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During the 1983-84 school year, one of the parents at my hip little progressive private school got it in to his mind to start a circus. He wasn't planning on having kids as the acts, but as the crew.

He managed to get it up and running, and for about (a month?) during that summer, we toured that show.

The top was canvas; old and heavy - especially when wet! Said parent/impresario had built slides for the bases of the center poles, and we-the-crew, occasionally with a truck helping, but usually not, would have to raise the top, as well as previously laying it out, and then hanging the sidewall...

The bleachers were metal frames that took 2x(10? 12?)s and those on their own made for one hell of a load-in/out job.

I don't remember who most of the acts were, except for one.

I have no idea how he did it, but he got Lottie Brunn, one of the best jugglers in the world, and probably the most famous female juggler (ever? at least of much of 20th century...) to perform with us.

She was - it seems - about 58 at the time, and still a consummate professional, and just an amazingly nice person, especially to this horde of kids who was doing all the shit work to put this show on.

I never saw her again after that summer, but I've always remembered her.

Tonight, someone reminded me of the circus and I did a quick google.

It seems Lottie died in early August.

With all the circus surrounding me these days, I've always kept that little show (whose name I've currently forgotten) and Lottie (whose name I'll never forget) in my heart.

... And tomorrow, [livejournal.com profile] 42itous and I go to see the current Cirque show. Yay. :)

The Times obit, in case it ages out from their site. )
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During the 1983-84 school year, one of the parents at my hip little progressive private school got it in to his mind to start a circus. He wasn't planning on having kids as the acts, but as the crew.

He managed to get it up and running, and for about (a month?) during that summer, we toured that show.

The top was canvas; old and heavy - especially when wet! Said parent/impresario had built slides for the bases of the center poles, and we-the-crew, occasionally with a truck helping, but usually not, would have to raise the top, as well as previously laying it out, and then hanging the sidewall...

The bleachers were metal frames that took 2x(10? 12?)s and those on their own made for one hell of a load-in/out job.

I don't remember who most of the acts were, except for one.

I have no idea how he did it, but he got Lottie Brunn, one of the best jugglers in the world, and probably the most famous female juggler (ever? at least of much of 20th century...) to perform with us.

She was - it seems - about 58 at the time, and still a consummate professional, and just an amazingly nice person, especially to this horde of kids who was doing all the shit work to put this show on.

I never saw her again after that summer, but I've always remembered her.

Tonight, someone reminded me of the circus and I did a quick google.

It seems Lottie died in early August.

With all the circus surrounding me these days, I've always kept that little show (whose name I've currently forgotten) and Lottie (whose name I'll never forget) in my heart.

... And tomorrow, [livejournal.com profile] 42itous and I go to see the current Cirque show. Yay. :)

The Times obit, in case it ages out from their site. )
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Anyone ever heard of the band "Sidecar Jones"?
Anyone have any recordings of theirs - live or their one album?

I'm about to throw the search to the torrent, but I'd like to find it closer to home.

(Their vocalist is now the male singer at Varekai...)
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Anyone ever heard of the band "Sidecar Jones"?
Anyone have any recordings of theirs - live or their one album?

I'm about to throw the search to the torrent, but I'd like to find it closer to home.

(Their vocalist is now the male singer at Varekai...)
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http://www.lse.org/gallery/Varekai-DC

No promises that any of these pictures are great art, or even that they're all even adequate, but they're certainly JPEGs.
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http://www.lse.org/gallery/Varekai-DC

No promises that any of these pictures are great art, or even that they're all even adequate, but they're certainly JPEGs.
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It's over. That's it. I'm sad.
I'm more convinced that I need some new career, yet I have no idea what.
I'm fairly sure that it hasn't all hit me yet, so I expect there'll be more processing later.

Also pictures...
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It's over. That's it. I'm sad.
I'm more convinced that I need some new career, yet I have no idea what.
I'm fairly sure that it hasn't all hit me yet, so I expect there'll be more processing later.

Also pictures...
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I suppose it's a sign of maturity that I've decided not to out-asshole him. Small consolation, though. Should be larger...
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I suppose it's a sign of maturity that I've decided not to out-asshole him. Small consolation, though. Should be larger...

Today...

Oct. 23rd, 2004 04:33 pm
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Today one of my cow-orkers has to decide to start being an asshole. Sigh. At least I can avoid them tomorrow...

Today...

Oct. 23rd, 2004 04:33 pm
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Today one of my cow-orkers has to decide to start being an asshole. Sigh. At least I can avoid them tomorrow...
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So, there's this very large club - Dreams - off NY Ave in DC, behind the Hechts Warehouse.

