Wednesday, May 26, 2010

May 22-23: Dover, OH & Old Washington, OH-2:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. & 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

On Saturday we had a 6:30 a.m. call for our 26 mile jump to Dover. We were on a grass lot and it was an overcast day.

Ryan and I went on an expedition to find a book store that turned out to be out of business. I hate it when that happens!

It rained a bit this morning, but the sun came out in the afternoon, making it very hot and humid.
We had a good sized crowd for the first show. While we were doing opening there was a little boy in the bleachers that was crying his head off. There are a lot of comedic pauses in the number, so you could hear him very well.
Finally Ryan stopped and asked the mother, "Is he going to be ok?"
I suggested trying to shake him, which got a great shocked laugh from the audience.

There were less people in attendance for the second show. Ryan found some sugar cubes on the ring mat from Carolyn's dog act, so he fed them to me as a treat when I brought the cable ladder over to him.

Casey, Natalie, the twins, and I tried to gain entry to the Moose Lodge by the lot so we could sing karaoke.
The moose knuckles running the establishment were elitist slobs though, and they denied us entry. We ended up having a much better time at two other establishments, one of which was a very nice bar that re opened the kitchen just for us.

On Sunday we had a 6:30 a.m. call for our 48 mile jump to Old Washington. It was a very foggy drive, but once the fog lifted it was a sunny day. We were playing on a grass lot.

Ryan and I made squibs while watching that cinematic masterpiece, Freddy Vs. Jason. We knew it was a good movie when there was a topless woman in the first five minutes of the film.

We had an almost full first show; it was another very humid day. The heat got a little more personal when a squib from the shotgun prop burned my hand!

We had a decent sized crowd for the second show. I was marveling at the fact that on a sunny day Ryan and I got filthier from the wet ring mat than we did during all the days this week when it was raining!

I stayed at home this evening and had a great time relaxing, playing video games, and talking to people on the Internet.

May 28-Mt. Savage, MD
May 29-Hancock, MD
May 30-31: Olney, MD

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

May 20-21: Lexington, OH & Millersburg, OH-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

On Thursday we had a 6:00 a.m. call for our 69 mile jump to Lexington. We were playing on a grass lot and it was a sunny day.

I was able to drive off the lot today, so Carla and I went to do laundry and go grocery shopping.

We had an average sized audience for the first show; the crowd was dead, so it was very hard to give it my all.
The second show was better, 3/4 full.

Rich Deptula and Doug Kruest came to visit today, and I got to talk to both of them for a little bit.

At the end of the second show an older woman called me over to meet her grandchildren. She was telling me how much they enjoyed us and then whispered in my ear that they had just lost their baby brother.
The whole realization that we had helped the kids forget their sadness for two hours really put everything into perspective for me.

On Friday we had a 6:00 a.m. call for our 40 mile jump to Millersburg. The drive was a pain; very hilly and curvy.

We were playing on a grass lot and it was an overcast day. I was parked very close to Raul, so getting our props out of the truck was rather difficult.

There was a circus yard sale in the cookhouse at noon. I stopped by right at the beginning to peruse the wares; I was told later that I should have stuck around since more people brought things in later on.

Ryan was feeling sick today, so he was taking it easy in the shows. The first performance was almost full, and the second show was full. All this despite the rain that started in the afternoon.

David Powell and his children came to the second show, so I spoke to them briefly afterwards. David's father, Ron, had stopped by earlier in the week for a short visit.

At the BBQ tonight we saw some runaway sheep from a nearby barn. I thought about catching one, but I didn't think it would fit in the crate with the ducks.

May 25-Waynesburg, PA
May 26-McHenry, MD
May 27-Midland, MD

Saturday, May 22, 2010

May 17-19: Mechanicsburg, OH & Columbus, OH-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

On Monday we had a 5:30 a.m. call for our 80 mile jump to Mechanicsburg; I kept wanting to fall asleep the entire drive.

