Wednesday, September 30, 2009

3 1/2 Weeks!

So, my Internet card is broken...again...
I haven't had access since Sunday. I am on now thanks to the graciousness of the Cainans.
Hopefully I can get this problem fixed tomorrow and get back to regular (?) blogging.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Life Lessons & A 3 Day Stand! Whoo!

Monday, September 14: Harvard, IL-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
We had a 65 mile jump this morning. Once we got settled at the lot I joined Ryan, Radar, and Natalie for a trip to the laundromat.

When we got back, Ryan and I went into the ring and blocked out our two main gags for next year.

There was almost a full house for the first show. During Intermission a kid tried to pull my nose off, so I put my arm around him and gave him a noogie, a bit that was very well received by the audience. I think I found my new defense! 

We had a full house for the second show, and we got good reactions to our gags. Sadly the circus rumor mill spoiled my fun tonight. 
I'll be honest, I'm just as guilty as anyone else when it comes to talking about and listening to circus rumors, but lately it has just been running me into the ground.
It was a lot easier to avoid all this mess on Ringling when I could hide in my room and the anonymity of Clown Alley, but unfortunately I am not afforded that luxury anymore.
For awhile now (chiefly since I heard rumors going around about me [and they are MUCH more creative than ones of me and Ryan being together]), I have been doing my best not to get caught up in the whole business. I guess it takes something like that to make you realize how much rumors hurt. Oh well, nobody is perfect.
I resolve to keep my mouth shut unless I have something nice to say about someone, and to not listen to circus gossip!
It will be much easier when I have my swinging "fortress of solitude" pad next year that I can retreat to.

I felt better about everything after some encouraging words of wisdom from my friend and constant mentor, Scott O'Donnell. Watching the Best of Chris Farley SNL DVD helped too!

Tuesday, September 15: McHenry, IL-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Today was a happy day; we are near civilization for the next three days!
Ryan, Casey, and I went in search of some shopping, but everything was closed until 10 a.m.

I had lunch with my friend Don Lansu today. I didn't get much of a chance to catch up with him on Saturday, so it was nice to actually talk at length with him for the first time since 2004.
After lunch he took me to a used book store and we got some ice cream at Oberweis. 

We had a small crowd for the first show. For this three day stand we are having Radar film our gags for posterity/promotional purposes.
While he was filming the sink gag he heard two very funny comments from an old woman sitting near him.
First, when we rack our crotches on the bally cloth: "That was stupid."
Next, later during the gag: "It's so stupid that it is funny!"

Lady, you don't know the half of it!

We had another small crowd for the second show. My friend, Kate, who I worked with on Ringling, is here for the next few days to get a job with the show.
She has been staying with Adam and Elaine Burck, who live in the area. They all attended tonight's BBQ.

Wednesday, September 16: McHenry, IL-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Ryan and I went to have breakfast this morning, and then we browsed through Borders. I have become a reading fiend lately, trying desperately to put a dent in the huge amount of books I have amassed this season. I bought a book light so I can read in the dark Clown Alley and when they shut the power off at night.

Next on our expedition was the Halloween store. We didn't find much of interest, but Ryan did buy two foam pirate swords from Michael's next door.
Casey has been big into dueling since he read a book on the subject, so Ryan figured they would be a fun purchase.

Armed with our weapons, we set out to conquer Jimmy John's and Oberweis, ordering the "wenches" that worked there to supply us with some grub.
To show that "intelligent pirates be we", we played a rousing game of chess at the latter location.
Since neither of us knows how to play that game though, we just removed some of the pieces and played checkers instead.

We had average sized crowds tonight. We cleaned up and changed around a couple of bits in the sink gag thanks to observations we made from last night's video footage.

Thursday, September 17: McHenry, IL-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
This morning Ryan and I went for coffee. When we got back to the lot, Ryan fixed our water heater while I glued some of our broken props.

