Tuesday, September 28, 2010

September 04-September 11

Sorry for the lack of bloggage, but I died.


It's ok though, I got better...



Saturday, September 04: Schererville, IN-2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

We had a 6:30 a.m. call for our 22 mile jump to Schererville. We were on a grass lot and it was a sunny day.


I got to pay forward some kindness this morning. Last year John Moss came to bail me out at a diner when I didn't have any cash and they wouldn't let me use my credit card to pay. Today Dan's debit card was denied at a restaurant, so I heroically swooped in to help out.


Delena was not here today, so Ryan and I did the two person table act, which went over great.

Both shows were almost full, and Jessi resumed her role as showgirl for the performances.


Today was Kerri's last day visiting us, so we went out to dinner after the shows.




Sunday, September 05: Maywood Park, IL-2:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.

We had a 6:00 a.m. call for our 47 mile jump to Maywood Park, the first of our Chicago dates.

There was a long stretch of road full of dim stoplights that were hard to make out in the early morning light.

I even got my windshield washed by a homeless man, despite my vehement protests. Welcome to Chicago!


We were playing on a cement lot and it was a sunny day. Ryan, Tatiana, and I walked around the surrounding area to explore.


I knew we were in trouble today when Tavana told me this morning that Carson & Barnes had given up this date after playing it last year.

We had a small crowd for the first show, an average crowd for the second show, and the third show had the biggest audience (not that many more people than at the second show though).


Ryan and I continued to do the two person table act today even though Delena was back; we wanted to get it down so we have it in our repertoire.

Despite the small crowds we got good laughs for our gags.


Jessi and I went out to eat tonight since we haven't had a chance to catch up since she rejoined the show.



Monday, September 06: Maywood Park, IL-2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

This morning Jessi and I went to Half Price Books before our early Labor Day shows.


We had a decent sized crowd for the first performance. We went back to the three person table act today, but I forgot that the menu and chair (which we didn't use in the two person act) were still in my truck until it was time to go on.

I hauled ass to get them and made it back to the tent just in time to enter the ring.


We had a good sized crowd for the second show. Mr. and Mrs North as well as Jim Royal arrived today.


After the shows a bunch of us went to take Georgia to Chuck E. Cheese (it was just as much fun for us as it was for her).

We had a great time and won Georgia a ton of tickets. I went to the grocery store next to the lot before calling it a night.



Tuesday, September 07: Wheaton, IL-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

We had a 6:30 a.m. call for our 17 mile jump to Wheaton. There was a manhole for sewage on the lot, so I dumped my septic tank with Fridman's assistance.


Not only was I last to leave the lot this morning due to my dumping escapades, but there was also a lot of traffic, stop lights, and construction to slow me down.


We were playing on a grass lot and it was a sunny day. Extremely high winds were prevalent, so as many trucks as possible were parked around the tent to provide multiple tie off points.


Jessi and I went to the outlet mall today where I bought some sweet new duds; we then went to have lunch and buy a new video game.

We picked up Ryan to go to a Halloween store, but it was closed for another week. Strike 2 on our attempts to go Halloween shopping!


We had an average sized crowd at the first show, and less people at the second show.

I was in a bad mood for the shows and just could not get into a groove to do good work.

I did find a nice moment at the end of the bee gag that made us both happy, though.



Wednesday, September 08: Wheaton, IL-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Nikki, Jessi, and I went to Half Price Books and the mall this morning.


Our crowds today were pretty much the same as yesterday. Ryan wore the big butt for the jukebox and table gags to make the Norths laugh. Mission accomplished!


We had a 20 mile jump to Berwyn after the shows. Radar, who was driving Casey's trailer, ran the end of said trailer into the end of my trailer and took off one of my side lights. No damage was done to Casey's trailer at least.

Ryan "Bumper Cars" Easley, ladies and gentleman!



Thursday, September 09: Berwyn, IL-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

This morning Ryan and I talked to Mr. North again about next year, and then we walked into town.

I got quite a laugh when I saw a poster that the sponsor had put up; it featured cartoon drawings of me and Ryan...only Ryan was covered up by a design on the poster. You could just see enough of the drawing to know that it was him.




This was especially funny because it is a continuation of a running gag. When the programs came out, I was on the cover and Ryan was not. When the DVD of the show came out, Ryan's picture was exactly where the disc's hole was, and now this!

The topper was when we went into a vintage store and found fliers that had yours truly on them. No Ryan to be found.

I found it a lot funnier than Ryan did.


Speaking of funny, Ryan and I found great dresses at the vintage store that we can use for drag when we finally tackle the washer woman gag in our career.