The weather was overcast and it was misting rain all day. All the trailers were parked on grass, and the tent was on sand and rocks.

We had a good sized first crowd; there was a lot of standing water in the back door that everyone had to get around.
I made a conscious effort to make more eye contact with the audience today; it was one of the notes Nellie Poema gave me and Ryan last night after she watched some of the show.

Mr. North wants us to change our jukebox gag back to the way we had it at the start of the season. Once I heard the reasoning, I totally understood why.
Our current rewrite has the jukebox almost as an afterthought, whereas the original version really set up the jukebox and the 50's theme.
Ryan and I started brainstorming ideas on how to make a third version of the gag that would be like the first, only funnier.

We had an average sized crowd for the second show. Ryan and I kept each other amused by doing Mickey Mouse and Goofy voices during the exterminator gag.

I was up all Monday night being sick. My guess was that I had food poisoning; I had it on Ringling my first year and this was just like that...awful!
I got very little sleep and was already up when it was time to leave town at 6:00 a.m.
Luckily we only had a 33 mile jump, and my stomach had calmed down a lot.

We were playing on pavement at the run down Westland Mall. It was an overcast day.

I slept all morning until Dustin and Brandon, clowns from Ringling's Red Unit, called me. The Red Show finished up their engagement in Columbus on Sunday, and had started a two week break. Dustin and Brandon came to visit and see the show.

Ryan and I went across the street to eat with them, but I didn't partake of anything; I was still very skittish about my stomach.

We had an average sized crowd for the first show. I had very little energy since I hadn't eaten anything all day, so I ate some Cheerios and a little bit of the cookhouse dinner.
Thankfully everything stayed down.

We had a good sized crowd for the second show; I wish Dustin and Brandon could have seen us in front of this audience instead of the first one.
We did have a laugh when no one clapped for us in finale, though. It was a predominately Latino audience, and they didn't understand John when he announced our final style.
That, or they hated us!

I wasn't going to go out tonight for Casey's birthday, but everyone talked me into it. My stomach felt fine, but I was wiped out.
We made a couple of stops around Columbus and finished up with White Castle. I knew my stomach was ok when a couple of sliders didn't make me puke!
I had a good time out, but I crashed as soon as we got home.

On Wednesday I slept in very late. I was going to walk to a laundromat near the mall, but it was raining when I finally woke up.

Sarah, a friend I met on Ringling, came to visit today. We went out to eat, and then we went to a good mall several miles from the lot.

Sarah watched the first show, which had another average sized crowd. The second show was completely full; I wish more people would have decided to come to the afternoon shows!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

May 15 and 16: Spencerville, OH & Coldwater, OH-2:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. & 2:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

On Saturday we had a 6:30 a.m. call for our 44 mile jump to Spencerville. We were playing on a grass lot and it was a sunny day.
The weather didn't stay nice for long though; by show time it was overcast and sprinkling.

Both shows were 3/4 full. We got an unintentional laugh in the second table act. While we were carrying the table into the ring, Ryan, who was walking backwards, tripped on the ring mat and ate it.
We made a bit out of it and carried on with the gag as usual.

Dick Kohlrieser came to see both shows tonight and joined us for our BBQ; it was a big night with the Poemas and the Rices in attendance as well.

On Sunday we had a 6:30 a.m. call for our 32 mile jump to Coldwater. We were playing on a rocky lot and it was an overcast day. Oh joy!

A group of circus fans brought doughnuts and juice to the lot this morning; the refreshments were much enjoyed by all.

Before the first show there was a joint birthday party for Argio, Armando and Natalia's son, and Elijah, the son of Maxi, one of the Fusco brothers. It was held under the pony ride tent.
There was lots of good food, but I decided it was time to vacate the premises when the pinata was brought out and the kids were given a baseball bat to swing in the small space!

We had a full first show. The bleachers were 3/4 full for the second show, but the ring side seating was almost empty. It was very strange; I almost asked the audience over the microphone if they thought we smelled.

