Sunday, June 30, 2013

Gesundheit!

Saturday, June 29: Acushnet (Gesundheit!), MA-2:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Our lot in Acushnet (Gesundheit!) is right next to a family fun center complete with an arcade, mini golf, and bumper boats.
It's a shame we weren't here when the weather was nicer; those 18 holes and boats were calling my name!

Ryan's mom was visiting today, and at the first show we saw Bob Lessard as well as our friend, Mat Coes, and his daughter.
Eddie Matta and his grandchildren were at the second performance.

John Allen was backstage during the second show, so he was able to get the photograph that he wanted.

After the shows I went to the fun center with Radar, Elisa, and Christian to have pizza.
Next door in the arcade we saw many people from the show who came over to have fun and blow off some steam.

In closing, here is a photo of us with Gianna, whose very first circus was Kelly Miller in Acushnet (Gesundheit!):


Saturday, June 29, 2013

"And These Are Portuguese Tarts"- Mat. "I've Worked With A Few Of Those"- Me.

Friday, June 28: Acushnet, MA-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Miles: 15
Lot: White Fun Center

This morning's route slip let us know that we were heading to a difficult lot....it sure was!
The tent and semis were all over on a small, fenced in, grassy area, and everyone else was parked on sandy, muddy ground with high weeds all around us.
Where I was parked, there was virtually a jungle from the middle of my trailer back. Prime tick country.

Despite the bizarre set up, I was able to get off the lot with my truck. I went to do laundry, and I also found a grocery store; both trips were extremely necessary.

Our friend, Mat Coes, lives in the neighboring town of Fairhaven, and he took me to lunch in New Bedford, the other town close to Acushnet.
Mat took me to a great locally owned Mexican restaurant, where we ate and talked about his time as a mud show clown and his current job with a small printing business.
On our drive to and from the restaurant, Mat astonished me with his vast knowledge of the histories of New Bedford and Fairhaven.
When he dropped me off at the lot, Mat gave me a box of Portuguese goodies to share with Ryan and Dee Dee, who he worked with on Circus Kingdom.
Thanks, Mat!

John Allen, a photographer who has taken some impressive circus portraits, was around the lot today. He wanted to take a picture of me and Ryan after the carpenter gag, but we were parked far from the back door and didn't have a lot of time to change for Intermission.
We tried to find him before the second carpenter gag, but he had already left.

Friday, June 28, 2013

"Go Clowns!"- Sign Held By Boy In The Audience

Thursday, June 27: Berkley, MA-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Miles: 15
Lot: American Legion Grounds

Our friend, Dan Berkley, sold Ryan his slide trumpet while we were in Washington Township.

Spoiler alert: That is neither me, Ryan, or Dan. I just wanted everyone to see the look and scale of a slide trumpet.

I used it for the two shows tonight in the trombone gag. It worked out alright, but it's not my cup of tea. I'd rather go back to a full sized instrument. Call it trombone envy...

For some reason Ryan could not keep a straight face in the second carpenter gag, so of course I took every opportunity I could to make him crack up.

Here's a picture of Mr. North, Ryan and I with Bob Lessard that was taken when we were in Mendon:

I meant to put it in the post about Mendon, but my brain malfunctioned on me.

Also from Mendon, here is a hair raising picture of us with our new friend, Olivia...


...as well as a picture she drew of the Kelly Miller Circus:


Thanks for sharing your talents with us, Olivia!

P.S- There was actually more to today than what I wrote, but I can't say anything right now.
All will be revealed soon enough! 
Wah ha ha ha ha ha ha!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Sorry! Got Caught Up With Visitors And A Night Jump Yesterday!

Tuesday, June 25: Mendon, MA-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
"He's With It And For It!"- Circus Fan About Peter

This morning Fridman came over to my trailer to assess the damage and see exactly what needed to be done.
He went out and bought steel, and then he spent all afternoon and most of his downtime during the shows welding the broken piece of my trailer's frame.
Thank you so much, Fridman, for saving my bacon. Without you I'd be up the creek without a paddle OR a canoe!

Today I achieved racial harmony! I put Polly and Emmie in the same exercise pen, and they didn't kill each other!

"Why is that white girl eating my food?"

Ryan and Pete had family visiting today: their maternal grandparents, George and Donna, and their father and stepmother, Chris and Bonnie.

There were also dueling circus photographers, John Tremblay and Andy Bell, at the shows. Ok, they weren't really dueling....I just wanted to make it sound exciting!

The people we met tonight were a lot of fun to talk to. Here we are with a couple of our new fans:

 He arrested us right after this photo.

Danny told me that those of us in the back yard could move off the lot after the shows if we wanted to. There was a chance of rain, and the parking lot across the street was nice enough to offer us the space.
I figured better safe than sorry and drove over there before I went to bed.


Wednesday, June 26: Fall River, MA-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
"Do You Have Any Change?"- Man In The Audience Panhandling To Fresia As She Left The Ring
Miles: 55
Lot: Fr. Travassos Park

Let me just start off by saying I'm not a fan of driving in Fall River.
The last mile or so of the jump this morning took us down a narrow two way road with cars parked on our side. We had to stop to let people going the other way get around before we could continue on our way.
I started to make the turn, but then I stopped when I saw two street cleaning vehicles coming down the street (the wrong direction). That hesitation put me in an awkward spot, and when I finally turned, one side of my trailer (the one that had just been welded) ended up going over the curb. grumble grumble

Later in the morning I borrowed the show's flat bed truck so I could go pick up a new spare tire. The streets in Fall River are very confusing. Besides construction, there were a lot of one way streets with multiple lanes; however, there were no lines in the road to divide the lanes.
I heaved a sigh of relief when I made it back to the lot in one piece.

At the first show today we got to say hello to Father Jerry Hogan, and Eddie, a circus fan who lives in the area.
I was surprised when I spotted Father Jerry in the crowd, because I remember he moved to Florida a year or so ago.

A family from New Bedford came over to say hello during Intermission. They remembered us from the Christmas Tour last year. The teenage son said that we were the new Three Stooges, and I replied that we needed one more member.
Without missing a beat, he pointed to Pete, which gave us a good laugh.

Al, our billposter, and John, our advance clown, and his wife, Clara, were all visiting tonight. It was nice catching up with John and Clara and hearing about their adventures ahead of the show.

