Don’t Send in the Clowns

Trip 2 – Day 42

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

I spent some quality time doing laundry this morning, intertwined with a trip to the Farmer’s Market.

Produce at the Farmer's Market

Produce at the Farmer’s Market

Some of us may be going a little stir crazy, and I have also noticed that folks in the RV park are not as patient and charitable as perhaps they were, a month or so ago.  Dad is concerned about “those damn old women driving golf carts through the park.” (in the last couple of days, we have had several VERY close calls)  Craig is tiring of being in the company of, let’s just call it an “age-specific group” of people, and Wiley, desperately, wants to go off the leash.  I miss the kids.  So, in the midst of all this, I took my project du-jour and spent about an hour at the Sewing and Craft Room.  I needed to do some rotary cutting and be in the company of women.

The sewing and craft room

The sewing and craft room

This is Tuesday, and Tuesday means “TNT,” otherwise known as “Tuesday Night Talent.”  We had some discussion as to whether or not to go.  A BIG storm was predicted, with high winds, and the possibility of a minimal amount of rain or perhaps thunder and lightening.

The weather changes

The weather changes

The only thing that really worries me is the wind.  There is SO MUCH stuff around here that has the potential to become airborne and cause damage.  I fear being impaled by one of the signs with cute sayings, or tin-can robots, or lawn chairs, or any number of “yard art.”  But, the darkening sky, howling wind, and movement of the Hag, did not deter Dad from wanting to go, and Craig from encouraging us to go.  (Not everyone agrees on the same TV shows, so having only one TV viewer in the Hag, allows that person COMLPLETE control of the dial.  I think this is where the encouraging talk was coming from.)

Dad and I drove up to Hay’s Hall and were greeted at the door, by clowns.  I am not a big clown fan.  Dad likes clowns.  These gals were pretty harmless and not so “in-your-face” as the more obnoxious clowns can be.

A clown

A clown

We took our seat and for the next 30 minutes, were entertained by the “warm-up act,” the FOY Kazoo Band.

The FOY Kazoo Band

The FOY Kazoo Band

After singing the national anthems of both the US and Canada, the show was opened by the "FOY Criers"

After singing the national anthems of both the US and Canada, the show was opened by the “FOY Criers”

Again, it was an evening of mixed entertainment.   I get the feeling that, perhaps, there are times when the performers get tired of rehearsing and choose to go swimming instead.  Let’s just say that some acts are easier to follow than others.  The clown skit needed some explanation for clarity, and the master of ceremonies obliged.  I really enjoyed the two grandchildren who played the violin and ukulele, the cowboy singer, and the husband and wife who ended the show with their guitar and the combined voices of angels.  It was, once again, a packed house, and an evening of memorable entertainment.

Today’s weather:  Warm until just before noon, and then it all changed

Daytime temperature:  About 65 degrees

Nighttime temperature:  In the 40’s

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