May 22-Dover, OH
May 23-Old Washington, OH
May 24-Wellsville, OH

Monday, May 17, 2010

May 13-14: Waterloo, IN & Paulding, OH

On Thursday we had a 6:00 a.m. call for our 44 mile jump to Waterloo. We were all directed to park right next to each other in lines on a small church parking lot.
A tractor was brought in to haul all the show trucks onto a grass lot next to the church, they were the only vehicles parked around the tent.

It was nice that we didn't have to worry about being stuck on the soft ground, but it was a bummer that the back door was on the opposite side of the tent from where all the trailers were parked.
Oh well, it was only one day.

I walked to the little grocery store in town, and when I got back Ryan and I began the arduous task of schlepping all our props to the back door. The prop crew bowed out on that duty today because of the difficulty and distance.

We had a good sized crowd for the first show. The mud was bad in the back door, and it was simply terrible in the tent after the elephants gave the ground a good working over.
We had an average sized second crowd; all I remember about the show was that I wanted to be done.

A storm was seen rolling in from the distance as we had our BBQ, but we all rested easy knowing that we were on concrete.

On Friday we had a 6:30 a.m. call for our 47 mile jump to Paulding, OH. We were playing on a grass lot and there was sunny weather. Hooray for nice days!

We took advantage of the weather and walked through the table act with Delena, Tatiana's sister. We figure it will be good to have an understudy ready for when Tatiana is too pregnant to do the act.
Personally I think the idea of two soda jerks fighting over a woman with child is hilarious!

We had an average sized crowd for the first show. An aspiring clown, Justin, and his friends Adam, April, and Bryan, came to the second show.
They were a good audience for our gags, and their enthusiasm seemed to be shared by the rest of the good sized audience.

Justin treated Ryan and I to dinner tonight, so we drove to the next town over for hot wings. It was quite a crazy night!

May 20-Lexington, OH
May 21-Millersburg, OH

Friday, May 14, 2010

May 10-12: Rushville, IN, Redkey, IN, & Roanoke, IN-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

On Monday I slept in, and when I woke up I did a little baking for my friends. Later on Ryan and I made squibs while continuing our Nightmare on Elm Street sequel-athon.

John Moss and family were in Tennessee seeing his mother, so Aaron was ringmastering again. Before the first show started I was standing in the bandwagon talking to my friends. The music for opening started, so I jumped out of the bandwagon to go to the curtain.
The metal stairs for the bandwagon were not attached and were leaning in the doorway; as I came down from my jump, my baggy pants leg went over one of the metal stair rails, sending it up my leg and smashing me in a very sensitive place as my feet hit the ground.
I will spare you all the intimate details, but I will say that if I had been hit an inch higher or lower, I would not have gotten up for quite awhile.
I screamed in pain while writhing on the ground (an old Copeland remedy for healing), and jumped up just in time to run out to do opening.
As I ran by Ryan, with my lower half in horrible pain, I remarked to him, "Make it quick."

We did what must have been the fastest opening ever recorded; I could feel blood running down the backs of my legs as I talked.
After the number I went back to my trailer to examine myself. I had a cut on the back of my left leg, and a scrape on the back of my right leg; both were right under my butt. The cut had a hellacious bruise surrounding it.
I cleaned the wounds with some hydrogen peroxide and then had to go do the tiger chase.

The plan was to just walk everything off, but when I noticed blood somewhere you should NEVER see it, I knew that I needed medical attention.

I took off my make up and Casey gave me a ride to the hospital; luckily it was just down the street.
Ryan covered for me as far as the show was concerned. He did his chair gag in place of the table act; nothing was put in the place of the exterminator gag. He was teaching Tatiana and Aaron the old European sleepwalker entree just in case I didn't make it back for the second show though.