Father Tom, who has been visiting the past couple of days, gave us some clown stickers for our steamer trunks.
Before heading into town again, I posed for some pictures in front of a backdrop for Valerie's photo project:

Ryan and I set out into town to search for a mini DV tape. The search was in vain; we walked long and far to no avail.
I did pick up some great chocolate milk from Oberweis to repay Radar for his video camera help the past couple of nights.

We had a decent sized crowd for our first show. During Intermission I met a stressed out lady who was in severe need of a high colonic.
I also met a punk kid who called me a weirdo. He and his stupid friends then came over and bugged me for most of Intermission.
I actually didn't mind their conversation too much as it kept me on my toes. He even got me good; we were discussing my clown make up, and he asked, "Do you use make up to get your teeth yellow like that?"

Even though my pride was hurt, I had to laugh and give him credit for a good insult.

We had an almost full second show. I don't know where my brain was this evening (probably on my upcoming visit from Abby), but the whole show I kept putting the wrong costumes on for the wrong numbers. Time for a break!!!

September 28: Marseilles, IL September 29: Burlington, IL September 30: Oregon, IL

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Cheek To Cheek

Saturday, September 12: Lake On The Hills, IL-2:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

This morning's drive was foggy as hell; I could barely see the road five feet in front of the RV.

Last night while I was filling up my bucket, I forgot to turn the water in the shower off when I was done.

This morning when the water hose was hooked up to the generator truck, the shower nozzle, which was dangling down, turned on and proceeded to soak the floor. D'oh!

My friend, Alex Zaprudsky, came by and picked me up to treat me to lunch. When we got back to the lot, we met up with Kyle Barker, who visited last weekend. Together, they watched the first show, which had a decent sized crowd.

Mr. Bill Machtel, who was on Ringling throughout the 80's and at Circus World Museum in the 90's, his wife, Michelle, and his sons, Joey and Christopher came to see the second show. 

My friend, Don Lansu, that I have known since I went to Moosecamp in 2001, also came to visit with his wife and daughter.

The Machtel family were all sporting air brushed tattoos similar to the tiger eye design that Casey has on his arm. Mr. Bill made a stencil especially for the occasion.

To play a little joke on Casey, Ryan and I joined in on the fun; Ryan got one on his arm, and I got a tiger eye on each butt cheek.

Casey got quite a surprise when he saw Mr. Bill's handiwork.

We had an almost full house for the second show. Sadly there was no time to visit with all my friends after the show, because we had to move to the next town. Luckily I had an hour and a half before the show to hang out with everyone.

On tonight's jump I learned how to dump sewage...I'll just leave it at that.

It was a difficult drive: a long distance with lots of dark, winding roads.

Sunday, September 13: Byron, IL-2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

This morning Ryan and I met up with Alex Zaprudsky to have breakfast. After we were done eating, Alex hung out with us through the first show.

He took photos of me putting on my make up, and he also took some great head shots of me and Ryan.

There was a decent sized crowd for the show. The lot we were playing on was less than desirable; it was dusty and had rocks everywhere.

In between shows Ryan and I were outside Clown Alley checking out stuff online when a little dust devil came by and carried our sink gag tarp off with it!

As soon as we would get close to catching it, a new gust would swirl it even farther away until it finally settled in the middle of a baseball field many yards from the lot.

Luckily Danny and Tavana were witness to this humorous incident; otherwise no one would have believed us!

We had a very small crowd for the second show; it was a rough one to get through.

I did have a good Intermission though. I was playing with a mother and daughter and got them to give me their empty popcorn box with their autographs on it.

I then paraded around the tent showing it off and bragging about it.

I got a big laugh from them in finale when I pulled it out from behind my back and continued my gloating.

September 25 and 26: Elk Grove Village, IL September 27: Lisle, IL

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Chicago, Chicago, That Toddlin' Town

Monday, September 7: Countryside, IL-2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

We had a twenty mile jump this morning that placed us right by a big shopping center.

