The greatest show on earth!

Last night, I saw Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Baily circus at the Everett Convention Center. I'm not going to lie to you: I didn't have high expectations. I've grown accustomed to fancy circuses like Cirque d Soliel and Teatro Zinzani. I was expecting some elephants rolling on large balls, and a bunch of clowns. Boy was I wrong.

Yes, there were elephants and clowns, but there was a bunch more. Hat juggling, acrobatics, trained house cats (which, we agreed, was right up among the top acts), a strong man, pyrotechnics, and 7 motocycles in the globe of death: it was great. I highly recommend going. The seats were cheap, and it was totally worth it.

What made the experience even better is that a buddy of mine from college is a clown with the show. Afterwards, he took us backstage where we saw the clown dressing room (and got a couple autographs), and then to the train. The train, when compiled, is almost a mile long. We saw where the stars of the show live and travel. All along the way, Dan told anecdotes and details from his two years traveling with the circus.

All in all, it was a late night, but so worth it. It was really something to see what it is like to be in a circus. I don't see myself running off to join one anytime soon, but it is nice to know that if I do, I'll know what is awaiting me.
Friday September 8 2006File under: events, juggling

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on Fri 08th Sep, 2006 2:48 pm Saxtor said:
HELL YES! The circus kicked ass! And I definitely owe it to you, Wren, for facilitating the making of it that much better.
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on Fri 08th Sep, 2006 2:20 pm Jule said:
Why are clowns so scary?
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on Fri 08th Sep, 2006 2:26 pm jule said:
wait! that sounded bad, as your friend is a circus clown, In fact, I have always enjoyed clowns and I think they have a bad rap, and they are multitalented people that brind joy to many people... but I sorta want to know what they are like in real life...scary?
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on Sat 09th Sep, 2006 2:43 am Trista said:
I told you house cats could be trained. Now that you've seen it for yourself... "hah! I told you so!" i think is in order....or maybe you just didn't believe that I trained my quite accomplished and highly dexterous Lucy. This breed of talented kitties are out there, and with just the right encouragement and discipline, they can be given the opportunity to become something great.
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