Saturday, July 17, 2010

Sundays In My City #42 - Clowning Around

I'm a happy member of the
hosted by the fabulous Unknown Mami.
Wanna see the world and join the fun? Click HERE.

It's been a busy few days since Godson and I returned from vacation with lots to do and catch up with. It's to the point that I feel like I need a vacation from my vacation! So what did I do???

Godson's Mom scored some free tickets to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus so we took a few friends to see the fun. We loved the circus so much last year that we didn't want to miss the thrills and excitement again this time around.

The pre-show started with a painting elephant....


Then things kicked-off with a bright, colorful, parade followed by an action-packed show. The little person in the pic was the sidekick to the Ring Master. He was our favorite clown of the show and, frankly, was more fun and had more personality than the Ring Master....


Of course there were death-defying acts and fabulous acrobats. Do not try this at home...


There were some real babes in the show too. See the little guy in front of his Mommy....

Although the tigers were gorgeous, I couldn't stop wondering why a grown *ahem*middle*aged* man would were shiny spandex tights in a cage with a bunch of tigers. It just seemed so very wrong....


After too much popcorn, cotton candy and all that clowning around, I brought this guy home with me....

We had a blast and will, hopefully, go again next year if the circus comes back to town. It was the perfect "official" end to our vacation. Now it's time to get back to work!

How's your Sunday?
Welcome to www.TheFiftyFactor.com - Joanna Jenkins
Photo credit: Joanna Jenkins

48 comments:

RNSANE said...

Joanna, that looks like so much fun. I guess it's been about twenty years since I last went to a circus. By the time I finally get a grandchild, I'll probably be too old to maneuver the bleachers and make it to one when they come here.

Raymonde said...

Thanks for sharing.

I am definitely a fan of the circus. The child in me does not need to be asked twice.

Have a fabulous Sunday. xxx

Casey Freeland said...

Wait, you already had your Sunday? Did I sleep for 24 hours again? I hate it when that happens.

I'm not a circus person. I think it's the horror writer in me. The story lines are literally endless at a circus.

I've seen Cirque du Solei a couple of times. That's pretty cool. Maybe it's the animals that get to me. No idea.

My Sunday will be watching the Open Championship. It started 30 minutes ago.

Casey

Fireblossom said...

I love your circus pictures, Joanna! Last time I went, I was struck by how unexcited people seemed about the performers. They were up on wires, doing the most amazing things, and people in the crowd pretty much just sat there. I wondered if they were jaded from tv and movies and computer generated tricks.

In San Antonio, Texas, where I used to live, they have the Hertzberg circus museum, which, oddly, is run by the library.

I love the bigtop! Thanks for this fun post!

Eternally Distracted said...

I am very jealous as have never been to a circus :0( I did see some painting elephants in Thailand... but I want to go to the circus!!!!

My name is PJ. said...

I always enjoyed the circus!

It's so hot here that I've taken up residence in the vegetable crisper of my refrigerator. I'll be there until October.

My name is PJ. said...

I always enjoyed the circus!

It's so hot here that I've taken up residence in the vegetable crisper of my refrigerator. I'll be there until October.

Brian Miller said...

great pics. looks like a lot of fun...love going ot the circus....always so much to see...gotta work today so, but wont be too bad...

BLOGitse said...

I have to agree with Casey. I don't like the animal part of circus...
Otherwise would be ok. People are really talented.

NOTE
I've moved to WordPress!
I hope to see you there.
Next week I'll be back on track and post a 'normal' SIMC post.

Sunny greetings from Casa!
BLOGitsePHOTOS
ps. sorry I write this same note to all participants... :)

ps ps. I couldn't sign in with my new url, I don't know why.
In a future if I don't have google account I'm not able to comment here...

TechnoBabe said...

Hubby and I were talking about the circus yesterday and he checked online for dates of circus acts here. We have to wait till next year because we just missed them this year. Sounds like you and Godson and friends had a great time at the circus. Yes, I would say that is a perfect ending to a wonderful vacation.

Davine said...

Great shots - I love love love circus' but I haven't been to one for many years.

Mari said...

It's been awhile since I've gone to the circus, What fun!

Kathy said...

Looks like a good time! I am actually going to meet one of my blog friends that is vacationing in our area today. I am really looking forward to meeting her. Should be fun. I'll post about it this week.

Formerly known as Frau said...

Loved the circus when I was young...except the clowns...freaked me out! Glad you had a great time...have a great week back.

Eva Gallant said...

Loved revisiting the circus vie your blog! Nice!

Sassy Pants Freckle Face said...

They would come to my town every OCt and I would get to go cause my Bday was in oct! LOVE IT!!!!!

Tara R. said...

