Monday, September 30, 2013

Grumble Grumble

Sunday, September 29: Darien, IL-2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Miles: 25
Lot: Argonne Park

This morning, everyone arrived at the lot in Darien without incident, and we were all parked.
About an hour later, Oscar came around knocking on everyone's door, informing us that the whole show had to move to another part of the lot.
I'm not sure of the exact reason; I heard it was because we were on a gas line, and I also heard it was because we were on private or government property. Whatever the reason, it put a bad taste in our already soured mouths since we knew the town was kicking us off the lot after the shows.

Of course I was frustrated about having to pack up the ducks, ready the house, hook up to my truck, move, unhook again, and get the ducks relocated, but the animal crews and the tent crew suffered the biggest headaches.
All the animals departments were completely set up (we had been at the lot for about an hour, after all), and sections of the tent were already laid out on the ground.

Needless to say, it was not a happy way to start everyone's morning.

Luckily the audiences today were lively, which was a definite improvement over Addison.
With Mr. North's support, Ryan and I decided to make the fake head a regular part of the carpenter gag; it continued to get great reactions today, and we've even made it into a more developed bit.

After the shows we all jumped to Channahon, the next town. We arrived when the evening was still young, so a group of us went out to dinner to get away from our powerless trailers.

In closing, here's a photo from Vernon Hills of us with Gary Podolsky and his nephews, Joey, Will, and Matthew.


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