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We drove a long ways this overland...probably about 10-11 hours to get to Albany. The fastest way was by cutting through a section of Canada, so we brought our passports. Canada's pretty nice-looking! And with a Tim Horton's at every exit too! We had a pleasant safe drive and crossed into and out of Canada without issue.


We drove straight through; others stopped to enjoy Niagara Falls!

(photo courtesy Anna D.)

The train actually beat us to Albany, which was a pleasant surprise. We were able to get groceries and get on the train Tuesday night. On Wednesday I borrowed Jameson's car to pick up supplies for my venus flytrap's winter dormancy...because getting run over didn't quite kill them, so I will try my best to give them a shot at a better life next year. To stay dormant the plants need to be kept cold, and there's no way I can keep them cold if I have to bring them into a heated train car every time we move. So I'm going to have to try refrigerator dormancy. I got a bottle of antifungal, and a brick of sphagnum moss. I also picked up some groceries I'd forgotten the day before. Exciting stuff.

Thursday was opening day. We found out that the train will be in a different yard in Boston, much farther outside the city. What a bummer! We really had it good in the MIT yard, with shops and restaurants within walking distance. Oh well. Word has it we'll at least be close to some public transit! Thursday's show went well, but crowds were pretty poor and our Human Cannon was out due to a wrenched shoulder.

Friday, one show. I spent the day working on things for our upcoming contract negotiations and doing general writing. The evening show went well, though again, underattended compared to the past several cities.

Saturday, three shows. I felt a little down. Maybe it was the weather, maybe it was just that smaller audiences are kind of discouraging. But still, shows went well. We had visits from some awesome former circus musicians, and that really brightened the band's day :)

On Sunday we only had one show. I am choosing to end this post before our show because I don't feel like bringing my computer overland (if anything exciting happens between Sunday afternoon and midnight you'll find out in the next post :P). This was just kind of a 'meh' week. But it's good, because it helped to get me back into the swing of work. I enjoyed playing the Williams trombone all week, and am getting more used to it. I love to see my circus friends every day :) Next week we are in Boston. Boston in the fall! It's usually a wonderful visit, I'm looking forward to it!


Other stuff:

Rebecca (head of wardrobe) loves to decorate our car for Halloween! This year's decorations are AWESOME. We have the coolest car. Thanks Rebecca! CLICK HERE for a tour!

While in Albany, Chaz (drummer) made some friends at Akira Albany, a Japanese restaurant. The whole staff came out to see our show! And they invited us to a special Hibachi meal just for us! I didn't go, but about twenty circus folks did, and they were treated to an amazing lunch (CLICK HERE to watch the Hibachi go down). Thank you so much to everyone at Akira Albany for your generosity and hospitality! We'll be back!!!


(photo courtesy Chaz)

The animal setup this week. I've no idea where the tigers were though. Hiding!

(photo courtesy Robert S.)

Congrats to the Blue Unit on performing a milestone 100 shows!!! You rock!!!

(photo courtesy Landon B.)

Comments

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donnad
Oct. 9th, 2016 06:27 pm (UTC)
Boston! That's my city, even though I live about as far from Boston as I do from Manchester NH, (Where we came to see the show earlier this year.) Have a good visit to my city. And my advice, don't try to drive in Boston, park the car and take public transportation if at all possible, It's that bad.
taz_39
Oct. 11th, 2016 11:54 pm (UTC)
Cool! Jameson went to school here and has fond memories of the city as well. We always look forward to it, mostly because the yard we once enjoyed was on the MIT campus and walking distance from much of the downtown awesomeness. This year unfortunately we're over an hour commute away :/

Heck no we will not be driving in! We have a company bus and a charter. I'm going to aim for the charter haha.

Gonna try to get to the "farmer's market" tomorrow!
donnad
Oct. 12th, 2016 01:04 am (UTC)
An hour away, wow, where it the train parked?
MIT is actually in Cambridge, which in itself if a great place to visit with so much to do. Did Jameson go to MIT?

Have fun!
taz_39
Oct. 15th, 2016 02:40 pm (UTC)
Framingham! :P It's a nice quiet yard, but the MIT yard was way better!

No, he went to Berklee :)
donnad
Oct. 15th, 2016 03:03 pm (UTC)
Wow!, Yes, that is a long way from Boston, I used to work in that area. It's at least an easy ride in on the mass Pike.
Route 9 in Framingham/Natick has a lot of stores, malls, and restaurants. You can find just about anything in that area. One of our favorites fast food places is Tennessees BBQ, just off rt. 9.(Kind of behind the the Walmart.)
Be careful after dark in Downtown Framingham, it has some areas that should be avoided.
Hope you have an easy weekend.
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