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Looking back at last week for a moment, we had one show on Monday, and it was Aaron (drummer)'s last day with us. Aaron has been with the circus for fourteen(!) years and has never missed a show. During intermission there was a toast for him, and the Ringmaster recognized him during Entracte. And just like that, he was off on a new adventure. See you down the road, Aaron!

(photo courtesy Benjamin)

Our new drummer, Chris, has learned the show and will be touring with us from now on. Welcome Chris!

(photo courtesy Chris)

After the show Jameson, Brett, Tim, and Chris piled into a car and took off on a sort of baseball-tour-of-America road trip. Four major league games in as many days! My Aunt Nicole had come to the show, and graciously offered to drive me back home (two hours away). I arrived to find my parents chilling in the backyard, having just finished hosting a Memorial Day picnic. We caught up, and just sat and enjoyed the fine weather. It was good to be home.

While at home, I got to see my sister Kate and brother Jonah. They're both doing well; Kate is getting ready for her wedding next year, and Jonah has completed his second year of college. He's made the Dean's List!! I'm so proud of both of them, and amazed at how "adult" we've all become. Weird :P

This was my last chance to come home before the circus heads west for the rest of 2015. Even if it was only for two days, I was so happy to spend time with my parents, my siblings, and my aunt.

On Thursday my mom and aunt drove me to the Philly airport, and I flew to Omaha. Jameson picked me up from the airport, drove to Walmart, and together we gathered various necessities for his new room! He's moving into Aaron's old room, which is significantly bigger than the standard stateroom. Old room:

New room:

These photos were taken after pretty much everything had been moved. It took several days of heavy lifting, cleaning, drilling, and sweating to achieve what you see here. And he's not done yet!

So basically, Aaron left and Jameson got his room, and next week Tom (keys) will be leaving us and Chris (the new drummer) will get HIS room, and Michael (the new keyboard player) will get Jameson's old room as it's already set up to house a full-size keyboard. A lot of moving around on our car this week!

Opening day went well. We've got a new elephant, Angelica! She's actually been on our show before, and is returning to replace Baby, who will be retiring. She's not in the elephant act yet but hopefully we'll be seeing more of her soon!

After rehearsal Jameson and I walked over to Taste of Omaha, an annual food festival that happens to fall on the week we're in town. Last time I got some really awesome food. This time we both got Chicago-style hot dogs and fresh-squeezed lemonade. Yum!

We walked around and looked at the crafts. One stand had these really cool handmade cigar box guitar/banjos and amps. Another had all kinds of honey and beeswax products. Jameson found an awesome spray-painting of Freddie Mercury. We decided to come back on Sunday to explore some more!

The show that night went well. We had a really awesome, excited crowd. Thanks Omaha!

Saturday was a three show day, as usual. Nothing amazing happened, just a normal day :)
On Sunday we only had one show! When it was over, Jameson and I went exploring!
First we visited a few record stores!

Then it was on to Hollywood Candy! It's a huge candy store with lots of vintage candy, and other weird stuff like giant gummy snakes...

After stocking up on our guilty pleasures, we went to Upstream Brewing Company for a fantastic dinner. We'd been here before two years ago, and enjoyed it just as much this time. We both got the special: 12oz ribeye with red pepper reduction, horseradish parm potatoes, and crisp garlic green beans. Delicious.

After our meal we walked through Taste of Omaha one last time. We had meant to get dessert but were both too full, so just enjoyed looking at all the wares and listening to the live bands. We picked up some bamboo pillows on the way out to add a little more luxury to our train rooms :)

Now we are in a hotel outside Omaha. Tomorrow we have Jameson's car in for repairs at a local Toyota dealership, then it's on to Colorado Springs! I can't wait!!!

Other stuff:

Fun fact: when the elephants don't eat all of their produce, or when the wrong type of produce is ordered, the humans get to pick through the leftovers. This week we only had five shows but the normal amount of produce was ordered, meaning lots of apples, bananas, and celery to go around.

A very awesome photo taken for Clown Alley.

(photo courtesy Brian W.)

Full house in Omaha during the elephant act.

(photo courtesy Applesauce)


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Jun. 1st, 2015 12:45 pm (UTC)
How do the elephants travel, on the train? And Jameson's car?

Lovely photos of food, it all looks delicious!
Jun. 1st, 2015 03:45 pm (UTC)
Lol! Yes they borrow Jameson's car from time to time ;)

The elephants do travel on the train with us. Not in our cars, but in their own specially designed cars near the front, where the ride is smoothest. It's two elephants to a car. The cars are climate controlled, have food and water, and even places for the animal handlers to sleep so they can be near the elephants.

Water stops are made throughout each train run to give the animals a rest from the movement, Provide fresh food and water, and to clean out their bedding. When we arrive in the next city, the animal cars are brought as close to the building as possible and the animals either walk there or take a specially designed truck.

The tigers and camels currently travel via custom trailers.

Edited at 2015-06-01 04:03 pm (UTC)
Jun. 6th, 2015 12:07 am (UTC)
Those rooms are so small! Oh my gosh, I think I would be too claustrophobic to sleep.
Jun. 7th, 2015 03:57 pm (UTC)
Those aren't even the smallest rooms. The smallest are 5 x 7 and are called "coffin rooms". Fourteen of them fit in one train car (plus a toilet and shower) and full-grown men live in them. Another reason I'm grateful for the musician's contract.
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