Sunday, July 31, 2011

'Arry Potta!

Saturday, July 31: Chesterland, OH-2:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Miles: 47

Lot: Middle school

This morning after the jump I was greeted with the sight of ants swarming over my bathroom countertop.

The only explanation I can think of is that yesterday, when there were ants all over the lot, a bunch crawled up my power cord, which leads to a compartment under my bathroom sink.

Luckily Nikki lent me some ant spray that made quick work of the little buggers.

We had an average sized crowd for the first show. Rich Deptula was around visiting, so I got to speak with him briefly.

There were more people at the second show; we had packed houses here two years ago, I am guessing the fact that we are here for two days instead of one explains the smaller crowds.

There was a little girl in a clown outfit in the second audience, so at Intermission I went out to visit with her.

She explained that she dressed up because she loves clowns, and then she gave me a big hug.

Hopefully I earned some good klown karma for that visit.

Radar bought pizza for dinner, and after I had eaten way too much, I was going to call it an early night....until Ryan called and said Armando was offering a ride to the movies.

Ryan, Buckner and I saw a 10:30 p.m. showing of Harry Potter in 3-D, while Armando and his kids saw Captain America.

I thought Deathly Hallows Part 2 was much better than the first part, and I didn't fall asleep during the movie like I was afraid I would.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Book Overload

Friday, July 29: Kinsman, OH-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Miles: 31

Lot: Old Badger school

I ended up sleeping in this morning, and Oscar woke me up by knocking on the wall of my bedroom.

I was afraid that I was the last person on the lot, but there were still plenty of people that hadn't left yet.

There is a three story general store/book shop just up the road from the lot in Kinsman, so Ryan and I went to check it out.

I found a few good books, but just like last year the sheer amount of literature proved overwhelming and I could only peruse for a little while.

Dee Dee was also shopping there and she summed it up quite well by saying that after looking for too long she started feeling anxious.

It was another humid day, but both shows were 3/4 full. Also, the audiences were good; hallelujah!

After the shows Radar and I rushed to get cleaned up and go get ice cream across the street from the lot.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Calm After The Storm

Thursday, July 28: Middlefield, OH-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

It rained during the night, and it continued to pour all morning.

Zoe left this morning to go back to Toledo. When the articles come out that she and Mike are writing, I will post the links here.

Radar taught me how to use a chop saw this morning so I could cut the steel Ryan and I bought.

I was surprised at how well I evenly sliced the pieces that will make the frame for one of our new props. I guess I am not such a failure as a handyman after all!

Ryan, Tatiana, Nico, and I ventured into downtown to visit the magic shop. We talked with Mark, the owner, for awhile. He is a magician and his wife is a clown.

While we were there we ended up buying some wardrobe pieces for our new gags.

Even though it was nice and cool during the rain this morning, the rest of the day was very hot and humid.

We did good business for the first show and the second show was full. Finally in the second water gag we got a taste of the Middlefield audience reactions I remembered from the past two years.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Skype Hunt

Wednesday, July 27: Middlefield, OH-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Miles: 80

Lot: school grounds

This morning Zoe made the jump with me; while we were driving she interviewed me a bit and I gave her my life story. Poor girl...

After we got to the lot I went to TSC with Radar to pick up a few supplies. A little later on Ryan and I walked into town.

I was able to send a few things off at the post office, and Ryan and I had lunch at Mary Yoder's, the local Amish restaurant.

On our way to lunch some guy drove by and threw a half eaten apple at us. At least four or five times over the past three years, ONLY in Ohio, I have been accosted by people driving by me as I walked around town.

I suppose it could have been much worse though. It could have been an Amish drive by with a horse apple thrown...

We did good business for the first show and the second show was almost full.

I have to be honest, I was a bit disappointed in the audience reactions. I remember KILLING 'EM the past two years, and I think I jinxed our chances at success by having such high hopes.

