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Sunday, May 22, 2011

The Ringling Bros. Circus Came to Town!


It must have been over 30 years since I'd been to the Circus. Back then, we had to drive all the way to Philadelphia and sit so high up in the arena, we could barely make out what was going on.


Now just across the bridge into Jersey, there's a much smaller, community-oriented arena where every seat is a good seat.


The kids got to see horses, elephants, clowns, and acrobats up close!


These tight-rope walkers had everyone holding their breath.


Not only could they walk across the rope, but ride a bicycle backwards. I can't even do that on hard ground.


After breathing a sigh of relief that none of these performers broke their neck, some clowns rode in on whacky bikes, something like you'd see out of a Dr. Seuss book.


More insane acrobats.


And the tiger trainer.


These tigers were so fluffy, I'd have given anything to get to hug one. As long as their mouths were muzzled and they were tied up!


He had an entire cage of them, sitting up with their front paws high in the air.


Have you ever seen the show, "Fatal Attractions"? It's all about people who live with and work with wild animals. I just kept picturing one of those tigers losing it and having the trainer for lunch.


This last tiger hopped out like a kangaroo.


They fly through the air with the greatest of ease.
They're the daring young ones on the flying trapeze!


Children. Do not try this at home. Setting yourself on fire and getting shot into the air should only be done by professionals, using the utmost caution.


The elephants were larger than life!

People. Hear me. The next time you think your job is bad, think of this. While the elephants were performing, a worker ran out with a huge shovel, got herself right below the elephant's big old butt, and tried to catch it's enormous poop as it flew out. Meanwhile, she got whacked in the head with the elephant's tail, causing her drop her load. While looking down for a split-second, the elephants began turning in circles. This sent our poor lady literally running around in circles, trying to catch the poop as it came out. Everyone's eyes were on this poor lady, rather than the dancing elephants' performance. Finally, she was able to catch some and throw it out in the can, while others came out and shoveled it up. All the sudden, I bet YOUR job doesn't sound so bad huh?

They say there are no atheists in fox holes. I say, there are no atheists standing under the rump of a defecating elephant.


The biggest shocker of the night, was during Intermission. Ted told me to look back. There, only a few rows higher was one of my friends, Beth, sitting directly behind us! We had no idea each other were going to the show. Not only did we pick the same time, but same row and section too! How's THAT for a coinky-dink?!


We emailed each other the next day and agreed, the lady catching elephant poop stole the show!

5 comments:

  1. loved seeing your circus pictures after having just finished the book, water for elephants. I've not been to the circus in about 26 or more years. makes me want to go!
    Have a great week
    vivian

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  2. Oh Jill how funny, that poor lady. I remember taking our son to the circus when he was little, the elephant decided to pee, it seemed like gallons came out, Justin just laughed and laughed! Great pictures, they brought back so many memories!

    Hugs,
    Donna

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  3. Hi Jill,
    Love your circus story, there are some jobs that you just have to say "God bless that person, I wouldn't want to do it." Elephant pooper-scooper is close to the top of that list.
    I love all the carnival games you have created, they are just grand!
    enJOY a lovely week,
    Kimberly

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  4. Oh the circus! Gee, that's been a while for me too. We took our son to one that was in a tent and it was warm and smelly, but kinda fun I guess. : ) Looks like you had more fun, even watching the elephant drop a present. : )

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  5. I have not been to a circus since I was a little girl! Your pictures turned out swell!

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