Besides wanting to visit with all of us on Kelly Miller, John and Clara also wanted to see Rev. Dr. Bob Lawrence, who they spent the day with a couple of weeks ago. He was our guest ringmaster for both shows, and as you can see from this picture of Bob and J.P., Bob was ready to go!

Watch out, John Moss!

The audiences tonight were fantastic, especially the second crowd. Ryan and I brought the house down with the carpenter gag; it's a feeling I will never get tired of.

When a strange man was found snooping around in one of the RVs while the RV's owner was in the bathroom, it was decided that it might be a good idea to get out of the sketchy part of town once the shows were over.
Luckily the jump to the next town was only about 16 miles, and the drive was a piece of cake once we got out of the area around the lot with the tight roads.

In closing, here is one of my new favorite photos of us taken by Vince Manero in Lakehurst, NJ.


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

"You Need A New Trailer"- Castro. "No, I Need To Leave The Circus And Get A Job At Walmart"- Me

Monday, June 24: Mendon, MA-Travel Day
Miles: 225
Lot: Fino Property Rt. 16

I was on the Mass. Turnpike this morning, 21 miles from the lot, when I looked in my rear view mirror and saw smoke billowing out from behind my trailer.
I glanced again and saw a big chunk of tire fly out from under the trailer, and I figured that was my cue to pull over.

I pulled to the side of the road to investigate the damage.


Yikes!

I called Ryan to see if he was with his dad. Since Chris lives not far from Mendon I figured he could come help me sooner than the shop truck would arrive (Did I mention I was only 21 miles from the lot? grrrrr)

Chris came to the rescue as soon as he could, but unfortunately he didn't have a strong enough jack to lift my trailer high enough for us to remove the obliterated tire.
While we were looking under the trailer for a sturdy place to put the jack, Chris found the source of my problem. A piece of the frame under the trailer had broken, causing the trailer to drop down on the tire and burst it.
Oh, joy of laughter!

A very nice policeman eventually came by and asked if we needed help. He called in a couple of D.O.T. workers who were able to jack up my trailer and replace the shredded tire with the brand new spare Danny got me on Saturday.

Just as they were finishing up, Fridman and Castro showed up with the shop truck. I showed Fridman the problem, and he said there was nothing he could do until I got to the lot.
With the new tire in place, the broken section of frame was being held together. However, if I hit any potholes or bumps going too fast, it would come loose and ruin another tire.
Therefore, I turned on my hazard lights and went about 30 mph the final 21 miles of the jump.

The final 8 miles of the trip were the worst. That is when I got off the highway and onto a two lane road that often didn't have a shoulder.
I tried to let people pass me whenever I had accumulated a big number of followers, but it wasn't always possible. Needless to say, I was not a very popular motorist.

Finally I was a block away from the lot. I could see the circus trucks. And a cop pulled me over.

Sunnova!

Luckily I explained my tale of woe to the officer and he sent me on my way with a blessing of good luck.

Many thanks to everyone who helped me today, especially Chris, who went out of his way to offer his assistance and keep me company.

Luckily the rest of the day was a lot less exciting for me. I did get some awesome news, on which I will elaborate at a later date, but besides that I tried to take it easy.

My one trip out was to the Miss Mendon Diner, where I had some wonderful comfort food-the best plate of Eggs Benedict I've had in a long time!
Back at the lot I stopped by a barbecue that Radar was having with Elisa and her family. It was winding down when I arrived, and soon afterwards some ominous storm clouds started rolling in with lightning flashing.
That was everyone's cue to leave. Can I break up a party or what?!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Full Weekend

Saturday, June 22: Mine Hill, NJ-2:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Miles: 83
Lot: Fireman's Field

This morning Pete, Ryan and I walked to a Dunkin Donuts a couple of blocks from the lot. It had been a few days since I last had DD, so my teeth were starting to itch. (DD DTs)

Greg Michales and his son, Cameron, stopped by the lot this morning to watch the tent go up. Greg is a circus fan who saw the show in Mine Hill last year, and he is also a regular blog follower.
He dropped off a couple of bags full of bagels along with a few containers of cream cheese for me to share with everybody on the show. He also brought fruit for the elephants to snack on. Thanks, Greg!


Danny was nice enough to pick up a new spare tire for me this morning, and the place where he bought it also mounted it on my old rim. I was relieved to get another spare with our big jump to Mendon, MA coming up.

Fridman thought I was going to have to visit an RV parts store to pick up a new breaker for my trailer, but Becky told me she gets hers from Home Depot.
I called them up, and sure enough they had what I was looking for. My trip to Home Depot was only about 5 miles, opposed to the 30 I would have driven to find the nearest RV store.
As soon as he could, Fridman replaced my burnt out breaker and I was once again blessed by uninterrupted air conditioning. Whoo hoo!

Dave and Sherri Shepard, the Cole Bros. advance clowns, came by to visit today and to watch the first show. They were joined by Bill Carter, a marketing director for Cole.
There were actually a lot of friendly faces in the audience for the first performance. Paul Gutheil came out to visit for the first time in a few years, and he brought a stack of photos he took of us from the 2010 show. Thanks, Paul!
Maxine House was in da house (tee hee), as well as members of the Felix Adler-Paul Binder tent, who brought donuts to the cookhouse. Thanks, everyone!
On the way to partake of the donuts, I ran into Allan Kirk, who came all the way from Albany, NY to see the show.

Speaking of upstate NY, there was a group of fans from that area in the front row-Don and Barb Kowell, William Tenity, and Terry Martin- whose energy really helped keep us going for the first performance. God bless you, guys!

It was nice to see Ed, a circus fan from Hershey, at the second show. He brought sticky buns for me and Ryan, just like he used to when we were on Ringling. Thanks, E.T.!

During the second Intermission, twin photographers Jason and Justin Senft helped me devise a new marketing scam....er, scheme for selling more coloring books!

Jason and Justin Senft: Marketing Geniuses!

After finale of the second show I wasted no time in getting cleaned up and ready to go out. Radar, Elisa, and I had big plans for this evening, but unfortunately, due to scheduling, we had a very tight window of time in which to do them.
Our plan was to catch the 9:00 p.m. showing of "Monsters University", but we also wanted to have dinner beforehand.
Since our show ended after 7:30, and we had to drive to the mall, we were a little worried about making our deadline.

I dropped Radar and Elisa off at the restaurant and told them to order for me. I then spent a good amount of time looking for a place to park at the movie theater. The parking lot was huge, but it and the area for additional parking were both full!
I finally parked over by the mall and crossed the street to the theater so I could pick up our tickets.

