Friday, July 24, 2009

Misery, Thy Occupation Is Laundromat Attendant

Monday, July 20: Busti, NY-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
The 110 mile jump we faced this morning went on forever. We were playing on a nice grassy lot, but the town of Busti is tiny. It didn't even need a training bra! (snicker)

I knew today was going to be special when the first thing that happened to me was I got attacked by a dog. I was walking into town and a little rat got loose and attached itself to my pants leg. At least the owner was apologetic...oh wait, she wasn't! 

There was no running water on the lot; they had to bring in a huge water truck so the animals and people could have this necessity. 

We weren't expecting many people to show up, because up until just a couple of days ago, this date was open. We were correct in our assumption; there was a small crowd for the first show.

Our gags got no laughs, and there was no response for anything in the show; it was horrible!

Luckily our day was brightened by a surprise visit from Eggroll! He stuck around to watch the second show, which was slightly better attended.

When we were loading the sink into the box truck tonight, one of the doors got caught on the trampoline and was ripped off. I was so upset that I was speechless. If it isn't one thing, it is another with this sink!

Once again Eggroll came to the rescue to brighten my spirits; we had a great BBQ with him after tear down.


Tuesday, July 21: Warren, PA-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
It was a rainy day today. What would we do without our good friend the rain?

Ryan, Radar, and I went with Natalie so we could get laundry done this morning. On the way we stopped at a hardware store so Ryan could pick up supplies for the new sink doors.

The laundromat we went to was quite an experience! It was jam packed with circus people who were doing tons of laundry. It was tough to find an open washer or dryer. The attendant left on duty seemed to take this as a personal affront and was complaining loudly and openly to anyone who would listen (i.e. the locals that came in to drop off laundry) about how she couldn't get a machine to herself because of "those people". After a couple of those comments, I was loudly being a smart ass to everything she said. 

Ryan was sitting playing with one of the circus children when his phone fell out of his pocket. The lady stalked over and started pointing at it and motioning like a mook. I told her to use her words, and then when she walked away I imitated her while throwing in ape like movements and actions.

Soon we realized that she wasn't prejudiced against circus people, she just hated her life and everyone that was in it. She was even being rude to the locals; Ryan befriended a few and they told him that she is always like that.

That didn't stop Ryan, Radar, and I from making the woman's life even more frustrating. My favorite moment was when the lady was going on another one of her rants and Ryan yelled out, "We've got to get rid of these damned carnies! Run 'em out of town! They come in here trying to do laundry in a laundromat! The nerve!"

At that moment, one of the circus women was leaving. Ryan jumped up and yelled, "Get out and stay out! Go back to the circus where you belong!"

This cracked all of us from the show up; Miss Misery was not amused, however.

Before heading back to the lot I was able to pick up a new cell phone charger, since mine broke yesterday. 

When we got back to the lot, we didn't have enough time to make the new doors for the sink, so we just took down the broken one and left them off for the gags today.

The sun came out after we had to endure rain all morning. We had an average sized crowd for the first show (about half full), and a good sized crowd for the second show (about 3/4 full).

The sink gag went well without the doors; we just took those bits out. The black curtains inside the sink successfully kept everything inside hidden.

As soon as tear down started, it began to storm and pour down rain. Everybody moved off the lot to the cement parking lot right next to the grass; the Cainans were the last to move off because we had our nightly BBQ. No stupid weather is going to keep us from having a good time!

1 comment:

Crystal said...

Steve!

I am so glad you are feeling well again and finally have the chance to catch up on blogging! =)