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.
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.
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!