By the time I got back to the restaurant my food was there and Radar and Elisa were halfway done eating. I scarfed down my burger and we saw that we still had around 30 minutes before the movie started.
Remembering how many people were at the theater, I advised that we go and get good seats before it was too late.

We ended up scoring perfect seats, and it's a good thing we went in early. The auditorium ended up being packed!
"Monsters University" was such a fun movie, and I was laughing almost the whole time. I really needed that!


Sunday, June 23: Washington Township, NJ-2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Miles: 48
Lot: Bergen Co. YJCC Grounds

Roger Berkley, the father of a clown Ryan and I worked with on Ringling, is the man that brought us to Washington Township today, and he really outdid himself sponsoring the date. I just wanted to start off the post by thanking Roger for all his hard work!


Joey Klein, a teenager in the area with circus clowning aspirations, came to the show today with his sisters and mother. They brought sandwiches and cannoli for me and Ryan; thank you guys!

Bruce and Matthew Lish, two clowns from the Queens area (Matthew is another teen with circus clowning aspirations), came to watch the tent raising this morning. They brought a big plate of goodies for me and Ryan, and Matthew had us sign a juggling club of his that Ringling clowns have been signing for a few years. Thank you for the honor, Matthew, and thank you, Lish family, for the goodies!


Also visiting today were Dan, the son of our sponsor, and his girlfriend, Lisa. Like I said earlier, Dan was a clown on Ringling with me and Ryan, and Lisa worked on the lighting crew my 4th year.
As you can imagine, I had a trailer full of visitors today!

Joey Klein came to spend the day with us so he could guest clown at Intermission, but he also wanted to do a two hour workshop with us since he cannot attend our Circus Clowning Intensive during the winter.
We worked with him on gag writing, and we helped critique a gag he has been doing as a guest clown at some circuses. With our remaining time we worked on his basic clowning skills.
It was a lot of fun for us; it reminded me how much I enjoyed teaching at the Intensive this past year.


Our clown friend, Mark Carfora, was at the first show, but unfortunately we didn't get a chance to visit with him. Thank you very much for the coffee, Mark. You know the way to a caffeine addict's heart!

Local photographer Amanda Stevens came out to shoot some photos at the second show. Those of you with a Federation Mondiale du Cirque 2013 calendar will recognize her work from this month's photo.

Lisa brought her GoPro camera with her to take a time lapse video of the tent going up (I'll post that here when it's online), and she helped me with a project I've wanted to do since the beginning of the tour: she found a way to attach the little camera inside the big mouth. Voila! Mouth Cam!

The resulting video is pretty neat, if a little nauseating (in a "Blair Witch Project" kind of way). I will also post it on here when it is online.

After the shows Dan, Lisa, and I met up with Kenny Columbo, who was a clown on Ringling's Blue Unit in the late '70s. We all went out for a sushi dinner, and then Kenny and I visited in my trailer and swapped circus stories late into the night.

That is what I call a full weekend!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Two Blogs Tomorrow

Hey everyone,

Today is crazy busy for me, so I will post two blog posts tomorrow. We have a travel day anyway, so no shows tomorrow night.
See you then!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

"You're Stinky!"- Little Boy To Ryan (Explanation In The Blog)

Friday, June 21: Weatherly, PA-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Miles: 65
Lot: Eurana ballpark

(A little boy told me and Ryan at Intermission that we were like the 3 Stooges. He said I was like Moe, but he couldn't remember the names of the other two stooges. I told him that their names were Stinky and Fatty. And so the child decided that Ryan was Stinky. snicker)

There have been expensive tolls on the past couple of drives. Just in the past two days I have spent $32 driving in and out of New Jersey. Yeesh!

When we got into town I saw the two sets of warning arrows for the turn towards the lot, but then I couldn't find the actual turn arrows.
After looking for a couple of blocks, I asked Christian, "Did I miss the turn?"
As soon as the words left my mouth I saw the turn arrows....as I drove past them. D'oh!

I quickly started looking for a place to turn around, and then I spotted a sign telling me a hill was coming up with a 10% downgrade.
I started to panic, but I soon realized I could turn left on an upcoming street and circle back to the lot.
Whew!

I have a bad breaker in my trailer, and today it kept overheating and popping every 15 minutes because of my air conditioner.
I finally decided to leave the air off before I popped the breaker one too many times and killed the power to all my electronics.

Even though I had all my windows open, my trailer was retaining a lot of heat today. I went outside between shows and sat in the shade. It was very relaxing!

video

The second audience was a lot of fun; their enthusiasm was much appreciated and needed.

In closing, here we are with one of our new friends in Weatherly.


Friday, June 21, 2013

"And The Coloring Book Comes Autographed And All That S**t?"- Man At Intermission

Thursday, June 20: Bangor, PA-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Miles: 82
Lot: Jacktown Showgrounds

Yesterday a Bangor cop made Alex take down all the arrows within 4 miles of the lot, so we were relying strictly on the route slips and street signs to find our way this morning.
Thank you for the warm welcome, officer! It's so nice to be in your fine town!

Bob Good, a former performer who we met last winter while doing the Christmas tour, came to visit today.
We didn't get too long to talk with him because we were involved in a photo shoot with twin photographers, Jason and Justin Senft, before and after the first show.

Circus fan Kurt Spence was at the second performance, and he gave me a very interesting article on Kelly Miller from a 1986 issue of "Amusement Business".
I had a good time reading it in the evening; it was interesting to look at tour statistics as well costs of the show and concessions from 27 years ago.
My one gripe with the article: they listed every performer by name except for the clowns. Typical!
Thanks for sharing, Kurt!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

"Jooooooooooooooooooooooo!"- Charlie Rivel

Wednesday, June 19: Old Bridge, NJ-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Miles: 55
Lot: Kennedy Park

There was about a twenty mile stretch of this morning's jump that was particularly annoying. Almost every block had a stop light, and between those and the morning traffic, I was making many frequent, occasionally abrupt stops.

Today's lot was surrounded by a fence, and there was only one gate big enough for all of us to drive through.
When I arrived, there were already some substantial mud ruts at the gate; Old Bridge must have gotten as much rain as West Creek did. I actually got stuck for a moment driving through the gate, but luckily my 4 wheel drive got me out of the mud and into my parking space.

I was lucky that I arrived when I did, because I was one of the very few trailers allowed on the lot. The majority of the performers were moved to a parking lot, leaving them on the opposite side of the tent from the back door, and also with a fence in the way. Fortunately there was a small gate that allowed for easy passage to the tent.

