Yesterday and this morning I consulted the GPS on my phone, and both times it told me that there was absolutely nothing in town. Thankfully it was wrong and there was civilization not far from the lot.
Ryan and I went to breakfast, and then we sought out the elephant memorial in this town. In 1972, a circus (whose name I forget) was playing here and an elephant, Norma Jean, was struck by lightning while chained to a tree. The city put up a memorial for the elephant complete with flowers, news clippings, and an elephant statue.
I found out later that Armando and his family were on the show when it happened; he would have been 1 year old or so.
We had a decent sized crowd for the first show. Mr North showed up afterwards; he will be with us until the end of the tour.
There was a small second show crowd, and I didn't think it would be possible, but they were even less lively than the first crowd. It was depressing; Ryan and I resolved to have a good time regardless.
It was a beautiful day, but it got downright chilly as nightfall approached. At the BBQ tonight the America's Own crew made some dating videos for fun; some of them turned out hilarious. As soon as Casey finishes editing them, I will upload some of the more P.C. ones here.
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