After having breakfast at Old Country Buffet, I went to a Half Price Books (only the best book store chain in the world), and spent $140 on a box full of novels and bios (I actually spent $170, but a Labor Day Sale helped me out).

We had a good sized crowd at the first show. While we were doing the tiger chase I went to jump on the ring curb and tripped over, almost falling into the seats. 

A couple of parents found this very amusing, and I felt like a total jack ass while I tried to play it off.

We could have used those laughs in the sink gag. I guess comedy doesn't work on Labor Day either...

I was bushed after the first show. I took a nap before the next one, but that made me feel even worse.

We had an average sized crowd for the second show; it was like pulling teeth to get them to respond to anything.

To top it all off, the audience hated us from the start of the sink gag, because our entrance (running into the tent)  scared a little girl so much that she cried loudly for our whole introduction.

Not a good way to break the ice!

We moved to the next town tonight; a 17 mile drive to Midloathian.

'Nuff said!

Tuesday, September 8: Midlothian IL-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Today I set off on a mission. First I wanted to find a used book store. Secondly, I wanted to find a witch store that Tavana and Arwen told me about. I achieved success on neither goals.

I was especially upset about the witch store. Ryan and I were going to paint our faces green, wear false noses, black dresses and pointy hats, and order the clerk to give us some eye of newt before we turned her into a toad.

We are so lovably madcap...

I took the initiative to repaint the sink counter top today; it was starting to look pretty rough. I also re painted the doors and did some general cleaning on the outside of the prop.

Per Tavana's suggestion, I tried out the Keystone Cafe for lunch. She told me about the "Paul Bunyon" sized portions...I was not disappointed. 

We had an average sized crowd for the first show. When I wasn't performing I did some killer jump roping backstage; I felt great!

We had an almost full house for the second show. I kept tripping over my big, silly shoes the whole night: not a good thing on pavement (as I learned in Columbus, OH earlier this year when I did the palms down slide of death).

To my surprise we didn't move to the next town tonight; more sleep, whoo hoo!

Wednesday, September 9: LaGrange, IL-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Today we drove back through Monday's town. In actuality, today's lot was only about two miles from that one.

I met up with my friends, Lisa and Kat, today. We all worked together on Ringling back in 2006. They were both in the lighting department.

We had lunch at a sushi restaurant (which was so good! I haven't had sushi since April), and then we went to play two games at a nearby bowling alley.

To top it all off, we had ice cream at Oberweis (mmmmmm). It was nice to get to catch up with them and have us all hang out together again.

Both shows today were packed; Becky Ostroff showed up today. I met her first back in NY, and now she is here to fill in as a showgirl until we are out of the Chicago area.

In the second show I walked out to Intermission to meet and greet. No sooner had I entered the bleacher area than a kid (old enough to know better) pulled my wig and skull cap halfway off my head.

I spun around and grabbed a handful of his hair and asked him how he liked it. I then commented to his mother about her parenting skills and stalked backstage.

I was so wound up that I stayed there for the whole Intermission.

We moved to the next town tonight. It was only a 10 mile jump, but the roads were a pain in the butt. They were rough to begin with, but we encountered a ton of above ground manholes that were strategically placed where you almost had to run over them.

When we got to the lot, the A.O crew was starving, so I schlepped off to pick up some pizzas we ordered.

The walk was a lot farther than the guy on the phone made it out to be, and my lower back was killing me after carrying 3 pizzas (and two 2 liter bottles they gave us for free) all the way back to the lot.

Thursday, September 10: Berwyn, IL-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Ryan and I walked into town this morning and found a great little diner where we enjoyed a huge breakfast.

Next we checked out a vintage store that had some cool clothing. We almost bought matching tux with tails, but we couldn't justify the purchase since we have limited storage space and no need for the costumes in the near future.

Our next stop on our walk was a little book store, where naturally, I picked up a few more books.

Back at the lot we worked on one of our new gags for awhile before show time.

The first performance was almost full. The only eventful occurrence was when a lady lied to us about going to Clown College. 