After the shows I Skyped with my buddy, Neal Skoy, who I worked with on Ringling. He is currently clowning at Circus World Museum with my other friend, Gregory Parks, and I wanted to ask him all about his recent teaching experience at my old clown alma mater, Moosecamp.

It was great to catch up with him and swap stories.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

We Love Free Stuff!

Tuesday, July 26: Meadville, PA-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Miles: 41

Lot: fairground

There was a dump station on this morning's lot, which was a welcome sight. It had been a long time since we had encountered a free one; being the skin flint that I am, I passed on the last few pay ones that we had encountered.

A local clown friend, Sue Marranconi, came by to visit for a bit this morning while Ryan and I were working on some new props. She brought goodies: home made cookies and brownies as well as home grown tomatoes. Yum yum!

There were average sized crowds at the two shows. I wasn't having much fun since the audiences didn't really seem to be into the show.

Luckily the second water gag of the evening was good and that helped lift my spirit.

Sue and her friends were at the performance, so it was also nice having someone to perform for.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Not Again!

Monday, July 25: Corry, PA-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Miles: 36

Lot: school grounds

This morning Radar gave me a ride to TSC and Wal Mart. At TSC I picked up an exercise pen so Ryan could give his pig, Chancho, more room to frolic.

It was a great buy, because Chancho had a ball running around and playing in his extra space.

In the late morning I was in my trailer watching a DVD when Delena knocked on my door.

She told me that a tornado was on its way so I better put my ducks away.

I loaded them in the truck and then I helped Radar get the tigers situated.

Oscar went around the lot and told us that the school next door was offering shelter for us, so everyone started heading over.

A lot of folks from the show had been at Wal Mart and were evacuated when the news of the storm hit.

Everyone that took shelter was in the school's gymnasium, which was incredibly hot.

I noticed that Ryan and I were about the only men taking shelter, so I started feeling a bit like a coward. That is until I realized that someone would have to protect the women and children and then help recreate society and repopulate the earth once the tornado was done ravaging the land.

Then I didn't feel so bad!

Still, just to feel like I was helping out (and to get out of the stuffy gym), I sat right outside the school and did my best to intimidate the tornado.

It must have worked, because the storm went around us and we were given the all clear to go back to the lot.

We did good business for the first show. The chair wasn't set in the ring for the artist gag, but we covered that mistake without the audience being any the wiser.

The second show was 3/4 full; it was great to hear big laughs and see smiling faces in the audience once again. I'm sure it helped that the weather cooled down considerably after the tornado warning.

A reporter, Zoe, and a photographer, Mike, are with us for a few days so they can write a story that will run in the Toledo area before we play there.

Zoe needed a place to stay, so the show asked if she could sleep on my couch.

Being the sweetheart that I am, I agreed.

Monday, July 25, 2011

That's Not Punny

Sunday, July 24: North East, PA-2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Miles: 15

Lot: Gravel Pit Park

It was great having such a short jump this morning.

It was another hot and humid day, and we had small crowds for both shows.

Before we started, John Moss said that I might as well just copy and paste the blog from Concord, because it was going to be the same story to tell.

Luckily, I was in a better frame of mind than I was on Friday, so the shows weren't as horrible.

Eggroll surprised us with another visit, and he gave us some more great advice and a nice pep talk, which helped make our day a little more bearable.

We were visiting with Eggy in Ryan's house between shows when I noticed it was time to get ready for the second performance.

I went to walk back to my trailer when I saw that Chancho, Ryan's pig, was loose. I told Ryan so he could round him up, and then I saw that two of my ducks, Ralph and Dexter, were walking around between my truck and trailer!

I quickly grabbed them and put them back in their pen.

Chancho gets loose all the time, but I'm not sure how the ducks escaped. To be honest, I suspect "fowl" play.


Sunday, July 24, 2011


Saturday, July 23: Westfield, NY-2:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Miles: 70

Lot: Northlake Rec. Center

On this morning's jump I passed the ticket office, which had blown a tire. I drove right through the rubber fragments and sent them flying, which caused a lady behind me to think that I had a flat.

