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« on: May 24, 2015, 07:34PM »

Hi everyone :)

Someone recently mentioned that they enjoyed reading my circus blog back when I posted it here. So I decided to repost it for those who missed out the first time. I intend to update this thread once per week, assuming that's allowed.

Here is the very first post: http://taz-39.livejournal.com/749.html
...and here is the most recent, in which we play the Giant Center in Hershey, PA: http://taz-39.livejournal.com/57663.html

I'm a trombonist with Feld Entertainment on the Ringling Bros. Red Unit currently performing the 145th edition of the circus, called "Circus Xtreme". During the course of the tour we visit something like 40 cities and perform around 800 shows. Each show is about 2 hours long, and there are as many as 3 shows per day (that's 6 hours of playing time) and up to thirteen shows per week. Windjammers, indeed!

We live on a 1950s passenger train owned by the circus but pulled across the US on rented freight engines operated by Norfolk Southern, CSX, Union Pacific, etc. This means we get to see the many faces of America...the farmland, the industrial railyards, the pristine wilderness, the small town backyards, the sketchy urban underpasses.

It's an interesting lifestyle. I hope you'll enjoy my little backstage peek :)
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« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2015, 07:41PM »

Megan, you will have to post a new reply each week.  You can only edit a post for 48 hours.

Have a nice show tomorrow in Hershey and good luck traveling to Omaha.
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« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2015, 07:33PM »

Ah yes, that is what I meant!

Thank you :)
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« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2015, 07:50PM »

One of my top 10 cities, Omaha NE. Wish we had more days here! This week the band is playing musical...rooms. Haha.

http://taz-39.livejournal.com/58097.html
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« Reply #4 on: Jun 01, 2015, 04:51AM »

You can only edit a post for 48 hours.

Interesting. I've never tried to push that limit - surprised it's that long.
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« Reply #5 on: Jun 08, 2015, 01:19AM »

Colorado Springs is beautiful. We will miss you, Tom.

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« Reply #6 on: Jun 08, 2015, 04:16PM »

Colorado Springs is beautiful. We will miss you, Tom.

http://taz-39.livejournal.com/58583.html

Indeed. I drove through there a couple of years ago. I arrived the day a huge forest fire had just been extinguished - the air still smelled.
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« Reply #7 on: Jun 14, 2015, 11:23PM »

So many amazing things happened to Jameson and I...I hope we haven't used up all our luck this week! This post is mostly about our solo adventures. http://taz-39.livejournal.com/58754.html
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« Reply #8 on: Jun 21, 2015, 08:56PM »

National landmarks and intense heat!
http://taz-39.livejournal.com/59119.html
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« Reply #9 on: Jul 19, 2015, 10:50PM »

I've skipped a few posts and this may be my last one here because

a) it seemed like a good idea at the time, but now it just seems silly to create a massive index of links, and
b) this site loads more and more slowly with each passing day, to the point of being unuseable unless I let it load for 5-10 minutes.

We are in Ontario, CA and we still have two days of shows left.
http://taz-39.livejournal.com/60417.html
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« Reply #10 on: Jul 20, 2015, 05:07AM »

I've skipped a few posts and this may be my last one here because

a) it seemed like a good idea at the time, but now it just seems silly to create a massive index of links, and
b) this site loads more and more slowly with each passing day, to the point of being unuseable unless I let it load for 5-10 minutes.

We are in Ontario, CA and we still have two days of shows left.
http://taz-39.livejournal.com/60417.html

Ah, yes. Website design. Making it a searchable tree structure of links will fix this problem. If you know how, I guess.
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