We were playing on the same lot as last year, the old glove factory, but it was much better this time around; there was no mud and it wasn't freezing cold. The wind was blowing like crazy though.
Jessi, Nikki, Carla, and I went to breakfast at the Circus City Diner, and then I hung out at the lot with Dudley, our go to guy in Hugo as well as the Kelly Miller WQ caretaker, his daughter, Carol, and her husband, Rich.
Dudley and Rich took me to the Orscheln's so I could buy baby ducks. I bought two, and I named them Ralph and Norton, after my favorite comedy duo from "The Honeymooners".
That's Ralph in front and Norton in back. Ralph, true to his TV counterpart, was scheming the minute I got them back to the lot, and he attempted to escape twice!
The first time, he jumped out of the box I brought them home in. The second time, he found a space between the bars in Pato's old kennel that was big enough for him to squeeze through.
Luckily Radar happened by at this time and caught him. After thwarting that escape, Radar was immediately called upon to catch Mariana Poema's escaped bunny rabbit!
There was a cameraman from the Fox TV station at the lot who was interviewing various people from the circus. Jim Royal asked Ryan and I if we would go in front of the camera; I'm sure our interview baffled all the Fox viewers in that part of Oklahoma.
Before getting ready for the shows, I made sure to swing by my favorite Hugo hangout, The Busy Bee, for a delicious cheeseburger.
We had a full first show, and a 3/4 full second show. I took advantage of the longer break between performances and caught a few winks. Because of that, I was very disoriented for the opening of the second show.
Luckily the second audience was a lot livelier than the first, and they helped wake me up.
After the shows Dudley, Rich, and Carol treated me, Ryan, and Tatiana to dinner. When we were finishing up, a big group from the circus showed up.
We decided to get out and distance ourselves from such lowlifes!
On Sunday we had a 6:30 a.m. call for our 48 mile jump to Idabel. I was off to a rough start since my battery (once again) wouldn't start in the morning.
To complicate matters, I wasn't even hooked up to my trailer yet! Needless to say, I was the last person to arrive at the next lot.
I got parked right by the road, far from the back door. On the upside, it made my plans for taking the truck into town tonight a lot easier!
The day started out cloudy and very chilly. My first order of business was to buy a new battery for my truck.
John Moss helped me remove my old battery, since I proved ignorant at such tasks, and then I bought a new one in town after going to Wal Mart with Jessi and the twins.
When I got back to the lot, Casey helped me put the new battery in and I cleaned up all my connections with a wire brush on loan from Leslie.
Our friends, Dave and Cherie Gregg, came to visit today. Jessi and I went to lunch with them, and they ended up staying to watch both shows since they enjoyed the first one so much.
The first show was jam packed; they had to add extra bleachers to the tent. The second show was full all except for the two extra bleachers.
During the shows the sun came out and it turned into a beautiful day.
After we were all done, a big group of us went out to eat at a Mexican restaurant that we had visited last year.
We were told right off the bat that they were out of beans. Danny, Tavana, Arwen, and I got our meals (sans frijoles) in a reasonable amount of time, but it took an additional 15 minutes or so before everyone else got their food.
They were told that the delay was because the kitchen was out of rice too.
We were all given two free desserts to share and 50% off our bills in compensation for our crappy service.
April 2: Waldron, AR
April 3: Greenwood, AR
April 4: Easter-Day Off