I'm sorry, but when you dodge questions such as "What year did you go" and "Who was your Dean", you have no credibility in my eyes.

The second show was jam packed, and we got great reactions to our gags; it was a good way to wrap up the day.

Friday, September 11: Elmhurst, IL-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

This morning I had breakfast at a place that was a little more high class than I was looking for. No complaints though, as the food was good.

I walked a long way (6 miles according to my phone [I think it was off a bit]) to meet up with Ryan, who found a great used book store in town.

I dropped a nice wad of cash on a bunch of good finds.

After the long walk back to the lot, I rested for a few minutes before heading to the other side of town to get a smoothie and look around.

We had an almost full first show; reactions were on the more reserved side. I did sense a lot of pretension in the air, perhaps the audience couldn't see our gags properly through it.

The second show had a good sized crowd, and more of the same as far as reactions go. I guess Muffy and Buffy don't care for slapstick too much.

After the shows Ryan, Radar, and I went to get ice cream for the A.O. crew. The expedition took a lot longer than expected, and we ended up missing the BBQ. 

Everyone was nice enough to leave us some leftovers though.

September 18-19: Rolling Meadows, IL September 20-21: Vernon Hills, IL

Monday, September 14, 2009

Now I'm Only One Week Behind!

Tuesday, September 1: Valparaiso, IN-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
We drove 80+ miles today. The only scenery was corn fields and miles and miles of flat roads, but despite this, the drive went by very quickly.
We were playing on a nice fairgrounds, but we were out in the middle of nowhere.

Natalie took Ryan, Radar, and I to Wal Mart. Ryan and I bought materials to make props, so we spent the day doing just that.

We had a small crowd for the first show. The audience got to see one hell of a tiger chase though. First Nathan tripped in the pants and fell flat on his face. Next I jumped up on a broken ring curb and toppled it over. Luckily I stayed on my feet.

We had a ridiculously small crowd for the second show, maybe 30 or 40 people.
Luckily, we have had worse audiences reaction wise, so it wasn't too painful of a show to get through.

At the BBQ tonight Casey, Ryan, and I stayed up late sharing funny stories from our childhood with each other.

Wednesday, September 2: Morocco, IN-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
I knew we were in a classy town today when I noticed that the closest thing to the lot was a porn store...

Ryan and I went to explore the downtown, which was virtually non existent. Everything was closed down, but we did manage to find a fantastic little Mexican restaurant that was still open for business.

After lunch I was sitting in the shade of the Clown Alley when an attractive woman approached the Cainan's trailers with a camera. She said something to one of the prop guys who was taking the tiger arena into the tent, and then she leaned on the fence surrounding Casey and Natalie's yard and took pictures of the tigers.
When the yard was deserted, she walked inside the fenced off area and kneeled down about 5 feet from the tigers and continued taking pictures. 
I called out for her to come outside the fence, but she didn't respond. I figured she couldn't hear me over the generator. 
Right when I was about to get up to go get her, she spun around and stomped towards me with the fires of Hell in her eyes.
"I just wanted to take some ****Ing pictures", she yelled at me.
"You can't go inside the fence," I calmly replied.
"What? Are the tigers going to jump out of their cages and get me!?", she answered.
She then proceeded to squeal like a cat and claw at me. It was at this moment that I realized that the woman was bat s**t crazy.
I once again calmly stated, "You can't go in their yard."
"I was only five f***ing feet in there! I'm with the f***ing ASPCA! F*** you! (she then proceeded to flip me off) It is inhumane how those animals are treated!", she ranted.
I just calmly sat there and waited for her to shut up.
When she was done I said, "You can take as many pictures as you want, but you have to stay on the other side of the fence."
With a final flip of the finger and a hearty, "F*** YOU!", she stormed off.

Why are the pretty ones always crazy?

I was beside myself with anger after that incident; I could literally feel the rage boiling inside of me.
Never have I been yelled at with such pure hatred and unreasonable anger. 
The only thing that I could console myself with was that I handled the situation properly and kept my cool.