It took quite awhile for the show trucks to get onto the lot due to the one muddy entrance, so set up was a little behind.

Our friend, Dan McCallum, works at Six Flags Great Adventure, and he was able to arrange comp tickets for a few people.
I had made up my mind not to go last night since I knew that I'd be exhausted at show time from walking in the sun and riding roller coasters all day.
It turns out that I wouldn't have been able to go anyway because of the mud and the fact that the tent was blocking me in.

It was a beautiful day, so Ryan and Pete unloaded the props early so they could dry out from the typhoon that hit us in West Creek yesterday.
Some of the guys flattened out the ruts at the gated entrance to the lot, and the sun helped dry the ground nicely.

A gentleman and his son came up to us at the first show and said they had seen us in Carteret last year. This year they couldn't make it, so they made sure to make a special trip to Old Bridge.
It's always nice to hear that from audience members. It almost makes up for the usual treatment we get: nose squeezing, shoe stomping, and being poked with sticks. (Ok, I made up that last one)

Ryan and I had plenty of visitors today. Our clown friends, Dan McCallum, Doug Young, and Pat Cashin were all at the second show.
Doug brought free roll make up for me and Ryan, and Pat brought water for me and carving foam for Ryan. Thank you guys for the practical gifts!

Clown studs! 
Pat's son's reaction to me throwing a sledge hammer into Ryan's face.

After the shows all of us hung out in Ryan's trailer, and the evening soon turned into Pat making us laugh until the early hours of the morning. Topics touched upon were: the noise a violated orangutan makes, the total worthlessness of "Curly Joe" DeRita, Charlie Rivel in Germany, and Cashin's theory on how Charlie Chaplin killed the great clowns of the early 20th century.
I can't remember the last time I laughed so hard. Thanks, Pat. I needed it!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

"Who Are You Going To Kill?"- John Moss When Asked The Whereabouts Of A Pickaxe

Tuesday, June 18: West Creek, NJ-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Miles: 31
Lot: Eagleswood Fire Co. grounds


There's not a lot to do in West Creek, but I did manage to find a post office. The excitement never ends in my life, folks!

A couple of hours before show time the heavens opened up and the rain poured down. By showtime most of the lot was ok, but the entrance had turned into a small lake.


Photo courtesy of Valerie (http://themudshowdiaries.blogspot.com)

Luckily the backdoor and ring were not flooded. Otherwise I'd be having flashbacks to DeQueen, AR!



After wading through standing water, the first audience was in no mood to laugh. Ryan and I tried our best though, and sometimes that's all we can do.

Ryan borrowed a pickaxe from the show to try and get rid of some of the water in the entrance. Even though some of the tent crew gave him a hand digging little trenches, the effort was to no avail. There was simply nowhere for the water to go; the entrance was the lowest point, so all the water collected there.

Luckily for the second show the entrance was moved to the other side of the tent, which was higher and drier. This left the audience, and subsequently us, in a much better humor.

It rained on and off all evening during the shows, but never as hard as the deluge that hit in the afternoon.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Jailhouse Rock

Monday, June 17: Lakehurst, NJ-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Miles: 60
Lot: Lakehurst Ballfields

This afternoon I had a nice chat with my circus fan friend, Don Horowitz, over lunch. Don picked up the tab, and he also gave me a copy of this year's and last year's Cole Bros. programs. Thanks, Don!

Vincent Manero came back to visit again today. He spent the evening in the backyard getting behind the scenes shots.
They should be on Buckles' Blog soon, so I'll be sure to post a link here when they are. There is one shot he took of me, Ryan, and Polly that I can't wait to see!

John Sayre, our Advance Clown, had a great time in Lakehurst with the members of the Volunteer Fire Department.
They came over during the first Intermission to tell us how much fun they had with him as well.
Per the firefighters' request, after the first show Ryan and I went out to take a picture with the department's fire truck.

Our fire truck is WAY better than Cole Brothers'! ;o)

Our friend, Dan McCallum, who used to be a clown with Ringling and the ringmaster for Vidbel, came to see both shows tonight.
He brought us an excellent gift - an exploding hammer! Thank you, Dan! 
I'm sure I'll be getting smashed with that sometime soon!

After the shows Ryan and I had a good visit with Don. Dan was going to stop by too, but he got caught up visiting with Mr. North. Luckily we will see him again on Wednesday.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Straps, Beware!

Sunday, June 16: Bedminster, NJ-2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Miles: 35
Lot: River Road Park

On Friday, Ernie Albrecht pointed out to me that one of my trailer tires was flat. I don't know when it happened, but I imagine it was during my hellish drive on the Jersey Turnpike.

I told Castro about the flat as soon as I could, but there was nothing he could do about it. The lot in Carteret was too tight for the shop truck to get back to me, and even once the tent came down Saturday night, the ground was too soft to risk bringing the heavy truck onto the lot.

This morning I slowly and carefully drove my trailer off the lot, crossing my fingers that I wouldn't do damage to the wheel in the process.
I made it off the lot with no problem, and once I had pulled off to the side of the road, Castro used the shop truck to get the flat tire off and my brand new spare on in its place.
God bless you, Castro!

Even though it only took about thirty minutes from the time I got up until I was ready to hit the road, I was still one of the last people to get out of Carteret. Luckily I still scored a decent parking spot in Bedminster.

My clown and trapeze artist friend, Mary Kelly Rayel, came to visit at the first show. It was nice to see her, even though we didn't get too much time to catch up.


In addition to Mary Kelly, I spotted Sisters Dorothy and Bernard in the front row for the 2:00 p.m. performance.
Even though I didn't get a chance to speak to them, I am guessing they will be traveling with us for awhile since I saw their trailer in the front yard.

To say that the first carpenter gag didn't go my way would be a severe understatement. One thing went wrong, and then things snowballed from there.
By the end of the act, my frustration level was very high. Leaving the back door I accidentally walked into one of the straps guying out the tent.
The sudden blow to my forehead made something in my brain snap, and I unleashed a primal fury upon the unsuspecting strap.
My brief tantrum both amused and frightened the cast members backstage waiting for the production number to start. It all came to an anticlimactic end when I jumped in the air to drop kick the strap, sending me flat to my back.
Lamont was brave enough to step forward and help me back to my feet once he was sure I had gotten all the rage out of my system.
To be completely honest with you all, I felt much better after getting that pent up frustration out of my system!
You can order my new self help video, "Pummeling Inanimate Objects For Beginners", by calling 555-CHILLOUT.
Operators are standing by!