She pulled up alongside me, honked her horn, and told me that I had blown a tire. I thanked her and pulled over to check.

My tires were all intact, but I guess it is better to be safe than to be sorry.

Today's lot was a real ankle breaker. There were potholes and ruts all over the place; I'm surprised more of my stuff didn't wind up on the floor from the way my trailer was bouncing up and down while I was getting parked.

We did good business for the first show and the second show was 3/4 full. The audiences were much better than yesterday, thank God! (Although someone coughing would be an improvement over the crowds in Concord!)

I was dragging towards the end of the first show, so I took a nap before the second performance.

I felt rested, but it took me awhile to fully wake up. The heat and the energy I had to exert just to walk over the rough terrain to the back door didn't help restore my energy either.

There was an ice cream shop just up the street from the lot, so I booked it over there after the shows and got some delicious cold refreshment.

Saturday, July 23, 2011


Friday, July 22: Concord, NY-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Miles: 47

Lot: Fire Department grounds

Today Ryan and I did some carpentry work on new props. The best part is that it cut down on the amount of heavy lumber in the back of my truck.

While we were working I said to Ryan, "When I pulled onto the lot today, I thought to myself, 'I don't think anyone is going to show up today'".

I hate being right.

There were small crowds at both shows. The second show wasn't as depressing as the first, but that isn't saying much.

The one silver lining of the day was that Eggroll was visiting, and he had some good advice and critiques for us to mull over.

I was so miserable doing the gags, especially the second water gag. It is a terrible, lonely feeling when no one laughs.

The generator died while I was in the shower with my face all sudsy. Since my trailer batteries are shot, no power means no lights or water for me.

It was a fitting end to the evening.

Luckily Radar grilled some burgers that helped me put the tragedy that was Concord out of my mind.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Heat Wave

Thursday, July 21: Warsaw, NY-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Miles: 45

Lot: Village park

This morning Nikki gave me a ride to TSC so I could return a wheel that Ryan and I bought last Saturday. It was the wrong size; a fact we learned after we had already gotten back to the lot.

I tagged along on her trip to the grocery store as well so I could pick up a few things from the Wal Mart next door.

It was a hot day. The radio made it sound like it was going to be the Armageddon of heat waves, but I didn't think it was that bad. Don't get me wrong, it was miserable, but I remember a much worse day in Maryland earlier in the year.

We did good business for the first show and the second show was 3/4 full.

Eggroll was at the first show with some of his family, but he didn't stick around for very long.

After my constant reassurance to Ryan that the heat wasn't that bad, I was miserable in my trailer after the power was shut off for the night.

Even without the sun beating down on the trailer, I was pouring sweat trying to go to sleep. Even having all my windows open didn't help.

Good times. Great oldies.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

I Scream

Wednesday, July 20: E. Bloomfield, NY-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Miles: 25

Lot: Veterans Park

This morning's jump was the first short one we have had in a long while. It was very welcome!

Ryan and I talked to Mr. North this morning about next year, and then Ryan, Tatiana, Nico, and I went antique shopping.

The first store we went to had a ton of books on comedians for half off. The most I spent on one book was $5, and I ended up buying 15 books for a total of $49. Score!

Ryan and I went to get ice cream from a place that was very generous with its portions.

That was a small; holy indigestion Batman!

We did good business for both shows....

"And that's all I got to say about that."

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Model Behavior

Tuesday, July 19: Geneva, NY-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Miles: 75

Lot: Geneva lake front

On this morning's jump I turned where I thought I saw three directional arrows. I don't know what I saw, but it was not the right turn; it put me at a dead end.

Ryan and the JOMAR (Mr. North's RV) followed my foolish lead and were behind me, but they saw me backing up and turned off on a side street.

I was very lucky that I had room to back up and turn around, and the little detour still put me on the correct route.

Things could have turned out a lot worse!

The lot today was difficult to set up on due to a lot of hills and dips, not to mention a few trees, but it was a beautiful lot.

We were right on the lake, and I had a beautiful view from my trailer door.