It closes - at least on Saturdays - at 3 am. (or so)

When we were all leaving the place and heading to our cars or cabs or whatever, what should happen to be outside, but the smartest man in the world... and his hotdog stand.

Boy, did I need that.
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So, there's this very large club - Dreams - off NY Ave in DC, behind the Hechts Warehouse.

It closes - at least on Saturdays - at 3 am. (or so)

When we were all leaving the place and heading to our cars or cabs or whatever, what should happen to be outside, but the smartest man in the world... and his hotdog stand.

Boy, did I need that.
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Someone in Montreal figured that Saturday night (just passed) should be a major Cirque party at a very very large nightclub downtown.

Now, the only problem with this idea is that tomorrow is Matinee Day... for me, call's at 11:45. For various other tech crews and such, call's at 10am or so.

I no longer smell like an ashtray, and so I'm going to sleep now.

(That's something like 4 clubs or bars in 2.5 months. This is FAR more than I ever go out. Luckily, I've had to pay almost nothing for any of the outings.)
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Someone in Montreal figured that Saturday night (just passed) should be a major Cirque party at a very very large nightclub downtown.

Now, the only problem with this idea is that tomorrow is Matinee Day... for me, call's at 11:45. For various other tech crews and such, call's at 10am or so.

I no longer smell like an ashtray, and so I'm going to sleep now.

(That's something like 4 clubs or bars in 2.5 months. This is FAR more than I ever go out. Luckily, I've had to pay almost nothing for any of the outings.)
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Or is it just that noone down here reads my LJ?

In Boston, I bought about 30 discounted tickets for folks. So far, I've been asked for 3 here.

My free tickets are going to a pair of Canadians - though the one other pair who replied aren't able to make it. Really, I expected a competition.

I'm puzzled.
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Or is it just that noone down here reads my LJ?

In Boston, I bought about 30 discounted tickets for folks. So far, I've been asked for 3 here.

My free tickets are going to a pair of Canadians - though the one other pair who replied aren't able to make it. Really, I expected a competition.

I'm puzzled.
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So, it seems that Thu., 10/14, is "Cirquador Appreciation Day" - which reduces to: They're offering us all 2 free tickets to the 4 p.m. matinee.

I, of course, can't make it... or I'll already be there. Your choice on how to interpret it.

My gracious hosts are unable to use the tickets, as are my local family members.

So I now open it up to you, my reading public.

I've been (and remain) somewhat conflicted on how to figure out who'll get these, but I'm not going to do 1st-come, as I'm posting this both here and on That List.

I'm not taking money for these, and I'll probably turn down sexual favors, though maybe not, depending on what you're offering. ;) People who couldn't afford to see the show otherwise have a bit of an advantage.

If you only want one, let me know that, too. You're not out of the running. If you want more than the 2, or aren't the winner, the normal 2-for-1 deal is still active, too.

I have to have the name of the person who's going to will-call by 6 p.m. on Weds. As I'm not actually due on site til 6:45, I'm going to spending an extra 50m there just for (you).

The winner will be notified by Weds, 4:45 p.m., when I'll be leaving for site to put the name in.

Arguably, I'd prefer replies via email, but I'll deal with LJ comments, too.
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So, it seems that Thu., 10/14, is "Cirquador Appreciation Day" - which reduces to: They're offering us all 2 free tickets to the 4 p.m. matinee.

I, of course, can't make it... or I'll already be there. Your choice on how to interpret it.

My gracious hosts are unable to use the tickets, as are my local family members.

So I now open it up to you, my reading public.

I've been (and remain) somewhat conflicted on how to figure out who'll get these, but I'm not going to do 1st-come, as I'm posting this both here and on That List.

I'm not taking money for these, and I'll probably turn down sexual favors, though maybe not, depending on what you're offering. ;) People who couldn't afford to see the show otherwise have a bit of an advantage.

If you only want one, let me know that, too. You're not out of the running. If you want more than the 2, or aren't the winner, the normal 2-for-1 deal is still active, too.

I have to have the name of the person who's going to will-call by 6 p.m. on Weds. As I'm not actually due on site til 6:45, I'm going to spending an extra 50m there just for (you).

The winner will be notified by Weds, 4:45 p.m., when I'll be leaving for site to put the name in.

Arguably, I'd prefer replies via email, but I'll deal with LJ comments, too.
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"You can always count on the cheap seats."

2 100% shows today. at the end of the show, the most cleaning is down front, by the most expensive seats. The cheap seats? Mostly clean. Not too much left over crap. Much more pleasant to deal with.

On other fronts:

Had a really short chat with the (artistic director?) today. He sits in on the show pretty regularly - or at least down here - to keep an eye on what works, what doesn't, what needs help, etc. etc.

