Hot summer day in Maryland

Trip Start Apr 15, 2013
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Trip End Oct 31, 2014


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Industrial park outside of the Emergency Vehicle Specialist's shop

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

We met up with Tom, another Shriner from the Ali Ghan Shrine in Cumberland, last night and he set us up with electric and a parking space out of the way of the semi trucks and various large vehicles traveling around this area. We were about to take our leave of him when he asked if we'd had dinner yet. Since we planned to heat up some microwaveable soup and drink water, we said no and he insisted on taking us out to eat. Love the Shriners! :)

He took us to a popular deli called Always Ron's that we quickly fell in love with. We all ordered some adult beverages (the pear cider I ordered hit the spot perfectly and John got a local microbrew) and then dove into some really, really fine food. Tom is well-known around there and he introduced us to a few folks who stopped by to say hello. It was a really nice way to wind down the night.

The next morning, Tom picked us up and we were off for a whirlwind tour of the ticket sellers in the surrounding areas. As always, everyone was happy to say hello and very gracious in their support of the circus. We tell each of the ticket outlets that without them, the circus would have far less people enjoying it, so they're the ones who do a lot of the heavy lifting (which in response to that, one ticket seller replied, "Actually, the tickets are quite light comparatively." Hah!). It's really nice to have a chance to thank as many folks as we can for doing their part in making each circus date the best it can be. I'm glad we have that chance.

We stopped by a school (I think it was a private one, but I'm not sure) with younger grades on the off-chance they'd like to have a circus clown visit their classrooms. The answer was a resounding YES! A very nice teacher offered to walk us around and we ended up visiting 5-6 classrooms where John did a shortened version of his assembly program. The kids loved it and I was able to duck out a few times to make some phone calls to our sponsors for next week. I'm learning better time management every week we're doing this and when I have a 15 minute window to do something else, I have to take it!

I didn't grab enough flyers (since we didn't know we were going to the school) for the rest of the day, but at least we got a couple hundred of them out to the school. We went to a strip mall after the school and ate some food at CiCi's Pizza. It was pretty slow when we first got our food, but by the time we were about to head out, the place was bombarded by families. Most kids wanted balloon animals and then as more kids came in and saw the balloon animals, they wanted some too. I'm beginning to realize I'm going to need to learn how to make these in order to help John when he's completely overwhelmed by kids in these situations. Unfortunately, we also had a child who decided she was mortally afraid of clowns and no amount of her mother trying to calm her down helped. John never went near her, but it didn't help. We quickly finished and John scooted out the door as inconspicuously as possible. It doesn't happen often, but when it does, it really breaks our hearts to see kids so afraid.

We had an early finish time today, so once we got back to the RV, we took some photos with Tom and said our goodbyes. We stayed put so that we could make phone calls and plan out some more to do the rest of the week and next week. It's sometimes hard to get a hold of the sponsors after business hours, so this was the perfect opportunity.
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