Between shows Ryan and I had a photo shoot with twin photographers Jason and Justin Senft. I can't wait to see the finished pictures!

International circus fan Vincent Manero was at the second show this afternoon, and after a post show barbecue, he joined me, Radar, and Elisa for ice cream; Radar's treat!
I had a good time picking Vincent's brain about his favorite clowns in other countries. He said that we are his favorite American clowns.
Huzzah!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Howling At The Blue Moon

Saturday, June 15: Carteret, NJ-2:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.

I woke up this morning feeling horrible. I had a pounding headache, and my stomach was queasy; in essence I felt like I was hungover. However, I haven't had a beer in a week!
Ryan told me that he woke up feeling dehydrated as well; I guess we sweated more and drank less water than we realized yesterday!

Dave Levine, one of our Circus Clowning Intensive students, came to visit today. He watched the second show, and during the third show we talked with him about his progress since the Intensive, and his plans for the future.

I told Dave that his doppleganger was at the first show on Friday. During the carpenter gag I spotted him in the audience, and I was certain it was Dave!
I kept wondering to myself why he wouldn't tell us that he was visiting, but when he came up to buy a coloring book at Intermission, I realized he was an impostor!

Dave's visit was one of the only high points of the day. I was not feeling it today due to my weakened constitution, and slogging through the mud for three shows did not help matters.
On top of that, people were very rude at Intermission, which was a total reversal from the nice folks we met at yesterday's shows.

Dave brought a beer free roll for me and Ryan, and although my headache told me that a drink was the last thing I needed, a nice, cold Blue Moon sure went down smooth after a long, frustrating day.
Anyway, I figured if I was going to suffer the symptoms of a hangover, I might as well have a beer! (Yes, I know. Hungover after one beer. So, I'm a lightweight; sue me!)
God bless you, Dave!

P.S- I felt great this (Sunday) morning!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Don't Make A "Spectacle" Of Yourself!

Friday, June 14: Carteret, NJ-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Miles: 65
Lot: Peter Vezzosi Field

Ryan and I spent today with Ernest Albrecht from "Spectacle Magazine". He interviewed us in the morning, and then chatted with us while observing our working relationship throughout the day. His plan is to do a feature article on us for an upcoming issue, and I imagine he will write a review of the Kelly Miller performance as well.

Maike, the photographer for "Spectacle", took many photos of us during the afternoon. She was there while we unloaded props, while we were hanging out, as well as when we made up. I can't wait to see what she shot; I think she got some very fun and funny pictures.
It's a shame she didn't have a better landscape to shoot against. The ground on the lot is completely soaked, and the big trucks left lots of muddy ruts.

Ernie and Maike watched both shows tonight. Ryan and I were so grateful that they took the time to come get to know us today; it is an honor that Ernie wants to do a feature article about us.

Ryan and I had other visitors at both shows. Doug, a performer in the area, came to visit and watch the first show, and Michael Bongar, an agent from NYC, came to the second show with his actor friend, Patrick Garner.

Doug didn't get to stay too long after the first show, but Ryan and I had a nice visit with Michael and Patrick after the second performance. They both shared acting stories, and Michael shared some tales from his time at Clown College and from his seasons on Rudy Bros. Circus back in the mid 1970s.

Friday, June 14, 2013

"Meep Meep!"- Road Runner

Thursday, June 13: Browns Mills, NJ-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Miles: 50
Lot: Haines School Complex

This morning after I woke up and got my ducks in a row, I joined Pete and Ryan for a trip to Dunkin Donuts, which is the best way to start off a morning!

After eating the breakfast of champions, I took advantage of the laundromat a block away from the lot. I remembered the place from three years ago when we played Pemberton, the neighboring town.
While I was washing my clothes, a monsoon hit! Ok, not really, but I couldn't believe how hard it was raining.
There was also a crash of thunder that nearly deafened everyone in the whole facility. Good thing we were all in a convenient place to wash our underwear!

By the time my clothes had dried, the rain had died down considerably. I had the forethought to bring my umbrella, so I was good to go.

I had lunch at a Jersey diner right next to the laundromat, where I ate my favorite dish, Eggs Benedict!

By that time the sun had come out, so I jumped in my truck, headed to a gas station to get fuel (not lifting a finger in the process, since every station in New Jersey is full service), and went to get groceries.


Unfortunately they didn't have the groceries I needed, but now I'm well equipped to catch or kill a roadrunner!

During the first carpenter gag, I was running around with the out of control saw when all of sudden the bungee "extension cord" attached to it caught on the front bumper of the car.
As I ran away from the car, the bungee pulled tighter and tighter until it snapped! I kept on with the gag as if nothing had happened, but I was soon at a disadvantage when it came time to throw the saw at Ryan.
I tossed it over my shoulder while I was standing at the ring curb, but my body's muscle memory made me throw it the same way as if I had the bungee to help the saw ricochet into Ryan.
I quickly realized that, so I spun around, balled my fists together, and whacked the saw into Ryan the same way I would have served a volleyball.
Clown ninja, right here!

Apparently the fire marshall had a wild hair about wanting to cancel the second show due to bad weather. He kept saying if there was even a mention of a tornado watch, he was calling it off.
Luckily the weather cooperated and there was a second show. In your face, dude!

After the shows we made a night jump to the next town, Carteret. The ground was pretty soft as I was leaving, so I had to turn on my 4 Wheel Drive to get off the lot.

It rained the whole jump to Carteret; it didn't rain hard, but just enough to be annoying.

We took the Jersey Turnpike for about forty miles of the trip, and what a white knuckle journey it was!
In addition to the rain, there was a lot of construction, which meant narrow lanes. Semi trucks were zooming past me, and between the rain, the dark, the water blowing up in my windshield from the trucks, and the narrow lanes, there were a few times I was sure I was going to crash.
Even when the turnpike opened up a little, my trailer was still fishtailing every now and then from the semis flying past.
Screw you, Jersey Turnpike!

Luckily I made it to the soaking wet lot in Carteret around 11:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

"Excuse Me, Sir. Sir? Where Is The Bathroom?"- Little Boy Talking To The Llama Dressed As Uncle Sam

Wednesday, June 12: Clayton, NJ-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Miles: 25
Lot: Elementary School Grounds

This morning I walked to Dunkin Donuts for some breakfast (God bless the north east!), and then I found a post office so I could send some money home.