I mentioned that I thought that some work needed to be done to integrate Cerceau (Aerial Hoop) into the story line when it's substituting. He absolutely agreed. I mentioned I had ideas on what to do. He said to let him know what they were.

I'll have to write up the previous entries I've done on the subject in more coherent terms.
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"You can always count on the cheap seats."

2 100% shows today. at the end of the show, the most cleaning is down front, by the most expensive seats. The cheap seats? Mostly clean. Not too much left over crap. Much more pleasant to deal with.

On other fronts:

Had a really short chat with the (artistic director?) today. He sits in on the show pretty regularly - or at least down here - to keep an eye on what works, what doesn't, what needs help, etc. etc.

I mentioned that I thought that some work needed to be done to integrate Cerceau (Aerial Hoop) into the story line when it's substituting. He absolutely agreed. I mentioned I had ideas on what to do. He said to let him know what they were.

I'll have to write up the previous entries I've done on the subject in more coherent terms.
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Picking up trash can be dangerous. I yoinked something in my back this afternoon... Luckily, it isn't disabling, but it certainly slowed me down a bunch and made me happy I'd chosen the slowest door in the tent... We had about 20 people come in for the 1st show and something like 50 for the 2nd.

I got tired of not having an exact number for the common question of "How many people does this tent hold", so I counted the seats in the tent tonight and last night. (Ok, I noted the last seat number in each row. My conclusion:
The Grand Chapiteau holds between 2554 and 2598 seats, depending on the number of folding chairs in 103 and 104 AA and BB. Subtract 2 from the maximum for seats which are never actually put out. So, that's close enough to the published number of 2600 for me.

Last night, one of the Santos brothers (Icarian Games) fell before the act had even really started, lay there for a bit, and then did the act, even having an obviously hurt ankle. If one of my fellow ushers understood their father (also coach) during the act tonight - a version of the act that didn't actually have the Santos's in it, just the Bellos - whoever it was who was down had a small seizure of some sort. That he went on to do the act is even more amazing for that...

Last week I found out what happens if 2 acts are out in one night, and that's that the show gets shorter. In this case, it was Triple Trapeze and Nightmare that were out. Aerial Hoop filled for Trapeze and Act 2 was just shorter. I can't think of a better solution than that, though I might wish there was some way to keep even more acts on reserve.

Russian Swings had at least 4 misses last night - 2 catches and 2 swing-to-swing leaps. None were disruptive to the act.

Next week's schedule is out. I'm off both Mon and Tue again... and I think the week after that's the 2nd Double Dark - it'd better be, as it's the last week of the show here.

The CDS web-site lists the next city as starting on 11/4. That next city is Dalls. We've been told that it takes about 3 days to tear down, and about 7 to set up.

That leaves one day to get 50± trucks from Washington, DC to Dallas, TX. Mapquest says that's about a 1330mi trip. Under perfect circumstances, that's 24 hours of 55mph driving. I suppose it's doable, but really, that seems pretty unlikely to me.

I think there were a bunch of other things I was going to mention. I don't remember what they were at the moment.
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Picking up trash can be dangerous. I yoinked something in my back this afternoon... Luckily, it isn't disabling, but it certainly slowed me down a bunch and made me happy I'd chosen the slowest door in the tent... We had about 20 people come in for the 1st show and something like 50 for the 2nd.

I got tired of not having an exact number for the common question of "How many people does this tent hold", so I counted the seats in the tent tonight and last night. (Ok, I noted the last seat number in each row. My conclusion:
The Grand Chapiteau holds between 2554 and 2598 seats, depending on the number of folding chairs in 103 and 104 AA and BB. Subtract 2 from the maximum for seats which are never actually put out. So, that's close enough to the published number of 2600 for me.

Last night, one of the Santos brothers (Icarian Games) fell before the act had even really started, lay there for a bit, and then did the act, even having an obviously hurt ankle. If one of my fellow ushers understood their father (also coach) during the act tonight - a version of the act that didn't actually have the Santos's in it, just the Bellos - whoever it was who was down had a small seizure of some sort. That he went on to do the act is even more amazing for that...

Last week I found out what happens if 2 acts are out in one night, and that's that the show gets shorter. In this case, it was Triple Trapeze and Nightmare that were out. Aerial Hoop filled for Trapeze and Act 2 was just shorter. I can't think of a better solution than that, though I might wish there was some way to keep even more acts on reserve.

Russian Swings had at least 4 misses last night - 2 catches and 2 swing-to-swing leaps. None were disruptive to the act.

Next week's schedule is out. I'm off both Mon and Tue again... and I think the week after that's the 2nd Double Dark - it'd better be, as it's the last week of the show here.