It's not every day that I have water front property!

Downtown was right by the lot as well, and I found a great espresso bar with a very cute wait staff.

A little later in the morning I went with Radar to Wal Mart and bought a lot of essentials. I really missed Wal Mart during our time in Massachusetts.

We did good business for the first show. There were a lot of circus fans visiting, including Bill Tenity, who came and saw the show two years ago when I was extremely ill.

He had a picture of the three of us, and I was looking less than peak.

There was a model Kelly Miller circus on the midway.

My favorite part was the generator truck replica, but Ryan and I pointed out a few things that were missing: there was no black mold in the shower, no mushrooms growing out of the floor, and there weren't two clowns crying themselves to sleep.

Wocka wocka!

I spent most of my down time during the shows outside enjoying the scenery. Because of that I met a lot of interesting people walking by, including three ladies that gave me $5 for posing for some pictures with Emmie, and two crackheads that asked me for money.

We had a full second show, and they were a fantastic audience. Ryan and I brought the house down in the water spitting act.

After the shows Radar treated me and Nikki to Cold Stone ice cream, and then promptly asked for the money back when he realized how much it cost to fill his truck with gas!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


Monday, July 18: Tully, NY-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Miles: 68

Lot: Municipal building grounds

I thought the hills on yesterday's jump were bad. The hills on this morning's jump were AWFUL!

I'll be lucky if my truck doesn't blow up if we have too many more jumps like that.

After everyone arrived at the lot it started storming. I took that as a cue to take a little nap.

When I woke up I went to do laundry, I bought some oil for my truck, and I had lunch.

We did good business for both shows. The audience was dead for the first performance; the only big laugh we got was in the water gag.

When I chased Ryan at the end, I ran past him, grabbed a web, and swung into the audience until I was face to face with an old lady.

The kicker was, she was busy taking a picture of her grandchild and got quite a fright when she turned and saw that she was nose to nose with a wet clown.

The audience was much better for the second show, thank God.

After our walkaround, it started to storm again. And I mean it. came. down!

"Ollie, how was it raining?"

Thank you Ollie.

Monday, July 18, 2011


Sunday, July 17: Richfield Springs, NY-2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Miles: 53

Lot: Skinner-Damulis Field

On this morning's jump I passed by Carolyn's truck, which had broken down again.

I gave Joel (who presents the camels and does his rope spinning act) a lift so he could help Mike set up at the lot.

We had a good talk on the remainder of the jump; for awhile I had been meaning to chat with him to hear about his background, and this was the perfect opportunity.

There was a 3 mile long steep hill not too far from town. It was bad, but not as bad as one of the ones we encountered earlier in the season.

The lot in Richfield Springs was very hilly, and the back yard was parked right on the edge of a scary drop off. Tavo warned us to put blocks behind our trailer tires if we were going to unhook our trucks.

Circus fans, Don and Barbara, were here visiting for a couple of days, so I spent some time chatting with them in the morning.

They have a Winnebago very similar to Mr. North's, and last year when Ryan and I were going to negotiate our contract, we didn't pay attention and knocked on their door instead.

I lucked out and was able to get paid almost as soon as the show office opened. I paid off my debt to the show this morning; whoopee!

Both shows today were 3/4 full, but unfortunately the audiences were pretty miserable.

The one bright ray of sunshine in the day was that our clown/ringmaster friend, Eggroll, surprised us with a visit.

We had a great BBQ after the shows with Eggy, and we got to hear some hilarious stories.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Circus Day

Saturday, July 16: Mayfield, NY-2:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Miles: 53

Lot: Mobil Mart

This morning as I was approaching the lot I noticed a laundromat right next to it.

"This is going to be great!", I foolishly assumed.

As soon as I pulled onto the lot Tavo directed me to turn around and follow arrows to my parking space.

That's right, all the show equipment was parked at the lot. All of the trailers were parked a half mile away in a school parking lot.


We didn't have power all day (thank God I have a generator), but we did get our water tanks filled twice like normal.