We did decent business today; more people were at the second show than at the first.
Maybe something interesting happened, but I was so worked up over this afternoon that I'm sure I forgot it.

Thursday, September 3: Griffith, IN-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
The past couple of mornings we have literally been driving up and down the same stretch of road. Let me tell you, familiarity definitely breeds contempt!

I had a great breakfast with Dan this morning, and then we went to check out a taxidermy shop right up the street.
Ever since I saw "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" on Broadway, I have wanted a stuffed, snarling weasel that I could dress up in clothes similar to mine (just like the Ruprecht character had in the show).
Unfortunately I once again came up empty handed, although I could have bought a squirrel with a cowboy hat and guns!

Tonight we were going to make a big jump to our first Chicago town, so I figured I would take a nap to be well rested.
It was so hot in my top bunk, that I'm sure I sweated off my entire body weight. I was extremely dizzy and light headed when I woke up.

We did good business for the shows tonight. Some jerk came up to Ryan before the shovel gag and yelled, "Bathrooms!" at him.
Ryan sent him in the right direction. When he returned, he spotted a vendor and yelled, "Yo! Yo! Yo!," at him until the vendor turned around and sold him a sno cone.
In "honor" of this jerk, Ryan and I did the monosyllabic shouting shovel gag.

The strangeness of the evening continued in Intermission. Let me tell you, there are a lot of interesting people in Griffith, IN, and they all wanted to talk to us.
Second Intermission, on the other hand, was a lot of fun, and I developed a fan club.

The crowds tonight loved the shovel gag, but didn't care for the sink so much.
Speaking of the sink gag, in the second show, I totally spaced out and blew a bit. Then when Ryan was chasing me with a pipe at the end of the gag, I slipped and fell, busting my butt in the process.
The worst part was that Ryan didn't wait for me to get up; he still tried to kill me with the pipe, so I had to do some clever maneuvering to get away on my back.

We had a looooooooooooooooong 60 mile jump to Glendale Heights, IL tonight.
I was so hungry when we arrived at the lot; luckily Casey had the good foresight to pick up a Crave Case at White Castle to satisfy my need to feed!

Friday, September 4: Glendale Heights, IL-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
I was woken up early this morning when some jack ass was driving around the lot in circles while beeping the truck's horn. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

Ryan and I went to find an IHOP that was showing up on my phone's GPS, but when we got there, we discovered that it was closed. Double Grrrrrrrrrrrr.
Luckily we found a Mexican restaurant right across the street.

Right before our first show started today, I was putting on my skull cap like usual. When I did, the elastic band came untied and shot inside the hem of the skull cap! It was then a race against time to get the band back out so I could re tie it before opening.

We had a small crowd at the first show, but we had a big crowd at the second. There were lots of Latin Americans at the second show, and they loved the gags. It was like being back in Brownsville from the start of the season.

Kyle Barker, who just got a job as a clown on the Red Unit of Ringling (better dead than Red, Kyle!), came to see the second show.
He also came to the BBQ to hang out. We have a new member of America's Own for the next week or so, and that is Natalie's brother, Mark, who is working on the show for that period of time.

Saturday, September 5: Glendale Heights, IL-2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Today was a very low key day until it was show time. We had an almost full house for the 2:00 p.m. show.

After it was over, Ryan and I went to an excellent wing restaurant to eat during our sizeable between show break.

The night performance also had a big crowd. Ryan exploited my weakness and made me laugh by making Jabba the Hutt noises during the sink gag in "honor" of a portly gentleman in the front row. Jerk.

The big event of the BBQ tonight was when Tomi Liebel, Hungarian circus owner and former Blue Show clown (he came over with Michu back in the 70's), stopped by to say hello.

Sunday, September 6: Glendale Heights, IL-2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
This morning I walked to the laundromat up the street and got my clothes washed.
Sadly that was the high point of my day prior to the shows!