Jessi took me to the "World's Largest Laundromat" today. It was also home of the "World's Largest Collection of Latino Kids Running Around, Screaming, and Driving Steve Crazy".


We had full shows tonight, and the crowds were great. The new Kelly Miller coloring books came out today; the cover is the design featured on the poster we saw today. Ryan's face is fully intact though.


We had an 11 mile jump to Elmhurst tonight after the performances.



Friday, September 10: Elmhurst, IL-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

This morning Ryan and I went to a neat book store that we found last year. We took my truck this time, which saved a lot of walking considering it was many miles from the lot.


I met with my friend, Lisa, and her friend, Josh, for lunch at a delicious corner burger joint, and then back at the lot I met up with my friend, Alex, who will be staying with me for a couple of days.

We went to downtown Elmhurst to walk around a bit before I had to work.


Both shows were full, but the first audience was very strange; they talked almost the entire show.


Alex helped us out a ton by designing a logo for our promotional material:



As a thank you, we took him out to dinner after the shows.



Saturday, September 11 Lake in the Hills, IL-2:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

We had a 6:00 a.m. call for our 42 mile jump to Lake in the Hills. It was a rainy, cold morning, and we were playing on a grass lot.


Alex and I went out and had a great breakfast to brighten the otherwise gloomy day.

The sun did come out in time for the shows though.


We had a good sized crowd for the first show and an almost full second show. Alex continued to help us with our promotional materials throughout the day.


We had a 27 mile jump to Harvard after the performances. Once we arrived, Ryan, Tatiana, and I went with Alex to have dinner at a Mexican restaurant.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

It's (going to be) A Boy!

Ryan and Tatiana just found out today that they are going to be the proud parents of a baby boy!

Now they can name him Efram!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

August 27-September 03

Friday, August 27: Edwardsburg, MI-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

On Friday we had a 6:30 a.m. call for our 40 mile jump to Edwardsburg, MI. We were on a grass and dirt lot, and it was a sunny day.


I went out to run errands today: I did laundry, I got my hair cut, and I bought a used video game.

When I got back to the lot I spent the rest of my free time cleaning my trailer; all in all I had a very productive day.


We had good business for the first show. Ryan switched out the bungee in the beehive prop, since the old bungee was starting to fray.

Unfortunately the company where we buy bungee sent us the wrong length, something we didn't discover until show time.


When Ryan dropped from the top of the tent, he just hung 3 feet below the beehive, because the bungee was WAY too short!

Luckily I thought quickly, got the ladder under Ryan, and then grabbed the shotgun to end the gag.

Shooting a gun didn't exactly make sense in that scenario, but I had to have a way for everyone to know that we were ending the gag.


We took the bee gag out of the second show until we could recalculate the height at which the beehive has to be hung.


We had an almost full second show. To shake up the monotony a bit, Ryan and I switched costumes for finale.

The cast could tell something was different, but it took them a few moments to realize what it was.




Saturday, August 28: Middlebury, IN-2:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

We had a 6:30 a.m. call for our 36 mile jump to Middlebury, IN. We were on a grass lot and it was a sunny day.


While the tent was being set up Ryan and I hung the beehive rigging so we could figure out how high it needed to be with the shorter bungee.

Unfortunately the only way we could make it work was to tie the bungees together, which wasn't nearly strong enough to hold Ryan's weight safely.

We decided to revert to the back up bee gag ending until I can get new bungee to us.


Today was a sad day over at the Cainan household. Natalie's dog, Chelsea, and Casey's young tiger, Rajah, both had to be put down.


We had an almost full first show; right before the table act the music died. We did the act without music, we just carried on a dialogue with each other and the audience to keep the energy up.

The crowd went nuts over it! It was so nice getting huge laughs.


After we were done with the table, the music problem was fixed.


Since we have to wait for our new bungee to arrive in the mail, we did the back up blow off of the bee gag where I shoot the beehive down and it lands on Ryan.

Everything went off without a hitch.


We had a full second show; we had Vicky lower the music for the gags since we got such positive responses the previous show.

The audiences today were very responsive considering a) it was an afternoon show on a weekend and b) the audience was mostly Amish.

I swear that Ryan and I have found our key demographic!


After the shows I jumped in my truck and drove to the nearest Gamestop. The video game I bought yesterday had the correct casing and sticker on the front of the disc, but it was the wrong game!

Luckily the store exchanged it for the correct disc with no problem.


When I got back to the lot I briefly stopped by the birthday party for Adrian Jr., aka "Gordo", before retiring to my trailer to play my new game.



