A breath of fresh air

If you go to Clinton , Iowa ..may I make a suggestion ? Check out the 392 CafĂ© and have an amazing cup of Joe !
The thing I like about going to and from Clinton , Iowa from Illinois is crossing the
Mississippi , do I even have to say river ?
Something about rivers I love . I told Marshall our dream house would be by a river . You can swim , go rowing , catch eels and smell the water smell . Salt water reigns supreme but I could settle for fresh water . My dream ...

the show goes on , the show must go on

Many events happen every single day on the big show . On Saturday the 13th there was a big celebration for Mexican Independence day ( September 16 ) . The whole show was invited  we enjoyed food , beverages , dancing and had some fun .

 Marshall and I were driving around  last week looking at cool architecture  and food foraging . I spied an interesting market where they made all kinds of mouth watering sausage and patties . Big happy score . I loved the butcher paper and the china marker .

The other day Mike the drummer and Sue the office person decided they had all the adventures they could . They decided it was high time to move on . They left the show . Sometimes people do that , we call it blowing the show . They had very good reasons to leave and it is always sad when one of the pieces of the puzzle of the daily activity of the circus is gone . Different personalities and all we had become friends .However the show goes on . The show goes on with or without any of us . Once a friend said to me " the circus is like a bucket of water , if you put your finger in it and then take it out you will see it is still a bucket of water and you just had your finger in it for a little water . There will always be another finger to put in that bucket of water ".  Some people have to work  harder to fill those voids but the voids get filled . Lucky Eddy the drummer came back to finish the season .

another day

A bonus part of yesterdays visiting with Carson and Barnes Circus was an incredible barbeque , the treat to be in the audience of another circus and circus reunions .

When you work in traditional circus you usual travel around the planet and change shows from time to time . Yesterday was many reunions for many people .

 The aerial divas , well some of the aerial divas had not worked together since September 2009 so we had a mini reunion . Maybe we are out of focus but trust me we are adorable !! This blurry photo is  Amanda and Jairo's little man Liam is on the left , me , Amanda and Lynn .
We got to see  Lesley and Ricky's handsome twins
 I liked the show lights and  I love the motors that pulled up the rigging .
Always great to watch friends and friends I haven't met yet perform .
 The Rosales Family did a great 6 person juggling act , it was fun and skillful and there was dancing !
Jairo was a great ringmaster and Amanda (diva sister ) was lovely in everything she did . The show was wonderful .
After the show there was a  barbeque with tasty food and so much chit chat .
Everything was fun yesterday, for most of us and I think we got rejuvenated .
Today is another day , there are hoses to repair , tires to fix and fishnets to mend . The show goes on .The show goes on with or without any of us . Every person who gets to troop with the real deal doesn't know how lucky they are .

September finally and we have done 401 shows

August is the most challenging month . It is a hot month with lots of 1 day stands , it seemed like every day was humid and smelly . We got cranky and everyone needed a nap .
Kelly Miller football club !

all players !

Today was a great fun day , first of all it was a day off . Show owners and concession people don't like days off but I am neither of those . The Kelly Miller Circus played soccer against the Carson and Barnes Circus , we were about 5 miles away from each other . The highlight of the game was when Armando Loyal become a daddy again with child number 7 . Welcome Luciana Delena !! We saw the princess through iPhone photos because she was actually not at the game .
The game was tied at 3 to 3 and there was overtime .  We were loud and watched the game like true soccer fans , screaming and cheering everyone of our players . It started to downpour and thunder and the teams played on .
Back at the Kelly Miller lot there were some awning casualties
The other night we were in a sweet town with a skate park right next to our trailer . I heard through the grapevine that there was a Mexican Ice cream shop around the corner . In between shows Tavana and I walked over and got some mouth watering refreshments . Frozen fruit popsicles with chile spice. All kinds of yummy frozen fruits . On the way back there were some children talking about the circus . They were talking about this lady and she hung by her teeth and her feet and how great she was . I asked them if that was their favorite part of the show and they said they liked the human volcano . I said he was great but wasn't the lady flying in the air so that made her better ? They liked both things and they loved the show so much they were coming back for seconds ! They didn't know it was me . Tavana and I were giggling about that .