It was a nice, sunny day, so Ryan took the opportunity to spray paint the sawhorses and the toothbrush prop.

The new programs arrived today, and I am definitely a fan. I told Ryan that they reminded me stylistically of the Clyde Beatty programs I had as a kid (from 1989 and 1992), which he agreed with.

After the shows we had to jump to Browns Mills, the next town, in order to avoid school bus traffic in the morning (so I heard).
I hurried after finale to leave the lot so I wouldn't be blocked in by the bandwagon. I was musing to myself that we had to do a night jump from a lot that made it as difficult as possible for us to leave while the tent was up.
The main problem was there were sprinklers all over the ground that we had to avoid, and I also had to spin my rig around in front of the midway so I could properly exit the lot.
Christian was just finishing up at the side show when I was making my fancy maneuver, so I waited for a second so he could jump in and ride with me.

I almost blew the final set of arrows for the lot in Browns Mills. My headlights aren't the brightest, and I was straining to see the three turn arrows indicating where the lot was.
All of a sudden I caught sight of one of the trailers being parked, and a split second later I spotted the three arrows pointing to the left.
I slammed on my brakes, nearly causing a three car pile up behind me. After the vehicles had passed me, honking and swearing the whole time, I was able to back up a couple of feet and make the turn properly.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

"Thanks A Lot Guys. Every Year He Does Your Tricks For A Week After We See The Show!"- Mother About Her Son

Tuesday, June 11: Bridgeton, NJ-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Miles: 29
Lot: City Athletic Field

There is only one gate to get off the Carneys Point lot, and the ground in front of it was already a muddy mess when we arrived yesterday morning.
This morning Danny advised me to get a "running start" and not to slow down until I was on solid ground.
I already had my truck in four wheel drive, so I pulled through where the tent had been, got in a straight line with the gate, and put the pedal to the metal. I was lucky and made it all the way through the muck to the cement, even though I did meet a little resistance on the way out.

We were on a different lot in Bridgeton, but I assume the other one was mighty wet. The two downsides were that we were not by the neat little Dutch Neck Village like usual, and the new lot was on sand, which was soon all over my shoes and the floor of my trailer.

It was a beautiful day: sunny and breezy. By the second show the wind had died down and the evening became incredibly humid, unfortunately.

While Ryan was out with the Fuscos at Walmart, he swung by a Tractor Supply Company and picked up a new exercise pen and a little tub for my baby duck, Polly.
I would have gone myself, but I was blocked in by other trailers.

After a morning of shopping, Ryan and Tatiana took Nico to a zoo within walking distance of the lot. Out of all the animals, Nico's favorite attraction was this:

A lion water fountain!

Fridman and Valerie's older son, Dylan, assisted Fridman in the chair balancing act today. From all accounts, he did a great job. Congrats, buddy!

http://themudshowdiaries.blogspot.com/2013/06/dylans-debut.html

In conclusion, here we are with a few fans in Bridgeton:

 One of the best photos we've taken this year!
Lamont and Ethan

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

"How Do We Get In The Title Of Your Blog?"- Jason And Justin Senft

Monday, June 10: Carneys Point, NJ-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Miles: 42
Lot: YMCA ballfield

There was an expensive toll on this morning's drive. My 4 axle rig cost me $19; the semis had to pay close to $40!

There is one entry and exit point on the Carneys Point lot for our vehicles, and when I arrived (I was maybe the seventh rig to get there), it was already becoming a muddy mess. It should be fun leaving in the morning!

Ryan, Pete, and I watched the movie "Chillerama" today. It was a collection of four short films in the vein of cheesy drive in fare; the films were frequently disgusting, totally in bad taste, but very funny!

There was a strong downpour this afternoon, but it had cleared up by showtime. Unfortunately we were working in very humid, sticky, nasty weather.
There was a tornado watch for our area, but we were very lucky and saw no signs of a severe storm.

Our clown friends Chris Shelton and Keith Crabbs came to see the first show. Also, twin photographers Jason and Justin Senft were in the audience.
Chris brought a couple of Dean Koontz books for me to add to my library, Keith brought some cookies and beer for me and Ryan (staples of a circus clown diet), and the twins brought cookies that they picked up while at the Monte Carlo Circus Festival. Jason and Justin were giving them out to people backstage after the show.
Thank you, guys!

Remember that tornado watch I mentioned earlier? While Chris Shelton was watching the circus, a tornado touched down in his neighborhood.
When he got home he texted to let me know that the tornado did damage to the fronts of houses on his street, as well as ripping trees out of the ground; the twister then jumped to the next street over and cut some houses in half!
Luckily his house was undamaged. What a scary reminder of how quickly things can change...

There was a man at the first show that had an amusing exchange with me (one sided though it was). I asked him how the show was, which he promptly ignored in favor of cracking the gem, "Cheech and Chong? (pointing at Ryan and then me) Or Chong and Cheech?"
I thought to myself that his answer was an interesting analysis of his enjoyment of the performance.
He then asked Pete, "When does the show start?"
Pete informed him that the show had begun an hour ago at 4:30. "Oh," the man exclaimed, "so this is Intermission?"
He then wandered off, leaving me to wonder, which stoner was he? Cheech or Chong?

Here's a photo of us with a little girl named Leelu that we met a couple of days ago:


And here are some photos that Carl Bly took when he visited in Hagerstown:


Thanks for the great shots, Carl!

In conclusion, I'm proud to announce that our first student from the Steve & Ryan Circus Clowning Intensive, Derek Henry Tucker, had his first performances tonight with the Loomis Bros. Circus in Indiana.
Ryan and I are so happy that two of our students are now working for circuses: Derek with Loomis Bros., and John Sayre as the Kelly Miller Circus Advance Clown.
It feels wonderful to help people on the way to living their dreams!

Monday, June 10, 2013

"She's Full Of It"-Mother Commenting On Her Daughter's "Fear" Of Us

Sunday, June 09: Havre De Grace, MD-2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Miles: 70
Lot: Legends of the Fog grounds

There was a huge line of vehicles waiting to turn onto the lot as we approached this morning. Not only was the circus performing, but there was also a lacrosse tournament occurring.
From what I heard, the line of cars only got worse as the day progressed. Anybody that left the lot had to wait up to thirty minutes in some instances just to get back to the tent.