Sunday, August 29: Bremen, IN-2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

We had a 6:30 a.m. call for our 40 mile jump to Bremen. We were playing on a grass lot and it was a sunny day; it was also incredibly humid.


We had a decent sized crowd for the first show, but they were dead. There were less people at the second show, but they thought we were funny.


In the second table gag I didn't get enough height on my first slide across the table. My thighs hit the edge of the table, which stopped me. I had to drag myself off the other side.


After the shows I went for a walk to get something to eat. The lady serving me at the restaurant recognized me from the show. She said that even though I was out of makeup she could recognize my face. And she was sitting in the top row of the bleachers when she saw the show!



Monday, August 30: Winamac, IN-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

We had a 6:30 a.m. call for our 57 mile jump to Winamac. We were on a grass lot and it was a sunny day.


I started working on our promotional materials today, something I have unwisely been putting off for a long time.


We had a decent sized crowd for the first show; an old man was sitting dead center in the front row, video taping opening with a Flip camera.

I called him out on it and kidded him about the no video taping rule. He got a befuddled look on his face and said, "But I'm with the Winamac TV station."


I didn't think to make a joke about how the station couldn't afford to buy him a better camera. It turns out he actually was with the station, and they were filming a piece for their website.


The second show was almost full. After his act, Casey wrote a song just for me called "Tenaciously Apathetic". What an honor!




Tuesday, August 31: Burnettsville, IN-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

We had a 6:30 a.m. call for our 35 mile jump to Burnettsville, which turned out to be an extremely small town. We were on a grass lot and it was a sunny day.


I spent all day cleaning my trailer. We had a small crowd for the first show; there were a few more people at the second show, but they were a rough audience.


The one highlight for us was meeting an 85 year old woman sitting in the front row who is a part time clown, a fact that she told Ryan over the microphone in opening.

As a gift she gave us a handmade clown ornament in an envelope. I took the ornament and gave Ryan the envelope.



Wednesday, September 01: Watseka, IL-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

We had a 6:30 a.m. call for our 63 mile jump to Watseka, IL. The reason we had such a late call for a longer jump is because we drove into a different time zone.


There was a plethora of shopping right next to the lot, including a Wal Mart and a grocery store, so I took advantage of the convenience and visited the plaza at least three times during the day.


Kerri McMullen, a photographer that has come to visit a few times before, came to stay for a few days with me.


We had an almost full first show. During Intermission I visited with William Prickett and his wife.

Kerri was also watching the show and was talking with a kid next to her about how he liked the show.

He said that his favorite part were the clowns. He said we were way better than the clowns last year.

Alright...


We did good business for the second show, and we got good reactions to our gags.


After the shows I made dinner for Kerri.



Thursday, September 02: Momence, IL-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

We had a 6:30 a.m. call for our 31 mile jump to Momence. We were on a grass lot and it was a rainy morning.


Kerri and I went to lunch, and by the time we were done the sun had come out.


There was a small crowd for the first show. As Ryan and I made our entrance for opening, a teenage girl screamed and fell backwards out of her chair.

Over the microphone I said, "Nice. You scared of clowns?"

She replied affirmatively.

I consoled her, "It's ok. I've got a cousin that's afraid of clowns. Yeah...he's 5."


I then went on to introduce us. After my usual line of, "we're kind of a big deal", I added, "we scare people out of their chairs."

This was met with a golf clap from a few people in the audience.

What a strange opening!


We had an average sized crowd for the second show; it started raining during the performance, and it stormed a bit throughout the night.



Friday, September 03: Hebron, IN-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

We had a 6:30 a.m. call for our 32 mile jump to Hebron, IN. We were on a grass lot and it was a sunny day.


Kerri was going to leave this morning, but she decided to stay for another couple of days.


She took me to the post office to pick up the two packages that I had sent to town via general delivery.

Unfortunately only the bungee I ordered arrived, the bucket of latex didn't.


Kerri then took me to a feed store so I could buy duck food. We then had lunch and went to the grocery store to buy our dinner.


Ryan and I rigged up the bungee in the beehive and tested the correct height to hang it.

After we were done Kerri and I went bowling. She won, but only because I let her. Yeah....that's it!


We had a decent sized crowd for the first show. Apparently it was the "Try and Kill Ryan Show", because I hit him in his hamstring with a broom handle, stepped on his foot, and threw the beehive at him.

All by accident of course!


We had good business for both shows, and we got good reactions at both performances.


There were sound problems at the beginning of the second show's second half, so walkarounds were cut to make up for the time we lost while the problem was fixed.


