Friday, September 9, 2011

Hello, I Must Be Going

Thursday, September 8: Berwyn, IL-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Miles: 16

Lot: Janura Park


This morning started off on the wrong foot when the generator truck broke down on the lot in Posen.

Julio took one of the other show trucks to go get it, so it didn't arrive until around 10:30 a.m.

That also delayed the set up of the new tent, because they couldn't begin setting up until the generator arrived.


Ryan and I left the lot around noon to explore downtown, and even though the generator had been parked for an hour and a half, the tent set up still had not begun.


Ryan and I stopped by the vintage store that we visit every year, but unfortunately they didn't have any outstanding dresses for us to purchase for clown drag.

Yes, that's it....clown drag...


We also went back to a great coffee shop that I found this morning. In addition to having delicious coffee, they had a hang out area where you could choose from a selection of books to read or movies to watch.


Susan Hoss, a senior animal keeper at the Brookfield Zoo, and one of her coworkers, brought me and Radar lunch from Culver's. Thanks ladies!


The set up of the new tent was finally completely finished around 3 p.m.


The first show was almost full, and the second show was full. The audiences were fantastic as well.

Nothing was too drastically different for us about doing the show in the new tent, except the area between the curtain and the ring was bigger.


Circus collector extraordinaire, Tim Tegge, was visiting during the shows; he sold me some awesome circus books.

My favorite purchase was a tome that had a photo of Lou Jacobs jumping out of the firehouse in that classic gag. Sweeeeet.


Our friend, Alex Zaprudsky, arrived tonight; he will be visiting for a few days. He watched the second show with Will, one of the Smirkos he worked with this summer, and another local circus performer, Phil.


The two audiences today can say they were the only ones to see the Kelly Miller Circus under its new tent in 2011. Tomorrow the tent is being taken back to have some things fixed and adjusted, and we will use the old tent for the remainder of the season.


After the shows Alex and I met Radar, Nikki, and Casey at a bar for dinner. When we went to leave, there was a train stopped on the tracks outside, blocking our path back to the lot.

Of course it had to be the longest, slowest train in the history of train-dom!

We drove several blocks, looking for for an open intersection to cross, but the train just kept coming! And then stopping for long periods of time....


Finally after about 10 minutes or more of waiting to cross, an intersection opened up and we were able to go back to the lot.

Yeesh!


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