Our friend, Carol, came to visit today, and she was nice enough to bring goodies for me and toys for Nico. Thanks, Carol!

The Freestate Clown Alley #30/John Ringling North II-Steve & Ryan tent hosted a delicious lunch for the show in the cookhouse. They made up gift bags for all the kids and teens on the show, and Pat had some packages for me and Ryan that we had shipped to her house.

In addition to the clowns and Carol, circus fan Dick Flint was visiting for both shows, and Katie, one of the clowns from the Alley/Tent surprised us by showing up. We didn't think we'd get to see her today, but it turned out that her daughter was coaching one of the lacrosse teams that was involved in the tournament next to the tent.

Carol brought a lot of good food for us to have a barbecue after the shows, and Pat and Thom brought food as well (and a grill to supplement Radar's). The barbecue was a great success and a lot of fun. Thank you so much to Carol, Pat, Thom, and Keith for a wonderful evening!

In closing, here is a picture of me with a little girl in Hancock, MD three years ago:


And then this year:


Thank you, Lisa, for sending in the great photos!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

"He's A Clown. He Doesn't Know How To Count!"- A Man Seconds After Asking Me To Count The Number Of Pages In A Coloring Books

Saturday, June 08: New Freedom, PA-2:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Miles: 45
Lot: Goodfellow Park

I joined Elisa and Pete on a walk into town this morning. I wanted to find a post office box, but I allowed them to detour me to a cool ice cream parlor they had found.
Michael and Sue Harber were there already, and Sue was astounded that there was a neat eatery in one of the towns that I didn't know about. Frankly I was as surprised as Sue was!

Ryan and I tried out a new bit with the car alarm in the carpenter gag that Elmo suggested. It got laughs both shows; thanks, Elmo!

In finale, I am the first person to exit the tent on one side of the back door. Since I am, I always hold the curtain open for everyone else.
During the first show I went to close the curtain after the last person had come through, but while I was leaning against the bandwagon and waiting, my chef jacket caught on a bungee hanging from one of the doors.
When I went to close the curtain, the bungee pulled tight as I was halfway done, and it yanked me back.
I had a good laugh once I realized what was going on.

Ryan and I had talked with a little boy during Intermission that was very shy; we ended up giving him and his father one of our postcards.
After the show Lamount came to get me, saying there was a little boy who wanted my autograph.
I went over by the camels, and it was the same boy with his family. He wanted to show me the picture he had taken with one of the tigers, and he also wanted me to sign by my picture on the postcard.

Between shows I did a phone interview with Carol from AmericanFoodRoots.com. I had met her briefly in Olney when she was visiting with Jeremiah in the cookhouse.
She asked me questions about eating on the road: whether I cook or go to the cookhouse, where I like to go when I eat out, what kinds of food I like in different parts of the country, etc.
I'll be sure to post a link here when the story is up.

Speaking of food, a group of us went to the Italian restaurant in town after work. I'm glad that Elisa called ahead to make reservations, because the place was packed when we got there.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

"Quit Clowning Around!"- Person #40,373 To Make That Joke To Me

Friday, June 07: Irishtown, PA-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Miles: 60
Lot: Fire Co. grounds

The Irishtown firefighters were on hand this morning to provide the circus with coffee and donuts. God bless you, gentlemen!

It was another rainy day; the showers continued on and off all day and into the night, constantly varying in intensity.

In the first carpenter gag Ryan fell over onto his back when he noticed a drop of water landing on his head. There was a leak in the big top right above where he was laying, and the steady drops plinking on his head made him instantly think of Chinese water torture (which, strangely enough, is also what some other people instantly think of when watching us clown).

By the second show the back yard was so nasty. There was soupy mud everywhere for us to slosh through.
Ryan and I ingeniously used the rain running off the edge of the tent to wash the muck off our clown shoes.
Luckily the second audience was stupendous, which helped buoy our drowning spirits.

After a trying day, some people turn to drink to alleviate stress. Ryan, Pete, and I turned to the giant chocolate cake that Kevin Brown brought us. God bless you, Mr. Brown!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Sorry! I Was Really Busy With Visitors Yesterday!

Wednesday, June 05: Olney, MD-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Early this afternoon Ryan and I went to Cheeburger Cheeburger for our 5th Annual Festival of Gluttony, wherein both of us ate one of the restaurant's 1 lb. cheeseburgers.
This year Pete came with us; all three of us completed the challenge and got our picture taken for the Wall of Shame.


I was happy with my performance this year. The last time we were in town I barely finished my burger, since I had eaten a substantial breakfast a few hours before.
This year I wolfed my burger down before you could say, "indigestion". Sure, I'll probably live a shorter life now, but at least I have a tasteful photo to hang on my wall!

A few of our friends from the Freestate Clown Alley #30 came back today to do some more Come In clowning.

A former Ringling clown, Kevin Brown, came to the first performance with one of his daughters and her friend.
He brought a giant chocolate cake as a free roll, which earned him the title of "Funniest Clown In The World" two years running when Casey was on the show (Casey judged a clown's hilarity by what kind of free roll they brought).

There was a teenager at the first show who called himself "Justin Beaver". He visited with me the whole time before the show while I was putting on my make up, and he was back to talk with me and Ryan during Intermission.
He was such a nice young man, and before leaving to return to his seat, he hugged us both and said we were his brothers and he loved us.

Three studs: Steve, Ryan, and zombie "Justin Beaver"

During my break in the first show, I was backstage talking with Willy, one of the Freestate clowns. While we were chatting, a father brought his toddler aged son under the tent's sidewall, pulled off his pants in clear view of God and everybody, and directed the child to pee on the tire of the nearest truck.
Classy, sir!

The second audience had the energy that the first crowd was lacking. It was a nice way to wrap up the evening.

After work Pete and I walked down to the Greene Turtle, where Mary and Joe had taken us last night. I wanted to get something to eat, and Pete wanted to watch Boston play Pittsburgh at hockey.
Luckily the restaurant had a flat screen TV at each booth, so Pete was able to follow the game perfectly.


Thursday, June 06: Hagerstown, MD-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Miles: 66
Lot: Wilson Ruritan Grounds

When Ryan went with the Fusco family to Walmart today, he spotted a big used movie, book, and game store; he called me and Pete to share the news of his find, so we jumped in my truck to go check it out.
I found a little W.C. Fields book called, "I Never Met A Child I Liked" filled with funny quotes from the old curmudgeon himself. 