The CDS web-site lists the next city as starting on 11/4. That next city is Dalls. We've been told that it takes about 3 days to tear down, and about 7 to set up.

That leaves one day to get 50± trucks from Washington, DC to Dallas, TX. Mapquest says that's about a 1330mi trip. Under perfect circumstances, that's 24 hours of 55mph driving. I suppose it's doable, but really, that seems pretty unlikely to me.

I think there were a bunch of other things I was going to mention. I don't remember what they were at the moment.
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Kimberly asked me yesterday how the Cirque job's been making be feel about the idea of going back to a 'normal job'.

My answer was that I'd certainly appreciate not standing for most of 8hrs a day, but that I'm really not looking forward to fluorescent lights, cube furniture and drop ceilings.

Unfortunately, I have no idea how to avoid those things.
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Kimberly asked me yesterday how the Cirque job's been making be feel about the idea of going back to a 'normal job'.

My answer was that I'd certainly appreciate not standing for most of 8hrs a day, but that I'm really not looking forward to fluorescent lights, cube furniture and drop ceilings.

Unfortunately, I have no idea how to avoid those things.
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Wow. That was quite the show.

Start with at least 3 missing performers - Triple Trapeze hasn't been in the show for more than a week now due to a hamstring injury; one of the Russian Swing guys hurt his feet on a bad landing last week; one of the Georgian Dancers didn't perform on Sunday or Today - and then add problems:

One of the Belo Brothers (Icarian Games) nearly planted his left foot firmly in the other Belo Brother's crotch on a missed flip. No damage

Dergin (Nightmare (dance on crutches)) fell and seemed to be vaguely winded.

Octavio (juggler) actually did perfectly, and even had a bit of extra flair going in his act tonight.

Something else went wrong, though I can't remember what right now...

And then, in the end, during Russian Swing - which they seem to have re-jiggered a bit to fill for the missing guy, while the swings were rotating to the facing position, one of the swings failed to rotate all the way. Much waiting for the right thing to happen occurred on stage, along with a bunch of looking lost and a heap of band-vamping.
Eventually, correct alignment was achieved. Unfortunately, the band was pretty much lost at that point. They tried to continue and managed for a while, but at some point they reached their end point. Unfortunately, this was before the swingers did the actual end of the act. Ah well. The rest of the cast, queued by the closing music, started out and thus was the end of the show started.

The exiting crowd seemed happy, though.

I've not yet heard if the problem was with the (human) controllers or with the mechanics.

Hopefully, it'll all be good tomorrow.
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Wow. That was quite the show.

Start with at least 3 missing performers - Triple Trapeze hasn't been in the show for more than a week now due to a hamstring injury; one of the Russian Swing guys hurt his feet on a bad landing last week; one of the Georgian Dancers didn't perform on Sunday or Today - and then add problems:

One of the Belo Brothers (Icarian Games) nearly planted his left foot firmly in the other Belo Brother's crotch on a missed flip. No damage

Dergin (Nightmare (dance on crutches)) fell and seemed to be vaguely winded.

Octavio (juggler) actually did perfectly, and even had a bit of extra flair going in his act tonight.

Something else went wrong, though I can't remember what right now...

And then, in the end, during Russian Swing - which they seem to have re-jiggered a bit to fill for the missing guy, while the swings were rotating to the facing position, one of the swings failed to rotate all the way. Much waiting for the right thing to happen occurred on stage, along with a bunch of looking lost and a heap of band-vamping.
Eventually, correct alignment was achieved. Unfortunately, the band was pretty much lost at that point. They tried to continue and managed for a while, but at some point they reached their end point. Unfortunately, this was before the swingers did the actual end of the act. Ah well. The rest of the cast, queued by the closing music, started out and thus was the end of the show started.

The exiting crowd seemed happy, though.

I've not yet heard if the problem was with the (human) controllers or with the mechanics.

Hopefully, it'll all be good tomorrow.
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Yesterday afternoon, we had a 45% full house.

Yesterday evening, we were at 90%.

Today, both shows were 99%+.

Luckily, we were only seriously understaffed for the 1st of these.

Even more luckily, the vast majority people arrived ON TIME for both shows today. This meant that we had only a small number of people to seat after things had started. YAY!

Early shows tomorrow. This means seniors and kids. Lots of both.

Night...
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Yesterday afternoon, we had a 45% full house.

Yesterday evening, we were at 90%.

Today, both shows were 99%+.

Luckily, we were only seriously understaffed for the 1st of these.

Even more luckily, the vast majority people arrived ON TIME for both shows today. This meant that we had only a small number of people to seat after things had started. YAY!

Early shows tomorrow. This means seniors and kids. Lots of both.

Night...

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