The doctor at the hospital examined me and administered a couple of simple tests before surmising that I had a bruised urethra.
He said that if I was lucky, everything would heal just fine. If I wasn't lucky, I was in a very serious predicament.
Just what I needed to hear with my jangled nerves!

The doctor told me things to look out for; if I noticed any of the warning signs, he told me to rush to the emergency room as soon as I could.

Casey drove me back to the lot, and after a shower and a re application of my make up, I was ready to do the second show.

We had a full crowd for the performance; luckily none of the warning signs reared their ugly heads, and I wasn't in too much pain from my wounds.
What hurt most of all was that I missed a show for the first time in seven years. Damned metal stairs! Damned urethra!

My friend Kyle and his girlfriend, Amanda, were going to bring Amanda's niece to the show tonight, and I had gotten them tickets.
Since I had my little medical adventure, I wasn't able to get the tickets to them and they had to pay. Only Amanda, her sister, and her niece showed up; I went to say hello to them during Intermission.

I had a double dose of BBQs after the shows to ease my pain; I graced the Fuscos and the Cainans with my presence.
One BBQ had more jokes about my accident than the other; well, jokes said in a language I could understand at least!

On Tuesday we had a 6:00 a.m. call for our 60 mile jump to Redkey. It stormed almost the whole drive.
We were on a grassy lot, and there was a tractor in case we needed to be pulled on; it was an overcast day.

We had an average sized crowd for the first show. The squibs we used in the exterminator gag were extra loud, and therefor extra funny!
I always marvel at the irony of how scared I was of explosions in clown gags when I was a kid, and now I am using one of the very props that frightened me (the Spike Jones gag shotgun) and startling a new generation of children.

Tabayara, the tiger presenter on the Red Unit of Ringling, was visiting today to talk with Casey. He watched the second show, which had average attendance, and stayed for our post show BBQ.

On Wednesday we had a 6:00 a.m. call for our 58 mile jump to Roanoke. I blew the arrows at one point (as did a few people behind me), but my phone's GPS steered me back on the right path.

We were on a soft, grass lot and it was an overcast day. There were a lot of people around to watch the tent be set up. The majority of them were schoolchildren, who had a lot of fun screaming at my ducks outside my trailer while I tried to take a nap.

It was a cold, dreary day outside, so I didn't leave the comforts of my trailer until I absolutely had to.
Both shows were almost full, not the sell outs that I had heard about, but considering that extra bleachers were in the tent, we did pretty darned well.

After the shows we had to move off the lot; I went for a walk once my rig was on solid ground. The weather this evening was perfect; much better than it was this afternoon.

May 17-Mechanicsburg, OH
May 18 and 19-Columbus, OH

Thursday, May 13, 2010

May 8-9: Kokomo, IN & Rushville, IN-2:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. & Day Off

On Saturady we had a 6:00 a.m. call for our 52 mile jump to Kokomo. Jessi left when we all did; she is headed to Baraboo for the summer to be the clown at Circus World Museum.
Carla started riding with me since her usual mode of transportation is now gone.

We were on a grass lot and it was a cold, overcast day. We were only a mile or two from a ton of civilization, but it was so dreary out that I didn't want to walk.

Ryan and I spent our time wisely by watching the sequels to "A Nightmare on Elm Street"; we got through parts two and three today.

We had full shows today. Opening was very fun; I tried some new bits that are definite keepers.

Delena, Tatiana's sister, is my new web girl now that Jessi is gone; I had a much easier time setting her web.

Mr. North took the entire show out to dinner at Golden Corral for a belated Cinco De Mayo celebration.
I ate a lot, but didn't stuff myself silly, and we had power all night to look forward to since it was so cold.

On Sunday we had a 6:30 a.m. call for our 96 mile jump to Rushville. We had the day off because of Mother's Day, so a group of us loaded up in the Cainan's truck and headed to a mall outside Indianapolis.
I bought a boss Gremlins t-shirt, a video game, and $96 worth of books at Half Price Books.
Yay shopping!

