm towards the end of the second show, and it was supposed to rain tonight, but by the time Ryan and I had hung out with Casey and Nat up until when I went to bed, not a drop had fallen. I hope that means they were wrong about there being rain all day tomorrow.

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becca worple said...

Steve...what's your email.. I have a movie for you!! :) Thanks for making it all so much fun. I get mom of the year here thanks to you!! :)

Jack Ryan said...

Found the Culvers Butter Burger site...damn...they sound good!

melvino said...

The three greatest accomplishments humankind has made are the Moon landings, the movie Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, and a Culver's Bacon Bleu Cheeseburger with fried cheese curds and Culver's Root Beer. You won't need any more cholesterol for the rest of the week, either.

Casey McCoy Cainan said...

Two most famous people to be shot in a theater....

Abe Lincoln
The guy sitting in front of Pee Wee Herman