A few performers moved their trailers to the lot once the tent was set up, but Ryan and I opted to work out of my truck.

We took it over and parked by the cookhouse. We unloaded all the props and set up a Clown Alley complete with a fan, a cooler full of bottled water...all the niceties.

Ryan and I got into make up at our trailers, and then Nikki was nice enough to give us a ride to the lot close to show time.

We did good business for both shows. Brian LaPalme helped me and Ryan out by making sure we had plenty of watermelon to help keep us hydrated; he was also nice enough to let us use the cookhouse sink to prepare for the water gag.

Our clown friends, Brad Zupp and Beth Lawrence, came to the first show with their niece Anne.

They took us back to the trailers between shows so we could check up on our menagerie.

I am so happy they came to visit; they helped make a difficult day much more tolerable.

Needless to say, everyone was glad when the shows were over. The day seemed to drag on forever since I didn't have my trailer to unwind in between acts.

After work a few folks from the show wound up at Pour Jim's, a restaurant halfway between the trailers and the lot.

Mr. North was there and was kind enough to pick up our tabs.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

One Day, Five Lines

Friday, July 15: North Creek, NY-2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Miles: 65

Lot: Ski Bowl Park

Today was a split show day. Our first performance was at 2:00 p.m., and it was about 3/4 full.

In between shows Ryan and I walked to the artsy downtown to have a bite to eat in an overpriced bakery.

The evening shows was full.


Well, that's my momma!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Circus Smirkus

Thursday, July 14: Malta, NY-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Miles: 65

Lot: Albany-Saratoga Speedway

This morning we went to breakfast in downtown Saratoga Springs since it was only 6 miles away from the lot.

I could tell that there were some cool shops and restaurants; unfortunately most of them were closed since it was still very early.

I went back into Saratoga Springs later in the morning to get oil for my truck, and when I got back my friends Josh and Alex were at the lot.

Josh worked with Ryan on Smirkus back in the day, and he worked with both of us on Ringling in 2004. Alex is our friend that designed our awesome Steve & Ryan logo.

They are both working for Circus Smirkus for the summer, and their show was set up only 8 miles away from us.

Josh and Alex gave me, Ryan, Tatiana, and Nico a ride to the Smirkus lot. There I got to meet Elizabeth, the mother of my friend, Joy. Elizabeth is working concessions for the summer with Smirkus.

My friend, Mary Kelly Rayel, was also at the show; she was celebrating her birthday. I was happily surprised that I got to celebrate part of the day with her.

Everyone at Smirkus was so nice and helpful to us. Artistic director, Troy Wunderle, and his wife, Sara, couldn't have been nicer. Sara really stepped up and helped us with ticket needs, even when the number of Kelly Miller visitors grew by the minute.

I had never seen a Smirkus performance live before (only video from when Ryan worked there), but I have always heard wonderful things.

I was not disappointed. It was a great show; the energy and professionalism was amazing.

After the performance we chatted with a few of the troupers and said our goodbyes before Alex gave us a lift back to the lot.

I was still riding on a high from seeing Smirkus, so the two small crowds we had didn't phase me too much.

Malta was a lot and license town; someone put it best on the show fact sheet in the back door when they described the town as "Somewhere to go between Cairo and North Creek, NY".

Sad to say, my high from Smirkus finally faltered in the second water gag. The bucket of water wasn't set, so we didn't have an ending to our act.


After the shows we went back to downtown Saratoga Springs, and unlike this morning, the joint was hoppin'!

We checked out the Circus Cafe, which had a few circus decorations around the restaurant. They also served popcorn on the table while you waited for your food. That was about the extent of the circus motif.

They did have cool t-shirts though. I bought one that said, "The Circus Is My Life".

God help me!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Vidbel Visit

Wednesday, July 13: Cairo, NY-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Ryan and I explored downtown Cairo this afternoon. It didn't take long...
Because of that I was worried about what the show attendance would be like, but my fears were ungrounded. Both shows were full!

