Saturday, 28 June, 2003

Circus!

Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus came to town.  The Frank Erwin Center (University of Texas basketball stadium) isn't quite the big top, but the circus was still a good show.  Debra and I went with my brother Jerry, his girlfriend, and his mom (my step-mother).  I hadn't been to the circus in at least 30 years.

The circus is overwhelming and vaguely disappointing.  Oh, I enjoyed the show, but there was just so much going on that I missed at least as much as I was able to see.  And there are so many different acts that some get short shrift.  Still, what I did see was quite good:  elephants, horses, zedonks (a cross between a zebra and a donkey), tigers, assorted other animals, clowns, acrobats, more acrobats, and even a strong man show.  I was sitting too far away for my camera to get good shots (only 7 or 8 of my 80 some shots were any good), but I did manage to get a 5-second movie (2.3 megabyte AVI) of the human cannonball's flight.

The kids sure seemed to like the show, though.  Me?  I'm going to get a front-row seat next time.  Or at least wait until I can see the show in a smaller venue.  And get there earlier so I can juggle with the clowns before the show.