Back at the lot we had a big BBQ for Natalie's visiting sister, Lauren, and Lauren's husband Hashi.
I went home when I couldn't feel my feet anymore; not sure if that was an indication of the cold or how much food I ate.

May 14-Paulding, OH
May 15-Spencerville, OH
May 16-Coldwater, OH

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Big News!

Ryan and Tatiana are going to have a baby! The anticipated due date is January 2011.

I'm going to be "Strange Uncle Steve"!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

May 6-7: Covington, IN & Lebanon, IN-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

On Thursday we had a 6:00 a.m. call for our 63 mile jump to Covington. We were showing on a grass lot and it was a sunny day.
Jessi and I were able to get off the lot and go to a laundromat and Wal Mart.

We had a good sized crowd for the first show. I felt lousy and had no energy. I was also sick to my stomach; I think my lunch did not agree with me.

We had an almost full second show, but the size was misleading because we are still down one seat wagon. I felt much better for the evening performance.

There was a bad storm in the middle of the night that woke me up. Jessi had to go close her car's roof to keep the rain out.

On Friday we had a 6:00 a.m. call for our 58 mile jump to Lebanon. We were on a grass lot and it was an overcast day; later on the sun came out.

Ryan and I borrowed Jessi's car to go to lunch, and then we checked out a used book store that was on the way to town. The prices were a little high, but we found some great books.

On the drive into town this morning we had seen a sign for an antique book store, so we decided to check that shop out too.
We drove back the way we had come in and followed the sign....only to be brought back to the same book shop we had just left!

We had a small crowd for the first show; Ryan and I cranked out another short film after the tiger chase. Look for it on here soon.

It started storming during the first finale; I waited until everything died down before going to meet Kyle Winchester and his girlfriend, Amanda.
Kyle saw our show last year in New Castle, IN and is a big fan of the blog; he remembers more about my first year on the show than I do!

We had a good sized crowd for the second show, and they were a good audience. Ryan and I had a lot of fun in the gags; it was a good show for Kyle and Amanda to see.

Today was not the best day to be my nose. In the first show, I accidentally slammed my nose into Ryan's shoulder during the table act.
During the second show, Ryan was demonstrating to Casey how to style properly. I happened to walk right into Ryan's hand with my nose. The timing was perfect; it was exactly like one of the bits we do in our gags, only this time it was funny.
The coupe de grace came after the shows, when I was fixing some material on the ceiling of my trailer. The air conditioning vent popped off and came down right on my nose.
Comedy comes in threes!

Today was Jessi's last day. She spent all of her free time packing; she will leave first thing in the morning.

May 11-Redkey, IN
May 12-Roanoke, IN
May 13-Waterloo, IN

Friday, May 7, 2010

May 3-5: Clinton, IN, Cayuga, IN, & Pittsboro, IN-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

On Monday we had a 6:00 a.m. call for our 52 mile jump to Clinton. I would have left the lot sooner than I did, but I was stupid and drove right through the softest ground and got stuck, along with all the big show trucks.
On top of that, the Bobcat for hauling vehicles off the lot wouldn't start. Finally the mechanics got it running, pulled me out of the mud, and I was on my way.

We were playing on a grass lot and it was a sunny day. I had our new bungees sent general delivery to Clinton, so Jessi gave me a ride so I could pick them up; the lady behind the counter told me that there wasn't a package for me.
I checked back at the lot to see if anyone had picked it up for me, but I had no luck. I called the company where I ordered the bungee and had them track the package.

Ryan and I made squibs while watching some episodes of "Da Ali G Show" until I got a call from the bungee company.
They told me that the package had been delivered in the morning and a lady with the last name of Butz had signed for it.

I drove back to the post office and inquired as to the whereabouts of Miss Butz and my package. I was told that Miss Butz was at lunch and they would call me when she got back in.

I waited patiently at the lot until it was almost show time before finally calling the post office to see what was up.
I talked to Miss Butz, and after a search of the back room (which the employees neglected to look in the first two times I inquired about my package), they found the bungee. It had been there ALL DAY.