Maria Seebacher, one of our fans, was at the first show. I couldn't find her during Intermission, but we were able to say hello after finale.
Our friends Dave and Cherie Gregg, who are the Ringling Gold advance clowns, came to the second show with two of their friends.
I was pleasantly surprised to see Jenny Vidbel in the audience as well. We were right up the road from Vidbel's Winter Quarters, and Jenny is between tours on Big Apple Circus.

Besides the fun of having so many visitors, it was also wonderful to hear the sweet sound of laughter again after the reserved audiences in Charlestown.

Reyna was making my favorite Mexican dish, tortas, at the pie car after the shows, so I felt obligated to indulge.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Walk Like An Egyptian

Tuesday, July 12: Cairo, NY-Travel Day
Miles: 230
Lot: Angelo Canna Park

This morning's jump was long, but it was mostly Interstate. I just kept plugging along, only stopping once for gas, so I was one of the first of the back yard trailers to arrive in Cairo.
There were a few breakdowns unfortunately. Fortunately I wasn't one of them.

After I got settled in I took a nice nap and then used the rest of the day to relax. I read, played video games, and went to a BBQ at night.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Adieu 5 Day Stand

Monday, July 11: Charlestown, RI-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

This morning I went to the post office to send money home. Unfortunately I accidentally sent too much, so this week will be a tight one financially. Wheeee!

I went back to the lake to swim for a little bit, I got my truck fueled up for the big jump tomorrow morning, and otherwise I just laid low for the rest of the day.

We did good business for the two shows; that was definitely the constant here in Charlestown.
I became way too lazy sitting in one spot for 5 days; I was not looking forward to going back to one day stands again.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Going Rouge

Sunday, July 10: Charlestown, RI-2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

This morning I went to Dunkin Donuts to get some goodies and a box of coffee for me and Ryan. We needed it guessed it....we were working on new props this morning!

We did good business for both shows; I think it was the most people that we have had since we got here.

Ryan and I had a few visitors at the first show: Leo Desilets, a clown mentor to one of my clown mentors, Mike Fixer, a former Beatty clown, and Rob Balchunas, aka Rob The Balloon Guy. We had a good time visiting with them all.
Rob got to hang out during the second show, and he brought us some beer called (appropriately enough) Wacko.

In other news Mr. North arrived back on the lot last night, and Ryan's mom and her friend, Scott, came to visit for a couple of days.

After the shows I took off by myself to enjoy a little "me time". What a great night! I had sushi for dinner and watched the hilarious movie, "Horrible Bosses".
I need to get away more often!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Saturn: The Circus Planet

Saturday, July 9: Charlestown, RI-2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

This morning I woke up earlier than I had planned, 7:00 a.m.! EEGAD!

Ben Trumble, who is visiting for a few days, and I went to Panera Bread and had a delicious breakfast. Now THAT'S how you start off a Saturday!

Ryan and I continued our work on our new props this morning. Ryan's uncle Kevin came to visit, and he brought us some magic goodies to play with. Ryan's maternal grandparents were also visiting today.

I have had a canker sore way back inside my cheek since we got to Charlestown, and the last couple of days it has been driving me crazy with pain every time I eat, talk, or generally open my mouth.
Grandpa George got some Orajel for me which brought great relief to my big mouth.

We did good business for both shows today. During the first show I bought a DVD from Bruce, who filmed the whole performance back in Berkley, MA.
It was good to see our gags again, since we have been lazy and haven't filmed in awhile. We saw a few things in the artist gag that we could do differently to make the gag better.

I hopped back and forth between a couple of BBQs after the shows. I'm not sure if I did it because I am that popular, or that much of a glutton.

Danny tipped us off to an observatory on the lot that was letting folks star gaze for free. The people working there were very helpful and informative, and I got to see the planet Saturn and its rings!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Tree Huggers

Friday, July 8: Charlestown, RI-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

I slept in this morning, which felt fantastic. It has been awhile since I used a day without shows to simply take it easy.