The rain was relentless today. John Moss had a great idea and dug a little trench through the back door to keep the rain from accumulating.
I was grateful at show time since it kept half of the backstage area dry.

Long time circus clown Elmo Gibb came to visit with us today. While I was chatting with Elmo in my trailer, circus fan Carl Bly came by and dropped off some yummy oatmeal raisin cookies. Thanks, Carl!

Mark Lohr, a local clown who Ryan and I worked with in China five years ago, came to watch the first show with his family. Ryan and I had a good time catching up with Mark between shows.

The microphone for the trombone gag was acting up during the first performance, so we had to go without it.
I think the gag actually worked better without the microphone, but I know there are some towns where it is a necessity to be heard over the tiger arena take down.

The crowds were very responsive today, especially for the first show. We were sponsored by the same Shrine group as in Cumberland. Ryan was very disappointed that he didn't get to play with the band again today; they took the night off because of the rain.

A gentleman came up to talk to us at Intermission, and he told me that he had seen the show in Hancock. He enjoyed it so much that he brought his sister and her family to Hagerstown.

After the shows Tatiana made dinner, and the Combs family had me and Elmo over to eat. Before he took off, Elmo gave me and Ryan two beautiful handmade props: a screwdriver and a pair of pliers.
He knows the way to our hearts; thank you, Elmo!

In conclusion, here is a link to our new and improved promotional video. Enjoy!



Wednesday, June 5, 2013

"You Guys Are My Best Guys Ever!"- Boy At Intermission

Monday, June 03: Hancock, MD-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Miles: 66
Lot: Widmeyer Park

We had another drive this morning with lots of hills, curves, and steep upgrades and downgrades. I'm getting tired of driving in Maryland....thank God I'm not in charge of one of the big trucks!

I was able to be fairly productive today without going more than a mile away from the lot. I took advantage of the laundromat down the road (even though I had just done laundry last Thursday, I figured I'd keep on top of things by doing it again today), I got some supplies from the Dollar General, and I went to the post office to send money home.

There is a little creek running by the lot in Hancock, so I took Emmie and Polly over to swim this afternoon.
There were a group of kids celebrating someone's birthday, and they were intrigued to see a man walking around with ducks following him. They came over while Emmie was preening himself and asked me a million questions about ducks.

The Adam Forepaugh-Barry Lubin CFA tent, under the direction of David Orr, along with assistance from the Emmett Kelly-Bello Nock and John Ringling North II-Steve & Ryan tents, threw a cake, fruit, and ice cream party for the cast and crew of Kelly Miller during dinner at the cookhouse.
Thank you so much to everyone who took part; I had a great time visiting with folks during my break in the show.

I was also happy to see Katie, one of the members of our CFA tent, who gave me, Ryan and Tatiana a beautifully designed gift bag full of goodies. Katie will not be able to come clown with the rest of the Freestate Clown Alley #30 during some of our Maryland stands later in the week, so we got our visiting in when we could during the shows. Thank you for the gifts, Katie!

There were a lot of visitors at the first performance: Pat, Thom and Jim from the Freestate Clown Alley/JRN II-Steve & Ryan tent wanted to actually sit down and enjoy the show before they are working the midway in the next several towns.
Sam and Braxton, the father and son that Ryan and I talked to in Wayneburg, PA, were driving through the area and stopped in to catch the show and visit with us again.
Don Covington just happened to be in the area all the way from California, and Don Curtis was in the back door giving out some photos that he took during his visit in Grantsville. Thank you, Don, for the fantastic shots of the big mouth and my baby duck, Polly.

After the first show I spent some time juggling with Braxton. He and his dad have been juggling for quite awhile, and I was very impressed with Braxton's proficiency. He and I passed clubs for awhile, and I taught him a few tricks I knew with some of the different juggling apparatus.
(Eggroll: "You Ringling clowns and your skills!")

A kid came up during the second Intermission and told us that he remembered last year in the hillbilly gag when Ryan got flattened. We always enjoy hearing what people remember from past shows; surprisingly, the most positive feedback we get is from our short lived (half a season) Angry Birds gag. Go figure!

Here we are with some of our fans in Hancock:

 He must have heard that my clown name is "Beelzebub" 
Despite their expressions, their mother assured us that the kids loved us! Not so much getting their picture taken, it would seem....


Tuesday, June 04: Olney, MD-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Miles: 90
Lot: Montgomery General Hospital Grounds

This morning the John Ringling North II-Steve & Ryan Tent brought coffee, donuts, pastries, and cereal for the cast and crew to enjoy. It was a great way to kick off our day in one of my favorite towns, Olney!
Yesterday the tent made goody bags for all the kids on the show, and Pat and the gang had gift bags for me, Ryan, Tatiana, and Nico this morning. They always take such good care of us and Kelly Miller. Thank you for everything you guys do for us.

Ryan and I walked into town to get our hair cut today, and then later on Tatiana, Pete, and Nico joined us for lunch at a sushi restaurant.

Proving that they are gluttons for punishment, Sam and Braxton came back to see the show again today on their way back to Waynesburg.
I had a good time visiting and talking shop with them before and after the first performance.

Members of the Freestate Clown Alley #30 were on hand to meet and greet the public before and after the shows, as well as during Intermission.

The second show was just as chock full of visitors as the first show yesterday! Mary Wise, a former mud show clown, and her husband, Joe, came to see us strut our stuff.
Keith, one of the clowns from the Freestate Alley, was in the crowd. Ryan and I were happy to see him; it has been a couple of years.
We also briefly got to see circus fan Dick Flint during Intermission, but he assured us that he would be around during this week.

The audiences tonight were very lively, which made performing a lot of fun. 

Here we are with Brandon, one of our new friends in Olney.

After the shows, Mary and Joe were nice enough to treat me, Ryan, and Pete to dinner at the Greene Turtle, which was not far from the lot.
Ryan and I had fun picking Mary's brain about her time in the Clown College class of 1975 and her circus career.
Mary wrote a very entertaining book called "Girl Clown" about her season with the George Matthews Great London Circus ; I read it to prepare myself for Kelly Miller.
If you haven't read it yet, I urge you to pick up a copy!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Please Excuse The Technical Difficulties

Hey everybody,

For the past half a week my Internet service has been pretty spotty. To update the blog the way I want, I need to upload some photos and video clips, which just isn't happening.
I will not compromise, dang it!
My next post most likely won't be until Tuesday, when I should be back in regular Verizon service.
See you then!