We had a good sized crowd for the first show. Nasty looking clouds started rolling in around Intermission, so I went ahead and hooked up my truck to my trailer to avoid getting stuck on the soft ground in case it did rain.

We had another good sized crowd for the second show; a storm was headed right for us, and there was talk of having the audience leave the tent at Intermission and come back in after the high winds passed, but everything missed us and the second half carried on.

On Tuesday we had a 6:00 a.m. call for our 25 mile jump to Cayuga. Once again this morning I had to be pulled off the lot.

We were playing on a grass lot in town, and it was a beautiful day. I took a long nap to catch up on my sleep; I must have needed it, because I was out cold for almost four hours.

Ryan and I put the new bungees in the beehive and measured how high we needed to hang it in the tent. We got shorter bungees, so the beehive was a lot lower.

I helped Ryan and Tatiana make meatballs, and then I was there to welcome the Fusco family as they returned from their time doing Shrine dates.

We had an average sized crowd for the first show. The end of the exterminator gag was a disaster; things were malfunctioning left and right, and we realized that the beehive was way too low, which made the whole ending look stupid.
On top of all that, the audience's reaction (or lack thereof) made Ryan and I lose faith in ourselves and question the decisions we have made in our lives (we like to be dramatic).

Luckily we had a bigger crowd for the second show, about 3/4 full, and everything went much better. Our faith in ourselves and humanity was restored as well.

On Wednesday we had a 6:00 a.m. call for our 71 mile jump to Pittsboro. One road we took, Highway 32, was a real pain. It seemed like there would be no end to the sharp turns and curves.
I was stressed because I almost ran out of fuel, but luckily I found a gas station just as I was considering getting out and pushing my rig down the road.

We were playing on a grass lot and it was a sunny day. Johnny Moss' birthday party was held in the cookhouse today. Reyna made delicious food for the occasion.

Ryan and I looped the bungee today so that we could make it longer and have the beehive hung high in the tent like before.
While we were testing the height I gave the bungee a try; I didn't fall all the way, but I still decided that daredevilry is not for me!

We had an almost full first show, but that isn't a completely accurate figure, since we are short a seat wagon. An axle was broken on one when the driver hit a tree this morning.

John Hill, a clown that Jessi and I both worked with in the past, came to visit today. He brought a free roll of water and Gatorade.

Ryan and I tried some new bits at the beginning of the exterminator gag; we need to iron some kinks out and try them in front of a few different crowds before we can pass proper judgement.

We had an average sized second crowd. There was a storm heading our way, but it ended up missing us.
Still, everyone had to move off the lot in case it did rain; the town didn't want us messing up the nice park we were showing on.

We had a BBQ with our friend John in attendance. It was nice to catch up with him; the last time I had seen him was three years ago.

May 8-Kokomo, IN
May 9-Day Off
May 10-Rushville, IN

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Steve's Morning

A short film directed, edited, and scored by Ryan Combs.
Starring Steve Copeland, David "Buckner", and Ryan & Tatiana Combs.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Duck Growth Report

May 1-2: Linton, IN & Spencer, IN-2:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. & 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

On Saturday we had a 5:00 a.m. call for our 70 mile jump to Linton. The call was so early because in addition to the early show times and the far distance we had to travel, we were crossing over into the Eastern Time Zone and losing an hour.

We were on a lot with mud and standing water, and it was an overcast day. Oh joy!
There was a moat between the backyard and the backdoor, so a ramp was used as a bridge for the cast and crew to cross the water.
There were also ramps inside the tent acting as walkways, as well as sawdust strewn all over the ground.
Naturally the mud in the tent and back door got worse as people and animals stirred it all up.

We had a good sized first crowd and a decent sized second crowd. The excitement of going to see a movie after the shows kept me going during the day.
A group of us went to see the remake of "Nightmare on Elm Street"; I enjoyed it a lot.