My friend, Jessi, arrived after the shows. She finished her summer at Circus World Museum, and she will be finishing the season with us as a showgirl.


Friday, September 3, 2010

August 21-August 26

Saturday, August 21: Mancelona, MI-2:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
We had a 6:00 a.m. call for our 56 mile jump to Mancelona. We were playing on a grass lot and it was an overcast day.

We had an average sized crowd for the first show, and a decent sized crowd for the second show.
During my down time between acts, I started teaching Norton to chase me. I just think it is funny to see a grown man running, waving his arms and screaming, while a duck chases him.

In the second show, when I dove over Ryan in the table act, my knee hit his head. When I turned around to do the next bit, I realized that I had completely scalped him of his skull cap. I laughed so hard at him, and the audience got a kick out of it as well.
Actually we got good laughs for Saturday afternoon shows.

After the shows I walked to the grocery store since I was out of everything I needed. Mike Rice was nice enough to give me a lift to the lot as I was walking back.


Sunday, August 22: Mesick, MI-2:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m.
We had a 6:00 a.m. call for our 56 mile jump to Mesick. We were playing on a grass lot and it was a sunny day.

We had an average sized crowd for the first show, and a small crowd for the second show. At least there were two ladies with funny laughs in the second audience; we tried to capitalize on that as much as we could.

The women on the show had a Ladies Night get together after the shows, so Casey, Ryan, Lucky, Danny, and I had a Guys Night over at the BBQ.


Monday, August 23: Howard City, MI-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
We had a 6:00 a.m. call for our 83 mile jump to Howard City. When I got to the lot, my truck started acting screwy; I couldn't put it into park or reverse.

Dan and I found a great cafe in town to have breakfast; I went back for lunch and stopped in at the post office as well.

Castro worked on my truck all day. The problem was my transmission; it was broken. Casey helped me look for options in case Castro couldn't fix the problem.
He found two box trucks close to the next town that would be cheaper than me buying a new transmission for my truck.
Casey and Danny also helped me keep calm before the daunting task of switching trucks and getting everything to the next town made me have a nervous breakdown.

Luckily Castro worked his magic and got my transmission working again! He sure saved me a lot of hassle, stress, and money!

We had a full first show, and an almost full second show. Both crowds were great; I knew the town was excited about the circus when there was such a good turn out for the tent raising.

Last year a family came to several of our shows in Michigan to see me and Ryan. Rachel and Landon, and their sons, Michael and Dennis, came to see us for the second show.
After we got cleaned up, Ryan and I went out on the midway to visit with them and their friends.


Tuesday, August 24: Grand Haven, MI-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
We had a 6:00 a.m. call for our 61 mile jump to Grand Haven. We were on a grass lot and it was a sunny day.

There was a ton of stuff to do in town. Last year Grand Haven was a two day stand, but we had to cram everything into one day this time. Ryan and I went to breakfast, and later in the day we went to an auto parts store so I could grab new batteries for my trailer and some brake and transmission fluid.
We also went to Gamestop, where I bought a refurbished Xbox 360. Mine overheated on Kelley's Island and got fried.
We topped it all off with lunch at Culver's. Yum!

Castro helped me out once again by fixing a corroded cable connection to my trailer batteries, and I got my new Xbox hooked up and running.

Both shows were almost full; our fan family, the Agulars, came to the second show. After the show they took me out to eat and showed me the sights of Grand Haven.


Wednesday, August 25: Caledonia, MI-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
We had a 6:00 a.m. call for our 54 mile jump to Caledonia. We were playing on a ridiculously uneven lot and it was a sunny day.

Ryan and I watched the movie, "Rear Window", and made squibs.

We did good business for both shows. The ground was a royal pain to work on, and the second audience was a tough crowd, but we survived.


Thursday, August 26: Benton Harbor, MI-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
We had a 5:30 a.m. call for our 93 mile jump to Benton Harbor. We were on a cement lot by a mall, and it was a sunny day.

Ryan, Tatiana, Delena, Dan, and I took Armando's son, Argio over to breakfast at IHOP. I then went to Meijer to get some grocery shopping done.

Ryan helped me go shoe shopping at the mall, and then we went to check out the great Halloween store that we visited last year. Unfortunately they were not opening for another day, so Ryan and I were extremely disappointed.
In the meantime we browsed some nearby shops in a futile attempt to fill the void that was left by our missed Halloween store opportunity.

We had good business for both shows, and Ryan and I got good laughs for the second show.

September 5 & 6-Maywood Park, IL
September 7 & 8-Wheaton, IL