Ryan and I continued to work on new props today. We took a break from work to check out a place that Sara had recommended to us, The Umbrella Factory.

There were a couple of shops, and a restaurant where we ordered $8 grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup.

The whole restaurant had a hippie quality to it, so after having to wait forever for our food, Ryan and I had a few smart remarks.

My favorite came from Ryan, "Ah, I see the chef woke up from his pot addled stupor long enough to make our meal."

Our waitress, also a hippie, told us halfway through the meal that she would get more water for us, only to completely disappear.

Of that, I had this to say, "I'll get you some more water. Just as soon as I remember what water is."

There was good business for both our shows today, but there were less people at the second show. The music cues were all messed up in the first artist gag, which was very frustrating.

Luckily I stole an ounce from the hippie restaurant and I was able to calm down in no time.

KIDDING! I am not a pot head!

Just an alcoholic....

I wanted to go out after the shows, but everything was at least 7 miles away and would be closed by the time I got there.

Instead I stayed on the lot and started watching the movie, "Hook", with Ryan.

Friday, July 8, 2011

5 Day Stand

Thursday, July 7: Charlestown, RI-Travel Day
Miles: 132
Lot: Ninigret Park

We are set up on a grass lot this year. Last year we were on cement; my body rejoiced when it saw green.
Also we are very close to the lake. Oh, and we are here for five days total. Score!

Ryan and I spent most of the day working on new props. We did fit in time to go swimming down at the lake, and we went to an Italian bakery that we found last year where we loaded up on goodies.

Even though we were "working", it was nice to relax on a day with no shows.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

I Made Them An Offer They Couldn't Refuse

Wednesday, July 6: N. Andover, MA-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

I reluctantly woke up early this morning to go on an outing for breakfast and laundry. I had to make sure to have clean clothes for the baptism of Nico and Argio, which took place at noon at the church of Father Jerry, top circus priest!

I got a ride to the church with Ryan's cousin, Patricia, and her kids. All of Ryan's family was in attendance, as well as several folks from the show.

I was honored to be chosen as Nico's godfather, so I got to take place in the ceremony. I helped hold Nico while he was baptized, and then I lit a candle to give to Ryan.

Well, I tried to light the candle. The candle I was trying to get a flame from seemed to have been designed for Wilt "The Stilt" Chamberlain.

After much comedic struggling, Ryan's Grandpa George helped lower the candle for me.

Why does everything I do have to be so damned hilarious!?

Thank you Patricia for the photos. For more pictures from the baptism, check out:

After the service, there was a luncheon held at the church by the local circus fans. There were circus photos out for us to peruse, and we were even shown some circus videos while we ate.

Father Jerry showed me and Ryan his two circus offices full of great photos and memorabilia. He even had a prop saw from our construction gag that we had signed and given to him back in 2004 on Ringling.

We did good business for the first show, and the second show was almost 3/4 full. Even though attendance was good for this two day stand, the audiences left something to be desired, in my opinion.

A storm started rolling in during the second show, but it blew right over us. All we got was some thunder and pretty lightning.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Please Stop The Fireworks In My Head

Tuesday, July 5: N. Andover, MA-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Miles: 55

Lot: Middle School

I was feeling pretty lousy this morning from too much imbibing and pie eating at the 4th of July party. I took the morning to recuperate and swear that I'd never drink or eat competitively again. At least until next year.

Our friends, Chris and Gina Allison, came to visit today. We visited in Ryan's house and caught up for awhile, and then they treated us to a delicious lunch at Panera Bread.

The first show today was about 3/4 full. When Ryan and I started playing our trumpets in opening, about 10 seconds into the song, Dan started the track over again...for some reason.

Ryan and I both stopped playing, lowered our trumpets, and at the same time slowly looked back to the bandstand. Afterwards we were cracking up at our unintentional synchronized timing.

We had good business for the second show. After work we went out to eat at a pub, and I promptly forgot my vow to never drink again.

And then I found 10 bucks! Good story!