On Sunday we had a 6:30 a.m. call for our 31 mile jump to Spencer. The front part of the fairgrounds (where we were going to play) was too soft, so the show set up in the back of the fairgrounds, where the grass was knee high. It was an overcast day.

Ryan and I walked into town where we saw a lady throw two cups of soda out her window while looking us square in the eye, and later two jack asses in a car yelled something obscene at us as they drove by.
Very classy Spencer. Very classy.
When we got back to the lot we watched "Child's Play 2" before getting into make up for the shows.

The owner of the local drive in theater (also a blog reader), Jon Walker, came to visit today and brought square donuts for a lot of folks on the show.

We had a decent sized crowd for the first show. It was extremely humid in the tent, but it cooled off a bit when it rained between shows.
The crowd for the second show was a lot smaller than the first.

Today was Johnny Moss' birthday; Ryan and I tried to pie him after finale, but his mother alerted him to the imminent danger.
So as not to waste a pie, I let Ryan hurl it in my face before I took a shower.

Jessi, Carla, and I drove to Bloomington to shop at Barnes & Noble, where we ran into the Cainan family.
Radar joined us for dinner and drinks at an Irish pub before we headed back to Spencer.

Monday, May 3, 2010

April 29-30: Palestine, IL & Mt. Carmel, IL-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

On Thursday we had a 5:30 a.m. call for our 92 mile jump to Palestine. We were playing on a grass lot and it was a sunny day.

All three bungees inside the beehive snapped last night, so Ryan and I came up with a back up blow off to the exterminator gag.

We had a full first show. The exterminator gag was full of unintentionally funny moments for me and Ryan.
First, the prop guys didn't put our crash mat in the ring since Ryan wasn't going to be bungeeing. Once the gag had started, they realized that we still wanted the mat, so they slid it in behind us as we were doing our first fall, a slow back fall. This cracked us up to no end.

Next, we got an unintentional laugh out of our new ending. The plan was for Ryan to take the shotgun from me after I point it at his face, and then kick me in the butt. Angered, I would kick Ryan in the butt, causing him to fire the gun into the air, causing the beehive to plummet to the ground.
That's how it was supposed to happen!

We attached the beehive to a rope, which we ran from the top of the tent to a pole at the side of the ring. The rope was then tied off to be dropped when the gun was fired.
Since we didn't get a chance to test the proper height at which to raise the beehive, it reached the end of its descent a few inches off the ground and hovered there.
Also, Jessi (who was helping us with the drop), didn't realize how soon the ending of the gag was coming and had to rush to untie the rope. This caused the beehive to drop in slow motion with frequent stops.
All you can do in situations like that is laugh!

We had another full house for the second performance, and the new ending to the exterminator gag went off without a hitch.
Our new bungee should be arriving in Monday's town, and then the gag can go back to "normal".

On Friday we had a 6:30 a.m. call for our 47 mile jump to Mt. Carmel. We were showing on a grass lot and it was an overcast day.

Jessi, the twins, and I drove to downtown and perused the antique shops. We also got lunch at a local restaurant.
After we dropped Nikki off at the lot to do her rigging, Jessi, Carla, and I continued on to Goodwill and Wal Mart.

We had an almost full first show. The audience wasn't having much fun, but it was so humid that I can't really blame them!

We had a full second show; a band was playing/rehearsing in a building next to the tent, and they were blasting their music at an obnoxious decibel level.
I was on the other side of the lot from the building and could feel the bass vibrations. They finally shut up during the second half.

The second show was cut down so everyone could get off the lot and avoid getting stuck from the big storm that was headed our way.
A lot of folks went to Wal Mart in the next town over to park, but I decided to stay on the road by the lot. It was a decision I regretted since the band resumed its playing and didn't knock it off until past 11:oo p.m.

The storm finally hit around 1:00 a.m.; it was vicious enough to wake me up.

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