Steve and Ryan go big time !!

stop the presses , clowns judge in dance contest! I came to my senses and grabbed my camera and videoed a bit of Steve and Ryan . Not my best work, I admit but it has been documented

New Years Eve

more divas

New Years Eve

streets of Manila

another day in show business,tada

At 8pm we rode our circus float in a parade. Our next event was at 12.02am we brought in the new year with a show televised to 4,000,000 people. big tada!

New Years Eve

Divas getting ready

artists dining

in between shows, we eat and look fashiony

Manila constructed and doing shows

I must say the show is quite easy on the eye.

Inside the venue is a single ring with red carpet, surrounded by a ring curb that is illuminated, there are also all kinds of lights (we are visible !)and these tron screen things and a live band.

There is a lot of talent on this show.

Today Is Christmas! At home it is Christmas Eve and Fresia is negotiating early present opening...

under construction

in the performing venue setting up rigging

the container was held up in travels, scrubbing webs and washing silks

show business

this show is going to be amazing, dancers, a live band,all kinds of acts,we haven't even done the lighting..

I found gauze to wrap my trapeze..very cheap 29 pesos !! that is 69 cents ! a roll

the air is very thick with humidity and smog

The smells travel on the water molecules sometimes it is rancid fish oil and donniker to my sensitive occidental olfactory situation..

paper is a cherished bring your own and soap and towels to dry..

bidets are everywhere

I saw a metal stall on the drive to the rehearsal space, on the side of the main drag , it said , "mail urinal"

we take our clothes to the laundry people and they wash them and fold them in a beautiful fashion

everyone is delightfully polite

shoes are very big in the phillipines

teeterboard and jump rope guys

band guys


Today we had rehearsal, it was a big gym with nice floors and easy to rig, very easy because there were other people doing the rigging.we are not performing here this is the rehearsal space

I did my trapeze act twice, learned the fabric routine and did web,the sole purpose so the web spinner could

we ran thru finale and the opening.

we have a band ! percussion/drums, guitar and keyboards

14 hours in the air

At 12pm , the plane took off from Atlanta. We flew northwest through the Yukon and over the North Pole next south through China when we got due west of Seoul the pilot took a hard left .It was quite spectacular, lots of ice and snow and mountains and kind of made me remember Dr.Zhivago.The plane food was Korean and tasty or I was starving !

I got to Manila around 11pm and there were so many people and there were so many people getting so much luggage or boxes wrapped in tape and traffic and smoking and yelling and it is amazingly warm.

I asked the local "people" where to go to meet my ride, silly me.

"The people" directed me to this intense lower level out of the airport , A place where everyone wants to call your friends and let them know you are in town. Unfortunately I had no numbers ! I only knew the venue was a coliseum. I knew the hotel was walking distance and I knew it was across the street from one of the hugest malls in the world. I very sadly turned on my cell phone and started calling people at 5am their time. I finally had a stroke of genius and texted Steve C he gave me the name of the hotel,I called the hotel in mild hysterics , the manager talked to my director person and all I had to do was stay in the nice safe pretty part of the airport and go to the nice pretty taxi place and they just bill the easy , how sweet.. how stressfree

Well let me tell you , I loves this hotel! I am feeling the love! room service yes !!! a pool yes yes !!A spa! triple yes! I was having trouble with my computer and my new assistant John the "check in and figure out how to get a cab guy" fixed it and they carry your luggage and tell you how to work the lights and when I went to the lobby to go online they carried my laptop and my coffee.

I have come to the conclusion that I enjoy having assistants!!

Could anything be any cuter ! Everything about this flight is adorable!

the mundane and a little ramble

when one is a free agent, such as myself..

one does a lot of freaking out

I just want to work all year that too much to ask ?

oh Goddess of performance, I am a loyal subject

give me work , lots of work, lots of lovely , lovely work..don't fence me in ....

today at "work" I pack, make lists, practice,wrap my trapeze bar,perhaps paint, exercise and maybe some light sewing..sigh.. it is very exhausting ..

my job has a lot of preparation

someone referred to me as a blabber, well I could blab..oh how I could tell stories..the truth.. the intense harsh truth of some of my colleagues.. what I saw and what I know. I feel some stories are too much for a little unimportant dear diary sort of a blog. Who really gives a care about the crimes, lies, infidelities others commit? I am not a huge critic or judge and jury..

unless of course someone wears a back costume! or stretches their act for friends or the producer

Everyone has to deal with their own demons on their own and I will not help !
I will be a great loyal friend to the end, to the best of my abilities.

We are only human after all.

Live and let live and be a lady..I think my grandmothers' Rose and Doris , my grandfathers' Philip and Barney and my mom and dad gave me these little snippets of advice ,don't spit in public, keep your income, political and religious views to yourself.
Try not to swear like a sailor and act all crazy.My favorite is , " as long as nobody gets hurt and you are happy "

16 piece orchestra, led by the very cool Clem Toca and self performing aerial fabric

I am the blond one

Evansville 2010

The Hadi Shrine Circus is a big Thanksgiving date I first did in 1995.

The drive there is 907 miles. We always leave on the Monday before and return the next Monday very late.

This was the last year in the Roberts Stadium venue, it is being rebuilt in downtown Evansville.

We who work there call ourselves circus hotties (Hadi)

Paul K. was absent this year because of a health issue, this man is amazing and has produced this date for 40 years !!

This year I had extra passengers who happily pitched in for diesel and helped drive!!

Spartacus and Electra were breeding on the drive up which was entertaining and annoying.Fortunately they stopped after a 10 day love fest.

I am an and/or sister , this means my contract has a lot of and/or in it. I performed rings, fabric, web and rode an elephant named Becky.

This year was a pretty mellow, melancholy Evansville. I had a lot of self loathing. The lighting in the dressing room is hideous . I hated all my costumes. I hated my body.. I felt very strong and worked well ..I am a little weird in the head sometimes

I do love love love doing this date, the rigging is easy and fun , there are riggers in the ceiling !! Once I set up I only perform !! how awesome and miraculous is that ?

We get to visit with many wonderful friends.

Fresia said the Thanksgiving dinner was like school cafeteria food

I hope we get to do it again next year