We had good sized crowds today. People just walked by and ignored me in the first Intermission; that was very frustrating. 

I was in a bad mood for the second show. It really affected my performing; I couldn't even enjoy the good reaction we got in the sink gag. 

I was talking on the phone tonight when I saw a skunk run by. It started to head towards the BBQ, but then ran in the other direction.
Casey and I tried to catch it later on so we could lock Radar in his room with it, but we were unsuccessful.

September 15-17: McHenry, IL September 18-19: Rolling Meadows, IL September 20-21: Vernon Hills, IL

Sunday, September 13, 2009

6 More Weeks!

Big update coming soon; I swear!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Two States In Three Days

Saturday, August 29: DeMotte, IN-2:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
We had an 80+ mile drive this morning. Bummer.
The good news was we were getting out of Michigan. The other good news is that we had a 6:00 a.m. call instead of a 5:30 a.m. call since it is an hour earlier in Indiana.
This was a big relief since I didn't get to bed until late after the movie last night.

It was a chilly day; mostly it was cloudy, but the sun managed to peek out a few times.
Audience turn out was good, although there were tons of crickets inside the tent that chirped non stop.
I joked that now the other performers would know how Ryan and I feel on a daily basis!
Despite the crickets, we did alright today; the kids were loving our gags.

We had a great BBQ tonight with Danny and Tavana joining the usual crew. The only downside was that it got downright cold tonight.
What the hell happened to summer!!??

Sunday, August 30: Lowell, IN-2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
We had a nice, short 18 mile jump today. We were on a very tight lot, but it was nice.
Once again the weather was chilly.

Dan, Ryan, and I had breakfast at a great little place this morning. They even took music requests and piped in some Michael Buble for us, the only customers, to listen to.

There was a laundromat right across the street from the lot, so I got to take care of my dirty clothing needs; always a plus.

We had a good sized crowd for the first show. Ryan and I were excited because the new Spectacle issue came out and had a review of our show. A few of the acts, including us, got some nice comments, some of the show...not so much.
I was just excited that we got such a cool photo spread, and Ernest Albrecht wrote something in his opening letter of the issue that will make a great promo blurb for us.

The other highlight of the article, for me anyway, was that Ernie said that Ryan has put on weight since he last saw him.
I found this hilarious, and since I am such a great friend, I kept making fat jokes to Ryan for the whole sink gag.
The America's Own gang naturally picked up on this and made it an all day affair.

Beth Grimes came to the second show, for which we had a small crowd. Surprisingly, we got good laughs for the gags, despite there being so few people.

There was no hula hoop act, so the sink gag happened right after Raul's potato clown gag. The really surprising thing was that the audience was still laughing for us, even though they saw two clown gags in a row.

After the shows we went to a Mexican restaurant for dinner, just to do something different from the normal evening cook out.

When the tent was being put up today, a stake disrupted an underground cable which messed up phone and Internet service for part of the city.
After tear down all the way until morning there were phone company workers digging in the area with heavy machinery.
I don't know if they fixed the problem, but they sure tore everything up!

Monday, August 31: Watseka, IL-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
We were on a lot with overgrown grass located behind a Wal Mart today.
When I went to peruse the store later in the day, I rented a movie from the Red Box in the Wal Mart lobby.
I ended up just wasting my money, because I didn't really get a chance to watch it today, and I had to return it before the store closed at 10:00 p.m.

Yesterday, Ryan started working on one of our props for next year. He didn't have a source for foam then, so he cut a chunk out of his mattress. Today he was able to stock up on foam and paint.

We had good sized crowds for the shows. They weren't much on clapping, which made me nervous during our audience warm ups, but they were big on laughing for our gags.

I had a great Intermission for the second show, and to top it all off, the sink gag was fantastic. We haven't had that good of an audience reaction since we played the Amish town in Ohio.
We got to improvise a little and ended up making each other crack up, which made the audience laugh even more.
It was a nice refresher from some of the audiences we have had in the past couple of weeks.

