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It was a short drive from Richmond to Baltimore, but the train takes much longer to arrive. We ended up with two nights in hotels. Before leaving Richmond we ate lunch at Asado Wing and Taco Co. Jameson's burrito was HUGE.

We drove to the outskirts of Baltimore and after finding dinner, decided to go see 10 Cloverfield Lane. No I will NOT tell you what it's about :P If you never saw Cloverfield, that's ok, I hadn't seen it either and this movie still made sense to me. It was very engaging, scary, funny, dramatic...just really good. We had a great time!

The next day we wanted groceries, but the nearest Walmart was a disappointment with no produce and limited fridge offerings. Luckily there was a Wegmans nearby! I haven't been to Wegmans since I was little. It's a pretty awesome grocery! I found a few treats for the upcoming two weeks in Baltimore, and stocked up on the basics as well.

Opening day started with a long rehearsal as we prepare for a show without elephants. The modifications aren't that big a deal, but it's important to make sure everyone knows where they're going. The show featured a pretty great crowd.

Thursday was a split. After the poorly-attended morning show, Jameson and I walked over to Lexington Market. We'd heard that it had gone downhill since the last time we were through (2 years ago), but it looked the same to me...tons of great food, crowds and long lines, bustling storefronts, hecklers. We picked up the Best Cookies Ever, and headed over to Faidley's for some of their famous crab cakes, but the line was wrapped almost halfway around the food court. We settled instead on a small Italian stand selling the biggest hunks of lasagna I'd ever seen at that price. I'll be back for crab cakes next week ;)

After our meal we decided to stay at the arena, he to work on refinancing his mortgage, and I to play online, eat cookies and take a nap :)

Over the weekend we had a visit from one of the Disney on Ice shows. It was great to have a cheering section!! Several peeps from the Blue Unit also came by (they're on a break right now) to say hello and watch the show. Mike Brown, bassist with the Blue band, came backstage to spend some time with us. Great to see you, Mike :)

Sunday was a day full of surprises. Our ringmaster, David Shipman, came down with a nasty stomach bug, so his understudy Dean (clown) took his place for the first time! Dean's charisma and stage presence were a perfect fit for the role! He did an amazing job.

We also got a visit from Jerry "Partyman" Williams! Jerry's our #1 circus fan and comes out to see us whenever we pass through Baltimore. He usually paints pictures and makes figurines for some of the performers as well. His latest band mural is awesome! We're hanging it in our road case. Thanks Partyman, see you again soon!!

(photo courtesy Partyman)

(photo courtesy Ryan H.)

After the last show on Sunday there was a company party! An open bar, a mechanical bull, and a live band...what more do you need for a good time?

To be honest, the band was played out. We did our best, but it's been a long two weeks! After an hour of playing we were done. Some stuck around to enjoy the party. Jameson and I went back to the train. We get a day off, and the train isn't moving! Plus the next three days are one-show days! Hooray!!!

Other stuff:

Even the Boss Clown isn't safe from being pied. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TAYLOR!!!

(photo courtesy Lindsey)

Happy St. Patty's Day!

(photo courtesy Adria C.)

Sea World is ending its orca breeding program. Ever since Sea World became publicly traded and was immediately bought by PeTA, I've been wondering when this day would come. With animals in entertainment being phased out this year (or the large animals at least), I can't help but wonder if there's something else going on behind the scenes in our government and/or upcoming legislation. It's a shame, but if this is what people want, this is what people will get.