Fun circus shots! We haven't been to the circus since my 17yo was a baby!

anne h said...

That is the cutest clown nose EVER!
And the cutest baby elephant ever.

Lynn said...

I haven't been to the circus since I was in brownies--about 35 years ago. Thanks for sharing your pictures and I agree with you regarding spandex and tigers!

Matty said...

Gosh, I haven't been to a circus in a long, long time. I'd almost forgotten how much fun they are. Looks like this one was a blast. And I've had a few vacations myself where I needed a vacation afterward.

Cinner said...

I have not been to a circus in years, I will have to do it, take care, have a great rest of the weekend. hugs.

Kirby3131 said...

What fun! I haven't been to a circus in forever. The red nose is a hoot :)

Kristin - The Goat

Kristina P. said...

I have never been to the circus! I am making a point to go this year.

Sonya said...

Wow..what a wonderful fun time you all had!

Amy said...

Circus fun and a cute guy to go with--doesn't get much better than that.

Here from SIMC

Toni said...

I think you brought the wrong clown home JJ lol. I know what you mean about needing a vacation to get over a vacation haha...think we've all been there haven't we?
My Sunday is nice and relaxed...I have 3 days off from work so I don't have to dread the Monday morning feeling :)

Lisa said...

It's been ages since we went to the circus. I'm so glad you got to go. Looks like fun!

Willoughby said...

Looks like you had a great time! I haven't been to the circus since I was a kid (I have severe clown-phobia).

I agree with you about the guy in spandex tights! What's up with that?

Maggie May said...

I don't agree with wild animals in circus but the clowns and acrobats are really good fun.
However, the painting elephant is something different.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

noexcuses said...

I haven't been to a circus in ages! Your pictures are wonderful! I cringe a little at tiger acts after what happened to Sieg & Roy.

Glad you went. It looks like fun!

Liz

ChristineM said...

I've never been to a circus...my fear of clowns won't allow it! Although I must say, that one you brought home is one cute clown! ;)

midwesttomidlands said...

Thanks for sharing the circus pictures. Brings back memories when we took my niece years ago and she was picked out of the audience to ride the elephant. She was scared to death, but loved it at the same time.

Bernie said...

Sounds like a wonderful vacation, soooooo much fun.....:-) Hugs

Unknown Mami said...

I can't remember the last time I went to the circus.

Life with Kaishon said...

Oh my word. Your little clown is the CUTEST thing! I am glad you had a fun time. We went 2 years ago in the spring and had such fun : )

lisleman said...

Maybe the trainer (never thought that was the best word for it) figures those are the best pants for escaping gnashing tiger teeth.

Nah - he probably wears speedo's at the beach too.

Maybe he knows this guy -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mIQ8DfHL_c

Erin said...

Looks like a great time! Your clown is adorable! I can't wait to take the boys to the circus!

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

I really loved the circus. I was always in awe of the trapeze and loved the elephants.

You've had some pretty great summer adventures so far. I'd say you need to rest a bit now.

Shrinky said...

Those photo's are amazing! My goodness, JJ, do you ever stay still? Now, that is what I call a great way to spend a Sunday - why couldn't I have had a godmother like you, when I was little?

deb said...

I totally love that last photo.


the circus terrified me as a child. weird.

don't work too hard , Joanna.

Attila The Mom said...

Golly it's been years since we've been to the circus! The clowns traumatized the kids so much that I vowed not to torture them again! LOL

Now that they're adults, I wonder if they'd go. ;-)

slommler said...

You are so right...a wonderful way to complete your vacation. But a vacation from your vacation is definitely in order. Put your feet up for awhile and just do nothing. Then you should be ready to get on with it.
Wonderful photos of the circus. It has been ages since I have gone to one. They are so wonderful!!
Hugs
SueAnn

Bossy Betty said...

NOW you tell me not to try that at home!!!

Loved your pics! What a fun day!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

The GREATEST show on earth! What fun you had!

Mel said...

Did you run in to any protestors?? I took my granddaughter to the circus in Portland and they were very ugly as we entered the venue.


Great photos!!

Nezzy said...

You have got to be the best Godparent ever!!! What a fun time the circus is. We used to take our Special Ed. class to the circus once a year. What fun!!!

Ya'll enjoy this beautiful summer day!!!

Chris H said...

We have a name for men in lycra
.. a MAMIL.
Middle Aged Man In Lycra!

Hate seeing them too.. ikkkkk.

Hilary said...

Although I understand the draw, and I'm certainly not immune to its magic, I'm not too keen to see majestic animals trained to do tricks. It's a struggle for me to find the balance between entertainment and exploitation. That's having been said, your photos are fantastic and I'm truly glad you enjoyed your time.