Saturday, 28 June, 2003


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.