First I was blocked in by some show trucks, so I had to wait awhile to get off the lot, then I stopped to get fuel (after going down a one way street the wrong way since I missed my turn) only to pull up to a non diesel truck pump. There was no way for me to turn around in the small area, so I just moved on.
A few minutes later I looked in one of my side mirrors to see that my trailer door was open. I pulled off the highway onto the frontage road and found a place to pull over. I had pulled up where a huge mud puddle was at my door, so I didn't have much leverage to get it closed well (you really have to push the bottom of my door to get it to stick).
I got back on the highway just to see the door open again 10 minutes later. This time I pulled over on the side of the highway and gave my door a mighty push to keep it closed.
To top it all off, I got stuck in rush hour traffic going into town!
I was rewarded for my long, stressful journey by finding that we were on a nice grassy lot right next to the highway. We are just a block over from last year's lot which means there is plenty of shopping and eateries nearby.
It was a beautiful, sunny day, but the wind had a chill to it. Ryan and I made squibs until we got Tatiana and went to see the movie "The Wolfman". I wasn't expecting to like it, but I did enjoy the film. It could have been a little shorter though.
Jessi had found Taschen's circus photo book at Barnes & Noble for $20, so I called Ryan, who was there later on in the day, and had him pick me up a copy.
I took a nap this afternoon and slept through my alarm. Jessi woke me up just in time to get into make up for the show. This put me in a grumpy mood, and the small, unresponsive crowd we had for the first show didn't help matters.
I was more than a bit snarky over the microphone for opening. Bad Steve.
Valerie took our picture for the program after we were done with the number. Speaking of programs, does anyone have a copy or three from last year? I was a schmuck and didn't pick up a copy for myself or my family.
If anyone out there has copies they are willing to spare, please e-mail me at email@example.com
There was a little kid sitting right by where I set Jessi's web, and he would not leave me alone for the whole number.
He kept yelling to me while I was trying to concentrate. Finally I turned to him while spinning Jessi slowly and said, "I'm kinda busy, buddy!"
In the exterminator gag I was running with our wooden ladder over my head when I slipped and fell, bringing all my weight down on the ladder. This caused one leg to break off; Ryan took a beat and then whacked me over the head with one of the breakaway rungs.
This was the perfect topper for how my show was going.
After the show a father called me over to see a little girl that I had met last year. She had been afraid of clowns until she met me. Apparently I didn't do a very good job, because she was afraid of getting a picture with me this time! She was fine just talking with me though.
We had another small crowd for the second show, but I was in a much better mood even though it was freaking cold outside!
Ryan and I tried out a new bit in the jukebox gag, which got a laugh, so that improved my mood even more.
We had a delicious BBQ inside Casey and Natalie's trailer tonight. When we were done eating we started watching "The Hangover". It was a perfect ending to the day.
On Thursday, I still couldn't get my sewage tank to empty; I am going to have the RV guy, who is coming to the lot tomorrow, look at it.
Mr. Fusco held a tap dancing class for me and Ryan this morning so we can put a nice dance at the end of the table act.
Nikki and I went over to the shopping center next to the lot to have sushi for lunch, and a little later I ventured back over to go to Barnes & Noble and Game Stop. Tatiana gave me a $50 gift card for B & N that I have been dying to use, but this store didn't carry a single one of the books I am looking for.
I did make a purchase at Game Stop: Lego Indiana Jones. I got it for Jessi to play, since she is a big fan of the Lego games.
Back at the lot Ryan and I glued our wooden ladder back together and I put a new battery in the gun (Duracell: The Preferred Battery of the Kelly Miller Clown Alley).
We had a decent sized crowd for the first show, but boy were they dead! The second show's crowd was bigger and had a lot more energy.
After the shows Jessi, Carla, and I watched a DVD that Nikki had made us of the Lennon Bros. Circus 2009 show. That is the Australian circus that the twins were on last year.
On Friday Ryan and I started our day off with another bright and early Fusco dance rehearsal. We are picking things up very quickly and have even put together a little trial routine.
I bashed my left knee when I messed up my footing on a manuever where we run up to the table, jump, and push off with one foot. I must have bruised a bone, because it was bothering me for the rest of the day.
The RV guy showed up today. I told him about all of the things I needed done to the trailer (chiefly my tank problem), and he gave me some solutions.
At 1:00 p.m. we took the 2010 Kelly Miller company photo, which didn't take long at all. I got cleaned up afterwards and went with Nikki to get coffee.
Jessi was out doing laundry today, so I walked to the laundromat so I could borrow her car. I drove to Home Depot to get what I needed for my tank, and then I went back by the laundromat just in time to help Jessi fold the last of our clothes and take them back to the lot.
We almost had a full house for the first show. I was limping a bit due to my bruised bone, but it got better as the night progressed.
David Dunn, a blog reader and fan who I met last year, came to the second show with his family and another blog reader/fan, Tejano.
David's son, Jonathan's, 6th birthday is tomorrow, so I got them tickets for the show. They got to see us with our first packed house of the season.
March 1-Mercedes, TX
March 2-Rio Hondo, TX
March 3-Lyford, TX