Tonight the sun was gone by the start of the second show; a definite sign that we are getting out of summer (although it never really happened on this show!).

The post show BBQ was great; we were all cracking each other up the whole time. It was a good cap to the day.

September 9-LaGrange, IL September 10-Berwyn, IL September 11-Elmhurst, IL September 12-Lake In The Hills, IL

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Friday, September 4, 2009

So Long Michigan!

Wednesday, August 26: Hastings, MI-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
It was still raining when I woke up this morning, and it continued coming down until this afternoon.

Our lot was in the middle of nowhere, which was quite a culture shock coming from the land of plenty, otherwise known as Holland.
I caught up on sleep since there was nothing to do.

We had an average sized crowd for the first show and a very small crowd for the second show. In addition to having that small audience, the 7:30 show had the distinction of being one of the Top 10 Worst Shows (reaction wise) we have done.

Carson & Barnes is playing this town in several days; they have a lot more advertising, and they are playing right in town, as opposed to the lot we were on where Jesus lost his sandals.

Thursday, August 27: Paw Paw, MI-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Once again we were playing a town with nothing in it. But really, what did we expect coming from a town named after a food item in the song "The Bare Neccesities" from Disney's "The Jungle Book"? (I know, that joke WAS a bit of a stretch, but just go with it)
I dedicated today to relaxing, just like yesterday. The survival kit of fruit and snacks that Natalie kindly packed helped get me through the day.

It was a dreary day and there was mud all over the back door and inside the tent. We did have good crowds at least.

Ryan and I got much enjoyment out of a "walrus man" watching the first show. He had a big, bushy, Chester Conklin mustache and looked like he was having the worst time of his life. 
Our speculation that he was loving the show despite his miserable countenance kept us amused the whole performance.

The other highlight of the show was the gift of some delicious homemade zucchini bread from David Reddy.

The only kink in the works today was that the generator kept shutting off during the shows.
Also it started raining during the second Intermission and really came down during tear down.
The mud was unbelievable in the back door once everything was done.
I almost did a face plant into the muck when my boot got stuck in a dinosaur sized track that an elephant left behind.

Friday, August 28: Benton Harbor, MI-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
It was still raining this morning when I woke up (I sense a theme here). Almost everybody had to be pulled off the lot via tractor.

Today we were once again by civilization...and a mall!
My spirits were kept high by this, despite the fact that it was another dreary, rainy day.

I had breakfast with Dan this morning; later in the day I checked out the mall, and Ryan and I went to a big Halloween store and bought a couple of props for next year.

My other big project of the day was making some phone calls to catch up with people.
As I was heading back to the lot I ran into Robert Bohjanen, who gave me a bag full of White Tops from the late 90's. I spent most of the shows looking through them.

We had good crowds for the shows, and I actually had a lot of fun for the second one.
It is so easy to get caught up in the daily grind, and I sometimes forget to actually enjoy what I am doing.

After the shows Ryan, Casey, Radar, and I walked to the nearby movie theatre to see Rob Zombie's "Halloween II".
I was pretty disappointed in the movie, but I think I would have enjoyed it much more had our movie going experience not been so miserable.

Everyone in the theater was talking the whole movie, and none louder than Laquita and Necronda, who were sitting right behind us.
Obviously this uncouth behavior is common, because a "rent a cop" had to stay in the theater the entire movie and yell at people to keep quiet.
I was beside myself by the time the film was over.

To top it all off, as I was trying to go to sleep at 1:00 a.m., a group of drunken reprobates was stumbling home from the bar next door and decided to scream slurs and threats at the circus.
What a stupid, ghetto town. (I know, I know. I shouldn't hold back. I should tell you all what I REALLY think)


Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Some Dates

But seriously...

September 3: Griffith, IN 
September 4-6: Glendale Heights, IL
Sept. 7: Countryside, IL
Sept. 8: Midlothian, IL