Monday, September 23: Vernon Hills, IL-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
This afternoon I got dressed up and headed to the tent for a Catholic service led by Father Jerry Hogan, who flew in just for the occasion.
First, Dee-Dee, the schoolteacher, and Alexander, one of the circus kids, were baptized. Next, Johnny Moss, Arwen Brown, and Dee-Dee had their confirmation, and finally Dee-Dee and Nathan Moss took communion.
It's neat to be able to attend a church service under the big top; something not many people get to do!
Ryan and I were both feeling pretty burned out for the shows tonight. It's been a long season, and it seems like it has been more difficult as well; however, that may just be because we know we are not returning.
I remember feeling pretty burned out my fifth season on Ringling. We will try and hold our heads up high, though, as there is only a month left in the tour.
Ryan came out of his RV for the second mouth gag with a faux hump under his lab coat. He did it just as a gag to make me and Peter laugh, but after much coaxing, we convinced him to wear it for the show.
Thus, Dr. Quasimodo D.D.S. made his debut in the Kelly Miller ring.
What killed me, despite the obvious fact that Ryan was a hunchbacked clown, was that he played the character as an aristocrat with an air of dignity, despite his handicap.
I guess burnout makes you a little loopy....
In conclusion, here's a trailer for the film, "Greasepaint", which is a documentary about our friends at Nojoe's Clown Circus.
You might notice two intrepid jerks at one point in the clip....
(Forgive me if I already posted this. I can't remember if I have or not)