Friday, March 18, 2011

Nothing Funny About A Dead Texan

Thursday, March 17: Navasota, TX-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Miles: 57

Lot: August Horst Park

On the radio this morning the station I was listening to was broadcasting live from a pub with all kinds of fun games going on in honor of St. Patty's Day. There was Chubby Bunny (putting marshmallows in your mouth and saying Chubby Bunny until it is no longer intelligible) and the gallon of milk challenge (drinking a gallon of milk in 45 minutes or less and then holding it down for 10 minutes) just to name a reminded me of all the fun we used to have in the Ringling Clown Alley!

We were on a rough lot today. It was extremely uneven and it was also soft. Alex, the 24 Hour Man, had to have his RV pulled off the lot.

We went to breakfast with the Norths one last time before they headed back to Ireland.

We ate at a restaurant called The Filling Station, that had a food challenge reminiscent of what I had heard on the radio this morning: eat a huge burger (3 patties, cheese, two eggs, six slices of bacon, etc) called The Dead Texan, in a 45 minute period, and win a t-shirt.

Casey decided to take the challenge. What they didn't advertise was that you also had to eat a pound of fries, which was definitely a deal breaker.

Sad to say, he didn't make it..

I took Dexter for a walk around the lot and over to a little pond so he could swim; he wanted nothing to do with the water though.

Later on in the day Casey spotted a big water moccasin sunning itself in the SAME spot where Dexter and I had been standing by the water. For all I know, it could have been hiding in the rocks the whole time we were there!

I got a call from John Moss a couple of hours before the show; he told me that the elephants had broken a water pipe in their compound, and water was running through the tent and right through the ring.

Ryan and I checked it out, and sure enough, there was a couple of inches of standing water on the track around the bleachers and through the front and center of the ring.

Naturally the ground in the ring got worse as the shows began; once the elephants did their act, it was pointless trying to ignore it.

Luckily the ring mat never got too dirty.

There was an average crowd for the first show, although no one was sitting in the ring side seating. It was weird having to perform to people so far away from us.

The second show had a good crowd, but we are still short a seat wagon. (I'm getting sick of writing that every day, so just assume that we are short a bleacher section until I say otherwise!)

Ryan had a visitor during the first show. Her name is Tory, and Ryan lived with her family for a year when he was going to school in California. She brought along her friend, and they visited with Ryan before and after the first show.

Yesenia, a girl who met me two years ago and now follows the blog, came to the second show with her family.

I was happy that we were only on this uneven, flooded, fire ant and water moccasin infested lot for one day!

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